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Nicola Fisher

Room: B26 (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467751

Current Status: Registered
Year of Registration: 2018
Expected Completion Date: /09/2021

Primary Funding Source:
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Research Topic:
Nursing by numbers: Political economy, nurses' post-registration development and market shelters in the United Kingdom

Research Details:
The overall aim of this research i to explore the influence of political economy of nurses' post-registration development in the UK. Within PE, the lenses of Fordism, post-Fordism and neo-Fordism are used to illustrate the changes and development healthcare governance has undergone and their subsequent effects on nursing post-registration development. In this thesis, it is argued that post-Fordism implies that nursing is not done by numbers, i.e. it is more interested in skill mix and development, whereas in a Fordist model, nursing is conceived of as mass numbers able to produce a 'mass care' output. Post-Fordist ideals promise nurses greater autonomy and enhanced career development and progression. However, despite these promises, nursing's market shelter remains weak as nurses in political spheres and policy documents are thought of in numbers, rather than by skill mix or advancement. Instead it is a 'boots on the ground' mentality done through nursing by numbers. It is considered here that the NHS and nursing finds itself within a neo-Fordist system, in a push-pull between Fordist and post-Fordist working ideals.

Research Supervisor/s: Stephen Timmons

Department: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

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