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Nursing from the casual pool: Focus group study to explore the experiences of casual nurses
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The lack of support for education was a universal complaint. The nurses from the casual pool are always asked to stay on the ward while permanent nurses are sent to in-service meetings and education sessions. One nurse said that she had not been to one in-service in the 10 years she had worked with
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  • The lack of support for education was a universal complaint. The nurses from the casual pool are always asked to stay on the ward while permanent nurses are sent to in-service meetings and education sessions. One nurse said that she had not been to one in-service in the 10 years she had worked with the casual pool. The participants gave some good i...
  • Even complaints about their work are vague. They suspect they might get the blame for things when they are not there and there are the odd occasions when they might be told on the spot that they have done the wrong thing. However, these incidents are not motivated by a desire to help the casual nurse to improve. This does not appear to bother the n...
  • Professional feedback was another issue that is absent. Besides the odd ‘thank you’ at the end of a shift or flattering invitations to ‘come and work with us’, they are not given feedback on their performance. . . .
  • access to information to enable them to provide individualized care to patients, attitudes from the staff that make them feel welcome and safe to ask questions, clear instructions regarding ward policies and procedures, and a fair work allocation that gives them time to work safely. The nurses in the casual pool are clearly in a prime position to a...
  • Personal development is another reason for choosing to work with the casual pool and included time for study: Enrolled Nurse (EN) enrolled at university to become Registered Nurse (RN) and RNs enrolled at university to change careers. Keeping their ‘hand in’ is the reason

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