Substudy 1 - Valuing and crafting nursing work

This subsection deals with the development of values within the nursing profession. Iris Wallenburg, Martijn Felder, Roland Bal and Syb Kuijper examine the way in which nurses position themselves in the field of healthcare and healthcare policy, and they examine the consequences thereof with regard to professional development and practice in healthcare. The researchers also look at how differentiated practice is implemented in daily healthcare practice, and how nursing practice relates to that of other healthcare professionals.

Nurses and nursing are a crucial, yet understudied and undertheorized part of healthcare systems. In (traditional) literature on professionalism, nurses are postulated as quasi- or even ‘weak’ professionals, stressing their subordinate position and the invisibility of nursing work. Increasingly however, nursing is considered as crucially important to meet changing healthcare demands. In (international) policy reports, nurses are heralded as ‘the futurity’ of high quality, responsive and affordable healthcare provision. These rather contradictory views require further examination. How can the nursing profession be both weak and the saviour of healthcare?

In this study, which is part of the broader and multi-centered RN2Blend research programme, we examine nurses and nursing at the cross point of everyday nursing, (hospital) organizational management, healthcare policy, and nurses as a developing profession. Using sociological, political, feminist and STS theories, we study how nurses and nursing work is crafted, politicized and valued in health care practices and policies. We use ethnographic research methods to delve into the details of nursing work and to connect this to wider organizational and policy questions.

Our research team: Syb Kuijper, Martijn Felder, Roland Bal, Iris Wallenburg, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam.

Contact: wallenburg@eshpm.eur.nl

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Iris Wallenburg

Iris Wallenburg is a nurse (NP) and a senior university lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on the role of healthcare professionals in changing healthcare organisations, and in particular questions regarding professional role development in these organisations in relation to policy.  She specialises in qualitative, participatory research. 

Roland Bal

Roland Bal is Professor of Healthcare Governance at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His teaching and research deal with management procedures in healthcare, with a focus on quality and safety. He is also interested in regional cooperation processes.

Martijn Felder

Martijn Felder is a university lecturer at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is interested in changing professional roles and relationships with regard to institutional, technological and social developments. 

Syb Kuijper

Syb Kuijper is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, part of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is a professional sociologist and focuses on qualitative, participatory research in healthcare practice and nursing. 

Publicaties

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Boeken

Felder, M., Wallenburg, I, Kuijper, S., & Bal, R. (2020). Etnografisch onderzoek. In A. E. Eskes & C. J. van Oostveen (Red), Onderzoek langs de meetlat: onderzoek designs voor verpleegkundigen. Houten: Bohn Stafleu van Loghum.

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