‘The night is for sleeping’: how nurses care for conflicting temporal orders in older person care

Nienke van Pijkeren*, Jitse Schuurmans, Iris Wallenburg, Roland Bal

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This paper examines the conflicting temporal orders of the regional nurse, a role which has been introduced to deal with the increasing demands of aged care and workforce shortages in regional settings. We build on ethnographic research in the Netherlands, in which we examine regional district nurses as a new professional role that attends to (sub)acute care needs, connecting and coordinating different places of care during out of office hours. We use the concept of ‘temporal regional order’ to reflect on the different ways caring practices are temporally structured by management and care practitioners, in close interaction with patients and informal care givers. In the results three types of disruptions of the regional temporal order are distinguished: interfering bodily rhythms and needs; (un)expected workings of technologies; and disrupting acts of patient and relatives. It was region nurses’ prime responsibility to stabilise these interferences and prevent or soften a disruption of the regional order. In accomplishing this, we show how nurses craft their professional role in between various care settings, without getting involved too much in patient care, to be mobile as ‘temporal caregivers’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-23
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Issue number1
Early online date1 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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