About this book


This book examines the division of labour between nurses and other health professions and occupations. It connects classic sociological concerns with practical problems affecting the contemporary NHS, such as : skill-mix in hospitals; the emergence of new roles; the shifting boundaries between medicine and nursing; and the barriers to change that exist. The book contains a series of case studies illustrating tensions, conflict and accommodation observable when occupations, or sub-groups within occupations, negotiate new working relationships.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Nursing and Midwifery StudiesUniversity of Wales College of MedicineUK
  2. 2.School of Health ScienceUniversity of WalesSwanseaUK
  3. 3.Institute of Health StudiesUniversity of PlymouthUK

About the authors

DAVINA ALLEN is a Research Fellow at the Nursing Research Unit, School of Nursing Studies, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

DAVID HUGHES is Reader in the School of Health Science at the University of Wales, Swansea.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nursing and the Division of Labour in Healthcare
  • Authors Davina Allen
    Derek Hughes
  • Series Title Sociology and Nursing Practice Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-80229-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-3734-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 248
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Nursing
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