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The personal costs of caring: nurses and nursing work

Watson, Naomi (2013). The personal costs of caring: nurses and nursing work. In: Caribbean Studies Association 38th Annual Conference, 3-7 Jun 2013, Grenada.

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Abstract

African Caribbean nurses have been major contributors to the British NHS following its inception after World War two, and after the arrival of the Ship HMS Windrush. It has been acknowledged that without their contribution, the NHS may not have survived to the present day. As invited migrants from the Caribbean, they were introduced into a largely hostile social and work environment, where no preparation had been made to receive them. Consequently, this resulted in a lack of appropriate housing, and the social, educational and welfare needs of their children were severely compromised. This resulted in largely negative outcomes for them and their children in terms of their physical and mental health, and the educational achievement, of their children. These poor outcomes were further exacerbated by long unsocial hours in the newly formed NHS, and isolation and discrimination from host communities. This paper aims to investigate the evidence relating to the impact of their experiences on their lives and the lives of their children. It will use a case study approach to fully explore the impact of unsocial hours and night duty work and examine the implications for their children’s career choices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Author
Keywords: migrants; night duty; unsocial hours; nursing; careers; education; British NHS; HMS Windrush; racism; discrimination; health and wellbeing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 38449
Depositing User: Naomi Anna Watson
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 13:22
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38449
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