Title

Contractor safety management for nursing

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

CRC Press

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

Office of Assoc Dean - International (FBL)

RAS ID

16499

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Jansz, J. (2013). Contractor safety management for nursing. In G. W. Smith (Eds.). Contractor safety management (pp. 73-103). Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press . Original book available here

Abstract

Contractor safety management is an important part of health care management. This research based chapter traces the history of nursing and documents Australia wide laws for nursing practice. It critically examines the duty of care owed by the contractors’ host employer, government and health service boards to contract nursing staff (agency nurses), nursing agencies’ duty of care, patients’ and residents’ health and safety responsibilities and the health and safety responsibilities of contract nursing staff. The message in this chapter is that everyone who works in, or who uses, a health service has a responsibility not only to meet their legal duties but to have a mission and a culture of care. Private organisations, in which this culture of care for everyone (including contract staff) who comes on the business premises is achieved, research has demonstrated are profitable, while government organisations achieving this culture of care are more cost effective.

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