Contractor safety management for nursing
Faculty of Business and Law
Office of Associate Dean - International (FBL)
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.