Traditionally the health care sector has been characterized by the dependence of strong professional groups organizing, evaluating and delivering the health care services. Such professional work has often been attributed to the individual body, where professional know-how and skills are to be found. Reporting on a study of nursing work in a leukaemia ward of a Swedish regional hospital, it has been demonstrated that the conventional view of nursing as primarily involving bedside care, organized around the patient and through social relations, accommodates only a subset of nurses’ work. In addition to face-to-face care and patient interaction, nursing work is the melding of a great number of actors with different domains of expertise to safeguard the health care status of the patient, spatially distributed, temporally fragmented, and performed and mediated through the utilization of a number of material resources and technologies outwith the everyday lives of the patients.
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