This article examines issues of flexible labor and training for registered nurses working in a publicly funded hospital in regional Australia. The article provides insight into issues of labor flexibility for the nursing occupation and the manager's role in facilitating training. It also contributes to the debate concerning training outcomes for employees in different forms of employment. The article reports the findings of research conducted during 1999 in a New South Wales public hospital. It was found that financial constraints in the hospital had a pervasive effect on the training participation opportunities of all employees. In general, casuals and temporary employees enjoyed less priority in employer supported training, although the potential for this was increased by managers' perceptions of permanency where casuals had been working in the same ward on a regular basis. Moreover, a manager's negotiation of training often involved increasing workloads and the shifting of training costs to employees.
International Journal of Employment Studies Vol. 9, Issue 1, p. 163-184