Part-time or Full-time Employment: Choices and Constraints




Employment, wages, unemployment & rehabilitation, Work/life balance, Gender, ethnicity, age & diversity, Identity, meaning & culture


This article explores nurses’ working-hour practices in Norwegian nursing homes through a career path. Although the nursing profession is dominated by women and is a typical part-time occupation, this study found variations in working-hour patterns among nurses. These variations suggest that nurses not only have different career patterns but also that the working hours of individual nurses vary throughout a career. The analysis highlights different contextual factors that influence nurses’ working hours during their careers. The findings are based on data collected through in-depth interviews with 22 nurses over the age of 56. As a result, we conclude that the working-hour patterns of nurses are constructed out of interactions among the welfare state, the labor market, and family practices, meaning that workinghour patterns can be influenced and changed.

Author Biographies

Kari Ingstad, Nord University

Associate professor,  The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences. Mail:

Marianne Hedlund, Nord University

Professor,  The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences




How to Cite

Ingstad, K., & Hedlund, M. (2017). Part-time or Full-time Employment: Choices and Constraints. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 7(4).