Some RNs refer to their work now as "drive-by" or "hit-and-run" nursing, a cutting reference to the lack of time they have to spend providing quality care to patients.
Sarah A. Webster, "Weary nurses find jobs, joy in other professions," The Detroit News, November 18, 2001
—Michael Kesterton, “Social Studies,“ The Globe and Mail (Canada), July 7, 1998
The accusation of hit-and-run nursing arises from the shift among health maintenance organizations from relying for most care on registered nurses, who have completed two to four years of college, to using what the organizations call team nursing, with nurses supervising workers with less expertise.
Peter T. Kilborn, "Nurses Put on Fast Forward In Rush for Cost Efficiency," The New York Times, April 9, 1998
sicker and quicker