[Excerpt from publisher] Employees as well as employers view part-time employment in many situations favourably. It is often seen by nurses as a welcome option when addressing professional and personal satisfaction. At the same time, employers consider part-time employment as a means of introducing or maintaining flexibility in staffing levels and decreasing operational costs. The introduction of part-time employment is not free of potentially perverse consequences. Part-time employment of nurses may jeopardise the working conditions of full-time staff as a whole if the mix of staff is not determined adequately. The bargaining power of full-time staff decreases as their numbers are reduced.