Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care / Edition 1

Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care / Edition 1

by Suzanne Gordon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801439760

ISBN-13: 9780801439766

Pub. Date: 04/12/2005

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In the United States and throughout the industrialized world, just as the population of older and sicker patients is about to explode, we have a major shortage of nurses. Why are so many RNs dropping out of health care's largest profession? How will the lack of skilled, experienced caregivers affect patients? These are some of the questions addressed by Suzanne Gordon

Overview

In the United States and throughout the industrialized world, just as the population of older and sicker patients is about to explode, we have a major shortage of nurses. Why are so many RNs dropping out of health care's largest profession? How will the lack of skilled, experienced caregivers affect patients? These are some of the questions addressed by Suzanne Gordon's definitive account of the world's nursing crisis. In Nursing against the Odds, one of North America's leading health care journalists draws on in-depth interviews, research studies, and extensive firsthand reporting to help readers better understand the myriad causes of and possible solutions to the current crisis.

Gordon examines how health care cost cutting and hospital restructuring undermine the working conditions necessary for quality care. She shows how the historically troubled workplace relationships between RNs and physicians become even more dysfunctional in modern hospitals. In Gordon's view, the public image of nurses continues to suffer from negative media stereotyping in medical shows on television and from shoddy press coverage of the important role RNs play in the delivery of health care.

Gordon also identifies the class and status divisions within the profession that hinder a much-needed defense of bedside nursing. She explains why some policy panaceas-hiring more temporary workers, importing RNs from less-developed countries-fail to address the forces that drive nurses out of their workplaces. To promote better care, Gordon calls for a broad agenda that includes safer staffing, improved scheduling, and other policy changes that would give nurses a greater voice at work. She explores how doctorsand nurses can collaborate more effectively and what medical and nursing education must do to foster such cooperation. Finally, Gordon outlines ways in which RNs can successfully take their case to the public while campaigning for health care system reform that actually funds necessary nursing care.


About the Author:
Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist. She is the author of Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines, the coauthor of From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public (also from Cornell), and has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Toronto Globe and Mail, among many other publications. Gordon is also Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and was a health care commentator on Public Radio International's Marketplace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801439766
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Series:
The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Nurses and Doctors at Work
Manufacturing the Dominant Doctor
Designing the Doctor-Nurse Game
The Disruptive Medical System
Fatal Synergy
Making Matters Worse

Part Two: The Media and Nursing
Dropped from the Picture
Missing from the News
Unavailable for Comment

Part Three: Hospitals and Nursing
Mangling Care
The New Nursing Universe
Nurses on the Ropes
No Nurse Left Behind
Management by Chum
Failure to Rescue

Conclusion: Changing the Odds

Notes
Index

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