Dedicated nurses are leaving hospitals in droves, and there are not enough new recruits to the profession to meet demand. Even hospitals that were once very highly regarded for the quality of their nursing care, such as Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, now struggle to fill vacant positions. What happened? By showing the effects of hospital restructuring on nurses' ability to plan, evaluate, and deliver excellent care, Dana Beth Weinberg provides a stinging indictment of standard industry practices that underestimate the contribution nurses make both to hospitals and to patient care.
Dana Beth Weinberg is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College.
Suzanne Gordon has written, edited, or co-authored twenty books, including First Do No Harm and Beyond the Checklist. She is a frequent speaker at health care conferences and forums. Gordon has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers Magazine. She has been a radio and TV commentator for CBS Radio and NPR’s Marketplace.
Table of Contents
A Troubled Hospital
No Working Model for Nursing Practice
Power Contests and Other Obstacles to Providing Patient Care
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