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Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines: Version 2 (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Gordon , Claire M. Fagin
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In this book, Suzanne Gordon describes the everyday work of three RNs in Boston-a nurse practitioner, an oncology nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist on a medical unit. At a time when nursing is often undervalued and nurses themselves in short supply, Life Support provides a vivid, engaging, and intimate portrait of health care's largest profession and the important role it plays in patients' lives.

Life Support is essential reading for working nurses, nursing students, and anyone considering a career in nursing as well as for physicians and health policy makers seeking a better understanding of what nurses do and why we need them. For the Cornell edition of this landmark work, Gordon has written a new introduction that describes the current nursing crisis and its impact on bedside nurses like those she profiled in the book.

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Give Life Support to Non-Nurses for Nurses Week
Thanks for all the great comments you've given my book. If you're a nurse, please think of giving a copy of Life Support to a non- nurse for nurse's week. that's non-nurse. these are the folks who need to read this book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0801474280
  • Publisher: ILR Press; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AJC7CW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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This is a very moving and important book, which should be required reading for all medical students and doctors. Ms. Gordon who spent three years following three extra-ordinary nurses learned (and in the book presents) more knowledge and insights about sickness, pain, caring, and the health care system than my medicial residents learn during their three year (internal medicine) residency. Each of the three nurses covers a different part of the health care map (oncology chemotherapy nurse, home health nurse, and inpatient nurse) and illustrates the critical and often invisible role nurses play in health care. What the book does so ably is to highlight these special caring roles, and then place them in the context of what is happening in the U.S. health care system today. Ms. Gordon, an advocate for universal health insurance and consumer accoutablity starkly contrasts the bright light these and thousands of other of the quiet heros in nursing, with the dark side of market driven health care that threatens these values and heroism. If for nothing else, the book is worth reading for a useful and interesting history of the practice of nursing, which is interwoven with the stories of these three nurses. Nurses are the essence of quality and this book is a high quality look at their important and endangered role. (Dr. Gordon Schiff internist who directs the Clinical Quality Research Unit at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE SUPPORT is a MUST read for all nurses! 2 May 1997
By A Customer
Having been an RN for almost 30 years, there have been many times when my colleages and I have said, "We otta write a book! But then reality sets in as we have realized that noone would BELIEVE what we had to say about the health care system and our roles in particular.Bravo to Suzanne Gordon! She tells it like it is with the insight of someone who has been in the trenches and does not suffer from "tunnel vision!" My practice has been validated and the reading of her words was a shot in the arm!Nurses and those who live with, know and love them NEED to read this book and reread it. Pass it on or better yet buy them for your friends and family keeping your own copy for the future.This is a view of the reality of nursing, who we are and what we do, where we fit into the larger health care picture and what the health care system is trying to do to us."It takes a NURSE to save your life."Marilyn Anne Blythe, RN, CBC Brigham & Women's HospitalBoston, MA
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Gordon's book portrays the caregiving process of
professional nurses in such clear, lucid terms
that readers unfamilar with nursing will say "Ahhhh,
now I understand." With this in mind, nurses should
give copies of this book to anyone who needs to know
what nurses are and what nurses do. This might be
the nurse's neighbors, parents, patients, City Council
Chair, Governor, or State and Federal legislators.
The reader will see very sophisticated knowledge
and skills exhibited by the three nurses providing
care to patients in the stories. This book provides
clear-cut demonstrations of nurse-delivered services
that MUST be reimbursed under the Medicaid, Medicare,
and other health insurance programs. It also gives
evidence of why nurses in advanced practice must have
prescriptive authority, hospital admitting and clinical
privileges, be admitted to provider panels of managed
care organizations, and be a reimbursable member of a
telehealth team.
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A must read for all those working IN or WITH the profession of nursing. Gordon discusses how the changes in our health care system have affected both the nurses role and quality patient care issues. The essential need for collaboration of all health care personnel is woven throughout the content. I required this book for a senior nursing course I just taught at Wayne State University in Detroit and the students were most impressed with the book and its approach to nursing, medicine and health care. A must read for nurses, physicians, hospital administration, potential students and the general public. Afterall, we are all potential patients and we should be aware of what is happening to the largest population of health care providers, the nurses!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for EVERYONE 15 Sept. 1997
By A Customer
I've been a nurse for several years, and I got the book on recommendation from another nurse friend of mine. I was, and continue to be, amazed at the power of this book. It highlighted in stark words and numbers, problems facing health care today, while at the same time brightening the work with the all too human touch of nurses, patients and doctors. Once you read this book, you will understand why legislation such as The Patient Safety Act came to be, and why it is needed. It describes why nursing is so necessary, why even bathing or feeding a patient are not always within the realm of tasks to be assigned to unlicensed personnel.
I urge everyone to read this book, and be touched by Gordon's powerful writing.
Diana Katseyeanis, RN
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