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Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) Paperback – 26 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (26 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801489199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801489198
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,012,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this thorough investigation into how the nursing profession has changed radically over the last decade, Weinberg cites hospital consolidation and 1997's Balanced Budget Act, which brought cuts to Medicare payments and severely affected hospitals' bottom line, as keys to the problem. The Brandeis University research associate uses the merger of Boston's prestigious Beth Israel Hospital with New England Deaconess as an example of how fiscal problems and consolidation are responsible for the growing shortage of nurses and rampant dissatisfaction in the field. . . . Weinberg's analysis will be important to medical professionals and hospital administrators." Publishers Weekly, 1 May 2003"

"Hospitals frequently devise a system of color codes to convey a message to their personnel succinctly and exclusively. Weinberg chooses 'code green' to refer to the financial crisis that hospitals are facing today, the ensuing trend to merge hospitals, and its implications for the nursing profession. . . . . This thought-provoking book gives a uniquely personal perspective. It is suitable for specialized healthcare collections in academic, larger public, and medical libraries." Library Journal, 1 May 2003"

"Hospital restructuring has fundamentally changed nurses' work and the very meaning of nursing. It has overlooked the therapeutic value of the nurse-patient relationship and the importance of 'knowing the patient.' Is it any wonder, then, that so many nurses are leaving the profession because of frustration and disillusionment? In the end, this hurts nurses as well as patients, physicians, and hospitals. Weinberg concludes that when designers draw up cost-effective plans for hospital restructuring, they must thoughtfully include nurses in their planning. The author is to be congratulated on bringing this important topic into view." Barbara Mann Wall, Health Affairs, September/October 2003"

"Weinberg's book is a powerful description of the issues facing both nurses and hospitals at a time when the entire health care industry is concerned with a growing shortage of nurses. Her portrayal of the impediments faced by nurses in their efforts to continue to provide quality patient care are well-documented, and, in many instances, frightening. The book makes clear nurses' contributions to patient safety and quality-even if the nurses themselves were unable to do so." Barbara A. Mark, Ph.D., RN, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2003"

"The author scrutinizes how and why hospitals, in the era of profit-driven health care, routinely exploit qualities such as empathy, dedication, and professionalism in nurses. Using human science research, she illustrates how nurses really are 'ripe for exploitation, ' in part because we internalize responsibility for patient care, patient safety and the caring-healing process." Virginia Gillispie, Denver's Nursing Star, July 14, 2003."

"Weinberg provides an incredible account of her observations of the state of nursing at the newly merged Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. Her goal was 'to find out why the nurses are crying.' Each chapter thoroughly examines current issues faced by the professional nursing staff as seen through their eyes. These issues are similar to those faced by nurses nationally as financial goals take precedence to quality patient care. . . . An excellent account of challenges faced by nurses today. Summing Up: Essential. " Choice, December 2003"

"Dana Beth Weinberg provides a compelling account of the dismantling of one of the few hospitals in America that specialized in care. This is a 'must read' for all who seek to understand the nurse shortage" Linda H. Aiken, University of Pennsylvania"

"Dana Beth Weinberg's book is right on target, portraying how the relentless financialization of our health care system destroyed one of the finest if not the finest hospital nursing service in America. Code Green is a well-written demonstration of how organizational change can disrupt the work of even the most conscientious professionals, and a warning to us all of the human dangers raised by an unthinking spread of business logic." Daniel F. Chambliss, Hamilton College, author of Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics"

"Beth Israel was an international benchmark hospital which many saw as setting the nursing standards to be achieved elsewhere. This account of its recent history carries important messages about the domination of economics over the need for nursing care, the fragility of even the best nursing leadership during amalgamations, and the ease with which a reputation can be lost." Tom Keighley, Editor, Nursing Management"

"Physicians need to pay more attention to what is happening to nursing as we and our patients are critically dependent on the underappreciated activities of nurses. A good starting point is to read and heed the alarms sounding in Code Green." Gordon Schiff, M.D., Director, Clinical Quality Research, Department of Medicine, Cook County Hospital"

About the Author

Weinberg is a Senior Research Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

Suzanne Gordon is coeditor of the Cornell University Press series, The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work, and was program leader of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded Nurse Manager in Action Program.

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Well worth a read to see how easily decades of hard won gains in the status and practice of nursing can be overturned.
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HASH(0x987eabe8) out of 5 stars The "true" colour of healthcare... 8 Nov. 2004
By Renee V. Kennedy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is based in the U.S., so much is the same in Canada. I would highly recommend this book for nurses [who may be trying to figure out 'what it's all about Alfie'], for nursing students and no doubt, the public - so they can gain a better understanding of what it is that nurses are up against. As one wise person put it - it's a pity that these corporate entities in charge of running our healthcare, know the cost of everything...yet the value of nothing ("The Peter Principle")! So much needless suffering all for a race to the "bottom-line"/dollar. Thank you for such an intelligent book!
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HASH(0x97e9ec90) out of 5 stars Well written, informative, kept me interested 8 Mar. 2007
By Dianne K. Duchesne - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Code Green: Money Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing. By telling the story of two hospitals that merged, one with a history of primary nursing and another with a team task driven approach the author speaks to the lack of a consistent role definition for nursing that caused the breakdown of service and quality at these two hospitals...also talked about the bottom line issue of money, the power issues in nursing, the importance of having nursing leadership in top hospital administration positions and so much more. Really gave me an insight into the pitfalls inherent in professional nursing practice as viewed through real problems which developed in the lives of real nurses in two prestigious medical institutions.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x985816cc) out of 5 stars Great Book for Activists 12 July 2007
By L. Flamini - Published on
Format: Paperback
this is an absolutely great read if you don't mind reading research. The book takes Weinberg's research of nurse staffing issues caused by managed care flaws, and makes it understandable- if you're an experienced, and policy-savvy nurse.

She uses the downfall of Beth-Isreal Hospital, once the best hospital in the nation (and the model for the Magnet Program), as an example of how disseminating nursing staff from the top to the bedside can result in horrendous quality failures.

A must-read for any nursing activist, or anyone who wants the low down on why there really isn't a nursing shortage, just a shortage of nurses willing to work in current conditions.
HASH(0x98a63198) out of 5 stars What really happened to "The Art of Nursing". 13 Nov. 2010
By Patricia M. Bruce - Published on
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This is a powerful book that explains in painful, but real detail why nursing has evolved to it's present state. It was comforting to learn that all of the things I grew to feel during my almost 50 years has been experienced by others, too. It fortifies my belief that nursing management - who is supposed to be for you and your peers - has bought into the management theories that dismantle nursing and a nurses psyche. As political as Florence Nightengale was I'm sure that she would have difficulty understanding and supporting today's money managed care. As with many advances in this world, the patients are paying heavily for these moves. I often wonder where nursing will be going in the next 50 years. I'm waiting for someone who truly cares about patients to come in and evict the "money hangers from the temple" and again support nurses and their decisions. The fight is for the young and strong. Management doesn't care if patients get good nursing care. They only want patients that are satisfied and do not complain!
HASH(0xa3cbfb7c) out of 5 stars Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing (Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) 9 Oct. 2011
By M. Mcgehee - Published on
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I read this book as a requirement for a class. As I got deeper into the book, I realized how absolutely true the findings were. I work for a large facility in the northeast and find that many of the situations mentioned in this book correspond. As reimbursement continues to dictate the level and amount of service patients receive the more and more it makes sense for a governing body to intervene, or at least more closely oversee.

Overall, great book.

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