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Safety in Numbers (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) Hardcover – 20 Mar 2008

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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: ILR Press; 2Rev Ed edition (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080144683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801446832
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
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"Very timely. The authors offer a thorough review of nurse-patient ratios, looking specifically at California and Victoria, Australia (both are places that have mandated low nurse-to-patient ratios) . . . showing how nurses, hospital administrators, and health care policy makers have embraced and implemented low, safe ratios. It is crucial reading for health care professionals and administrators, upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, researchers, and general readers--anyone who is a patient, may someday be a patient, or knows a patient."--Choice

"Safety in Numbers is destined to become a classic. Well-written and engaging, it compares and contrasts mandated nurse-to-patient ratios in Australia and California and presents the broader context for the initiatives and their impact on nurses and the profession, as well as larger issues in health care and the labor movement more generally."--Sean P. Clarke, Associate Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

"Safety in Numbers brings together scholarly rigor and sharp investigative reporting to show that not even the nursing of the sick has escaped the ruthless disciplines of white-collar industrialism. As a remedy, Suzanne Gordon, John Buchanan, and Tanya Bretherton also demonstrate the value and limitations of mandated nurse-to-patient ratios. This book is essential reading in the political economy of health care."--Simon Head, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford

"Anyone who's been in a hospital lately knows there aren't enough nurses but probably doesn't know why. Safety in Numbers does a great service by portraying in a graphic and compelling way the origins of the current crisis in nursing and the effect not only on nurses but also on patients."--Mary Lehman MacDonald, Director, AFT Healthcare, American Federation of Teachers

About the Author

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 Foundation-funded Nurse Manager in Action Program. She is the author of Nursing against the Odds and The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare; coauthor of From Silence to Voice, Life Support, Safety in Numbers, Beyond the Checklist, and Bedside Manners; editor of When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough; and coeditor of The Complexities of Care, First, Do Less Harm, and Collaborative Caring, all from Cornell.

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