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When chicken soup isn't enough : stories of nurses standing up for themselves, their patients, and their profession

Author: Suzanne Gordon
Publisher: Ithaca [N.Y.] : ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2010.
Series: Culture and politics of health care work.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This title brings together personal narratives from a wide range of nurses from across the globe. The assembled profiles in professional courage provide new insight into the daily challenges that RNs face in North America and abroad.
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Genre/Form: Personal Narratives
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Gordon
ISBN: 9780801448942 0801448948 9780801477508 0801477506
OCLC Number: 475444388
Awards: Winner of Third-place winner of the AJN Book of the Year Awa.
Description: xvi, 250 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Set up to lose, but playing to win --
A covert operation / Kathleen Bartholomew --
Saving patients from Dr. Death / Toni Hoffman --
A lesson for the principal / Kathy Hubka --
The delicate discharge / Ruth Johnson --
No patience for poison / Brenda Carle --
Mr. CEO, will you marry me? / Candice Owley --
Intolerable behavior / Eleanor Geldard --
One is one too many / Thomas Smith --
A comfortable cover up / Jenny Kendall --
Stacking the cards in our favor / Ro Licata. pt. 2. We don't have to eat our young --
Mentor unto others ... / Clola Robinson-Blake --
A dose of diplomacy / Donna Schroeder --
Standing up for what you don't know / Judy Schaefer --
Broken bones and ice cream / Edie Brous --
Treating transition shock / Judy Boychuk Duchscher --
The empty-hands round / Amaia Sáenz de Ormijana. pt. 3. Excuse me, Doctor, you're wrong --
Eye/I advocacy / Jane Black --
As if the patient can hear you / Clarke Doty --
Don't just add nurses and stir / Janet Rankin --
Gloves off / Nancy Marie Valentine --
The overlooked symptom / Jo Stecher --
Hope in the midst of tragedy / Connie Barden --
The advantages of age / Marion Phipps --
An expiration date for indignancy / Madeline Spiers --
What hospice if for / Jean Chaisson --
A real pain / Paola Scamperle. pt. 4. Not part of the job description --
I'll call in sick if I have to / Barbara Egger --
Doing the heavy lifting / Martha Baker --
Attacked by a patient, abandoned by my hospital / Charlene L. Richardson --
The samurai sword / Anne Duffy --
Only when it's safe / Bernie Gerard --
The red shirts are coming / Mary Crabtree Tonges --
Not saints or sisters / Belinda Morieson. pt. 5. When one advocate can make a difference --
Putting lymphedema on the map / Saskia R.J. Thiadens --
An inconvenient nurse / Faith Henson --
A safe delivery from domestic abuse / Kristin Stevens --
To do the unthinkable / Barry L. Adams --
The only nurse for miles around / Dagbjört Bjarnadóttir --
More than boo-boos and band-aids / Judy Stewart --
First responders in the AIDS epidemic / Richard S. Ferri. pt. 6. Choking on sugar and spice: challenging nurses' public image --
Silenced during the SARS epidemic / Doris Grinspun --
In the halls of academe / Claire M. Fagin --
R-E-S-P-E-C-T / Lisa Fitzpatrick --
Real nurses don't wear wings / Victoria L. Rich --
The lady with a loud voice / Jeanne Bryner --
Taking on the terminator / Vicki Bermudez --
Defending the nursing profession over dinner / Elizabeth Kozub --
Remaking the power nurse / Pierre-André Wagner --
Health policy from nurses' point of view / Yoko Kanamori --
Maybe we should be bragging / Guðrún Aðalsteinsdóttir --
Finessing the Chairman of the Board / Carol Blount --
Called to duty at 30,000 feet / Ann Converso. pt. 7. Applied research --
Nurse PI on a clinical trial / Kathleen Dracup --
The need for nurse evaluators / Teresa Moreno-Casbas --
Research and nursing-home reform / Charlene Harrington --
How nurse make it work / Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery --
Teamwork through research / Lena Sharp --
Keep asking questions / Sean Clarke --
No more Martys / Jane Lipscomb --
Taking on conventional wisdom / Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir. pt. 8. Sticking together --
Winning recognition of nursing expertise / Edie Brous --
A union just for nurses / Massimo Ribetto --
We rained on their parade / Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez --
Protesting on the red carpet / Kelly DiGiacomo --
Saving the Carney / Penny Connoly. pt. 9. Still fighting --
The male midwife / Gregg Trueman --
Fighting for our Vets / Edmond O'Leary --
We are the experts / Karen Higgins --
A collective voice / Diane Sosne --
We will not be silenced / Carol Youngson --
Standing by one patient / Faith Simon.
Series Title: Culture and politics of health care work.
Responsibility: edited by Suzanne Gordon.


In this collection of first-person narratives, we meet RNs working at the bedside, providing home care, managing hospital departments, teaching and doing research, lobbying for quality patient care,  Read more...
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