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Nurses on the Move
Migration and the Global Health Care Economy
Mireille Kingma
South African nurses care for patients in London, hospitals recruit Filipino nurses to Los Angeles, and Chinese nurses practice their profession in Ireland. In every industrialized country of the world, patients today increasingly find that the nurses...



Nursing against the Odds
How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care
Suzanne Gordon
In this book, Suzanne Gordon draws on in-depth interviews with nurses and other health care professionals, research studies, and extensive firsthand reporting to better understand the myriad causes of and possible solutions to the current nursing crisis.



Nobody's Home
Candid Reflections of a Nursing Home Aide
Thomas Edward Gass
"At present nursing homes are designed . . . like outmoded zoos. Residents are kept in small rooms, emotionally isolated. Occasionally they are visited by family members who reach through the bars and offer them treats. Aides keep their bodies clean...



Surgeons and the Scope
James R. Zetka
In Surgeons and the Scope, James R. Zetka Jr. describes the impact of the video laparoscope on the work lives of contemporary surgeons. The video laparoscope allows surgeons to peer into the inner abdomen with a miniaturized camera, thereby enabling...



Code Green
Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing
Dana Beth Weinberg
We are on the verge of the nation's worst nursing shortage in history. 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...



The Future of the Safety Net
Social Insurance and Employee Benefits
Social insurance and employee benefits are key elements of society's safety net for workers. Social Security, although popular and successful, is under attack by critics who advocate privatization and benefit cuts. In health care, the United States...



The Shadow Welfare State
Labor, Business, and the Politics of Health Care in the United States
Marie Gottschalk
Why, in the recent campaigns for universal health care, did organized labor maintain its support of employer-mandated insurance? Did labor's weakened condition prevent it from endorsing national health insurance? Marie Gottschalk demonstrates here...



A Neighborhood Divided
Community Resistance to an AIDS Care Facility
Jane Balin
When a nursing facility for AIDS patients is planned for a city neighborhood, residents might be expected to respond, "Not in my backyard." But, as Jane Balin recounts in A Neighborhood Divided, when that community is known for its racial and ethnic...



From Company Doctors to Managed Care
The United Mine Workers' Noble Experiment
Ivana Krajcinovic
Krajcinovic describes the establishment, operation, and demise of the UMWA's Welfare Fund that brought mining families from the backwater to the forefront of medical care in less than a decade.



When Doctors Join Unions
Grace Budrys
Current and anticipated changes in this country's health care system are likely to add momentum to the physicians' union movement, according to Grace Budrys. She documents the emergence and development of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists...



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