The reassuring bromides of "chicken soup for the soul" provide
little solace for nurses-and the people they serve-in real-life
hospitals, nursing homes, schools of nursing, and other settings.
In the minefield of modern health care, there are myriad obstacles
to quality patient care-including work overload, inadequate funds
for nursing education and research, and poor communication between
and within the professions, to name only a few. The seventy RNs
whose stories are collected here by the award-winning journalist
Suzanne Gordon know that effective advocacy isn't easy. It takes
nurses willing to stand up for themselves, their coworkers, their
patients, and the public.
When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough brings together
compelling 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-and how they overcome them with skill,
ingenuity, persistence, and individual and collective advocacy at
work and in the community. In this collection, we meet RNs working
at the bedside, providing home care, managing hospital departments,
teaching and doing research, lobbying for quality patient care, and
campaigning for health care reform.
Their stories are funny, sad, deeply moving, inspiring, and
always revealing of the different ways that nurses make their
voices heard in the service of their profession. The risks and
rewards, joys and sorrows, of nursing have rarely been captured in
such vivid first-person accounts. Gordon and the authors of the
essays contained in this book have much to say about the strengths
and shortcomings of health care today-and the role that nurses play
as irreplaceable agents of change.
Subjects: Health Sciences
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