Life Support by Suzanne Gordon
Three Nurses on the Front Lines

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In this book, Suzanne Gordon describes the everyday work of three RNs in Boston-a nurse practitioner, an oncology nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist on a medical unit. At a time when nursing is often undervalued and nurses themselves in short supply, Life Support provides a vivid, engaging, and intimate portrait of health care's largest profession and the important role it plays in patients' lives.

Life Support is essential reading for working nurses, nursing students, and anyone considering a career in nursing as well as for physicians and health policy makers seeking a better understanding of what nurses do and why we need them. For the Cornell edition of this landmark work, Gordon has written a new introduction that describes the current nursing crisis and its impact on bedside nurses like those she profiled in the book.


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Published March 15, 2012 by ILR Press. 372 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Lavish praise for the nursing profession interwoven with dire warnings about the threat to its future posed by the growth of managed care.

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Nurses contribute greatly to the medical and emotional well-being of their patients but are often undervalued in the contemporary health care system, argues journalist Gordon (Prisoners of Men's Dreams) in this enlightening, involving, in-depth study.

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Select a crack team of eight men, equip them with major weapons, such as a panzerfaust, a bazooka, or even a flame-thrower, and take them into such scenarios as the assault on Monte Cassino, D-Day, or even taking out a V-2 rocket.

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