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When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough: Stories of Nurses Standing Up for Themselves, Their Patients, and Their Profession Paperback – Nov 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801477506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801477508
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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"When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough is an excellent collection capturing the real work done by nurses. It demonstrates that the triumphs and struggles of nurses are universal."—Kathleen Burke, RN-BC, BSN, UCSF Medical Center

"These concise first-person narratives by nurses from around the world provide a magnificent testimony to the power of the nursing profession to effect change. Their common theme is to stand up, speak out, and take action against inadequate care, unsafe working conditions, physician arrogance, and outmoded, condescending conceptions of the nurse's role in contemporary health care. These are the voices of nurses who do not know their places—to the benefit of patients, and of us all."—Charles L. Bardes, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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-funded Nurse Manager in Action Program.

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HASH(0xa40d28e8) out of 5 stars Sometimes Caring Needs to be Politicized to be Effective Oct. 10 2010
By Brandy Jesernik - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible! I had initially tried to read Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul but couldn't finish because it was soooooo sappy full of stories of nurses falling in love with sick orphan babies rather than discussing their skills or professional obstacles. THIS book is exactly what I was looking for. It's a collection of short stories in which nurses of diverse nationalities, degrees, specialties, and experiences write about times they- just like the subtitle states- stood "up for themselves, their patients, and their profession." The personal is political! Unlike the Chicken Soup book, this book shows caring at its best- loving their patients and professions so much that they fight for them! These are nurses who perceived problems and then either alone or collectively sought to solve them in any way possible, sometimes by standing up to coworkers, doctors, managers, and/or administration, sometimes by performing research studies, sometimes by demanding state and/or federal legal changes, and sometimes by challenging the anachronistic stereotypes of nursing that persist. Not only did I learn a ton from this book, but it made me extremely excited to become a part of such an incredibly strong profession.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40d293c) out of 5 stars Thank you! Aug. 9 2012
By Wildflower - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a brilliant and inspirational collection of essays and short stories written by nurses themselves. It tells of nurses overcoming insurmountable odds, believing in what's right, and courageously standing up for themselves.

If I had one complaint about this book, it would be my perception that the book was heavy on stories from nurses in a supervisory or managerial position and less from actual nurses in the 'trenches': the nurses who routinely work on unit floors under very difficult emotional and physical conditions.

A great book that ideally should be part of every nurses' bookshelf or reading list.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40d2c18) out of 5 stars More than Chicken Soup May 21 2011
By Christopher E. Stimson - Published on
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This is a very good book. It gets away from all the fluff of nursing and the chicken soup series. Enjoyed reading this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40d2b10) out of 5 stars Great stories!! June 5 2013
By nursegirl - Published on
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Had to buy this book for my management class. Very easy read and interesting stories. Would recommend to any nurse.
HASH(0xa40d2d20) out of 5 stars Too boring July 21 2014
By romantic - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Boring, too cautiously written. There are much more happens in the hospital we can and should talk about. I suggest a better read

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