Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing (ILR Press Books)

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Through a careful look at the effects of the restructuring strategies chosen and implemented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the author examines management's efforts to balance service and survival.

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"Dana Beth Weinberg provides a compelling account of the dismantling of one of the few hospitals in America that specialized in care. This is a ‘must read’ for all who seek to understand the nurse shortage"—Linda H. Aiken, University of Pennsylvania

"Dana Beth Weinberg’s book is right on target, portraying how the relentless financialization of our health care system destroyed one of the finest—if not the finest—hospital nursing service in America. Code Green is a well-written demonstration of how organizational change can disrupt the work of even the most conscientious professionals, and a warning to us all of the human dangers raised by an unthinking spread of business logic."—Daniel F. Chambliss, Hamilton College, author of Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses, and the Social Organization of Ethics

"Beth Israel was an international benchmark hospital which many saw as setting the nursing standards to be achieved elsewhere. This account of its recent history carries important messages about the domination of economics over the need for nursing care, the fragility of even the best nursing leadership during amalgamations, and the ease with which a reputation can be lost."—Tom Keighley, Editor, Nursing Management

"Physicians need to pay more attention to what is happening to nursing as we and our patients are critically dependent on the underappreciated activities of nurses. A good starting point is to read and heed the alarms sounding in Code Green."—Gordon Schiff, M.D., Director, Clinical Quality Research, Department of Medicine, Cook County Hospital

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Dana Beth Weinberg is a Senior Research Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist, author of Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines, and coauthor of From Silence to Voice, also from Cornell.

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