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Intensifying Care
The Hospital Industry, Professionalization, and the Reorganization of the Nursing Labor Process




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ISBN 9780895031624
Published May 15, 1995 by Routledge
185 Pages

 
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"Intensifying Care" contributes to overcoming this disparity by focusing on nurses and the reorganization of the nursing labor process during the cost containment era. In the expansionary decades of the 1950s and 1960s, nursing labor in hospitals was organized around a stratified work force performing differentiated tasks. Beginning in the 1970s, this system of labor was transformed by a trend toward RN-predominant staffing, the displacement of less-credentialed workers, and the reunification of nursing tasks. Nursing leaders promoted task reunification as a form of professional practice reminiscent of nursing before the widespread employment of a stratified work force in postwar hospitals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: Political Economy, Corporatization, and Subordinate Workers
 The Changing Political Economy of Health Care
 Corporatization and the Reorganization of Community Hospitals

PART TWO: Reorganizing Nursing Labor
 Before the Postwar Period: Hospital Apprenticeship and Private Duty
 Stratified Workers, Subdivided Work: Team Nursing
 Reunified Tasks: Primary Nursing and the Trend to an All-RN Work Force
 Conclusion and Epilogue Author Index

Subject Index

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