Intensifying Care: The Hospital Industry, Professionalization, and the Reorganization of the Nursing Labor Process, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Intensifying Care

The Hospital Industry, Professionalization, and the Reorganization of the Nursing Labor Process, 1st Edition

By Robert L. Brannon

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

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health