Nursing is vital to millions of people worldwide. This book details the ebb and flow of its fascinating history and politics through case studies from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Authors from across the Americas share findings and explore new thinking about Western hemisphere-specific issues that affect nursing and health care. Using economic globalization as an overarching framework, these cross-national case studies show the strengths and contradictions in nursing, elucidating common themes and examining successes. The partnership of authors shapes a collective understanding of nursing in the Americas and forms a basis for enduring hemisphere-wide academic exchange. Thus, the book offers a new platform for understanding the struggles and obstacles of nursing in a climate of globalization, as well as for understanding nursing's richness and accomplishments. Because politics, economics, health, and nursing are inextricably linked, this volume critically explores the intersections among political economies and nursing and health care systems. The historical and contextual background allows readers to make sense of how and why nursing in the Americas has taken on its present form.
The Context of Nursing and Globalization
Karen Lucas Breda
Nursing in Colombia
María Claudia Duque-Páramo and Martha Cecilia López-Maldonado
Nursing in Chile
Patricia Jara Concha, Veronica Behn Theune, Nestor Ortiz Rebolledo and Sandra Valenzuela Suazo
Nursing in Argentina
Maria Alejandra Chervo, Eduardo Miguel Arzani and Teresa Isable Micozzi
Nursing in Brazil
Mariani da Gloria Miotto Wright, Maria Cecília Puntel de Almeida, Maria Itayra Coelho Souza Padilha, Helena M.S. Leal David, Gelson Luiz de Albuquerque and Jaqueline Da Silva
Nursing in Mexico
Lucila Cardenas Becerril, Maricela Sanchez Gandara, Beatriz Carmona Mejía and Beatriz Arana Gómez
Nursing in Canada
Susan E. French and Jessica D. Emed
Nursing in the U.S.A.
Karen Lucas Breda, Evelyn L. Barbee and Maria Zadoroznyj
Synthesis of Case Studies: Implications for Global Nursing and Health
Karen Lucas Breda
Epilogue: Excerpt from "Canto General"
Appendix A: Abbreviations and Acronyms
Appendix B: Country Comparison of Nursing Titles & Educational Preparation
Appendix C: Questions for Discussion and Dialogue