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Nursing Advocate Suzanne Gordon Discusses Teamwork with ENHP Nursing Students


Posted 03/16/2011
Submitted by Marlene Hall
Category: Campus Announcements
Pictured (l-r) are nursing faculty members Antoinette Towle; Karen Breda; author/journalist Suzanne Gordon; Susan Diehl, interim chair of the Department of Nursing; Anne Marie Buonocore; and Katharine Kranz-Lewis.

Pictured (l-r) are nursing faculty members Antoinette Towle; Karen Breda; author/journalist Suzanne Gordon; Susan Diehl, interim chair of the Department of Nursing; Anne Marie Buonocore; and Katharine Kranz-Lewis.

Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning journalist and author, held a workshop for the entire nursing student body and faculty on Thursday evening, Feb. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.

The workshop focused on teamwork pertaining to the topics of patient safety, decreasing patient injuries, nurse retention, and nurse satisfaction. Gordon was chosen to conduct the workshop because of the relevance of her writings and her acute understanding of nursing.

Nursing students and faculty in all nursing courses were involved with this special event, devoting some class time before the actual workshop. Faculty coordinated a study unit using Gordon’s book, When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough: Stories of Nurses Standing Up for Themselves, Their Patients, and Their Professions. The preparation provided for a lively exchange between the author and students. 

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author/editor of 12 books. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, American Prospect, Atlantic Monthly, Toronto Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and many other publications. She is currently co-editing a series of books for Cornell University Press on the Culture and Politics of Health Care Work. Gordon is a popular lecturer and past commentator for CBS Radio and Public Radio International's "Marketplace" program. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Assistant, Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She has also co-authored, with Lisa Hayes, a play entitled Bedside Manners, that deals with nurse/doctor relationships.

Pictured (l-r) are nursing faculty members Antoinette Towle; Karen Breda; author/journalist Suzanne Gordon; Susan Diehl, interim chair of the Department of Nursing; Anne Marie Buonocore; and Katharine Kranz-Lewis.

Pictured (l-r) are nursing faculty members Antoinette Towle; Karen Breda; author/journalist Suzanne Gordon; Susan Diehl, interim chair of the Department of Nursing; Anne Marie Buonocore; and Katharine Kranz-Lewis.