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When the Safety Net is a Nurse: Organizational Care Work in the Context of State Retrenchment
Speaker: LaTonya Trotter

Abstract: Nursing is often called the caring profession. But for whom are they being asked to care? Whose problems are they deployed to solve? I investigate these questions primarily through the case of the nurse practitioner (NP). Conceived by organizations as “physician substitutes,” one expects that NP will be held responsible for providing the same—or fewer—services as physicians. However, I find that gendered expectations attached to the nursing profession, both internally and externally, conspire to create a different rendering of NP work that often results in a broader arena of responsibility. I find that NPs not only address a different construction of problems for patients but also make visible the unspoken problems of employers and the state. Through this case, I consider the ways in which the nursing profession has become one of many privatized responses to the shrinking of the US welfare state and explore the implications for both patients and providers.

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Nov 12, 2021 12:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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