Trotter, LaTonya J.
More Than Medicine
Nurse Practitioners and the Problems They Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State
Aims and Scope
In More Than Medicine, LaTonya J. Trotter chronicles the everyday work of a group of nurse practitioners (NPs) working on the front lines of the American health care crisis as they cared for four hundred African-American older adults living with poor health and limited means. Trotter describes how these NPs practiced an inclusive form of care work that addressed medical, social, and organizational problems that often accompany poverty. In solving this expanded terrain of problems from inside the clinic, these NPs were not only solving a broader set of concerns for their patients; they became a professional solution for managing "difficult people" for both their employer and the state. Through More Than Medicine, we discover that the problems found in the NP's exam room are as much a product of our nation's disinvestment in social problems as of physician scarcity or rising costs.
- 216 pages
- CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Type of Publication:
- Specialist Text
- nursing, medicine, health, gender inequality, care work
"LaTonya Trotter has written a beautiful book, one that is engaging, empirically rich, and theoretically sophisticated. More than Medicine is cleverly argued, drawing on foundational concepts and theories in the sociology of professions, political sociology, and medical sociology."
Jennifer Reich, University of Colorado Denver, Author of Calling the Shots:
"More than Medicine convincingly shows that nurse practitioners are not pseudo-physicians, but are professionals who approach care in ways that takes social context seriously. Through rich data and compelling stories, we see how nurse practitioners manage social problems by not just providing healthcare, but also social services and emotional support to patients in need."
Adia Harvey Wingfield, Washington University in St. Louis, author of Flatlining:
"More Than Medicine is a must-read for anyone interested in how our changing health care system both maintains and challenges norms about gender, work, and the provision of care."