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Who's Got the Power?

This week on the show: power in the health care system. Who has it, and who wishes they did.

If you think wielding power is all about barking orders, you’ve been watching too many medical shows on TV. There are many ways to exercise power in a hospital. From early in their training, nurses learn this, and their place in the pecking order.

Susannah Handley and Hilary Hall are nursing students at the University of Toronto. On this week’s show, they give you introduction to what they’re learning about nursing power.

Click play to listen to a long version of our chat with Susannah and Hilary as they figure out who they take orders from, and who they give them to.



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Previous Comments (3)

Thanks for throwing out solid issues. Haven't missed a program..
question:Have we not gone too far in making people dependent on a "health sytem" which is perhaps great for some illnesses, but which hasn,t demonstrated its effectiveness in promoting public health,or individual autonomy?
In Quebec,there's a horrible metaphor for people without family doctors: ORPHANS! There's something sick about our dependency on doctors for our health.

wilfrid Bilodeau, May 26, 2008 2:17 PM

EDITOR: I request to remain annonymous or use a pseudodym ["Andrea"] becasue I work in the system and have many issues with the current state of affairs but also need to remain employed.
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Having no primary care doctor is more than a single patient's "childlike" dependence on an individual physician. To actually improve health care means actually to understsand the patient and ,if things are running reasonably, the family because the primary care doctor knows the health history of the entire family and can more clearly make a confirmed diagnosis. They also have an opportunity to get to know the patient and how they react and interact with the clinician. This actually makes their job more efficient or reliable. It also makes those specialists that patients are referred to more able to do an effective job and maintain that word that should actually still have meaning in this system (continuity)but is only used as a way to keep residents at work longer. This concept IS part of preventive health care!

"Andrea", July 1, 2008 9:37 PM

Enjoy cbc, it is not surprising how the health care system, has turned more to a business in the new age.

The biggest population base for health care at this time maybe the baby-boomers. (1947-1965).

Research becomes the big ticket in health care, and formal education in the health market.

Clients/patients are being directed to registering on to programs in the open market of health care. (Community Health Care Network).

Study, study study the agenda!

Have human beings become products to sustain the needs of formal education in the health care market?

Requesting to stay annonymous, in the health care community. Using pseudodym (Sally) Thanks!

Sally, August 12, 2008 1:24 AM
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