Hospital Economics For Nurses & The Science of Joy and Solidarity

Part I — Hospital Economics For Nurses: Behind The Scenes of The Business of Health Care

This class investigates the basic economic structures of hospital operations in the United States, focusing on demystifying how executives use the language of economics to justify their decisions. The class also addresses how market-driven medicine encourages nurses to prioritize economic choices over clinical judgment and the moral distress it creates.

Upon completion of Part I of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the basic economic structure of private, for-profit, non-profit, publicly-traded, and publicly owned hospitals.
  2. Recognize how market pressures outside influence budget decisions inside the hospital industry.
  3. Identify the downstream health and social consequences of the financial choices hospital executives make.
  4. Explain the basic economic and moral investments of different kinds of health care systems.

Part II — The Science of Joy and Solidarity

This class examines the immediate and long-term health, social, and economic benefits of organized collective action. It explores a growing scientific consensus that common purpose and solidarity lead to a collective joy that is a significant and necessary variable in healing the broader challenges we currently face

Upon completion of Part II of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe empirically-verified health benefits and multiplier effects of collective joy for individuals, institutions, and communities.
  2. Identify organizational structures and practices that support and sustain joyful solidarity.
  3. Discuss the immediate and long-term results of joyful patient and collective advocacy.



San Mateo
March 12, 2019
Marriott San Mateo San Francisco Airport
1770 South Amphlett Boulevard, San Mateo CA 94402
March 14, 2019
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
2500 East Second Street, Reno NV 89595
Santa Monica
March 19, 2019
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica
1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica CA 90401
March 26, 2019
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814
April 4, 2019
CNA/NNOC Headquarters
155 Grand Avenue, Suite 100, Oakland CA 94612
April 11, 2019
Red Lion Hotel Redding
1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding CA 96002