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:
- Compare and contrast the basic economic structure of private, for-profit, non-profit, publicly-traded, and publicly owned hospitals.
- Recognize how market pressures outside influence budget decisions inside the hospital industry.
- Identify the downstream health and social consequences of the financial choices hospital executives make.
- 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:
- Describe empirically-verified health benefits and multiplier effects of collective joy for individuals, institutions, and communities.
- Identify organizational structures and practices that support and sustain joyful solidarity.
- Discuss the immediate and long-term results of joyful patient and collective advocacy.