Meet Suzanne

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, the American Prospect, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, The BMJ, and others. She is the co-editor of the Culture and Politics of Healthcare Work series at Cornell University Press.

Suzanne is the author or co-author of ten books including Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines,  Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety.

Suzanne is the co-editor of eight books, including Collaborative Caring: Stories and Reflections on Teamwork in Healthcare (January 2015), edited with David L. Feldman and Michael Leonard and First Do Less Harm: Confronting Inconvenient Problems in Patient Safety, edited with Ross Koppel (May 2012).  She is co-author of From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public. She recently edited When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough: Stories of Nurses Standing Up For Themselves, Their Patients and Their Profession.

She is co-author, with Lisa Hayes,  of the play about interprofessional practice in healthcare entitled Bedside Manners

For additional details on Suzanne Gordon’s books, please click here to visit her Books & Resouces Page.

First Do Less HarmWhen Chicken Soup Isn't EnoughLife Support
From Silence to VoiceNursing Against The OddsSafety In Numbers

Suzanne is a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, an Affiliated scholar with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s Wilson Centre, and, with Lisa Hayes, has written a play about patient safety and teamwork entitled Bedside Manners.



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  6. As an RN of many years in tons of settings, I have yet (perhaps you know of a brave person…) to read a book by a nurse about awful hospitals and the patients they do not protect. And what happens to said nurses if they dare to speak up: risking all. I would like to write – or co- author – a book that informs patients all the crazy things that happen in the OR- after they are asleep?, dependent on a well functioning team…

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