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 , The Nation, The American Prospect, The Washington Monhtly, 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.  Her latest book, The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Policy Making and Patient Care will be published in the Spring of 2017 by Cornell Publishing.  For her coverage of VA Healthcare, Suzanne has received the DAV’s 2017 Special Recognition Award.

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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  8. Re your November 11, 2016 appearance on C-Span. I urge you to watch the September 14, 2016 Senate Veterans Affairs hearing on C-SPAN. Listen to minutes: 7.5 – 11.
    Sec. McDonald testified about recommendations before Congress that require its action before the VA can remediate them.

    Here is the link:

    1. Streamline VA community care program – submitted October 2015.

    2. Eight major medical construction projects and 24 leases needing authorization. They are funded but need a green light from congress to move forward.

    3. Veterans First Act to hold people accountable.

    4. Approval of the President’s 2017 VA budget which includes 100 proposals for legislative changes.

    5. Appeals process

    These are just a few of the actions he mentioned in the hearing.

  9. My website is about the only book I’ve written thus far but I have several writing projects in progress. One of them is about my horrendous experience with the private healthcare system during my first wife’s battle with a brain tumor. This experience involved six different hospitals, numerous healthcare providers, etc. I am able to compare and contrast my wife’s experience to my own in the VA healthcare system, which has been totally positive. My VA healthcare has and still is addressing among other medical issues stemming from my military service, my parachute accident while serving overseas in 1961. After I left the service, I addressed my medical issues in the private sector for several years. My continuing medical problems were eventually taken up by the VA and I eventually moved to Redding to be closer to the VA clinic there. I recently posted the following on FB in response to the negative verbiage cast upon the VA healthcare system: “For the record I have received care in several VA facilities including the Redding VA clinic, Mather, Travis AFB, Mare Island, Chico VA clinic, and the San Francisco VA Hospital. No complaints here. In fact, the care that I have received from the VA system has far exceeded what I have received from private providers and my experience needs to be made public!!!!!”

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