Falk, Ursula A. Books

Dr. Ursula A. Falk is a practicing psychotherapist and nursing home consultant. She earned her Ed.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and is a published author.

Deviant Nurses and Improper Patient Care
2006 0-7734-5967-7
This book describes that segment of the nursing profession who deviate from the expectations of the public in the performance of their duties. There is a chapter on male nurses, not because they necessarily create the kinds of dangers described in other chapters, but because the very idea of “male nurses” creates “cognitive dissonance” in the context of the American division of labor.

The concept of “cognitive dissonance” is explored in connection with male nurses but fits the entire study here because the very word “nurse” implies a concern for the sick and needy, which some nurses negate by their actions.

Those actions are described in this book. The cases presented here are the product of hearings conducted by a State Board of Nursing over several years. The present author has been a member of such a board for more than a decade and has considerable insight into the failures of some members of the nursing profession and the dangers this presents to patients.

Interviews with Patients in Psychotherapy the Client Speaks
1995 0-7734-9402-2
This is a casebook for social workers and social work students. The characters in these vignettes are real people who came to a caseworker to tell their stories. These are authentic case histories with only names and places modified to protect identities. Problems include sexual abuse, substance addiction, memories from concentration camp experience, family dysfunction. Samples of chapter titles are I Don't Need No Transplant, Russia Wasn't Like That, My Insides Want to Go; My Outsides Can't, and I Was Too Shy to Say Sex.