Hospitals / Corporations replacing nurses with... - page 2

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Hospitals / corporations are laying off nurses and merging job duties / responsibilities to improve their bottom line. What do you think about these moves? Is this happening in your area? Do you think it will improve... Read More


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    Quote from AZ_RN2B
    I never have liked or entirely agreed with the paradigm of a patient being a "customer" and therefore "the customer is always right". This concept might work well in other areas such as selling shoes, cars, groceries, etc. but IMHO it just doesn't fit health care or hospital care very well.
    The concept "the customer is always right" has not worked well in any area. One of the greatest business concept mistakes ever crafted.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I already knew that corporations don't have heart, a soul or compassion. (oh, wait, they were talking about the robots.....)
    Brandon, that's kinda what I was gonna say---they've ALREADY replaced administrators/administrative staff, corporate, etc., with robots. And that's worked soooo well.

    But shouldn't having a robotized nurse fix lots?
    ---Teach it/program It to get hard IV sticks, nasty NG's, and Foleys past a 78-year-old-prostate, all on the first try; while not causing any mess, limiting temporarily said patient's obsession with his TV remote, cell phone, sandwich. Keeps scores up!
    ---Program with the only responses needed: "Yes, m'am", and "thank you". Nice & simple!
    ---Stock it like a coke machine with Demerol, Dilaudid, Benadryl, and Phenergan, and lots of NS flushes. That way, the "customer" can have their cocktail within literally seconds of requesting it. Scores just went
    wayyyyy up!

    Sounds great!
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    Quote from excuse_me
    The concept "the customer is always right" has not worked well in any area. One of the greatest business concept mistakes ever crafted.
    Amen to that! It lets greedy and mean people walk all over employees in lots of sectors, and it's the very reason why retail is the worst. And instead of teaching people that if they can't be decent human beings they won't be tolerated in a social setting, they teach them that if they've got the money, they can walk all over whomever they want for whatever reason or even none at all. You can't fix people being people, but you shouldn't have to tolerate it, either. It'd be great to see corporations who back their employees instead of backing rude people with money.

    Oh, and as long as I'm on a corporate rant, I obviously don't mean all employees -- we all know how incompetent many retail managers seem to be. As long as I worked in retail and fast food (from 16 up til 20 continually, then off and on from then up until just a month or so ago), I never once had a manager whom I could say, "Oh, I know why they put her in charge! She's very competent and good with customers!" The closest I got was a couple of head cashiers at the retail chain I worked at, and only about 2 out of the 10 of them were any good with people or fair at all.
    Last edit by Amnesty on Jul 5, '13
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    You forgot to add "Is there anything else I can do for you. I have the time". Robots gotta be able to say that
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    It is all about greed. That is the bottom line. All the hospitals say they care about the patients but we all know they care about the penny more.
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    The robots should replace the administrators...that would be easy...cheaper too.
    No big bonuses, long vacations, big salaries...the robot can do the figurin at low cost, works 24/7, doesn't need a bonus, and the $$ can be used for bedside care.
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    no you should be saying: 01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01001001 00100000 01110111 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01100010 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01101110 01110101 01110010 01110011 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101111 01100100 01100001 01111001

    (Use a binary translator to read)
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    I just want to get my RN degree!
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    Quote from tewdles
    The robots should replace the administrators...that would be easy...cheaper too.
    No big bonuses, long vacations, big salaries...the robot can do the figurin at low cost, works 24/7, doesn't need a bonus, and the $$ can be used for bedside care.
    This this THIS!
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    I completely agree with your post. But isn't that why the Affordable Care Act of 2010 passed? To reform the health care system by reconceptualizing the role of nurses? Some facilities have started to do that with successful patient outcomes while reducing cost - by giving more authority to RN's & APRN's. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report by the IOM is an excellent read of what the nursing profession has to do to participate in reforming health care instead of leaving it up to physicians & other non-nursing staff .
    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health - Institute of Medicine



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