Nurses protest at HCA Largo Medical Center

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    http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/article1197464.ece

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/article1197464.ece

    Nurses protest at HCA Largo Medical Center

    LARGO Nurses at Largo Medical Center went public Tuesday with their grievances, waving red and white signs in front of the hospital reading "safe staffing = better patient care."

    Since January, Largo Medical Center nurses have filed almost 150 complaints with hospital managers and their relatively new union. Nurses can't refuse an assignment but can register objections, in this case mostly involving claims of inadequate staffing.

    Many who float between hospital units also say they are asked to cover in areas for which they feel poorly prepared. "We have some patient safety concerns," Largo Medical nurse......
    laborer, Fixit, wooh, and 2 others like this.
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    Good for them. Florida needs more unions, and I've heard that HCA is one of the worst health systems to work for.
    Chico David RN, laborer, CloudySky, and 5 others like this.
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    Good. HCA must have the worst reputation for nurse abuse and unsafe pt conditions yet they keep buying more hospitals. I'll never work for HCA.
    Chico David RN, laborer, CloudySky, and 3 others like this.
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    I can honestly say that I applied for a job there this summer- I guess a new grad RN isn't good enough for LMC, but an unsafe pt ratio is. Oh well...
    laborer, herring_RN, and lindarn like this.
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    To Futterwacken: I thought that was an excellent comment you made about facilities not being interested in new grads but being interested in overloading the nurses they have to unsafe levels. You have really hit the ball out of the park with that one. It is as if they are ignoring the ramifications of what they are doing in terms of safe staffing. And they are. All CEO's in health care are rolling the dice now, overloading nurses with very ill patients, and hoping that nothing bad happens, i.e. that no patient dies or that they get sued. Of course, if they do get sued, the overloaded nurse will bear the brunt of it.
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    Quote from VU RN BSN
    Nurses can't refuse an assignment but can register objections, in this case mostly involving claims of inadequate staffing.
    I don't care for that - a nurse should never be forced to accept an assignment he/she feels is unsafe. In the end, it's my license, not theirs that will be on the line. Even in Texas, notorious for bad labor practices, I have the right to refuse an assignment.
    VU RN BSN, laborer, DizzyLizzyNurse, and 1 other like this.
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    Of course, because the nurse(s) are always the ones to take all the blame. It's your classic ethical dilemma: do I put my "all" into the job, tyring to improve things as best I can, and risk my license in doing so, or do I walk and leave it all in my co-workers' laps? Neither choice is acceptable to us as nurses, and management knows that and plays on it.
    lindarn, herring_RN, VU RN BSN, and 1 other like this.
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    Before you write off HCA, please know that Not all HCA facilities are created equally! My hospital has been HCA for the past 15 years and it is AWESOME! I wouldn't want to work anywhere else. The most patients I've ever had was 5 and that is a rarity. Most of the time I have 4. I've been in other facilities that can't attempt to compare. I really feel it is an individual hospital problem and because HCA operates so many facilities, it has more of an opportunity to receive a bad rap. Just my 2 cents
    lindarn and laborer like this.
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    Quote from Tankweti
    To Futterwacken: I thought that was an excellent comment you made about facilities not being interested in new grads but being interested in overloading the nurses they have to unsafe levels. You have really hit the ball out of the park with that one. It is as if they are ignoring the ramifications of what they are doing in terms of safe staffing. And they are. All CEO's in health care are rolling the dice now, overloading nurses with very ill patients, and hoping that nothing bad happens, i.e. that no patient dies or that they get sued. Of course, if they do get sued, the overloaded nurse will bear the brunt of it.
    or a brand new untrained nurse can be more detrimental than overloaded experienced one....
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    Originally Posted by Tankweti
    To Futterwacken: I thought that was an excellent comment you made about facilities not being interested in new grads but being interested in overloading the nurses they have to unsafe levels. You have really hit the ball out of the park with that one. It is as if they are ignoring the ramifications of what they are doing in terms of safe staffing. And they are. All CEO's in health care are rolling the dice now, overloading nurses with very ill patients, and hoping that nothing bad happens, i.e. that no patient dies or that they get sued. Of course, if they do get sued, the overloaded nurse will bear the brunt of it.
    Quote from 8mpg
    or a brand new untrained nurse can be more detrimental than overloaded experienced one....
    New grads need adequate orientation with a preceptor and not assigned total responsibility for patients until his or her competency has been validated.
    The new grad is not "untrained". The new grad is an advanced beginner. (Benner)
    Last edit by herring_RN on Nov 16, '11


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