brandy1017 24,252 Views
Joined Jun 30, '02.
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I'm a shy person so don't volunteer, but do give to charities on a regular basis that support causes I believe in. I give a percentage of my income, ideally I'd tithe but have too many bills at this time. There are so many worthy charities and needs that it is hard for me to say no. I wish I could do more. But I don't give to every charity and I check to make sure they are trustworthy first by checking out Charity Navigator.
I imagine when I'm retired I will probably do actual volunteer work. While I work full time now, the 12 hour shifts don't leave a lot of time to volunteer. I love all animals and wish I had a pet, love dogs especially, but feel it would be unfair to have one with my current work situation, plus my sleep is messed up working nights. I hope to have a pet when I retire and can get back to a normal life and sleep pattern. In the meantime, I enjoy the pets of my family, friends and neighbors.
I personally think everyone should be able to have a living wage! I've read if the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be around $21/hr. It just shows how much wage stagnation there is in America today! Why begrudge the working poor a living wage? Also let the corporations pay their fair share, right now they and their CEO and his buddies make millions while stiffing workers who thereby live off govt subsidies like food stamps and medicaid. It is crazy that we allow these businesses and their yahoos to get rich by short changing their own workers and also the govt that has to pick up the pieces! Let companies pay their fair share, then the govt won't have to subsidize them and people can have their dignity!
The current economy only enriches the top 1% and harms the rest of the people! It is time for a change!
If you feel shortchanged as a nurse, quit your job and go work at a minimum wage job. At least it will probably be less stressful! Stop being so selfish and cold hearted!
This can best be done by the hospital lobby in each state. QUOTE]
The hospital lobby is the last one that would lobby for safe staffing ratios, that would interfere with their need to maximize profit sad to say!
Would knowingly, purposefully, and chronically under staffing units such that the nurse to patient ratios are at all time highs (and thus increasing the chances of med errors or other problems) be considered to be "bad process"? Because I'm thinking that is one of the major contributing factors to the mistakes that are made in hospitals. And while not "intentional" on the part of the nurses and ancillary staff, it most certainly seems "intentional" on the part of the powers that be. Increasing caregiver to patient ratios is done to boost the bottom line, with no thought whatsoever of the consequences on the caregivers themselves, and ultimately, on patient safety.
It's a shame what the media has done to him. if you listened to his speech, which you probably don't, you'll recognize that that is far from the truth.
Hopefully Hillary has changed her views on nurses. Counting on a President to support nurses is foolhardy, the govt pays for medicare and medicaid and want to cut costs and we are viewed as part of the costs. It will take unionization like the National Nurse United to support nurses and legislators at the state level seem to be more sympathetic to safe staffing ratios etc.
I view the political process with a very jaundiced eye, and look at the upcoming Presidential race as the lesser of the two evils. I cannot stomach Trump, he is a national disgrace and a very dangerous character should he have his hands on the nuclear codes! While I'm not pro Hillary, I feel there is no contest that she is the most highly qualified candidate to be President who would have her husband' input who is on good terms with Republicans like the Bush's in their philanthropic pursuits. There is no contest Trump a joker who has no experience, no skills just a reality star egomaniac or Hillary Clinton who has a lifetime of political service both domestic and international! I fear for our country if Trump becomes President!
I do feel dread to come to work, not because of fear of making a mistake, simply what sort of assignment I will have, how many crazy patients will I have to deal with etc. I started taking amitriptyline a while back to help with migraines and also to calm me down because I was getting so stressed out and getting in trouble for losing my cool at work when dealing with a ridiculous assignment. It is sad to say so many of us need meds to do this crazy job, but it is true and the meds help so I can stay calm in the chaos. I'm just trying to make it to retirement with my mind and body intact and my mortgage paid off. I think anyone that can afford it should go back to school for NP or make plans for a non bedside job. Things are not going to get better!
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