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    I think this guy is really great.

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    The steps taken to prevent baby from being snatched from ob floor or nursery are causing these people to become more inventive.

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    First I heard of this, thank you for the info!

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    If you take the time to read this article you will see that it has some very interesting facts in it. One of them is that public health leaders worry that in the future life expectency may begin to drop due to obesity and inactivity amount the young.

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    Quote from carolinapooh
    Forgive me for a second, but if you had any experience in actually having to DEAL with Medicare and care for someone who has to use it, you'd realize it's the biggest load of C-R-A-P you ever dealt with in your life. It is in need of a MAJOR overhaul, and no one wants to pay the tax increase that would be required to do it (I do not include myself in that category, as I would welcome an increase IF IT WERE ACTUALLY USED FOR MEDICARE IMPROVEMENT). While it MAY be better than nothing, it's still questionable at best, and a PAIN to interpret and deal with from the patient's end.

    'Scuse me for saying so. :trout:

    Anyway, I digress....it doesn't surprise me Canadians are healthier than us - they're as a whole more active than the average American.
    I don't recall saying that medicare is the greatest thing in the world. I said that it works. Yes it is a typical goverment program with all the drawbacks that come with that fact. But those over 65 that have it are way better off than those under 65 that have nothing. That is a statistical proven fact.

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    Yes managment is the problem, anything else I can deal with. Their cold stop your whining attitude is what eventually drives most nurses out. Then they run to congress and try to bring in foreign nurses. I am however beating a dead horse, they are not going to change.

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    Not surprising, people without insurance tend to let health problems run on until they get so sick they are close to death. I bet if you compared the health of our elderly to the health of elderly persons in other countries USA would stack up very well. You see persons over 65 have national health insurance in USA, it is called medicare.

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    Don't they add additional fluid in the lab sometimes for preservation purposes? Someone once told me that but I don't know for sure. I think they also add a perservative chemical.

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    Strange isn't it. We are permitted to tackle someone trying to jump off a bridge but we are not permitted to pull the cigarette out of a patients mouth. To me the two things are the same thing, SUICIDE, one slow and the other quick.

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    Dear friends, if anyone ever dares to bring your salary up to you please ask them to look up salaries of the average pro football or basketball player. What is it with a society that complains about paying decent wages to a caregiver then forks over 11 million a year to someone because of the way they bounce a ball?

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    Quote from FNPwannabee
    Hello to all,

    My appopogies to my nurse friends around the world: I have adopted children from two nations outside the USA, and I have no ill-will toward anyone...

    BUT, the USA is short of nurses because our wages have been held down, and the workplace is often hostile: Bringing in nurses from abroad only makes these problems worse: Like coffee, wheat, corn, etc., the price of any commodity is a function of supply and demand...unless someone manipulates the market. When nurses are in sufficiently short supply, the wages will increase, and the workplace will become more keenly aware of what is needed to retain staff. This will result in many of the out-of-full-time-practice nurses returning to work.

    Bringing in nurses from outside the country IS A MANIPULATION OF THE JOB MARKET! It is a misguided (bandaid) attempt to fix a problem that only exists because of market conditions.

    Presently, hospitals have increased patient/nurse ratios to the point of diminishing return: That is, (patient deaths and injuries) law-suits and liability insurance costs have increased due to rising patient/nurse ratios, and are becoming more expensive than than nurse hours. Since the nurse market has no/little more elasticity left, we might be on the verge of significant wage increases...JUST LET THE MARKET DECIDE...DON'T CHANGE THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND RELATIONSHIP BY BRINGING IN OUTSIDE NURSES!

    Just my two cents worth...for free!

    FNPwannabee
    My friend was just complaining to me about call offs at the nursing home where she works. Seems managment hired a bunch of nurses from Phillipines. They have contracts so when it comes time to cancel they are cancelling regular staff. She was getting four 12 hrs shifts a week, now she is lucky if she gets three. That is what she told me.

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    she actually got off easy, only minor things went wrong, she did not end up having heart surgery when her hip needed fixed, darn lucky lady

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    When they say administrative cost do they include salaries of high level managment persons like CEOS and CFOS? I was just reading an article recently that said that the salaries and other compensations of before mentioned persons in health care are getting way out of line. But the article also said that the gross over compensation of highest levels of managment was going on at all levels of corporate USA.

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    Gee Celeste, what a sad story. What crappy treatment you recieved. Hope things turn out well for you or at least turn around, best wishes. I continue to witness employers treat employee very badly in many instances, right in the middle of a labor shortage. Yes there is a shortage of people who can do hands on type of skills in many fields. My thinking is that they expect to be importing millions of foreign workers that they can treat as they wish without consequences.

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    A very important article, the effects of Katrina on New Orleans will continue for years. I propose that the deaths of the old and poor and sick in the 2 years following the storm be counted as storm deaths. It is so obvious that some sort of large scale effort to bring in healthcare to the area needs to be carried out. I wonder how much of this problem can be laid at the door of the same state and local officals that neglected the levys, failed to plan for a hurricane. N.O. has to have the worst local and state goverments in the US.


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