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  1. 12 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 "customer" satisfaction?



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    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,289; Likes: 16,227.

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  4. Visit  IcySageNurse profile page
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    It should be "a heart, a soul, or compassion" not "and"
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  5. Visit  BSNbeDONE profile page
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    Quote from IcySageNurse
    It should be "a heart, a soul, or compassion" not "and"
    ......unless the words "don't have" are replaced with "are missing".

    (Sorry, OP. What can I say....I was forced to take this darn writing course for the RN-BSN degree. I didn't want to but they made me.)
    SE_BSN_RN, brandy1017, and IcySageNurse like this.
  6. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    No brains or courage either as per Dorothy.
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  7. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    I already knew that corporations don't have heart, a soul or compassion. (oh, wait, they were talking about the robots.....)
  8. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    Our corporate citizens don't care about the health of the American people...those citizens care about the capitalist laws and regulations that affect their ability to make profit.

    Our legislators pass laws to make the few corporate citizens happy because those citizens give them $$.

    As long as capitalism is the foundation of our health system, rather than prevention, treatment, and outcomes, American's will continue to have the worst outcomes and most expensive system on the planet.

    Corporate health care groups will continue to lay off nurses as a way to insure their profits...even though people are hospitalized for NURSING care. They will continue to ignore the plethora of studies that directly link outcomes to nursing hours at bedside and minimize access to the very thing patients need because of the expense.

    They will focus, instead, on whether or not the patients and families believe that their hospital stay was enough like a 5 star hotel to make them happy.
    hikernurse, msteeleart, SE_BSN_RN, and 8 others like this.
  9. Visit  AZ_LPN_8_26_13 profile page
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    Quote from tewdles
    Our corporate citizens don't care about the health of the American people...those citizens care about the capitalist laws and regulations that affect their ability to make profit.

    Our legislators pass laws to make the few corporate citizens happy because those citizens give them $$.

    As long as capitalism is the foundation of our health system, rather than prevention, treatment, and outcomes, American's will continue to have the worst outcomes and most expensive system on the planet.

    Corporate health care groups will continue to lay off nurses as a way to insure their profits...even though people are hospitalized for NURSING care. They will continue to ignore the plethora of studies that directly link outcomes to nursing hours at bedside and minimize access to the very thing patients need because of the expense.

    They will focus, instead, on whether or not the patients and families believe that their hospital stay was enough like a 5 star hotel to make them happy.
    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.
  10. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    I remember the movie iRobot hehe
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    I think hospitals can use robots to take care of garbage and clean the building instead of taking good care of patients..they are robots! not nurses..
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  12. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from amygarside
    I think hospitals can use robots to take care of garbage and clean the building instead of taking good care of patients..they are robots! not nurses..
    Didn't you see the movie 'Short Circuit'?
    "Johnny 5 is alive!"
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  13. Visit  excuse_me profile page
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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.
    tewdles, sistasoul, NurseDirtyBird, and 1 other like this.
  14. Visit  MessyMomma profile page
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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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  15. Visit  Amnesty profile page
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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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