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  1. Find Out Who's Caring for You
    Don't assume the little name tag pinned to that uniform is a sure way of identifying a nurse. It may actually be designed to fool you......
    http://www.rd.com/common/nav/index.j...subChannelId=7

    Is Your Hospital Gambling With Your Life?
    It was no routine inspection. The investigator who showed up at the Santa Rosa, Calif., hospital that June morning three years ago wasn't interested in checking for germs on table counters. Anonymous reports had come to her agency, the state's department of health services, claiming the hospital was endangering the lives of surgical patients. "We all had to go meet with the official, one at a time, in private," says a nurse who is on the hospital staff. "It created quite a stir. But a lot of people were relieved because they knew what was happening was wrong."......... http://www.rd.com/common/nav/index.j...subChannelId=7

    Study Finds Strong Link Between Patient Outcomes and Nurse Staffing
    "Excellent nurses may have difficulty providing excellent care if they are working in conditions that are not conducive to quality care."
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    I hope everyone reads the second article"gambling with your life". It explains what can happen when the person on the phone tells you your symptoms are minor. If you don't think they are minor you better be ready to advocate for yourself.
  4. by   fergus51
    There was also an article about the nursing shortage in the Canadian version this month. It even listed the number of nurses praticing in each province and the number needed, as well as discussing workplace conditions and salaries.
  5. by   -jt
    Fergus, can you post a link to that article?

    There was supposed to one in the US version this month too but I can't find it online. Anybody get the US version Jan 2003?
  6. by   Keely-FutureRN
    I don't really understand the first story regarding why it is bad for a nurse aid to care for you. In Utah, it is REQUIRED that you become certified with 2 months imprisonment and a 1,000+ fine if you are caught practicing without certification. In regards to the types of care that you need to "ask about", certified nursing assistants are not allowed to perform these so it would definitely need to be a nurse or doctor. So why is it telling people you should ask who is performing these? Just because they're nurse aids, doesn't mean they're incapable of caring for people.

    Keely
  7. by   FullMoonMadness
    Keely,the aides at many hospitals do foley insertions,blood sugars and dressing changes. Its a way for management to get the most while spending less.
  8. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Thanks FullMoonMAdness,
    I am currently in a cna certification course and was misinformed about these. Thanks for clearing that up.

    Keely
  9. by   RainbowzLPN
    I have worked at a rehab hospital in the past (before I was a CNA), & I was called a rehab tech. I was doing blood sugars, changing dressings, etc. I found out that I didn't even need to be a CNA to work there, & that made me uncomfortable. I'm going on to be a nurse, & I'll be there to help do dressings, & other procedures, but that just made me worry abt my job, I didn't want to be responsible for hurting a patient.
  10. by   fergus51
    Ask and you shall receive
    Called "where have all the nurses gone?". Some of the info is uniquely Canadian because it deals with how we lose nurses to the US, but most of it is very relevant to the US as well.
    http://www.readersdigest.ca/mag/2003/02/nurses.html
    Last edit by fergus51 on Jan 29, '03
  11. by   fergus51
    I thought it was a good article. It mentioned the lack of full time work, which is the main reason I am leaving my hospital and moving to another province.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yes, fergus, i notice that. there are HARDLY ANY fulltime/ 0.9 FTE's posted anywhere, but lots and lots of 0.6 and less (oncall were the majority I saw). for those needing benefits,this is such a grand rip-off. another way to cheat people and chase nurses out of the field, for sure.
  13. by   fergus51
    Exactly Deb. The interesting thing was in this article they interviewed Rob Callnan (head of the CNA, our ANA) about a unit he managed in Vicotria. The first thing he did was cut the number of beds and hire more nurses. He was 60 000$ underbudget by the end of the year because of less sick time and better retention that comes with more full time positions.

    I managed to get a full time in a NICU in another province. I have been here almost 4 years and still haven't got full time. It's been a big issue for me and I am happily leaving it behind...
  14. by   -jt
    Mr Callnan should write a book on how he did it.

    thanks for the article. if I ever find the one in the US issue, I'll return the favor.

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