I live in a town that has had two hospitals for as long as anyone can remember. One was the county hospital (now is run as a business, has share holders etc.) and the other was the Catholic Hospital.
St. Marys was a mission of an order of nuns for eons, until they turned it over to Catholic Healthcare West and those people just ran the thing into the ground. Bad, bad business decisions, running it from a city on the other side of the Sierras, no local decision-making, tried to undercut the other hospital in town and lost bazillions in contracts (both hospitals are in the health-care insurance business).
So bad was the situation that it looked like the place was about to be shuttered. (A hospital that has been here since the 19th century! Out West that makes it archeologically old!) Even though the other hospital is really large, the closure of St. Mary's would have left our town seriously under-bedded. But at the last minute another company swooped in and bought it!
This past week, the new owners told every employee of St. Marys that they were fired. (Maybe they had a more delicate way to put it, but why quibble). Employees (former-employees) were told to submit new applications. If they hadn't heard back from the hospital in 8 weeks, forget about it. AND of course, they would be hired back at much lower wages.
It has REALLY shaken our whole town. The news just came out Friday and I don't know if there are still patients in house, or if they hired temps for these next 2 months or what. This is going to really produce hard feelings in this town. I don't know if the new guys understand that folks around here hold grudges for a long, long time. What a boon to the other hospital!!!
Just have to post this. I feel Esme and jmqphd can fully appreciate from my perspective , as you are older nurses yourselves.
I now work in a primary care family practice clinic after being hospital bedside for 30 yrs. My patient population is fairly healthy.. We have our share of HTN, DM( not too much IDDM) thyroid issues but no vastly debilitated patients. These are walky talky goabout your daily life patients I am the oldest, most experienced nurse in that clinic- by at least 20 yrs on my peers. My nurse manager has 6 yrs experience at best. I am agency/contract so my opinnion doesn't matter much nor is it appreciated and It has been made well known to me in their actions. I am excluded from the "RRT'team becasue of the agency status even though I have 7 yrs tele/cardiac surgery stepdown and am the only nurse with that experience. So when an RRT is called- I am religated to no respond. On the few occassions I have, I have been told- Thank you, your dismissed!! The med tech's are fresh out of tech school. They don't even look old enough to drive a car. The providers( MD,PA and NP) are also new inexperienced out of school. 6 days ago, a 55 yr old male came into clinic for his check up- had an EKG done with no prior abnormality, an abnormality is now found, provider unsure of the abnormality as is the provider the EKG was double checked with( the blind leading the blind- the inexperienced consulting the in experienced), asked the patient to return the next day for a CXR. Pt comes in for the CXR, radiology tech positions the pt for the film, leaves the room to take the film, comes back and finds the man dead on the floor. The RRT is called- no one knows how to use the AED.This 55 yr old man died.
With all this getting rid of the experienced nursesand healthcare workers in general right and left, is this really worth all this? I am saying "These 'business suits' really don't know what they are doing". I do not believe for one hot minute this is the only facility that this is happening at.
When they rehire or keep former employees- I will bet my last nickle the nurses with the most experience will not be rehired. MONEY, MONEY MONEY over a patient's life. And the business suit will never find themelves in this situation to loose a family member to lack of experience- because they have the money to pay for that experience. So this will never touch their life like it did this poor smuck.
My thought- When the axe falls in healthcare- it will cost some one their life.
Last edit by kcmylorn on Apr 9, '12