Cost Cutting/Budgeting --- the patients suffer the most - page 4

by abbaking 9,094 Views | 34 Comments

So, In an effort to "control costs" the hospital has taken DRASTIC and UNSAFE steps to save money. Honest to God ( NO JOKE) a partial list of the new policies are listed below. There are three 20-bed units on my floor (all... Read More


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    Quote from MunoRN
    I think you're missing a zero or two. I work for a non-profit where the CEO made a $550,000 bonus last year. The bonus is based in part on how much they cut costs which he did very well; non-contract employees received no raise or cost of living adjustment, and he managed to shift about half of the employer's healthcare contribution to employees, effectively giving everyone a $4,000 a year pay cut, so essentially he gets more for giving everyone else less.
    How in the god's name does anyone justify this? A CEO recieves a $550,000 bonus in one year while cutting staff and staff's paultry benefits and salary( paulty, compared to a $550,000 bonus not salary or benefits, including a stock portfolio).

    When are these clowns going to be indicted for this? And they have the gaul to complain and criticize CMS for cutting hospital reimbursement.

    Have we as a country become that numb to this kind of dealings, that we turn our heads and keep moving? This would not have gone over with the American culture of the 60's. These CEO's would have been exposed loud and clear, a riot would have broke out and it would be on the nightly news what they are doing. They would not be able to carry on 'business as usual' as quietly and as long as they have today. There is something wrong with our contemporary culture. it's a culture of dishonestly- sneaky and mentally ill.

    With this order of business, what is the point of nursing research and evidenced based practice. What is the point of nursing education or medical education either? We can't practice the way we are supposed to- there's no staff and no money. I guess the less than perfect should just go in the hospital to be diagnosed and counted"Oh, yes, your sick" Put then in room 123 and don't forget to smile while you draw the cutain and fluff the pillow and left to die. Can't die without the fluffed pillow and the patient satisfaction scores.
    I heard a news report a while back where some CEO from texas died in an MVA- you what I thought: Who cares, good the country is one less CEO.
    Last edit by kcmylorn on Nov 30, '12
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    Why is the media not awared of this? They can make the public know this, and there will be an outcry where the CEOs and Hospitals will have to reply to all this non-sense. Lovely, so they cut cost by barebacking the nurses and what they save they put in their pockets to enjoy the luxury the nurses cannot afford. WOW.
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    Quote from Ntheboat2
    It says no more housekeeping on units...

    That doesn't necessarily mean that they expect nursing staff to do the housekeeping. Where I used to work and where I'm about to start working there isn't housekeeping on the units...

    But you page them if they're needed and they come. In the meantime, they are doing rounds where they're gathering the trash, mopping, etc.

    You can't be saying that they expect nurses to fill up mop buckets and clean the floors, scrub the toilets, etc. Nobody likes change, but surely it's not THAT drastic?

    Hate to say this but that is exactly what some of my duties are. I work in a private urgent care and they don't hire cleaning people because they expect us to literally fill that bucket, mop the floor and scrub the toilet. Also do patient registration that includes insurance verification and patient call backs the next day.

    Granted, we don't get that many patients, average of 20 in 11-hour shift (2 nurses and one doc all day). And our electronic charting system is easy and fast. Oh we also do xrays and lab tests ourselves.
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    Quote from kcmylorn
    How in the god's name does anyone justify this? A CEO recieves a $550,000 bonus in one year while cutting staff and staff's paultry benefits and salary( paulty, compared to a $550,000 bonus not salary or benefits, including a stock portfolio).

    When are these clowns going to be indicted for this? And they have the gaul to complain and criticize CMS for cutting hospital reimbursement.

    Have we as a country become that numb to this kind of dealings, that we turn our heads and keep moving? This would not have gone over with the American culture of the 60's. These CEO's would have been exposed loud and clear, a riot would have broke out and it would be on the nightly news what they are doing. They would not be able to carry on 'business as usual' as quietly and as long as they have today. There is something wrong with our contemporary culture. it's a culture of dishonestly- sneaky and mentally ill.

    With this order of business, what is the point of nursing research and evidenced based practice. What is the point of nursing education or medical education either? We can't practice the way we are supposed to- there's no staff and no money. I guess the less than perfect should just go in the hospital to be diagnosed and counted"Oh, yes, your sick" Put then in room 123 and don't forget to smile while you draw the cutain and fluff the pillow and left to die. Can't die without the fluffed pillow and the patient satisfaction scores.
    I heard a news report a while back where some CEO from texas died in an MVA- you what I thought: Who cares, good the country is one less CEO.
    About 9 months ago someone in our ICU found the tax records from my hospital online. Since we're a NFP organization, I guess with the freedom of information of act, they have to be available? Anyway.

    It listed the top 10 salaries in the company. Our CEO got a bonus that was equal to 50% of his salary. He took home almost two million that year as a result. Meanwhile, we don't have enough money to buy 10 refurbished feeding pumps.
    Testa Rosa, RN likes this.
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    Quote from msjellybean
    Our CEO got a bonus that was equal to 50% of his salary. He took home almost two million that year as a result. Meanwhile, we don't have enough money to buy 10 refurbished feeding pumps.
    That's why he is entitled to that big bonus.

    He saved all that money by not buying feeding pumps.
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