Fired for expressing concerns about patient safety and care! - page 2

by hkrntobe

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I need help please. Just not sure what to do now. Getting right to the particulars. I was working in a So Cal Hospital in a Psychiatric unit. I was assigned a set schedule. 1) I was suddenly assigned to work 8 days... Read More


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    It was when you threw "Obamacare" into the mix....

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    Thank you colleenrn2b. I did. I'm not quite sure were you got that I'm blaming the president though? The reference was intended to point out that Hospitals seem to place more importance on reimbursement concerns than patient care. I did mention Medicare and Medical as well.
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    It was when you threw "Obamacare" into the mix....
    Out of everything, that's what you got out of that?
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    Isn't it against labor laws to work 8 days in a row?

    I mean unless you chose to.
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    No, because Wednesday - Saturday is one week and Sunday- Wednesday is a second week it's not technically considered overtime. Highly manipulative and Unsafe but as its not over 40 hrs for each week, they don't have to pay overtime.
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    It sounds like you are better off out of there.

    I can't imagine being expected to work 8 days in a row.
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    I guess with all of the Medicare Medical and Oboma care, we've reached a point where it's acceptable to forgo Patient Care?! Seem questionable to me.
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    Thank you colleenrn2b. I did. I'm not quite sure were you got that I'm blaming the president though? The reference was intended to point out that Hospitals seem to place more importance on reimbursement concerns than patient care. I did mention Medicare and Medical as well.
    I looked a little side eye at this too. The correct spelling of the President's name is Obama. Also the correct term for it is The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "Obama care" was originally a slur made by Republicans who opposed the President's healthcare law. So that may be how you inadvertently introduced politics into this conversation. I am certainly not taking sides. Republican/Democrats both have great ideas. The hard part is compromising for the greater good of the majority. Even that's hard because the majority may not even know what's best for themselves..lol.

    Either way I think you should educate yourself with with the Affordable Care Act and the American Nursing Associations role in supporting this Act. Nurse.com

    I know some subjects are sensitive but you certainly don't want to offend people by speaking of things you may not know much about. Maybe you have to be a nurse for a while to understand some of the struggles in regards to patient care/needs.
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    "The reference was intended to point out that Hospitals seem to place more importance on reimbursement concerns than patient care. I did mention Medicare and Medical as well."
    Last edit by hkrntobe on Sep 24, '12
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    This pdf file from the Kaiser Family Foundation is also a good summary of the ACA:

    www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8061.pdf

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    The reference was intended to point out that Hospitals seem to place more importance on reimbursement concerns than patient care. I did mention Medicare and Medical as well.
    Understood.

    It sounds like you were dealt a lousy hand. I hope you find a new (and much better) job soon.
    Last edit by Wet Noodle on Sep 24, '12
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    Quote from Wet Noodle
    This pdf file from the Kaiser Family Foundation is also a good summary of the ACA:www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8061.pdfThank You. Understood.It sounds like you were dealt a lousy hand. I hope you find a new (and much better) job soon.
    Thank you
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    I don't even like working 3 days in a row...lol. I know a Nurse Practitioner who will work 6-7 days in a row just to have more consecutive days off in which she does in conjunction with her vacation requests.

    So assuming its a 40hr work week. Five 8 hr days. Week is from Sunday to Saturday. Working every other weekend.
    1st week: Sunff Monff Tue:8hrs Wed:8hrs Thur:8hrs Fri:8hrs Sat:8hrs
    2nd week: Sun:8hrs Mon:8hrs Tue:8hrs Wed:8hrs Thur:8hrs Friff Satff
    3rd week: Sunff Monff Tue:8hrs Wed:8hrs Thur:8hrs Fri:8hrs Sat:8hr

    This schedule allows the 40 hrs and two days off per week. At the same time they get 4 consecutive days off. Now some people don't want to work that many days in a row and especially not every week. So I can understand that.

    I currently do two 8's and two 12's day/evening rotation e/o wknd. I just switched back to this after doing three 12's day/nights e/o wknd. 8hr days are nothing to me. I don't like doing 3 12's but will do them to get them out of the way.
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