Cook County Cutting Nurses

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    Cook County cutting nurses
    Two hospitals getting hit with nursing layoffs

    Chicagotribune.com
    WGN News

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/...0,302803.story

    Good luck with that. There is a glut of nurses already in Chicagoland. Just continues to worsen.
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    I posted a similar story in the Regional section from the Southtown. I would have graduated this year from a nursing program, but financial/work responsibilities made it impossible to take the day classes. Now I am (hopefully) starting in August and frankly grateful that I got delayed 2+ years. I remember when I took my CNA course in 2008 the instructor was reminiscing about the time when the local hospitals would come to the school and hire new grads right into any specialty, ER, OB, etc...she was saying that the job market was "getting tighter". It's now 2011......I really, really hope that this is the last of this and by 2012 the hiring is much better. People have generally predicted 2011 to be the worst year of the recession because of the housing market/foreclosures.

    lindarn and netglow like this.
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    The County, of course, laid off people as their first option to decrease their budget. Studies have shown that as the patient-to-nurse ratio goes down, the worse the outcome for the patient. What is it with these politicians? There is so much waste in government spending....look at that first, not personnel!!
    lrobinson5, Kringe38, and lindarn like this.
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    If they looked at cutting governemnt spending that would mean- OH HORRORS- they would have to cut their OWN salaries. Can't have that!!! They hold on to their BIG FBUCKS with fists so tight, their knuckles turn white and shake.!!
    MissPiggy and lindarn like this.
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    Well taxs can only go up so high i live in chicago and its ridiculous, more people on public aid than working , and us working have to foot the bill, nothing wrong with HELPING someone but it has turned in supporting them. I do understand some people do need the help, but in illinois we have way too many on the system and working the system, the system needs to crack down on all the abuser who the fine state of Illinois is enabling.
    lindarn, MissPiggy, and tntrn like this.
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    Funny thing...many of those same people in Illinois and Chitown who are being "supported" by tax dollars would prefer to be working....not working the system, just working. How sad that when someone loses their job, is unemployed and has no insurance they become the object of contempt by so many health care workers.

    How common for people to be angry with the unemployed, the uninsured, and those disadvantaged by business practices rather than be angry with those that contributed to the economic situation of the day through their business practices.

    Einstein contended that we cannot begin to solve problems by using the same mind set that contributed to development of those problems. Sadly, that is exactly what too many of our population and legislative officials want to do...particularly when it comes to health care and insurance. Just keep doing things the same ol way...over and over again...even when the evidence and the opinions of some of the brightest minds indicate that to do so is expensive and ineffective.

    As long as we continue to blame the people who are sick, in trouble, and needing health care rather than seek to change our pattern of behavior NOTHING will change except the health and prosperity of the lower and middle class citizens of this country.

    Peace out.
    Aviationurse, lindarn, lrobinson5, and 7 others like this.
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    Well, next week is the Mayoral election in Chicago... We'll see what happens. I'd like to see a shake up in Chicago, lots of money going in the wrong pockets. Well, that goes for the entire state of Illinois.

    I would like the axe to swing in government "lifer" employees first.


    Illinois, the armpit of the United States.
    noyesno and lindarn like this.
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    No "shake up" is going to happen. Chicago is run by unions and it will continue to be run by the unions. Corruption and nepotism are rampant. Nothing ever changes. One of the only good things to happen lately was that Todd Stroger lost the election, big time, for Cook County president. I guess that might be seen as a start.
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    Quote from tewdles
    Funny thing...many of those same people in Illinois and Chitown who are being "supported" by tax dollars would prefer to be working....not working the system, just working. How sad that when someone loses their job, is unemployed and has no insurance they become the object of contempt by so many health care workers.

    How common for people to be angry with the unemployed, the uninsured, and those disadvantaged by business practices rather than be angry with those that contributed to the economic situation of the day through their business practices.

    Einstein contended that we cannot begin to solve problems by using the same mind set that contributed to development of those problems. Sadly, that is exactly what too many of our population and legislative officials want to do...particularly when it comes to health care and insurance. Just keep doing things the same ol way...over and over again...even when the evidence and the opinions of some of the brightest minds indicate that to do so is expensive and ineffective.

    As long as we continue to blame the people who are sick, in trouble, and needing health care rather than seek to change our pattern of behavior NOTHING will change except the health and prosperity of the lower and middle class citizens of this country.

    Peace out.
    There are also a lot that are not...in Indiana they offer welfare and gov't assistance for having one child, but if people continue to have additional children they cannot afford - no additional money. In this state, people are increasingly rewarded for greater irresponsibility. For example, the Section 8 housing program pays for 3 bedroom houses to families that have enough children to qualify (although vouchers are raffled off). I've worked full time since I was 17 years old - 11 years now - and still can't afford a 3 bedroom house. So no, the answer is not to blame the unemployed, but we do need to realize we can't feel bad for everyone, and continue to give away "free" services, houses, health insurance etc etc. It's not free, and somebody has to pay for it. Problem is, there is no money right now to do that. Yes, we just passed a tax increase, but we are still borrowing to spend way more than our means as a state. It will only continue to encourage irresponsibility, and cuts are a must. I do not however, think those cuts should be nursing jobs, I think we should glance over at Indiana's model and not pay for more and more services for more and more children one family decides to have.
    lindarn likes this.
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    Cut, cut, cut. Without that, we are deeper and deeper in debt. Firing so many nurses was probably easy to do, but it was the wrong decision. There are plenty of people working in all the different departments of Cook County that have cushy jobs who aren't doing much. They need to go. And waste needs to be found and stopped. The whole thing just frustrates me, even thinking about it. We have a bunch of sponges working in all departments who are hiring their family and friends and paying them big $s to do very little when there are so many people unemployed in our County, and hurting, who would love the jobs and would do them for much less. Sickening.
    lindarn, netglow, tewdles, and 1 other like this.


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