Obama nominates former nurse to head CMS

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    November 23, 2011-Donald Berwick, MD, a long-time advocate of patient safety, is resigning as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), effective December 2, after a short tumultuous term as President Barack Obama's point person for healthcare reform.

    Dr. Berwick will have served only 17 months in the post. He was denied Senate confirmation by Republicans, who branded the pediatrician an advocate of healthcare rationing. Dr. Berwick denied that charge, countering that the best way to cut costs is to improve the quality of care.

    President Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner, RN, MHA, Dr. Berwick's principal deputy, to replace him. Ms. Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital executive, was secretary of the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources under former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/...c=nl_newsalert
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  3. Visit  BelleMorteRN profile page
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    probably so he can get a more quality worker for less pay.....
    Xsited2baNurse likes this.
  4. Visit  ohioSICUrn profile page
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    Typical....

    A nurse has finally been recognized and all some can think of is deragatory.

    Shame...
    Cindyrella and Not_A_Hat_Person like this.
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    Quote from ohiostudent'RN
    Typical....

    A nurse has finally been recognized and all some can think of is deragatory.

    Shame...
    oh please, get off your high horse. I was obviously speaking of Obama....
  6. Visit  whichone'spink profile page
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    So now she will be harassed by the Republicans instead of her former boss. To her I say congratulations, and good luck.
  7. Visit  VICEDRN profile page
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    What's a former nurse I wonder? She has rn in her name so she must hold an active license. Lol
  8. Visit  Anxious Patient profile page
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    Quote from madpeys
    oh please, get off your high horse. I was obviously speaking of Obama....
    I don't understand. Why are you critical of Obama in this situation?
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    Quote from Anxious Patient
    I don't understand. Why are you critical of Obama in this situation?
    I was merely insinuating, in light of our wonderful economy, that most businesses including and up to our fabulous government trying to get the most of their money. Doctors are clearly paid more than nurses... (and Seeming how she is a female that will probably have an impact as well I am sure-my two cents), and since Obama appointed her, well, he was the one I was refering to....Geez Louise!
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    Quote from madpeys
    I was merely insinuating, in light of our wonderful economy, that most businesses including and up to our fabulous government trying to get the most of their money.
    The payscale for department heads are set by congress. And they are part of the public record for all to see. Obama can't change or alter what people are paid to "save" money.

    Doctors are clearly paid more than nurses...
    She's not being hired as a nurse, that's just part of her history. She's being hired as an administrator.

    and Seeming how she is a female that will probably have an impact as well I am sure
    With all the transparency in the vetting of high government officials, do you really think anyone would make a public hiring decision that even hinted at gender discrimination? It would make headlines the next day.

    and since Obama appointed her, well...
    Oh, OK, I get it. What this all boils down to is that you're not going to give Obama credit for anything, even when he does something right.
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    I don't know what country you live in but our gov't's transparency is nothing to brag about....
    you would be suprised at what you think should make headlines and doesn't.

    "Oh, OK, I get it. What this all boils down to is that you're not going to give Obama credit for anything, even when he does something right"

    looks like you got me all figured out. moving on....
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    Its interesting how one would expect a level of maturity in someone who claims to be in Nursing school.

    If the President had appointed a Dr there would be an outcry. He has appointed a former Nurse, still people find something to whine about. When are you going to realize how utterly RIDICULOUS you sound?.... my guess? Never...

    Oh well....
  13. Visit  BelleMorteRN profile page
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    Look, just so we are all clear on this, I was complaining about our current state of economy, not the lady that was nominated nor the president so knock it off.
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    Quote from vicedrn
    what's a former nurse i wonder? she has rn in her name so she must hold an active license. lol
    i was thinking the same thing. i am very happy for the nurse that is nominated. i suppose she may have accidently related her status as a former bedside nurse and this was misinterpreted. or maybe the writer just does not understand that a person with "rn" behind his/her name is not a former nurse.

    in any case, i make sure to relate that i am a nurse. some people will throw in other titles and occupations to make sense of what i do and i am always sure to correct them... "no, i am a nurse. i am not a ____ that is a different scope of practice."

    Quote from madpeys
    look, just so we are all clear on this, i was complaining about our current state of economy, not the lady that was nominated nor the president so knock it off.

    this article and the thread has nothing to do with the state of the economy. if you do not want people to comment negatively about your opinions, then be respectful and on topic when you post to a public forum.
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