Fake News: Nursing Shortage Due to Covid

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by cherylrenee (New)

Has 41 years experience.

This article discusses the nursing shortage over the decades and the role of healthcare corporations in undermining the profession and creating less access and poor quality of treatment to patients. You are reading page 4 of Fake News: Nursing Shortage Due to Covid. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience. 3,477 Posts

On 10/25/2021 at 9:17 AM, toomuchbaloney said:

Dialysis is one of those areas of profit driven health specialty, right? I bet that's "fun" work. 

Let's be honest here, the vast majority of healthcare in the USA is profit driven. Even so-called nonprofits are at their core profit driven as even they need more money coming in than going out to stay open.  I can't say that I think any specialty is nursing is "fun" work anymore but having switched to dialysis after a long time in LTC I am so far enjoying the specialty more than I expected.

toomuchbaloney

Has 44 years experience. 7,984 Posts

16 minutes ago, kbrn2002 said:

Let's be honest here, the vast majority of healthcare in the USA is profit driven. Even so-called nonprofits are at their core profit driven as even they need more money coming in than going out to stay open.  I can't say that I think any specialty is nursing is "fun" work anymore but having switched to dialysis after a long time in LTC I am so far enjoying the specialty more than I expected.

Correct.  

The USA has proven to the entire world that a profit based health system results in fractured care delivery and communication, unaffordable service models and plummeting patient outcomes.  The American capitalist health model is not sustainable. This is the trajectory of our system since Nixon. 

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,311 Posts

6 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Correct.  

The USA has proven to the entire world that a profit based health system results in fractured care delivery and communication, unaffordable service models and plummeting patient outcomes.  The American capitalist health model is not sustainable. This is the trajectory of our system since Nixon. 

Until our politicians get their grubby mits out of the pockets of healthcare entities-mainly insurance and pharmaceutical companies, nothing will change. Granted, it would tank my 401k, but I wouldn't be terrified of health related issues at retirement. Grrrrrr

toomuchbaloney

Has 44 years experience. 7,984 Posts

34 minutes ago, Hoosier_RN said:

Until our politicians get their grubby mits out of the pockets of healthcare entities-mainly insurance and pharmaceutical companies, nothing will change. Granted, it would tank my 401k, but I wouldn't be terrified of health related issues at retirement. Grrrrrr

It's not so much that the politicians put their hands into the pockets of the health care entities but more that the entities manipulate the capitalist system by paying the politicians who write the laws. 

https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(03)00803-9/fulltext

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,311 Posts

1 hour ago, toomuchbaloney said:

It's not so much that the politicians put their hands into the pockets of the health care entities but more that the entities manipulate the capitalist system by paying the politicians who write the laws. 

https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(03)00803-9/fulltext

Semantics 😊  either way that it's voiced, until it stops, there will be no change. It's sickening!

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 2,687 Posts

On 10/31/2021 at 9:29 AM, kbrn2002 said:

Let's be honest here, the vast majority of healthcare in the USA is profit driven. Even so-called nonprofits are at their core profit driven as even they need more money coming in than going out to stay open. 

I'm going to share an article that shows why working conditions are so bad and this started way before covid.  Greed is at the center of it!

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/12/nurse-shortage-labor-crisis-health-care-workers-hospital-corporations/?fbclid=IwAR2pApVW84MS5WJ-e0lbmh2LBjSyrbZK54SNt0-vZdUkdzejW2IrKX1zsx4

But there is even more going on behind the curtain as many hospitals also have for profit investment strategies to make more money as well.  Here is an article exposing what that is about and it is not for the patients or the workers! 

https://www.statnews.com/2021/11/16/ascension-running-wall-street-style-private-equity-fund/?fbclid=IwAR2SWp6IiOIGNd9_JVYufdjyX-XY7_i3VUI1wrf79fyL08FktNl9qw0aaoo

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cherylrenee

Has 41 years experience. 2 Articles; 13 Posts

These articles are great! Our HR had policies and procedures in place that prevented people from getting hired and made the entire hiring process extremely difficult and convoluted. Only a very few made it through. I am now beginning to understand the strategy behind it all. And yes, they will do whatever it takes to destroy unions. It is so sad that our healthcare system has become an indifferent and calculating profit driven monstrosity, even to the point of tolerating preventable errors and death, in some cases, rather than ensure a quality workforce and patient safety.

And private equity firms in healthcare! A Catholic healthcare at that! Reprehensible!

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 2,687 Posts

25 minutes ago, cherylrenee said:

And private equity firms in healthcare! A Catholic healthcare at that! Reprehensible!

They are so cheap that patients don't even have a choice of what to eat.  It's like Monday chicken, Wednesday pork, and Friday fish.  I was told this was a national decision and all their hospitals use the same daily menu.  They had to create substitutes, of course, due to religious, vegetarian or allergic considerations, but those have to be called in.  When they rolled out the new menu they had handouts for diabetic, cardiac and general diets and they were, of course, all the same.   It is disgusting to me that they are so cheap to the point of not letting patients have a choice of what to eat.  Yet this company made a billion dollars in profit last year in spite of covid. 

I feel the same as you they have no business in a for profit private equity and with a debt collection agency no less!  What I remember is they used this company and it was engaged in illegal debt activities that resulted it in being banned from Minnesota and possibly other states and it was losing money so they bought it out and took it over is what I read at the time.  I thought that was unethical too.

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ascension-healths-ties-to-embattled-debt-collector/article_6304c69a-8fe2-11e1-b74e-0019bb30f31a.html

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20151208/NEWS/151209891/ascension-invests-in-accretive-health-hands-over-more-business

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AtomicNurse

Has 10 years experience. 115 Posts

I want to scream! 😠