I Said... 'huh?' - page 8

Imagine that you're the NightShift Supervisor and have been for quite awhile with all linens, medical supplies, residents rooms, exit doors,and entry door keys for access, locking or security when... Read More

  1. by   betts
    Message sent to the following recipients:
    President Bush
  2. by   betts
    Subj: Re: Nursing Shortage
    Date: 5/19/2002 1:11:54 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: Autoresponder@WhiteHouse.GOV
    To: betts8753@aol.com
    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    Thank you for emailing President Bush. Your ideas and comments are very
    important to him.

    For up-to-date information about the President and his policies, please check
    the White House web site at www.whitehouse.gov.

    Unfortunately, because of the large volume of email received, the President
    cannot personally respond to each message. However, the White House staff
    considers and reports citizen ideas and concerns.

    Again, thank you for your email. Your interest in the work of President Bush
    and his administration is appreciated.
  3. by   betts
    Subj: Thank you for your recent communication.
    Date: 5/19/2002 1:51:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: Member@aarp.org
    To: Betts8753@aol.com
    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    Thank you for your recent communication. Your concerns are
    very important to us at AARP. Please be assured that we will prepare a
    response for you as quickly as possible. NOTE: At this time we are
    experiencing a higher than normal volume of communications. Your reply may
    be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

    AARP Member Service

    Learn more about AARP's National Event, Life@50+: A
    Celebration of You <http://www.aarp.org/events>, taking place September
    12-14, 2002 in San Diego, California by visiting the AARP Webplace at
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  4. by   wildhoney
    Try 60 minutes also.
  5. by   betts
    TY for the suggestion,but the idea is to have as many Caregivers as possible send emails as well. Feel free to send this thread to anyone that you believe will read it.
  6. by   wildhoney
    Originally posted by betts
    TY for the suggestion,but the idea is to have as many Caregivers as possible send emails as well. Feel free to send this thread to anyone that you believe will read it.
    Yes Mam, will do.
  7. by   betts
  8. by   zumalong
    betts: what article on your site do you want us to see? Also--I just took a course in nursing activism and they said it is far better to write a letter than an email. It has a better chance of being seen.

    Lets all write President Bush!!! If he is inundated with our letters maybe he will read one of them.

    Hang in there--were behind you.
  9. by   nursing 101
    Try the "Village Voice" in NYC they will love it and have a field day... They are pretty good for stiring things up...
  10. by   Sleepyeyes
    Yes, I did submit the thread url when I sent my letter to ARRP.

    Hmmmm....i wonder what erin brokovich is doing these days....
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on May 25, '02
  11. by   betts
    Subj: Re: Letter to the Editor from Web site
    Date: 5/20/2002 9:36:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: lwhite@freelancestar.com
    To: betts8753@aol.com
    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    Thank you for your letter. We are not able to use it without a full name; neither can we use it if you are not the original author. We do appreciate your concerns, however.

    Linda J. White
    Letters Editorial Assistant
    The Free Lance-Star

    betts8753@aol.com wrote:

    > Betts--I am sending a copy of the letter that sleepyeyes wrote. I have added a note at the end:
    > Dear Sir/Madam:
    > Suppose your mother is in a nursing home. It's late at night. Suddenly, she can't breathe; she's fighting for air. Look at your watch now and time your response because your mother literally has less than 10 minutes to live.
    > There's a nurse on duty who knows how to help Mother breathe, BUT the supplies are LOCKED in a room where the nurse cannot get them.
    > The nurse needs to act FAST. What should she do?
    > She calls the Keeper of the Keys at home. No answer.
    > Call 9-1-1? Response time: 10-15 minutes. Mother won't last.
    > Break open the door to the supplies? Response Time: 3 minutes.
    > Which would you choose? Which gets the faster, more reliable result? How would YOU have saved Mother's life?
    > OK. Time's up.
    > In this case, Mother wins because the nurse broke open the supply room door and got the supplies that kept Mother alive.
    > OK, next question:
    > What should the headline to this story read?
    > or
    > (B) That's right, B is correct.
    > Yes, you read it right: The nursing home that locked the supply room refused to give the keys to the nurse who could use them to save lives, then fired the caregiver who actually did save someone's life.
    > Questions:
    > Why was the nurse fired?
    > Ans: She was "not a team player." Because she made the nursing home "look bad" with her complaint to the State.
    > Why wasn't the nursing home fined by the State?
    > Ans: Because all the witnesses were so horrified that they quit and were never questioned by the State investigators. Because the nursing home covered up. A lot.
    > Why wasn't the patient's family notified of this event?
    > Ans: Silly, it's unethical to tell the family; all nurses know that. It's part of having a nursing license.
    > OK. Last question, then you can all go home and get a good night's rest:
    > When's the last time you visited your loved one in that nursing home? In the middle of the night?
    > Sincerely,
    > This incident actually happened to a friend of mine. I have been in nursing for over 15 years and I wish I could say I am speechless, but I can't. I have seen so many practices that should not have been--they are not by NURSES who care about their patients--they are by CORPORATE America who cares nothing for you or your loved ones health or safety.
  12. by   zumalong
    Sorry Betts. I wish I had penned this letter--I would have been glad to send my name, address etc. What else can I do to help.

  13. by   betts

    Subj: RE: web-mail: Comments
    Date: 5/21/2002 9:05:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: aoa.info@aoa.gov
    To: betts8753@aol.com
    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    Ms. ___________:

    Thank you for contacting the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Public
    Inquiries Unit of the Center for Communication and Consumer Services
    responds to messages posted to the agency web server.

    You have a flair for writing and a point to make, but you do not have an
    idea or suggestion for improving a situation you feel needs to be addressed.
    Is it to change rules to allow greater autonomy by nursing home staff? The
    difficulty with this is the U.S. Senate Special Committee campaign to
    curtail nursing home abuse by nursing home staff - a message that encourages
    administrators to be more restrictive rather than less restrictive.

    The other recent public policy initiative is one taken by the Department of
    Health and Human Services along with Congress to increase recruitment and
    education of registered nurses. But according to a recent article, it would
    take nearly $2 billion to bring the salaries of RNs in nursing homes to
    comparabilty with RNs in hosptials. Given that more than 30 states have
    deficit budgets largely due to increases in Medicaid costs (and 2/3 of
    residents in nursing homes are on Medicaid), finding that $2 billion will be

    You are to be commended for your commitment and interest in advocating for a
    better work environment for nursing home staff - which would contribute to
    better care of residents (I think most would agree). We hope you are
    working with your state advocacy organization:


    Bruce M. Craig
    Public Inquiries Unit
    Center for Communication and ConsumerServices
    U.S. Administration on Aging
    email: aoainfo@aoa.gov
    Tel. 202 619-7501