Most Pressing Issues in Nursing Today - page 3

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  1. by   pmcgrady
    Quote from Wuzzie
    Really, so being argumentative encourages intellectual discussion? You can explain your position without using perjoratives but that isn't nearly as much fun for you is it? That really won't get you far in this community but have at it.
    I apologize if you thought I was being argumentative. But I was simply stating that I don't believe something can't change. Is nursing really a no-win scenario?
  2. by   brandy1017
    The problems with nursing cost money to solve and most corporate leaders are simply unwilling to spend the money be it safe staffing, adequate resources, equipment, creating a no lift environment, employee retention. Most admin at the top are content with the way things are and willing to accept the high turnover rather than spend the money needed to create a better, safer high quality hospital system!
  3. by   brandy1017
    Quote from pmcgrady
    What if nurses were able to provide ways to cut cost and increase quality. This would show value and maybe we would be compensated for that. I think you are being a defeatist. Sounds anticapitalist and neomarxist.
    There have already been studies linking low patient-nurse ratios to higher quality care, less mortality and morbidity, fewer complications yet many hospitals are happy to work short and raise staffing ratios to increase profit, safety be damned.

    As for capitalism healthcare is more of a monopoly than a true capitalistic system. All the healthcare mergers are lessening choice for both patients and workers. The only one benefiting is the CEO and his buddies when they can use economies of scale to cut costs thereby increasing profits and bonuses for the people at the top. There is no trickle down Reaganomics going on here!
  4. by   pmcgrady
    Quote from brandy1017
    The problems with nursing cost money to solve and most corporate leaders are simply unwilling to spend the money be it safe staffing, adequate resources, equipment, creating a no lift environment, employee retention. Most admin at the top are content with the way things are and willing to accept the high turnover rather than spend the money needed to create a better, safer high quality hospital system!
    Totally agree with this. It seems like most administrators are more interested in saving money short term. I think solving some of the issues you mentioned would have long term cost savings. Might take a while though
  5. by   pmcgrady
    Quote from brandy1017
    There have already been studies linking low patient-nurse ratios to higher quality care, less mortality and morbidity, fewer complications yet many hospitals are happy to work short and raise staffing ratios to increase profit, safety be damned.

    As for capitalism healthcare is more of a monopoly than a true capitalistic system. All the healthcare mergers are lessening choice for both patients and workers. The only one benefiting is the CEO and his buddies when they can use economies of scale to cut costs thereby increasing profits and bonuses for the people at the top. There is no trickle down Reaganomics going on here!
    So do you think a true capitalist system is the way to go?
  6. by   kbrn2002
    Quote from pmcgrady
    What if nurses were able to provide ways to cut cost and increase quality. This would show value and maybe we would be compensated for that. I think you are being a defeatist. Sounds anticapitalist and neomarxist.
    OK, I'll bite. Instead of calling me defeatist, anticapitalist and neomarxist why don't you come up with the magical plan that will convince corporate healthcare to reduce their bottom line in favor of improving working conditions for nurses?

    It's not being defeatist. It's being realistic. The giant companies that are by far the predominant owners of healthcare facilities of all kinds have no incentive to improve conditions for nurses. In a number crunching business we are as individuals expendable and fairly easily replaced.
  7. by   pmcgrady
    Quote from kbrn2002
    OK, I'll bite. Instead of calling me defeatist, anticapitalist and neomarxist why don't you come up with the magical plan that will convince corporate healthcare to reduce their bottom line in favor of improving working conditions for nurses?

    It's not being defeatist. It's being realistic. The giant companies that are by far the predominant owners of healthcare facilities of all kinds have no incentive to improve conditions for nurses. In a number crunching business we are as individuals expendable and fairly easily replaced.
    Now that is my original question. What conditions do you want to change? And how do we go about changing them. Let's be specific about which conditions need improved and then maybe we can find a solution
  8. by   Been there,done that
    It's best not to feed it.
  9. by   theRPN2b
    Staffing and nurse to patient ratios, how better ratios can improve patient outcomes and safety and in the long run save the healthcare system money
  10. by   DenraSam
    Sometimes in my secret heart of hearts, I wonder if "they" care if our patients get well. Its not like healthy people make money for the industry.
  11. by   Leader25
    Problem : no money
    solution : get adopted by bill and melissa gates
    result: happiness.
  12. by   nursesunny
    The biggest problem in nursing is the focus on patient satisfaction and lack of personal responsibility. We are so scared of bad HCAP scores that we don't hold patient's accountable for their actions. Diabetics eating donuts you say? Must mean that nurse didn't educate them properly not that they are a noncompliant trainwreck....
  13. by   pmcgrady
    Quote from Leader25
    Problem : no money
    solution : get adopted by bill and melissa gates
    result: happiness.
    Bill and Melinda gates may very well eradicate the big 5 communicable diseases plaguing the world. Wouldn't mind being adopted by them.

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