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  • Jan 13 '10

    Quote from Onekidneynurse
    How much is having your son alive and healthy worth?

    Bogus rationale.
    For if that were the question, why not reflexively attach any and all monies and property when a patent's life is in danger. After all, isn't a life worth more than all your mere material things?

    The rationale is only good for as a bumper because it fails to address what is fair/just compensation for services within the context of the greater good and within the context of an institution that will charge whatever the society will bear, soaring profits not withstanding, in order to satisfy stock/bond holders.

    It's called a health care system out of control because profit is king

    Our hospotal made 56 miliion last year but they still took away our "Best Employee" reward program. Saved them 400K/yr. Damaged morale.
    Rationale: "We don;t know what's coming next"

    Keep 'em scared and you can do anything....favorite political ploy used by weak administrations.

  • Jan 9 '10

    many of your thoughts were covered in the article, did you read it? did you read the part where this hospital is the only game in town? did you read the part that they were charging 7.5 times the national average? did you read the part about this fact came from CNA research? did you read the part about he was referred to the hospital BY HIS DENTIST? did you read the part about how high the profits were at this hospital compared to average? hmmmm thought not......

  • Jan 7 '10

    The first and the most obvious concern is the cost to the patient and their family, we all know how devastating an illness can be for patients and their family many times I have witnessed the despair when a diagnoses meant further treatment which insurances question and in some cases wont cover. I have seen patients needing costly drugs to keep them alive and being unable to afford them, causing repeated admissions to repair the damage so called none compliance has caused. The first question in none compliance is were the pts actually refusing to take their medication or was it simply they could not afford to buy their medication because they don't have enough money and other bills need to be paid first? If the real reason is the cost then surely it would be more simple of we provided these medications at a more effective price or that all medications cost $5 no matter what they had? Outrageous I hear you shout but the cost of the repeated admission is far more costly than by helping prevent a repeat admission, by providing medicine they can afford.

    How about blood tests could these not be done in the doctors office before the pt leaves for home and forgets to go and have a blood draw, or simply cannot get to the lab to have them drawn. I have personally waited in doctors office hours (and paid for the privilege) then been sent to the lab, miles away to sit and wait for blood work to be done. Why could the doctors not employ somebody to be at the office to draw blood on patients?

    We should be looking at improving preventative medicine rather than patch it up and see.

    Many times I have seen patients discharged with a new diagnoses of diabetes, no follow up at home can be organised because in my city nothing exists to assist these people. There should be a diabetic home nurse who monitors these patients in their own home-rationale, this would again help prevent admissions for diabetic complications, and none compliance.

    So you wonder what has this got to do with socialized medicine. Well, in the UK if you have...

    • Children
    • Over 60 for women and over 65 for men
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Thyroid problems, etc...

    ...then you get all your medicines for free.

    There are in place specialized RN's who focus is on preventative care in the community. There are telephone help lines which anybody can utilize for free.

    Maternity care is free a midwife will be assigned to you for the duration of your pregnancy and up to 6 weeks later. The cost of the birth-nothing no matter how you deliver.

    I have been asked what kind of care do you receive in a socialized medicine country and I ask them, I am a product of socialized medicine you tell me how my care differs from nurses who have paid outrageous amounts of money to train as a nurse?

    Of course even in the UK you can have private care if you chose to pay, this is an advantage if you need hip replacements, knee replacements, eye surgeries-other wise you may have to wait. There are initiatives in place to reduce waiting times for surgeries in the NHS and I hear that dr's can now book surgeries from their office at hospitals all over the UK which helps reduce waiting times, plus hospitals get fined if they don't meet their quota.

    I agree MRI's and CT's are not as freely available, but again initiatives are in place to improve the waiting times. Emergency care no different all patients will receive emergency care.

    Poor conditions yes there are poor hospitals and there are excellent hospitals, no different to Phoenix AZ.


  • Jan 5 '10

    I would interpret that sign plate as "male, BSN, RN"

    and having specialty plates or signs like that announcing your profession (I've seen laywer, and MD ones before) is kind of lame, IMO. Who really cares? That and I wouldn't want anyone soliciting my services off the clock as some surely would after an announcement such as that.

  • Jan 3 '10

    Quote from interleukin
    The trial lawyers are to blame for the bed sores and are consequently driving up the cost of health care.

    I disagree. Understaffing and greed of nursing home owners are the major causes, imho.

  • Dec 31 '09

    Talk to employee health and HR-give THEM your note and the manager will need to comply-bypass the manager. It is about the health of you and your childas noted by your OB/GYN.


  • Dec 31 '09

    Hmmm......why can't someone just take a LOA for pregnancy? MONEY. LOA=No Income.....and what is the big hairy deal about letting her do light duty??? Irritates me that people seem to have a "So what? You're JUST pregnant" attitude about the whole thing. I have had a high risk pregnancy, and when it's high risk, it IS a medical condition....and it is valid. This is just another example of what's wrong with hospital workplace conditions. For a profession that is all about helping people, it sure is unkind and unhelpful to the people who carry out the job day in and day out. Ironic.

  • Dec 26 '09

    That does not sound like enough of a B/P change to cause a problem although with an old placenta I could see a drop in B/P being more significant than on a non post-dates baby. Reasearch has not show that continuous fetal monitoring to be an more safter than intermittent. Its just a lot easier on the nurse than intermittent.

  • Dec 23 '09

    Somebody should loose his external equipment and never see the light of day again

  • Dec 23 '09

    Exactly whose HIPAA rights did she violate in her tweet? Who was she talking about? What information did she actually disclose? If you read the tweet, it did not violate HIPAA but was a valid suggestion on how to save money.

    What you don't read here, is how the Gov used his influence and the powers of his office to pressure her bosses to get rid of her for her satirical but perfectly legal (and HIPPA proof) dig at his "Privileged" used of public resources. If she did violate HIPAA in the legal sense, they would not have asked, nor encouraged her resignation; they would have terminated her on the spot. But they couldn't because they knew they didn't have the legal legs to stand on. Hence, this was never about HIPAA at all. :imbar

    Watch now; the governor in this case in probably working behind the scenes even as we speak, engineering a way to have the poor woman's nursing license revoked. The amount of sheer pettiness of people in high places (mind you, they're supposed to be our servants) is mind boggling. If anything, she should file a federal civil rights violation case against him, the hospital, and the state of Mississippi. This is frankly, a pure and simple freedom of speech matter. :angryfire

  • Dec 20 '09

    Cardiac arrest is not necessarily the result of an MI. I haven't seen any reporting at this point that suggests she had a heart attack. Very sad.

  • Dec 17 '09

    If one reads the media release and news reports carefully, the reason given for the increase is in response to what is deemed necessary for a new RN to practice safely.

    Patient acuity levels have increased steadily over the years, and the NCLEX has always been adjusted in response to changes in the profession. Remember the purpose of the exam is to test if a graduate nurse meets the minimum qualifications to enter the profession and practice safely. Also changes in the way RNs go about their work, mandate modifications in the exam.

    This announcement shouldn't come as a total shock. Nursing programs across the country for the most part have been tightening up entry, retention and even graduation standards. The bar to pass the NCLEX has just been raised a bit higher, don't think those who would have passed under the old system would fail now.However it does go back to conversations we have been having in other threads, nursing students on the lower end of the GPA scale, and or having problems academically with completing the program, may not make the new cut. Great thing about the boards though, is if one does not pass, you are free to try again.

    Besides am almost sure heads of nursing programs knew of proposed changes long ago, and looked at how they would affect both current and future students. Now that the change has come, most schools will perhaps adapt things slightly, but real changes will come probably after the first class or two takes the exam and results are known. If a program had say a 98% passing rate prior to the 2010 NCLEX and it drops more than can be explained by statistical fluke, then a closer look at where things are going wrong will be warranted.
    One also hopes this news does not deter anyone with a "passion for nursing" from pursuing their dream. But it is worth remembering is not about anyone student, but patients and their safety.

  • Dec 8 '09

    Quote from ChuckE
    By your logic, I'm all for using death row inmates for medical personnel to practice on. I'd love to see someone practice a Foley catheter on someone like John Wayne Gacy or Richard Ramirez.
    Now that sounds more like it!

  • Nov 12 '09

    I would have serious issues with a management team that forces one employee to rat on another or take the blame for something he didn't do. Also, what kind of "warning" is a suspension? Your system sounds quite punitive to me. For example, I don't think an honest mistake in reading a schedule should have warranted an automatic write-up, especially since you were new at the time.

    I don't know enough about your situation to know if you're at risk of being fired. Regardless, I wouldn't want to work for your managers.

  • Nov 12 '09

    you said you're not happy in your marriage-i would start doing things right from the beginning as they will only get more complicated if you're in a love triangle. get divorced, be free to go after someone single after you free yourself.

    best of luck!