How Hospitals Gamble With Your Lives

  1. a Readers Digest Article.......

    "......It used to be that the duties of unlicensed aides were limited to tasks that required little training, such as taking patients' temperatures, bathing them or helping them move from bed to chair. But during the past decade, pressures to slash costs have changed the aide's job, sometimes radically.

    Nowhere was the money squeeze tighter than in hospitals, where Medicare payments were falling even as competition heated up for managed-care contracts. To boost their bottom line, hospitals hustled in management consultants who told them, among other things, to cut labor costs.

    You didn't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out the next step:.......
    RNs Overworked, Stretched Thin and........."
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