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  1. oramar

    Front desk people giving medical advice

    I don't quite agree with part of the point you make. It might be helpful in deflecting a wrongful dismissal suit. However, in the case of a non licensed person giving harmful advice to a patient, I am wondering if you would still be resposible for the serious harm a non-licensed person did to a patient. I can just hear the lawyer making the statement, "my client would still be alive today if this person had been removed from their position at the first hint of trouble". Changes are the jury would be thinking, "yup". PS The person who wrote this is a professional and if they are comfortable dealing with it by issuing a warning it is OK by me. I just have a tendency to think of worst case senarios. Like I said this happens all the time and people for most part get away with it. I just pity the poor patient that suffers serious harm from bad advice.
  2. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11303/1185893-28.stm
  3. oramar

    Front desk people giving medical advice

    My experience is that the licensed professionals are the ones held responsible for mistakes made by a person in this position. My feeling is someone needs to show her more than the nurse practice act, perhaps something like the door. PS This is not an isolated incident, I see people who are not properly trained taking way to much responsibility on themselves all the time.
  4. We have talked about this before. Delayed care frequently results in much more expensive care down the road.
  5. oramar

    North 14 - The room where the patient died.

    This sounds like a lot of ghost stories I have heard in my career. Always something special about the death.
  6. I was wondering if this patient was admitted as a same day surgery patient. If he would have been an inpatient, my experience is that the staff nurses would have picked up on it.
  7. oramar

    Elderly man commits suicide in local ER

    My first reaction to this article was "that poor man, he must have felt so ill and depressed and alone". My second reaction was, "good grief, he could just as easily been homicidal as well as suicidal". I hope management at this hospital wakes up to the potential problems it is facing.
  8. Entire UPMC transplant team missed hepatitis alert http://post-gazette.com/pg/11191/1159219-455.stm
  9. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11190/1159333-100.stm
  10. This is an excellent question, I find the responses educational and insightful. Thanks for asking. I know I could just hit the kudos button but that doesn't begin to cover how interesting I find this post.
  11. oramar

    Unpaid jobs: The new normal?

    I think it should be illegal. Just think of potential for abuse.
  12. oramar

    Spoke too soon...

    It was always my experience that 3-11 was the busiest shift. Remember I am not saying that because I never worked any other shift. I worked nights and days as well as evenings. All shifts are busy, all shifts work short staffed. But evening shift was not just busy or short staffed, I would have to call it crazy. Even at my mom's personal care home there is plenty of staff from 6a to 6p. However, at 6pm everybody goes home and then it gets very hard to interact with staff. As my mom's POA they send me surveys all the time. I comment all the time that after 6p there is not enough help. Last survey I wrote in RED, at 6p you cut the staffing by 2/3. Just as these people(is is memory care unit) get ready to sundown the staff goes down to bare bones. How does that make sense????? I suspect is due to fact that people who make the decisions to staff light at that time work steady daylight. How can they possibly know what goes on? They honestly think there is nothing to do in the evening.
  13. oramar

    Job Satisfaction Declining for Nurses, Survey Says

    What all this is pointing to is a massive exodus from the profession if economic conditions ever improve. I have a book sitting in front of me by Dr. Ira S. Wolfe. It was written long before the great recession. It predicts a labor shortage based on demographics. I was looking through it thinking about how he totally failed to anticipate economic downturns when he created this theory. However, his basic premise has some value because economies have always have come out of downturns in the past and they most likely will do it again in the future. When this one improves we are likely to see some big shortages of people in certain age groups. One can't help thinking nursing will be particularly hard hit. However, in the mean time jobs continue to be tight.
  14. oramar

    Two years of med-surg are not magic.

    It just goes to show that in this economy many of the rules everyone swore by in other times just no longer apply. Please excuse this old timer for being slow to "get it". However, I must say that in your case I really respect the way you have taken control of the situation. You did find a job and you did get experience. I know you are impatient and disappointed but still take a second to take stock of your situation and give yourself a pat on the back. I think a lot of the things you have done are quite positive.
  15. oramar

    TSA asks a 95 y/o women to remove brief

    Oh goodness I was just going to post in my journal about this. I just came back from traveling out of the country. I totally understand airport security and what they have to do. But I don't really have to leave the country and I doubt if I will be doing it again. The security is just so demeaning but that DOES NOT mean I blame the agents in the airport. It was far worse for the lady I was with. She is disabled and travels by scooter. She made the mistake of wearing a dress because it is easier for her to get in and out a dress. She was just about given a public gyne exam in the middle of an air port. My spouse and I agree that we will travel by car inside the country for our vacations in the future.
  16. oramar

    An Ode To Assisted Living

    My mother's Assisted Living told me at the very beginning that they would allow her to age in place. Right now she is in hospice and they are very co-operative with that. I think if I wanted her moved to another facility because I felt she was over whelming the staff I would have to be the one to bring it up. They like my mom and her family so much we are the last people they would ask to leave.