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  1. PeggyOhio

    Utah suffering severe nurse shortage

    I'm not sure if you will find the conditions in the states any better. The facility where I work has contracted to bring 30 nurses over from the Phillipines. No one seems concerned that pursing this policy may be depleting an extremely important human resource for that country. This policy also circumvents the real issues that have created the shortage. Improved staffing and wages would attract more of our own people into the profession. But it would also increase the cost of health care. Which everyone is extremely reluctant to do. Historically nursing shortages of the past have been tied to the state of the economy. It will be interesting to see if history repeats with the recent down turn in the economy in the US, and rising unemployment rate. will candidates start flocking into the nursing profession?
  2. PeggyOhio

    CNA Nurses and USWA form Alliance

    According to the AFL-CIO website the USWA is one of the 64 unions it represents. This is getting rather confusing. If you are a member of the CNA are you a member of the USWA automatically and the AFL-CIO too? So does this mean that basically if you are in either of these nursing associations (CNA or ANA) you are represented by the same union, since the ANA recently affiliated with the AFL-CIO?
  3. PeggyOhio

    ANA Capital testimony re shortage

    Thanks for posting this Karen. I tried to e-mail you. Did you get it? Keep the info coming. you are doing a great job, Ms. Moderator.
  4. PeggyOhio

    HMO executive compensation

    Molly, Yes and I agree. Health care is different it is essential to the well-being of our citizens and therefore our society at large. I agree that it should be affordable and accessable to ALL CITIZENS, not just those fianancially well off enough to afford it. What I don't get is the government sees no problem controlling the cost of the actual service (i.e how much they will pay for a chole, or cardiac cath, x-ray, a day in-patient, etc.). I actually had one staffer tell me that they have a big book that they look up what the profit margin of the hospitals is, and they have determined they (hospitals) are making money and that if they don't pay their workers enough to keep them (nursing shortage) that's their problem. And they apparently believe market forces will prevail to correct the problem. Why then is there suddenly this attitude of 'hands off we can't tell insurance companies how much profit margin they can have. What their CEO's take out of the system isn't our (the governments) business.' No one in the government says, well if they can pay their executives that kind of money maybe they're charging to much for their service, let's put a cap on what they can charge for insurance. That for some reason is taboo. Now that I think about it, isn't that exactly what happen with medicare HMO's? And isn't that exactly why the insurance companies started dumping Medicare patients, because Medicare wasn't giving them a big enough profit margin. And yet when the doctors and hospitals complain about the same thing they are labeled greedy and blamed as the reason why health care costs are rising. No one seems to care that millions are raked out of the system by the CEO's of these insurance companies. Why? In the big picture is it really just seen as insignificant?
  5. PeggyOhio

    HMO executive compensation

    Molly, Enjoy your comments and perspective. I attended the ANA RN Lobby day on June 26th. In the meeting we had with Senator Voinovich's staffer, I brought up the Family USA report. I asked what Senator Voinovich's position on the report was and how it impacted the nursing shortage (the viscious circle, hospitals saying reimbursement is the problem, insurors saying they're keep health care costs down, meanwhile nurses are caught in the middle, and these CEO's are laughing all the way to the bank!) I got the same amazing answer that I got when I brought up the issue with Rep Kucinich's staffer. Basically that answer is, "that's capitalism, the federal government doesn't and can't go around putting caps on what industries profits are." Health Insurance is just another industry to them. When I asked how come the government can put caps on what hospitals and doctors are allow to charge for their services, the answer was "that's different". How, I wonder is that different? Can anyone enlighten me on this? Because I find it very disturbing and I need to understand what the difference is on when it is and isn't capitalism at work. If the federal government cannot/will not do something about this what can be done? Do we as the insured have to boycott these insurance companies that pay their CEO this obsene amount? Am I simply misunderstanding corporate compensation? Is this fair compensation? What is it? I see a growing trend in this area to eliminate insurance companies altogether, with the hospital itself becoming the health care provider. When I started at my current position we had four different health care providers to choose from. Gradually the prices were raised on the others to make the hospital plan the only financially attractive one. Is this the future? Insurance companys eventually wiped out by big conglomerate health care systems? What will happen to market competition then?
  6. PeggyOhio

    Advice? Warnings? Your thoughts?

    Lori, I agree kday's advise is sound. The experience you will get as a CNA will help you decide if nursing is something you want to invest your time and money in. It will also make the infamous "reality shock", a.k.a the transition from student to RN much easier. Good luck
  7. PeggyOhio

    Advice? Warnings? Your thoughts?

    Lori, I agree kday's advise is sound. The experience you will get as a CNA will help you decide if nursing is something you want to invest your time and money in. It will also make the infamous "reality shock", a.k.a the transition from student to RN much easier. Good luck
  8. PeggyOhio

    Healthcare costs rising rapidly

    feistynurse, Do you have the data to support this statement, "Much of the expense of health care in this country is created by insurance bureaucracy. IT IS NOT NURSE'S SALARIES OR ADEQUATE STAFFING THAT ARE RAISING HEALTH CARE COSTS!!!" I would love to be able to take it along to RN Lobby Day June 26th. :)
  9. PeggyOhio

    Uk nurse shortage a farce!

    nailboss, This article may help you understand.UKtostop Here's a quote,"``A few years ago, Nelson Mandela came over to Britain and begged us not to recruit from South Africa." They probably would snap you up if you were from the Phillipines!
  10. PeggyOhio

    Maine and MOT

    Yippey! Yay! Way to go Maine!!!!!! The precedent is set for the remaining 49 to follow. What good news!! Can't wait to take this to work! What a burden lifted off the shoulders of nurses!
  11. PeggyOhio

    Working short? What does your hosp. do about it??

    Imarn, I'm at Greater Cleveland Area Hospital. We work short a lot. Using agency more and more. Mandatory overtime is commmon on certain floors. We have no union. I was disappointed when Akron settled. And really disappointed when I heard they only got 4% I was hoping you'd get at least 6% x three years like Minnesota did. No mention of mandatory overtime was made in our local news. Was that an issue? Who represents you there? Is it the ONA, like at Youngstown. I worked with a striking Youngstown nurse doing agency today. She said mandatory overtime is the big issue there. I really admire the nurses that are trying to improve conditions. I'm beginnging to wish I was at a unionized hospital. Sorry you're not happy with your agreement. How much time are you guys given to discuss the offer before you have to vote?
  12. PeggyOhio

    Working short? What does your hosp. do about it??

    Imarn, I'm at Greater Cleveland Area Hospital. We work short a lot. Using agency more and more. Mandatory overtime is commmon on certain floors. We have no union. I was disappointed when Akron settled. And really disappointed when I heard they only got 4% I was hoping you'd get at least 6% x three years like Minnesota did. No mention of mandatory overtime was made in our local news. Was that an issue? Who represents you there? Is it the ONA, like at Youngstown. I worked with a striking Youngstown nurse doing agency today. She said mandatory overtime is the big issue there. I really admire the nurses that are trying to improve conditions. I'm beginnging to wish I was at a unionized hospital. Sorry you're not happy with your agreement. How much time are you guys given to discuss the offer before you have to vote?
  13. PeggyOhio

    Capitol Hill

    They will probably rewrite the immigration laws to allow more foreign nurses in who won't object to the work environment. I wish I could share your optimism regarding the impact of this study. Nurse will continue to be the ones caught in the middle, while the powers that be(Federal Government and Hospital Administrations) point fingers at each other. Meanwhile, while they are distracted by the business of blaming each other, the other major players like Insurance Companies and Pharmaceutical companies are "making hay while the sunshines". I fear more and more nurses will walk away fed up with this kind of abuse by default.
  14. PeggyOhio

    Capitol Hill

    -jt, The recently release AHA study (6/5/01)disputes the "maldistribution" theory, and the projected crisis date of 2010. Basically what they're saying is it's here, it's now. "Until Tuesday's survey was released, the majority of studies have focused on the need for more health care workers in 2010 and beyond. This is the first survey to show the large number of currently unfilled positions such as nurses, pharmacists and lab technicians." "The AHA called for immediate action to cope with the workforce shortages and recommended "tens of billions of dollars" worth of proposed legislation to help hospitals deal with rising labor costs and attract and keep workers. " " Read here: AlreadySerious WorkforceShortage
  15. PeggyOhio

    Natalie please help me if you can!!

    I have a few links if these would help: HealthCareExecutives FollowingtheMoney HMOCEO [ June 11, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]
  16. PeggyOhio

    Natalie please help me if you can!!

    I have a few links if these would help: HealthCareExecutives FollowingtheMoney HMOCEO [ June 11, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]