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on Dec 20, 2012
When it comes to any aspect of health care in the US really getting accurate information is nearly impossible. The system is broken, we have greedy health care organizations wanting to make as much off of sick people as they can. Nurses Unions wanting unconscionable pay levels, insurance companies wanting to charge huge premiums and pay out as little as possible to protect the wages of the 1% running these companies. An interesting fact here is that the insurance companies and those aspects of healthcare that are highly profit driven and want to make you go broke affording care are also very adept at making you believe that any nationalized health care is putting you on the road to socialism. AS long as you believe that they will extort as much as they can from you. $5000 deductibles sound good to anyone?
Nurses should NOT work 12 hour shifts. Who amongst us is REALLY at their best after working 11 hours and 30 minutes? So, unless those nurses were demonstrating to do away with the risky practice of 12 hour shifts, their concern is NOT really about patient care.
Nurses are very important to health care. They should receive a wage commensurate with their education, expertise and experience. However, in this moment's economy, if the nurses who were demonstrating genuinely feel they are not being appropriately compensated, they should step aside and let someone who wants to work fill that job.
Alexis and Bill are spot on...I am an insider in this conflict and all those in nursing administration now feel the "12 hour shifts" are impacting patient care. The CNA wanted it years ago so their members could work 3 days a week 12 hours a day and make 135 K with full benefits but at the end of the day the full realization is given the technology in managing patients in today's environment they need a break after 8 hours. The "12 hour shifts" are killing patients, the nurses are too tired to wash their hands going to patient to patient. 11,000 Californians die each year due to hospital acquired infections, 3 times more than those of us who die due to car crashes. To put that in perspective, that is like a fully loaded Southwest Airlines flight crashing every 3 days, 365 days of the year. Wake up people, if a Southwest flight flight on the way to L.A from SFO crashed and killed everyone each Monday, Thursday and Saturday every week would you be concerned? Hospital acquired infections are the 4th leading cause of death in America and the nurses who are reluctant to be accountable to wash their hands individually are a key concern. Make sure to ask your Nurse, Doctor and other health care worker if they washed their hand before entering your room. Sully Sullenberger is now a featured speaker in "Patient Safety" conferences to address this calamity.
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