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  •  nurses I've talked to (11+ / 0-)

    who have been in nursing see the system crumbling. Imagine literally having people's lives in your hands knowing you can only do so much because of time and money.  They've retired, started a new career or moved away from hospitals.

    They also tell me that there is no shortage, the nursing schools are full but the nurses entering the profession are motivated by $$$ not patient care. With experienced nurses leaving, this puts rookies into the same conditions, understaffing, long shifts, all making hospitals more dangerous for patients.

    Experienced nurses will tell you to hire a private nurse if you or someone you love has to go to the hospital.

    •  yes (12+ / 0-)

      my sister's a nurse, and they're so understaffed that her job has become quite literally dangerous for her.

      and i teach a lot of wannabe nursing students. some, i will say, i think will be fabulous nurses. but many, many of them haven't a clue what it's about and are motivated entirely by $$$ --- and (even worse) are exactly the kind of people you don't want caring for you when you're so, so vulnerable.

      •  wave of the future (5+ / 0-)

        I'm in North Carolina where we've experienced outsourcing in the textile and furniture industries as well as factory farms driving family farmers out of business.  Any aspect of health care work is the employment wave of the future and may be the last profession to be outsourced.

        A good number of former factory workers are retraining as lab techs, nurses aides, LPNs, etc., so you have a good number of people pushed into healthcare not by choice but by economic necessity.  That means lots of people entering the field who will only know the current climate of health care, who will be trained in profits over patients and know no other way.  

        Don't even get me started on the quality of care in nursing homes.

    •  Those entering the profession are motivated by $$ (2+ / 0-)
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      tryptamine, elfling

      That's what was said about new programmers in 1999 - and that they didn't care about the profession otherwise.

      And now no one sane is entering programming, the chief proponent of outsourcing is running for the Senate, and consumer complaints about product quality keep increasing.

      Is the same thing happening to nursing?

      Of course, the big difference is that if we have poor nursing, people die; but that seems to make no difference to the insurance companies and for-profit hospitals.

      "I want my country back, you #$%$!" - Inigo Montoya

      by Jon Meltzer on Wed May 31, 2006 at 06:11:11 AM PDT

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