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  •  Gag orders are nothing new (5+ / 0-)

    They are an attempt of a hospital to keep a good public image, even when it is not deserved. Hospitals know that if nurses start publicly complaining that it isn't safe for patients in their hospital that patients/revenue will go away.

    In some instances, because the patient safety issue affects the bottom line, hospitals would rather overlook the problem and continue their financial gains. Sometimes we nurses do everything but set our hair on fire to try to get resolution internally. But when that fails, we have to have other avenues of recourse.

    This is about money---the HOSPITAL'S money that they want to keep and NOT have to spend making things safe for patients and nurses. And it is about control---the HOSPITAL'S control of its workers.

    One Nation, One Health Plan. Doctor and Nurse Recommended Single Payer Health Care for All!

    by ludlow on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 08:51:18 AM PDT

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    •  Temple has a good public immage? (2+ / 0-)
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      Sychotic1, silverthread

      their ranking for HAIs was apauling....

      Its about the Administration's attempt to control the message.  How long do you suppose they will keep offering $10k a week to nursing staff?  almost makes me want to go back into patient care (almost).

      there is only one reality, republicans just forget at times

      by Bloke on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 10:01:28 AM PDT

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      •  re: HAI stats are appalling... (4+ / 0-)
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        Sychotic1, silverthread, Mdfog10, tardis10

        "inspiring horror, dismay, or disgust." The nurses know this and that's why they're out on the line taking action on behalf of their patients. The hospital would rather sweep this data under the rugs and nail it down with a gag order on their nurses.

        A cursory literature review on the subject shows a strong correlation between poor staffing and a high rate of hospital acquired infections. Just the kind of statistics management might consider to be disparaging remarks, but the nurses know they have a duty to speak up when the internal process has failed and the hospital has refused to implement the improved staffing and better working conditions that will lead to better patient outcomes.

        Management should retract the gag clause and return to bargaining in good faith. They shouldn't attempt to encumber the nurses' obligation and professional duty to their patients. The strike is warranted and necessary under the circumstances. I'd be appalled if the nurses hadn't taken this action.

        If the hospital ever hopes to restore its credibility with the public, they should quit wasting precious healthcare dollars on unionbusting and implement changes to improve care.

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