Monday, March 02, 2015

nurse Nina Pham who had ebola sues her hospital employer

Nina Pham, the first nurse to contract ebola in Texas has filed a lawsuit against the hospital she worked for claiming that they were not prepared to deal with ebola. They didn't have the proper equipment and did not train the nurses on how to care for an ebola patient.

She also states that they violated her privacy by announcing her name to the public and filming her in her room without her permission.  She says they tried to use her to save their reputation.

I am sure they will settle with her out of court, just like they settled with the family of Thomas Duncan. They don't want all of this dragged through court. Their reputation is already down the toilet.

Neither Pham or Amber Vinson have returned to work after going through this. Pham states she has had physical and emotional problems.  I can only imagine.

She implies the hospital where she works was more interested in its reputation than it was in her.

This isn't a big surprise. Nowadays a hospitals reputation is everything.  There is so much competition between hospitals. If a hospital has bad publicity, they worry it will affect their bottom line: MONEY. That is the purpose of hospitals in this day in age: to make money. To specialize in things that make money: cardiology,  neurology, orthopedics, different types of surgery. Doctors in specialties make out like bandits and administrators make a few million a year plus bonuses.  All in "non -profit" hospitals.

When are nurses going to understand that the only people that will take care of us, ensure our safety is US. We certainly can't depend on administrators to take care of us. They are going to try and get by as cheaply as possible. I have big news for you: They don't care about you.  You are replaceable.  With a newer nurse that is cheaper.

The only thing that protects us are organizations that bring us together to demand our rights and yes, that is usually in the form of a union.

Friday, February 27, 2015

I work in a high tech nursing home

When I am in triage I see just how acute our ER has become.  It is one train wreck after another.  People with chronic complicated illnesses. Very old people. People who don't speak english. More and more of the mentally ill.  The homeless.  Drug seekers. Drunks.

The days of lacerations, ankle sprains, appys and such  are long gone and they ain't coming back.  Our inner city ER has become a place for those with complex medical or social problems, on the one hand, or a place for the hood rats to use as a clinic for abdominal pain, back pain, colds, etc.

Sometimes it feels like I work in a high tech nursing home.

I pity the ER nurses of the future.

Sunday, February 22, 2015