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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:54 AM
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47. I too found myself in the ER Dec 27th in California.....
I am from Texas and was visiting my college age daughter. I was in extreme pain and shortness of breathe. Her roommate drove me to the hospital. I am a nurse so I have a more then passing acquaintance with our medical system and had actually went to a county ER in Texas years ago. Let me tell you, what I experienced was the care we should all have. As a Nurse, I was able to ask important question and get honest answers from the staff.

First and formost....they were adequately staffed. Unlike just about every other state in the union-California Nurses fought for AND GOT Nurse to patient ratios. My Nurse had 3 other patients besides my self. It DOES have an impact on the care you receive. As a Nurse, I know first hand the care I am capable of giving. It is a source of frustration and concern to me that I am chronically overstaffed in a hospital or long term care setting. In fact, I have left bedside care over this issue (that and the 12 hour shift issue). What kind of care can anyone expect when their Nurse has 8-12 other patients and is expected to do this for 12 hours.

Don't be brainwashed into believing the Nurse shortage is as bad as it is. Most Nurses have left floor Nursing to go to saner work environments. I encourage folks to support Nurse-patient ratios.
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