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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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  -A personal experience with the health care system this week. madfloridian  Jan-01-10 09:24 PM   #0 
  - I can't believe someone unreccd this post -  givemebackmycountry   Jan-01-10 09:37 PM   #1 
  - some people are freeps or just hate some of us who actually make OP's, & MF is 1 of the best, so  Divine Discontent   Jan-02-10 01:57 PM   #10 
  - Not me.  ThatsMyBarack   Jan-02-10 07:03 PM   #28 
  - Which hospital, where?  elleng   Jan-01-10 09:44 PM   #2 
  - The point is, it doesn't matter  tavalon   Jan-02-10 05:26 PM   #24 
     - I think it does matter.  elleng   Jan-02-10 07:32 PM   #30 
        - I have, twice, when I went with friends  sabrina 1   Jan-02-10 08:30 PM   #31 
        - Excellent post.  madfloridian   Jan-02-10 08:32 PM   #32 
        - I agree that we could afford a system (with or without 'adventures.')  elleng   Jan-02-10 08:57 PM   #35 
        - Sadly I think you're right. Somewhere along the line, this  sabrina 1   Jan-03-10 06:29 PM   #49 
        - it does not seem to matter  bonnieS   Jan-03-10 10:33 AM   #45 
           - I should have said:  bonnieS   Jan-03-10 10:38 AM   #46 
        - I wasn't the one who described it  tavalon   Jan-03-10 01:41 AM   #41 
        - It's a great hospital...but things have changed in the last few years.  madfloridian   Jan-05-10 11:21 PM   #58 
        - I have. At Florida Regional. He was lucky to have seen anyone at all. nt  Lorien   Jan-03-10 09:12 PM   #54 
  - That is horrifying, and wrong on every level.  CaliforniaPeggy   Jan-01-10 09:51 PM   #3 
  - I agree. It was a scary thing to see.  madfloridian   Jan-01-10 10:48 PM   #5 
  - And republicans always complain about wait times......  Joe the Liberal   Jan-01-10 09:58 PM   #4 
  - I went to a quiet, unbusy emergency room. I had no insurance.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jan-02-10 05:30 AM   #6 
  - Frankly, it sounds like a hospital you would find in an impoverished country. nt  Selatius   Jan-02-10 06:28 AM   #7 
  - Houston, Texas.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jan-02-10 09:36 PM   #37 
  - I am sorry for your experience. It sounds awful.  crispini   Jan-02-10 08:44 AM   #8 
  - Get well soon to your hubby, Mad!!  proud2BlibKansan   Jan-02-10 01:49 PM   #9 
  - First, I send good wishes to your husband for a full, quick recovery.  LWolf   Jan-02-10 02:18 PM   #11 
  - WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT???  Rozlee   Jan-02-10 03:58 PM   #21 
     - That's exactly my concern.  LWolf   Jan-02-10 04:19 PM   #22 
        - LWolf, I'm not sure about this, but could you possibly have your  Rozlee   Jan-02-10 10:53 PM   #39 
           - This is a good idea. I'll give him a call and suggest it. Thanks! nt  LWolf   Jan-03-10 12:03 PM   #48 
              - Strep > scarlet fever, etc.  elleng   Jan-03-10 06:50 PM   #50 
  - How is your husband doing?  Vinca   Jan-02-10 02:31 PM   #12 
  - My personal experience this week was...  blackbear79   Jan-02-10 02:43 PM   #13 
  - Unfortunately, I must agree with your assessment  laughingliberal   Jan-02-10 02:56 PM   #14 
  - Yep, self employed here too  Lorien   Jan-02-10 04:33 PM   #23 
  - Yeah, I've seen the same  austin78704   Jan-02-10 03:09 PM   #15 
  - Welcome to DU  juno jones   Jan-03-10 09:06 PM   #52 
  - Hope your husband is doing well, now  laughingliberal   Jan-02-10 03:14 PM   #16 
  - What a nightmare of a story, Mad  Iwillnevergiveup   Jan-02-10 03:28 PM   #17 
  - I live in an area of So Calif. with one emergency room serving the needs of  LibDemAlways   Jan-02-10 03:29 PM   #18 
  - This is exactly why healthcare should be a right, not a commodity.  Odin2005   Jan-02-10 03:31 PM   #19 
  - That was pretty much my experience at the ER here in downtown Orlando  Lorien   Jan-02-10 03:49 PM   #20 
  - been a mess for a long time  NJCher   Jan-02-10 05:46 PM   #25 
  - K&R I hope he's alright now.  pleah   Jan-02-10 06:12 PM   #26 
  - That's nothing...  starzdust   Jan-02-10 06:25 PM   #27 
  - I'm so sorry, Starzdust. Wishing better times for you...  Stardust   Jan-02-10 09:36 PM   #36 
  - Been there too many times  marginlized   Jan-02-10 07:14 PM   #29 
  - limpballs will be painting a much different picture of american healthcare on monday...  dysfunctional press   Jan-02-10 08:38 PM   #33 
  - Need to end "for profit" health care ... you can't do that by cementing corps into it -- !!!  defendandprotect   Jan-02-10 08:48 PM   #34 
  - It is awful. As a former RN, I have witnessed and heard countless stories  debbierlus   Jan-02-10 09:48 PM   #38 
  - I'm glad to hear that Mr. Madflo is going to be better soon. Thank you for sharing this  bertman   Jan-03-10 12:21 AM   #40 
  - I've had more experience with hospitals and the so-called health care system in the last year  Greyhound   Jan-03-10 02:48 AM   #42 
  - here's a non-horror story  katkat   Jan-03-10 07:13 AM   #43 
  - This is all very scary stuff  DFW   Jan-03-10 07:31 AM   #44 
  - I too found myself in the ER Dec 27th in California.....  AnneD   Jan-03-10 10:54 AM   #47 
  - I have been in many ER situations  blueamy66   Jan-03-10 06:56 PM   #51 
  - I am sorry.  juno jones   Jan-03-10 09:08 PM   #53 
  - my experiences in France & Britain  bongbong   Jan-04-10 10:53 AM   #55 
  - The USAmerikan Empire is doomed...  ProudDad   Jan-04-10 01:26 PM   #56 
  - oh my gosh. you are making me so jealous  liberal_at_heart   Jan-06-10 03:41 AM   #61 
  - "What if I had not been there?"  Ignis   Jan-04-10 02:03 PM   #57 
  - My dad had a stroke and had to wait 10 hours for a room to open up.  Fire_Medic_Dave   Jan-05-10 11:43 PM   #59 
  - I wish I weren't too late to rec this thread. Thank you for your story.  liberal_at_heart   Jan-05-10 11:51 PM   #60 
  - "...one of the largest, most complete, most respected hospitals in Florida"  dysfunctional press   Jan-06-10 06:00 AM   #62 
  - Had a similar experience at a local hospital with my dad.  PA Democrat   Jan-06-10 07:59 AM   #63 
  - I believe the quality of care depends on three things:  Tracer   Jan-06-10 08:18 AM   #64 
 

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