I read the recent article saying don’t blame nurses, and addressing the connecting issues of doctors ignoring nursing notes and the harsh discipline meted out to any nurse who questions hospital safety protocol.
In the same issue is extensive coverage of the financial aspect of big hospitals.
How likely is it that anyone watching the financials also has a family member who is a nurse exposed to whatever walks through the door with only a pair of gloves for protection?
It is not that they don’t care. It’s just that the folks looking at finance reports don’t usually ask how safe the nurses are. They want to know how we are doing financially. That is their understood function. And no board can easily imagine any other way to conduct business.
The panic they are trying to avoid is the sudden drying up of revenue, the revenue that everybody from the CEO to the janitors depends on. But imagine if the attention to the financials began being from the bottom up, rather than from the top down.
Suddenly it would matter that nurses are the canaries in the coal mine.
— Bill Lanford, Haltom City