Letter To The Editor
Posted by Mike Kirchubel on Jan 16, 2005 - 7:26:00 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger is correct calling Registered Nurses a
"special interest" group. These darn nurses are constantly fighting
for their special interests, their patients. Arnie, on the other hand, is only beholden
to his Billionaire Boy's Club buddies who give him money. For example, members
hospital industry gave him "donations" and asked that he stop the law
setting a limit of five patients for each nurse. Arnie dutifully delayed the
5:1 ratio law for three years. Studies show that if we go from our current 6
patients to one nurse ratio to a 4 to one ratio, patient deaths would drop by
Profits would drop by 5%, but with over $4 billion in
profits last year,
hospitals have plenty of room to improve. Simply put, this a battle between
profits and lives. Is it any wonder that nurses always rank among the most
trusted professionals and politicians among the least trusted?
We are all just a drunk driver away from our own hospital
bed and the complete reliance upon a nurse for our every need. Her patient load
will determine how quickly and how well our needs are met. Arnie and his
Billionaire Boy's Club buddies are unconcerned; knowing they'll always get the
best care money can buy.
For the next three years, whenever a patient complains of a
delay in getting pain medication, antibiotics, wound care, food, or even a
bedpan, his nurse should remind him that Arnie sold us out.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, you're the "girlie man."
You're too weak to resist being pumped-up with injections of special interest
money and too puny to fight the strings attached. You say you're kicking the
special interests' butts, but we all see you kissing them instead. Pity, we had
all hoped you
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