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Re: gainful employment/burnout

too true
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>

> Cathy: Acuity systems are a thing of the past in most health care
> institutions...they now use algorithms that are based on numbers of
> admissions and discharges to calculate hours per patient days...gives a
> number of care providers to take care of a number of patients and then
> what is the lowest skill mix RN to nursing assistant ratio they can come
> up with. It really, really, really stinks!!!!!!!!
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

> From: cathy carpenter [mailto: cathyc@rnet.com]
> What algorithm? One would think that it would take acuity into
> <br>account....<br>Cathy<br>
On Monday, August 9, 2004, at 12:05 PM, Judy
> L Browning wrote:<br><br>&gt; Well folks, in the last 3 days, my so
> called 8 hour shifts have <br>&gt; stretched to<br>&gt; 9-11 hours with
> no time for a lunch break. 5 hours overtime, or about <br>&gt;
> an<br>&gt; extra day's pay for the 3 days. Not sure it's worth it. They
> staff by<br>&gt; algorithm at this hospital rather than by acuity. I
> fail to understand <br>&gt; how<br>&gt; paying 2 or 3 nurses overtime is
> cheaper than paying an extra <br>&gt; assisitant. I<br>&gt; can afford
> to work only 6 days every 2 weeks, and can't afford to work <br>&gt;
> more,<br>&gt; emotionally or physically. A lot of nurses choose to take
> other, less<br>&gt; lucrative work because of the killer stress
> involved.<br>&gt; Getting off my soap box, thanks for letting me
> vent.<br>&gt;<br>&gt;

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