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Re: show of hands re: health care

There is nothing wrong with being "cost effective" - we all want the best quality for our dollar. The key is in defining what that means. Unfortunately, nursing has never been successful in marketing our value to a society that, despite lip service, does not value caring, does not value the observational and hands on skills of the nurse.

On Friday, January 3, 2003, at 05:45 AM, Evelyn Ford wrote:

Melody - I know exactly how you feel. My first nursing
job was wonderful, I loved going to work. We had
plenty of supportive staff and I had time to actually
sit for a while to talk AND listen to the
patients...get to know them, their fears/concerns, and
touch them in a caring way. By the time I retired, I
was the ONLY nurse on an adolescent psych unit with
ONE psych tech for help...the two of us ran the unit.
 Towards the end of my career I
was so sick and tired of hearing..."it's not cost
effective!" No wonder there's a critical shortage of
nurses today, and it's getting worse.

Melody, have you heard anything about your book?
Perhaps you can "get out" if that materializes?
Good Luck!


--- Melody <mhobertm@excite.com> wrote:
Jim: Obviously I am involved in health care...My big
dilemma is how do I
get out? Nursing might not be the highest paying
profession around but
it does pay the mortgage and the bills. I'd give
just about anything to
get out, though...never could have imagined being in
a job this long
that I would come to dislike this intensely because
of all the changes
health care has gone through in the past decade...
Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
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