Showing posts from November, 2011

How do Rules and Regulations Affect Your Care?

You've heard the horror stories, patients dying in the parking lot of a hospital, or the front steps, because nurses were bound by rules and regulations implemented by administrators to satisfy insurance regulations, HIPPA, hospital policy, etc., in a litigious society.

The age of "I am going to sue you for everything," has had an impact on healthcare delivery. How have you been affected in your workplace? What are the weird things that you cannot do? Anything that concerns you with respect to prevention from doing an adequate job delivering healthcare?

Anybody have their own story of failure to follow procedures? Note, instead of putting the blame on nurses and other hospital staff, there's an unfortunate reality imposed by hospitals policy and procedure manuals.

What's your experience?

Floating ER Nurses

Interesting dialogue I was following at allnurses.

Male Nurses - the Murse

Not a purse, a nurse. We're talking about male nurses again. The profession has always been dominated by women, and still is. But we're seeing a few more males entering the field. THe stigma of an all female profession is slowly lifting.

Some of the change is due to cultural changes where women are no longer seen as the sole primary gender capable of offering care.

How many male nurses are you working with? Have you noticed an increase? Any gender bias in school that may prevent male nurses from entering the field?

California: Hospital Jobs vs. Population

Last post we looked at how employment numbers in hospitals in California faired in the past ten years. for the most part there was consistent upward trends. Why do hospitals continue expanding, and do they expand at a rate of population increase (that is, the number of employed counted as 'expansion' in this post.)

Looking at this graph that look at the percentage change between the population in California and the change in employment in the hospital sector during a ten plus year period from 2000-2011 we get an idea of the trend.

Surprisingly, as population has increased on average of about 1% a year, the hospital sector has grown more. Although we can't conclude how the hospital sector reacts, there is a close relationship between the increases and decreases in jobs to population. If there is a decline in population the hospital sector will respond in the ensuring short term.

Of course, what would explain why the hospital sector increases more than the population increases…