A nursing nightmare

A nursing nightmare

There are 12 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jul 14, 2009, titled A nursing nightmare. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Gov. Schwarzenegger didn't waste any time firing most members of the state Board of Registered Nursing after an L.A. Times report Sunday described in frightening detail how the board failed to discipline scores of nurses who endangered patients in their care.

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Robert J G Jackson Sr

United States

#1 Jul 15, 2009
One more area of California governance which is simply not working. Is the oversight of Doctors or lawyers any better? Aren't the recent events with several celebrities evidence that it is not? Not only the recent death of Micheal Jackson, but the melt downs of people like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan? They were gettiing prescriptions for all that stuff someplace.
bjh

Alton, IL

#5 Jul 16, 2009
Judith Sheinin wrote:
Governer Schwarzenegger needs to be unemployed, as well as the congressman, that don't do their jobs, and continue to maintain their position even when they have not met deadlines or done their job, isn't that interesting;and are milking the public of money and our lives. Our country and society are going down the drain, and rich greedy people don't care. Let's get to the core of the problem. Damaging nursing care,a few stories to sensationalize it like it's a epidemic, so he can hand select, and have dictatorial control, as if there isn't bad people in too many walks of life, does he have nothing better to do.
He was doing his job. He fired people who were not doing theirs effectively. I agree that he needs to be out of office but in this case he was right to fire them. I have a nephew who is suffering with a permanent disability because of bad nursing and hopefully that person was fired. If one of the patients was a loved one of yours I am sure you would have a different view.
chuck cobley

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jul 16, 2009
the nursing comunity today is made up of forign people mainly philipino women my opinion is that they are the most attentive nurses in the business.they are not drunks or do they use drugs they are clean and respectful to the patients.its a shame that nurses that dont attend to there patients are allowed to stay in the profession its a serious hands on profession.
bjh

Alton, IL

#7 Jul 16, 2009
chuck cobley wrote:
the nursing comunity today is made up of forign people mainly philipino women my opinion is that they are the most attentive nurses in the business.they are not drunks or do they use drugs they are clean and respectful to the patients.its a shame that nurses that dont attend to there patients are allowed to stay in the profession its a serious hands on profession.
When my wonderful sister-in-law was in the hospital for the last time with terminal cancer she was attended by a staff of marvelous and caring nurses. It was obvious that they cared about her and her comfort and checked on her often even though family and friends were almost always at her side. The founder of the company I used to work for was a man named Harvey Picker. He was in the medical equipment field and was quite wealthy. He noticed that even though his own wife was getting excellent care, many of the patients on the same floor were not. His goal was to educate hospitals in how to train nurses to give the best care to all of their patients even though they are strapped for time. His methods and suggestions are still being used today and millions of hospital patients owe him a debt of gratitude for his efforts. I believe every person who trains for nursing needs to study Mr Picker and his tireless efforts to make nursing a careing profession. Maybe they already do. He has extensive biographical information on the internet under Harvey Picker and is well worth the time. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 92.
Lonewolf

Leesville, SC

#8 Jul 16, 2009
Hope they're better than those on the Georgia Nursing Board.That's a pitiful bunch down there in Macon.
area resident

Manhattan Beach, CA

#9 Jul 16, 2009
The true unchecked abuse is in nursing homes where people dying is expected and unquestioned.

I'm in my 50s and was in two nursing homes temporarily after an illness. I am younger and more aware than most of their patients and I could tell you things that would make you cry thinking about your own relatives.

They are both in Orange County. Each one I barely saw the same nurse more than once before they traded up to a better paying job.

Except for the Med nurse who makes more money shorting people on their medication then selling it.
area resident

Manhattan Beach, CA

#10 Jul 16, 2009
chuck cobley wrote:
the nursing comunity today is made up of forign people mainly philipino women my opinion is that they are the most attentive nurses in the business.they are not drunks or do they use drugs they are clean and respectful to the patients.
What an amazing generalization. Maybe it would be nice if they were compelled to speak enough english to understand what both the doctor and the patient are saying.
RW Crum

Cerritos, CA

#11 Jul 16, 2009
area resident wrote:
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What an amazing generalization. Maybe it would be nice if they were compelled to speak enough english to understand what both the doctor and the patient are saying.
Normally I'd take issue with the statement about Philipinos too, but having had a reason to go to a nursing home lately, there's a lot of truth there. It's dominated by them whether it's a nursing home or kaiser, from my experience.
bjh

Alton, IL

#12 Jul 17, 2009
RW Crum wrote:
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Normally I'd take issue with the statement about Philipinos too, but having had a reason to go to a nursing home lately, there's a lot of truth there. It's dominated by them whether it's a nursing home or kaiser, from my experience.
My father was in a respiratory care center. His main nurse was an Asian. He called her The Witch.
It is all about caring, not skin color.
PatricParamedic

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Jul 28, 2009
To answer one of the previous questions is, NO, physician oversight in the state of California is pathetic. In comparison to nurse oversight, it is almost non-existent. That in itself is frightening.

I invite anyone who doubts this to take a good look at the "Medical Maniacs" website.

The National Practitioner Data Bank reports 237,000 errant physicians. When one considers there are 800,000 MDs in this country, you just have to wonder what other profession sports a 1:4 miscreant ratio.
Ok then

Jasper, AL

#14 Nov 20, 2013
area resident wrote:
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What an amazing generalization. Maybe it would be nice if they were compelled to speak enough english to understand what both the doctor and the patient are saying.
yep. What people consider nice is actually subservient behavior. I worked with some nurses from ???(Don't want to say) but they were very task oriented but not critical thinking material. I hated to take over their patients because half meds and treatments weren't done
Ok then

Jasper, AL

#15 Nov 20, 2013
What I found out was many people would be disrespectful to nurses..treating nurses as servants and even showing off. Also some families have a mega chip on their shoulder and love to antagonize nurses. Not so much when it came to doctors. I remember a family member antagonizing a doctor and he simply saiid don't need this..find yourself another doctor.

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