Maybe a standard nurse-to-patient ratio is the way to go. It would certainly be better than what we have now. Patients on our inpatient psychiatric units deserve better than what we, given staffing cuts, are able to give.
It wasn't a system that saved my life -- it was a group of highly trained, very motivated and caring people. That's why, if I were able to walk today, I'd be out on the picket line with nurses who saved my life.
Anyone who believes that American doctors call the shots when it comes to providing medical care for their insured patients is sadly mistaken. Insurance companies essentially have the power to make what amount to life and death decisions.
The closest thing to real death panels that operate in this country are not run by a bunch of government bureaucrats but by a bunch of corporate bureaucrats who work deep inside U.S. insurance companies.
As we scan the labor movement across America, the hell raisers are building their numbers and the fundraisers are fading away. The fate of the middle class depends largely on what paradigm American labor chooses.
Meg Whitman has made attacks on unions, and particularly the California Nurses Association, a centerpiece of her campaign against Jerry Brown. But now California nurses are taking a stand -- on her doorstep.
After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.
The greatest tragedy of the current health reform bill is that it may lock into place a dysfunctional and inhumane system that threatens to move beyond the reach of more comprehensive reform for generations to come.