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Old 12-08-2013, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I would report it on the survey but I'm skeptical that it will do any good. The hospital is understaffed to save money but I bet the administrators make plenty. Maybe there's a chance that it won't be seen as a mark against the nurse but a mark against the hospital, as it should be. Is there anyone you can go to about the understaffing?
He was transferred from one to another so was only at this one for 3 days...she was the nurse on duty when he was discharged....no way it wouldn't easily be traced to her.
As far as understaffing? Ha!
It's not that it's a situation that isn't well known. I believe the majority of hospitals now have 12 hour schedules. That's rough when you hardly have time to get done what needs to get done.
She and others have told us the patient ratio is 6 patients, which doesn't sound like much.
On some wards it isn't...this was the Heart Center and she said the surgical ward is even more hectic and stressful what with all the extra stuff that's required.
I won't say hospitals don't make any money, but here in SW Florida in winter, you can imagine how many in-patients are generating very low Medicare reimbursement rates.

 
Old 12-08-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Strange occurrence...brought the husband home from the hospital yesterday and after awhile realized he still was sporting his IV catheter.
The nurse was a sweet little girl and overworked as so many hospital RN's are these days and I know she would get in a lot of trouble for having let this slip by her . I really don't want that to happen so I just gave it overnight to make sure the last Heparin shot has worn off and will play 'nurse' as soon as he wakes up.
This is one hospital that isn't going to get a very complimentary review when they send out the survey so other complaints, several to do with understaffing, should cover this since mentioning it specifically would lead back to her.
Then, the other side of my brain says it should be brought up even if it gets her in hot water.
Do you argue with yourself often?
Very few if any would have taken your approach. I think you made a compassionate decision, though it could have led to unfavorable complications. I would only add that I would think about phoning that nurse and letting her know, so that she never does this again.
 
Old 12-08-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Very few if any would have taken your approach. I think you made a compassionate decision, though it could have led to unfavorable complications. I would only add that I would think about phoning that nurse and letting her know, so that she never does this again.
Yeah....the prevalent reaction these days seems to be "I'm gonna SUE!!!"
 
Old 12-08-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Too true.

Old_cold, looking at homes in the Sebring/Wauchula/Fort Meade area, we wre looking for a rural feel, anything I should know? TIA
 
Old 12-08-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Too true.

Old_cold, looking at homes in the Sebring/Wauchula/Fort Meade area, we wre looking for a rural feel, anything I should know? TIA
We're quite a bit southwest of there, on the coast in Naples so I'm not familiar with that area
 
Old 12-08-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Mymom wants to buy us a house, but now is making it conditional on being two hours from Miami. Is that even possible to have five acres with a rural feel so close?
 
Old 12-08-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Mymom wants to buy us a house, but now is making it conditional on being two hours from Miami. Is that even possible to have five acres with a rural feel so close?
Yes it's possible.
Probably not to the north which would coastal and more expensive...unless mom is loaded
There's lots of areas coast that can offer low populations and some acreage from about the top of Lake Okeechobee that would be within the 2 hours.
Florida narrows down toward the south and even though we're on the opposite coast, it's still only about a 2 hour trip.
 
Old 12-09-2013, 06:31 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Thanks old_cold, Okechobee is rural, there's a poster here who has land up there.
 
Old 12-09-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Can't you recognize a joke? It never happened. I don't ride the bus. I would never say that in real life anyway. It was just a joke, no more, no less. The disconnect between "courtesy" and the supposed response I made was intentional, was part of the tongue-in-cheek nature of the post.
mea culpa
 
Old 12-09-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Talking about Lake Okeechobee, I remember many years ago there was one of the best barbecue restaurants - very informal - in the town of Clewiston (at the southern tip of the lake). It was called Old South BBQ Pit Ranch (I think). It was there for many, many years. For miles around they had these "Burma Shave"-type signs with slogans and rhyming messages that always ended with Old South BBQ Pit.

An old acquaintance from the area informed me it closed down more than a decade ago.
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