Nursing

So you are also in a medical profession.  Your interest may be piqued about the book titled, "Sick" and the film titled, "Sicko".

I read the book about a month after it was off the press and later heard about Michael Moore's film that is very like the scenarios presented in the book.

As a Journalism/Communications student at a local university, I take a lot of notes, keep news clippings, and enter organized material onto my computer to use as foundation in topics of interest.

My degrees are in Registered Nursing and it began in 1969. Our nation has endured a process of not-so-good healthcare evolution.

People think they have coverage and instead have thousands of dollars of debt and daily creditor annoyance.

Others can not aford coverage so they do not seek medical attention hoping to get better.  Some do recover witout medical help, others get sicker until they must be rushed to the emergency room.  With no medical coverage they sustain bills that they can not pay so the emergency rooms are depleted of their operating costs.

Have you discovered some of this type of scenario and what do you think about it?

Is there any way out of you

 

 

 

Radiant Radiant
56-60, F
3 Responses Aug 5, 2007

Walter Reed Army Medical Center has a great commander in Major Gen. Schoomaker who heads the primary focus of giving the best care available to our injured soldiers.<br />
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Injured warrior, Staff Sergeant Shannon, brought attention to, and recognition of, problems within the veteran's compensation system. He helped to highlight inadequate care as he faced transition from the traumas of war into the uncertainties of civilian life. <br />
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Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness has addressed some of the major issues of failure in the system for healthcare delivery to our transitioning soldiers, and is seeking groundbreaking legislation that will greatly change the present delivery. <br />
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Those of us, who have injured military friends and family, wonder why it has taken this long to recognize the need and render adequate healthcare delivery. Whatever the impediment, it needs to be fixed so that all the new plans are not delayed.<br />
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As far as I can tell from various reports the following items are in their neonatal state and we can only hope that they will further develop.<br />
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Co management and case management of the severely injured and their families.<br />
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Easy Loan application with greater coverage.<br />
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100 new transition managers.<br />
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A Revised enrollment form for the injured and/or disabled that should make it easier and expedite the system. <br />
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A New contract for independent assessment of electronic healthcare records.<br />
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A special system, and designated funds, for support of those with PTSD, TBI, Acute psychosis, and substance abuse. <br />
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Four new TBI centers.<br />
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Re designing of the disability system.<br />
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Raise the level for appropriate compensation for disability.<br />
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Speed up applications for compensation.<br />
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Those of you who know the miitary and want to help may want to look into these matters.<br />
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R

Yes, the book Sick and the movie Sicko should be seen by any American who values the future care of their bodies and their children's. <br />
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You are sooo right about taking someone with you to the hospital. <br />
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I have caught a lot of mistakes and problems while atending to friends or family. <br />
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My own uncle who is an M.D. , was available just in time to save his own daughter from harm. She was left in the hallway while the person who had been wheeling her around, left for a couple minutes. She had just been flown in a private plane from Sonora Califoria to Loma Linda California in the condition of Pre Eclampsia, which has a 50 50 chance of loosing the mother. Emergency c section delivered the baby and made her blood pressure begin to stabilize but she was recovering from the anethesia.<br />
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Margaret was not breathing when her own father, who is an anethesiologist, arrived and noticed some problem, he called for help, tried to get someone but had to take things into his own hands to try to stimulate her to awaken and take a breath. <br />
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I have witnessed nurses yank on tubes, pick things off of the floor and put them back into the patient's nose or connect catherters back to the bags after the connector had drangged on the floor. <br />
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I have seen a patient bounced out of the wheel chair and have their foot banged up against the door jam as going through the door.

My daughter was a life flite paramedic and taught emergency medical technicians at the local college for 10 years. During that time she told me, "never go to a hospital alone" - you always need to take someone with you. To her - hospitals were a dangerous place. She also took nursing school but opted out because the school she went to was steeped in political disarray. Her views were not appreciated. A lot of the money problems for emergency rooms are generated by the views people have of what 911 can do for them. My daughter said that people would call for things that any sensible person would know and expect an ambulance to pick them up and treat a small incident as an emergency. The 911 system needs to be revamped and has been redone in many places.<br />
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I haven't read "Sick" but will look for it. My sister said that "Sicko" was a good movie. I don't get out to movies much anymore - this is my movie. I have heard good reviews about Sicko though. Mox