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Re: “Suspended St. Joe's nurses accused of over-sedating patients

St Joe's is just a little hospital in a podunk town. The nurses/docs here ain't exactly Harvard grads.

Apparently, this stuff (doing internet browsing, playing guitars, and otherwise doing personal things while being paid premium wages) with the ICU nurses have been going on for at least 10 years. It took one courageous traveling nurse to finally blow the whistle. No one else in 10 years wanted to stir the pot !

There should be no "down time" in an ICU. These nurses are being paid extra to work nights. They should not be allowed internet access or cell-phone calls and texting.

Unfortunately, nurses in acute-care settings are allowed a lot of leeway. I have often seen nurses in the OR and ICU routinely buy stuff on-line or busily thumbing their phones while the patient is anesthetized or sedated. It is true that most of the time they don't need to do anything, but it seems strange to me that they get away with this. Keep in mind that nursing is among the highest paid jobs in the U.S.

Finally, the use of hospital internet access for personal access would be considered abuse of corporate resources by most non-medical companies, and lead to immediate termination. It is also an indication of stupidity that these St. Joe's nurses did not realize that all their internet transactions at work are easily discoverable by the IT department.

Posted by again on 09/21/2009 at 4:51 PM

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