Obamacare repeal

Senate Passes Insurance Industry Aid Bill

Senate Passes Insurance Industry Aid Bill (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)

Congress tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 33rd time. To all those disapponted Republicans, just remember that the 34th time is the charm. I used to tell nursing staff at the hospital when we x-rayed a patient for the third time when the first two tries at a line placement had failed that the third try was the Charmin, referring to the tissue of that name.

If Obamacare is indeed repealed, I want them to extend Romneycare from Massachusetts to the other 49 states.


Smaller nurses

Mission Santa Barbara, known as "the Quee...

Mission Santa Barbara, known as "the Queen of the Missions," was founded in 1786. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Continuing my conversation with the nurse who still works at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, she complained about the reduced size of the nursing stations in the remodeled wards. I jokingly said that the nurses needed to be smaller. Then I gave the situation more serious thought. Foreign-born nurse are usually smaller than American nurses because of diet. Beyond that, I think that smaller nursing stations indicate management’s future intentions. Patients will be increasingly monitored remotely with one employee, not necessarily a nurse, assigned to watch the monitors. Then it will be possible for each nurse to be assigned more patients, reducing the number of nurses needed. Staffing levels have long been a bone of contention in California with unions involved and propositions proposed for voters to decide.

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