Sophie's Choice: Why some nurses have quit during the coronavirus pandemic "Right now, nurses don't feel like heroes. We feel expendable."
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As COVID-19 has infected more than 1 million Americans, nurses working on the front lines with little protective support have made the gut-wrenching decision to step away from their jobs, saying that they were ill-equipped and unable to fight the disease and that they feared for not only their own safety but also that of their families.
Many of these nurses, who have faced backlash for quitting, said new CDC protocols have made them feel expendable and have not kept their safety in mind, leaving them no choice but to walk away from a job they loved.
As the nation took stock of its dwindling medical supplies in the early days of the pandemic, CDC guidance regarding personal protective equipment quickly took a back seat.
Supplies of N95 masks, which had previously been the acceptable standard of protective care for both patients and medical personnel, were depleting, so commercial grade masks, surgical masks and, in the most extreme cases, homemade masks, such as scarves and bandannas, were all sanctioned by the CDC — which didn’t return a request for comment — to counter the lack of resources.
Bernie figured he could do more good ALIVE,
than dead in a small plane "accident".
I think he's right.
May 14, 2020 at 4:30 AM #315178jbnwParticipant
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A friend of mine who works in a retirement home has one mask for a MONTH.
May 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM #315264Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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I’d guess that’s a choice of the nursing home; it *is* possible to get surgical style masks now on the internet. They cost more than they used to, but they’re available. One mask a month in one of the most vulnerable settings is murder simple. I’d quit too & make a stink with the patients families and the community to shame everyone concerned.
Its sacrificial practice for profit, sacrifice of residents and staff.
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May 14, 2020 at 5:40 AM #315216retired liberalParticipant
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It was great while it lasted, But now our sun has officially set. We just don’t realize it yet.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
May 14, 2020 at 8:05 AM #315267Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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April 3, 2020
On March 22, the Steward hospital chain sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, saying it would close Easton Hospital…unless it received a government bailout to keep it operating.
Steward’s letter read: “If the Commonwealth has no interest in assuming all operating expenses and liabilities of Easton Hospital, Steward Health Care will proceed immediately on planning to close the facility.” The threat paid off: On the 27th, the state guaranteed Easton $8 million for April and a likely $24 million through the month of June. The bulk of the funds, Wolf said, would be covered by the federal bailout package that President Trump had signed into law that very day.
How Easton had descended to such dire straits is a good question, inasmuch as its owner—the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management—is hardly a candidate for taxpayer-funded assistance, and is responsible for loading down the hospital with an unpayable level of debt…The Easton story is likely to be just the first of many. After compelling hospitals to take on huge piles of debt through leveraged buyouts, private equity firms—currently sitting on $1.5 trillion in uninvested cash from investors—are poised to line up for taxpayer bailouts…
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