Posted On: Friday - April 24th 2020 6:43PM MST
In Topics:   Media Stupidity  Healthcare Stupidity
Look at that scene. It's a mess, but is that because the place is truly overwhelmed or just that way due to NY City, and lots of the country now, being a disunited Tower of Babel? Is it because the cameras are rolling?
From a family member in the healthcare business, I've got the following info.:
Where she works, nurses are being assigned COVID-one-niner patients, even though those aren’t the cases usually on their floor. On another floor there are a number of cases, plus in the ICU. The problem is that the nurses really aren’t provided the PPE other than fitted masks. They are worried about even going in the rooms, and the doctors won’t show up at all and are doing everything on the phone. These patients’ rooms are getting really messy, as neither nurses nor techs want to go in there much. Without family members either, it’s VERY depressing for them. If you've ever been in there for anything longer than a night, you know that time goes at 1/10 speed for a patient in a hospital room.
In the meantime, the hospitals in NY City are offering $7,000 per week for RNs for 3 12-hour shifts per week. Housing is not paid for but arranged (yeah, I know it can be a decent amount), but food and transportation are covered. Some of the nurses are just hoping to get laid off (quitting looks bad to HR), so that they can go to NYC and make a killing. Another section of the hospital will be recalling nurses that have been furloughed, as they are planning on resuming regular surgeries and all that.
I completely understand a good program of taking extra precautions with any infectious disease. The more vulnerable nurses, older and in terrible shape (and there are plenty of the latter) ought to do their best to acquire the PPE they need, or refuse to work on the COVID patients until they have something reasonable. If one is young and healthy, how did she* not die a few times already from all the other flu viruses and bacteria flying around the rooms and hallway?
The media have got the nurses scared shitless, which is impeding the care of patients. Sure, the nurses and Docs should know something about this disease, but the real number of this Kung Flu's fatality rate does not warrant this behavior. All of us know that this is not the Black Plague, but the 2-month-long Infotainment Panic-Fest, playing on all channels, has got them acting like it is.
I've already heard back from my source that those positions in NYC have been filling quickly, but till then, I want to be a part of it ... if I can make it there, I'm immune anywhere ... 🎵
* Or "he" in this case, as there are plenty of men getting into this reasonably lucrative (for today's times) field too.