CA Hospital Patient's Death Betrays a Trust

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , October 3, 2011

Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing, treating sick and frightened people at their most vulnerable. And because of their noble and important work, healthcare professionals are held in high esteem. They are also paid more than most people, and held to a higher standard of behavior and accountability.   

Try to imagine how Jim Ming -- Judith Ming's husband of more than 30 years -- is reacting to this unseemly public relations war waged over his wife's death. Maybe if labor and management had spent as much energy avoiding the strike as they did on damage control after Judith Ming's death, this tragedy could have been avoided.

The next time they go to the bargaining table the union and management should invite Jim Ming. He could remind them of what their priorities should be.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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6 comments on "CA Hospital Patient's Death Betrays a Trust"

Maureen Dugan (10/5/2011 at 2:21 AM)
Yes Registered Nurses are trusted by patients and the community. We did not betray that trust. That was done by hospital administrators such as Sutter, who refuse to negotiate in good faith. Registered Nurses do not strike lightly. We are held to a 100% standard of providing safe, effective and therapeutic care[INVALID]and yet how do we as nurses hold the hospital to their 100% of responsibility? Thankfully , as a member of a all RN Union , we have a voice. We speak up every day and every way afforded to us. What we hear in response is: no staff is available, you have to make due, our budget is fixed, ignore the obscene raises and bonuses the CEO, etc are getting, there is no more nursing staff to assist you....Nurses are standing up , advocating for our patients and our profession. If I do not do that I can have my license revoked by the state. My patients trust me to fight for them , and that is what I do every day for the last 22 years.

april (10/4/2011 at 9:44 PM)
ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!!!! You think doctors treat patients for no money (where the hell did you get that from by the way), you think doctors have to put up with the CRAP that nurses have to put up with from management trying to change the ways we KNOW patients should be treated? We have a solid education in patient care but the people who decide how to treat patients sit behind a desk. Ridiculous. If nurses made more decisions on patient care errors and death rates would plummet.

Sheri (10/4/2011 at 7:27 PM)
Really? at Chloes comment above- Doctors look at insurance cards far more often than nurses ever do.




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