1. On the bus this morning, I overheard a conversation between 2 men, one of them a nurse. Let me tell you, our health system is way more messed up than we realize.
2. A fairly nearby hospital, a public hospital that is supposed to take in anyone regardless of their ability to pay, has an administrator whose salary is 2.5 million dollars a year. How does this make any sense?
3. Apparently the shortage of nurses is so severe that many of them must travel great distances (I forget what they're called) in order to cover shortages at other hospitals when, for instance, someone is on vacation.
4. The nurse said we will never catch up. The government has mandated that nursing schools increase their output of nurses by 20% over the next 10 years, or so (he was uncertain of the time frame) but there just isn't enough young people out there to do the work. The median age of nurses today is around 55.
5. The schools also just are not really equipped to educate and prepare the number of nurses that we need.
6. And then there are all kinds of inefficient practices, such as having people come in for treatment for their asthma, sitting in easy chairs to inhale their medication, something they ought to be able to do at home, but they cannot. And it is similar with migraine headache sufferers. Apparently, the medication they need for particularly bad headaches is so regulated that an ordinary physician cannot prescribe it. The patients must go to the hospital, and if they have to go in the middle of the night when the right doctors are not on duty, then they have to sit around waiting until a doctor can see them. A lot of this sounds crazy.
7. But on a totally different note, I have a few times, as a choral director and pray-er, come across the phrase "wailing wights." I finally looked it up. A wight is an archaic term for human being, so saith wordnet. There are going to be more and more wailing wights over the next 10-30 years due to our messed up health system.
And on that happy note, God bless you, have a great weekend, and be sure to check out Jennifer's quick takes! or should I say quick TAKE, today!