Hospital missing the big picture |

Hospital missing the big picture

A few days ago, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital announced nursing layoffs to take place June 1, which is hard to believe with such a nursing shortage. Why would you get rid of experienced nurses? Many hospitals feel they can sacrifice people for the budget, but this can be more expensive. Sometimes they rehire people with no benefits, which saves money but is bad policy. I believe the hospital is missing the big picture, and here is why: First, by lowering their nursing staff they lower their quality of care. Second, they affect the loyalty of their employees. Third, they make employees work harder, which affects the quality of their care. Fourth, they lower employee moral. Last, they affect their reputation.

The hospital is currently hiring traveling nurses and laying off some of their own nurses who have worked there for many years, a very expensive process.

Barry AcMoody

Cedar Ridge

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