December 31, 2004


Hospitals Fail Nurse Head Count: Fifteen of 28 institutions checked by the state this year after complaints were filed were found to be violating required nurse-to-patient ratios. (Jia-Rui Chong, December 31, 2004, LA Times)

State regulators discovered that more than half the hospitals they checked were in violation of California's strict nurse-to-patient ratios, a Times analysis of records found.

The inspection reports indicate that hospitals are having the greatest difficulty meeting ratio requirements in specific departments: emergency rooms, medical-surgical wards and telemetry units where heart patients are monitored.

The state looked into allegations of nurse staffing violations at 28 hospitals between last Jan. 1, when a new state law took effect, and the end of October, the most recent records available.

If Americans aren't willing to do the necessary training to fill what will be high demand jobs, we'll end up importing them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2004 8:53 AM

Import robotic bed pan changers and hand holders from Japan? Good idea.

Posted by: h-man at December 31, 2004 9:08 AM


Americans aren't anti-human.

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2004 9:10 AM

My wife is a nurse. They do mandatory overtime pretty regularly because they are short-staffed. There are always job openings and the hospital is our county's largest employer.

Posted by: Bartman at December 31, 2004 9:11 AM

In NYC, most nurses are immigrants from Ireland or the Phillipines even at the best hospitals. It would seem a simple matter to import even physicians from the CIS countries, who make $300/month now to do even low level nursing jobs. Many of these folks already know English.

Posted by: Bart at December 31, 2004 9:40 AM

You already know don't you that should we target nurses or other caregivers for preferred immigration we will be roundly criticized by the left for causing shortages of these same workers in their native countries?

Posted by: MB at December 31, 2004 10:16 AM

The local hospital's CEO told me the other day thet the hospital's new dialysis center isn't able to hit the break-even point yet on number of paitents undergoing treatment because they're waiting for the INS to approve travel permits and working papers for several more nurses from the Philippines to meet staffing requirements for the facility. They took that step because they were unable to obtain enough nurses domestically to meet the state's paitent/caregiver ratio standards, and also had to get the doctor in charge of the facility from India, via residency in NYC, for the same reason.

Posted by: John at December 31, 2004 10:20 AM

C'mon - according to NRO, Tancredo, Buchanan the immigrants are taking all the US jobs and must be shipped out. Therefore this article must be wrong. (sarcasm off)

Posted by: AWW at December 31, 2004 10:28 AM

"Americans aren't anti-human"

Neither are Japanese. (then again in the case of Americans, you haven't met my mother-in-law)

(the original post was meant as a joke by the way)

And my apologies for inappropriate remarks in the above thread regarding Norway. I should have said they are a mighty dagger ready to strike the Shetland islands.

Posted by: h-man at December 31, 2004 5:18 PM


then why don't they have any children?

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2004 5:31 PM

Actually the Japanese have internalized the incessant harping from westerners, that the island is overpopulated and that Asians are nothing more than "ants" multiplying like the plague.

I made that up. I don't know the answer to your question, but as I have said before, rising standards of living seem to effect ALL populations in that manner, including Catholic Italy, Catholic Mexico, India, China (though I agree they seem to be rather crude on the subject), Europe, and even South American countries.

Posted by: h-man at December 31, 2004 6:08 PM

It seems to me that the California law demonstrates the folly of the California Legislature. I just wonder how loud the cries would be if the hospitals began turning away the sick and injured because they didn't have enough nurses to meet some stone-engraved caregiver to patient ratio.

Posted by: Henry IX at January 1, 2005 9:18 AM

If hospitals offered better wages and working conditions, ther would be no shortage. Dito for other jobs.

Posted by: Mike at January 2, 2005 5:30 PM