Thursday, August 23, 2007

two month's down ten to go

Getting through 2nd year now. Just finished floors, really tough, managing 20 patient's isn't so bad but learning 5-6 new patient's a day is. Fortunately no one died on my shift though I must admit to two "casualties" both whom were leading relatively normal lives prior to arrival. One of those is now questionably permanently demented and the other is so weak she had to go to a nursing home upon discharge (also hopefully temporary). 80 hours a week also is bullshit though it is without a doubt easier now with the new laws in place than it was 20 years ago where 100 hrs plus were the norm.

The big thing with our hospital is that it is run corporate like. Unfortunately the corporate honchos in our facility know little about business planning or what the world calls foresight. Therefore instead of hiring more staff we are woefully overworked and people are dying as a result of it. One lawsuit can easily pay for the staff necessary to have prevented the problem in the first place.

As for me, still pondering fellowships. In the meantime looking forward to an out of country elective most likely Africa for 5 weeks but can't shake off the desire to experience Baghdad.

Till next time Tada