Not all hospitals are created equal, and the differences in quality can be a matter of life or death. In the first comprehensive study comparing how well individual hospitals treated a variety of medical conditions, researchers found that patients at the worst American hospitals were three times more likely to die and 13 times more likely to have medical complications than if they visited one of the best hospitals.
The study, published Wednesday in the academic journal PLOS One, shows “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region,” said Dr. Thomas H. Lee, a longtime health care executive who was not involved in the research.
The Local 459 Nurses Council held their annual "Stuff a Backpack" drive. They collected school supplies and backpacks for children in the Foster care system. These children often arrive with just the clothes on their backs. Without these donations they may carry supplies to school in a garbage bag which only makes them feel even more isolated and alone. The role of nurses goes far beyond the walls of a hospital or office. They have a natural desire to help their community in ways that most people never see. Nurses involved in the labor movement are especially inclined to reach out to other disenfranchised groups to help. They know it feels great to stand together in solidarity and make a difference in people's lives.