Hospital squeeze hurts patient care, Oct. 2 letter
Hospital nursing care on the cheap
As a one-time overnight patient in HCA's Community Hospital a few years ago, the writer's letter rang true. When I came into my room, a partially used IV bag lay in the sink in my bathroom. When they came to mop the floor, I noticed that the mop was already filthy. When I had a specific need, the registered nurse on duty, was hard-pressed to help because of other demands.
Who is to blame for this kind of neglect? Try guessing. Hospitals, especially HCA, have grown fat and rich while patients suffer. However, nursing care being short-changed in hospitals is not the only place where the public suffers.
Our county health departments are another area where things have changed and not for the better. When I became a public health nurse in the early 1980s, we did true nursing care. We went into the community, saw newborns, conducted tests for venereal diseases, instructed and cared for skin diseases, especially Florida-type problems such as creeping eruption. We worked with and for the public, hence our name.
I was trained to examine children through the age of teens in Pinellas as well as Pasco County, under the auspices of the medical director. We had a hands-on relationships with all of our patients, delivering nursing care, and working with physicians in our health department as well as specialty docs brought in to work with us. We were a complete care designation for many, either through our federal programs or those mandated by our state to care for the public. We educated, followed-up and integrated ourselves into our community. Too many of these duties and responsibilities have been curtailed, leaving some in our community without health-care guidance. All this is in the name of saving money, it seems. I believe this makes our county poorer for the loss. I, too, have recently retired, but plan on volunteering for this same health department.
Lilyan V. Dayton, New Port Richey
Postal Service is obsolete, Oct. 2 letter
Post office serves needs of so many
Are you kidding? Tell me, do you know anyone who doesn't own or know how to use a computer? How about parents, grandparents, elderly or someone who just can't afford one or to pay for internet?
The Postal Service will be around for a long time. How do you mail a package out of your house? How to buy stamps? How to mail overnight? (Oh, and not everyone knows how to use the "do it yourself" machine and you can't send international mail from there). Use the internet? That would be hard if you can't afford or use it.
Do you really want all your cards coming over the internet? I know postage is expensive but some things cannot be replaced by a computer. I know things have changed but this isn't going to help anyone. It's like the poor elderly woman attempting to pump her own gas. It's something that should not have ended.
Stacey Horan, Spring Hill
I and many others use Postal Service
I would like the letter writer and others to know that in 2010 I sent, via the Postal Service (not on the computer — which I do have), these cards: 60 happy birthday; 12 thank you; six sympathy; 18 hello and get well; 10 anniversary; approximately 125 for Christmas and 70 miscellaneous.
In 2011, I've already mailed just about as many plus approximately 50 invitations for a baby shower and approximately 50 to high school alumnae for a reunion.
With this in mind and with many others doing as I do, I suppose the U.S. Postal Service will stay in business.
Judy Smith, Spring Hill