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Letter: Simple ways to help our health system

All this nurse chatter is getting to be a little much. I’ll be the first person to admit I’m married to a nurse, a nurse that is great at her job and loves her job, and because of that, you or someone you may know, gets taken care of with dignity and respect while possibly fighting for their life in ICU.

As a nurse’s spouse, I can agree that there may be some areas that could be dumbed down to save money etc, but from the best of my knowledge I think health care as a whole is in need of some “bigger picture” re-evaluation to save some bigger picture money. For example, better and realistic scheduling, to prevent gratuitous double time overtime amounts. Better systematic ways in moving patients into the units they need/should be in rather then stuffing patients in rooms that bill out at 10k a day waiting to be sent home or transferred.

Once again, I don’t claim to know it all, or much at all period, but from a simple outside looking in position, there seems to be a lot of easily fixed and wasteful practices. Possibly just some more competent “higher up” people would make a big enough difference, rather then piss off the back bone of employees that worked so hard to save everyone and their loved ones through one of the most stressful periods of time our generation may ever encounter.

Benton Hennig, Red Deer

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