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[Susan notes: This succinct, matter-of-fact application of the school reform model to medicine is great.]

Published in Los Angeles Times
03/24/2005

To the editor


I have the solution to the nursing shortage:



Reduce funding to all public hospitals so they can no longer afford to buy proper medical equipment.



Raise the nurse-to-patient ratio to make it nearly impossible for nurses to give patients the required attention.



Make nurses responsible whenever a patient dies, regardless of lifestyle factors, (i.e., smoking, diet), disease, age, income and heredity, or whether a patient listens to medical advice.



Put nurses on a merit pay system where their rate of pay is determined by their patients' health. Test living patients yearly to determine their healthfulness. Deaths or unhealthiness among patients will result in a pay and status reduction for the nurse.



These sure-fire techniques will definitely boost the health and well-being of all patients in California hospitals. It's working for our schools, isn't it?



Amy Freeman, Teacher


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