POSITIVE STRATEGIES FOR MEETING VITAL PATIENT SAFETY GOALS IN 2008
Hi Care2 Activists, I hope that we can make 2008 the year for a really radical political change that will, at last, bring affordable Universal Healthcare to everyone in America and a far less myopic atitude on US overseas policy with a bold new administration. We urgently need to accomplish Justice via Peaceful Protest, and most importantly, enact sweeping regulatory changes by introducing new safeguards to protect high quality Safe Patient Care. While I have been far less active on Care 2 recently, I certainly haven’t been idle. I created two Blog Sites at WordPress in 2007, the first was for TRANSPARENCY for EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY in MEDICINE, and the second targets my passion for Humanitarian Relief: NGZer0.WATCH THIS SPACE: I am now working hard to set up a new British focused Blog Site and another Political Commentary Blog Site for launch in early 2008 - Please Visit the MedTEAM Link at:
On this WordPress Healthcare Blog Site, a vital Patient Safety Campaign was launched in 2007 to end the “Nursing Exodus” by targeting the important issue of Deliberate Negligent Understaffing of all our US Medical facilities: the C.U.T! Campaign to CONTROL UNDERSTAFFING TODAY. WATCH THIS SPACE: I am gathering serious momentum to launch a new Healthcare - Patient Safety Petition to demand action on all of the C.U.T! Campaign Goals as listed in the pannel further down this page; However, your input is greatly appreciated on this vital project. The original Blogspot for TRANSPARENCY for EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY in MEDICINE is still up, recently revamped, and you can visit via this Link:
This recently created NGZer0 WordPress site is so new that there is not much material posted yet: "Watch this Space." I encourage you to visit and leave your comments, as I am always grateful for creative input. I will be working steadily to build on unconventional strategies advocating for zero waste in global Humanitarian relief. Drawing on my personal experiences working as a Medical Volunteer after the Asian tsunami, without all the trappings of a major foreign NGO, I reached the conclusion that there was significant unnecessary waste of precious donated resources.
After working primarily with dedicated, but seriously under-funded, local Volunteers in Aceh Province in Indonesia I learned to respect their self-sufficient, minimalist ethos that demanded few creature comforts while concentrating all available resources on delivering tangible results for disaster victims. Among the major NGOs I saw far too much foreign aid money squandered on accommodating highly qualified Managers and Consultants who expected the comfort of AC not the hardship of a tent! In reality, with the advanced communication technology available to us today with systems like Skipe, such personnel could accomplish a lot more by not entering a disaster area. I honestly believe that what is needed on the ground is a far more practical approach, with admin, consultancy and paperwork removed from disaster locations. I do see a role for well prepared, realistic, well motivated Volunteers like Medical staff, engineers, teachers, etc., to provide stronger practical participation in relief and regeneration projects. However, we must learn to be less dictatorial and more cooperative in providing our support while showing greater respect for the remarkable capabilities of local organizations in developing countries. NGZer0 is still more of a concept than an organization because I do not have the organizational part in place yet or even the right people to head that up. Since it does not have charity status the financial backing isn’t there yet either and there is still a long way to go. I encourage you to visit this innovative Humanitarian aid Blog to discover the potential for more effective use of donated money with creative ideas for reducing unnecessary waste. Please give me your thoughts on this subject as I greatly appreciate your input.
I would also urge you all to visit the new T.E.A.M. Blog Site and please continue to offer your thoughts and valuable input. I have carefully read through and included the issues raised by those who signed my Whistleblower Petition and left comments.It was only via all of your insightful comments on this earlier Petition that I was able to identify the most serious problem areas from both the Patient’s and the Medical staff perspective. I sincerely hope that the goals of the C.U.T! Campaign to CONTROL UNDERSTAFFING TODAY will finally address all of these problems in a creative and fully transparent way.
So once again aHeartfelt Thank You to each and every one of you for taking the time to Sign and also Forward my first crucial Patient Safety Advocate’s Whistleblower Petition at:
WE JUST RECENTLY EXCEEDED THE 3000 SIGNATURE GOAL!
This Important Patient Safety Petition is currently Listed at the Top of the "Hottest Petitions" List on the Care 2 Home Page.
It is also the Top "Activist Petition" on the Home Page list,
Tops the List of "Hottest Petitions" under Health and
is now the Top "Activist Petition" under Health.
MORE THAN 3240 SIGNED THIS PETITION OUR ULTIMATE SIGNATURE GOAL WAS 3000!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
I am still very actively seeking additional comments from courageous Patient Safety Advocates, all of our Hospital Staff, Medical Professionals and especially the Nurses, for inclusion on this really vital Patient Safety Petition that highlights the critical need for much stronger universal Whistleblower protections for US Healthcare workers.
Just recently I noticed a comment from a current Johns Hopkins employee and I was encouraged that word is starting to filter through to their staff. The Petition can be signed anonymously and I would strongly advocate this option for anyone who might have concerns over job security. Your signature and your comments are just as valid signing in this way; please speak your mind, but do not risk retaliation as it accomplishes nothing.
You are very welcome to continue signing the Petition, and keep forwarding this Link on to all of the Care2 Friends in your Network, as the Petition remains open due to a recent surge in interest and additional signatures. The final push has now significantly exceeded our original 3000 Signature goal!
I urge you to visit our MedTEAM Blog where you will find a list containing Links to numerous other Healthcare related Petitions in need of your support listed under the heading: "SIGN A PETITION ONLINE." There is also a list of Links under the heading: "CAMPAIGNS FOR ACTION" and numerous Links to Patient Advocacy Websites to facilitate further involvement in the Campaign to create Safer, affordable, High Quality, Patient Care.
I am passionate about justice, tolerance, the universal delivery of decent health care worldwide and the many causes that I support. For me "Universal Healthcare" is everyone on earth, rich and poor alike. I am well traveled and extremely dedicated to my chosen field as a Humanitarian aid worker and Medical Volunteer. Despite being exceptionally well prepared with personal equipment, usable medical skills, and being ready at a moments notice to devote my time for no pay, this is not as easy as it might seem. Last year I spent six months in Aceh, Indonesia where I was seconded to Cut Nyak Dhien Hospital in Meulaboh volunteering my services in Surgery. I did not mind subsisting on basic rations and spending most of my time there living in a tent as I do not believe in squandering donated funding on pandering to the, all too often unrealistic, demands of many aid workers. I have developed a proposal for an emergency preparedness plan that is desperately needed in Meulaboh. However, I had little logistical backup when I was there and needed a stronger mandate to implement my plan. If I go back out I must get myself there at my own expense, but mandate is still more important than money. Certain injustices from the past still prevent me from joining well established NGOs that might fund my efforts or at least cover my airfare and provide the mandate I seek.
Earlier this year I posted my Petition about this past injustice perpetrated by my former employer, Johns Hopkins Hospital. However, the fight is not yet won as they have not agreed to investigate my case and their past defamation still stands in the way of my efforts to dedicate the rest of my life to third world medical care. I want to clear my name and reputation and would request that anyone reading this seriously consider signing my petition regarding blowing the whistle on deliberate negligent understaffing and the refusal of Hopkins Hospital Compliance Line to offer retaliatory protection as was their appropriate "compliance" commitment obligation to Hospital employees and the general public. The Petition will not require any endorsement of my personal battle, but will only demand a thorough investigation into my case in accordance with the Johns Hopkins Compliance Line's own stated mandate of protection as posted on their web site. It was posted some time ago and has gained well over 2500 signatures so far. It was very alarming for me to find that I was not alone in demanding the attention of Johns Hopkins. There was already one other Petition on the Petition Site plus a second harmed patient speaking out on another site and another Whistleblower, former employee Troy Madsen MD, who had complained about unsafe continuous hours of practice in violation of compulsory national standards. There are links to all of the above cases within my Petition text. The common thread is Johns Hopkins belief that they are beyond the regulations that all others must abide by. This from a Hospital winning accolades for their "error reduction" initiatives, as they lecture the entire Medical establishment on the need for "honesty, transparency and accountability" is just flagrant hypocrisy! Hopkins is in a commanding position to make a significant contribution to national regulatory improvements in Healthcare. We must demand that they use their undeniable influence for the public good not to establish personal immunity from scrutiny.
It is with great sadness that I have finally chosen to take this more public route in dealing with Johns Hopkins misguided retaliatory actions and unjust abandonment of my case. Please understand that I bear absolutely no ill will towards the many dedicated medical practitioners that I worked alongside during my five year tenure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I sincerely regret that it has become necessary to take this course of action after my repeated attempts to obtain justice and accountability through all of the appropriate channels failed to correct negligent practices or prevent the deliberate sabotage of my career. I lost everything I had in the US including my historic six bedroom home! As I travel to remote and dangerous places as a Humanitarian Volunteer I will never have the security of a credit card to buy an emergency ticket home again. Although there is no possibility of compensation now, if I can simply clear my good name and reestablish my reputation, I will be able to put some of this damage behind me. I am trying to contact any of my old friends or former coworkers from my past who might help. Even if you do not know me you can help by contacting me and by supporting my Petition now that it is posted.
Thx for the nice letter. I am leaving tomorrow to tour the US. Shows for candidates, festivals, etc. When back pleased to look at your songs. Never use the term "feeble" for cleansing effect of putting your inner thoughts to song. Don't who likes it or plays it. Powerful message lyrics change lives. I've spent a life time being called everything by those with no passion strong enough to be moved to compose on paper or in song.
"Those who hear not the music, can't dance..."
Thx for all you do. I work to make the world a more compassionate place until my last breath. Pls spend some time on the Activists' Forum.
Kim, I hope you had a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY and that all of the good that you put out each day is coming back to you ten -fold… I hope that all the people you care about were able to gather around you and show you just how much you are loved…. I hope that you had cake (without too many candles) and ice cream, got plenty of hugs, and laughed until your belly got sore… you deserved that and so very much more. I am so sorry I missed your big day....
Hi Kim, thank you so much for adding me as your friend. It would be an honor to be your friend. I love the work you do and your profile is amazing. I look forward to getting to know your better. Big Love, Mary