Laying Off Hospital Employees – Again
I cannot believe how much things have changed in a year, and yet how much they've stayed the same. Since I retired, hospitals are laying employees off again, nurses are looking for new jobs in what seems like record numbers, and everyone blames everyone else.
I spent the biggest part of my career working in Virginia, and things there are changing fast again. For example, one of my former employers, Valley Health System, made personnel cuts affecting all SIX of their hospitals. They acquired six hospitals because they wanted to. When the news of the cuts was reported in the local paper, the comment section almost caught fire.
The remarks were almost identical to the ones that were made when the 90s layoffs occurred. People complained that the CEOs unnecessarily made 6 figures, a fortune was spent on things like artwork, aquariums, pianos, and other aesthetically pleasing items rather than needed equipment and supplies, and that money was just plain wasted instead of being used where it was needed. It seems to me that this is just a cyclical purging. Hospitals spend money until they're broke, they blame the economy, or Obamacare, and the staff pays the price.
My question is, why isn't a CEO ever laid off? Why is it NEVER poor management? Lose him and keep the 33 other people you just let go. I'd rather have a good experienced nurse in the house than some CEO. Believe me, I've known a few CEOs, so I can tell you...they aren't all that. And in the case of hospital layoffs, the good of the one NEVER outweighs the good of the many. They should be ashamed.