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We're Nursing as Fast as We Can
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Joan Hill
Joan Hill

Fri Jun 19, 2009
Acoustic : Folk
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This fabulous song by Seattle naturopath Joan Hill really says it all about our broken health care system.
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Nursing as Fast as We Can - Joan Hill


We're nursing as fast as we can. We're running with bandages and bedpans.
Oh, the patients are sicker, and the discharges quicker & the Reasons are slicker why they can't afford more nurses who are Nursing as fast as we can---- And more cuts in nursing are planned.
Oh the loads don't get lighter, and the staffing is tighter,
and we're nursing as fast as we can.

Your anxiety's legitimate, I'll grant - You've been admitted for a liver transplant.
You see the nurses scurry. Everybody's in a hurry,
And you've just begun to worry that we won't have time for you.
Our time is limited, you understand. We can't do right by you within our budget.
Your insurance plan is tight, so you can't even spend the night.
We'll just send you home to do the best you can.

Meanwhile, we're nursing as fast as we can.
We're running with bandages and bedpans.
Oh, the patients are sicker, and the discharges quicker, and the
Reasons are slicker why they can't afford more nurses who are
Nursing as fast as we can----And more cuts in nursing are planned.
Though the schedule's obnoxious, and the pace is prepost'rous,
and we're nursing as fast as we can.

I feel I must apologize to you. You messed your bed and had to lie in doo-doo.
But I was very busy, I was running in a tizzy,
and I over-optimistically thought I'd get to you.
But I had seven other patients, too, And one of them was bleeding in his pillow.
When priorities were reckoned, it was you who came in second, and
First was all that I had time to do.

Because we're nursing as fast as we can.
We're running with bandages and bedpans.
Oh, the patients are sicker and the discharges quicker, and the
Reasons are slicker why they can't afford more nurses who are
Nursing as fast as we can. And more cuts in nursing are planned,
Though infections are spreading, and mistakes we are dreading,
for we're nursing as fast as we can.





We worry for our patients, yes we do.
They come to us much sicker than they used to.
We know they need trained nurses, but the bosses watch their purses.
When it's patient safety versus profit, we know what they'll do.
Nurses who are registered must go.
They hire nurses' aides because they're cheaper.
They should know, for patients' sake, that this could be a grave mistake,
but it's a chance they'll take to save a little dough.

And we are nursing as fast as we can.
We're running with bandages and bedpans.
And what's in them is stinking, just like management's thinking,
as our standards are sinking, and the risks we take are rising,
Like the salaries for those at the top. This misallocation must stop!
Our superfl'ous superiors sit upon their posteriors in the
Comfy interiors of their offices and lounges, while we're nursing as fast as we can.
We must find a way to demand - (WE DEMAND!!)- that patients won't be dying,
cause some corporation's trying - to cut nursing as fast as they can
SINGLE PAYER, FRIENDS, THE ONLY REAL PLAN!!