Breaking news on Dan Markingson case! Attention: Minnesota! Open letter (from me) to all nurses considering blowing the whistle….

Dear potential whistleblower nurses, and all readers,

A nurse has spoken out about drug research at the U of Minnesota Medical Center.  Here’s the link:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/27480825/investigators-nurse-questions-integrity-of-u-of-m-drug-researchers

If anyone out there thinks that hospitals don’t commit crimes, you need to see this video.  I will try to stream it here if I can.

Hmm…it doesn’t want to stream in WordPress, but if the above link doesn’t work, try this one:

U of M drug research insider tells all.

There is more in the video than you read in the text below it, so do watch!

Anyway…Any potential whistleblowers out there? Are you considering tattling on your workplace? What about patients, speaking up about abuses instead of remaining silent?

I first encountered this question way back when…oh, 1977 or so. I was working for McDonald’s.  I never wanted to work there, but at the time, I could find nothing else. The name of the game was gender bias in the workplace, oppression of barely-paid workers, and a shocking amount of food that went to waste. Okay, “food.”  But still, I knew families on Welfare that could have used a burger or two.

Okay, call me dumb. I spoke up about the food waste, but my timing sucked royally. Picture this: I was working the register along with some other girls, while the more privileged male workers worked the grill. I watched in horror as the assistant manager came into the front area and swept the burgers off the grill and into the trash. A handful of customers also witnessed this.

Agreeably, they’d been on the grill warming for a bit. But they certainly hadn’t gone bad.  Supposedly “high freshness standards” forbade selling burgers that had been cooked and then didn’t sell.

So I spoke up. “Why can’t we cook to order so there won’t be so much food waste? I know people who are really hungry and would appreciate that food. But you tossed it out. That’s wasteful.”

Okay, okay, I cannot recall my exact words. But I did use the word “wasteful.” Right in front of customers.

The assistant manager turned beet red. He was so, so pissed. You could tell by the way he was tossing spatulas around. Pissed. I didn’t know what to think. I was young and naive. He stormed off.

I was fired. You bet he used some excuse to get me out of there.

So…this was my first workplace experience with blowing the whistle. I encourage any nurse out there to blow the whistle on abuse in hospitals. Patient abuse is more than just a few burgers and fries.  These places are very powerful and have lots of money, so maybe you need to consult a lawyer before coming out.  Just to protect yourselves.

Retaliation really does happen. I was victim to it myself as patient whistleblower. I have left the USA to ensure that I remain free of harm. My little dog and I are together and okay now.

 

Julie Greene and Puzzle

Please read this link, MINNESOTA RESIDENTS…Another case of supposed “lacks insight”…This happened to me, too! Wrong, folks! If this doesn’t stop, people are going to die!

Here’s the link:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25557069/investigators-u-of-m-drug-study-criticism-grows

I, too, had the experience of medical personnel wrongly believing I “lacked insight.” This is a danger.  When medical personnel assume this, they stop listening, and all RESPECT goes immediately out the window. In fact, confidentiality laws get broken, no law will help the patient who is considered incompetent to begin with.

I think a doctor who is so incompetent as to declare a patient “lacking insight” is a total moron.

For instance, for a new doctor to take the previous doctor’s word as truth, in  declaring a patient “lacking insight” and not investigating for himself is sheer stupidity. Thus, a patient is forever doomed to never getting his voice heard, even upon switching doctors.

I think doctors who never listen…well, I suppose they do take their eyes off their computer screens and the cotton out of their ears on the days the drug reps show up with the bribes, maybe a few golf clubs, plane tix, happy days on the ranch.

Breaking news story on Markingson case: Please read

Here’s the link:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/23994239/investigators-side-effects-of-drug-study

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You think illegal stuff doesn’t happen in medicine?  Of course it does.

There are crooks in every field out there.  Just because someone is a doctor wearing a lab coat or someone with a degree on a wall does not necessarily mean we can trust this person.  I used to think I could, but now, I know better.

If a drug is FDA approved, does it mean the drug is safe to swallow?  Of course, it may be, but it may not be.  It may be safe for some people and not others.  It may be that the research done on the drug before the drug came out was flawed because so much money was put into getting the drug on the market.  I used to think that I could trust a pill if it said on it “FDA approved” for whatever ailed me, but now, I know enough to be skeptical.

Question everything.  Make responsible, informed adult choices based on experience, knowledge, and what you know in your heart is true.  Free will is precious.