Nurses' angst part of sick health system

Associated Press, January 12, 2006

As a nurse, Barb Hostrup, 58, deals with everything from bedpans to bedsores.

She sticks patients with needles. She gives sponge baths. She not only changes bandages, but sheets on beds.

"I have patients stare at me, saying 'why are you changing the beds?' ... Well, there's no one else to do it."

Sometimes, her shifts stretch to 12 or even 14 hours. Sometimes, she can't take a break because there aren't enough other nurses or assistants on her station.

Hostrup said she went into nursing more than 19 years ago because she wanted to be a caregiver. Now, she says she has become something else. ... Nurses