In this issue, you'll find a report on the nationwide nursing shortage. (See 'A medical crisis: Who'll care for your patients?" page 67.) It's a good, solid news story about what's happening in hospitals around the country.
Like all good news stories, it's objective. But objectivity won't always shake you by the shoulders to make you see how bad things are. That's left for editorial writers like myself. So here goes:
My friends, your patients will be getting sicker when they go to hospitals instead of getting better. Some will die.
Those who have no family to keep watch, to question, to ring alarms, will languish. If they are conscious enough to realize their …