Exhausted nurses, coronavirus prep, empty dorms, farmer suicides, website security
Of note: This week we highlight our examination of the tension between Wisconsin nurses and hospital management over alleged understaffing — even before the coronavirus pandemic swept into the state. The cause: cost-cutting that nurses say is putting patients at risk. The reporting by Parker Schorr and Bram Sable-Smith offers a glimpse into a nationwide pattern of labor unrest as hospitals turn to manufacturing-style algorithms aimed at eliminating waste. Schorr, who reports for the Cap Times, and Sable-Smith, who reports for Wisconsin Public Radio, are both embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom. They are now examining how hospitals are preparing to confront a possible influx of patients.
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Wisconsin Watch — March 11, 2020
Hospital executives are turning to algorithms to slash labor costs. Nurses say they are feeling the pinch and, they fear, putting patients at risk.
Are paramedics prepared for the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin? Not all communities are following CDC recommendations
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — March 11, 2020
While officials insist first responders in Wisconsin are ready to safely handle the likely spread of coronavirus, some haven’t been able to order new protective masks, and not all 911 dispatchers are following national recommendations to keep paramedics safe. Former Wisconsin Watch intern Rory Linnane reported this story.
Wisconsin State Journal — March 13, 2020
A flurry of questions circulated among students about the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s shift to online classes. How do instructors expect to prevent cheating? What can students in science and engineering labs expect? What about dance and music classes? How much support will there be for professors unfamiliar with the technology?
USA Today / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting — March 9, 2020
More than 450 farmers killed themselves across nine Midwestern states from 2014 to 2018, according to data collected by the USA TODAY Network and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
WisContext — March 10, 2020
As Wisconsin voters start going to the polls in the 2020 election cycle, most counties in the state maintain websites that do not employ at least one of two basic practices that would help bolster their digital security and public confidence in their online platforms.
Earlier from Wisconsin Watch: How hackers could attack Wisconsin’s elections and what state officials are doing about it
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