What the Nurses Saw by Ken McCarthy

What the Nurses Saw Bookcover by Ken McCarthyReaders of this website will probably know most of the material in What the Nurses Saw: An Investigation Into Systemic Medical Murders That Took Place in Hospitals During the COVID Panic and the Nurses Who Fought Back to Save Their Patients (Medical System Corruption) by Ken McCarthy1. It’s devastating to read not only what the nurses saw, but also what they went through for speaking up about it: harassment, job loss, lawsuits, the necessity to move, death threats and open ridicule and scorn from the press, social media, doctors and their fellow nurses.

It is well worth the read particularly a chapter not involving a nurse entitled “Following the Money Trail.” More on that a little later. Here are some quotes from the book.

In short, nurses were ordered to do things they could see were injuring and killing their patients and were prohibited from doing things that they knew had a chance to save them. (p. 11)

I didn’t see a single patient die of COVID. I’ve seen a substantial number of patients die of negligence and medical malfeasance.
— Nicole Sirotek (p. 32)

Hydroxychloroquine was banned for off-label use. If doctors did try to prescribe it, they would likely lose their licenses and their jobs. In New York, the first line of defense was the ventilators.
— Erin Marie Olszewski (p. 52)

When you’re put on a ventilator, the machine is essentially breathing for you. For that to work, you have to be paralyzed. You can’t move, and you have to be sedated so you don’t wake up. It’s essentially a medically induced coma. You can compare it to being under general anesthesia while in surgery….The ventilator is meant to be the last resort and should never be a first line of defense.
— Erin Marie Olszewski (pp. 71, 73)

It’s a trend that’s been in place for a long time, maybe the last 20 years. The medical healthcare professionals’ allegiances have been shifted toward the state and the government and away from the patients that they’re dealing with.
— Dr. Kevin Corbett PhD (p. 101)

Therefore, not only was a protocol created and promulgated that did not work and caused observable harm, a nationwide system was put in place to enforce its exclusive use, which included the systematic targeting of professionals who questioned it. (p. 124)

In each country, execution of the details varied, but the overall theme, especially in the countries of the European Union, the British Commonwealth, and the countries they and the U.S. have influence over, was the same: Top-down directives promoted unproven and untested methods, threw all previous experience with respiratory distress and infectious disease out the window, and systematically attacked experienced professionals who asked questions and refused to comply or remain silent about the crimes they witnessed. (p. 247)

Doctors are no longer self-employed. They’re employed by hospital systems, and many of them have a lot of debt and a lifestyle they want to maintain, so they follow orders without taking into consideration the lives of their patients.
— Mark Bishofsky (p. 334)

There is a lot more and more in depth. I found the chapter, “Following the Money Trail,” almost the most interesting. For some reason I never realized the below until I read this book. I knew about the hospitals being paid for ventilator use, but for most of them just admitting a COVID patient was the biggest payoff and then they just kept making more with every procedure they added…icing on the cake, I guess.

COVID Hospital Admission Incentives

Amounts hospitals were paid for admitting one Covid patient. Don't worry, there couldn't possibly be a conflict of interest. Move along.

  • Alabama  —  $158,000
  • Alaska  —  $306,000
  • Arizona  —  $23,000
  • Arkansas  —  $285,000
  • California  —  $145,000
  • Colorado  —  $58,000
  • Connecticut  —  $38,000
  • Delaware  —  $127,000
  • Florida  —  $132,000
  • Georgia  —  $73,000
  • Hawaii  —  $301,000
  • Idaho  —  $100,000
  • Illinois  —  $73,000
  • Indiana  —  $105,000
  • Iowa  —  $235,000
  • Kansas  —  $291,000
  • Kentucky  —  $297,000
  • Louisana  —  $26,000
  • Maine  —  $260,000
  • Maryland  —  $120,000
  • Massachusetts  —  $44,000
  • Michigan  —  $44,000
  • Minnesota  —  $380,000
  • Mississippi  —  $166,000
  • Missouri  —  $175,000
  • Montana  —  $315,000
  • Nebraska  —  $379,000
  • Nevada  —  $98,000
  • New Hampshire  —  $201,000
  • New Jersey  —  $18,000
  • New Mexico  —  $171,000
  • New York  —  $12,000
  • North Carolina  —  $252,000
  • North Dakota  —  $339,000
  • Ohio  —  $180,000
  • Oklahoma  —  $291,000
  • Oregon  —  $220,000
  • Pennsylvania  —  $68,000
  • Rhode Island  —  $52,000
  • South Carolina  —  $186,000
  • South Dakota  —  $241,000
  • Tennessee  —  $166,000
  • Texas  —  $184,000
  • Utah  —  $94,000
  • Vermont  —  $87,000
  • Virginia  —  $201,000
  • Washington  —  $58,000
  • West Virginia  —  $471,000
  • Wisconsin  —  $163,000
  • Wyoming  —  $278,000

Average per patient/per hospital: $173,740

Source: "Follow the Money Series: Blood Money in U.S. Healthcare Financial Incentives: The Use of 'Covered Countermeasures' PDF, opens new window ©2022 AJ DePriest and TN Liberty Network
From the PDF: "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed the first phase of $100B emergency funding on 10 Apr 2020. However, $30B was distributed to hospitals based on Medicare revenue—not number of Covid cases in each state. Figure 5 [the above table] shows what states were paid per Covid case admitted to hospitals. Some states received as little as $12,000 per Covid case (e.g., New York). Some states received as much as $471,000 per Covid case (e.g., West Virginia). Another $20B went to providers on 24 Apr 2020."

I highly recommend the book.


  1. McCarthy, Ken. What the Nurses Saw: An Investigation Into Systemic Medical Murders That Took Place in Hospitals During the COVID Panic and the Nurses Who Fought Back ... Their Patients (Medical System Corruption). Brasscheck Press, 2023. Kindle edition.

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