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Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital took action in the face of contract negotiations that have dragged on since last Mayby taking a strike vote Thursday and Friday, and 85% of the nurses who voted supported a strike, according to the nurses union representative. —Sara Cardine, La Canada Valley Sun, 03/28/15 More »

San Bernardino County nurses ratify new pact

San Bernardino County nurses ratify new pact

Registered nurses who work at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and other San Bernardino County health facilities voted by 93 percent to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. —Fontana Herald News, 03/27/15 More »

Alta Bates To Face Fines For Failing To Follow Infectious Disease Protocols

Alta Bates To Face Fines For Failing To Follow Infectious Disease Protocols

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been fined by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health for willfully violating safety protocols that put staff, patients and visitors at high risk of contracting infectious diseases. Ironically, this violation was discovered as Cal/OSHA personnel were investigating the hospital for another safety transgression. —Dianne Depra, Tech Times, 03/27/15 More »

North County Cares Coalition to Hold Day of Action for Restoration of a Full Service Hospital

North County Cares Coalition to Hold Day of Action for Restoration of a Full Service Hospital

On the one-year anniversary of the illegal closing of North Adams Regional Hospital on March 28, 2014the North County Cares Coalition (NCCC) is hosting a day of action and demonstrations as part of a year-long effort to restore a full service hospital to meet the significant health care needs of the 37,000 residents of Northern Berkshire County who are currently going without access to needed services, and are forced to travel a long distance to receive services they used to receive close to home. —North County Cares Coalition press release, 03/26/15 More »

Hard Facts

Hard Facts

The management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) would have the Pasadena community believe that it is a great hospital and that current efforts by its registered nurses to form a labor union in affiliation with the California Nurses Association (CNA) will lead to ruin. It may be hard for management to admit, but neither claim could be further from the truth. —John Grula, PhD, Pasadena Weekly, 03/25/15 More »

Sutter Health to pay fines for safety violations at Alta Bates

Sutter Health to pay fines for safety violations at Alta Bates

Sutter Health has agreed to pay $71,275 in fines issued by Cal/OSHA after an investigation found safety violations for handling patients with suspected airborne diseases at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. —Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 03/25/15 More »

Despite High Rates of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

Despite High Rates of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

As NPR has been reporting in its Injured Nurses series, nursing employees suffer more back and arm injuries than just about any other occupations, but studies show that hospitals can reduce the number of injuries dramatically if they buy special equipment to move patients and conduct intensive training to teach the staff how to use it. —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 03/24/15 More »

In her Prime Healthcare decision, Kamala Harris set a standard that should apply to all hospitals

In her Prime Healthcare decision, Kamala Harris set a standard that should apply to all hospitals

Prime Healthcare’s decision to drop its bid to buy six Daughters of Charity hospitals, citing strict conditions set by Attorney General Kamala Harris, should prompt discussion about basic standards for all California hospitals. Harris established a new bar for how all hospitals should operate, and it ought to become the industry yardstick. —RoseAnn DeMoro Op-Ed, Sacramento Bee, 03/22/15 More »

Op-Ed: Transparency, Consistency Needed in Not-For-Profit Rules

Op-Ed: Transparency, Consistency Needed in Not-For-Profit Rules

Once again, California legislators are considering legislation to establish uniformity and transparency for charity care and community benefit programs -- SB 346, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski. Once again, the hospital giants are scrambling to prevent it. —Zenei Cortez, Co-president, California Nurses Association, Published in California Healthline, 03/19/15 More »

Sutter nurses back strike if necessary

Sutter nurses back strike if necessary

Less than five months after the successful launch of Sonoma County’s newest hospital, nurses at the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital say they’re ready to strike over the staffing shortages and changes to their medical benefits. Last week, California Nurses Association, which represents 426 registered nurses at Sutter in Santa Rosa, announced that its nurses had voted overwhelmingly in support of authorizing their negotiating team to call a strike if necessary. —MARTIN ESPINOZA, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, 03/16/15 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 03/13/15 More »

The Real Story of How a Dallas Nurse Got Ebola Could Be Worse Than We Ever Imagined

The Real Story of How a Dallas Nurse Got Ebola Could Be Worse Than We Ever Imagined

According to the petition filed with the court, when Pham "asked her manager what she should do to protect herself," one of her superiors "went to the internet, searched Google, printed off information regarding what Nina was supposed to do, and handed Nina the printed paper." Given that sequence of events, the suit alleges, it's clear "she did not volunteer to be his nurse." Still, she treated him when asked. —Lauren Friedman, Business Insider, 03/09/15 More »

Free of Ebola but Not Fear

Free of Ebola but Not Fear

Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina Pham Ebola free. But today she fears she may never escape the deadly disease. The 26-year-old nurse says she has nightmares, body aches and insomnia as a result of contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She says the hospital and its parent company, Texas Health Resources, failed her and her colleagues who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola. —Jennifer Emily, Dallas Morning News, 03/02/15 More »

Nurse Nina Pham suing hospital where she contracted Ebola

Nurse Nina Pham suing hospital where she contracted Ebola

The first nurse to contract Ebola in the U.S. is now suing the hospital she says is responsible. Nurse Nina Pham treated patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October last year. Duncan was the first patient in the U.S. confirmed to have Ebola and died days after tests came back positive. —Dayton Daily News, 03/02/15 More »

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries

As NPR has reported in our investigative series Injured Nurses, nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other injuries than almost any other occupation — and they get those injuries mainly from doing the everyday tasks of lifting and moving patients. —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 02/26/15 More »

Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

The case of Terry Cawthorn and Mission Hospital, in Asheville, N.C., gives a glimpse of how some hospital officials around the country have shrugged off an epidemic. Cawthorn was a nurse at Mission for more than 20 years. Her supervisor testified under oath that she was "one of my most reliable employees." Then, as with other nurses described this month in the NPR investigative series Injured Nurses, a back injury derailed Cawthorn's career. Nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other body injuries than almost any other occupation, and most of those injuries are caused by lifting and moving patients. —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 02/19/15 More »

Op-Ed: Don’t Trade Away Our Health

Op-Ed: Don’t Trade Away Our Health

Representatives from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries convened to decide the future of their trade relations in the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.). Powerful companies appear to have been given influence over the proceedings, even as full access is withheld from many government officials from the partnership countries. —Joseph Stiglitz, The New York Times, 02/18/15 More »

Editorial: Attorney General Should OK Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

Editorial: Attorney General Should OK Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

The attorney general must decide by Feb. 20 whether to approve the sale of the Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario (San Bernardino County). Harris could block the sale of nonprofit hospitals to a for-profit operator if she determined it would not be “in the public interest.” —San Francisco Chronicle, 02/17/15 More »

Study: Climate change leads to rapid emergence of infectious diseases

Study: Climate change leads to rapid emergence of infectious diseases

The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. —Leslie Reed, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 02/17/15 More »

Attorney general should OK sale of Daughters of Charity hospitals

Attorney general should OK sale of Daughters of Charity hospitals

State Attorney General Kamala Harris is about to make a decision that could have a profound impact on the availability of emergency health care in six California communities. It is a choice between two imperfect options. One would very likely result in the closure of six nonprofit hospitals. The other would be to allow those six hospitals, operated by the Daughters of Charity Health System of Los Altos Hills, to shift into the hands of a for-profit company known for rescuing failing hospitals through aggressive cost-cutting. —Editorial, SF Chronicle, 02/14/15 More »

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