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Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and insurance companies nationwide have begun to cut back services. In California, Kaiser nurses recently reported that "over the last year, Kaiser has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured, and is sending patients home when they should still be under hospital care" (National Nurses United, Oct. 2013). —Bohemian.com, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

The state’s largest nurses union is pressing forward with a bid to require greater financial disclosure by Massachusetts hospitals and limit the pay of top hospital executives, moves fiercely opposed by the hospital industry. —The Boston Globe, 12/11/13 More »

Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in Philippines pulls nurse to homeland

Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in Philippines pulls nurse to homeland

When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into her native country, Girlie Garnada spent the next day in tears as she watched the horrifying images on television. "Seeing those bodies on the side of the road, I couldn't imagine if I was there," she said. Her immediate family was spared, but she wondered what happened to some other relatives. Finally she saw a familiar face: her husband's cousin, Annaliz Kwan, the former mayor of the city of Guinan, pleading for aid. —Tampa Bay Times, 12/10/13 More »

Portland nurse joins relief effort in Philippines

Portland nurse joins relief effort in Philippines

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland woman is joining a national contingent of nurses on a relief trip to the Philippines, an island country still recovering from the deadliest typhoon ever to strike it. Typhoon Haiyan, reportedly the strongest such storm to ever make landfall, hit the Southeast Asian country early last month, killing nearly 6,000 people. —The Bangor Daily News, 12/09/13 More »

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company. But one holds a clear price advantage. Avastin costs about $50 per injection. Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection. —The Washington Post, 12/09/13 More »

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A Burbank man is among a group of registered nurses departing Monday for the Philippines to provide medical support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports as families are busy with December holiday preparations, Paolo Montenegro and others are going to serve others in need thousands of miles away. —CBS Los Angeles, 12/09/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal single payer health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal single payer health care in the U.S.

Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S. “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/09/13 More »

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to multi-racial democracy and will be mourned around the world. Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95. South Africa's first black president died after years of declining health that had caused him to withdraw from public life. —The Guardian, 12/05/13 More »

Bungling the Easy Stuff

Bungling the Easy Stuff

One of the patients featured in the TIME cover story I wrote last March--"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"--was Emilia Gilbert, a school-bus driver. Gilbert was 61 years old in 2008 when she slipped and fell one evening in her backyard in Fairfield, Conn. She was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital, where she was treated for some cuts and a broken nose. She left a few hours later with a bill for $9,418, which included $6,538 for CT scans and $239 for a routine blood test. The charges, I found, were based on something called the hospital chargemaster--a list of hugely inflated prices that no one could explain or defend. —Time, 12/05/13 More »

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Registered Nurses at Fallbrook Hospital held a protest Tuesday to speak out about patient concerns and other hospital issues. Watch the video report. —NBC San Diego, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

FAIRLEA — Nearly a dozen registered nurses lined a strip of land between Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Route 219 Tuesday afternoon, protesting what they say is the unwillingness of the hospital’s management to negotiate a labor contract with them. “This hospital made $15 million last year,” said RN Tracey Paxton, one of the picketers. “We don’t think it’s too much to ask that they provide the equipment we need to do our jobs. We need to be at our patients’ bedsides, not trying to find another IV pole or blood-pressure cuff.” —Register-Herald Reporter, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Members of a national nurses union are asking Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s management to discuss patient care and other issues. On Aug. 25, 2012, BRMCs’ nurses voted to become members of the National Nurses United Union, said BRMC Nurse Brenda Meadwell, RN. The union held a press conference today outside the hospital. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital staged a one-day strike from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today to protest ongoing patient care concerns and rights of registered nurses, as part of a National Day of Action by Community Health Systems RNs. Nurses were protesting the hospital’s ongoing refusal to address the nurses’ concerns over patient safety, inadequate staffing and substandard wages, according to Charles Idelson, communications director for National Nurses Unified. —San Bernardino Sun, 12/04/13 More »

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

WATSONVILLE -- Scores of nurses demonstrated in front of Watsonville Community Hospital on Thursday, protesting what they say is the hospital's practice of employing so few nurses and medical assistants that patients are receiving substandard care. The 275 or so nurses have been negotiating a new contract since February and without a contract since October, said Lisa Harlow, a negotiator with the California Nurses Association. —Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/04/13 More »

Affinity Nurses Picket Over Concerns About Safety, Staffing

Affinity Nurses Picket Over Concerns About Safety, Staffing

A group of registered nurses were part of informational pickets Tuesday outside Affinity Medical Center, claiming the need for a labor contract with Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital. Registered nurses at Affinity Medical Center are calling for a labor deal with the hospital and drew attention to their points through informational pickets late Tuesday afternoon. More than a dozen nurses and supporters held signs on the west side of the hospital, along a sidewalk at Amherst Road NE and Commonwealth Avenue NE. —WSKU.org, 12/04/13 More »

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Massachusetts--Two measures that the nurses’ union supports look like they’ve gathered enough signatures to move forward toward appearing on state ballots next year. One, titled The Patient Safety Act, would set a limit on how many patients a registered nurse can be assigned. That’s been a hotly debated issue for years, including in this discussion on Radio Boston this summer. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 12/03/13 More »

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project". —The Guardian, 12/03/13 More »

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. —The New York Times, 12/03/13 More »

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

The only time that Joselito Tirona can reach his wife in the Philippines is about 3 a.m. Sacramento time – early in the evening in Roxas City, where Lyn Tirona, a 37-year-old registered nurse who works at Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center, is currently deployed as part of a volunteer medical mission helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan. —The Sacramento Bee, 12/02/13 More »

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

As a nurse, Michigan Nurses Association member Tim Launius is used to working holidays. Launius, a critical care RN at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, is in the Philippines taking care of typhoon survivors as part of a team of volunteers from National Nurses United’s RNRN (Registered Nurse Response Network). —Michigan Nurses Association, 11/29/13 More »

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