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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, 09/12/14 More »

How You Can Help Healthcare Workers in West Africa

How You Can Help Healthcare Workers in West Africa

The worst Ebola outbreak in history has now killed nearly 2,300 people, and left 4,200 sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The World Health Organization (WHO) is estimating that it will take six to nine months to curtail the outbreak. —RNRN, 09/12/14 More »

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

Nurses say the healthcare giant's new Oakland Medical Center is plagued by dangerous equipment malfunctions, ineffective communication systems, and chronic understaffing. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 09/10/14 More »

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital delivered new pillows to key figures in upper management on Monday as a message that the medical staff needs more funding to improve patient care. —Arin Mikailian, Glendale News-Press, 09/10/14 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, 09/09/14 More »

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

As registered nurses who have worked at Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, for 48 years we feel a deep commitment to the health and well-being of our patients and community. That's why DMC registered nurses have joined with other medical professionals and West County residents to insist that DMC remain open as a full-service acute care hospital. Nothing less than the health and safety of tens of thousands of our neighbors is at stake. —Adrian Boyance-Reid and Carol De Young, Contra Costa Times, 09/08/14 More »

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

As dedicated Queen of the Valley Hospital direct-care RNs who work the floors every day caring for our patients the best we can, we are compelled to write a response to the commentary written by Marc Levin, a member of Queen of the Valley Hospital’s administration team. —Christina Capitelli and Benjamin Mineau, Napa Valley Register, 09/08/14 More »

Nurses Go On Strike, Demanding Protective Equipment in Ebola-hit Liberia

Nurses Go On Strike, Demanding Protective Equipment in Ebola-hit Liberia

Monrovia (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation. —http://www.afp.com/, 09/02/14 More »

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

The Ebola outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people in West Africa and is spiraling out of control, with international healthcare providers saying that they are not able to handle the crisis. —RNRN, 08/29/14 More »

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

I've noticed that the minimum wage has not kept pace with the cost of life here. That's why as a nurse leader of National Nurses Organizing Committee El Paso I am joining the new Lift Up El Paso Alliance, to fight for a living wage and put an end to wage theft. We've decided to act on this now because El Paso County is one of the poorest in the entire United States. —RN Maria Navarro, El Paso Times , 08/25/14 More »

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

The personal data of about 30.1 million people have been affected by the 944 recorded major health data breaches since federal reporting requirements under the 2009 economic stimulus package went into effect. —California HealthCare Foundation, 08/22/14 More »

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - More than 200 nurses in Watsonville began a three-day strike Thursday. It's part of a contract dispute with hospital management over safer working conditions and more staff. —Baha Eldin, KION, 08/15/14 More »

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Hospital advocates say reducing services to the medical center’s patients, many of whom are poor and uninsured, is a violation of civil rights. On Tuesday, health care providers and community members filed a federal lawsuit to stop the downsizing and potential closure. —Alexandra Garreton, Jon Brooks, and Bay City News via KQED - The California Report, 08/14/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Nurses, doctors, patients and community members sued in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop the possible closure or downsizing of West Contra Costa's only public hospital, which is deep in the red. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop ambulance diversions from Doctors Medical Center but set an Aug. 27 court date to hear the case. —Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 08/13/14 More »

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital have announced a three-day strike beginning 7 a.m. Thursday and ending 6:59 a.m. Sunday. The nurses are represented by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which says the hospital management is demanding "sharp reductions" in health coverage and not responding to concerns about staffing and safe practices for lifting patients. —Jondi Gumz, San Jose Mercury News, 08/13/14 More »

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

Closing the hospital, or significantly cutting its services, will lead to a public health crisis that disproportionately hurts low-income residents, people of color, and senior citizens, according to nurses, doctors, labor groups, and community leaders, who are all pushing for a solution to save DMC. "How can you condemn 250,000 people?" said Laurel Hodgson, a DMC emergency room physician and the hospital's former chief of staff. "We are desperate." —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 08/06/14 More »

Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Pharmacy errors, hard-to-find clinical alerts, “farcical” training, and potentially life-threatening design flaws: Reading through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s catalog of electronic medical records malfunctions could be hazardous to your mental health. —Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 08/04/14 More »

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

SACRAMENTO - State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the cost of health care premiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes for more authority to regulate increases. The report released by Jones, a Democrat, says California's four largest insurers raised premiums from 22 percent to 88 percent, depending on factors such as age and location. —Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press, as posted in the Fresno Bee, 07/29/14 More »

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Slow health cost growth has improved Medicare's financial outlook, extending the program's trust fund to last until 2030. If absolutely nothing changes, the trust fund that pays for most of seniors' hospital visits will now last an additional four years beyond the 2013 forecast. —Sarah Kliff, Vox.com, 07/28/14 More »

RNs, Veterans Held Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

RNs, Veterans Held Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

Registered nurses at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in San Diego, joined and supported by veteran service members, held a public speak out on Wednesday, July 23 to outline immediate steps the medical center should take to improve patient care at the VA hospital. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

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