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Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

WASHINGTON - As the deficit reduction supercommittee hunts for $1.5 trillion in additional savings, US hospital executives are so worried about having their payments cut that they plan to start lobbying Congress next week to shift the burden onto their elderly patients - specifically by raising the age of eligibility for Medicare. —The Boston Globe, 09/30/11 More »

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

As a student nurse, I write in support of Massachusetts House Bill 1506, an act that protects patients from preventable medical errors by prohibiting mandatory overtime. Mandatory overtime requires nurses to stay on after their 12-hour shifts to fill in planned gaps in the schedule. After 12 hours on the job, nurses are statistically more likely to make errors and jeopardize patient safety. —Cape Cod Times, letters to the editor, 09/30/11 More »

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Boston - Reviving one of Beacon Hill’s oldest and most hard fought battles – whether to force hospitals to abide by nurse-to-patient staffing levels –nurses cautioned lawmakers Tuesday that they’ve left the care of their constituents at risk by failing to pass a staffing law, and the state’s top hospital official calling mandated staffing requirements a “terrible idea” that would represent a step backwards in the fast-changing health care field. —State House News Service, 09/27/11 More »

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

HYANNIS — Massachusetts hospitals need more nurses, not more nurses working overtime, health care advocates said Monday at a press conference near Cape Cod Hospital. —CapeCod Online, 09/27/11 More »

Patient died during Calif. nurse labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were investigating the death of a patient who was given a "non-prescribed dosage" of a medical drug by a replacement hired when thousands of nurses went on strike across California, an Oakland police spokeswoman said Sunday. —Associated Press, 09/25/11 More »

Death of patient blamed on strikebreaking nurse

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police were investigating the death of an East Bay patient Saturday morning that hospital officials say was fatally dosed with an unknown medication by a replacement nurse brought in from out-of-state during a recent nurse strike. —KTVU, 09/25/11 More »

“Lethal Dose” Kills Patient During Lockout

A patient's death at Oakland's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has sparked out cry by nurses who have been locked out of work since they hit the picket lines for a one day strike Thursday. —NBC BAY AREA, 09/25/11 More »

Replacement nurse involved in ‘medical error’ leading to patient death at Oakland hospital

A replacement nurse at an Oakland hospital committed a "medical error" while administering a dosage of medication to a cancer patient leading to her death early Saturday morning, police and hospital officials said. —Contra Costa Times, 09/24/11 More »

Nurses rally again to ask that Wall Street be taxed

Nurses rally again to ask that Wall Street be taxed

San Francisco - Over 1,000 registered nurses from all over the U.S. rallied in San Francisco on September 15 near the Federal Reserve Bank in an effort to step up the campaign to place a tax on Wall Street. —The Digital Journal, 09/16/11 More »

1,000 Nurses to Rally in San Francisco Thursday, Sept. 15 Call for Tax on Wall Street

Some 1,000 registered nurses from across the U.S. will rally in San Francisco Thursday across from the Federal Reserve Bank to step up the campaign to tax Wall Street financial speculation to fund a recovery program for the economic crisis slamming Main Street communities. —Press Release, 09/15/11 More »

Taxing Wall Street to bail out Main Street

Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and their backers rallied September 1, at the congressional offices of Democrats and Republicans in 21 states across America for a 0.5 percent federal tax on big financial transactions to raise $350 billion annually to fund jobs, health care and schools. The tax would apply to stocks, securities, debt purchases, options, credit swaps, foreign currency bets and derivatives only, according to the CNA/NNU. —Sacramento News and Review, 09/08/11 More »

Let Wall Street pay

Last Thursday, Sept. 1, a group of nurses demonstrated at Rep. Wally Herger’s office at 11 a.m. and then, from noon to 1 p.m., set up a “soup kitchen”—actually, they served Mexican food—in City Plaza. They were among some 10,000 members of the National Nurses Union who mounted similar actions that day in 61 congressional districts as part of their Main Street Campaign. —Chico News and Review, 09/08/11 More »

Why labor movement will rise again

This Labor Day, the task was not so much how to assess labor's status as to address this question: What on earth happened? —Washington Times, 09/07/11 More »

How Will We Pay for Obama’s New Jobs Push? Answer: Tax Wall Street

President Obama is right: the United States needs a jobs program that spends federal tax dollars to retain jobs, to create jobs and to put tens of millions of Americans back to work. —The Nation, 08/31/11 More »

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren's all-but-announced candidacy for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat once held by Edward Kennedy is a state-based campaign. But it has national implications. —The Nation, 08/26/11 More »

Nurses Protest What They Say Are Unsafe Staffing Levels

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- At least 200 registered nurses held a protest Tuesday morning to show their opposition to what they say are chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek hospital, according to California Nurses Association spokeswoman Debra Grabelle. —KTVU.com , 08/23/11 More »

Demonstration draws attention to staffing problems at hospital

About 50 nurses and their family members and friends held an hour-long informational picket today outside Las Palmas Medical Center to bring public attention to what the nurses say is a staffing problem hurting patient care at the hospital. —El Paso Times, 08/18/11 More »

After Three Years of Hand-Wringing San Leandro Joins Fight To Save Its Hospital

Like in Washington, the people running San Leandro failed to listened to their constituents with tangible action. It took the City of San Leandro three years to make a move on the issue with this week's filing of an amicus brief in support of theEden Township Healthcare District's appellate case against Sutter Health to maintain services at San Leandro Hospital. Why did it take so long? The same reason why Congress is unable to help its constituents with jobs and a positive belief in the future: poor leadership that comes with institutional hand-wringing. —East Bay Citizen, 08/17/11 More »

Nurses union to University of Michigan: ‘no cuts’ to benefits

Carrying signs with slogans like “Chop from the top,” and chanting “Nurses united will never be divided,” hundreds of University of Michigan nurses rallied Saturday to show support for a favorable contract for their 4,000-member union. —AnnArbor.com, 08/13/11 More »

Mom sues Denver, three workers over child’s death

A Denver mother whose son died after she was unable to fill his multiple prescriptions because pharmacists kept telling her he was not eligible for Medicaid — even though records proved he was — has filed a lawsuit against the city and county of Denver. —Denver Post, 08/11/11 More »

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