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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 »

Work with nurses to improve care

Work with nurses to improve care

Nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital have struggled since 2004 to make new technology a safe and effective tool to enhance patient care. But management has not taken the nurses seriously when they reported “near misses” with medications. Due to the nurses’ diligence, a new group of remote pharmacists have been employed, and so far, the mistake rate has declined. —Cokie Giles, RN, President of the Maine State Nurses Association / Mount Desert Islander, 02/13/15 More »

Busted! NLRB finds probable cause to believe Huntington Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices

Busted! NLRB finds probable cause to believe Huntington Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices

Well, it’s finally happened. After months of denying that it was engaging in unlawful union busting, the management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) has itself been busted by the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). —John Grula, Pasadena Weekly, 02/12/15 More »

Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines To Dangerous Forces

Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines To Dangerous Forces

Scientists say nurses like Sunny Vespico are prime examples of what nursing schools and hospitals are doing wrong: They keep teaching nursing employees how to lift and move patients in ways that could inadvertently result in career-ending back injuries. Vespico, a registered nurse, was working the night shift in the intensive care unit at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia on March 31, 2012. At roughly 12:30 a.m., a large patient was having trouble breathing, so Vespico and a nursing assistant moved her to a special air bed designed for patients with respiratory problems. "Immediately I felt a pop in my back and pain down my leg," Vespico says. "As a nurse, and understanding the mechanics of the body, I knew that there was something very wrong." —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 02/11/15 More »

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers

Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor of Illinois hit a rough spot when it was revealed that he favored lowering the minimum wage. That's right, lowering. At a December, 2013, Republican campaign forum, the wealthy candidate declared that, "I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage. I think we've got to be competitive here in Illinois. It's critical we're competitive. We're hurting our economy by having the minimum wage above the national. We've got to move back to the national." —John Nichols, The Nation, 02/10/15 More »

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

There are few crusades in American politics more quixotic than bashing unions. They are a threat that exists mostly in the imaginations of their opponents: an all-powerful, resurgent labor movement that scares investors and imperils the economy, despite representing just 11% of the US workforce. Right-to-work laws are their weapon of choice. —Michael Paarlberg, The Guardian , 02/10/15 More »

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

They covet office, and the prestige and power it provides. The opportunity to do good while doing well is one of the great privileges of public service. To win that privilege, however, politicians need money. Once elected, they get to make important, consequential decisions, but they must pay tribute to the interests that helped put them there. —Dan Morain, The Sacramento Bee, 02/09/15 More »

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Investor-owned hospital chain Community Health Systems and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals will pay the federal government $75 million to settle allegations that they made illegal donations to county governments to reap more federal dollars under a now-discontinued matching program. —Lisa Schencker, ModernHealthCare.com, 02/05/15 More »

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Disgruntled employees from USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on Wednesday marched to the office of the hospital’s chief operating officer, Paul Czajka, where they delivered a community petition bearing as many as 1,300 signatures collected in Glendale, Montrose and La Cañada. —Sara Cardine, Glendale News Press, 02/05/15 More »

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

It's not often that a city council race in a city of 100,000 draws national attention. It happened in Richmond, California, this fall because one big corporation was so shameless in its open attempt to buy the election. —Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, 02/04/15 More »

Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort To Reclaim Chicago

Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort To Reclaim Chicago

Since the midterm elections, the media has been buzzing about the growing schism between Wall Street Democrats and the populist wing of the party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent victories give evidence for the idea that the populists are rising. With their eyes fixed on 2016, many are asking how we can stop a coronation and nominate a populist alternative to former Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. —Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Campaign for America's Future, 02/04/15 More »

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

In 2013, medical debt was the largest cause of personal bankruptcy – 1.7 million people lived in households experiencing bankruptcy because of health costs. But the law hasn’t eliminated the problem. Many states haven’t expanded Medicaid and even those with insurance can rack up big bills, a problem exacerbated by the growing number of plans with high deductibles. —Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News, 02/04/15 More »

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

When I was just starting as a nurse, I had a patient that had never touched a cigarette but struggled daily with the simple act of breathing. Her health issues were not because of her ancestors, poor decisions or back luck; it was because she lived near polluting oil refineries. —Heather Albright, RN, Sacramento Bee, 02/03/15 More »

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Dughters of Charity Health System, a Catholic nonprofit that operates six hospitals primarily for poor and elderly Californians, is reaching the last bead on its fiscal rosary. The chain is losing money at an alarming rate and wants to sell itself to Prime Healthcare Services, but prominent Democrats and a powerful union have called on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to block the deal. —The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, 02/02/15 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, 01/30/15 More »

Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe

Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe

WORCESTER — Elective surgeries at UMass Memorial Medical Center were canceled a week ago because no hospital beds were available for patients, in or out of the UMass Memorial network. Over the holidays, the UMass Memorial pediatric intensive care unit was closed for a few days because it was full. —Susan Spencer, Telegram.com, 01/22/15 More »

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

It's a level of preparedness that some in the medical community said is not consistent at every hospital in the state, and the incident has shed new light on recently filed legislation that seeks to mandate training around workplace violence at every health care facility in the state. —Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 01/22/15 More »

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

ome 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —Mike Hall, AFL-CIO, 01/21/15 More »

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