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First Zika-linked birth defects detected in Colombia

First Zika-linked birth defects detected in Colombia

Researchers have found Colombia's first cases of birth defects linked to the Zika virus, Nature has learned — which are likely forerunners of a widely anticipated wave of Zika-related birth defects in the country. —Declan Butler, Nature, 03/04/16 More »

CHS, National Labor Relations Board Head to Court

CHS, National Labor Relations Board Head to Court

Franklin-based Community Health Systems is in court in Ohio this week, facing a consolidated complaint from the National Labor Relations Board about alleged labor violations at several of its hospitals. —Eleanor Kennedy, Nashville Business Journal, 03/03/16 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, 02/26/16 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, 02/19/16 More »

FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

As a safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance recommending the deferral of individuals from donating blood if they have been to areas with active Zika virus transmission, potentially have been exposed to the virus, or have had a confirmed Zika virus infection. —U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 02/17/16 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, 02/12/16 More »

Sanders says single-payer health care can happen in his first term if ‘people demand it’

Sanders says single-payer health care can happen in his first term if ‘people demand it’

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said that he has no hard timetable for moving to a single-payer health-care system if he wins the White House but that he hopes it’s something he could accomplish in his first term. —John Wagner, The Washington Post, 02/11/16 More »

I’m a woman and I will vote for the best feminist for president: Bernie Sanders

I’m a woman and I will vote for the best feminist for president: Bernie Sanders

I am a feminist. And I would like to one day break the glass ceiling with a progressive woman who sees class and race as fundamental problems in American society. —RoseAnn DeMoro writgin for the Gaurdian, 02/09/16 More »

Westminster hospital nurses ratify union contract

Westminster hospital nurses ratify union contract

After more than two years of conflict over wages, working conditions and patient safety, 150 registered nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster, a 109-bed acute care facility, ratified a collective bargaining agreement this week. —Margot Roosevelt, The Orange County Register, 02/08/16 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, 02/05/16 More »

Sanders goes Robin Hood with plan to make Wall Street pay for college

Sanders goes Robin Hood with plan to make Wall Street pay for college

It isn’t often that a presidential candidate turns raising taxes into an applause line, but Bernie Sanders has done just that with his plan to tax Wall Street to pay for making college more affordable. “We’re going to ask Wall Street to pay a tax on speculation,” Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) said to huge applause on Monday during a Democratic presidential candidate town hall sponsored by CNN. “I believe that after the working families of this country bailed out Wall Street, maybe it’s their time to help the middle class of this country.” —Kelsey Snell January / Washington Post, 01/27/16 More »

Petitioners demand nursing staff be retained at Nashoba Valley Medical

Petitioners demand nursing staff be retained at Nashoba Valley Medical

AYER -- Supporters of a petition to save the jobs of three emergency room nurses were met at the door. A representative of the Nashoba Valley Medical Center told the group of about 15 people that Sal Perla, president of the hospital, was not available. He asked for people to remain outside and then accepted the paperwork at noon Tuesday. —Anne O'Connor / Nashoba Valley Voice , 01/27/16 More »

Maine nurses oppose Pacific trade pact’s gifts to billionaire drug companies

Maine nurses oppose Pacific trade pact’s gifts to billionaire drug companies

Nurses are patient advocates — and by extension advocates for our patients’ families and our communities — and today we are sounding an alert on theTrans-Pacific Partnership, an international agreement that puts the public health of Maine, and the nation, at risk. —Cokie Giles, Special to the BDN / Bangor Daily News, 01/22/16 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, 01/22/16 More »

Blog: Better nursing-staffing equals lower mortality

Blog: Better nursing-staffing equals lower mortality

There's a 20% lower risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at a hospital with above average nurse staffing levels, a study released Tuesday found. Researchers compared facilities that had a mean of about 1.5 nurses per bed to those that had a mean of less than one nurse per bed. —Sabriya Rice, Modern Healthcare, 01/21/16 More »

Nurses Union Urges Attorney General to Reject St. Joseph Health’s Planned Merger

Nurses Union Urges Attorney General to Reject St. Joseph Health’s Planned Merger

Last summer news broke that St. Joseph Health System, the Orange County-based Catholic nonprofit whose stable of medical facilities include Eureka’s St. Joseph Hospital and Fortuna’s Redwood Memorial Hospital, was pursuing a merger with Providence Health and Service, another Catholic nonprofit, based in Seattle. —Ryan Burns / Lost Coast Outpost, 01/21/16 More »

Sanders Medicare for All- Finally a Plan to Protect our Most Precious Gift, Our Health

Sanders Medicare for All- Finally a Plan to Protect our Most Precious Gift, Our Health

Bernie Sanders' new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century - healthcare coverage for everyone - deserves all of our thanks. And nurses will fight to make it come true. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 01/18/16 More »

Nurses Union Warns Alvarado Hospital Suffers High Turnover Rate

Nurses Union Warns Alvarado Hospital Suffers High Turnover Rate

The California Nurses Association said its members are leaving Alvarado Hospital at alarming rates — and patients are suffering because of it. —Matthew Bowler / KBPS, 01/14/16 More »

Nurses ask Oregon to scrutinize giant Providence-St. Joseph merger

Nurses ask Oregon to scrutinize giant Providence-St. Joseph merger

The nation’s largest nurses union is calling upon Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to block efforts by Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health System to skirt public oversight into their merger. National Nurses United warns that the merger between Renton, Washington-based Providence with Orange County, California-based St. Joseph could have a “major impact on the cost, quality and availability of critical hospital services,” the group announced. —Elizabeth Hayes / Portland Business Journal, 01/11/16 More »

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

A disturbing new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management suggests that it might. The research shows that black actors who were asked to portray dying hospital patients received less compassionate care from real doctors than did their white counterparts. —David Freeman, The Huffington Post, 01/11/16 More »

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