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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 »

The Case for Expanding Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

The Case for Expanding Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Massachusetts RN Susan Howe makes the case in the Boston Globe for expanding nurse-to-patient ratios, the Patient Safety Act, to all units in Massachusetts hospitals. —Susan Howe, RN / Boston Globe, 01/11/16 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, 01/09/16 More »

A Vehicle for Change: Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour

A Vehicle for Change: Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour

Drawing arena-sized crowds with his vision for healing America, Bernie Sanders has been called by some a political "rock star." This week, National Nurses United launched a bus to cross America for the social and political movement Sanders champions -- the #BernieBus, a bright red vehicle for change. —RoseAnn DeMoro / Huffington Post, 01/08/16 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

Early Tuesday, National Nurses United (NNU) announced that its 1,500 members at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) would not go on strike as planned. The union called for a one-day strike set for April 30, following nearly eight months of negotiations and a strike authorization vote on January 29, when 95% of membership voted in favor of authorizing a strike; now, the union is claiming victory in its negotiations with the medical center. —MIRIAM SHESTACK / IN THESE TIMES, 01/07/16 More »

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

At Cook County board meeting this month, Dr. Tatyana Kagan stood to address the commissioners. It was the first time she had attended a meeting. Kagan works in the pediatric emergency room at Stroger Hospital and came to object to the hospital's plan to consolidate the pediatric ER with the main ER. —Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune, 01/06/16 More »

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

University of Chicago Medicine's announcement Thursday that it would add Level 1 adult trauma care to its Hyde Park campus culminated a decadeslong battle with South Side residents who insisted that the university had a civic duty to provide services in an area that suffers disproportionately from gun violence. —Dahleen Glanton and Lolly Bowean / Chicago Tribune , 01/06/16 More »

The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt

The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt

New data outlines 'wide range of consequences and sacrifices' made by insured Americans who face burdensome medical bills. —Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 01/05/16 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, 12/25/15 More »

The Broad and Diverse Coalition That Is Supporting the Clean Power Plan in Court

The Broad and Diverse Coalition That Is Supporting the Clean Power Plan in Court

The Local Government Coalition and its member national associations and local governments seek to participate as amici curiae to support their common view that the Clean Power Plan is a valid exercise of EPA’s authority and represents a reasonable interpretation of the ‘best system of emissions reduction’ standard established under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. —Vickie Patton / Environmental Defense Fund, 12/24/15 More »

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

On a brisk morning in Denver recently, an ambulance pulled up in front of a downtown office tower. "I think the patient is going to make it," Dr. Irene Aguilar said as a team rolled out the gurney. This wasn't a medical emergency, but rather a bit of political theater. The gurney held several big boxes of signed petitions to be delivered to Colorado's Secretary of State's office. The group ColoradoCareYES gathered enough signatures — more than 100,000 — to put a single-payer health system on the ballot next fall. —John Daley / NPR, 12/22/15 More »

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