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San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

June 3 ballot measure saves Barrio Logan’s community plan, improves community health. Yesterday at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, a group of doctors, nurses and healthcare advocates announced their endorsement of the Yes on B & C campaign to protect children’s health in San Diego. California Nurses Association members were there to support Yes on B & C that, if approved, will uphold the community and business supported, City Council approved Barrio Logan Community Plan Update. —San Diego Free Press, 04/28/14 More »

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

State lawmakers are working on a bill to make hospitals safer in an effort that some are calling a waste of time and money. Nurses concerned for their safety spoke out at the state Capitol in support of a state Senate bill that would require the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to improve security standards and safety training. “That’s not being done right now, and that’s why we’re here,” said nurse Salonje McKinley. Those standards and training would help prevent workplace violence toward nurses, staff and patients. —CBS 13 Sacramento, 04/25/14 More »

California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

Just last weekend, a patient at a Los Angeles hospital stabbed a nurse with a pencil. The same day, another nurse at another L.A. hospital was attacked with a knife. Nurses across the state are calling for greater protections from violent patients. Lawmakers will vote on a bill Thursday that would require hospitals to do more to prevent violence at their facilities. —The California Report, 04/24/14 More »

Hospital safety under scrutiny after two nurses wounded in stabbings

Hospital safety under scrutiny after two nurses wounded in stabbings

Two nurses wounded in two separate attacks at two different Los Angeles County medical centers continued to recover Monday, but their injuries further illustrate the need to improve hospital workplace safety, an association said. “We can not stand by while nurses, other hospital staff, patients, families, and visitors are put in harms way in hospitals that fail to provide the measures that will protect their staff and the community,” said Malinda Markowitz, co-president of the California Nurses Association. “It is time for the Legislature to act.” —By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News, 04/22/14 More »

When health insurers play games, patients lose

When health insurers play games, patients lose

Dr. Theodore Corwin jumps through numerous hoops to get UnitedHealthcare to pay for a patient's breast reduction — only to finally be told the surgery wasn't covered by her policy. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. More »

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a judge’s ruling that found that management of Fallbrook Hospital did not negotiate in good faith with a union representing registered nurses, and has also ordered the hospital to reimburse the union for its expenses. —Riverside Press Enterprise, 04/16/14 More »

Earth Day Parade and Rally In San Francisco On April 19, 2014

Earth Day Parade and Rally In San Francisco On April 19, 2014

Join nurses on Saturday, April 19 in San Francisco to highlight issues of environmental justice and public health, and to lift up climate solutions. —California Nurses Association, 04/10/14 More »

Levine, nurses lobby for delay in Palm Drive vote

Levine, nurses lobby for delay in Palm Drive vote

State Assemblyman Marc Levine met with nurses and labor advocates Saturday to discuss his legislative effort to keep open Sebastopol’s fiscally ailing Palm Drive Hospital. The San Rafael Democrat said he’s introduced a bill that would allow the hospital to refinance its debt so bonds could be paid off at lower interest rates. AB582 already has won unanimous, bipartisan support in its first committee hearing and is awaiting approval of the full Senate in the next month or so, he said. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 04/07/14 More »

California nurses have no regrets about mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios

California nurses have no regrets about mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios

Nurses, members of Local 97 of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union, say that mandatory ratios are necessary. Too often the nurses are understaffed, putting patients' health and even lives at risk. Capital Health, their employer, argues that mandatory ratios are too costly to implement and not effective. Bargaining has reached a standstill, a mediator has been appointed and the countdown to a strike has started. —Halifax Media Co-op, 03/21/14 More »

Carson City Council Voting to Place an Immediate Moratorium On all New Oil and Gas Drilling

Carson City Council Voting to Place an Immediate Moratorium On all New Oil and Gas Drilling

Nurses join others, including Food & Water Watch, in Carson where the city council is voting tonight on a temporary ban on oil drilling following fracking concerns. —California Nurses Association, 03/18/14 More »

Re: “Fallbrook Healthcare District seeks to financially assist hospital”

Re: “Fallbrook Healthcare District seeks to financially assist hospital”

As registered nurses and Fallbrook Healthcare District residents, red flags went up for us when we read last week’s Village News. How can this be? For those who may not know, our little community hospital is operated by the largest for-profit corporation in America – Community Health Systems (CHS), which made $265 million in profits in 2013, according to Fortune magazine. It seems the healthcare district has already spent some of our money on a consultant’s report and held months of closed-door meetings leading up to the article. —Fallbrok Bonsall Village News, 03/18/14 More »

Marin General nurses petition administration to address patient care concerns

Marin General nurses petition administration to address patient care concerns

Nurses at Marin General Hospital are demanding action to resolve what they say are potentially dangerous patient care issues at the county's largest hospital. Ten nurses voiced their concerns at Tuesday night's meeting of the Marin Healthcare District board. The district board oversees Marin General; but a separate board deals with the hospital's day-to-day operations. Ninety nurses have signed a petition calling on the hospital to respond to a detailed list of issues affecting patient care. The nurses say many of the problems stem from inadequate staffing and continued difficulties utilizing the hospital's new computerized physician order entry system. —Marin Independent Journal, 03/12/14 More »

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant. RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, tells of sizable organizing gains her union has made in the South over the last few years. —NPR, 02/19/14 More »

Unions Say No Retreat in South After VW Defeat

Unions Say No Retreat in South After VW Defeat

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the National Nurses United, said her union has organized 7,000 nurses over the past three years in Florida and Texas combined. The frustrations that drove those nurses to organize are no different than gripes that nurses in California had before they joined the union, Ms. DeMoro said. “Nurses are angry everywhere,” she said, calling claims of regional divides “artificial.” The union is currently trying to organize 4,000 nurses in Orlando who work for one of the state’s largest not-for-profit hospital systems, she said, and added that they are receptive. —The Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire, 02/19/14 More »

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

The 185,000-member National Nurses United labor union last month claimed that management at two California hospitals owned by Franklin-based Community Health Systems wrongfully terminated nurses who also were union members and had been outspoken on labor issues. —Tennessean, 02/10/14 More »

Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger

Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger

The California Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Watsonville Hospital for firing 36-year veteran nurse Tim Thomas. It alleges Thomas was terminated after criticizing the merger of Watsonville's Hospital's parent company, Community Health Systems, with Health Management Associates at HMA's Florida shareholder meeting in early January. HMA shareholders approved the $7.6 billion acquisition. —The Real News Network, 02/10/14 More »

Nurses get advice on patient ratios

Nurses get advice on patient ratios

With contract talks for 2,600 nurses in the Capital district health authority breaking down last week, their union has brought in someone with experience in one of the key issues in dispute. —Herald News, 02/07/14 More »

Nurse: I Was Fired for Speaking Out

Nurse: I Was Fired for Speaking Out

Nearly a dozen nurses attended a vigil in front of Fallbrook Hospital to support Veronica Poss. Fallbrook Hospital nurse says she was fired as retaliation for participating in union activities. According to the California Nurses Association, Veronica Poss is one of two nurses fired this week by the hospital's owner, Community Health Systems (CHS.) This comes two weeks after she says she spoke out against a merger between CHS and Health Management Associates at a shareholder meeting in Florida. —NBC San Diego, 01/31/14 More »

Family of flu victim, 23, devastated

Family of flu victim, 23, devastated

Relatives wonder if steps were missed in treatment of SR man’s H1N1 virus. The family of a 23-year-old Santa Rosa man who died last week after he contracted the H1N1 flu virus expressed concern Saturday that his illness was not recognized in time to possibly save his life. Matthew “Matty” Walker was admitted to Kaiser Permanente’s hospital in Santa Rosa on Dec. 27 after he called 911 to report he was having trouble breathing. He had been sent home from the hospital the day before after being seen in the emergency room and diagnosed with pneumonia. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 01/13/14 More »

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

Many sectors in the healthcare industry have played major roles in shaping the system we have today: hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses, health insurance companies, scientists, researchers, politicians, advocacy groups, lobbyists, journalists, Wall Streeters and more. As we head into 2014, here are 50 of the most powerful people who have shaped policy, thoughts, operations and management in healthcare. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/06/14 More »

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