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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Gets Low Marks From Staff on Key Safety Issues

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Gets Low Marks From Staff on Key Safety Issues

Staff at the region’s largest private hospital — MedStar Washington Hospital Center — have given it consistently low marks in seven out of 12 patient safety measures in key areas, over the past four years, according to results released Friday. —Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, 07/21/14 More »

Fil-Am nurses join demand for increased staffing in DC hospitals

Fil-Am nurses join demand for increased staffing in DC hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC — Maria Ronquillo usually sleeps during the day after working a 12-hour night shift at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the District of Columbia. But on May 12, the 54-year-old registered nurse decided to join other DC nurses and community allies for a morning rally in front of City Hall. —Inquirer.net, 05/15/14 More »

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Providence becomes the seventh D.C. hospital with nurses organized under the banner of National Nurses United, a federation of nurses unions. Organizers hope that bringing Providence’s roughly 400 RNs into the fold will help D.C. Council legislation that would mandate certain nurse staffing levels in city hospitals. That legislation is languishing amid fierce lobbying by hospital officials, who contend that “staffing ratios” increase costs without improving patient care. —The Washington Post, 12/12/13 More »

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street. The bill, named the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" aka the "Robin Hood Tax" was introduced by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and now has 17 cosponsors—all Democrats, who hold 191 seats in the House of Representatives. —Real News Network, 11/01/13 More »

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, picketed a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker last night to step up the call for the DC City Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —Union City, 10/02/13 More »

MedStar must negotiate big benefits changes with nurses union, judge rules

MedStar must negotiate big benefits changes with nurses union, judge rules

A federal judge dealt a blow to MedStar Health's goal to provide more in-house medical care for its employees, siding with a labor union that objected to hikes to workers' out-of-pocket expenses when they seek treatment elsewhere. —Washington Business Journal, 07/16/13 More »

Dem proposes federal regulation of nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals

Dem proposes federal regulation of nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require hospitals to maintain a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio at all times, and allow the government to audit and penalize hospitals that fail to comply with this rule. —TheHill.com, 04/26/13 More »

Minnesota and DC Lawmakers Consider Nurse Staffing Bills

Minnesota and DC Lawmakers Consider Nurse Staffing Bills

March 1, 2013 - Lawmakers in Minnesota and the District of Columbia are considering nurse staffing bills, with a goal of improved patient safety and quality of care. The legislation is based on research studies that have shown how a nurse’s workload impacts adverse events, patient satisfaction and other quality indicators. —NurseZone.com, 03/05/13 More »

D.C. Council chair to propose bill boosting nurse staffing at hospitals

D.C. Council chair to propose bill boosting nurse staffing at hospitals

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) plans to introduce such a bill Tuesday, he announced at a news conference Monday, where nearly 200 nurses wearing red scrubs packed a room in the John A. Wilson Building as union leaders and local politicians led them in chants of “patients over profit.” —The Washington Post, 02/04/13 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

As the Global AIDS Conference brings people from all over the world to Washington, DC, National Nurses United and other groups call for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions to fund healthcare, housing, and a cure for AIDS. —The Real News Network, 07/25/12 More »

Unions: D.C.’s Broken Ambulances Too Hot to Handle

This week, the District has been besieged by relentless heat. It’s uncomfortable, perhaps even more so, for those on the verge of death. When that's the case, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, and registered nurses think D.C. ambulances shouldn't be a very uncomfortable 107 degrees. —Washington City Paper, 06/10/11 More »

A Flashpoint for Union Rights and Health Care

As working-class people around the country brace for more budget cuts that, among other things, will further restrict their access to health care, the people providing that care have also been feeling the wrath of austerity – and its attendant national offensive against unions. —Subterranean Dispatches, 05/06/11 More »

Citing Unstable Staffing, D.C. Nurses Strike

Citing Unstable Staffing, D.C. Nurses Strike

Nurses at D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center took a one-day strike Friday to protest short staffing and compensation cuts. Hospital administration said they will lock out the 1,600 nurses, represented by the National Nurses United, for four additional days. The union estimated that MedStar, the nonprofit chain that owns Washington Hospital Center, will spend $5 million to lock its nurses out. —Labor Notes, 03/04/11 More »

Barred From the Job Until Wednesday, Striking Washington Hospital Center Nurses Take to Irving St.

Barred From the Job Until Wednesday, Striking Washington Hospital Center Nurses Take to Irving St.

With negotiations stalled, striking nurses at Washington Hospital Center today took to Irving Street NW, picketing the region's largest hospital. Wearing red scrubs, the color of National Nurses United, several hundred protesters held signs and chanted slogans, angry over a cut in pay and what they say is dangerous understaffing. —Washington City Paper, 03/04/11 More »

Nurses At D.C.‘s Largest Hospital Go On Strike

Nurses At D.C.‘s Largest Hospital Go On Strike

Hundreds of registered nurses from Washington Hospital Center, the city's largest hospital, were marching down Irving Street this morning, chanting "Up with the nurses, down with the bosses." —WAMU 88.5, 03/04/11 More »