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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 »

Don’t Let Them Gaslight the ‘Bern’ing for Social Change

Don’t Let Them Gaslight the ‘Bern’ing for Social Change

Perhaps you've noticed. Some people and institutions are working feverishly to convince us that real social change is not possible. Their target is Bernie Sanders and the growing army of his supporters who are fed up with politics as usual and the grip of Wall Street and corporate America on our political, economic and social system. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 12/15/15 More »

In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared

In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared

For months, worried parents in Flint, Mich., arrived at their pediatricians’ offices in droves. Holding a toddler by the hand or an infant in their arms, they all have the same question: Are their children being poisoned? To find out, all it takes is a prick of the finger, a small letting of blood. If tests come back positive, the potentially severe consequences are far more difficult to discern. —Yanan Wang / Washington Post, 12/15/15 More »

Community members rally against the use of fossil fuels

Community members rally against the use of fossil fuels

Dozens of people in San Luis Obispo are speaking out against the use of fossil fuels, in honor of the Global Day for Climate Action. Close to 100 San Luis Obispo community members rallied at the city's train station on Saturday, as the climate change deal was made in Paris. —Citlaly Santos / KSBY.com, 12/13/15 More »

Nurses And Health-Care Workers Lobby Beacon Hill For Workplace Injuries Bill

Nurses And Health-Care Workers Lobby Beacon Hill For Workplace Injuries Bill

Health-care workers asked a State House committee Tuesday to support legislation that would require hospitals to take steps to keep them from being hurt on the job. The bill aims to prevent injuries sustained by lifting or moving patients. —Craig Lemoult / WGBH News, 12/09/15 More »

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

A union representing nurses says that employees are getting hurt on the job, and they want Massachusetts hospitals to do something about it. The Massachusetts Nurses Association estimates health care workers lift about 1.8 tons during an average shift. The union claims that nurses are developing serious injuries over time, causing many RN’s to miss as many as 60 days of work each year. —Tiffany Chan / 22News, 12/09/15 More »

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

Two things were evident amid the fusillades of confetti and extended glad-handing at last week's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom by the politically powerful California Nurses Association. —Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, 12/06/15 More »

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn, MassLive.com, 12/04/15 More »

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

SPRINGFIELD - Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn / Mass Live, 12/04/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was greeted by raucous applause and blasts of confetti Wednesday as he took the stage to receive his first major endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor from a labor union representing nurses in California. —Javier Panzar and John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 12/03/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

A labor union representing nurses throughout California gave Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom an early endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor Wednesday. The Democratic hopeful was set to speak to the group's conference in Los Angeles. —Javier Panzar / Los Angeles Times, 12/02/15 More »

Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement

Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement

The California Nurses Association, whose support helped Gov. Jerry Brown defeat Republican Meg Whitman in 2010, on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to succeed him. The endorsement, though not unexpected, comes unusually early – three years before the 2018 election. It is an indication of Newsom’s appeal to organized labor, and also a challenge facing one of his main rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. —David Siders / Sacramento Bee, 12/02/15 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association Demand Respect for BLM Protesters and Resolution to Investigation

Minnesota Nurses Association Demand Respect for BLM Protesters and Resolution to Investigation

The Minnesota Nurses Association supports members of the Black Lives Matter movement and their peaceful demonstration of grievances to protest the very real and harmful inequities that continue to be imposed on people of color. Nurses everywhere see how racism results in reduced access to healthcare, poorer health, and threats to basic safety. We urge all departments of the City of Minneapolis to work together to swiftly conclude the investigation behind the death of Jamar Clark and the shootings of BLM protesters to restore calm to the community. —Linda Hamilton / Minnesota Nurses Association , 11/25/15 More »

Nurses, students can help each other solve education funding problems

Nurses, students can help each other solve education funding problems

Yesterday, hundreds of registered nurses from around California joined the UC Berkeley student walkout as part of the #millionstudentmarch national day of action. There were walkouts, teach-ins and rallies held at more than 100 college campuses including at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The national day of action focused on three key demands: tuition-free public education, cancellation of all student debt and $15 per hour campuswide minimum wage at every college in the country. —Katy Roemer / The Daily Californian, 11/13/15 More »

Contra Costa County nurses to vote on tentative contract

Contra Costa County nurses to vote on tentative contract

The tentative agreement reached after nearly a year and a half of bargaining would cover more than 900 California Nurses Association registered nurses, public health nurses, "per diem" nurses who don't receive benefits but get a higher base wage than other nurses, and nurse practitioners. —Sam Richards, Contra Costa Times, 11/02/15 More »

Debate Over Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Hits Legislature

Debate Over Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Hits Legislature

The bill, on which the Public Health Committee held a hearing last week, would mandate statewide the maximum number of patients any one nurse can care for at once. The limit would be different for different units, but in hospital units for which the bills do not specifically set a limit, the maximum patient assignment would be four patients per nurse. —Anna Burgess, The Sentinel and Enterprise, 11/02/15 More »

Ebola And Beyond: How Prepared Is Boston For The Next Outbreak?

Ebola And Beyond: How Prepared Is Boston For The Next Outbreak?

A year ago, the unthinkable happened. For the first time, a person was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. A Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, infected two nurses in a Dallas hospital before he died. Nurses across the country were shocked, including Boston Medical Center's Karen Higgins, a nurse for 40 years and co-president of the largest nurses’ union in the country, National Nurses United. —Elizabeth Ross / WGBH News, 10/27/15 More »

How Hospitals Coddle the Rich

How Hospitals Coddle the Rich

WHEN I saw my first red blanket as a young medical student, I thought little of it. One morning, as I rushed around a hospital in California on my daily rounds, I spotted an old man who lay in bed beneath a scarlet cover, a sharp contrast to the white linens wrapped around the other patients. He looked unremarkable, and I assumed he brought the blanket from home. So I moved on. He wasn’t my patient, anyway. —Shoa L. Clarke / New York Times, 10/26/15 More »

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a consolidated complaint against Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS), the parent company of a nationwide chain of hospitals that includes Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Bluefield Regional Medical Center. —Tina Alvey / Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/24/15 More »

Make college free for all

Make college free for all

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to make a strong case for universally available public education. “Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education,” he said in his inaugural address, adding that “liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools.” Hayes, a Republican, didn’t worry that some poor kid might benefit from access to “free stuff,” nor did he believe that the children of wealthy elites should be excluded from the universal nature of the program. For him, education was the basis for full economic and political participation, and full participation was the basis for all prosperity. An education should be available to all regardless of anyone’s station. —Senator Bernie Sanders / Washington Post, 10/22/15 More »

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