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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, 01/09/15 More »

Fatal System Error

Fatal System Error

Private nonprofit hospitals, which benefit from huge tax breaks, fail to care for the East Bay's poorest residents — and now one public hospital is on the verge of collapse. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 01/09/15 More »

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

For decades, registered nurses at Daughters of Charity Health System have outlasted wars, pestilence and even earthquakes to fulfill their mission of serving the indigent and the poor in the Bay Area and Southern California. No one alive can recall a time care was not available at the local hospitals. —Sharon Erlich and Donna Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, 01/07/15 More »

48 St. Louis Health Professionals Send Letter Urging Ameren to Move Beyond Coal

48 St. Louis Health Professionals Send Letter Urging Ameren to Move Beyond Coal

ST. LOUIS - On Thursday, health professionals and community residents gathered outside Ameren Missouri's headquarters to deliver a letter signed by 48 public health leaders calling on the utility's CEO and board members to move more quickly beyond coal and invest significantly in clean energy. Ameren relies on coal for nearly 80 percent of its electricity generation, while the national average is closer to 40 percent. —Emily Rosenwasser, Sierra Club, 01/07/15 More »

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

About two years ago, residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side saw piles of black dust in their neighborhood growing taller and taller. The piles, stored along the Calumet River, reached six stories high – 60 feet tall – and when the wind blew they would send clouds of black dust through residential streets. —Kari Lydersen, The Gate News, 01/05/15 More »

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

The state attorney general’s office will hold a series of public hearings this week on the controversial sale of six nonprofit hospitals, including Seton Medical Center in Daly City and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, to a for-profit Southern California company. —Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle , 01/05/15 More »

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

I recently read that 18 members of Congress oppose the sale of Saint Louise Regional Hospital as well as the other Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare, stating basically that it would be bad for the communities, patients and healthcare workers. —George F. Endress III, RN, Morgan Hill Times, 12/30/14 More »

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Two local public hearings are scheduled next month to help California Attorney General Kamala Harris decide whether a six-hospital chain including facilities in Daly City and Moss Beach should be sold to a private corporation fiercely opposed by some unions and officials who fear it prioritizes profits over care. —Michelle Durand, Daily Journal, 12/17/14 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, 12/16/14 More »

Nurses Picket Against Float Pool, Mandatory Overtime

Nurses Picket Against Float Pool, Mandatory Overtime

The bitter cold did not deter a group of more than 20 nurses from holding signs that read “Exhausted nurses = unsafe care,” “End mandatory overtime,” and “When nurses float, patient safety sinks,” at the corner of Palmer Avenue and Ter Heun Drive in an informational picketing on the morning of Thursday, December 11. Donning hats and mittens to guard against the off-and-on raindrops and snow flurries, the group waved and smiled to passersby at the intersection located steps away from their workplace, Falmouth Hospital. —Lannan M. O'Brien, capenews.net, 12/15/14 More »

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

With nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital having authorized a strike earlier this week, the rhetoric between labor and management is flying. But management's arguments, regardless of how powerful they might be, are overshadowed by the resentment created by the $622,000 annual salary of Chief Executive Pete Delgado. —Dennis L. Taylor, The Californian, 12/10/14 More »

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Nurses at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals have scheduled an informational picket Thursday to protest mandatory overtime and other labor issues currently on the bargaining table during contract negotiations. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 12/10/14 More »

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

We are registered nurses. Many nurses grew up in San Bernardino County, attended local nursing schools, and raised families here. We are your neighbors. We made the decision to dedicate our professional lives to providing quality care to our community in a public health setting. We wanted to work where they took in everyone who needed care — the county. —Toni Rodriguez and Becky Spradling, San Bernardino County Sun , 12/08/14 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, 12/05/14 More »

Critics pack hearing, air concerns about Quincy hospital closure

Critics pack hearing, air concerns about Quincy hospital closure

City residents had a message for Attorney General Martha Coakley and the state’s Department of Public Health: Save Quincy Medical Center and hold Steward Health Care System accountable. Critics of Steward’s plan to close the 124-year-old hospital at 114 Whitwell St. by Dec. 31 gave impassioned testimony Tuesday during a public hearing at Quincy High School. Some fear that the absence of a hospital in a city approaching 100,000 residents will result in tragedy for those in need of quick care. —Patrick Ronan, The Patriot Ledger, 12/03/14 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, 11/26/14 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, 11/21/14 More »

Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions

Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions

Illinois was one of 16 states where nurses picketed Wednesday. Hospital officials responded in a statement saying more than 500 employees of the Cook County health system have been trained and that drills are ongoing. —Nesita Kwan, NBC Chicago, 11/17/14 More »

Chicago area nurses demand more protection against Ebola

Chicago area nurses demand more protection against Ebola

Chicago area registered nurses said Tuesday that they welcomed the CDC’s announcement urging U.S. hospitals to put in place stricter guidelines for nurses and other health workers dealing with Ebola patients. But substantial concerns remain, members of the National Nurses United said. The union represents 185,000 nurses nationwide, including 6,000 in the Chicago area. —Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun Times, 11/17/14 More »

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

Nurses gathered outside the VA Hospital in Durham Wednesday to raise awareness about the risk Ebola poses to healthcare workers. It was part of an international effort, urging hospitals to adopt the highest preparedness standards for staff who might potentially treat a patient with Ebola. —Rebecca Martinez, WUNC, 11/13/14 More »

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