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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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