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Hundreds of Michigan Nurses March on Capitol to Advocate for Patients, Communities

Hundreds of Michigan Nurses March on Capitol to Advocate for Patients, Communities

LANSING – More than 500 nurses and nursing students from across Michigan rallied at the Capitol today, advocating for policies and priorities to heal their patients and communities. This year’s event focused on the introduction of the Safe Patient Care Act, long-overdue legislation to require Michigan hospitals to provide minimal nursing staff in order to protect patients’ care and safety. More »

Minnesota Right to Work Update

Minnesota Right to Work Update

Nurses in Minnesota are fighting against an irresponsible ‘Right to Work’ amendment that would make it more difficult for RNs to bargain for safe staffing levels, for construction workers to ensure safe worksites and for emergency responders, like police and firefighters, to negotiate for things that keep us all safe—like faster response times and life-saving emergency equipment. More »

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

The feverish patient had spent hours in a crowded emergency room. When she opened her eyes in her Manhattan hospital room last winter, she recalled later, she wondered if she could be hallucinating: “This is like the Four Seasons — where am I?” —New York Times, 03/06/12 More »

Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining

Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining

Nurses, teachers, construction workers and others gathered at the Michigan state Capitol Tuesday to launch their drive to enshrine collective bargaining as a right guaranteed to employees under the Michigan Constitution. —mLIVE, 03/06/12 More »

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Your credit can be wrecked if the doctor or hospital kicks your unpaid bill to a collection agency. 22 million Americans were contacted by collection agencies for unpaid medical bills in 2005. That increased to 30 million Americans in 2010. People with wrecked credit scores include those who were just trying to resolve a dispute with their insurance company. It includes people owing less than $250. And even after the bill is paid, the record of the collection action can stay on a credit report for up to seven years. That can drag down a credit score and drive up the cost of financing a home. —SFGate, 03/05/12 More »

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

It is something we take for granted in the United States. A woman enters the hospital to give birth and she emerges a couple of days later with a beautiful bundle of joy. That is how it usually goes. But this story is about the rare exception -- women who die within 42 days of childbirth. In the health care community it's called simply "maternal mortality." And in the U.S., many experts believe it is on the rise. —ABC News, 03/04/12 More »

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Americans spend more than people in other countries on just about every medical procedure and doctor visit, according to a new report from the International Federation of Health Plans ww.ifhp.com. —National Journal, 03/04/12 More »

Blunt, Rubio, And The Madness of Employer-Based Health Care

Blunt, Rubio, And The Madness of Employer-Based Health Care

I'm blinking in astonishment at the vote breakdown on the motion to table the Blunt-Rubio amendment allowing any "sponsor, issuer, or other entity" involved in providing health insurance--not just the Catholic Church--to eliminate coverage for contraceptives if doing so conflicts with that sponsor's, issuer's, or other entitity's "religious beliefs or moral convictions." —The New Republic, 03/01/12 More »

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of nurses in America, announced this week that they will hold a march and rally at the G-8 summit in Chicago on May 18. —New York Amsterdam News, 03/01/12 More »

Henry Mayo RNs To Protest ‘Team Nursing’ With Candlelight Vigil

Henry Mayo RNs To Protest ‘Team Nursing’ With Candlelight Vigil

VALENCIA (CBS) — Nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to protest policies they say are undermining patient care. —CBS Los Angeles, 02/29/12 More »

MNA RNs Introduce 2012 Staffing For Patient Safety Act

MNA RNs Introduce 2012 Staffing For Patient Safety Act

Armed with new – and disturbing – evidence gathered from the front lines of hospitals across the state, Minnesota nurses introduced legislation today aimed at addressing patient safety through adequate staffing levels. —MNAnurses.org, 02/28/12 More »

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems - a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research. —Associated Press / Yahoo News, 02/28/12 More »

Unions, not manufacturing, key to economic revival

Unions, not manufacturing, key to economic revival

Suddenly, manufacturing is back - at least on the campaign trail. But don't be fooled. The real issue isn't how to get manufacturing back. It's how to get good jobs and good wages back. They aren't at all the same thing. Republicans have become born-again champions of American manufacturing, especially given crucial primaries occurring this week in Michigan and next week in Ohio. —SFGate, 02/27/12 More »

Editorial: ‘Right to work’ is wrong for state

Editorial: ‘Right to work’ is wrong for state

Minnesota governors can't veto proposed constitutional amendments. But governors have bully pulpits. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton used his during last week's State of the State address to take a swipe at a bad idea that some GOP legislators want to add to the Constitution -- a ban on labor contracts that require all workers employed under the terms of the contract to pay a share of union costs. —StarTribune, 02/24/12 More »

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees who called off their occupation of their workplace early today after its owner said it will keep the factory operating for 90 days while the union and management look for a buyer. —NNU News, 02/24/12 More »

Nurses Fight for a Dose of Tax Justice

Nurses Fight for a Dose of Tax Justice

Before there was Occupy, thousands of nurses were already taking on Wall Street to demand a financial transaction tax. —YES! Magazine, 02/22/12 More »

John Nichols Talks to CNA/NNU About His New Book, Uprising

John Nichols Talks to CNA/NNU About His New Book, Uprising

Photos from the event held at California Nurses Association’s office on Tuesday night. John Nichols – author of Uprising – spoke about how the Wisconsin movement began and how the people continue the fight today. He give props to nurses for bringing more energy to the efforts by demanding no concessions. —NNU News, 02/22/12 More »

RN Jean Ross on Solidarity with Britain’s Nurses on Nurse Talk Radio, Feb. 18-19, 2012

RN Jean Ross on Solidarity with Britain’s Nurses on Nurse Talk Radio, Feb. 18-19, 2012

Updates on recent U.S. rallies organized by nurses to support their counterparts in Great Britain. —Nurse Talk Radio, 02/17/12 More »

Saint John’s Nurses To Picket Thursday

Saint John’s Nurses To Picket Thursday

On Thursday, from 8 to 11 a.m., Saint John’s Hospital nurses will hold an informational picket on Santa Monica Boulevard between 23rd and 20th Streets. —Santa Monica Dispatch, 02/14/12 More »

Federal advisors propose steps to boost health worker flu vaccination

Federal advisors propose steps to boost health worker flu vaccination

Federal vaccine advisors today unveiled proposed voluntary recommendations for increasing flu vaccination in healthcare workers, sparking strong reactions from employee groups who object to language that stops just short of urging mandatory vaccination. —CIDRAP, 02/08/12 More »

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