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Petitioners demand nursing staff be retained at Nashoba Valley Medical

Petitioners demand nursing staff be retained at Nashoba Valley Medical

AYER -- Supporters of a petition to save the jobs of three emergency room nurses were met at the door. A representative of the Nashoba Valley Medical Center told the group of about 15 people that Sal Perla, president of the hospital, was not available. He asked for people to remain outside and then accepted the paperwork at noon Tuesday. —Anne O'Connor / Nashoba Valley Voice , 01/27/16 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 »

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 »

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 »

Marlborough Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Marlborough Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract

A month after agreeing to a new three-year contract with UMass Memorial Health Care, the registered nurses at Marlborough Hospital voted to ratify the contract Monday. —Jeff Malachowski, Wickedlocal.com, 09/24/15 More »

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate Health Care, Hospital Closing

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate Health Care, Hospital Closing

In their only debate prior to next week's preliminary, the three candidates for mayor spent more than an hour on Tuesday night answering health care-related questions and trying to slip in elements of their campaign platforms. The forum was sponsored by the North County Cares Coalition, the Tuesday night advocacy group launched with the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in 2014. —Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires, 09/16/15 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Union President Donna Kelly-Williams and several other members are testifying Tuesday at a Massachusetts state hearing on the bill. Elizabeth Dalton, a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, will testify about her experience dealing with the irate father of a dying patient who threatened her with a knife. —Adam Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 07/22/15 More »

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

After nearly a year of negotiations, registered nurses at HealthAlliance Hospital - Leominster Campus are celebrating what they consider a victory after reaching a tentative agreement for a three-year contract Monday evening that they say improves nurse-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Paula J. Owen, Telegram & Gazette, 07/02/15 More »

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

It's a level of preparedness that some in the medical community said is not consistent at every hospital in the state, and the incident has shed new light on recently filed legislation that seeks to mandate training around workplace violence at every health care facility in the state. —Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 01/22/15 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 Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

For a while now, algorithms have been making their way into medical care: nurses and doctors enter vital signs and symptoms, and a computer churns out a diagnosis, or recommends a treatment. There are plenty of virtues to data-driven medicine, but also some notable downsides. —Kevin Hartnett, The Boston Globe, 07/21/14 More »

MA Nurses Union Pushes for Pay Curbs, Financial Disclosures at Hospitals

MA Nurses Union Pushes for Pay Curbs, Financial Disclosures at Hospitals

An activist nurses union is pushing for legislation in Massachusetts that would create greater transparency regarding hospital prices, executive compensation and investment of assets. The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), affiliated with the National Nurses United, supports legislation, HB 3844, that would require disclosure of hospital profit margins, executive pay, and how organizations invest assets overseas. The union is also pushing for a voter ballot initiative as a backup to the legislative route. —Ron Shinkman, 06/13/14 More »

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

A radio advertisement was launched on Wednesday blasting hospital CEOs in Massachusetts for their excessive salaries and compensation packages, while also pointing out the millions of dollars stashed in accounts in the Cayman Islands. The advertisement was released while hospital CEOs gather together at the Chatham Bars Inn for the Massachusetts Hospital Association annual meeting in an effort to show the disconnect between hospital CEOs and their desire to provide adequate patient care. —Nicholas Handy, GoLocalWorcester.com, 06/12/14 More »

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

While hospital executives from across Massachusetts meet in Chatham this week, a nurses union is running a radio ad that criticizes Massachusetts hospital chiefs' compensation packages and calls for greater transparency of hospital finances. The ad campaign started Tuesday and will run through Friday, David Schildmeier, spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, said. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 06/12/14 More »

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is ramping up its efforts to build support for two ballot questions that would change the way hospitals operate. In one example, the MNA polled 100 doctors who regularly care for patients in Massachusetts hospitals. Of the responses, 58 percent said they have seen executives cut valuable patient care services in order to increase a hospital's operating margin, and 70 percent said they believed greater transparency of hospital finances would help protect those programs. —Jessica Bartlett - Boston Business Journal, 06/11/14 More »

Survey: RN staffing critical

Survey: RN staffing critical

One in four Bay State nurses says that patient deaths are “directly attributable” to having too many people in their care at one time, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, also found 46 percent of nurses said understaffing has resulted in injury to patients, 51 percent said it has led to longer hospital stays, and 57 percent said it has led to medication errors. Research firm Anderson Robbins did the survey of randomly selected nurses. —Marie Szaniszlo, The Boston Herald, 06/05/14 More »

Nearly 1 in 4 MA Registered Nurses Report Patient Deaths Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignments.

Nearly 1 in 4 MA Registered Nurses Report Patient Deaths Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignments.

78% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments including 59% of RNs who are aware of patient complications and 46% who are aware of patients who have been injured or harmed because hospitals are forcing nurses to care for too many patients at one time. Outraged Legislators Claim the Results Sound the Alarm for Immediate Action on Pending Legislation to Ensure Safe Patient Limits for Safer Patient Care —David Schildmeier, Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the National Nurses United have been urging state legislators to pass a bill they introduced last year, the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act. The HPTFA would limit excessive revenues and executive compensation for nonprofit, state-assisted hospitals, and would require hospitals to publicly disclose their financing, including their tax-sheltered offshore accounts. While health care costs are the financial ruin of many families, hospitals are able to boost revenue in part by keeping offshore accounts, which are not subject to the rigors of taxation or regulatory oversight. —The Bay State Banner, 05/23/14 More »

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