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Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work

Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work

As educators, caretakers and lifelines, nurses take on several roles as they routinely care for patients day in and day out. And for some, the strains of the job can eventually lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, otherwise known as burnout. “It's really stressful," Dawn Kettinger, spokeswoman for the Michigan Nurses Association, said. "You’re taking care of six people when you should take care of four." —Holland Sentinel, 01/27/14 More »

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

As a nurse, Michigan Nurses Association member Tim Launius is used to working holidays. Launius, a critical care RN at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, is in the Philippines taking care of typhoon survivors as part of a team of volunteers from National Nurses United’s RNRN (Registered Nurse Response Network). —Michigan Nurses Association, 11/29/13 More »

Bill would require nurse-to-patient ratios in Michigan hospitals

The Michigan Nurses Association joined Democratic lawmakers Monday in their push to make Michigan the second state to mandate hospital staffing levels, but hospital officials expressed concern the requirement could backfire due to higher costs. —LSJ.com, 03/05/13 More »

Tele-Press Conference to Demand Deceitful New Ad be Taken Off the Air

Tele-Press Conference to Demand Deceitful New Ad be Taken Off the Air

Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution’s latest ad lies to attack Proposal 2. The 30-second ad falsely claims that Proposal 2 will block schools from removing employees with criminal backgrounds and remove safety standards for school bus drivers. “The last thing we need is parents worrying about the lies in this ad,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. “Proposal 2 won’t make it harder to protect our kids. —Protect Working Families, 09/27/12 More »

Nurses Deliver Petition; Demand Safe Care for Muskegon Area Patients

Nurses Deliver Petition; Demand Safe Care for Muskegon Area Patients

MUSKEGON – Registered nurses from Mercy Health Partners’ Hackley campus delivered a 6 foot high petition today to the office of Roger W. Spoelman, President and CEO of the health system. The petition boasted hundreds of signatures from Hackley nurses requesting safe care for their patients. More »

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 »

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 »

Nurses march through Ann Arbor demanding contract

Nurses march through Ann Arbor demanding contract

Crowds of shouting people decked in red marched through Ann Arbor streets yesterday, as University of Michigan Health System nurses and their supporters rallied for a finalized contract. —Michigan Daily, 10/13/11 More »

Nurses union to University of Michigan: ‘no cuts’ to benefits

Carrying signs with slogans like “Chop from the top,” and chanting “Nurses united will never be divided,” hundreds of University of Michigan nurses rallied Saturday to show support for a favorable contract for their 4,000-member union. —AnnArbor.com, 08/13/11 More »

University of Michigan nurses add to unfair labor practice charge

The University of Michigan nurses filed an amended complaint with the state that alleges bad bargaining practices on the part of their employer, they announced at a press conference today. —AnnArbor.com, 08/02/11 More »

University of Michigan nurses allege “assault on women,” unfair labor practices at health system

Tuesday afternoon several dozen nurses employed by the University of Michigan Hospital and Health System held a press conference at the Michigan Union. Speaking on behalf of the 4,000 or so nurses in the U-M health system, the nurses alleged unfair labor practices on the university’s part and announced plans to picket if conditions don’t improve. —Ann Arbor Journal, 08/02/11 More »

Soup kitchen’ makes a statement to Gov. Snyder

George Gray sells his blood every week so he can afford a bus pass or buy shaving cream. Unemployed and homeless for two years, the 57-year-old also is no stranger to soup kitchens. —Lansing State Journal, 07/14/11 More »

Snyder’s plans aren’t as new as they seem

Back in 2007, the Mackinac Center produced a report about how the state could address its budget deficit without raising taxes. As you might expect from a rightwing think tank, their solution was all cuts. Some of the cuts involved programs for which the state receives matching dollars from the federal government and some of the suggestions like cutting health care benefits for teachers were entirely unrealistic (teacher benefits are a product of negotiations at the local level). —Michigan Morning Sun, 05/20/11 More »

Snyder is ‘strangling democracy,’ participants at pre-graduation rally in Ann Arbor say

Fifth grader Lexie Salazar told a rally of protesters this morning in Ann Arbor she’s afraid Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget cuts will make it harder for her to become a zoologist. —AnnArbor.com, 04/30/11 More »

Nurses rally to protest budget plan, emergency financial manager law

Nurses rally to protest budget plan, emergency financial manager law

A flurry of red-and-white signs with the words "Some cuts never heal" flapped furiously in front of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. The signs were accompanied by more than 200 nurses, nursing students and local and state officials who criticized Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposals and legislation that gives emergency financial managers the authority to cancel union contracts. —Lansing State Journal, 03/31/11 More »

Sparrow nurses allege unsafe staffing situations; patient care at issue at Lansing hospital

Nurses at Sparrow Hospital are alleging in complaints filed with the state that the Lansing facility is understaffed and jeopardizing patient care. Members of the Professional Employees Council of Sparrow Hospital submitted a report Thursday to the Michigan Department of Community Health detailing what it says are hundreds of instances of unsafe staffing situations. —Lansing State Journal, 10/22/10 More »

Nurses Welcome Religious Leaders’ Spotlight on Ascension Health Abuses

Leaders of the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and its national union, National Nurses United (NNU), expressed their appreciation today to Interfaith Worker Justice for its new report, "Ascension Health: A Fall from Grace." (The report can be found online at www.iwj.org.) —Michigan Nurses Association, 07/16/10 More »

Nurses: We’re overworked and spread too thin

Nurses say they're overworked and spread too thin and it's affecting your safety. They teamed up with lawmakers Tuesday night in Kalamazoo to rally support. They're laying out the basics of new legislation that would regulate patient care across the state. House Bill 40-08 does two things. It creates a minimum nurse to patient ratio in hospitals and it also bans mandatory overtime. —WWMT (CBS), 02/17/10 More »

Michigan healthcare workers set to go to Haiti

Kyle Martin has traveled to Haiti since he was 12 years old as part of local mission groups. Now 26 and a second-year osteopathic medical student at Michigan State University, he has traveled to the impoverished Caribbean nation eight times in the past year to work at a medical clinic in Gressier, a town southwest of Port-au-Prince. —Detroit Free Press, 01/17/10 More »