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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 »

Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California

Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California

Rose Ann DeMoro is always ready for another fight. And why not? During the past decade, the leader of the California Nurses Association has won so many of her battles. —Sacramento Bee, 02/06/12 More »

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Today (Jan. 27) is the first annual National Downwinders Day. Downwinders are the folks in western states who were affected by radiation exposure from nuclear test sites in Nevada. Last year the U-S Senate voted unanimously to honor downwinders with a special day of recognition. —KPBS, 01/27/12 More »

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

Chances are you've probably never heard of Amelia Rivera, a three year-old from New Jersey. Chances are better you have heard of 29-year-old Canadian, Sarah Burke, one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. Burke and Rivera don't have a lot in common, but tragically, their families do. Both have been borne the scars of a callous and broken US healthcare system... —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro in The Guardian (UK), 01/26/12 More »

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON--Nurses from around the state, joined by a slew of legislators, urged passage of a nurse staffing law, saying they have battled too long for a bill they say would save patients’ lives. —STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, 01/25/12 More »

Jean Ross | Nurses organization hails hospital merger decision

Jean Ross | Nurses organization hails hospital merger decision

As a bedside registered nurse for nearly 40 years, and an elected leader of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest R.N. union, I applaud Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to protect University Hospital from privatization by CHI — one of the largest corporate hospital chains in the country. —The Courier-Journal, 01/17/12 More »

Nurses to Join Call for Healthcare for the 99% in Monday Rallies

Nurses to Join Call for Healthcare for the 99% in Monday Rallies

A broad coalition of activists – including registered nurses, medical students, seniors, physicians, members of the Occupy movement, and the recently formed Campaign for a Health California (CHC) – will hold marches and rallies Monday, January 9 in Sacramento and Los Angeles to step up the campaign to extend guaranteed healthcare coverage to all Californians. —CNA Press Release, 01/06/12 More »

Nurses’ union wins bargaining agreement

Nurses’ union wins bargaining agreement

A federal appeals court agreed that an agreement between union nurses and a hospital should have been honored by new owners. —McKnights.com, 01/04/12 More »

Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can

Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can

Lost for many observers in last month's end-of-the-year hullabaloo was the annual Gallup Honesty and Ethics Survey which by a wide margin again ranked nursing as the most honest and ethical profession. —HealthLeadersMedia.com, 01/03/12 More »

My Word: Nurses’ fight is to ensure quality health care

My Word: Nurses’ fight is to ensure quality health care

By Michele Ross, RN and Elsa Matos-Leal, RN - While most people are decorating trees and planning holiday parties, Sutter's registered nurses have been sitting at bargaining tables around the Bay Area. Despite the pull of the holiday season, we are fighting for health care -- both protecting the health of our patients by holding the line on patient-care protections Sutter wants to eradicate, and stopping unwarranted cuts to health care coverage for our families. —Oakland Tribune, 12/22/11 More »

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Instead of the inflatable rat that has become ho-hum at union protests in New York, a giant three-headed dog with fangs was the effigy on display as about 250 unionized nurses rallied outside the Midtown headquarters of the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. —New York Times, 12/20/11 More »

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare is preparing to penalize hospitals with frequent potentially avoidable readmissions, which by one estimate costs the government $12 billion a year. —Washington Post, 12/20/11 More »

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

About half of unemployed and underemployed U.S. residents do not have health insurance and 56% are delaying necessary care because of concerns about cost, according to according to a study released Monday by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation, National Journal reports. —California Healthline, 12/13/11 More »

Public ranks nurses top in honesty, ethics - again

Public ranks nurses top in honesty, ethics - again

This year's update, from a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll, finds Americans rating the honesty and ethical standards of 3 medical professions -- nurses, pharmacists, and doctors -- the highest of the 21 professions tested. At the other end of the spectrum, Americans give the least positive honesty and ethics ratings to members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople, and telemarketers. —Gallup.com, 12/12/11 More »

CPMC spends far less on poor, S.F. report says

CPMC spends far less on poor, S.F. report says

California Pacific Medical Center, including its St. Luke's campus, is San Francisco's most profitable hospital, yet it spends proportionately far less on care for poor residents than other private nonprofit hospitals in the city, according to a new report. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/09/11 More »

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

The state and federal governments are largely responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor in the United States and should institute policy changes - including reforms to the tax code and more investment in education - to help reverse this 30-year trend, economists and researchers told state lawmakers Wednesday. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/08/11 More »

California’s wealth pyramid

California’s wealth pyramid

Is there a widening gap between rich and poor? In the nation, and particularly in California, the answer is yes. The most durable message from the Occupy Wall Street encampments across the nation is also the simplest: "We are the 99%." But are the implications of that message fair? Is there a widening gap between rich and poor? Are those doing well just a fraction of the populace? —Los Angeles Times, 12/06/11 More »

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

United Kingdom--It's not just the scale of the strike, though, but its breadth, from headteachers to school cleaners in every part of the country, that has set it apart. Most of those taking action were women, and the majority had never been on strike before. This has been the "big society" in action, but not as Cameron meant it. —The Guardian (UK), 12/01/11 More »

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

“There’s the idea of taxing financial transactions, which have exploded in recent decades. The economic value of all this trading is dubious at best. In fact, there’s considerable evidence suggesting that too much trading is going on.” —AlterNet.org, 12/01/11 More »

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Trade unions and the government have traded blows over the impact of the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest in three decades, as up to 2 million public sector workers went on strike, forcing the closure of 62% of state schools in England and the cancellation of 6,000 hospital operations. —The Gardian (UK), 11/30/11 More »

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