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NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

The NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective. —the guardian, 07/31/12 More »

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

For years nurses — and their union representatives — have argued that inadequate staffing hurts patients. A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control examines the problem and suggests that burnout drives some common lapses in patient care. —newsworks, 07/31/12 More »

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Heavy patient loads and chronic burnout have long been among the top complaints of nurses at the nation’s hospital bedsides. But a new study shows that those problems affect not only the nurses themselves, but also the number of infections in the people they care for. —NBC News, 07/30/12 More »

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that. Though it might seem clear-cut - fewer caregivers provide poorer care - they maintain the issue is not simply numbers but a bad work environment. And that leads to burnout. —Philidelphia Inquirer, 07/30/12 More »

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Olympic athletes may perform superhuman feats on the field. But when they buy health insurance, they face a system just as weird and complicated as the rest of us do. —Washington Post, 07/27/12 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

As the Global AIDS Conference brings people from all over the world to Washington, DC, National Nurses United and other groups call for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions to fund healthcare, housing, and a cure for AIDS. —The Real News Network, 07/25/12 More »

Out of Work, Out of Luck

The government has the tools to help remedy the jobs crisis, so why isn't it doing anything? —The American Prospect, 07/19/12 More »

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, former insurance company executive Wendell Potter’s appeal to single payer advocates to “bury the hatchet,” recently published in The Nation, is both misdirected and shortsighted. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU/CNA Executive Director —The Nation, By RoseAnn DeMoro, 07/17/12 More »

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

They weep still for their blue-eyed Nataline. Their tears flow for what they remember: Their daughter in her room, the pink walls decorated with posters of the Jonas Brothers. They see her there sketching in a notebook the dresses and blouses and jackets she would one day like to design. Nataline Sarkisyan died in a UCLA hospital bed on Dec. 20, 2007. She was 17. Her story drew nationwide attention because the liver transplant she needed was denied by her family's health insurer, CIGNA. —Contra Costa Times, 07/11/12 More »

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

National Nurses United(NNU) took up the cause of Robin Hood at Chicago’s downtown J.P. Morgan Chase building on June 19. With its merry band of tax reforming nurses, the NNU held a lunch hour rally to press for a financial transactions tax (FTT) or as it is more commonly called, a “Robin Hood Tax”. Chicago was among 15 cities where similar rallies were held. Easily recognized by their red scrubs along with their Robin Hood hats and masks, NNU members described the Robin Hood tax in signs that read,”It’s Not a Tax On the People. It’s a Tax For the People.” —Unions.org, 07/06/12 More »

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

Tall, in her 50s and sporting a perfectly coiffed salt-and-pepper pixie cut, the woman was one of the most respected nurses in the hospital. She had nearly three decades of clinical experience, so older nurses and doctors valued her insight, younger ones sought her approval, and those of us in between tried to stand a little straighter in her presence. One morning, however, she arrived at work to find that the hospital was full and her unit understaffed. It wasn’t the first time she had to cover for more patients because of staffing issues, but by the end of this 12-hour shift, she noticed a slight twinge in her lower back — a minor muscle sprain, she thought, from helping one of the other nurses lift a patient. A week later, the slight twinge turned into debilitating back pain. —New York Times, 07/06/12 More »

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

We need single payer health care now! The single payer plan is also called Medicare for All. The Raging Grannies came out in support of the California Nurses Association, saying the best change would be to a system that takes care of everyone in America's health needs. —indybay.org, 07/06/12 More »

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Volunteer nurses, dressed in red medical outfits matching the color of the tour's coach, were distributing fliers downtown, inviting people to get a free blood pressure screening and a blood sugar test. Santa Cruz was the 12th stop on the California Nurses Association Tour. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 07/06/12 More »

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Mayor Ed Lee's deal with California Pacific Medical Center on a $2.5 billion overhaul of its San Francisco medical facilities is in jeopardy after internal financial documents were leaked showing hospital officials considered cutting hundreds of jobs, paying substantially less in charity care than envisioned in the deal, and could close a hospital despite pledging to keep it open. —San Francisco Chronicle, 07/03/12 More »

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

California’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety has fined Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for willful misconduct in dangerously exposing staff and police officers to a serious illness that resulted in permanent disabilities for a respiratory tech and an Oakland police officer. More »

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

What Sanders says about Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ACA provides important insights for progressives as they respond to a complex decision that, in the words of the National Nurses United union, “should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken health-care system.” —The Nation., 06/28/12 More »

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

Last week, nurses rallied, bank staff marched, conservatives coalesced and finance professionals petitioned—all in support of a global tax on Wall Street speculation. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but by week’s end, that elusive goal was closer than ever. —The Nation., 06/25/12 More »

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

The California Nurses Association will offer free health screenings in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon as part of a 3-week, statewide bus tour to advocate for expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 06/22/12 More »

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

On June 15, a day after a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) official asked labor leaders not to oppose a change to nurse-patient ratios, California Nurses Association (CNA) Executive Director Rose Ann De Moro sent a blistering e-mail to her colleagues: “It is a war, of that I am certain, and it will not be pretty.” —IN THESE TIMES, 06/19/12 More »

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

A war has erupted between two health care unions in California over an attack by one of the unions on the state's nurse-to-patient ratios. —BNA/Bloomberg, 06/19/12 More »

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