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‘Moral Distress’ Is Major Contributor to Burnout Among Emergency Nurses

‘Moral Distress’ Is Major Contributor to Burnout Among Emergency Nurses

"Moral distress" can play a major contributing role to burnout among emergency nurses, according to a new report commissioned by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and published online in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. —David Ferguson, Fiercehealthcare.com, 09/30/15 More »

Worker Stories: Allysha Almada

Worker Stories: Allysha Almada

Today, we take a look at Allysha Almada. When workers go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives, they don't expect to lose their jobs, in fact, saving lives is what registered nurses do every day. That's why Allysha Almada decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and become an RN at the hospital where she was born, Huntington Memorial in Pasadena, Calif. —Kenneth Quinnell / AFL-CIO Blog, 09/29/15 More »

Martin Shkreli and Pharma: A Reminder Why Bernie Continues to Gain Ground

Martin Shkreli and Pharma: A Reminder Why Bernie Continues to Gain Ground

If you still wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders is soaring in the polls, meet Martin Shkreli. Shkreli - "pharma bro" as he has come to be know - is the now infamous CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who sparked a social media firestorm for jacking up the price of an anti-infection drug Duraprim by more than 5,000 percent. —Deborah Burger, via The Huffington Post, 09/29/15 More »

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The World Health Organization estimates that every year 150 million people suffer severe financial hardship because they have to pay out of their own pockets at the time they receive care, and 100 million are pushed into poverty as a result. These statistics, intimidating in themselves, probably mask a problem that cuts far deeper into families and societies across the world. —Sania Nishtar / The Guardian, 09/29/15 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 »

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

A series of sewage spills and rodent infestation are just the latest reasons why even some of the doctors who practice at Venice Regional Bayfront Health are raising questions about the facility and its future. The hospital now owned by Community Health Systems (CMS) has it's share of challenges, including the highest rate of hospital associated infections in the State in 2014 to receiving 13 violations of State and Federal regulations from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in the hospitals handling of the sewage leak in May OF 2015. —Alix Redmonde / My Suncoast News, 09/24/15 More »

Price Gouging In Health Care Is The Rule, Not the Exception

Price Gouging In Health Care Is The Rule, Not the Exception

Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United, discusses the institutional context behind the recent overnight price hike of Dalarpim —TheRealNews, 09/23/15 More »

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

WATSONVILLE >> Nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital allege their employer maintains illegal nurse-to-patient ratios as defined by California law, a practice they say endangers the welfare of patients. “I witness nurses working back-to-back and 16-hour shifts,” said Roseann Farris, a critical care registered nurse at Watsonville Community Hospital. “In the Critical Care Unit where I work, the hospital’s core staffing requires that we have four nurses available for every shift; but there are times we have had only one or two.” —Ryan Masters / Santa Cruz Sentinel, 09/23/15 More »

Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of ‘rushing patients through’ to save money

Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of ‘rushing patients through’ to save money

A Portland jury on Friday awarded a nurse more than $3 million -- agreeing that she was wrongfully terminated by Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center after she complained to management that cost-cutting measures were jeopardizing patient care. —Aimee Green, The Oregonian/OregonLive , 09/22/15 More »

How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

Let's make history. The 2016 election offers a rare moment to crack a barrier that can truly transform our nation -- the opportunity to shatter the Class Ceiling. —National Nurses United, 09/22/15 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 »

Opinion: CNA report deserves a serious response from St. Joseph

Opinion: CNA report deserves a serious response from St. Joseph

Like many other contributors to St. Joseph Hospital, I received a letter recently from the president of St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. David O’Brien. The letter is purportedly a response to very specific claims that my union, the California Nurses Association (CNA), has made against St. Joseph Health in general and St. Joseph Hospital in particular. The letter Dr. O’Brien sent is disappointing and filled with generalizations, omissions and unnecessarily accusatory language directed at CNA. —James Ladika, Eureka Times-Standard, 09/14/15 More »

After 9/11, Bernie Sanders Voted Against Iraq. Hillary Clinton Calls Her Vote a ‘Mistake’

After 9/11, Bernie Sanders Voted Against Iraq. Hillary Clinton Calls Her Vote a ‘Mistake’

After 9/11, Americans and the Democratic Party needed someone to stand up to the Bush Administration. We needed a true two-party system that offered a choice between invading Iraq and containing Saddam in the manner we had done for over a decade. Instead, leading Democrats sided with neoconservative Republicans, primarily because 72% of Americans supported the war in 2003. —H. A. Goodman, The Huffington Post, 09/11/15 More »

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Federal health inspectors effectively stopped over 30 unstarted surgeries from proceeding at Huntington Memorial Hospital last Tuesday after they reportedly discovered numerous violations of proper sterilization procedures during a surprise audit, current and former Operating Room nurses allege. —James Macpherson, Pasadena Now, 08/31/15 More »

High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. —Bernie Sanders, via The Huffington Post, 08/31/15 More »

RNs at Marlborough Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement with Management for Three-Year Contract

RNs at Marlborough Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement with Management for Three-Year Contract

The registered nurses at Marlborough Hospital, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and UMass Memorial Health Care reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on a three-year contract that aims to improve RN-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 08/27/15 More »

Nurses accuse Queen of the Valley, St. Joseph Health of profits before people

Nurses accuse Queen of the Valley, St. Joseph Health of profits before people

The California Nurses Association held a press conference in Napa on Wednesday to accuse St. Joseph Health, the parent of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, of degrading patient care in pursuit of profits. Once run by Catholic nuns, the organization is now a large business enterprise that has lost its “moral compass,” the union charged in a report titled “Falling from Grace.” —Jennifer Huffman / Napa Valley Register, 08/20/15 More »

Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks

Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks

Every year, about one million Americans and tens of millions of people worldwide suffer the debilitating effects of salmonella poisoning, episodes sometimes serious enough for hospitalization. Cholera, while rare in the United States, has been increasing steadily in other countries for the last decade, with up to 5 million cases annually, and poses a real threat after natural disasters. —Marlene Cimons, Thingprogress.org, 08/14/15 More »

Why the Nation’s Nurses are Supporting Bernie Sanders for President

Why the Nation’s Nurses are Supporting Bernie Sanders for President

Bernie Sanders aligns perfectly with nurses on the most critical problems facing our nation, from income inequality to guaranteeing healthcare to all to holding Wall Street and corporations to account to opening the doors to college education for everyone to racial justice to the climate crisis. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 08/12/15 More »

Redwood Memorial nurses vote to join California Nurses Association

Redwood Memorial nurses vote to join California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at the Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna voted Monday to join the California Nurses Association. According to a California Nurses Association press release, the union is part of the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United. —The Times-Standard, 08/12/15 More »

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