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Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Legislation to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax exempt status passed its first hurdle Tuesday in the California Assembly Health Committee overcoming opposition from California’s biggest hospital corporations and its allies. —California Nurses Association, 04/03/13 More »

Diminished Patient Protection Forces RNs at Steward Quincy Medical Center to Call For One-Day Strike

Diminished Patient Protection Forces RNs at Steward Quincy Medical Center to Call For One-Day Strike

QUINCY, MA — To protest dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital, today registered nurses at Cerberus-Steward- owned Quincy Medical Center issued a required 10-day notice of their intent to conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11. The strike will be the first nurses’ strike at a Greater Boston hospital in more than 25 years and it has been sanctioned by the most overwhelming nurses strike vote in Massachusetts history. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/02/13 More »

Assembly to Consider Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Obligation

Assembly to Consider Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Obligation

The California Assembly Health Committee will hold the first hearings April 2 on two bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association, including one that has already drawn considerable interest on holding hospitals more accountable in meeting their charity care and community benefit obligations. —California Nurses Association, 03/27/13 More »

Nurses Welcome First Contract at Two South Florida Hospitals

Nurses Welcome First Contract at Two South Florida Hospitals

South Florida registered nurses this week are celebrating their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Florida Medical Center (FMC) and Palmetto General Hospital, with terms they say will improve patient care as well as secure economic gains for nurses and their families. —NNOC Florida / NNU, 03/27/13 More »

‘Something’s Fishy at ARMC’ – and Northeast Michigan Knows It!

‘Something’s Fishy at ARMC’ – and Northeast Michigan Knows It!

Northeast Michigan citizens who are worried about potentially devastating changes at Alpena Regional Medical Center can now take action by signing an online petition at ARMCwatch.org. The website details why “Something’s fishy at ARMC” and features a fish chasing a hook baited with a golden dollar sign. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/27/13 More »

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter California Pacific

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter California Pacific

Registered nurses at two San Francisco Sutter hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, have, at long last, reached agreement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining contract for the 800 RNs who work at the two facilities, the California Nurses Association said today. —California Nurses Association , 03/27/13 More »

“SAFE PATIENT HANDLING” LAW HB 856 CRITICAL TO HOSPITAL SAFETY, MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE, SAY NURSES

“SAFE PATIENT HANDLING” LAW HB 856 CRITICAL TO HOSPITAL SAFETY, MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE, SAY NURSES

Registered Nurses from hospitals in Kansas City and St. Louis, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), will hold a press conference on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30p at the Gallery of the House of Representatives Lounge in Jefferson City to underscore support for the “Safe Lift” bill. The bill puts in place known solutions available to reduce patient and healthcare-giver injuries resulting from lifting. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Missouri, 03/25/13 More »

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side late Monday reached agreement with hospital officials on their first ever collective bargaining contract that includes significant improvements in patient care protections. —National Nurses United, 03/19/13 More »

Quincy Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote (94 %) to Strike Over Staffing Conditions

Quincy Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote (94 %) to Strike Over Staffing Conditions

QUINCY, MA — Nurses at Quincy Medical Center cast an overwhelming vote last night to authorize a one-day strike over dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital and a recent decision by Cerberus-Steward, the for-profit owner of the hospital, to close a 40-bed medical-surgical unit and layoff 30 nurses and more than 40 other health care staff who provide care to patients admitted to the hospital. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 03/19/13 More »

RNs to Picket Ohio, West Virginia, and California Community Health Systems Hospitals March 19

RNs to Picket Ohio, West Virginia, and California Community Health Systems Hospitals March 19

Registered nurses at five Community Health Systems hospitals in West Virginia, Ohio, and California will hold a national day of action Tuesday, March 19 to call attention to brazen violations of federal law by CHS-affiliated hospitals and the hospitals’ failure to address rampant patient care problems. —NNOC/CNA, 03/14/13 More »

Community Rallies Behind ARMC Nurses As Hospital Demands Huge Cuts

Community Rallies Behind ARMC Nurses As Hospital Demands Huge Cuts

ALPENA – Nearly 100 retirees and other community members held a rally Monday evening in Duck Park with ARMC nurses to speak out against drastic, unnecessary wage and benefit cuts proposed by the hospital that could threaten safe patient care and the local economy. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/12/13 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Announce Tentative Hospital Pact Cite No Concessions Plus Patient Care, Economic

Antelope Valley RNs Announce Tentative Hospital Pact Cite No Concessions Plus Patient Care, Economic

Sparked by the decision of hospital officials to withdraw concession demands and agree to patient care and economic improvements, registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center (AVH) have reached a new contract pact with the Lancaster, Ca. district hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Cape Cod Hospital Plans to Close Endoscopy Center that Serves More than 5,000 Patients a Year

Cape Cod Hospital Plans to Close Endoscopy Center that Serves More than 5,000 Patients a Year

HYANNIS, MA — Nurses at Cape Cod Hospital are outraged by CCH, CEO Mike Lauf’s Plan to close the Endoscopy Center at Cape Cod Hospital, an essential program for the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer and other serious gastro-intestinal conditions that serves more than 5,300 Cape and Island patients each year. In closing the program, Lauf will lay off more than 18 of the hospital’s most experienced nurses along with other staff; a move that nurses believe will place patients, particularly frail elderly and disabled patients who require endoscopy services in an acute care setting, in jeopardy. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 03/07/13 More »

Franklin County Nurses and Community Leaders to Hold a Community Forum on March 6 in Greenfield

Franklin County Nurses and Community Leaders to Hold a Community Forum on March 6 in Greenfield

Participants Will Discuss the Impact of the Erosion of Services at BFMC. Community Members to Share Ideas and Strategies to Ensure BFMC Remains a Full-Service Community Hospital Providing a Full Range of Services Close to Home. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 03/06/13 More »

Nurses Welcome Steps toward Cathedral Hill Agreement, More Need to Protect Security for RNs

Nurses Welcome Steps toward Cathedral Hill Agreement, More Need to Protect Security for RNs

The California Nurses Association today called the framework for an agreement for a new hospital at Cathedral Hill and preservation of St. Luke’s a “testament to the dedicated efforts of a broad community coalition and San Francisco nurses, but real healthcare and employment security for nurses and their families must be achieved before the deal is finalized.” —California Nurses Association, 03/05/13 More »

Hospital safety should be a guarantee, not a gamble, legislators say

Hospital safety should be a guarantee, not a gamble, legislators say

State legislators are launching a new push to protect the lives and health of all Michigan residents by ensuring that hospitals provide enough nurses to give every patient safe, appropriate care. Responding to nurses’ pleas to fix hospitals’ chronic understaffing, State Rep. Jon Switalski (D-Warren) and State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) have introduced a plan to make Michigan the second state to require hospitals to have a comprehensive nurse staffing plan, including minimum nurse-patient ratios, to protect patients. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/04/13 More »

Sutter Vallejo Hospital Ordered to Stand Labor Board Trial

Sutter Vallejo Hospital Ordered to Stand Labor Board Trial

The Sutter corporation’s Sutter Solano hospital in Vallejo has been ordered to stand trial on charges that it violated federal law in imposing immediate hundreds of dollars a month in higher healthcare costs for registered nurses, and, starting next year, eliminating all health coverage for nurses who work less than 30 but more than 20 hours a week. —California Nurses Association, 02/28/13 More »

MNA Endorses Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate Seat in Special Election

MNA Endorses Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate Seat in Special Election

CANTON, MA -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association /National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the largest union of registered nurses and health professionals in the Commonwealth, today announced that it has endorsed U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts special election. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 02/26/13 More »

RNs Sponsor Bills to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care, Reduce Workplace Violence, Increase

RNs Sponsor Bills to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care, Reduce Workplace Violence, Increase

The California Nurses Association today welcomed the introduction of four California legislative proposals that it said will hold hospitals more accountable in meeting their charity care obligations, reduce hospital workplace violence, and increase healthcare industry transparency upon implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The bills were formally introduced Friday. More »

HOSPITAL SHORT-STAFFING TIED TO SERIOUS DELAYS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SAY D.C. NURSES

HOSPITAL SHORT-STAFFING TIED TO SERIOUS DELAYS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SAY D.C. NURSES

Problems associated with RN short-staffing are played out on every floor, every day in the vast majority of this nation’s hospitals. That’s why the RNs of National Nurses United (NNU) place such a high priority on adequate staffing. Minimum nurse-to-patient ratios are the critical factor in providing safe, quality patient care. Just ask Leah Hale, RN. —National Nurses United, 02/26/13 More »

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