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State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates For Failing to Properly Isolate Potentially Infectious Patients

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates For Failing to Properly Isolate Potentially Infectious Patients

California’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety has slapped Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland with multiple fines totaling $142,970 – including two “willful serious” safety violations at the maximum penalty of $70,000 each for failure to properly isolate patients that threatened to expose other patients, visitors, and staff to major diseases such as tuberculosis (TB). Nurses will discuss the safety violations at a 12:15 rally, at the hospital, 350 Hawthorne, Oakland —California Nurses Association, 05/20/13 More »

Dept. of Public Health to Hold Public Hearing May 21 On Proposed Closure of a 13-bed Pediatric Unit

Dept. of Public Health to Hold Public Hearing May 21 On Proposed Closure of a 13-bed Pediatric Unit

Opponents to the closing will present testimony detailing the devastating impact the loss of this service will have on the vulnerable children of greater Taunton. Steward’s decision violates its promise to the community to maintain all services at Morton Hospital, and will mean sick children will be boarded in the busy emergency department or shipped to Boston, Providence or Fall River for care. More »

RNs to Begin Strike Friday at 5 East Bay Sutter Hospitals

RNs to Begin Strike Friday at 5 East Bay Sutter Hospitals

Registered Nurses at Sutter hospitals in Alameda and Contra Costa counties will hold a seven-day strike beginning on May 17 and ending at 7 a.m. May 24 in an effort to step up the message to the hard line East Bay Sutter region to follow the lead of other Sutter facilities and end its attacks on nurses and patients. —California Nurses Association, 05/16/13 More »

San Jose Nurses Set Two-Day Strike May 23 to 24

San Jose Nurses Set Two-Day Strike May 23 to 24

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have scheduled a two-day strike May 23 and May 24 to protest the refusal of hospital officials to move forward in efforts to end the contract dispute with nurses which centers in large part on proposed elimination of the nurses’ pension plan, and concerns about hospital staffing. East Bay Sutter RNs also set to Strike Beginning May 17. —California Nurses Association, 05/15/13 More »

Nurses: Hospital Price Gouging Driving Up Healthcare Costs, Self-Rationing, Medical Bankruptcies

Nurses: Hospital Price Gouging Driving Up Healthcare Costs, Self-Rationing, Medical Bankruptcies

Skyrocketing hospital charges have become a major factor in driving up overall healthcare costs, and exaggerating a healthcare crisis nationally as increasing numbers of Americans are priced out of access to needed medical care or pushed into financial ruin or bankruptcy, say nurses. —National Nurses United / IHSP, 05/15/13 More »

California Hospitals Charges are 4 1/2 Times Their Cost

California Hospitals Charges are 4 1/2 Times Their Cost

California hospitals set their charges at just over 4 and half times their total cost, well beyond the national average with the charges a significant factor in high healthcare costs in the state, according to new data released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/14/13 More »

CNA Establishes Nursing Angels Family Fund: RNs Ask Public to Honor Nurses Week with Aid to Families

CNA Establishes Nursing Angels Family Fund: RNs Ask Public to Honor Nurses Week with Aid to Families

As National Nurses Week draws to a close, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is asking the public to commemorate a week that honors nurses by assisting the families of five women, mostly nurses, who were killed earlier this month in a tragic limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area. —California Nurses Association, 05/13/13 More »

McLaren Northern Michigan MNA Nurses Ratify Contract

McLaren Northern Michigan MNA Nurses Ratify Contract

CHEBOYGAN – The registered nurses of McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus recently ratified a contract that provides economic security and guarantees them a voice in the care they provide. —Michigan Nurses Association, 05/13/13 More »

RNs Welcome Introduction of House Bill to Set Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

RNs Welcome Introduction of House Bill to Set Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, today greeted the re-introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois – appropriately during Nurses Week – that would set specific limits on the numbers of patients each RN can care for in hospitals throughout the U.S. —National Nurses United, 05/09/13 More »

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today called on the healthcare industry and elected leaders to provide the best gift of all for nurses as a tribute to Nurses Week by supporting proposals to help nurses provide safer care through enacting nurse to patient ratio laws. —National Nurses United, 05/08/13 More »

Robin Hood Says: If We Can Tax Internet Sales, Why Not Wall Street and the Banks?

Robin Hood Says: If We Can Tax Internet Sales, Why Not Wall Street and the Banks?

With the passage in the U.S. Senate Monday of a new sales tax on internet purchasers, activists in the Robin Hood Tax Campaign today asked, “if we can tax the world wide web, why not the world wide banks?” —Robin Hood Tax USA, 05/07/13 More »

Maine RNs, Community, and Labor Groups Kick Off New Healthcare Campaign on Nurses Week

Maine RNs, Community, and Labor Groups Kick Off New Healthcare Campaign on Nurses Week

More than 130,000 Maine residents have no health coverage and those with insurance are experiencing drastic reductions in vital services. Personal stories pouring in from residents throughout the state who are suffering as a result of insufficient healthcare will be presented to elected leaders as evidence of the need for dramatic change. More »

DPH to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Closure of Child Behavioral Health Unit at Cambridge Hospital

DPH to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Closure of Child Behavioral Health Unit at Cambridge Hospital

The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on May 8 concerning a controversial proposal by Cambridge Health Alliance to close 40 percent of beds in its pediatric behavioral health unit and to stop providing inpatient psychiatric care for children ages three to eight at a time when there is a statewide shortage of beds for young children suffering from serious mental health conditions. More »

Resolutions call for Baystate Health System to Meet Healthcare Needs in Franklin County

Resolutions call for Baystate Health System to Meet Healthcare Needs in Franklin County

MONTAGUE, Mass — Residents of Montague cast an overwhelming vote last night to approve a resolution placed on the warrant for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, which calls upon Baystate Health System to ensure and maintain a broad range of health services at nearby Baystate Franklin Medical Center and to prevent the further erosion of services once available at BFMC that are now only offered in Springfield. The passage of this resolution in Montague follows a similar vote by the residents of Deerfield on April 29. The full text of the resolution can be found at the end of this release. More »

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago nurses will hold a town hall meeting Monday night to call public attention to a state legislation that would dramatically improve patient safety in Illinois hospitals by setting limits on the number of patients per nurse, along with other patient protections. In addition to nurses, patients, community allies and legislators will be present. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/02/13 More »

Adequate and Stable Nurse Staffing Is Key to Improving Care for Heart Failure Patients

Adequate and Stable Nurse Staffing Is Key to Improving Care for Heart Failure Patients

New Study Finds Nurse Staffing Plays Important Role in Implementation of Measures That Improve Care for Heart Failure Patients in Rural Hospitals. Ensuring that heart failure patients receive optimal care can be difficult, particularly in rural hospitals. Now a new study suggests that rural hospitals may be better able to ensure high-quality care if they have lower nursing turnover and better practice environments. —Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 05/01/13 More »

Napa Landslide. Queen of the Valley RNs: Vote by 64% to Join California Nurses Association

Napa Landslide. Queen of the Valley RNs: Vote by 64% to Join California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to affiliate with the state’s premiere organization of RNs, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/01/13 More »

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington’s biggest private hospital, Washington Hospital Center, will stand trial in July on charges by the federal government on charges of refusing to disclose critical information regarding patient safety to the union representing hospital nurses. —National Nurses United, 04/30/13 More »

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Forty-three religious leaders of Washington, DC’s many faith groups announced their support today of the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —NNU / HEAL DC, 04/25/13 More »

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Registered Nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro, Ca. have ratified a new collective bargaining contract that provides for additional patient care protections, new hospital rules to assure a safer work environment to stem workplace violence, and economic gains. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/13 More »

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