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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 »

Sparrow, MNA Nurses/Health Care Professionals Finalize Contract Modification

Sparrow, MNA Nurses/Health Care Professionals Finalize Contract Modification

LANSING, Mich. - Sparrow Hospital and the Michigan Nurses Association, which represents nearly 2,200 nurses and health care professionals who provide care to mid-Michigan patients and families every day, have finalized modifications to a contract that would have expired this year. —Michigan Nurses Association, 02/25/13 More »

Working Families Call on Wall Street Firms to Pay Their Taxes

Working Families Call on Wall Street Firms to Pay Their Taxes

(Detroit, MI) Working people passed out leaflets in front of Chase Bank on Woodward Avenue this afternoon, calling on corporate special interests to pay their fair share in taxes. —Michigan Nurses Association, 02/20/13 More »

Nurses at 2 ProMedica Hospitals Seek Federal Help to Protect Patients

Nurses at 2 ProMedica Hospitals Seek Federal Help to Protect Patients

MICHIGAN--The registered nurses at ProMedica’s Bixby and Herrick hospitals in Lenawee County have filed requests with the federal government to intervene after months of ProMedica failing to work with the nurses to improve patient safety and retaliating when they raise concerns. —Michigan Nurses Association, 01/08/13 More »

With their mouths taped shut, RNs protest Gov. Snyder’s “Right to Work” corporate takeover

With their mouths taped shut, RNs protest Gov. Snyder’s “Right to Work” corporate takeover

LANSING, MI--Registered nurses who are members of the Michigan Nurses Association protested Gov. Rick Snyder’s so-called “Right to Work” law on Monday with a dramatic scene: Standing silent on the steps of the Capitol with duct tape covering their mouths. It’s symbolic of how the Governor’s attack on workers will stop nurses from speaking out at work so they can keep their patients safe from corporations and CEOs that care only about profits. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 12/10/12 More »

RNs Condemn Proposed Michigan Anti-Worker Legislation

RNs Condemn Proposed Michigan Anti-Worker Legislation

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United, today condemned the decision by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and far right state legislators to push a so-called “right-to-work” bill in the lame duck session of the state legislature. More »

Firefighters, Nurses and Working Families Ask State Senators to Avoid Divisive Politics

Firefighters, Nurses and Working Families Ask State Senators to Avoid Divisive Politics

Almost 12,000 Petition Signatures Urge the Legislature to Steer Clear of Right to Work. (Lansing, MI) Firefighters and nurses visited a dozen state senate offices at the capitol today, delivering thousands of petition signatures opposing a Right to Work law and other bills intended to weaken collective bargaining rights. —AFL-CIO Press Release, 11/28/12 More »

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

MICHIGAN--Registered nurses in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district said today a new report that his personal wealth has increased by 60 percent to $5.6 million explains why he has repeatedly voted to make seniors pay thousands of dollars more for their health care every year so that his fellow millionaires can enjoy more tax breaks. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 10/08/12 More »

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Potential Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s campaign responded to concerns about the Detroit Medical Center CEO’s reputation as a union buster today with an astonishing string of falsehoods. In an interview on “First Shift With Tony Trupiano,” Duggan’s committee chairman Conrad Mallett Jr. made misstatements about multiple aspects of an organizing drive initiated by DMC nurses in 2007. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 09/27/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

“We’re glad to see Sparrow officials taking steps to protect staff and patients. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should not have to worry about being attacked while helping others, yet far too often they experience violence on the job. These matters must be taken seriously. The Michigan Nurses Association also continues to push for state legislation that strengthens penalties against those who assault healthcare workers. Everything possible should be done to ensure that our hospitals are safe for all health care professionals and every patient we take care of.” —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

CHEBOYGAN – As Congress continues its 5-week recess, the Michigan Nurses Association renewed its call today for Congressman Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) to take a break from campaigning and hold public town hall meetings to discuss his votes to end Medicare while giving millionaires additional tax breaks. Michigan Citizen Action and Protect Your Care Michigan joined the nurses in demanding that Benishek, who is in Florida this week for the National Republican Convention, listen to the concerns of his constituents at home. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/30/12 More »

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Citizens should be allowed to vote on protecting the collective bargaining rights that enable nurses to protect patients and negotiate for safe staffing that saves lives, members of Michigan’s largest association of registered nurses said today. —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/16/12 More »

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

MUSKEGON – The registered nurses at Mercy Health Partners-Hackley Campus have negotiated a new contract that improves patient-to-nurse staffing and creates a safe environment for nurses and patients. “Nurses know how many patients a nurse cares for at one time makes a difference in how well that patient can be treated,” said Cindra Bringedahl, an RN working in the Endoscopy unit. “Having appropriate staffing means that we will have enough nurses to take care of our patients.” —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/15/12 More »

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

State Rep. Lesia Liss (D-Warren) is betraying the nursing profession by supporting the silencing of female legislators, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. Liss, an emergency room nurse, voted for legislation last week that dangerously restricts women’s health care options and said today that criticism of House Republicans for banning the two female leaders from speaking is “making women look bad.” More »

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

CHEBOYGAN – The Michigan Nurses Association today praised McLaren Health Care Corporation for recognizing it as the official collective bargaining agent of the nurses at the former Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, adding stability to the community’s health care after months of uncertainty. More »

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

The Michigan Nurses Association demanded today that State Representative Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) apologize for calling one of their staffers the “c word” during a visit to her neighborhood. The organization is asking House Speaker Jase Bolger to investigate whether action should be taken against Foster for his offensive conduct. More »

McLaren Evasive About Rehiring Cheboygan Memorial Nurses for Re-Opened Hospital

McLaren Evasive About Rehiring Cheboygan Memorial Nurses for Re-Opened Hospital

Registered nurses who worked at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital before it closed should be the ones hired to take care of patients at the re-opened hospital, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. More »

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

CHEBOYGAN – With news today that McLaren Health Care has finally closed on the sale of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, the registered nurses who worked there are looking forward to the May 14th re-opening of the emergency department and other services. More »

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

Nurses at North Ottawa Community Hospital said today they have been forced again to ask federal officials to intervene, this time because hospital leaders refuse to communicate with them and compromise at the bargaining table. This is the fourth time the nurses have had to file an unfair labor practice charge in about a year, an extremely unusual number for a Michigan hospital. More »

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

OKEMOS– The Michigan Nurses Association has endorsed Sam Singh for Michigan’s 69th House District, noting his long record of public service in the community and his advocacy of nonprofits and charities. More »

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