Saturday, September 10, 2016

Coming to a town near you

From Massachusetts Nurses Association:

RN ALERT: Commonwealth Wants to Allow Unlicensed People to Administer All Medications to 

Patients in Any Setting, including Acute Care Hospitals and Schools

FYI for nurses and everyone making calls on the unlicensed medication administration proposal:
Gov. Charlie Baker has already begun trying to deflect blame on this issue. But he owns this dangerous plan. Baker has appointed six of the 14 current members of the Board of Registration in Nursing, which has proposed allowing unlicensed people to administer medication. The executive director of the board is also a Baker appointee.

Baker came into office declaring he would overhaul state regulations. This proposal would do just that, and in doing so jeopardize patient safety. Baker’s plan would endanger patients in every health care setting. Call Gov. Baker at 617-725-4005. Tell him you know it is his plan, proposed by his appointees, and urge him to stop #BakersBadMedicine.

nurses strike in minneapolis

Right now, as we speak, 4800 nurses are striking Allina Healthcare in Minneapolis Minnesota.  The issues are health insurance, workplace violence and staffing.

The corporation wants to take away the union insurance and put them on a high deductible insurance. The nurses want 24/7 emergency room security, safety measures put in place.  Better staffing and a policy that charge nurses don't have to take patients.

Nurses are standing up for themselves and we need to support them.  Go to Minnesota Nurses Association and show your support.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

hospitals nationwide try to take down nurse unions

Hospitals are on a nationwide effort to take down nurses unions, figuring they will do it before the next shortage.  Nurses in unions have won good benefits in many states when negotiating contracts in the past.  We took advantage of our power. 

With the economic downturn has come an effort to take back the health insurance and pensions that that nurses made many sacrifices to obtain.  Hospitals say no one gets good insurance any more.  They say pensions are outdated.  They pit groups of workers in hospitals against each other.

Nurses sacrificed a lot to get to decent benefits for ourselves. We went on strike.  We sacrificed wages for benefits.

We still have the power we have always had.  We are the ones who take care of the casualties from something like the Orlando bombing.  When they stream into the emergency room, it is the nurses who receive them and take care of them.  It is an upside down world when the people who have the skills to care for complex patients have to fight for their benefits while the paper pushers get exorbitant salaries and bonuses.  It is the nurse who helps the doctor save lives not the administrator.

The question is: Will nurses take the power they have, as the backbone of the medical field without which it cannot function, or will we back down?  Its up to us. The future of nursing is at stake.

Here's to the staff at the Orlando Regional Medical Center Emergency Room

After hearing about the orlando shooting, one of my first thoughts was of the local emergency rooms who would care for the victims.  It must have been overwhelming to have all those patients come at once.  They did what ER staffs always do: dive in and go to work. What allows them to do it? Their co-workers.  Knowing they will have their backs. The video below is an example of that. The night staff arrives to work the next night and are greeted by their colleagues. This is why people stay in ERs.  So here's to the staff at Orlando Regional Medical Center....we are proud of you and thank you for your skill and dedication.