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Monday, March 07, 2011
The Twenty-Eighth Annual Minnesota Geriatric Care Conference is designed to update clinical knowledge and skills of those who care for older adults in a variety of settings, including the community, hospitals, long-term care, offices, and others. Themes to be addressed are chronic illness, innovations in care for the elderly, and maintaining independence along the continuum of care. A symposium on diabetes will open the conference, and quality of life issues, such as sleep, future of home care, exercise, and dialysis will be addressed.
Friday, January 07, 2011
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), with a membership base of 40,000 RNs and representing the interests of 140,000 perioperative Registered Nurses in the U.S., has announced it will target seven states in 2011 to enact RN as Circulator. The perioperative RN, through professional and patient-centered expertise, is the primary patient advocate in the operating room and is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the patient’s condition. The presence of the RN in the circulating role throughout each surgical procedure is essential for timely delivery of quality surgical care and optimal patient outcomes.
The seven targeted states, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia, were identified following an interview-based survey of hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers by the AORN Advocacy leaders. Many of these states indicated a strong desire to assure patient safety through the use of an RN circulator for each patient during each surgery.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
With the first baby boomers turning 65 early next year, their generation is expected to strain healthcare resources for the next 20 years, leaving some concerned about the looming shortage of nurses to care for them.
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, one million new and replacement nurses will be needed nationwide by 2018.
Monday, May 24, 2010
National Nurses United at its founding convention last December vowed to create a unified agenda and push for staffing ratios at every local affiliate. They’re making good on that pledge in Minnesota, and they are showing themselves to be formidable. Pay attention to this fight, because it may soon come to a hospital near you.
Last week, 12,000 members of the NNU-affiliated Minnesota Nurses Association at 14 Minneapolis-area hospitals overwhelmingly voted to authorize a one-day walkout on June 1 unless their contract demands are met. Linda Hamilton, president of the MNA, says the fight is about patient safety, not money.
Monday, May 17, 2010
More than 12,000 Twin Cities-area nurses will vote on Wednesday on a takeaway contract demanded by six Minnesota hospital systems. If the contract is rejected and no new agreement is reached by the June 1 deadline, a walkout would be the largest nurses’ strike in US history. Some 2,500 nurses rallied at locations in St. Paul and a suburb of Minneapolis last week to press their demands.
“This is the eighth week of negotiations and not a single employer has been willing to discuss any of our proposals,” Joni Ketter, director of organizing for the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) told the World Socialist Web Site. “We’re negotiating with six different hospitals at six different tables, and we’re confronted with the same basic set of concessions at every table. The hospitals admit that they are coordinating their bargaining. They have lawyers at four of the six tables that are from the same firm. Unless we see a major movement by these hospitals, I think they will be forcing these nurses to make a decision about whether or not to strike.”
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thousands of nurses held informational pickets Thursday outside Abbott Northwestern and Children’s hospitals in Minneapolis, and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
The nurses are in the midst of negotiating a new three-year contract that expires May 31st.
Nurse Laurie Bahr of St. Louis Park works in the intensive care unit at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She says better nurse-to-patient staffing is the number one priority for nurses.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Staffing levels and pension funding are the top issues for the Minnesota Nurses Association as it starts labor union contract negotiations with six Twin Cities hospital systems.
The contract with the systems — North Memorial Health Care, HealthEast Care System, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Park Nicollet Health Services’ Methodist Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services — covers 12,000 nurses in the union.
After several weeks of bargaining, nurses will vote on May 19 to either ratify the new contract or authorize a strike. The contract expires May 31.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Minnesota Nurses Association says more than 300 nurses statewide have volunteered to travel to Haiti to offer earthquake-related medical assistance.
They will join thousands who are part of a nationwide effort organized by National Nurses United. It remains unclear where nurses would be stationed, although it’s possible they’ll provide care on U.S. ships.