RNs - Florida

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Nurses call on lawmakers to back a tax on financial transactions

Stephen Thompson, Tampa Tribune, September 2, 2011 Chanting, "Wall Street got bailed out, Main Street got sold out," some two dozen nurses marched on the district office of US Representative CW Bill Young on Thursday to encourage the Republican congressman to support a tax on financial transactions. The march, organized by National Nurses United, was part of a coordinated statewide effort. Nurses also marched on the district offices of four other Republicans, including those of US Representative Vern Buchanan in Sarasota, and US Senator Marco Rubio in Orlando. ... Nurses

Nurses union holds dozens of rallies for Wall Street tax to 'Heal America'

Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, September 1, 2011 Carrying signs that read "Heal America Tax Wall Street," nurses union members rallied in front of US Senator Marco Rubio's downtown Orlando office Thursday to solicit support for a tax on Wall Street that would help fund projects on Main Street.

 About 30 protestors wearing red shirts gathered on the sidewalk, carrying signs and chanting, "Human need not corporate greed." Ultimately, a small delegation gained access to the senator's office, where they met in the conference room with State Director Todd Reid about their complaints. ... Nurses

Nurses picket Sanford hospital over staffing issues

Eloísa Ruano González, Orlando Sentinel, August 5, 2011 Sanford - A nurses union is accusing Central Florida Regional Hospital of understaffing and jeopardizing patients' health. More than 50 registered nurses, members of the National Nurses United and the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, picketed outside the hospital on Friday. They held signs reading, "Central Nurses say Safe Staffing Now," and "Patients are our only priority." Nurses complain that hospital officials assign them to short-staffed units, such as cardiology, for which they're not trained. ... Nurses

Nurses protest outside Central Florida Regional Medical Center

Christian De La Rosa, Central Florida News 13, August 5, 2011 Sanford - Central Florida Regional Medical Center nurses spoke out Friday, citing serious patient care issues at their hospital.

About 50 registered nurses picketed outside the hospital in Sanford, alerting the community about what they say is inadequate patient care.

They said the hospital isn't adequately staffed with nurses.

Protestors said there are just not enough nurses for the number of patients at the hospital. ... Nurses

Nurses picket Central Florida Hospital

Hospital: still bargaining in good faith. WDBO, August 5, 2011 The National Nurses United union will be picketing outside of the Central Florida Regional Hospital at 5 PM today. The nurses are rallying over the issues of staffing levels, floating assignments, and poor acute care. Sheila Garland, the staff organizer for National Nurses United at Central Florida Regional Hospital told WDBO that the RNs at Central Florida Regional tried to set up a task force to address these issues at the hospital. "The nurses have attempted on several occasions to have a meeting with the chief nursing officer, those meetings were scheduled and then cancelled," Garland said. ... Nurses

Hospital challenged in quest to become trauma center

Barbara Peters Smith, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, August 3, 2011 As Blake Medical Center pursues its ambition to become the hospital that treats this region's most critically injured patients, challenges to its quest are mounting from competitors, neighbors and even its own employees. Hoping to put public pressure on Blake to increase staff training before it opens a state-designated trauma center as soon as this fall, about 20 nurses and their union representatives made their case Wednesday in a shady spot on the sidewalk across from the hospital. ... Hospital

Nurses feel unprepared for new Bradenton trauma center

Nurses speaking to Bay News 9 said if they do not get the training they need, they plan to file complaint forms daily while working in the trauma center. Summer Smith, Central Florida News 13, August 3, 2011 Bradenton - Some nurses at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton say the facility is not prepared to open a new trauma center. The nurses feel they will not be properly prepared by the time the facility begins operations. While the nurses at Blake said they want the new trauma center at the facility, there is concern they have not received the proper training to treat patients in the trauma center. ... Nurses

Florida Nurses Win Union Voice

NNU Puts New Spin on Bad Govs. Mike Hall, AFL-CIO, April 20, 2011 In Planation, Florida, registered nurses at Florida Medical Center voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of the National Nurses United (NNU). The 250 RNs join the more than 5,000 Florida nurses in 14 hospitals around the state who have recently voted for a union voice to help them boost patient care. Says Delia Kan, an intensive care RN at the hospital. ... Florida

Nurses at Doctors Hospital vote to join union

Barbara Peters-Smith, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, March 8, 2011 Sarasota - Citing concerns over patient care, registered nurses at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota voted Monday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, a union that has enrolled 5,000 members across the state in the last year. After the 91-52 vote, the union will represent 200 nurses at Doctors. Of 13 Florida hospitals where nurses have unionized, 10 are - like Doctors - a part of Hospital Corporation of America, the biggest hospital system in the country. ... Nurses

Nurses at Sixth HCA Florida Hospital Approve Unionization

Lindsey Dunn, Becker's Hospital Review, December 14, 2010 Nurses at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville have voted to unionize, making Oak Hill the sixth HCA-owned hospital in the state with unionized nurses, according to a release by National Nurses United. In the last three weeks, nurses at Largo Medical Center, Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Community Hospital in New Port Richey, Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, and Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee have also voted to join NNU affiliate National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida.

Fourth Florida Hospital RNs Join NNOC-Florida for Union Voice

Nurses at Fawcett Memorial Vote by 62% to Join Largest RN Union. National Nurses United, December 2, 2010 Registered nurses at another Florida hospital have joined the growing movement of Florida nurses to affiliate with the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. The latest vote came Wednesday night at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte along the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast where the RNs voted 108 to 65, 62 percent, to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida. The secret ballot election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. ... Fourth

Nurses unionize at HCA hospitals in Florida

Melanie Stawicki Azam, Nashville Business Journal, November 29, 2010

Nurses at two Central Florida hospitals owned by Nashville-based HCA Inc. this month voted to unionize. It’s a move that could lead to higher wages at competing local facilities, higher health care costs and improved patient care.

In a 354 to 30 vote, nurses at the 235-bed Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee voted November 15 to unionize, while nurses the 208-bed Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford voted 132 to 62 to unionize November 22.

Both joined the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), which represents 150,000 nurses from Maine to California.

More nurses to organize in Florida?

Melanie Stawicki Azam, Orlando Business Journal, November 24, 2010 Florida, like most of the South, has never been a strong area for unions and organized labor. And that holds true when it come to nurses’ unions. Experts estimate less than about 10 percent of nurses are unionized in Florida, compared to 50 percent or more in states such as California, Hawaii and Washington. That’s why it was noteworthy that nurses at Osceola Regional and Central Florida Regional voted this month to become the first hospitals in the state - and Central Florida - to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United, which represents 150,000 nurses from Maine to California.

Central Florida Nurses Are Latest to Join NNU

James Parks AFL-CIO, November 23, 2010 The 300 registered nurses at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Florida, voted last night for better patient care by joining the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of NNU. This is the second time in a week that nurses in central Florida have gained a voice through NNU - RNs at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee voted for the union November 15. As Karyn Hayduk, a medical surgical oncology RN at Central Florida, said: "This is a historic time for Florida nurses and the patients they care for. Now nurses will have a voice to give the best care possible for our patients." ... Central

Central Florida RNs Vote by 68% to Join Largest Nurses Union

Second Orlando Area Hospital in a Week Chooses NNOC-Florida. National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, November 23, 2010 Registered nurses at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Florida voted by 68 percent Monday night to join National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the country's biggest union and professional association of registered nurses. The secret ballot election, conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, was the second Orlando area hospital in a week where the RNs voted to affiliate with NNOC-Florida. Six days earlier, RNs at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Florida also voted to join ... Central

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