RNs - Michigan

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Hospitals drive nurses away

Barb Cole, An RN for 24 years, Livonia, Detroit Free Press, February 4, 2006

In response to your Jan. 30 article "Nurses Ache for Aid": It is a lie that hospital staffing problems are directly related to a nursing shortage. More accurately, the inability of hospitals to attract nurses is a direct result of the long-term refusal of hospitals to staff their units adequately. It is outrageous to blame nursing schools for the nursing shortage just because they are unable to accommodate all who want to become nurses. ... Hospitals

Nurses ache for aid

Workers and hospitals at odds over how to cure chronic labor shortage.
Katie Merx, Detroit Free Press, January 30, 2006

US hospitals could avoid as many as 6,700 patient deaths, 70,400 complications and 4 million days of hospital care if they hired more registered nurses and increased the hours of nursing care per patient, according to a new study in the January issue of Health Affairs. ... The Michigan Nurses Association, the state's largest nurses union, plans to use the study to help sway state legislators to support its Safe Patient Care Legislation introduced in 2005 by state Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton Twp. ,,, Nurses

CMH nurses agree to a new contract

Erica Kolaski, Cheboygan Daily Tribune, January 11, 2006

Cheboygan - Registered nurses at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association, have ratified a new three-year contract.

According to Carol Feuss, spokeswoman for the Association, highlights of the contract include new unit-based staffing and utilization committees which will have both nurse managers and bargaining unit nurses as members. ... CMH

Public health nurses get 3-year contract, raises

Katie Oliveri, Battle Creek Enquirer, December 22, 2005

Calhoun County Department of Public Health's registered nurses ratified a new three-year contract this week.

The agreement, effective Jan. 1, calls for a 5.5 percent salary increase over three years, according to a press release from the Michigan Nurses Association, which represents the department's nurses.

The nurses' current three-year contract expired this month, said Carol Feuss, labor communications specialist for the Michigan Nurses Association. Approximately 20 registered nurses work for the department and are paid between $21 and $23 per hour. ... Public

CMCH nurses authorize strike

Ian Patrick Gray, Morning Sun, December 17, 2005

Contract negotiations with nurses at Central Michigan Community Hospital either are set for a showdown with administration officials or a settlement after the first of the year, depending on to whom you talk.

The 109 nurses at the Mt. Pleasant hospital who are covered by the contract "overwhelmingly" authorized a strike this week following "stalled" negotiations, according to a press release from the Michigan Nurses Association. ... CMCH

Shortage puts spotlight on lack of minority nurses

Federico Martinez, Muskegon Chronicle, November 16, 2005

Two years ago, Cherie Joshua was one of five African-American students taking classes at Muskegon Community College to pursue a registered nurse license.

Now, "I'm the only one left," Joshua said.

Few minorities are pursuing nursing careers, and those that do rarely obtain their RN license, said MCC nursing program Director Pamela Brown. ... Shortage

Commission supports school nurses - this year, at least

Ron Fongerm, Flint Journal, November 2, 2005

Genesee County - Everyone likes a program that helps put public health nurses in the Davison, Flint and Kearsley school districts.

But members of the county Board of Commissioners might not like paying for it after this year.

The county recently renewed contracts to pay one-half the cost of school nurses in the three districts, even though Chairman Richard E. Hammel warned the program could be on the chopping block in the future. ... Commission

Striking Nurses Transition Back to Work

WILX, November 2, 3005

The strike is over and the nurses at Ingham Regional Medical Center have returned to work. It was all smiles on the 1st day back to work for the Ingham Regional Medical Center nurses following 17 days of picketing.

Amanda Lampron, Registered Nurse: "We're all back here ready to work. Very positive attitudes and we're happy with the change, so I think it will be a good transition."

Amanda Lampron is 1 of roughly 500 nurses who are back on the job. She says, if anything, the strike has improved the working relationship between her fellow nurses. ... Striking

Nurses First Day Back ...

IRMC Nurses On The Job.
Jeremy Ross, WILX, November 2, 2005

About 200 of the nearly 500 Ingham Regional Medical Center nurses that were striking went back to work Tuesday.

After a 17 day strike over benefits and staffing the nurses and management struck a three year contract that the nurse's union later ratified.

Nurses say they were welcomed back, but there was some tension returning to their old jobs that were temporarily given to replacement staff.

With strike over, nurses begin their own healing

Some picketed; some worked; some left: Ingham workers head back today.
Nicole Geary, Lansing State Journal, November 1, 2005

They worked side by side, helping the sick and injured.

And when they felt the hospital wasn't addressing their or patients' needs, the nurses walked off the job together.

Today, many begin reporting back to work at Ingham Regional Medical Center after ratifying a new contract Sunday.

But striking for almost three weeks took a serious toll on their relationship with the hospital - and with each other. ... With

Striking Ingham Regional nurses ratify deal with hospital

Associated Press, October 31, 2005

Lansing - Striking nurses at Ingham Regional Medical Center have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract with the hospital.

About 500 nurses struck Oct. 12. Bargainers for the hospital and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 459 reached a tentative agreement Friday.

The nurses approved the contract in a 282-23 vote Sunday. They were to return to work Tuesday morning, the Lansing State Journal reported. ... Striking

Update: Ingham/Nurses Reach Tentative Deal

WLNS, October 30, 2005

After 17 days, striking nurses at Ingham Regional Medical Center lay down their picket signs. The striking nurses union and Ingham Regional Medical Center have reached a tentative agreement. It happened late Friday night on day 17 of the nurses strike.

For 2 and a half weeks, striking nurses let their message be heard in front of Ingham Regional, but the sidewalks once used to make their point about the need for increased staffing and updated pensionsare now empty and quiet. ... Update

Striking Ingham Regional nurses reach deal with hospital

Associated Press, October 29, 2005

Lansing - Negotiators for striking registered nurses at Ingham Regional Medical Center have reached a tentative deal with the hospital on a 3-year contract.

A vote on the deal reached Friday was scheduled for Sunday. About 450 nurses on strike since Oct. 12 could return to work as early as Tuesday if union members ratify the deal on staffing levels, wages and benefits.

Joseph Marutiak, representing the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 459, said the hospital agreed to immediately increase staffing levels in three units - the nurses' key reason for striking. ... Striking

Ingham, nurses reach deal

Hospital to boost staffing; union to vote on Sunday.
Nicole Geary, Lansing State Journal, October 29, 2005

Ingham Regional Medical Center and the union representing its striking nurses reached a settlement late Friday night after more than 12 hours of bargaining.

About 450 nurses on strike since Oct. 12 could return to work as early as Tuesday if union members ratify the tentative agreement on staffing levels, wages and benefits. ... Ingham

Ingham/Nurses Returning to Table

WLNS, October 28, 2005

Ingham Regional Medical Center and its striking nurses union are set to return to the bargaining table. The hospital has updated its proposal and submitted it to the mediator.

We don't have specifics yet, but the hospital says the updated proposal focuses on staffing issues and pension plans. The lack of details right now leaves many of the nurses curious. ... Ingham

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