RNs - Vermont

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RRMC nurses apologize for fund-raising appeal

Rutland Herald, October 28, 2005

A number of nurses at Rutland Regional Medical Center feel their names are being taken in vain.

Seventeen of the hospital's nurses signed a letter this week apologizing for a fund-raising letter sent out on their behalf. The nurses said they had no advance knowledge of the letter, which asked for donations in the name of nurses who the recipients felt had given them excellent service. ... RRMC

Rutland nurses complain they were used in fund-raising appeal

Associated Press, October 28, 2005

Rutland - Nurses at Rutland Regional Medical Center complain that they were used in a fund-raising appeal and shouldn't have been.

They're apologizing in a letter signed by 17 of them for a letter that was sent on their behalf, saying they didn't know about the appeal in advance.

The hospital wrote to patients who had praised the care they had received from nurses, asking for donations. ... Rutland

Dorset nurses ask for $40K

Patrick G. Rheaume, Bennington Banner, October 19, 2005

Dorset - Terry Tyler walked into a Select Board meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday and asked for $40,000. He walked out, about 20 minutes later, a happy man.

Those funds will support the Dorset Nursing Association, a nonprofit home health care provider for the uppermost reaches of the Northshire and beyond. The appropriation is four times the usual amount given to the organization at Town Meeting, when voters must approve of the expenditure. ... Dorset

State of the Unions

Nurses make stand on the front lines of today’s economy
Shay Totten, Vermont Guardian, April 29, 2005

In 1998, Jen Henry, RN, was one of hundreds of nurses who took Fletcher Allen CEO Bill Boettcher at his word: Give him some time and he would improve working conditions for all nurses.

Hundreds of other nurses agreed, too, and Fletcher Allen remained union free; it was the second time that nurses had tried to unionize at the state’s largest hospital.

But, in 2000, as a mounting scandal swirled around Boettcher and other top hospital officials over the beleaguered Renaissance Project, along with a renewed sense from nurses that they had been lied to by management, the tide turned. Nurses at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington voted in the union overwhelmingly.

Fletcher Allen nurses get 4.5 percent-plus raises

David Gram, Associated Press, March 25, 2005

Montpelier - Registered nurses at Vermont's largest hospital will get 4.5 percent raises - and more for experienced nurses - beginning in October, under changes to a contract originally negotiated in 2003.

Fletcher Allen Health Care spokeswoman Maria McClellan said management at the Burlington hospital agreed to reopen the current contract with the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals before its third and final year. ... Fletcher

Home health agency seeks approval to treat Medicare patients

Associated Press, March 24, 2005

Burlington - A state panel on Thursday recommended that a for profit nursing organization be allowed to provide services to Medicare and Medicaid patients who have been exclusively served by the state's nonprofit visiting nurses' associations. ... Home

Fletcher Allen will use North Country nurses to ease shortage

Associated Press, February 5, 2005

Burlington - Vermont's largest hospital has signed a deal to hire nurses from North Country Hospital in Newport to fill temporary vacancies.

Officials at Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care will alert North Country of nursing openings each week. North Country, which has a surplus of nurses, will respond by sending extra nurses to fill the vacancies if they have workers to spare. ... Fletcher

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