RNs - Hawai'i

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Kaiser, nurses reach tentative agreement

Associated Press, December 11, 2005

Kaiser Permanente and its nurses reached a tentative contract agreement just hours before a one-week extension of their current contract was set to expire.

The breakthrough came Friday, one day after the nurses rallied outside Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua Medical Center to protest what they called unsafe staffing levels at the hospital.

Kaiser Permanente responded by saying that staffing is adequate and that there are quality surveys to prove it. ... Kaiser

Kaiser nurses decry staffing levels

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 9, 2005

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua Medical Center demonstrated yesterday to voice complaints over what the workers call unsafe staffing at the hospital.

Members of the Hawaii Nurses' Association, the collective bargaining unit for the nurses, were scheduled to resume contract talks today with hospital management, which asserts that quality of care at the hospital has not been affected.

Aggie Pigao Cadiz, executive director of the nurses association, said the nurses have temporarily agreed on most of the contract language, including a 23 percent wage increase offered by Kaiser. ... Kaiser

Nurses: Staffing too low at Kaiser Permanente

Gina Mangieri, KHON, December 8, 2005

It's an issue affecting anyone needing health care - nurse shortages, and employees who feel stretched to the limit.

Nearly 1,000 nurses are holding out on renewing contracts with Kaiser Permanente - not over of pay, but because they say staffing is too low.

The nurse union is holding a "safe staffing rally" at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center.

Nurses say there are far too few of them taking care of too many, and they warn it puts patients in danger. Kaiser says they're adequately staffed and have quality surveys to prove it. ... Nurses

Queen's, Kuakini nurses OK contracts

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), December 5, 2005

Nurses at Queen's Medical Center and Kuakini Medical Center have ratified new contracts, the Hawaii Nurses Association said.

Voting was concluded Friday night. The results were announced Monday morning. Kuakini's three-year contract takes effect at the end of the month while the three-year pact at Queen's takes effect immediately. ... Queen's

Nurses Approve New 3-Year Contract

TheHawaiiChannel, December 5, 2005

Honolulu - Registered nurses at Kuakini Medical Center and Queen's Medical Center have ratified new three-year contracts.

It was a 100 percent "yes" vote for 212 nurses at Kuakini. They agreed to a contract that gives them a 22 percent pay raise over three years. The nearly 1,000 registered nurses at Queen's Medical Center will get a 20.5 percent raise over three years.

The Hawaii Nurses Association has yet to reach an agreement with Kaiser Permanente. The contract covering 797 nurses has been extended until midnight this Friday. Nurses there said pay isn't the issue, but rather staffing.

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Kuakini nurses reach tentative agreement

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), November 30, 2005

Nurses at Kuakini Medical Center have reached a tentative agreement with Kuakini Medical Center.

The three-year contract covers 212 nurses.

Hawaii Nurses Association Executive Director Aggie Pigao Cadiz said under the new contract the "job rate" would be $35 an hour for a nurse with five year's experience. ... Kuakini

Hawai’i Nurses Background

Nurses at Kapiolani Ratify New Contract

Aggie Pigao Cadiz, RN, Executive Director, Hawai’i Nurses Association, Hawaii Reporter, November 23, 2005

By a vote of 338 to 6, a new contract was ratified between the Hawaii Nurses’ Association and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The 3 year contract covers 580 RNs.

A hospital is more than just a collection of buildings and equipment. The heart of a hospital is the professional and dedicated workforce, and the RN staff is the backbone of any hospital. ... Nurses

Kapiolani nurses ratify contract

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), November 23, 2005

Nurses at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children have ratified a new contract that takes effect Jan. 1.

The three-year contract, which covers 580 nurses, includes a 21 percent wage increase over the life of the agreement and increases in shift differentials and in the education fund. Nurses will receive pay increases of 8 percent the first year, 7 percent the second year and 6 percent the third year.

Under the new contract, the starting hourly pay for nurses with less than six months' experience will be $26.73. ... Kapiolani

3 Hospitals Face Nurses' Contract Deadline

TheHawaiiChannel, November 21, 2005

Honolulu - Three Hawaii hospitals are headed into the homestretch of negotiations with the Hawaii Nurses Association.

Earlier this month, nurses at St. Francis Medical Center ratified a one-year agreement last week that gives them a 12-percent raise.

Nurses at Kapiolani Women and Children's Medical Center ratified their new agreement on Thursday. ... 3

St. Francis Nurses Ratify New Contract

TheHawaiiChannel, October 24, 2005

Honolulu - Nurses at St. Francis Hospital have ratified a new one-year contract, union officials said.

The deal includes a 12-percent increase in hourly wages, as well as shift differentials and on-call pay.

St. Francis is the first of the "big five" hospitals to reach an agreement with its nurses. Negotiations with the other hospitals are ongoing.

Nursing shortage hits isles at worst time

The aging population requires more nurses than colleges enroll.

Helen Altonn, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 22, 2005

Hawaii's rapidly growing shortage of registered nurses is being attacked as a major public health threat.

Hawaii faces an anticipated shortage of 2,267 registered nurses in the next five years and 4,593 by 2020, according to a Hawaii Nursing Shortage Taskforce.

Island residents age 60 and older are expected to increase by nearly 75 percent by 2020 while an 80 percent reduction is predicted in an aging workforce of nurses. ... Nursing

Nurses love to take care of their patients

Luanne Long, RN, President, Hawaii Nurses Association, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 15, 2005

Thursday, May 12, was the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This marked the end of National Nurses' Week.

At a time when insurance rates and other factors are causing hospitals to reduce services, Hawaii nurses are there to put patient care first - always.

Hawaii nurses hope Nurses' Week helped motivate people to choose a career in nursing. We face a nursing shortage that is fast becoming critical. Nursing won't make you wealthy, although the Hawaii Nurses Association is working hard to improve compensation, benefits and working conditions. ... Nurses

Nurses seat new board amid vote challenges

New board's officers want to affiliate with national United Nurses Association.

Kristen Sawada, Pacific Business News (Honolulu), April 11, 2005

Hawaii nurses have elected a permanent board of directors to head their union, which is scheduled to soon be released from state oversight and resume operating as an independent organization.

A transition board has headed the Hawaii Nurses Association for months while a court-appointed special master controlled incoming dues and expenses.

But an internal faction that lost the election claims the union's process didn't comply with federal labor law and will formally try to overturn the elections. ... Nurses

Hawaii Nurses Affiliate with Nation’s Largest Nurses Union

Decision Strengthens Nurses In Bargaining with Hospitals, Leaders Say.

United American Nurses, January 27, 2005

Honolulu - The Hawaii Nurses Association (HNA) has decided to join forces with the United American Nurses, AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, the unions' leaders announced today. The HNA represents nearly 4,000 nurses in collective bargaining; the UAN represents more than 100,000 nurses nationally.

Ana Silva, RN, chair of the HNA Transition Board of Directors, in a letter to members, called the decision "Wonderful news ... a bold move, and a smart one for our members." ... Hawaii

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