RNs - Hawai'i

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Perception? Reality?

Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 8, 2004

Nurses are rated highest by people when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. That is the public's perception in an annual Gallup poll.

Nearly eight in 10 Americans rate nurses as "high" or "very high" for honesty and ethical standards.

Except for a temporary displacement by firefighters in 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks, nurses have topped the survey each year since it added the job category in 1999. ... Perception

Nurses resolve legal dispute over leadership

Kristen Sawada, Pacific Business News, October 11, 2004

The Hawaii Nurses Association has ended 13 months of legal wrangling with its collective bargaining arm, the Collective Bargaining Organization.

A special meeting of union delegates last week unanimously approved new articles of incorporation of a united nurses' group retaining the Hawaii Nurses Association name. A similar meeting of the collective bargaining arm met hours later and also approved the merger.

The agreement settles a series of federal court lawsuits over management and labor issues, estimated to have cost the Hawaii Nurses Association more than $600,000. ... Nurses

Hawaii nurses settle lawsuits

Pacific Business News, October 5, 2004

The Hawaii Nurses Association has ended a year of legal wrangling with its collecting bargaining arm, the Collecting Bargaining Organization of the Hawaii Nurses Association.

A special meeting of union delegates, meeting in the Dole Cannery ballroom, unanimously approved new articles of incorporation for a united nurses' group retaining the Hawaii Nurses Association name. A similar meeting of the collective bargaining arm met hours later and also approved the merger.

A transition board of directors will run the nurses' union until a permanent board can be elected in January. ... Hawaii

HNA Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws Proposed

Revised September 16, 2004.

Note this is a very large file (2.25 megabytes) and the time it takes to display file may be lengthy (over 30 seconds via cable or DSL).

See especially pp 3-7: Article II. Membership.

St. Francis, Hawaii Pacific Health enter partnership discussions

Dave Segal, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 31, 2004

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, the state's largest kidney dialysis provider, and health-care conglomerate Hawaii Pacific Health have told employees that the two organizations are having discussions about new opportunities for partnerships. ... Sister Beatrice Tom, chief executive officer of St. Francis, said in a letter to its 2,500 employees that the 121-year-old health-care system - which has battled for several years to cut costs and reduce overhead - historically has sought partnerships to provide care while reducing the duplication of costly medical services. ... St. Francis

Hawaii nurses vote to keep affiliation with American Nurses Association

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), July 21, 2004

The Hawaii Nurses Association voted Wednesday to remain affiliated with its national organization, the American Nurses Association.

The 134-19 vote was held at HNA's special House of Delegates meeting. ... The collective bargaining organization is trying to break free from the association, which wants to maintain the status quo.

HNA held the vote after some members proposed a bylaws change calling for disaffiliation with the national association and instead promoted its rival California Nurses Association, which broke away from ANA in 1995. ... Hawaii

Judge tosses California union out of nurses dispute

Kristen Sawada, Pacific Business News, July 4, 2004

A federal judge ruled Friday that a California union must stop working with the Hawaii Nurses Association's collective bargaining organization.

The Hawaii Nurses Association board and the separate board that oversees its collective bargaining organization have been fighting for months in federal court. ... The collective bargaining organization, representing about 3,500 Hawaii nurses, recently fired its interim director, Bill Richter, and hired a California Nurses Association executive, Michael Lighty, on a 90-day contract to run the organization. ... Judge

Nurses' union faces 'mess' over leadership

Kristen Sawada, Pacific Business News, June 14, 2004

The union representing about 3,500 Hawaii nurses is embroiled in a leadership struggle that is dividing members and raising the prospect of a takeover by a mainland union or oversight by a federal judge.

At issue is who speaks for Hawaii nurses and who is authorized to negotiate for them. Already, at least one health system has said it doesn't know who is representing the nurses.

The Hawaii Nurses Association board and the separate board that oversees its collective bargaining organization have been fighting for months in federal court. ... Nurses' union

Nursing faculty shortage amounts to medical emergency

The University of Hawaii has turned away most qualified candidates for nursing school because it lacks enough faculty to accommodate them.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Editorial, May 10, 2004
Many aspiring nurses will have to look elsewhere because of the full load of students at the University of Hawaii nursing programs. The problem should be regarded as a medical emergency, because the present nursing shortage threatens to become much more severe in the years ahead. Funds must be allocated to meet the needs of the UH nursing school and thus the needs of tomorrow's retiring baby boomers. ... Nursing

UH turning away would-be nurses

The school's inability to take on new faculty results in 273 rejected student applications.

Students mirror isles' diversity.

Helen Altonn, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 7, 2004

A shortage of faculty is forcing University of Hawaii nursing programs to turn away qualified applicants who could help ease severe nursing shortages expected in coming years.

Julie Johnson, dean of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, said the UH system rejected 273 qualified applicants for undergraduate studies last fall because it had no money for additional faculty.

The UH-Manoa program had 150 eligible candidates and could accept 50, including 10 in an accelerated program. ... UH

$7.5 million in grants benefits Queen’s nursing

Helen Altonn, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 6, 2004

The Queen Emma Nursing Institute at the Queen's Medical Center has a multimillion-dollar reason today to celebrate National Nurses Week.

The institute planned to announce a total of $7.5 million in grants from the Queen Emma Foundation over the next five years. It will receive $500,000 a year for a total of $2.5 million to expand efforts in career planning and development, education, research, recruitment and retention. ... $7.5 million

Nurses convene to address ethnicity’s effects on health

Helen Altonn, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 22, 2004

Hawaii research into the use of traditional Chinese medicine to manage diabetes, the health effects of Filipino grandparents caring for grandchildren and the "tobacco environment" in native Hawaiian communities is part of a national look into health disparities.

About 120 professionals from the United States, Canada and other countries discussed methods to remedy health disparities last week at the 17th annual Pacific Nursing Research Conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. ... Nurses

No excuse for work abuse

Irwin Rubin, Temenos Inc., Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 11, 2004

There's a bumper sticker that never fails to send a shiver down my spine. It reminds us that there is absolutely no excuse for domestic violence. None. The last time I saw it, I found myself wondering what difference it could make if we started to think about and act toward our work places as if they were our families.

They are, after all, the social systems in which we spend more than one-third of our waking hours as adults. Here are a few examples of what came to mind.

Let's tackle the issue of violence first. ... No excuse

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