RNs - New Jersey

Local nurses return home from Haiti

Tara Driggs, Northern Valley Suburbanite, February 4, 2010 After 17 days of bearing intense heat, administering non-stop emergency care and witnessing unbelievable strength, two nurses from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center returned from Haiti January 29. Fort Lee resident Cathi Goldfischer and Wyckoff resident Arlene Keys were sent to Haiti as part of the NJ-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), which functions within the National Disaster Medical System. Both nurses have worked at Englewood Hospital for more than 20 years. ... Local

Nursing initiative moves forward

Andrew Kitchenman, NJBIZ, November 2, 2009 A three-year effort to improve the work environment for New Jersey’s nurses is under way, with 47 state hospitals set to participate in a session from November 16 to 18. The hospitals are participating in the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative, to train support nurses so they can spend more time with their patients. The training also is intended to increase retention and decrease turnover among nurses, according to Aline Homes, director of the New Jersey Hospital Association Institute for Quality and Patient Safety. The NJHA is sponsoring the initiative.

Nurses vote for salary increase but give up paid lunchtime

Star Ledger, June 17, 2009 Unionized nurses at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center approved a new three-year contract yesterday that union officials said achieved their main goal of adding more nurses per patient. Eighty-five percent of the nearly 500 nurses who voted at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly ratified the contract, said Jeanne Otersen, a spokeswoman for the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union. The union successfully bargained for salary increases and no changes in their pension plan, but gave up a paid half-hour lunch break. ... Nurses

Englewood Hospital lockout ends as nurses vote to ratify new contract

Karen DeMarco, Bergen NOW, June 17, 2009 Englewood - Members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees local union have voted to ratify a new contract, thus bringing an end to the two-week lockout of healthcare workers by Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In a written statement released late Tuesday afternoon, the union stated that "winning nurse staffing improvements long advocated made the two-week lockout feel worthwhile. ... We have always been proud of the nursing care we provide at Englewood Hospital, and in each contract we've worked to improve our nurse-to-patient staffing levels ..." Englewood

Englewood Hospital nurses end lockout, approve new contract

Associated Press, June 16, 2009 Englewood - Nurses at a northern New Jersey hospital have approved a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a lockout that began June 3. Jeanne Otersen, spokeswoman for the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union, said today that the 700 nurses at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center received modest pay increases from the nonprofit facility and staffing improvements that will reduce their patient loads. She said the nurses will return to work Thursday morning. Meanwhile, 850 nurses, technicians and other health care workers reached a tentative agreement with Bayonne Medical Center on Sunday. They're due to vote Thursday. The employees returned to work Friday after the Bayonne hospital ended a three-day lockout.

Englewood nurses ratify new contract, head back to work

Shankar P, NJBIZ, June 16, 2009 Englewood Hospital and Medical Center announced late this afternoon that its 719 striking nurses would return to work Thursday morning following an agreement it reached with their union, ending a 13-day lockout. The nurses this afternoon ratified a new contract that Emerson-based Health Professionals and Allied Employees negotiated with the hospital management late Tuesday night, the hospital announced late Wednesday afternoon. The key terms of the new contract include a three-year contract term, a 6 percent wage increase over three years and a half-hour unpaid lunch period, thus extending the patient care workday by 30 minutes ... Englewood

Hospital labor talks continue in Englewood, Bayonne

Associated Press, June 15, 2009 Englewood - Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and its unionized nurses plan to continue contract talks today. The hospital has locked out 700 members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union since June 3, and negotiations had broken off on June 6. But the talks resumed Thursday and continued for 16 hours before being temporarily halted on Friday, so the union could review the hospital's financial records. The federal mediator overseeing the talks had both sides return to the table on Saturday, but no deal was reached after several hours. Meanwhile, talks between Bayonne Medical Center and its unionized workers resumed Sunday.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center resumes contract talks after temporary halt

Associated Press, June 13, 2009 Englewood - Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and its unionized nurses have resumed contract talks. The hospital has locked out 700 members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union since June 3, and negotiations broke off on June 6. However, talks resumed Thursday and continued for 16 hours. Negotiations were temporarily halted on Friday, so the union could review the hospital's financial records. The talks are being overseen by a federal mediator. The talks had stalled over salary and staffing issues. Meanwhile, Bayonne Medical Center ended a three-day lockout on Friday and called back 850 nurses and other health care workers, who are also represented by the HPAE. Contracts talks there could resume Sunday.

Negotiations to resume in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center labor dispute

Associated Press, June 10, 2009 Englewood - Management and labor plan to resume negotiations in the lockout at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where 650 members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union have been locked out since June 3. Talks are to resume Thursday morning. There are no plans to return to the bargaining table at Bayonne Medical Center, where 750 members of the same union were locked out Tuesday. The disputes began after collective bargaining agreements expired May 31. Englewood management says the lockout could stretch out if it has to sign a new contract with US Nursing Corp., which provides its replacement workers. The firm also provides replacement workers in Bayonne.

Englewood hospital, nurses union to resume contract talks amidst picketing

Associated Press, June 5, 2009 Englewood - A northern New Jersey hospital and its picketing health care workers will return to the bargaining table. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the union representing nearly 700 nurses and other employees are planning to resume contract talks Saturday morning. The union and hospital made the announcement today. Workers have been picketing the hospital since talks broke down early Wednesday, with salary and staffing issues are said to be the major sticking points. Temporary replacement nurses have been caring for patients during the work stoppage.

Nurses picket Englewood hospital for second day

Associated Press, June 4, 2009 Englewood - Nurses are walking picket lines outside a northern New Jersey hospital for a second day. Jeanne Otersen, a spokeswoman for the Union of Health Professionals and Allied Employees, said today that no new negotiations are scheduled with management at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Contract talks broke down Wednesday morning. HPAE Local 5004 represents nearly 700 nurses and other employees at the medical center. Otersen said they were locked out by hospital management Wednesday, despite offering to extend a strike deadline. Management said it contracted for temporary replacement nurses after the union failed to withdraw its strike notice Sunday. Economic and scheduling issues are the major sticking points.

Nurses picket Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Associated Press, June 3, 2009 Englewood - Nurses are picketing outside a northern New Jersey hospital after contract talks broke down. Local 5004 of the Union of Health Professionals and Allied Employees said its members were locked out by management at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center despite offering to extend a strike deadline. The union represents nearly 700 nurses and other employees. Englewood Hospital spokeswoman Maria Margiotta said management had no choice because the union missed a deadline for strike notice withdrawal and the hospital had already contacted for replacement nurses to care for patients. No time has been set for the two sides to resume negotiations. Economic and scheduling issues are the major sticking points.

Temp nurses on duty at Englewood hospital after lockout

Associated Press, June 3, 2009 Englewood - Temporary nurses are on duty at a New Jersey hospital here after contract talks broke off. The union representing 650 registered nurses, health professionals and other employees says Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has locked out its members. Talks broke off just hours before a 7 AM strike deadline. The union said it had agreed to a request from state Labor Commissioner David Socolow to extend the deadline for 24 hours. But the hospital said it can't postpone its commitment to patients only to face the same threat a day later. Economic and scheduling issues remain the major sticking points.

BMC, union are nearing a showdown

Ron Zeitlinger, Jersey Journal, May 23, 2009 In a letter to nurses and healthcare workers, the Bayonne Medical Center has threatened to lock out union employees who participate in a planned one-day strike. "Intermittent strikes disrupt hospital operations and they hurt patient relations," said BMC spokeswoman Allyson Miller. "They are costly because we have to bring in other workers. Intermittent strikes will not be tolerated." ... BMC

Nurses to strike in 10 days

Health care workers notify hospitals in Secaucus, JC, Bayonne & NB. Al Sullivan, Hudson Reporter, May 23, 2009 Nurses and health care workers voted on Monday and Wednesday to authorize strikes at four hospitals represented by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE/AFT/AFL-CIO) in Hudson County. ... Nurses

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