RNs - Texas

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/wbumpus6/public_html/seachange/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.module on line 1364.

California union's SA devotees target University Health System

Roddy Stinson, San Antonio Express-News, September 3, 2007 Local
adherents of the California Nurses Association conducted a publicity
stunt last week and were rewarded with recognition on the union's Web
site. An Express-News report of the San Antonio group's announcement of
a "patient care advocacy committee as part of a new nurses union" was
hardly in readers' hands before it appeared on CNA's Internet home
page: www.calnurses.org. That's where I found it, and it's probably still there if you would
like to verify my report. Just go to the Web site and scroll down the
page ... California

State making nurse shortage a top priority

Elizabeth Sjoberg, RN, San Antonio Express, August 31, 2007 At
hospitals and health care facilities in San Antonio and all across
Texas, nurses make an invaluable contribution to patient care and
safety. As a former bedside nurse, I have seen this commitment
firsthand, along with the challenges and stress nurses and other
hospital professionals face daily. These men and women deserve not only
our recognition for so diligently delivering excellent care at the
bedside, but also our gratitude and appreciation. During a time when
our state struggles with a severe nursing shortage, nurses especially
need to know how much they are valued. ... State

Nurses union to advocate for patients

Nicole Foy, San Antonio Express-News, August 28, 2007 A delegation of
registered nurses from the University Health System announced Tuesday
they have formed a patient care advocacy committee as part of a new
nurses union. The nurses say they want mandatory minimum staffing
ratios and whistleblower protections so they can better guard against
unsafe patient care. "Our first obligation as registered nurses is to
advocate in the exclusive interests of our patients," said Judy Lerma,
a nurse at University Hospital. "The most effective method of advocacy
is collectively, as organized registered nurses." ... Nurses

Organizing Nurses

Interviewing Ed Bruno, National Nurses Organizing Committee. Seth
Sandronsky, MR Zine, August 6, 2007 Ed Bruno is the national organizing
coordinator for the National Nurses Organizing Committee, a labor union
founded by the California Nurses Association in 2004. Currently,
the NNOC is on the ground in Texas, organizing nurses. ... Seth Sandronsky: What led the NNOC to
organize new members in Texas? ... Organizing

California union courts Houston-area nurses

Organization stirs up interest in some; others wary. LM Sixel, Houston Chronicle, July 14, 2007 They're not fighting about wages. They aren't complaining about benefits. And no army of organizers has descended upon the city. So why are some in Houston keeping a close eye on the California Nurses Association's low-key organizing drive here? Two reasons: The 70,000-member union is powerful and, according to those who've followed its progress elsewhere, it often gets what it wants. And what it wants now is the eventual membership of as many of the 20,600 mostly unrepresented, hospital-employed registered nurses in Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties it can get. ... California

San Antonio nurses host preview of 'Sicko'

Nicole Foy, San Antonio Express-News, June 29, 2007 A coalition of San Antonio nurses pushing for universal health care hosted a sneak preview Thursday night of Michael Moore's new documentary "Sicko." The movie, a look at America's current health care system, opens nationwide today. About 200 physicians, nurses, policymakers and patient advocates filled two theaters at the Bijou at Crossroads for the special showing. Event organizers from the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), a new US nurses union that began in California and launched in Texas last year, said the film was a call to action. "I hope it refocuses the debate, which unfortunately has been all about changing the health insurance industry's role," said David Johnson, director of organizing with the NNOC. "But Michael Moore points the finger right at the industry as the principal root of the problem" ... San

Mesquite: Hospital defends action as ICU patient ratio debated

Kim Breen, Dallas Morning News, June 16, 2007 Three nurses who say they were fired from a Mesquite hospital after refusing what they believed was an unsafe patient load are trying to bring attention to what they consider dangerous understaffing. Nurses Diana Sepeda, Nancy Friesen and Sandra Taylor said they were fired this month from Dallas Regional Medical Center – formerly the Medical Center of Mesquite. During a night shift in the hospital's ICU in May, each nurse refused to take on three patients because they did not think they could provide adequate care. ... Mesquite

An Ounce of Dissension

Texas nurses are getting organized, with help from a veteran California labor activist. Kathleen Sharp, Texas Observer, May 18, 2007 On a gray March day, 250 rambunctious nurses wearing rose-colored smocks and waving blue picket signs marched up Congress Avenue. They ascended the Capitol steps in sneakers, clogs, and high heels, determined to cajole legislators into supporting a bill that would cut the number of patients a nurse can be required to care for at one time. Recounting gruesome tales of how skeleton staffs cause misery and pain for patients, the nurses argued that Texas hospitals force them to oversee more sick and dying people than they can handle. ... An

Nurses at Capitol say staffing shortages put patients at risk

Marchers back bill seeking mandatory staffing ratios, new whistle-blower protections. Mary Ann Roser, Austin American-Statesman, March 27, 2007 About 250 nurses wore red T-shirts, chanted and carried signs as they marched up Congress Avenue to the Capitol on Tuesday and warned that Texas patients risk medical errors and even death because, they said, hospitals overload them with patients. "Somewhere in Texas, people die every day because of neglect," and it's not because nurses are lazy, Elizabeth Bryan, a 56-year-old nurse from Hico, said as she stood on the Capitol steps. "We're not there to see subtle changes ... because we're busy taking care of other patients." Nurses repeated similar stories as they rallied to support legislation that calls for strict, state-required nurse-to-patient staffing limits. ... Nurses

Nurses march for Patient Protection Act

KVUE News, March 27, 2007 Hundreds of Texas nurses marched to the State Capitol Tuesday in support of a bill in front of a Legislature committee. The Patient Protection Act would set minimum nurse to patient staffing ratios, assure registered nurses the legal guarantee to serve as patient advocates and establish real whistle-blower protections for nurses who expose unsafe conditions. "We know the reality and truth of what is happening in our hospitals regardless of what other organizations, corporations or administrators tell you. We are here to tell the truth and the truth is HB 1707 need to be passed for the safety of all of Texas," said Danielle Magana, RN from San Antonio. ... Nurses

Nurses support Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act

Austin American-Statesman, March 27, 2007 Slide Show
Copyright 2001-2007 Cox Texas Newspapers, L.P. All rights reserved.

Health and safety

State Representative Garnet Coleman & Deborah Burger, RN, Austin American-Statesman, February 21, 2007 Imagine being alone and sick in the hospital. It’s a frightening and stressful experience, but you can always count on one person to be at your bedside: the registered nurse. RNs are on the front lines of our medical system and every family in the state will eventually rely on their care. That is why a coalition of Texas lawmakers has joined with the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) and today will introduce the Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2007, which will significantly improve patient safety in our hospitals with enhanced standards for nurses and stronger protections for patients. The sad fact is that Texas nurses do not have the support they need to do their job. ... Health

Nurses rally for patient protection legislation

Joshua Winata, Daily Texan, November 15, 2006 About 200 registered nurses from across the nation marched in a circle around the Texas Capitol building Tuesday afternoon, chanting and waving picket signs to promote patient protection legislation that may go before the Texas Legislature this spring. The Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2007 calls for lower nurse-to-patient ratios, recognition of registered nurses as patient advocates and increased "whistle-blower" protections. The National Nurses Organizing Committee and the California Nurses Association worked together to author the act and are currently looking for a representative to sponsor turning the act into a bill. ... Nurses

Nurses lobby for low patient ratios

News 8 Austin, November 15, 2006 A national nurse organization wants lawmakers to step in and change their nurse-to-patient ratio at hospitals. To make their point, the National Nurse Organizing Committee brought several hundred nurses to the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. One Austin nurse said it's a matter of life and death. “Hospitals are unsafe in many, many instances. There are atrocities like people dying unnecessarily and we are now going to intervene. There are way too many patients for each nurse,” nurse Beverly Leonard said. ... Nurses

Nurses rally at Texas Capitol building

Erin Ochoa, KVUE News, November 14, 2006 They devote their lives to helping patients, now they're asking for the state's help. Tuesday, dozens of nurses from across the state rallied at the State Capitol. They're pushing for passage of the Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act. "We want the right and the duty - we already actually have the duty - but the right be able to speak up for our patients' best interests and their behalf," said Beverly Leonard, a registered nurse in Austin. Proponents say it would improve the quality of patient care by setting minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. ... Nurses

Syndicate content