RNs - Texas

California nurses want to organize their counterparts in Texas

Jonathan Selden, Austin Business Journal, November 13, 2006 A California nurses union is looking for big membership gains in Texas. The California Nurses Association's National Nurses Organizing Committee is furthering its push to organize Texas nurses with a headline-attracting event at the Texas Capitol. The rally will kick off the group's effort to drive a nurse-friendly bill through the Texas legislature next session that would mandate that Texas hospitals provide certain nurse staffing ratios per patient, says Austin health care lawyer Brian Greig with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, who is not involved in the effort. ... California

RNs from Across Texas Gather at Capitol to Introduce Groundbreaking Patient Protection Act

Rally for Strengthened Role for Nurses. "Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2007" To Be Introduced. National Nurses Organizing Committee, November 10, 2006 Decrying a "Texas-sized healthcare crisis," some 200 registered nurses from cities across the state will gather at the state Capitol next Tuesday, November 14th to introduce the "Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2007," legislation that will significantly improve patient safety and the quality of patient care in Texas hospitals and emergency rooms. The RNs are members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee, the national movement for direct-care RNs, composed of more than 70,000 RNs in 45 states across the country. ... RNs

Three local hospitals sued over RN pay

Travis E. Poling, San Antonio Express-News, June 21, 2006

Three San Antonio hospital systems were hit with a class-action claim Tuesday in federal court alleging that they conspired to keep wages down for registered nurses.

Baptist Health System, Methodist Healthcare System and Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corp. were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a San Antonio RN and other nurses. All three denied the claims, and one executive called the allegations "unthinkable." ... Three

Nurses rally to battle shortage

Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, May 7, 2006
Local nurses, under the organizing auspices of a national labor union, came together Saturday to spearhead a grass-roots advocacy movement that seeks to address the underlying issues fueling the nursing shortage.

It's a crisis felt across the country, where around half a million registered nurses have left the profession, fleeing for a host of reasons, say experts - low pay, long hours and stressful working conditions.

The result is a nursing shortage expected only to grow as aging baby boomers flood the health care system. ... Nurses

Texas Foreclosures Offered to Refugees

Kristen Hays, Associated Press, November 30, 2005

Houston - Nurses, police officers, firefighters and other public servants who came to Houston because of Hurricane Katrina will be offered a year of rent-free living in 68 foreclosed houses and condominiums.

Fannie Mae, one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders, and the Harris County Housing Authority also will give the storm refugees an option to buy the properties when the leases run out. ... Texas

Buckner nurses help retirement center residents feel loved

Justin Henry, Baptist Standard, November 4, 2006

Dallas - The nursing staff at Buckner retirement facilities believe their greatest function is to make residents feel at home and surrounded by people who care about them, said Elaine Morrison, a licensed vocational nurse at Buckner Retirement Village in Dallas.

"We feel like it is our job to show them love in the ways that are needed, whether it is reassuring them about their medication, helping them with their daily functioning or simply to hold a hand," she said. ... Buckner

Sign-on bonuses don't always attract nurses

Ruth Campbell, Midland Reporter-Telegram, October 30, 2006

For the area's two major hospitals, recruiting nurses doesn't come with a blank check.

Despite nursing shortages, neither Midland Memorial nor Medical Center Hospital offer the signing bonuses often displayed in the classified ads, preferring to cultivate long-term employees. And there are other incentives as well. ... Sign-on

Nurses protest at Temple VA hospital

Tim Seeliger, KCENTV, October 19, 2005

Temple VA hospital workers picketed in front of the hospital for several hours Tuesday. They say the hospital is not at full staff and it's affecting patient care.

About 12 protestors walked up and down the sidewalk across the street in front of the hospital. A local union called the American Federation of Government Employees organized the event. They say they've had enough.

Most of the picketers are nurses. They are angry over their pay and long working hours. ... Nurses

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