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Take Action: Nurses on Strike in Kentucky & West Virginia!

Nurses in Kentucky and West Virginia have been on strike for nearly a
month. They need you to take action today to help end their
strike against the Appalachian Regional Health System! ... Take Action

Nurses' Strike Drags on in Appalachia

Associated Press, November 16, 2007 Harlan - Jerry Blevins has stood
for weeks on a picket line with his fellow nurses, thinking about his
mortgage, his tearful wife, his four children. Pam Pace has been called
names and listed on the ''wall of shame'' posted outside her hospital
for crossing the picket line and continuing to work. Last week, her
tires were slashed. ... It's been a stressful seven weeks for the 750
registered nurses at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the region's
largest hospital system, which has nine facilities in eastern Kentucky
and West Virginia. Six hundred nurses have refused to cross the picket
line. ... Nurses

Nurses seek support for union at Audubon

Louisville Courier-Journal, November 14, 2007 A group of nurses held a
news conference yesterday to urge support for a union drive at Norton
Audubon Hospital. "We need to have a union so we can give better care
to our patients," Audubon nurse Ann Hurst said in an interview. The
news conference was held at Floyd Street and Broadway outside Norton
Healthcare's downtown medical complex. The National Labor Relations
Board plans to hold an election at Audubon soon so nurses can decide if
the Nurses Professional Organization will represent them. The board
hasn't set a date. ... Nurses

Norton Audobon Hospital Ordered To Pay $171,000 Judgment For Illegally Firing Nurses

Medical News Today, November 13, 2007 Three Registered Nurses from
Norton Audobon Hospital have won $171,000 in back pay from Norton
Audobon Hospital in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision.
The nurses were illegally fired by Norton Audobon for advocating for
better care for their patients and for RNs at the hospital to organize
with Nurses Professional Organization (NPO), a Kentucky-based union of
Registered Nurses that is affiliated with the National Nurses
Organizing Committee (NNOC). ... Norton

National Labor Relations Board To Decide If Strike Is Economic Or Unfair Labor Practices

Marie Luby, WKYT-TV, November 13, 2007 Kentucky and West Virginia
nurses on strike say the dispute with Appalachian Regional Healthcare
is about unfair labor practices, but hospital officials insist it's
about money. We explain the difference between the two and what it
means for nursing jobs at ARH hospitals. The National Labor Relations
Board, or NLRB, defines an economic strike as one involving issues like
wages, hours, and working conditions. ... National

Out-of-state nurses protest ARH

Rally at hospital chain's Lexington offices, in Hazard. Jim Warren,
Lexington Herald-Leader, November 10, 2007 Representatives from nursing
organizations in several states demonstrated at Appalachian Regional
Healthcare's corporate offices in Lexington yesterday in a show of
support for nurses who have been on strike against ARH since the first
of last month. About 40 people, including nurses from California,
Washington state, New York, Oregon and Ohio, waved signs and chanted
outside ARH's offices on Executive Drive, and made an unsuccessful
attempt to speak with company officials. They later left in a caravan,
bound for various ARH hospitals in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.
... Out-of-state

Nursing staff levels

Kay Tillow, Nurses Professional Organization, Louisville, Louisville Courier-Journal, June 8, 2006

It's heartbreaking, the case of Loren Richards ("Law sought on nursing home staff levels," June 5). He went to a nursing home because he needed nursing care. He died there for lack of nursing care when inadequate staffing meant no one was there to help when he cried out in agony from a treatable condition. We simply must win minimum staffing ratios for nursing homes, and for hospitals as well. ... Nursing

Law sought on nursing home staff levels

Kentucky advocates say care suffers.
Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier-Journal, June 5, 2006

In his final, excruciating hours, Loren Richards screamed in pain as he pleaded for help at his Frankfort nursing home.

"I need a doctor. I need a nurse," Richards said, according to lawyer Stephen M. O'Brien III, describing witness accounts at a trial this year after the family sued the nursing home. "My stomach is hurting real bad. "Please don't let me die."

Richards, 84, died about 10 hours after he first complained of abdominal pain ... Law

Bill letting some nurses prescribe drugs is OK'd

Will worsen drug problem, some say.
Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, February 18, 2006

Frankfort - The House gave final passage yesterday to a bill that would let advanced registered nurse practitioners prescribe drugs even though an Eastern Kentucky lawmaker warned that it would exacerbate a drug epidemic in the mountains.

Senate Bill 65, sponsored by Sen. Gary Tapp, R-Shelbyville, would allow nurse practitioners to write patients limited prescriptions for painkiller drugs such as OxyContin, morphine and methadone.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, said she expects Gov. Ernie Fletcher to sign the bill into law. ... Bill

Nurses Professional Organization (NPO) Wins $400,000 for RN Jane Gentry

Sixth Circuit Court Denies Re-Hearing to Norton Healthcare in Nurse's Case
Kay Tillow, Nurses Professional Organization, February 3, 2006

Louisville - On Thursday, February 9, 2006, at 10:00 AM, the NLRB Regional Office in Cincinnati will present RN Jane Gentry with checks from Norton Healthcare for gross back pay, expenses, and front pay. Norton Healthcare must pay a total of $400,000. In July of 1999 Norton Audubon Hospital illegally terminated Jane Gentry, RN, Legislative Director of the Nurses Professional Organization, because of her union activities.

Norton Healthcare must post a notice at Audubon Hospital for 60 days. The Notice to Employees states: "The National Labor Relations Board has found that we violated Federal labor law and has ordered us to post and obey this Notice." The notice further states: "We will not discharge you, report you to the Kentucky Board of Nursing, or otherwise discriminate against any of you for supporting the NURSES PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION ... "

Nurses get a helping hand

Programs team newcomers with mentors.
Laura Ungar, Courier-Journal, December 30, 2005

Sleep-deprived from working night shifts, struggling to care for sick patients, Kelly Winé wondered if she had what it takes to be a nurse.

"I was going to quit," said Winé, who also was planning a wedding when she started her job at Louisville's Norton Audubon Hospital almost three years ago.

But before resigning, Winé turned to Suzette Schellenberger, a more experienced nurse, who talked her through the rough spots, helped her get a day shift and kept her on the job. ... Nurses

Kentucky & West Virginia nurses settle dispute with hospital chain

Associated Press, December 6, 2005

Hazard - Registered nurses in Kentucky and West Virginia resolved a labor dispute with the
Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital chain today, averting a strike
that was tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday.

Some 850 registered nurses represented by the Kentucky and West Virginia nurses
associations claimed the hospital chain was violating their contract.

Strike talks began after hospital administrators announced plans to change the
nurses shifts from three 12-hour days to eight five-hour days beginning
on Dec. 12.

The terms of the settlement were confidential.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Nurses' lawyers file federal lawsuit

Effort to avert strike at ARH hospitals.
Kentucky.com, December 3, 2005

Hazard - Attorneys for about 850 registered nurses threatening a strike at nine Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals yesterday filed a federal lawsuit, seeking a court injunction that could avoid a walkout.

The suit, filed in US District Court at Lexington by nurses associations in Kentucky and West Virginia, asks the court to halt hospital plans to change work schedules in a 2004 contact until a labor grievance is resolved. ... Nurses

Nurses ask federal judge to weigh in on labor dispute

Roger Alford, Associated Press, December 2, 2005

Pikeville, Ky. - Nurses in Kentucky and West Virginia are asking a federal judge to take action that would avert a threatened strike against nine hospitals in both states.

Some 850 registered nurses who work for Appalachian Regional Healthcare have threatened to walk off their jobs on Dec. 12. They claim the hospital chain, which serves small towns in the Appalachian coalfields, is violating their contract. ... Nurses

Nurses plan strike at Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals

Associated Press, November 30, 2005

Beckley - Registered nurses at nine Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals in West Virginia and Kentucky plan to strike in December over allegations that the nonprofit health system breached a contract that allowed for modified work week schedules.

Nurses work three 12-hour shifts with no overtime and receive 40 hours pay under the modified schedules at Beckley ARH Hospital, Summers County ARH Hospital and seven eastern Kentucky hospitals.

The contract was signed a year ago and is effective until 2007, said Bill Riggs, the Kentucky Nurses Association's labor relations director. ... Nurses

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