National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine November-December 2015

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N O V E M B E R | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 W W W . N A T I O N A L N U R S E S U N I T E D . O R G N A T I O N A L N U R S E 19 ~R~ RATIOS See Staffing RESTRUCTURING Newton-Wellesley RNs protest dangerous restructuring plans. Management wants to cut staffing, force floating. April/May p. 8. ~S~ SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE See Healthcare Reform STAFFING Minnesota hospitals defy lawmakers. Refuse to provide staffing data for state study. January/February p. 9. Newton-Wellesley RNs protest emergency department cuts. January/February p. 10. Washington, D.C. nurses reintroduce safe staffing bill. April/May p. 12. Massachusetts study shows RNs are overloaded. Too many patients harmed or dead due to understaffing. June p. 9. Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center RNs hold vigil to protest pediatrics understaffing. September p. 11. Massachusetts RNs push to expand ratios to all units. October p. 4. Florida and Texas nurses picket over understaffing. October p. 10. STRIKES See Bargaining ~V~ VETERANS AFFAIRS Cincinnati VA RNs picket for better staffing, resources. January/February p. 5. VA bill would restore collective bargaining rights. April/May p. 5. VA nurses score huge victory when management backs off implementation of Real Time Location System. June p. 10. Veterans, VA nurses oppose Brooklyn unit closure. July/August p. 9. VA nurses settle major national grievance over shift and weekend differentials. September p. 11. ~W~ WORKPLACE ISSUES Better Safe Than Sorry. As violence against RNs skyrockets, nurses demand employers take responsibility for creating safe workplaces. January/February p. 14. Minnesota RNs pass workplace violence law. June p. 8.

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