Tag: Nurses

Marquette nurses see widespread support for 2-day strike but hospital locks doors to keep them from returning to work

Marquette nurses see widespread support for 2-day strike but hospital locks doors to keep them from returning to work

Last week I wrote about a 2-day strike by nurses working for Duke LifePoint’s UP Health System hospital in Marquette, Michigan, a protest against profound under-staffing that is leading to dangerous conditions for patients and the nursing staff who care for them. They’ve also been working without a contract with their new for-profit employer since July. Yesterday, nurses ended their […]

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Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Nurses at UP Health System in Marquette, Michigan – run by Duke LifePoint – went on strike today to protest understaffing that has led to unsafe conditions for patients at the facility as well as the nurses who work there. In addition, they are demanding that the administrators of the facility begin bargaining with them in good faith on a […]

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Michigan voters strongly support Safe Patient Care Act to ensure safer nurse staffing levels

Michigan voters strongly support Safe Patient Care Act to ensure safer nurse staffing levels

Bipartisan legislation would require hospitals to staff enough nurses to care for patients. This is something you’d think everyone could agree on: There should be enough nurses on a hospital’s staff to give patients the quality care they need. But if you’ve ever been in the hospital, you know that’s not always the case. And it’s downright dangerous. Numerous studies […]

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Michigan Nurses Association takes the lead on Ebola preparedness and protections

Michigan Nurses Association takes the lead on Ebola preparedness and protections

The MNA is working with Michigan health systems to protect nurses and patients, even as Governor Rick Snyder stalls on meeting about statewide standards. On Wednesday, registered nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) held a press conference in front of Governor Rick Snyder’s office to discuss Michigan’s ability to safely care for an Ebola patient and demand a state […]

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GUEST POST: For Nurses Week, skip the pizza – give me safe staffing

GUEST POST: For Nurses Week, skip the pizza – give me safe staffing

This guest post is by Julia Morrissey, RN, a nurse in Ann Arbor and a member of the Michigan Nurses Association. It is cross-posted with permission from the Progress Michigan blog in honor of National Nurses Week. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the pizza, pens, and little pink teddy bears with signs like, “Nurses are Heroes!” that employers give […]

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Michigan nurse shares his experience volunteering in the Philippines

Michigan nurse shares his experience volunteering in the Philippines

There are some stories I feel privileged to write. This is one of them. I already hold nurses in high esteem. But after talking with Tim Launius, RN, about his experience helping survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, I’m more convinced than ever that the work nurses do demonstrates the very best of humanity. Launius is one of more […]

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This Labor Day, say thank you to America’s working-class heroes

This Labor Day, say thank you to America’s working-class heroes

They keep our country going strong. But many don’t earn nearly enough. The least we can do is show our appreciation. While many of us are enjoying a last blast of summer at barbecues, parades or festivals, others will be working on Labor Day. Firefighters, police officers and nurses will be on duty. Teachers will be preparing lesson plans for […]

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ACTION: There’s still time to be heard on Michigan Medicaid expansion

ACTION: There’s still time to be heard on Michigan Medicaid expansion

There are new signs of hope. Let your legislators know voters overwhelmingly support doing what’s right for everyone. When it comes to accepting Medicaid expansion, there are no losers. Everyone wins. And it’s possible that the Michigan legislature may be coming around to that idea. A Democratic source in the House told Eclectablog there’s still hope for Medicaid expansion. Some […]

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2nd nurse sues Hurley Hospital for complying with racist’s demands; original lawsuit goes to federal court

2nd nurse sues Hurley Hospital for complying with racist’s demands; original lawsuit goes to federal court

Racism shall not be tolerated

A second nurse has joined Tonya Battle in filing a lawsuit against Flint hospital Hurley Medical Center. Carlotta Armstrong claims that, like Battle, she was subjected to racial discrimination when administrators complied with a blatantly racist father’s demand that no African American nurses care of his baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Details on this and more after the jump.

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Mich hospital sued for agreeing to racist’s demand that no black nurses treat his baby

Mich hospital sued for agreeing to racist’s demand that no black nurses treat his baby

More embarrassment for the Mitten state

Tonya Battle is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Last year on Halloween, she was caring for a baby in the NICU unit. The baby’s father, approached her, and asked to see her supervisor. What happened next is right out of the early part of the 20th Century racist south.

The man demanded that no African American nurses care for his baby. Not only that, the hospital complied. They are now being sued by Tonya Battle.

Details after the jump.

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My mother would be very proud

My mother would be very proud

Well this doesn’t happen every day

My mother was an early feminist in the late 70s/early 80s. She marched on Washington, D.C. for the Equal Rights Amendment. My first “activism” action was to join her and a handful of other ladies on a road trip for a similar march in Chicago where Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem and many other leading feminists spoke.

And we always had Ms. magazine hanging around. When I was around ten years old, I read Ms. magazine all the time. It had a significant impact on my perceptions about women and how they are viewed and treated in society.

Yesterday, a post we put up was linked and photos we took were posted at Ms. magazine’s website in a piece titled “The War on Women, Michigan Front”.

She would have been very proud of that.

But there’s something she would have been even MORE proud of, I think.

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