Supporters of legislation that would allow Michigan nurse practitioners to practice without physician supervision say it would improve access to care, particularly in rural areas.     In April, Sen. Jeff Irwin (D – Ann Arbor) introduced Senate Bill 279, which would remove the state mandate for nurse practitioners to contract with a supervising physician … Read more

On Monday, members of the Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) voted to ratify a tentative agreement with University of Michigan Health. MNA-UMPNC nurses have been working without a contract since July 1st.     Nurses represented by the MNA-UMPNC filed a lawsuit against the university in August over claims that the … Read more

On Tuesday, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan over claims that the U of M is refusing to bargain over nurses’ workload ratios in contract negotiations with the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC).     Renee Curtis, President of the MNA-UMPNC, told … Read more

Members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital of Michigan Nurses Association (PECSH-MNA) have overwhelmingly voted to give the negotiating team the ability to call a strike if demands to the Sparrow Health System are not met. According to MNA, 96% of the 2,200 members voted “yes” on the strike authorization vote.  In response, … Read more

Health care professionals of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing announced last week they will be holding a strike authorization vote due to disputes with executives on wages and staffing levels. The members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, a local chapter of the Michigan Nurses Association (PECSH-MNA), will begin voting Nov. 16 and run … Read more

Jamie Brown, RN, is the president of the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and critical care nurse at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.  In this Q&A, Brown discusses Michigan nurses’ lack of adequate staffing, lack of help from hospitals, and the Safe Patient Care Act.      Patrick Jones: What has been the Delta variant’s impact … Read more

Health care professionals at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing will hold an informational picket on the hospital sidewalk on Nov. 3. There will not be a work stoppage and health care professionals will be off the clock. However, they say if hospital executives continue to underpay workers and not increase staffing levels after the picket, they … Read more