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Unionized nurses ratify 4-year agreement with University of Michigan

| Oct 6, 2022 | Michigan

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...[ Read More ]

Q&A: New WSHA Director of Safety and Quality Workforce discusses Washington’s hospital workforce challenges

| Sep 20, 2022 | Washington

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has tapped Gena Ahlawat to serve as its new Director of Safety and Quality Workforce. She will guide hospital leaders in addressing workforce capacity and safety initiatives. Her initial focus will be on implementing nurse staffing committees. Washington State hospitals are facing serious staffing...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: MDHHS activity, Q&A w/ MLPP's Alex Rossman, U of M nurses protest working conditions

| Sep 8, 2022 | Michigan

This month's newsletter includes a rundown of recent notable activity at MDHHS, a conversation with Alex Rossman, External Affairs Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy, and information about the nurse strike at the University of Michigan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. MDHHS works...[ Read More ]

Lack of affordable housing options causing concern for Central Oregon nurses

| Aug 10, 2022 | Oregon

A high cost of living paired with a lack of affordable housing options is causing concern for nurses looking to work in Central Oregon.     The cost of living in Bend increased 22.5% from 2010-2020, which represented the 4th fastest increase in the nation. Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) member...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Dawna Cato, PhD, Arizona Nurses Association

| Jul 26, 2022 | Arizona

As the CEO of the Arizona Nurses Association, Dawna Cato, PhD, is primarily focused on one policy area: the nursing workforce. With Arizona being one of the states with the worst health care workforce shortages, Cato works with the state to implement policy that will help bolster this critical workforce...[ Read More ]

Oregon nurses plan for working closer with, guiding interns

| Apr 28, 2022 | Oregon

Oregon nurses discussed plans for an initiative that will enable them to work closer with and further guide interns during a meeting Wednesday.       The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Nurse Staffing Advisory Board discussed provisions of House Bill 4003, which was passed on April 1st. The bill directs the...[ Read More ]