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Joined Mar 14, '04 - from 'California, USA'. herring_RN is a retired registered nurse. She has '>40 years' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical'. Posts: 16,126 (72% Liked) Likes: 30,735

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  • Sep 26

    I don't think we have enough information about "those articles" for a productive discussion.

  • Sep 26

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  • Sep 25

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  • Sep 25

    Quote from ArtClassRN
    A mostly unpublicized aspect of this strike is that the MNA nurses gave in to Allina demands during negotiations. Nurses agreed to transition off the expensive nurse-only plans that we had bargained for. In return, nurses asked that Allina agree in writing to preserve the value of the "Allina core plans" we are transferring to. Allina refused, demanding the right to reduce the actuarial value of those plans by up to 5% a year. Nurses asked that the plans not decrease in value by 5% over the length of the three year contract.

    This entire dispute is about Allina trying to strip benefits and nurses trying to hang onto them. The union did not begin negotiations making a single demand, we would have settled for the same terms as the previous contract. Allina got what they wanted, we agreed to let them slash our benefits. We just wanted Allina to agree to not further slash them.

    Allina refused. They want the right to continue to hack away at our compensation.
    THANK YOU!
    I consider you and your colleagues to be doing this for all nurses. I'm so glad you have support from the community.
    Almost 5,000 nurses at 5 Twin Cities hospitals go on strike
    By Tory Cooney, St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sep 5, 2016 at 10:52 p.m

    The strike follows a 22-hour negotiation session that stretched from Friday into Saturday morning but failed to produce an agreement between the Minnesota Nurses Association and Minneapolis-based Allina...

    ... “We want to reach an agreement and go back to work. The ball is in Allina’s court. We’re here when they’re willing to talk,” said negotiating team member Mike Ciampi...

    The St. Paul picketers, dressed in red and holding signs, circulated along Smith Street in front of the hospital. Passing cars showed their support by honking their horns and cheering. Even city buses and ambulances joined in the honking, while individuals and businesses donated water, ice and food to help the nurses, MNA spokeswoman Barbara Brady said...

    ... MNA nurses on strike from each facility will be “ready and available” to return in case of a medical emergency, the union announced in a statement Sunday.
    “Nurses care for their patients, even beyond the bedside,” Angela Becchetti, a nurse at Abbott Northwestern, was quoted as saying. “MNA nurses have always responded to emergencies on their own just like the 35W bridge collapse when hundreds of nurses showed up at every metro hospital to assist.”...
    Almost 5, nurses at 5 Twin Cities hospitals go on strike | Duluth News Tribune

  • Sep 25


    Today I Walked Into My Last Shift at United

    Kelsey Swenson, Facebook, 9/2/16
    ... I am a “lifer” at United. 25 years ago, my parents excitedly rushed in for a scheduled c-section and left with unlimited appreciation for the nurses that taught my then new parents how to care for their new bundle of pink joy. It was nurses at United Hospital birth center that diligently assessed and kept my mom and I safe during labor. It was the nurses that taught my dad how to swaddle and comfort his newest joy...

    ... Flash forward 15 years later to the night by dad was rushed to United’s ED with the scary signs of a heart attack, only for my family to find out via CT scan, that Dad had Stage IV colon cancer with mets at the age of 41. It was the nurses at United Hospital 4500 that treated my Dad’s pain post-operatively so he could heal. It was the nurses that quickly recognized my Dad had a pulmonary embolism. It was the nurses that called a child life specialist to break the news to his children. His nurse was the one who embraced my stoic father as he broke down crying in front of his family. It was the nurses 18 months later, with such grace, transitioned my dad and his family to comfort care and home hospice so my dad could die in his home surrounded by his family...

    ... At the age of 22, with a freshly printed diploma in hand, I was the newest nurse to show up in the lobby at United. I was overjoyed to be working at United Hospital. It was the nurses that patiently taught me to take care of my patients. I couldn’t have learned what it means to advocate for your patient had it not been for the nurses that showed me...

    ... My brother was recently hospitalized for 3 months as he was challenged by mental illness. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done as a nurse, was be one of his supporters. It was the nurses at ANW and on 5920 that comforted me when I was feeling low. It was the nurses that recognized the wonderful, charismatic young man that my brother is and treated him as such. The nurses were the ones to help him cope, give him strength and be an anchor to my family. Navigating the mental health system as a family member was made possible by the amazing nurses that came into contact with us...

    ... I cannot do this job or continue to do this job without taking care of me first. I have to keep myself strong and safe for my patients. No nurse should have to worry about not “if” but “when” they will be hurt or exposed to something at work. My care should never be compromised because there aren’t enough nurses to safely care for the amount of very sick people that we deal with every day. I must stand up for my profession so that there will be experienced, seasoned nurses in the future to teach new and eager nurses, how to be compassionate caregivers....
    ... It is each and every nurse here that is strong enough to collaboratively say "we deserve better and so do our patients."...
    Today I Walked Into My Last Shift at United | National Nurses United

  • Sep 24

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 19

    When (IF?) we achieve Medicare For All everyone regardless of age or pre-existing conditions will have the same health insurance.
    The VA could accept and be paid for the care of all veterans.

    This is almost two years ago regarding salaries in healthcare:
    Doctor’s Salaries Are Not the Big Cost | Physicians for a National Health Program

    Regarding VA funding:
    Lack of funding is the real VA scandal | Physicians for a National Health Program


  • Sep 19

    Quote from Susie2310
    Our family has members who receive their health care from Medicare Advantage plans. The PCP gatekeepers have been very good doctors, and my family members have seen a very wide range of specialists, most of whom I would rate very highly. For the most part, my family members have received very good care, and have been happy with their care and with their doctors.
    I'm glad. My Dad had a CareAmerica Medicare Advantage plan. He told me his PSA was elevated and the gate keeper decided to wait a year. The next year it was higher.
    I told him and my Step-Mom I thought he should see a urologist. The following year his PSA was elevated even more. He said his physician had tried to do a biopsy that came back negative for prostate cancer.
    Year after year that doctor, who would have lost some income for referring to a specialist, said there was no need for a specialist. My Dad could have afforded a urologist visit as I suggested, but he trusted his doctor.
    At age 78 he fell playing tennis and injured his shoulder. They found cancer in his bones metastasized fro the prostate.
    He gave himself a party and four months later was dead. I was blessed to be able to care for him.

  • Sep 15

    I don't think we have enough information about "those articles" for a productive discussion.

  • Sep 14

    I think a nurses union is best for patient care issues.

  • Sep 12

    With nurses on the outside, Allina CEO focuses her attention on the real issues: Health Catalyst
    Mathew Keller, RN JD Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist, 9/6/16
    It’s been well reported that Allina Health, a $3.9-billion nonprofit healthcare organization, “invested” $108 million in Health Catalyst, a private for-profit technology company. As part of the deal, Allina is outsourcing its “data warehousing, analytics, performance improvement technology, and personnel to Health Catalyst.”
    In fact, the money Allina spends on Health Catalyst “represents the cost of what the staff and tools” were costing Allina, according to Allina CEO Penny Wheeler.
    In other words, Allina took a segment of its business and paid to outsource it to a for-profit company.
    The conflicts of interest abound. For starters, Allina CEO Penny Wheeler is on the Health Catalyst Board of Directors...

    ... As Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton wrote in a press release, one of the aims of the deal with Allina Health is to “’Turbocharge’ financial… outcomes.”...
    ... While 4,800 of its nurses are on the outside of the hospitals, asking for Allina to come to a fair deal, Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s senior vice president couldn’t be bothered — he’s in Salt Lake City, at Health Catalyst’s annual conference...

    ... at a time when Abbott Northwestern is facing a crisis, at a time when the employees who actually deliver the care patients receive are outside of the hospital doors, at a time when leadership is needed more than ever, Abbott’s senior vice president’s time and attention are focused on one thing: Health Catalyst.
    With nurses on the outside, Allina CEO focuses her attention on the real issues: Health Catalyst - Minnesota Nurses Association


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