Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Category: Employment

A TALE OF 2 SURVEYS

In a recent COVID-19 nurse survey performed by HOLLIBLU and Feedtrail of 1200 nurses affiliated with 400 hospitals from all 50 states stated that 61% said they are likely to leave their current position or specialty.  67% said they were planning to leave the facility or industry altogether and 74% currently are experiencing high levels of anxiety and emotional stress. […]

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North Dakota Allows Covid Positive Nurses To Work

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state law, health care workers who test positive for COVID-19 yet remain asymptomatic are allowed to work on a COVID-19 unit as the governor just announced in North Dakota. This is both somewhat shocking and scary because it is hard enough for nurses to work with COVID-19 positive patients but […]

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Nurses Who Vote And Nurses of Hope

I consider politics to be something personal but there were 2 interesting things that happened recently that I would like to share. While volunteering at a poll for her first time, a nurse saw a woman pass out while waiting to vote at the Lucas Oil Stadium poll in Indianapolis.  Colby Snyder stepped up to use an automatic external defibrillator […]

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Support For Nurses

2020 has been a difficult year for nurses.  I was thrilled to read a great article in my hometown magazine, the San Diego Magazine titled “5 Ways Local Hospitals Support Their Frontline Workers: The Programs That Help Care for the Caregivers.” I am so happy that hospitals are now realizing that they need to help the world’s hardest workers.  They […]

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Nurses’ Strike in Illinois with Doris Carroll, President of the Illinois Nurses Association

Lorie Brown, Nurse Attorney, of Brown Law Office, P.C. and EmpoweredNurses.org, interviews Doris Carroll, President of Illinois Nurses’ Association and founder of Nurses Take D.C., to discuss the recent Nurses’ Strike in Illinois including Safe Patient Limits, Mandatory Masking, PPE for Nurses, and COVID Hazard Pay. Also discussed is the mission of Nurses Take D.C. and how to help get […]

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Update on New York State Nurses Association Lawsuit

Not long ago I wrote about the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) filing a court claim against Montefiore Medical Center for failing to have proper PPE to reduce the risks of its member nurses contracting COVID-19. The union specifically demanded that Montefiore Medical Center (1) increase the number of PPE available to nurses including respirators and gowns, (2) provide […]

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Nurses: From Heroes To Zeroes

When COVID-19 first erupted, nurses showed up to the University of Illinois Chicago Hospital to care for affected members of the community in their great time of need.  The nurses risked their lives and those of their families to be at their job while the rest of us were in lock down. A week ago, when the union contract at […]

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Sexual Harassment Against Nurses

Employment law was constructed out of a master/servant relationship.  There are very few instances where you can sue for wrongful termination.  Those are limited to discrimination against sex, age, race, and religion.  However, under the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of sexual discrimination which is protected. Unfortunately, sexual harassment against nurses is […]

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NO Security In Nursing

Years ago, when I first realized that I wanted to be a nurse, my parents thought that was great and told me, “Oh, you will always have a job.” At the outset of my career, I had 7 interviews and 7 job offers.  Unfortunately, with COVID, that is not the case at this time.  As hospitals continue to lose revenue, […]

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Nurse Association Files Lawsuits

The New York State Health Department and 2 hospitals were served with 3 lawsuits alleging they failed to protect healthcare workers and the public. The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is a union and advocates for nurses for safe staffing, professional pay and benefits and a voice in patient care. The lawsuits claim that the Department of Health and […]

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