Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles appear to have resolved their labor dispute with management.
They've reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, the Oregon Nurses Association announced. Its members will vote on the deal next week.
Oregon’s behavioral health workforce is “critical” to healthcare transformation but the numbers of those licensed last year was inadequate to meet the need for integrating physical and mental health, Oregon’s Healthcare Workforce Committee was told.
In the end, nurses at Providence Newberg Medical Center won a lopsided victory to be the last Providence acute-care hospital to join the Oregon Nurses Association on Thursday night.
Frontline workers, from housekeepers to certified nursing assistants, at PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart hospitals in Springfield and Eugene are trying to unionize to improve staffing and boost their wages and benefits.
Providence Newberg Medical Center is the last acute-care facility in Providence’s Oregon network that lacks union representation for nurses.
That is likely to change Thursday when the hospital’s 150 nurses will vote in three private sessions, the last one closing at 9 p.m.
The House approved a bill Monday that will require a nurse or physician at all blood drives with just a few exceptions.
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Medical professionals in Oregon are extremely well paid compared to their colleagues in other states during 2013 – particularly registered nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
January 23, 2012 -- Kathy Moon, a nurse practitioner at Dunes Family Health Care, is one of the lucky ones whose practice hasn’t closed down or had to slash services because nurses now make less for performing the same functions as physicians.
Not that her patients wouldn’t notice the strain on her practice, she points out. But while it doesn’t affect her personally, being on a salary, it does affect the clinic’s ability to hire help in the office.