Briefly: Nurses In The Dalles Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association, who've been working without a contract since the end of June, appear to have resolved their differences with management at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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. 

Shortages of Behavioral Health Workers, Nursing Faculty Critical

Not many incentives for nursing faculty to remain and salaries too low for young nurses.

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.

Nurses’ Union Prevails in Newberg

Last Providence holdout in Oregon joins the Oregon Nurses Association

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.

Eugene hospital workers seek union

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 Nurses Vote Thursday on Unionization

Will 150 Newberg nurses be the last from Providence to join ONA?

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.

Bipartisan House Votes to Mandate Nurses at Blood Drives

The 42-16 vote in favor of HB 2541 came over the objections of the Red Cross and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer that there’s no evidence that blood drives with nurses are always safer than those without one.

The House approved a bill Monday that will require a nurse or physician at all blood drives with just a few exceptions.

Oregon Near the Top in Paying Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners

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However, the same rankings showed that physicians didn’t make it into the top ten list when the figures were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

Nurses Raise Battle Cry Over Reimbursement

The Lund Report
Their rates fell statewide without Legislative fix last year

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.


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