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Nurses at Providence St. Vincent Approve New Contact

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center voted to approve a new, two-year contract with the hospital that will increase the time nurses spend with patients and decrease time spent on paperwork. 

Nurses At St. Charles Vote “Yes” On New Contract

Mandated rest periods, disability support highlight three-year deal

BEND, Ore. – Registered nurses at St. Charles Medical Center, represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), overwhelmingly voted to approve a new three-year contract with the hospital that aims to improve patient care and help retain and attract qualified nurses to the Bend community.  

Senate Gives Unanimous Approval to Nurse Staffing Law Changes

The legislation backed by the Oregon Nurses Association gives teeth to the state’s hospital nurse staffing committees, which were set up 10 years ago to set hospital support staff levels based on patient need, but have not always been taken seriously.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that gives teeth to hospital nurse staffing committees, providing a coup for the Oregon Nurses Association, which made Senate Bill 469 its top priority this session

Health Insurance Needs Bills Guaranteeing Transparency, Fair Payment, Says Nurses’ Union

Senate Bill 153 stops health insurers from playing games with payment, ensuring that both nurse practitioners and their clinics are paid the same as doctors. Senate Bill 523 requires insurers to tell providers upon request if a patient has fallen behind in payments, rather than simply denying payments while leaving providers unaware.

The Oregon Nurses Association is supporting a pair of bills designed to protect independent nurse practitioners against unfair practices by the health insurance industry.

Senate Health Passes Bill Giving Teeth to Nurse Staffing Law on 5-0 Vote

Under SB 469, hospitals will be bound by the recommendations of their nurse staffing committees, which craft plans for staffing levels. The bill now heads to the Committee on Ways & Means to provide more funding for state hospital audits that hold hospitals accountable for compliance.

Oregon hospitals look like they’ll be facing a tougher nurse staffing law after the Senate Health Committee approved Senate Bill 469 unanimously on Monday, sending the bill to the legislative budget c

Hospital Association Buckles at Bipartisan Nurse Staffing Legislation

The Oregon Nurses Association says that state-mandated hospital nurse staffing committees are not being taken seriously. Senate Bill 469 would give committee recommendations the force of law and require the Health Authority to conduct compliance audits every five years.

The Oregon Nurses Association laid out its agenda to give teeth to hospital nurse staffing committees on Monday with Senate Bill 469, which gives the recommendations of these labor-management boards the force of law.

Healthcare Groups Put $1.6 Million on Board for Campaigns Since Fall

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The spending by doctors groups, nurses, hospitals, dentists and insurers helps underwrite legislators’ campaigns, as political action committees seek to influence legislation and the state budget in Oregon. Groups that gave less have had considerably less clout in Salem.

Oregon’s leading healthcare organizations spent liberally during the election season and its aftermath, with just 12 groups topping $1.6 million in spending since Sept. 1.

Oregon Nurses Association Intends to Beef Up Hospital Staffing Laws

ONA Director Susan King tells legislators that some hospitals are not taking their nurse staffing committees seriously, and the Oregon Health Authority is not adequately auditing the hospitals for compliance. The state nurses union wants mandatory five-year audits and binding recommendations from the committees.

A year ago, cuts to the emergency department at her hospital meant that just two nurses would be on the job during the overnight hours. An expanded behavioral health unit brought greater mental health resources, but without the staffing to keep up with the workload, said registered nurse Virginia Smith

Carl Brown Named to Prestigious National Cancer Policy Forum

Carl G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, has been appointed to represent the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) on the Institute of Medicine ( IOM) National Cancer Policy Forum. The Forum is charged with enhancing mutual understanding of key cancer policy issues among the scientific community, cancer organizations, federal agencies and the general public. Its convening activities promote discussions about potential opportunities for action.

Nurse Practitioners Gain Right to Dispense Prescription Drugs

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Senate Bill 8 has passed both chambers unanimously, granting all nurse practitioners the right to dispense prescription medications.

 

June 4, 2013 — Patients who see a nurse practitioner for their primary care needs may not have to visit a pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled under legislation that passed the House unanimously on Monday.

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