nurses en Bill proposes more authority for nurses with advanced degrees <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A bill that would give nurses with advanced degrees more autonomy is coming up for debate in the Michigan House.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:11:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18115 at Bill proposes more authority for nurses with advanced degrees Health professionals trained in environmental issues also learn to share knowledge with community <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It takes a lot of heavy lifting to become a physician, a nurse, a dietician or other health-care professional. Long years of coursework and clinical training leave little room to learn other important skills – the kind of skills that can make a health professional an important player in the public policy sphere and prepared to tackle some of our most urgent environmental health challenges.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">That's why the Ecology Center is offering a new fellowship program that can train health professionals about effective civic engagement and environmental health risks.</span></p><p class="p2"><em>Listen to the full piece above.</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:52:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 16416 at Health professionals trained in environmental issues also learn to share knowledge with community US settles race complaint against Flint hospital <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The federal government says it&#39;s settled a discrimination complaint against a Flint hospital following accusations that black nurses were barred from treating a white newborn.<br /><br />The Flint Journal reported Friday the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission will conduct annual training for the management staff of Hurley Medical Center. The EEOC also will work with the hospital on other educational and developmental efforts aimed at Flint-area youth.<br /> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:05:34 +0000 The Associated Press 14632 at US settles race complaint against Flint hospital Nurses say they want minimum staffing levels to prevent mistakes <p>Democrats in the Michigan Legislature and a nurses’ union are calling for a state law that would require hospitals to maintain staff levels without resorting to mandatory overtime.</p><p>Sixteen states currently have rules regarding staff-to-patient ratios.</p><p>Right now, California is the only state with a law that sets minimum staffing levels in hospitals.</p><p>State Representative Jon Switalski (D-Warren) is about to introduce legislation to set staffing requirements in emergency rooms and other hospital wards.</p><p>“Nurse staffing can literally be a life-or-death issue and affects families from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula,” said Switalski.</p><p>Scott Nesbit is a registered nurse from Muskegon. He says he and other nurses have experienced mistakes or a “very near miss” caused by short-staffing.</p><p>“I don’t think people realize that when your nurse is handling far too many patients, or working a double-shift or been mandated to stay over, it’s probably because the hospital wants it that way,” said Nesbit.</p><p>Similar legislation has failed in previous sessions of the Legislature.</p><p>The Michigan Health &amp; Hospitals Association opposes the idea.</p><p>The group says a law that sets staffing requirements would rob administrators of the flexibility they need to meet different situations. The association says the bigger problem is a shortage of trained nurses. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:44:04 +0000 Rick Pluta 11517 at Nurses say they want minimum staffing levels to prevent mistakes Michigan hospital, nurses settle discrimination suit <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan hospital has settled a lawsuit that accused it of agreeing to a man's request that no black nurses care for his newborn.<br><br>Hurley Medical Center and four nurses who sued said Friday the lawsuit was "amicably resolved."<br><br>The Flint hospital says the conduct wasn't consistent with hospital policies and that it "fundamentally opposes" racial discrimination.<br><br>The suit was filed by nurse Tonya Battle, who alleged a note was posted on an assignment clipboard reading, "No African American nurse to take care of baby.<br> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:54:05 +0000 The Associated Press 11387 at Michigan hospital, nurses settle discrimination suit 4 year community college degrees in Michigan on hold <p>A push to allow students to get some kinds of four-year degrees at Michigan community colleges is facing a <a href="">roadblock at the state capitol.</a></p><p>Community colleges want to offer bachelor&rsquo;s degrees in nursing and a handful of other fields. Michigan universities oppose letting community colleges offer four-year degrees.</p><p>But state senators are concerned the state constitution may not allow community&nbsp;colleges to offer four-year degrees. So for now, the bill is on hold.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike Hansen is the president of the Michigan Community College Association. He says the writers of the state constitution were a little vague on what could be taught at the community college level.</p><p>&ldquo;I wonder why they didn&rsquo;t just say&hellip;shall not offer baccalaureate degrees&hellip;in the constitution,&quot; says Hansen,&nbsp; &quot;I think the reason&nbsp;they didn&rsquo;t do that was so the legislature can make that decision.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hansen is optimistic the state senate will brush aside the constitution question&nbsp;and approve the bill.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:29:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 6149 at 4 year community college degrees in Michigan on hold In this morning's news... <p><strong>Republican candidates to debate in Michigan this Wednesday</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett <a href="">reports </a>the nationally televised Republican presidential debate will be held at Oakland University this Wednesday. The debate will begin at 8 p.m. and coverage on CNBC will start at 7 p.m. The economy is expected to be a major focus of the debate.</p><p>The University has a <a href="">series of events</a> planned around the debate.</p><p><strong>UM nurses approves 3-year contract</strong></p><p>Nurses working at the University of Michigan Health System have been working without a contract since July 1. Now they&#39;ve agreed to a three year deal with UMHS.</p><p>From the <a href="">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council&#39;s membership this past weekend approved a new contract that includes a phasing in of health insurance premium increases and includes 3 percent wage increases the first and second years and 4 percent the third year of the contract, plus step increases, said Katie Oppenheim <b>,</b> president of the nurse council.</p></blockquote><p><strong>New Visitor Center for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge</strong></p><p>U.S. Representative John Dingell&#39;s dream of an international wildlife refuge along the Detroit River flyway became a reality in 2001. And the Refuge continues to receive investments.</p><p>The Associated Press reports the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is getting almost $1.4 million for work next year at the site of a future visitor&#39;s center. Officials plan to announce the funding in Trenton today. They are also marking the completion of $1.2 million in cleanup and restoration at the Refuge Gateway. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:01:43 +0000 Mark Brush 4856 at In this morning's news... UMH nurses have tentative contract after big rallies <p>Four thousand University of Michigan Health System nurses will vote on a tentative contract next week.</p><p>Nurses have been working under an expired contract since June 30<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Nurses&rsquo; union president Katie Oppenheim said details of the new contract will be released later, saying only, <em>&quot;We believe it&rsquo;s an agreement that will provide improvements for our members.&quot;</em></p><p>The union reached an agreement after nurses held several large protest rallies in August and September.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:20:05 +0000 Tracy Samilton 4683 at UM nurses to voice concerns at "State of the Health System" address <p>Nurses at the University of Michigan Health System have been working without a contract since July 1.</p><p>Officials at the University of Michigan Health System and the 4,000 registered nurses who work there have been unable to reach an agreement on issues such as pay, health insurance, and benefits.</p><p>The nurses <a href="">marched</a> to a University of Michigan Board of Regents on September 15 with their demands.</p><p>Now, the nurses say they will voice their concerns at tonight&#39;s &quot;<a href="">State of the Health System</a>&quot; address.</p><p>From a Michigan Nurses Association press release:</p><blockquote><p>Nurses will attend the annual University of Michigan Health System &ldquo;State of the Health System&rdquo; address on Tuesday, September 27 at 5:15 pm in the Ford Auditorium in University Hospital.</p><p>The nurses will be representing the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC) in a visible show of solidarity for safe patient care at UMHS. Approximately 4,000 nurses are currently working without a contract rather than settle for an agreement that will diminish benefits and increase costs, leading to substantial nurse to patient staffing issues. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:33:56 +0000 Mark Brush 4337 at UM nurses to voice concerns at "State of the Health System" address UM nurses to march this afternoon <p>Registered nurses who work at the University of Michigan Health System and their supports say they will march to the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting today at 2:30 p.m. They will start at the Michigan Union and &quot;proceed to the Fleming Adminisration Building&quot; (distance - about a block).</p><p>The <a href="">Michigan Nurses Association</a> (MNA) says the University of Michigan nurses have been working without a contract since July 1.</p><p>From an MNA press release:</p><blockquote><p>Despite another profitable year and an increase in patients, UMHS have thwarted reasonable contract negotiations with the system&rsquo;s 4,000 registered nurses by proposing cuts that would make it even more difficult for them to maintain patient care and safety.</p></blockquote><p>The University has issued <a href="">a statement</a> in the past saying they &quot;prefer not bargain in the media&quot; and&nbsp; &quot;respectfully disagree&quot; that proposed labor changes would have a negative effect on patient care.</p><p>Issues being debated include pay increases, health insurance, and benefits. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:18:18 +0000 Mark Brush 4162 at UM nurses to march this afternoon University of Michigan nurses voice frustration over contracts <p>University of Michigan nurses say the quality of patient care will suffer if they can&rsquo;t reach an agreement in contract talks with management. Some nurses say they will leave their jobs. The two sides are debating financial issues including pay increases, health insurance and benefits in contract talks that resume today (Wednesday). The union representatives have added to an existing complaint with the <a href=",1607,7-277-57738_57679_57726-249954--,00.html">Michigan Employment Relations Commission</a> charging management with bad faith bargaining and making one-sided changes to some nurses&rsquo; working conditions. The union says the university made an assignment change without consulting them first.</p><p>Jeff Breslin is President of the <a href="">Michigan Nurses Association</a>. He says one of the key issues in hospitals is retaining staff.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;You get the expertise &ndash; you have nurses that can walk into a situation , assess it and know what needs to be done at the drop of a hat where new nurses &ndash; they will get to that point but they need the skill, they need the experience and they need the expertise from the people who have been there to pass that on to them,&quot; Breslin said.</p></blockquote><p>The university health system said in a <a href="">release</a> they do not agree patient care will be affected with the new contract.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:13:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3580 at University of Michigan nurses voice frustration over contracts UM Flint secures $2.1 million for nursing programs <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>UM Flint received around $2.1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nursing programs geared toward minority groups.</p><p>The <a href="">university highlighted</a> three programs that will receive funding.</p><ol><li>$1.2 million will go to a program call UM-FIND (UM-Flint Initiatives for Nursing Diversity) to continue its work aimed at &quot;increase nursing education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.&quot; The grant provides funding to the program for the next three years.</li><li>$700,000 will go to UM-FISCUP (UM-Flint Initiative to Strengthen Care to Underserved Populations). The program educates graduate nursing students about poverty and health care disparities among medically underserved populations. &quot;It will allow an increase in student clinical placements with underserved populations and in the number of minority nurse practitioners, and that will lead to improvements in the by and large health of&nbsp;Flint and Genesee County residents.&quot;<br />&nbsp;</li><li>$221,000 will be used for scholarships for disadvantaged student scholarships and $32,000&nbsp; will be used for graduate student stipends for Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia students. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:16:18 +0000 Mark Brush 3448 at UM Flint secures $2.1 million for nursing programs High-tech dummies help educate health care students (Part 2) <p>The country is facing a nursing shortage, but schools in our region can&rsquo;t keep up with the demand for nursing education.</p><p>As we reported in our <a href="">first story</a>, that&rsquo;s partly because there are a limited number of clinical settings where student nurses can work with patients.</p><p></p><p>Now, to augment the clinical experience, some nursing programs are enlisting the help of a newfangled dummy, wired with smart technology.</p><p>Actually, calling these high tech mannequins &ldquo;dummies&rdquo; might be a bit insulting.</p><p>Forget those passive plastic torsos you&rsquo;ve seen in CPR demonstrations. We&rsquo;re talking about high fidelity mannequins, remotely operated by IT guys with headsets and laptops.</p><p>Larissa Miller runs the nursing simulation program at <a href="">Lansing Community College</a>. She can wax poetic about the virtues of the school&rsquo;s simulated man.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our mannequin can shake,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;which is great, we make him have a seizure right in the bed. He can sweat and it starts pouring down his face. He blinks, he breathes, he has pulses&hellip;&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He talks. And his female counterpart can even give birth. Miller has been a nurse for 19 years and she says the technology is exploding, &quot;<em>simulation is absolutely one of the fastest paced things I&rsquo;ve ever watched in education</em>,&quot; she said. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:41:37 +0000 Kate Davidson 1497 at High-tech dummies help educate health care students (Part 2) Health care students face long wait lists (Part 1) <p>Nursing is a hot career.</p><p>The federal government says the field will create more new jobs than any other profession this decade &mdash; <strong><a href="">almost 600,000 jobs by 2018</a>.</strong></p><p>But there&rsquo;s a bottleneck.</p><p>Schools in our region can&rsquo;t keep up with all the people who want to become nurses or other health care workers.</p><p>In the first of two stories, <strong><a href="">Changing Gears</a></strong> is examining some of the high tech tools schools are using to help ease the training crunch. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:11:37 +0000 Kate Davidson 1475 at Health care students face long wait lists (Part 1) Sparrow Hospital nurses start voting today on a new contract <p>Sparrow Hospital nurses are supposed to start voting today&nbsp;on a new contract.</p><p>Last minute negotiations headed off a threatened lockout at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital ten days ago.</p><p>Hospital administrators threatened to lockout Sparrow’s 21 hundred nurses and support staff if they didn’t agree to the hospital’s final offer.&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier, the nurses union authorized a strike and walked away from contract talks.</p><p>In the end, the two sides hammered out a tentative deal that included a modest wage hike and increase nurse staffing levels.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:37:43 +0000 390 at Sparrow Hospital nurses start voting today on a new contract