A union representing 460 registered nurses at a Community Health Systems-owned hospital in Pennsylvania has filed unfair labor complaints against the hospital in an attempt to bargain for a new contract.
The Times Leader reports the nurses are members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses, which claims it has made numerous requests from Wilkes-Barre Hospital Co. LLC for benefits, wages, overtime and staffing information.
The nurses have been working under the terms of a contract that expired April 30, and the union seeks to add health insurance contributions, staffing and wages elements to the new contract. A hearing is scheduled for July 14 before the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia.
The hospital that is part of the Commonwealth Health Network said in an email, "Wilkes-Barre General Hospital continues to negotiate in good faith with PASNAP and remains committed to the bargaining process. We look forward to presenting our response before the NLRB." The relationship between the union and the hospital has been a rocky one since the for-profit, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. purchased the hospital and other assets of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System in 2009.
The temporary staffing and placement arm of HCA's Parallon Business Solutions group has planted its flag in Milwaukee to market to that region's health care employers. Michael Mattes, the founder of Contemporary Medical Staffing, will run the office. Parallon Workforce Solutions runs almost 30 offices around the country and employs more than 14,000 people.
Officials with the Belmont University School of Nursing announced Monday an expansion of the degree program for the doctor of nursing practice.
The is being made to support national efforts to increase the number of nurse professionals prepared for advanced practice and leadership in the healthcare industry, officials said. The BU School of Nursing is now accepting applications for fall enrollment to a BSN-to-DNP program, which provides a direct pathway to the doctoral degree for registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
“We believe the DNP will be the education necessary for future practice in the advanced role,” Dr. Martha Buckner, associate dean for nursing in Belmont’s Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing, said in a release. “This program will open doors in nursing practice, policy and education that will become increasingly evident in the years ahead.”
HealthStream has hooked up with Arizona-based Nursing Registry Consultants Corp. to add the latter's dozens of evidence-based exams and other services for nurses to its online lineup.
Along with clinical competency exams, over 55 clinical skills checklists will be offered through HealthStream, covering a wide range of professional specialties. These self-assessments allow nurses to consider the skills required for successful job performance and correspondingly track their progress. Some of the areas where skills checklists are provided include endoscopy, oncology, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, hospice, among many others.
Nursing and women’s health expert Beth Youngblood has been appointed executive associate dean for Lipscomb University’s School of Nursing, housed in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the university announced Monday.
Youngblood will continue to expand Lipscomb’s nursing program and curriculum, which focuses not only on preparing nurses clinically but also emphasizes the importance of bedside interaction with patients and their families.
“Beth brings a rich background as a practicing nurse and an educator to the School of Nursing,” Roger Davis, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, said in a release. “Having worked in the field she has a unique perspective as she leads the academic component of this program that will help our students be better prepared for their careers.”
Youngblood began her career as a nurse in a Nashville obstetrics and gynecology practice as well as for a general practice office. She also worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. In addition, Youngblood taught obstetrics at Columbia State Community College for nine years. From 2002 until 2012, Youngblood was on faculty at Belmont University’s School of Nursing, where she also served as course coordinator for the maternal infant course curriculum committee leadership council.
Youngblood is also a certified women’s health nurse practitioner.