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The MX.com Brief - Industry Spotlight: Nursing Strike Preparedess | Nov 29th, 2011
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In this issue:
- Industry News: Nurse Strikes - Worst Fears Realized?
- Around the MX.com Roundtable
- This Week's Poll: Nurses on the Picket Line
- Win $3,000 - The Final Stretch!
Nurse Strikes - Worst Fears Realized?
Industry concerns over the impact that nursing and hospital staff strikes would have on patient care delayed the unionization of hospitals. In 1946, the California Nurses Association was the first nurses union to win collecting bargaining contracts for nurses.
Hospital unions now represent one of the largest union sectors of the U.S. Economy.
But were early industry concerns valid?
In 2010, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper that revealed startling data related to the effects of nurses' strikes on patient outcomes and quality of care in New York.
In the 20 year study, the NBER found that nurses' strikes increased the in-hospital morality rates by 19.4% and 30-day readmission rates by 6.5% for patients admitted during a strike.
Learn how one hospital was prepared, remained fully staffed, continued to deliver safe, quality care, and maintained high satisfaction marks when their nurses went on strike. More than 200 contract nurses were trained and ready to respond in just 24 hours.
The Roundtable is the section of MX.com where industry leaders and innovators come together to discuss industry trends and hot topics.
The following article is currently featured on our site:
Hospitals Fight Back Against Labor Disputes
Kaiser Foundation and Permanente Medical Group made headlines once again this week when they announced they are suing the California Nurses Association, claiming that the union's September 22nd strike violated its contract. The September strike grabbed national headlines when it was revealed that a cancer patient died...more
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Brief Poll Nurses on the Picket Line
In addition to jeopardizing the quality of patient care, statistics show that nurse strikes have a tremendous financial impact on hospitals as well. Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California, reported that in 2010 it lost $15 million and $17.9 million in 2009 due to nursing strikes.
Do you think your hospital would be prepared if your nurses went on strike?
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