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Studies report that between 18 percent and 31 percent of nurses have been the targets of bullying behaviors at all levels of practice. Nurses suffer personally, employers lose employees, and patients pay a price, too.
The experience and serious costs of sustained physical and emotional abuse even have caught the attention of Hollywood. Attention was focused on the topic of bullying with the March 30, 2012 release of the documentary film Bullying. The documentary confronts the tragic outcomes of such behavior and gives an intimate glimpse into the struggle to find answers.

Read More: Health News Digest (4/9)

The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Clinic (ANHC) is one step closer to opening its new facility next September thanks to a $5,000 donation by the Providence Registered Nurses Bargaining Unit and the AaNA-Labor Program.  Each entity recently presented a $2,500 check to the clinic in support of its building expansion project. Accepting for the clinic was Jon Zasada, director of marketing and development.  [Read More... ]


Great changes to certification pay, registry, seniority, mandatory call units, charge nurse assignment and much, much more.

Thanks to all who came out to learn about the changes to OUR nursing union contract!!!

Next General Membership meeting Thursday April19th 4-6PM

Please send your Unit Representative

2012 PRN Negotiating Team

 President Deni Callahan

VP Janet Pasternak

Secretary/Grievance Joe Peacott

Treasurer Donna Phillips

Terra Colegrove

Grievance Officer Julie Eib

Debbie Leach

Mike Tedesco, Labor Attorney


This will be a great time to dispose of no longer needed prescription drugs by taking them to a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)-sponsored event site. By preventing the  diversion of potentially dangerous drugs to those they were not prescribed for, the DEA is able to help safeguard public health.  

More Information: Drug Disposal - National Take-Back Initiative

The Tri-Council for Nursing, consisting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) will lead a $4.3 million, Phase I two-year initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to advance state and regional strategies to create a more highly educated nursing workforce. An additional two years of work will be funded at the close of Phase I to allow states that have met or exceeded their benchmarks to continue to make progress.

Read More: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (3/21)

More than 1,700 black women die of breast cancer every year in the United States because of racial disparities in cancer risks and access to care, suggests a new study. Researchers who calculated cancer death rates in 24 of the largest U.S. cities found that in 13 of them, black women were significantly more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. That's despite the evidence that white women are more likely than blacks to get breast cancer in the first place.

Read More: MSNBC (3/21)

Older people may have an increased risk of memory problems after being discharged from the hospital, according to a study published online March 21 in Neurology. Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., of Rush University in Chicago, and colleagues analyzed longitudinal data on 1,870 older, community-dwelling residents. Participants were interviewed at three-year intervals for up to 12 years. The interviews included a set of brief cognitive tests from which measures of global cognition, episodic memory, and executive function were extracted. Hospitalization information was obtained from Medicare records.

Read More: DoctorsLounge (3/21)

A fresh look at past studies suggests kids who live with a smoker are more likely to wheeze or get asthma, providing more evidence for the link between secondhand smoke and breathing problems. Researchers found that the biggest effect on wheeze and asthma symptoms was seen in babies and toddlers whose moms smoked while they were pregnant or soon after kids were born.

Read More: Reuters Health (3/21)

Most sinus infections are caused by viruses rather than bacteria and shouldn’t be treated with antibiotics — a common practice that contributes to the development of drug-resistant “superbugs,” according to new guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The  guidelines, which also include new recommendations for treating bacterial infections, are the first issued  by the society, which represents specialists in infectious disease. A panel that developed them included experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians.

Read More: The Wall Street Journal Health Blog (3/21)

Nurses who reported better working conditions in hospitals and less likelihood of leaving also had patients who were more satisfied with their hospital stay and rated their hospitals more highly, according to an international study. The study encompassed 13 countries, surveying 61,168 bedside nurses and 131,318 patients in more than 1,000 hospitals over three years. It found that in those hospitals with better work environments and fewer patients per nurse, patients and nurses both reported higher standards of care and greater satisfaction.

Read More: Nurse.com (3/21)

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