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Providence Registered Nurses (PRN) Local Leaders Elected!

During the General Membership Meeting Thursday the election results were announced…..We are fortunate to have  [Read More... ]

The American Nurses Association would like to thank its website visitors who participated in the February 2012 "Have Your Say" online poll. The poll asked respondents to describe their seniority within their current employer’s work setting.

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Only 21% of children allergic to penicillin had additional drug allergies, according to an analysis of 778 medical records involving patients younger than 18. Researchers also found that 23% of those who were negative for penicillin allergy had multiple drug allergies. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting.

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After months of pressure from consumer, public health and concerned parents' organizations, Campbell's Soup Company announced on a recent earnings call that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. However, the company did not provide a timeline or identify what alternative can-lining materials it will use.

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This month’s winner of the drawing at the PRN General Membership meeting was Lorayne Embretson. Providence Registered Nurse general membership meetings are the third Thursday each month at the AaNA offices  [Read More... ]

The Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) Labor Program has developed a series of training opportunities for the newly-elected RN leaders. Ketchikan General Hospital bargaining unit leaders took part in this training last week. Upcoming training offerings will include grievance handling, negotiating team training and “running” your local union.  Individual training development will also be offered for local leaders as needed. AaNA-Labor Program is also exploring a “visioning” session to discuss strategic planning for our Program within the Alaska Nurses Association.  [Read More... ]

The Providence Registered Nurses (PRN) bargaining unit contract is due to expire April 30th, 2012. The PRN negotiating is made up of leaders from the bargaining unit. PRN is a "local" of the Alaska Nurses Association--Labor Program. Providence Registered Nurses (PRN) organized back in 1994. After many years of controversy over what nurses would be afforded the right to be covered by the collective bargaining agreement and a decision by the 9th circuit court of appeals, the votes were counted. In 1998 negotiations for the first contract began. After many months of negotiations, help from a Federal Mediator and our union brothers and sisters locally, statewide and nationally, the first contract was ratified in May of 1999. For more history of the AaNA Labor Program go to Alaska Nurses Association Labor Program PPT

The membership surveys have been returned and Negotiations begin February 8th, 2012  [Read More... ]


New and seasoned leaders from the Ketchikan Registered Nurses and the Providence Registered Nurses (PRN) Bargaining Units joined other Alaskan union leaders January 23 and 24 for the annual AFL-CIO legislative fly-in at Juneau.  Purpose of the gathering is to discuss issues of common interest, especially related to the economy and collective bargaining in the state.  One of the high points of the two days is always the annual update from the state’s chief economist Neal Fried.  [Read More... ]

Download the documents below for more information on HB 50.  For more information please contact Debbie Thompson, Executive Director Alaska Nurses Association, at 274-0827, cell 441-9726, or debbie@aknurse.org.



Bill prohibits mandatory overtime for nurses

Sunday, April 18, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State Senate today passed House Bill 50, which would prohibit mandatory overtime for nurses in Alaska. Representative Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, sponsored the bill.
“There are many, many cases where nurses complete their shifts, and they are called right back in after they leave,” Wilson said. “They’re tired. They’re ready to go home. They face threats of reprisal if they refuse to serve that extra shift and exhaust themselves—and that’s just unacceptable.”

Mandatory overtime hours are those made compulsory on top of regularly scheduled hours on an assigned shift for a nurse on staff. HB 50 does not ban overtime. It allows nurses to work up to 14 consecutive hours, and then take a mandatory ten hour rest period. Exceptions are proposed for school nurses on field trips, nurses on medivac flights, or to accommodate emergencies such as natural disasters or disease outbreaks. Federal and native health agencies would be exempt. Fifteen other states—including Washington, Oregon, and California—have adopted similar rules.

"HB 50 addresses these problems in a reasonable and balanced manner, while making the work environment safer,” Wilson said. “The purpose of HB 50 is to promote better patient and nurse safety and to create an environment that will keep healthy, alert nurses at the bedside."

HB 50 now heads to the governor for signature.

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To contact Rep. P. Wilson, please call 907-465-3824.

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