California Kaiser Nurse Strike Cancelled

kaiser hospitalsWe recently reported on how nurses in California were set to strike against the Kaiser hospitals. That strike has been cancelled as the powerful nurse’s union and Kaiser have reached a deal. More than 18,000 nurses were going to strike in January of 2015. That move would have crippled the California Kaiser facilities, and it would have led to many clinics shutting down during the strike period.

The California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United said that they will not be striking on Wednesday and Thursday. More than 80 Kaiser facilities would have been affected in Central and Northern California.

They reached an agreement for Kaiser to hire hundreds of additional nurses to meet the growing demand and stress that was being placed on their current staff. Kaiser also agreed to increase their pay and to continue the pension plans. Most importantly to many, they will create a new advisory committee to oversee the overall standard of care.

This agreement still needs to be ratified, but it most likely will be.

Ohio Set To Ax School Nurses

school nursesThe Ohio State Board of Education is about to repeal the five of eight standard. That means that schools in Ohio will no longer be required, by law, to have one school nurse for every 1,000 students. Schools may, or may not, choose to have school nurses to attend to the student body’s needs.

This likely means that many school nurses around the state will be fired, or their positions will not be filled when the current nurse leaves. As school districts struggle over budget deficits and the needs to spend money in other areas such as technology, they can now decide to release their nurses and use their pay elsewhere.

This is alarming to many. Some of the duties that a school nurse performs includes:

  • Treating injured children- If a student has a cut, scrape or broken bone, the first line of treatment rests with the nurse.
  • Passing out medications- By law, every student’s prescribed medication must be securely stored, by state law. It is the school nurse who is assigned the role of storing those meds, and making sure that the kids take them. As roughly 15% of students are on some type of prescribed medicine, this is a very important job.
  • Immunizations- One role of the school nurse is to make sure that the kids keep up with their required immunizations. They check their records to make sure that they are current, and work with the parents when they see that immunizations are needed.
  • Support- School nurses not only provide physical aide where it is needed, they also provide a level of emotional support. When a child is having problems, and emotionally unstable, it is the school nurse that they often turn to for assistance.

 

Of course this appeal of the current laws does not mean that they will all be fired, but each school and school district will now have the ability to release them as they see fit. Hopefully, most (if not all) of the schools realize the important role that the nurses play in their students’ lives.

Tuscaloosa CNA Arrested for Punching 93 Year Old Patient

glen haven health and rehab alabamaAnita Brenett Watford, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was arrested on January 8, 2015. She allegedly punched a 93 year old female patient in the face.

The act of violence allegedly occurred on October 31, 2014 at the Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation just outside of Tuscaloosa, in nearby Northport. CNA Watford was arrested just after the event, but she was able to post a $10,000 bond to be released.

Last week, Watford was indicted for punching the elderly patient in the face, and then she was arrested. She was indicted for a violation of the Adult Protective Services Act that became law in 1976.

Why did she punch the lady? Because the patient was spitting her medicine out that Watford was giving her. Watford claims that she was simply trying to restrain the senior patient, but eyewitnesses claim otherwise. If she is convicted at trial, we will be found guilty of a Class C felony because her acts caused actual physical harm.

Watford is set to enter her plea at court on April 3, 2015. Her appearance will be at the Tuscaloosa County Circuit in front of Judge James Roberts.

Shame on you Anita Watford of Tuscaloosa! People like you are a disgrace to the healthcare profession, and humanity in general. I wonder how your fellow inmates will fell about you beating up a grandma?

 

Nurse Cafferkey Recovering From Ebola, No Longer Critically Ill

nurse pauline cafferkey ebolaPauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse that was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the UK, has been taken off of the critical condition list, as announced by the London Royal Free Hospital. She was being treated at the London hospital’s intensive care unit for nearly two weeks. While her situation was touch-and-go for many days, it appears that she has crossed the hurdle and is on the road to a full recovery.

Her treatments for Ebola involved the use of plasma from people that have recovered from the virus. She was also treated with an experimental antiviral medication. Since the treatments have become effective in her case, the hospital announced that she is, “showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill.”

Nurse Cafferky was first admitted to the hospital in Glasgow on December 29, 2014. She was returning from Sierra Leone to her home in Scotland. She was a healthcare volunteer in the West Africa country that was helping to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

While no antiviral drugs for Ebola have been approved for general use or sale by the FDA or its European equivalent. Doctors across the globe are currently experimenting with several drugs that are not approved for sale yet.

Over 8,000 people have died from the recent 2014-2015 outbreak of Ebola in Africa. While there have been a few spot cases of the virus detected in Europe and North America, so far all of those cases are from people (primarily healthcare workers) traveling from Africa.

We’re so happy to hear of your improvements nurse Cafferky, and we wish you a speedy full recovery!

Arizona NCLEX Exam

nclex arizonaThe state of Arizona, like all other states, has some of their own unique guidelines and mandates for nurses to take the NCLEX exam. If you need information on taking the Arizona NCLEX, you may reach the Arizona Board of Nursing at:

Arizona Board of Nursing
4747 North 7th Street
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Phone: 602-771-7800 – Fax: 602-771-7888

In order to remain licensed in Arizona, a nurse is required to practice their profession in some manner either as an employee or volunteer for at least 960 hours every 5 years in. For nurses that do not meet the above requirements they are required to take a refresher course.

Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) all must apply and certify for a state with the Arizona Board of Nursing (ABN) before they will be allowed to legally work in their job capacity regardless if they have other certifications or diplomas. Arizona, like every other state also has certain dates to take the required certification exams as well as state license renewal exams.

Some of the requirements needed to take the AZ state licensing exam are similar to many other states in that they require you to have your High School Diploma, an Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree in Nursing from an approved and accredited school. You must have a passing score on the NCLEX exam, official school transcripts which should include your graduation date and types of degree earned must all be sent by certified mail to the ABN.
Completed application and all applicable fees must be mailed to the ABN. They will not accept facsimiles.

In addition, all state license applicants must submit a completed fingerprint card for state and federal criminal record checks with your application.

Arizona is also one of 24 “Compact States”. If you are a primary resident in a compact state other than Arizona, you should not apply for an Arizona state license unless you are moving to and or are declaring Arizona as your primary State of residency.

Like many other states, Arizona also requires continuing education (CE) in order to remain state certified.
For more information you may write or call the AzBN at the address and phone number listed above.

If you have any questions about taking the NCLEX in AZ, feel free to leave a comment below.