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January 18, 2005: New York: United Hospital closing means more nurses for other hospitals:"Even before Catherine Kelly has worked her last day as an emergency room nurse at New York United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester, she has begun her new job at a neighboring hospital. As United Hospital prepares to close, Kelly was able to secure a post in the emergency room at White Plains Hospital Center, where she started the orientation process last week. She plans to work her shifts at the two hospitals around one another until United shuts its doors. "I've had many, many job offers, I will be honest," said Kelly, a 42-year-old resident of Rye who said she wanted to remain with a hospital close to home. "Being an R.N., you are very fortunate."
http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/011805/a0118nurses.html

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Nursing shortage plagues state, New York, April 7, 2004:"Due to the state's inability to attract and retain nurses, it's getting risky to be sick in New York, according to New York State United Teachers President Tom Hobart. NYSUT is calling on the governor and Legislature to immediately approve a comprehensive plan to raise nursing salaries and improve working conditions. The idea is to coax more students into the profession and curb the state's worsening nursing shortage. "There are simply not enough licensed nurses working in New York to deliver direct care to patients," Hobart said. Hobart cited low pay, poor working conditions and mandatory overtime as major factors driving many highly qualified nurses out of the profession."
http://www.nysut.org/newyorkteacher/2003-2004/040407nursing.html

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Monday, April 19, 2004: New York State: Hospitals brace for nurse shortage:"Local hospitals are preparing for a nurse shortage, even though most administrators said they haven't been affected. "If you don't have enough nurses, it definitely affects patient care," said Connie Jastremski, the chief nursing officer at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. "We need to do better about being vigilant." Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Nursing Home in Margaretville are feeling the effects of the shortage."
http://www.thedailystar.com/news/stories/2004/04/19/nurse.html

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3/27/2004, Finding an answer to the nursing shortage, New York State:"Central New York is not immune to the nursing shortage. In fact, by the year 2020, it's projected that the state will be down 45,000 nurses. This is a statistic that's scaring nursing educators and the industry as a whole. That’s why the Syracuse City School District and area hospitals teamed up to hold a workshop designed to attract people to the field. "The healthcare field and the nursing is going to suffer an even greater shortage in the future. We wanted to reach people young enough in middle school and high school that could still look at their high school curriculum and take the courses that would best prepare them for a medical field,” said JoAnn Romanzi-Herne, Director, Crouse Hospital School of Nursing."
http://news10now.com/content/all_news/?ArID=14738&SecID=83

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February 06, 2003: New York State: RNs get chance to further education:"With the average nurse age of 45, and average educator age of 55, Kelman said the region will need around a million more workers in the next decade. Kelman said the college is trying to show people that positions in health care can be attractive. ''Baccalaureate graduates are positioned to assume new clinical roles, explore opportunities for graduate study and advanced practice, as well as shape and influence the future of health care,'' she said."
http://www.saratogian.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1169&dept_id=17718&newsid=6955544&PAG=461&rfi=9

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January 31, 2003: New York: Sage offers bachelor's degree program for working nurses:"In response to a national shortage of nurses, The Sage Colleges' Albany campus is offering a new bachelor's degree for registered nurses who want to study while working. Beginning in the fall, the college will offer the bachelor's degree through its Center for Extended Learning. It will be available in a flexible format that accommodates the schedules of working nurses. The program is designed to respond to the growing national shortage of nursing managers and educators."
http://albany.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2003/02/03/story7.html

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01/20/2003: New York: Olean General to host student open house:"In an ongoing effort to address the national shortage of registered nurses, Olean General Hospital invites high school students to a nursing open house and shadowing program on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Through the hospital's Growing Our Own tuition assistance traineeship program, 12 full registered nurse traineeships were awarded last year to students who completed their RN coursework. Several more traineeships are available for the upcoming semester for high school seniors wishing to pursue a nursing career. Traineeships pay for tuition and books for a prospective RN, in exchange for an employment obligation after schooling is completed."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6755281&BRD=386&PAG=461&dept_id=444919&rfi=6

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November 26, 2002: New York State: Health care workers vote to merge unions Local 1199Upstate to join forces with Local 1199-New York:"Upstate New York's biggest health-care union and its much larger Downstate counterpart have voted to merge, creating a nearly 240,000-worker economic and political force. Tallying of last week's vote to merge Local 1199Upstate of the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 16,000 health-care workers, with Local 1199-New York was not finished Monday. But the result was expected to be decisive for merger, union officials said."
http://www.syracuse.com/business/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1038303310154497.xml

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November 25, 2002: New York State: Senate Considers Nursing Doctorate, Columbia's institution of the degree would be the first such program in the U.S.:"The best-trained nurses in the country may soon have a new title--doctor. The University Senate on Friday debated a proposal to create a new doctorate of nursing practice, a degree that would prepare nurses to be primary care providers. Nurses can already earn research doctorates, the rough equivalents of Ph.D degrees, but the proposed degree would be the first doctorate aimed at practicing nurses offered anywhere in the country. Continuing a recent trend, the often docile Senate debated the proposal at length, spending most of an unusually long meeting on the topic. For the second straight month, the Senate debated the resolution but did not vote on it, making the proposed degree the most fully debated topic since the Sexual Misconduct Policy three years ago."
http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/11/25/3de1df38bd3d8

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November 24, 2002: New York, Rochester: Curing the Nursing Shortage:"On a Sunday afternoon, you wouldn't expect to find University of Rochester Nursing School staff working on recruitment issues. But with today's nursing shortage, that's one of the things they have to do. Some of the new programs at the school target those with bachelor's degrees in other fields. Many of those candidates work full-time so weekends are one of the only times they can effectively recruit. Nationwide the nursing shortage is extreme. In 1995 96,438 people took the exam to become an RN. But six years later in 2001 that number had dropped to 68,759."
http://www.wroctv.com/news/story.asp?id=7236&r=l

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November 21, 2002: New York (Western) WATERS OF AURORA PARK BEGINS NEW NURSE TRAINING WITH BOCES:"The facility, which was corporate headquarters for The Waters, offers a large classroom and kitchen. The students will be able to continue studies and become CNA's as well as LPN's. "There's such a need for this type of program for us and the students," said Rhoneda Maury, director of Nursing. "With the shortage of nurses in the field of nursing homes and health care in general, this will be a great help to us if the students want to work for us." The Waters of Aurora Park is the second largest nursing home in Western New York with 320 residents."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=984&dept_id=141131&newsid=6145437&PAG=461&rfi=9

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October 31, 2002: New York: Long Island: 17th Assembly District Race, Maureen O'Connell:"On another level, I was able to chair a task force that studied the shortage of nurses. As a nurse myself, I understand the problem," she said. "The task force really shed light on some health care issues for my colleagues. As a result, we'll be pushing for different things, including funding scholarships for nursing education and creating more interest in the profession for people who might be looking for second careers." O'Connell hopes to target retired police and fire officials because of their public service histories."
http://www.antonnews.com/westburytimes/2002/11/01/news/oconnell.html

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November 28, 2001: New York, Smithtown: Hospital Nurses Set Strike Deadline:"Nurses at Smithtown's St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center announced their intention to walk off the job unless a new contract between the 474 nurses belonging to the New York State Nurses Association and hospital management can be brokered."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=2694387&BRD=1776&PAG=461&dept_id=6365&rfi=6

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June 22, 2001: New York State, Albany: Albany Med nurses vote against union:"Nurses trounced a proposal to unionize at Albany Medical Center Hospital on Thursday, when a New York State United Teachers organizing effort was defeated by 237 votes. While last year's election fell short by just one vote and lingered as the sides waited on a disputed ballot, there was to be no agonizing this year. It became obvious during the count that there were far more "no'' votes than "yes'' -- 645 against a union, 408 for one."
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyKey=60733&category=F

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December 2000, New York State: Better pay aims to ease nursing shortage State hikes hiring rates, pay for downstate direct-care nurses:"The state has approved substantial hikes in salary differentials aimed at easing short staffing by making its pay more competitive in recruiting and retaining direct-care nurses at all state agencies in all five counties that make up New York City and at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. The hikes are effective October 25 and will boost annual pay for the affected nurses by at least $6,347, and as much as $11,000. “This is good for us, this is really good,” says PEF Trustee Glendore Ulerie, a nurse 2 at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn."
http://www.thecommunicator.org/comdec2000/nursebetterpay.htm

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May 9, 2000: Nyack, New York hospital nurses strike in fifth month:"The strike was provoked by conditions of chronic understaffing of nurses, forced overtime, opposition to merit pay increases as well as the demand by management that the nurses lose five days annually from their combined holiday, vacation, personal and sick time. Management has also made the outlandish demand that nurses must be sick for four days per incident before they can start using their sick days."
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/may2000/nurs-m09.shtml

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
676 N. St. Clair Street Suite 550 Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1

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Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=253&w

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Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=255&wn=1

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