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Doctors Plead for Pay Raises to Stop Before It's Too Late

Hard-working nurses deserve it more, they say

(Newser) - Many doctors in Quebec are upset about pay raises—that is, about having them at all. With nurses complaining about their workload, nearly 740 doctors, medical students, and residents in the Canadian province are petitioning to reject pay raises and have the money given to nurses, the New York Times... More »

ER Nurse Eyerolls Her Way Through Flu Rant in Video

Some say her message is 'condescending,' but she says she just wants to keep folks healthy and safe

(Newser) - It's been a tough flu season so far, which is bringing out some tough love from health care professionals. In Florida, that comes in the form of Katherine Lockler, an ER nurse in Escambia County who put out a "polarizing," finger-wagging video about flu season that has... More »

Report: HHS to Offer 'Conscience Protections' for Medical Staff

Official announcement expected Thursday on agency's new moral and 'religious liberty' rules

(Newser) - A planned Health and Human Services initiative would offer "conscience protections" for medical workers, and women's and LGBT rights advocates are teaming up with doctors' groups to push back against it before it's even announced. It appears a new civil rights division within the HHS would offer... More »

Doctors Told Them to Take Their Babies Home. They Can't

Inside the struggle to find and pay for at-home care for kids with extreme heath-care needs

(Newser) - Sheltaya Williams' daughter was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on Aug. 22 and found to have clots that demanded surgery. The 6-week-old, who was born with heart defects, was left with a tracheostomy and on a ventilator. In March, doctors decided little Brooklyn Mallard could go... More »

Passenger Saved From 'Brink of Death' by Nurse Scared to Fly

Morgan Anderson and her mom, also a nurse, handled a medical emergency midflight

(Newser) - A man on the "brink of death" on a Delta flight has two nurses to thank for saving him—one who overcame her fear of being in the air to concentrate on helping him. The Citizen Times reports that Morgan Anderson, 26, and her mom, Rose Anderson, 57, were... More »

5 Nurses Suspended for Peeping at Dead Man's Privates

They started looking before he was deceased

(Newser) - A man's genitals were apparently so impressive that even his death didn't stop nurses from taking a peek. A rep at Denver Health Medical Center says five nurses were suspended for three weeks after a police report revealed they repeatedly viewed a patient's genitals over several days... More »

Nurse Had 'Laughing Feeling' After Killing Elderly Patients

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty Thursday to killing 8 seniors

(Newser) - Elizabeth Wettlaufer says she would get a "red surge" right before killing a nursing home resident with a lethal dose of insulin; afterward she would have a "laughing feeling." The 49-year-old former nurse pleaded guilty Thursday to 14 charges, including first-degree murder, in what the New York ... More »

Texas Nurse May Have Killed as Many as 60 Kids

Genene Jones is currently in prison for a single murder

(Newser) - A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, is... More »

Hospitals, Doctors Slam GOP Health Bill

Meanwhile, measure clears House Ways and Means Committee in 23-16 vote

(Newser) - The GOP's replacement plan for ObamaCare isn't getting a universal thumbs-up , but it cleared one of its first hurdles early Thursday, the Hill reports. In a session that lasted more than 16 hours and went past 4am, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure in a... More »

The Dream Is Dead: Swedes' 6-Hour Workday Didn’t Work

Gothenburg ends its 2-year experiment

(Newser) - Think happier, healthier lives are worth any amount of money? The Swedes aren't so sure. Two years after adopting a six-hour workday , the Swedish city of Gothenburg says it will end the experiment over cost concerns, though it appeared to make workers happier and more productive. Indeed, in the... More »

Nurse Loses License for Taking Penis Pics of Patient

She took photos of unconscious patients without their knowledge

(Newser) - A New York nurse who took photos and videos of patients' private parts has surrendered her license. Kristen Johnson, 27, was arrested in May after an investigation found she took photos of an unconscious patient's penis and sent them to co-workers at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, reports the... More »

Burned Baby, Nurse Reunite After 38 Years

'I never thought this day would come'

(Newser) - In 1977, 3-month-old Amanda Scarpinati was horribly burned when she rolled onto a boiling water vaporizer, the AP reports. But that incident left her with more than scars and years of reconstructive surgeries. Over the next four decades, Scarpinati would get strength by turning to a set of black-and-white photographs... More »

The View's Nurse Diss Ends Up Costing It Money

Johnson & Johnson, Eggland's Best didn't appreciate co-hosts' comments

(Newser) - One advertiser on The View has "paused" its ads and another has yanked them entirely after controversial remarks about a Miss America contestant made by co-hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins, CNNMoney reports. Johnson & Johnson and Eggland's Best reacted to Monday's segment about Miss Colorado Kelley... More »

Swedes' Trial With 6-Hour Workday Getting Thumbs-Up

There are expenses involved, but workers seem happier, more productive

(Newser) - Full-time workers in the US spend an average of 47 hours a week punched in for a paycheck, according to Gallup data cited by Quartz , keeping pace with the current trend to work harder and longer. But a retirement home in Sweden has been reaping positive results from an experiment... More »

The View Disses Nurses, One Responds Perfectly

Hosts mocked Miss Colorado's monologue describing life as a nurse

(Newser) - Miss Georgia's singing talent may have helped her win the Miss America crown , but it was Miss Colorado who made waves with her monologue about being a nurse. Kelley Johnson, who ended as second runner-up, appeared on stage in nurse's scrubs and spoke about caring for Alzheimer's... More »

7 Nurses Indicted in Broken Finger Gone Horribly Wrong

If gangrene, amputation don't sound like good results, NJ agrees with you

(Newser) - Seven former New Jersey nurses have been charged with criminal neglect in the case of a woman who needed her hand amputated after a broken finger wasn't treated properly. An indictment issued last month said seven Vineland Developmental Center nurses failed to aid the "physical or mental health"... More »

Male Nurses Paid More Than Female Nurses

In a traditionally woman-dominated field, the guys still make more

(Newser) - Even in the female-dominated field of nursing, men are still the higher earners. A new study published in JAMA used two surveys of RNs and found the unadjusted pay gap ranged from $10,243 to $11,306 in one, and from $9,163 to $9,961 in the second, even... More »

Nurses' New Health Risk: Rotating Night Shifts

Heart, lung mortality rates greater among women who work rotating shifts

(Newser) - Working the night shift has already been linked to higher risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Now researchers at Harvard—who've combed through 22 years of data tracking 75,000 nurses in the US—write in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that rotating night shifts for five or... More »

18K California Nurses Have Decided to Go on Strike

Nurses union says Kaiser Permanente hospitals unprepared for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaiser Permanente hospitals aren't ready for Ebola, say its nurses, and tomorrow 18,000 of them are set to begin a two-day strike over that and other issues. Their union claims Kaiser has "refused to address [their] concerns … about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing even... More »

Spain Puts Down Ebola Patient's Dog

Authorities feared nursing assistant's pet could carry virus

(Newser) - Authorities aren't taking any chances in Spain, where the first case of Ebola transmission outside Africa has caused widespread alarm: The dog of a Madrid nurse was put down today because authorities believed it could carry and transmit the virus. Madrid's regional government obtained a court order to... More »

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