Healthwire: Winter 2014


    Lessons Learned Adrienne Coles and Amanda Spake

    Affiliates demand enforcement of CDC guidelines.

    ROGER WOODS IS MAKING sure his colleagues will be able to properly care for Ebola patients, should the situation ever arise. Woods, an emergency room nurse at Danbury (Conn.) Hospital, has been training nurses there on how to safely use...

  • Updated CDC guidelines are good, but need improvement

    In the wake of criticism from nurses and other healthcare workers over the absence of clear guidelines for protecting hospital personnel treating patients infected with Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated recommendations on the proper use of personal protective...

  • AFT presses Senate to boost public health funding

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a full committee hearing on Nov. 12 regarding the federal response to the Ebola outbreak and the Obama administration’s request to Congress for emergency funding. The AFT, which represents 112,000 health professionals, including 84,000 registered...

  • Where We Stand

    Randi Weingarten, AFT President

    It’s been nearly two months since Thomas Eric Duncan became the first patient to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States in this latest outbreak. In that time, Duncan sadly succumbed to the disease, two nurses who treated him were diagnosed, and untold thousands more have suffered...

  • Health professionals weigh in on
 possible changes to Medicare funding

    Cuts to home health agencies would be ‘a step in the wrong direction,’ say AFT’s healthcare leaders

    AFT NURSES AND HEALTH Professionals weighed in on a proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning an update to the home health prospective payment system rates.

    AFT NHP sent a letter in September to CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner, asking that...

  • Nurses host First Book giveaway

    Union encourages reading

    A rainy Saturday didn’t stop members of the Professional Staff Nurses Association in Akron, Ohio, from showing up to hand out books. The nurses joined with the First Book organization and community partners to give away more than 3,000 free books to Akron children and families in September....

  • Confronting corporate care

    Healthcare leaders begin work on national campaign
to put patients before profits

    THIS PAST SUMMER, delegates to the AFT convention passed a resolution to improve the quality and safety of patient care in the U.S. healthcare system by calling for an effort to reshape the industry to put patients before corporate profits.

    The patients-before-profits resolution calls for...

  • In the news

    NURSES, DOCS WIN THEIR UNION Nurses working at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury in New Jersey voted Oct. 1 in favor of union representation by Health Professionals and Allied Employees, an AFT affiliate.

    “We are excited about winning our union and look forward to working...