Stories about nursing

Patient Maria Menjiuar gets a thorough exam by nurse practitioner Karen Millett at her home office in Chevy Chase, Md., on Feb. 22, 2013. With forthcoming implementation of President Obama's health care law in 2014, many states may take another look at granting nurse practitioners the authority to do essentially everything a primary care doctor does.

With doctor shortage looming, nurses push to perform more treatments

By N.C. Aizenman, The Washington Post on March 25, 2013, at 9:17 a.m.
WASHINGTON — For years, nurses have been subordinate to doctors — both in the exam room and the political arena. But aided by new allies ranging from AARP to social workers to health-policy experts, nursing groups are pressing ahead in a controversial bid to persuade state lawmakers to shift the …

300 nurses to attend Maine Nursing Summit

The Associated Press on April 05, 2011, at 5:22 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The University of Kentucky dean of nursing is delivering the keynote address to 300 nurses from around the state at the 10th annual Maine Nursing Summit. Tuesday’s event at the Augusta Civic Center gives Maine nurses the opportunity to receive updates on health care issues on the …

UMFK nursing resource lab provides practical space

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 11, 2010, at 5:42 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Any upper-level nursing student would probably agree that when it comes to juggling classes, laboratory sessions, lectures and homework, time management is essential. In an effort to help its nursing students make the most of their academic time, the University of Maine at Fort Kent this …

Houlton hospital, nurses fail to work out contract

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2010, at 10:43 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A fourth negotiation session Thursday evening, this one overseen by a federal mediator, failed to resolve a contract dispute between about 100 unionized nurses and administrators at Houlton Regional Hospital. A fifth meeting has been scheduled for January even though an extension of the existing contract will …
Nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor prepare picket signs in the basement of the Bangor Motor Inn on Saturday. The group has been locked out of the State Street hospital and will picket the campus on Monday.

EMMC locks out nurses

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 20, 2010, at 1:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A group of Eastern Maine Medical Center nurses — some dressed in their work scrubs — showed up for work early Saturday morning even though they had received a notice saying they would not be allowed into the hospital. The nurses, who plan to hold a one-day …

Nurses group files complaint against EMMC

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 19, 2010, at 10:31 p.m.
The Maine State Nurses Association announced Friday that it has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Eastern Maine Medical Center with the National Labor Relations Board. The complaint alleges the hospital engaged in delaying tactics by refusing to provide patient care records that would support the nurses’ assertion that …

Hospital, nurses ready for strike, replacement nurses arrive to work at EMMC for 3 days

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 19, 2010, at 10:20 p.m.
BANGOR,  Maine — By early Friday afternoon, 215 registered nurses were either on their way to Bangor or already settling into area hotel rooms, preparing to take the place of staff nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center, who will be shut out of the hospital for three days beginning Saturday …
Judy Brown, president of the local nurses union Unit 1

EMMC nurses to strike Nov. 22, citing failed talks

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 09, 2010, at 6:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Dissatisfied with stalemated contract negotiations, unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center have planned a one-day strike to take place on Monday, Nov. 22. The date of the strike was decided at a meeting of the nurses on Monday night. Nurses will hand-deliver the required 10-day notification …

Bangor’s Acadia Hospital promotes longtime staff

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 21, 2010, at 11:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Acadia Hospital has announced the promotion of three longtime employees to key management positions. Although the administration of the 100-bed psychiatric hospital has been the subject of recent complaints from employees and others in the community, board president John Bragg said Thursday that the promotions do …
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