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Hundreds of nurses concerned over staffing levels and workplace violence during the COVID-19 pandemic rallied at the Statehouse for more legal protections.

Democratic Ohio lawmaker planning for bill to protect nurses from being attacked at work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an escalation of attacks against medical professionals, including nurses, at work. The American Nurses Association reports a quarter of nurses say they’ve been attacked while at work, but it’s estimated half of those workplace violence issues go unreported or unnoticed because of inadequate tracking. At… Read More

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Ohio’s hospitals are using ‘visiting nurses’ to alleviate the shortage during the pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Despite the fact that 2,300 Ohio National Guard has been sent into some Ohio hospitals, many of them are so shorthanded that they are turning to the costly practice of hiring traveling nurses and medical professionals to help meet the needs. But that’s not solving the problem. Ohio Hospital… Read More

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Holzer And O’Bleness Respond To Understaffing And High COVID Numbers With Familiar Pandemic Protocols 

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Southeast Ohio, causing local health care systems to be stretched thin and re-institute early 2020 pandemic protocols. Holzer Health Systems The number of COVID-19 patients is nearing the highest level from 2020, according to Dr. Mike Canady, the CEO at Holzer Health System. On Monday,… Read More

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Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say registered nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital have voted to unionize. Service Employees International Union spokeswoman Sherri McKinney told The Herald-Dispatch that voting ended Wednesday night with an “overwhelming majority” in favor of being represented. The vote means 900 registered nurses will join about 870 other employees represented by SEIU…. Read More