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Continued Success in the Anti-bullying Campaign

Katz_DHSIn March of this year, unrelenting members of Local 721 accompanied by other professions including: Social Workers, Medical Case Workers, Surgical Technicians, Physical Therapy Aid, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners shared with Dr. Katz, Department of Health Services for Los Angeles County, their alarming stories of overt bullying and silent retaliation at the hands of managers.

Following-through with action, Dr. Mitch Katz put management and administration on notice by circulating a memo condemning bully behavior in the workplace.

As a testament to his commitment and genuine interest in making immediate strides in creating a bully free DHS, Dr. Katz sent out a department wide memo on May 2nd condemning bullying behavior and asking DHS employeesincluding management and supervisors, to join him in pledging to treat all workforce members with dignity and respect.”

And it doesn’t stop with Local 721. In June of this year, the Joint Commission published downloadable guidelines which further clarifies how “bullying” is to be defined, identified and treated separately and distinctly from illegal harassment.

SEIU Local 721 demonstrates how standing together, we remain strong in this blog post showing how MLK Outpatient Center’s CEO responded to the Dr. Katz memo by endorsing and expanding the message specifically to this facility.

“…Our primary focus should always be patients first. But, we cannot properly care for our patients if we are not respectful toward one another. I know that we can do it…” – Cynthia Oliver, CEO

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Watch as Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President Endorses Hillary Clinton at DNC

Mary Kay Henry Addresses 2 Million SEIU Members

Service Employee International Union taking a stand for $15 Minimum Wage. Stakes are high in this election. We need a president who wants to raise wages, as opposed to a candidate who wants to lower or eliminate minimum wage.

SEIU Formally Endorses Hillary Clinton

Why should child care and homeware providers have to rely on food stamps and medicate  programs and food stamps to supplement their income in order to make ends meet? We need a strong, united voice in quality care.

We want the candidate who spent time in the field and who understands…

Economic Justice is inenextrivably linked to winning Racial Justice, Environmental Justice and Immigrant Justice.

We want the candiate who put families first

“I believe that we can win”

– Closing Cheer at Rally

C-SPAN coverage at DNC in Philadelphia statement Issued 11/17/2015

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Kathy Hughes, RN featured in article on OSHA’s Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

Kathy Hughes, RN was given the closing quote in an article which appeared on the June 19th in Business Insurance(1).

“We want what we’re doing in California to be the template and the driving force behind, hopefully, getting something similar to this done nationally because I don’t think people realize the prevalence of workplace violence in health care,” Ms. Hughes said.

This quote echoes a central theme of the 2016 Legislative Conference in Sacramento “Nurses Leading the Way to Healthier Communities”. SEIU Nurse Alliance of California members can Click here, or check email to see the full article.

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(1) Business Insurance is the authoritative news and information source for executives concerned about risk and the impact on their business.

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Nurse Training Update – Infectious Disease

For SEIU Nurse Alliance of California: Infectious Disease Update from Mark Catlin

“Fever is a major symptom in the WHO Ebola case definition, and thermometers have been used widely by healthcare workers and government officials to screen for EVD cases among persons in hospitals, shops, and airports and at road check points. However, as many as a third of the patients at the Moyamba ETC had no fever at admission. Several other reports have also noted the lack of fever among EVD patients, and there are indications that fever has been present in fewer EVD patients during the 2013–2016 West Africa outbreak compared with previous outbreaks. Most patients (61%) referred to the Moyamba ETC had negative Ebola PCR results, indicating that the WHO case definition is not sufficiently specific in identifying EVD.” – M. Catlin

BOTTOM LINE: While the article abstract describes some facts, figures, and links, the important take away for nurses is a call for vigilance when reviewing charts, handling patients upon intake, especially those who have traveled outside the US to known at-risk regions of the world.

A Source Article Abstract: “The 2013–2016 outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa infected >28,000 people, including >11,000 who died, and disrupted social life in the region. We retrospectively studied clinical signs and symptoms and risk factors for fatal outcome among 31 Ebola virus–positive patients admitted to the Ebola Treatment Center in Moyamba District, Sierra Leone. We found a higher rate of bleeding manifestations than reported elsewhere during the outbreak. Significant predictors for death were shorter time from symptom onset to admission, male sex, high viral load on initial laboratory testing, severe pain, diarrhea, bloody feces, and development of other bleeding manifestations during hospitalization. These risk factors for death could be used to identify patients in need of more intensive medical support. The lack of fever in as many as one third of EVD cases may have implications for temperature-screening practices and case definitions.” (SOURCE: )

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Figure 1. Survival analysis for patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease admitted to the treatment center in Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, December 19, 2014–February 17, 2015. Survival among A) all patients; B) male and female patients; C) patients with and without bleeding manifestations at admission; and D) patients with initial PCR results showing high- and low-level viremia, as defined by cycle thresholds of <22 and >22, respectively.

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Figure 2. Ebola viral load for patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease admitted to the treatment center in Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, December 19, 2014–February 17, 2015. Viral loads were determined by semiquantitative PCR and are expressed as cycle thresholds for patients with fatal (n = 18) and nonfatal (n = 13) disease. (SOURCE: )

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