MNA’s violence workplace prevention plan gets attention
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 75% of workplace assaults occur in health care and social work settings. Despite that, no laws exist to protect nurses and health care professionals from violence in the workplace. MNA members are coming together to say it’s time for legislators to stop overlooking the violence that occurs nearly every day in our hospitals and health departments. And the public is starting to take notice.
MNA nurses at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot in Alma ratified a new contract this month that includes improved staffing language as well as raises to achieve parity within the MidMichigan Health system.
The ratification comes after nearly 200 nurses and community supporters held an informational picket outside the hospital in December.
“We have shown the corporate executives of the MidMichigan Health system that Gratiot nurses are union strong and that we’re not afraid to fight for what is right,” said Shenan Shinaberger, RN, president of the local union.
For the 18th year in a row, nurses placed first in a survey of Americans asking them to rate professions’ ethics and honesty; 85% of Americans say nurses' honesty and ethical standards are "very high" or "high.” This is just more proof that patients and families know they can count on nurses to be their advocates, day in and day out. Check out this chart to see where other professions ranked.
The Spring Leadership Action Conference is a new two-day event that combines the best of MNALC and Capitol Action Day. All members are welcome and it’s free, so spread the word.
MNA members will learn how to build power in our workplaces, in our communities and at the Capitol. We’ll share successes, talk with legislators, and hone our advocacy skills. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow MNA nurses and health professionals and learn from each other.