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HPAE

   

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Kinderka mack Rd

Emerson, NJ 07630

 

THE PULSE

Volume 1, Issue 1 November 13, 2009

CIRCULATING UNION NEWS & VIEWS

HPAE LOCAL 5141

   
 

Local 5141 Negotiating Committee

Lisa Arbolino Joellen Barrett Kendra Doran Diane Edgett Sharon Fraunberger Laurel Gerardi Karen Hengge Michele Jenkin Sue Kiss Mary Ellen Levine Barbara Masters Diana Matthies Karla Messerschmidt Julie Osborne Dana Pietrodangelo Diane Plumb Diana Powers Jackie Stachura Kim Thompson Donna VanSchaik Jeanette Zmach

 

Upcoming

 

Negotiations

November 19th

December 17th

December 21st

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN

Our first negotiating session was held on Monday, Novem- ber 9. Assisted by Mike Slott and Peggy Bachman, HPAE staff, the Local 5141 Negotia- tions Committee met for al- most four hours with the hos- pital’s bargaining team: Mary Ellen Rauner, Eva Goldenberg, Ardelle Bigos, Kay Bryant and Denise Keyser (attorney for the hospital).

Our Negotiations Committee has identified 101 contract proposals. Out of those 101, we presented 66 proposals to the Hospital’s Committee at the first session, including Grievance & Arbitration Proce- dure, Job Postings and Tuition Reimbursement.

We are still working to develop many more non-economic and economic proposals. Your in- put will be crucial as we con- tinue to develop proposals.

Both Union and Management emphasized their intention to work constructively to get a

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HPAE Local 5141 Negotiating Committee at our first session, 11/09/09

contract.

You can view our initial contract proposals by go- ing to www.hpae.org. and clicking on “locals” to get to the Newton page.

Many of our proposals are standard items in HPAE contracts for nurses. We

can achieve the same standards if we stand to- gether and support our Negotiating Committee. Negotiations are sched- uled for November 19, December 17 & 21 and we are working to schedule dates into the new year.

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On October 1st I attended the HPAE Professional Conference in New Windsor, NJ. I was welcomed by many HPAE Officers and fellow Members. The sessions I attended included Health Information Technologies,

Pandemic Flue and Staffing Standards. The

Pandemic Flue workshop was an informative session presented by an OSHA physician who gave an overview of the H1N1 virus, as well as useful information relating to

direct patient care, including the use of airborne precautions and the importance of the N95 respirators, gowns and gloves to protect ourselves and other patients under

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our care. (congratulations to NMH for yearly fit testing)

Staffing Standards was a look at how facilities are presently staffing different units in a variety of Hospitals. The ratios are varied. As we know it’s not just about the numbers! Representatives from 3 hospitals gave a short overview of what is currently being done to look at acuity and the use of unsafe staffing forms as a tool internally as well as a source of data collection for the future.

Health Information Technologies was a session that not only left me feeling empowered, but a bit leery of the push for technology in healthcare. Large amounts of stimulus monies are earmarked for HIT. Globalization of health information is at the forefront. This left me wondering how this may impact our small community hospital and how it will impact nursing on the front lines. Can phones that are capable of tracking our movements also be used for discipline? How will new computers impact the time we have for patient care? Then, the conversation turned to something called ‘continuous bargaining.’ This is a way of negotiating issues before the contract expires. Changes in technology that may impact our work are subject to this type of bargaining. Finally, keynote speakers offered a perspective on nurses being a voice for healthcare delivery, and the needs of our patients. It is important for nurses to give a front line prospective. We all have our stories about patients whose healthcare failed that broke your heart. Our stories are an important part of defining what we do as nurses.

As a new member of HPAE I am looking forward to attending more conferences in the future and I hope some you will join me.

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TIPS ON USING YOUR BENEFITS

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Make sure your provider is in network. If you verify by phone document the call and name of the person you spoke to. If the information is on line ,

print the page

Make sure the insurance company has the correct spelling or group name of the provider you want to go to. Keep researching even if you have been told the provider isn’t in the network. They may not be researching the provider

correctly.

Check to see if the provider sends labs or

biopsies to the hospital, or that x-rays done at your doctors office are

covered.

Use your benefits wisely, check out the health care reimbursement account, especially since deductibles are coming up in 2010 and our co- pays are higher for medical and pharmacy

costs.

Review all your deductibles for the upcoming year for medical & dental. Consider using the health care

reimbursement account for this. The Hospital recently began open enrollment for benefits in 2010. Our benefits will not change for 2010. Federal Labor Law prohibits the Hospital from making any changes in our benefits wages and working conditions without negotiation.

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DOCUMENTING STAFFING

As nurses, we are always striving to provide the best care possible to our patients even though we may not always have adequate staff and resources to do this safely. We have all probably found ourselves calling the floor after our shift to double check on

something because we were overloaded with patients or acuity was high. Our best defense, for our patients and our licenses in these situations is an Unsafe Staffing Form. Documenting unsafe situations will be key in negotiating language to address challenges we face on our units every day. Please see a Member of the Negotiating Committee for more information.

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