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  • Jail grapples with inmate deaths, staff shortage

    The Spokane County Jail is having difficulty hiring and retaining medical staff, while a spate of recent inmate deaths appear to be caused by health issues. County commissioners, who oversee …


  • Health workers reach contract with Deaconess, Valley hospitals

    Unionized health care workers at Valley and Deaconess hospitals have negotiated a contract agreement after an unprecedented 20 months of talks. Set hours for staff, a pay raise and changes …


  • SPS superintendent proposes adding nurses to pot earmarks

    Spokane Public Schools’ superintendent thinks more school nurses would be a smart investment for the money the state stands to make on marijuana growing, processing and sales. Shelley Redinger proposed …


  • Valley Hospital turns away nurses, others after strike

    Valley Hospital has locked out at least 80 nurses and other employees in the aftermath of Wednesday’s one-day strike and the hiring of temporary replacement workers. The lockout will be …


  • Some striking workers locked out of Valley Hospital

    At least 20 employees of Valley Hospital, including nurses and technical workers, were locked out of the hospital this morning following a one-day strike on Wednesday.


  • Valley Hospital to lock out strikers for two days

    Valley Hospital announced a two-day lockout of striking nurses and technical workers Wednesday following the launch of an unprecedented one-day strike at Spokane hospitals owned by Community Health Systems Inc. …


  • Striking nurses locked out at Valley Hospital

    Valley Hospital announced a lockout of many nurses and technical workers who expected to return to work Thursday morning following a one-day strike.


  • Deaconess, Valley hospitals ready for nurses’ strike

    A one-day strike looms Wednesday at Deaconess and Valley hospitals after contract negotiations with nurses and other workers failed. It would be the first strike in Spokane by hospital nurses …


  • Hospital strike set for Wednesday at Deaconess and Valley

    A one-day strike looms Wednesday at Deaconess and Valley hospitals after contract negotiations with nurses and other workers failed.


  • Deaconess, Valley hospital nurse strike plans on hold

    About 1,100 unionized nurses, medical techs and service staff at Deaconess and Valley hospitals have postponed plans for a one-day strike this month. However, the strike could be rescheduled unless …


  • Cancer group lauds Eric Miller

    The American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest gave its first Golden Heart Award to Eric Miller, a registered nurse at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, for his work in the …


  • Critical caregivers

    Health care reform should come with a Help Wanted sign: Nurses are needed to help care for 32 million people. That’s how many Americans are expected to gain health coverage …


  • Front Porch: Miss Chicken aids speedy recovery

    This is about good nurses and poultry. Let me explain. I had surgery recently and was hospitalized for a few days. I found in this most recent experience, and in …


  • Some in health care refusing flu vaccine

    Hospitals, clinics and nursing homes increasingly are requiring their employees to get a flu shot, but some health care workers are refusing, putting their jobs on the line. A Newman …


  • WSU instructor: Activist nurses crucial to health care reform

    A month ago, Lynnette Vehrs, a registered nurse for more than three decades, visited with legislators during Nurse Legislative Day in Olympia. Student nurses accompanied her. She urged the students …


  • Wigged heists described

    A suspect in a series of bank robberies pulled off by someone wearing a variety of wigs confessed to the crimes after her arrest, according to court documents. Cynthia Lynn …


  • Sacred Heart nurses not due overtime pay

    The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that registered nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center are not entitled to overtime pay when their duties prevent them from taking their …


  • Appeals court favors Sacred Heart in nurse dispute

    The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that registered nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center are not entitled to overtime pay when their duties prevent them from taking their …


  • WSU associate dean says nursing can be healthy career choice

    Today’s nursing school graduates continue to find good jobs even as the economy stumbles along and the uncertainty of health care reform looms. Anne Hirsch, senior associate dean of the …


  • Nurses picket hospital

    Nurses are accusing Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center of pushing unfair and unsafe new workplace rules that would curtail rest breaks and trim staffing levels. The hospital’s 1,600 registered nurses, …


  • Sacred Heart nurses picket over breaks, benefits

    Nurses are accusing Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center of pushing unfair and unsafe new workplace rules that would curtail rest breaks and trim staffing levels.


  • Nurse shortage changes hiring game

    MILWAUKEE — Please, please accept a high-paying job with us. In fact, just swing by for an interview and we’ll give you a chance to win cash and prizes. Sounds …

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