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December 24, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia
University of California hospital nurses voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike in a dispute about staffing levels, the California Nurses Assn. said Tuesday. The vote, which ended Sunday night, allows the negotiating team to call a strike if it reaches a point where it feels that further talks are fruitless. Beth Kean, director of the association's University of California division, said the nurses are upset because UC has been cutting staff at all five hospitals for what appears to be financial reasons, even though the hospitals are profitable.
December 12, 2008 | Teresa Watanabe, Watanabe is a Times staff writer.
Aiming to ease farm labor shortages, the Bush administration issued sweeping changes to the nation's agricultural guest worker program Thursday, but California growers said the action would have only a minimal effect on their needs. The controversial rules, many months in the making by U.S.
December 8, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Lifsher is a Times staff writer.
California could run short of college graduates needed to keep its economy humming by 2025, a think tank warned in a report to be issued today. As a result, the state may not have enough teachers, computer programmers, scientists and other key workers to meet escalating 21st century demands. If current trends continue, in 16 years the state should expect 4 out of every 10 workers to earn at least a bachelor's degree, said a study by the Public Policy Institute of California.
November 18, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Australia's navy has been ordered on vacation for two months over Christmas, with military chiefs saying the shutdown is the best way to deal with chronic staff shortages, the government announced today. Navy commanders had ordered all ships not on overseas operations to return to port over the holiday period, while docked vessels would be manned by only skeleton staff to maintain on-board security. The navy faces serious staff shortages, with 2,020 skilled vacancies and a 27% yearly recruitment shortfall, exacerbated by 11% of staff quitting the service each year.
November 11, 2008 | Teresa Watanabe, Watanabe is a Times staff writer.
As a physician in Peru, Luis Garcia amassed nine years of medical education and five years of practice, including successful appendectomies, Cesarean deliveries and other surgeries. Since he immigrated to Southern California four years ago, he has earned a community college degree specializing in geriatrics. The only work he's been able to find, however, has been cat-sitting, dog-walking and elder care. That's because Garcia hasn't yet been able to pass the battery of requirements for a U.S.
September 19, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Earlier this week, the dean at USC's Keck School of Medicine warned of an "impending patient safety crisis" at the new County-USC Medical Center set to open next month, telling Los Angeles County supervisors in a letter that he was concerned that the hospital "will not be able to operate safely with the current staffing available." On Thursday, however, the dean, Dr. Carmen A.
July 27, 2008 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
During a typical 12-hour shift, Hector Hernandez can be found in just about any corner of Kaiser Sunset, tending to premature infants and the elderly, to patients with asthma and those with AIDS, to heart attack victims and survivors of car wrecks. He connects patients to ventilators, evaluates lung capacity and blood gases and administers oxygen and aerosol medications. Clad in green scrubs and white running shoes, he is often the first to arrive on a "code blue" -- the term that is broadcast when a patient has stopped breathing.
June 21, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials announced Friday that they would assess the air traffic control staffing levels and their effects on safety at Los Angeles International Airport and two other key locations in California. The action comes at the request of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who contends that the nation's control towers may be understaffed. In addition to LAX, the Inspector General's Office of the U.S.
May 2, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
Nurses working at Orange County sheriff's jails are hobbled in their efforts to provide excellent medical care to inmates by significant staffing shortages, insufficient training, equipment problems and communication breakdowns, according to a grand jury report released Thursday. The grand jury review was prompted by published reports about inmate deaths that raised questions about medical care at the jails.
April 25, 2008 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
When Dr. Mark I. Langdorf began practicing emergency medicine more than 20 years ago, finding a specialist to help with a complicated case was easy. Newly minted surgeons and fledgling ear, nose and throat doctors would show up in the emergency room with boxes of doughnuts, hoping to pick up patients and build their practices. Today, specialists not only have dumped the doughnuts, they've abandoned emergency rooms in droves.
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