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September 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Poorly trained or overwhelmed nurses are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries each year in the nation's hospitals, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation. Since 1995, at least 1,720 hospital patients have died and 9,548 others have been injured because of mistakes made by registered nurses across the country, the Tribune found in an analysis of 3 million state and federal records. The analysis is published in today's Tribune.
October 30, 2002
Re "Nurses Locked Out in Pension Fight," Oct. 24: Having recently undergone surgery for advanced ovarian cancer, I know what it's like to be solely dependent on a stranger when you're in no condition to sit up on your own, stand, walk, go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, get through the pain and even fall asleep without the help of a nurse. I thank God that my nurses had that time to help me. I'm thankful there were enough nurses on my floor to look after every one of us, for the assurances and smiles that made me less scared and for never being abandoned or forgotten or suffering needless pain.
June 14, 1996 | ROB O'NEIL
Chatsworth High School nurse Faith Ichida and school psychologist Anita Hoch were honored recently by their peers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. And both are quick to dispel the notion that school health work in the 1990s might be little more than bandaging a scraped knee or providing tissues for the distraught. Ichida, a resident of Winnetka, received the districtwide Nurse of the Year award from the Los Angeles Council of School Nurses.
March 3, 1994
I have been an R.N. at St. John's for over 28 years, and must respond to your article ("Operating Anew," Feb. 24) by saying that I was totally embarrassed by the nurse who remarked, "Why the hell would they hire me with 10 years' experience and five weeks of vacation a year over someone at entry-level pay?" I shall reapply for my former position to carry on the shared responsibility of mission (and) ministry which I have been so proud of, but, frankly, I hope someone who would respond in such a rough, unprofessional manner would not be rehired . (It's)
November 3, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Nurses Assn. said that it would hold its second one-day strike on Nov. 14 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to protest the inability to reach a contract for 1,300 registered nurses. The nurses union held its first walkout on Oct. 23.
September 14, 1999
Registered nurses at Encino Hospital voted to ratify their first union contract with Local 535, SEIU, Social Services Union American Federation of Nurses. The agreement runs through Aug. 31, 2001. Nurses went out on strike at Tarzana Medical Center last year. Local 535 now represents staff at both hospitals, which are owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara.
January 4, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a nurse accused of sexually assaulting patients at area hospitals, officials said. Romeo Le Poblete, 28, of Irvine is wanted on suspicion of felony sexual assault. Investigators said he worked at several hospitals through a nursing registry and targeted women after surgery. Four alleged victims have come forward. Poblete worked recently at Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills, where a woman reported that she had been assaulted.
April 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 32-year-old male nurse pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of molesting a 4-year-old comatose girl at Children's Hospital. Christopher Alan Irvin also pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute. Superior Court Judge David Szumowski set Irvin's bail at $2 million. Deputy Dist. Atty. Laura Gunn told Szumowski that Irvin wrote in his journal about his sexual craving for children.
May 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
Tina Wesson, the sweet-talking nurse from Tennessee, on Thursday joined Richard Hatch in the "Survivor" millionaires club. The 40-year-old mother of two from Knoxville outlasted Colby Donaldson, the heartthrob Texan, to become a future pop-culture trivia answer as the winner of the Outback edition of the television game show. Wesson watched live in a Los Angeles studio as the votes from fellow contestants were counted and she was the winner. "Oh, my God!"
Community college nursing programs, straining to address a growing statewide nursing shortage, are facing a new difficulty: soaring dropout and failure rates that are shrinking California's already inadequate nursing pipeline. Faculty blame the increased attrition on the lowering of admission barriers, which has made it easier for students with poorer grades to gain entry.
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