Rebecca Jung, RN, BSN was attending Texas Tech University with a major in Geology when she decided that nursing was her calling. She was managing a veterinary clinic at the time, and had fallen in love with the science and healing. Shortly thereafter, she moved home to north Texas and attended nursing school at Weatherford College.

After graduating with honors, Rebecca took her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing to Long Term Acute Care. Working with the critically ill patients of this population taught her not only the basics of nursing, but how compassion and strength are needed as well. Rebecca moved to Houston, Texas and received a job in the Texas Medical Center.

Still working in Long Term Acute Care, she specialized in Transplant nursing – heart and lung transplants mostly – and expanded her nursing experience exponentially. Utilizing her now expanded knowledge base, Rebecca applied for and received a promotion into Transplant Case Management.

During this time, she also attended school at University of Texas at Arlington and completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Having completed research courses as part of the curriculum, Rebecca fell in love with Research Nursing. She was recommended for the position of Program Coordinator for a research program her hospital was launching as a sub-cohort of a grant from CMS. Rebecca soon found herself managing a major research grant with a focus on Sepsis early detection and intervention. She initiated and created training for employees and physicians, and assisted with the development of a Sepsis protocol for her hospital system.

Being on the forefront of the new Sepsis awareness in healthcare, Rebecca has helped develop simulation scenarios for sepsis education, refined research protocols to better patient outcomes, as well as formulate a data analysis of lives saved through the program, as well as cost savings from early intervention of sepsis. Rebecca feels that in the time she has spent on the Sepsis grant, she has helped save more lives than she ever could as a bedside nurse. She is currently in the process of expanding the Sepsis program to the rest of her hospital system’s campuses in the Houston area. Looking forward to Graduate School, Rebecca hopes to receive her MS in Nursing Education and eventually teach nursing someday.

 

                                  


 

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Striking Nurses Turn Out in Force to Face Down Bullying Allina Health

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Striking Nurses Turn Out in Force to Face Down Bullying Allina Health


Open-ended Unfair Labor Practice Strike Begins

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Minneapolis – September 5, 2016 - Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association turned out in huge numbers to begin an open-ended Unfair Labor Practice strike on Allina Health hospitals and Allina headquarters today.  Nurses began picketing at 7 a.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. at Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, United, and Unity hospitals.  Some facilities will see round-the-clock picketing.

“Nurses saw how Allina Health behaved at the table," said Angela Becchetti, Registered Nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and member of the nurses' negotiating team.  "Just like a bully, Allina demanded nurses give up their affordable health insurance plans, and when we agreed to phase them out, they wanted more."

Negotiations ended in the early hours of Saturday, September 3, when Allina Health negotiators told federal mediators they were leaving.  The nurses' negotiating team made the last proposal at 5:15 a.m., but Allina left without sending a response. 

"We were so close," Becchetti said.  "We were a few dollars apart and a few words to clarify that nurses' benefits wouldn't be cut or diminished.  We just asked that nurses be able to verify the value of our insurance plans with our own accountants, not just Allina's."

Nurses and hospital negotiators agreed on several things in the last negotiating session, including providing a 24-hour security guard in the emergency rooms to protect nurses and patients and to allow new nurses into the contract health plans for a limited time.  MNA nurses thought a tentative agreement could still be reached, which would have averted a strike.

"Allina Health has been asking to terminate the nurses health plans, and the nurses were willing to allow them to be phased out," said Rose Roach, MNA executive director.  "But Allina must have felt they had a weak victim in the nurses, because they raised the price of an agreement by asking for more concessions.  This is what happens when the profit mindset takes over healthcare.  Allina is the EpiPen of hospitals."

Nurses will continue to strike Allina hospitals until an agreement is reached.  They have received the help and support of other unions and workers.  Teachers, paramedics, and communications workers have agreed to picket Allina facilities as well.  Some delivery drivers are stopping at the nurses' picket line and telling Allina management to come out and drive the delivery vehicles into the hospital.  No new negotiations have been set. 
 
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