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Newport Public Library celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month with Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel

(NEWPORT, OREGON) – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety of programs to spark creativity and stimulate an interest in reading and learning.

At the Newport Public Library, patrons of all ages can find a variety of educational resources and activities, including Banned Books Jeopardy, Banned Books Trivia Night at Bier One, Banned Books Tiny Art Show, Banned Books Library Card Design Contest, Spanish Movie Night, 2022 Newport Public Library Summer Music Series, and much more.

“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” says Laura Kimberly, Newport Public Library Director. “We have library programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as Teen Third Thursday, a variety of storytime programs, First Friday Family Legos, Fourth Friday Family Loteria, author talks, and much more.

This year, Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Frozen, Wicked) and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, will serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Idina and Cara are excited to remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library. 

Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages and opportunities to pursue their dreams, explore new passions and interests, and find their voice.

Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want us to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.

The Newport Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving community needs. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit www.newportpubliclibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

The Newport Public Library is please to announce the return of Youth Programming, starting in October 2022!  We will be reintroducing our weekly programs for the youngest of our Library friends, Toddler Time, Preschool Storytime, and Bilingual Preschool Storytime.

Our weekly programming will begin Tuesday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. with Toddler Time, hosted by Linda Annable our Youth Services Supervisor. Toddler Time is geared for children 0-3 and their adults, older children are welcome to join as well. Each session features books, songs, and stories chosen especially for our youngest Library visitors. The relaxed, welcoming environment gives toddlers a wonderful introduction to the joys of reading and all that the Library has to offer. Come visit us on Tuesdays for a romping time in our Children’s Room at Toddler Time!

On Wednesdays, starting October 5, Vanessa Clausing, our Youth Services Librarian, will host Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime gently introduces preschoolers, ages 3-5, to the skills they need to become successful readers and successful classroom participants. Children will enjoy books, stories, songs, rhymes and crafts at each session. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children and enjoy all that the Library has to offer before and after Storytime.

Each Thursday, beginning October 6, join Rachel Diego Leon, our Bilingual Community Resource Specialist and Linda Annable, for Bilingual Preschool Storytime – presented in both Spanish and English at 5:30 p.m. This program is very much like Preschool Storytime, however we use both English and Spanish for each story presented. All are welcome regardless of your native language. Our focus is on preschoolers, but we encourage all family members to attend.

We will also be hosting monthly events for youth at the Library. Teen Third Thursday events, geared for 6th – 12th graders, start October 20 at 4:00 p.m. And, a new program we are especially excited about is a monthly LEGO® event First Friday Family LEGO® Fun, once a month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. October’s date is Friday the 7th. This monthly event will not have a Library host; parents, adults or an older sibling will need to accompany children under the age of 10.

All of these Library events are free to participants and no registration is necessary. We will provide everything needed for all of these events. You just bring yourself and/or your kiddos. We hope to see you here for one, or more, of our regular Youth Services Programs starting October 4th.  If you have any questions please email us at reference@newportlibrary.org or call the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153.

Oregon Nurses Association wants to form a union at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

Contact: Mary Jo Kerlin, Marketing & Communications Strategist, Lincoln County
Lincoln City: 541-557-6208 Newport: 541-574-4898 Mobile: 541-921-9045

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Samaritan North Lincoln clarifies union statement

(Sept. 13, 2022 – Lincoln City, Oregon) – The Oregon Nurses Association recently issued a press release concerning efforts to form a union at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, and hospital officials wish to clarify some of the information.

“Our nurses have the right to a secret ballot election to decide whether to unionize. However, the information they, and the public, are receiving from union officials may be incomplete and inaccurate,” said CEO Lesley Ogden, MD.

The ONA release said a nurses union will help address burnout, understaffing, safe patient care and ensure that nurses will have a voice in decision making that impacts their working conditions and wages.

“It is not my place to comment on how a union would hope to accomplish this, but I can respond to what Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital has done to address these important matters,” Dr. Ogden said.

Staffing: Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital has expanded the number of employed nurses during the past year. When there is a vacant nursing position, where a replacement nurse is not immediately found, it is filled with a temporary contract nurse until the position can be filled permanently.

As a direct result of feedback from the hospital’s nurse staffing committee, the hospital added nursing positions in the medical/surgical unit and emergency departments and charge nurse positions in the emergency department. The hospital has standardized the practice of having two nurses on shift at all times in labor and delivery and in the intensive care unit regardless of patient census. The upgraded staffing plan in all units creates redundancy of skills and helps to cover breaks.

Patient safety and quality care: These are mandated by state and federal regulations. Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital consistently achieves high quality ratings in these areas from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as from a contracted patient survey company.

Also related to these topics, a patient acuity tool has been put in place to give nurses an objective way to understand a patient’s medical complexity in real time. This enables nurse management to assign an appropriate number of patients to each nurse on duty to ensure that safe and quality care can be given to each patient under each nurse’s care.

Employee satisfaction: Data from the most recent employee engagement survey shows a high response rate and positive scores that are much higher than the national average in areas that directly contradict some of the points made in the ONA statement. These areas include questions about respect, patient safety and business ethics. The highest score was the ranking on the statement, ‘”My ideas and suggestions are seriously considered.”

Decision making: The nurses at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital have many opportunities to participate in committees that impact their workplace, work conditions and the way care is delivered. This encourages employee engagement and transparency of decision making. Along with the nurse staffing committee mentioned above, other ways employees’ voices can be heard include:

  • Monthly departmental staff meetings led by department managers.
  • Monthly Town Hall meetings led by the hospital’s vice president of Patient Care Services during both day and night shifts; these are recorded so everyone has the opportunity to either attend virtually or watch later.
  • Monthly CEO Q&A sessions held virtually and that are also recorded for viewing by those unable to attend the live session.
  • Sending ideas, comments and questions directly to the hospital’s executive team.Wages, benefits and other pay: The ONA release stated that nurses at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital are not unionized, yet nurses at other Samaritan hospitals are, including those at nearby Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. However, with or without union representation, compensation is nearly equivalent between the two coastal hospitals.
  • The two hospital sites developed their pay scales independently in the past, so the step rates are not identical, but are very close. Step rates are the pay rates calculated based on years of experience and education. Nurses at both hospitals earn an additional hourly wage differential based on education level (MSN or BSN) and certain specified certifications. Other benefits, such as the education stipend, are also equal between the two hospitals.
  • “A differential for education level (MSN, BSN, or specific certifications) was specifically cited in a recent email by union organizers who say it was only put in place when administration heard of the unionization efforts, but the reality is that the inequity was discovered and corrected earlier this summer, unrelated to organizing efforts,” said Dr. Ogden.Because North Lincoln is the smallest of Samaritan Health Services’ five hospitals and last-minute staffing is more challenging for this rural hospital, additional pay is available for North Lincoln nurses who pick up last-minute shift requests.“We follow our values statement that specifically calls out respect for all and we take this very seriously,” Dr. Ogden said. “While we do have business goals and some years are more challenging than others, as a community-based, nonprofit critical access hospital, we remain consistently focused on our mission of building healthier communities together.”

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