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ESCANABA, MI--   Nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba have ratified a three-year contract. 

The Michigan Nurses Association says under the new agreement all nurses secured raises to bring up low salaries to be competitive with other area hospitals. Registered nurses had said recruiting and retaining RNs was a priority during contract negotiations.

More than 130 nurses have been working without a contract since May 1. Officials say an overwhelming majority of nurses voted for the agreement.

The newly ratified contract takes effect immediately.

ESCANABA, MI--   A picket by registered nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital is canceled, after a tentative three-year agreement was reached with administration Wednesday night.

The Michigan Nurses Association says the contract includes provisions to recruit and retain experienced nurses. That was a major sticking point for RNs in previous negotiations.

OSF St. Francis

ESCANABA, MI--   Registered nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba are hitting the picket line Thursday to call for a fairer contract.

Laura Vizineau is an 11-year nurse at OSF. She says nurses want to be able to recruit and retain experienced RNs at St. Francis, but the hospital has some of the lowest starting wages in the U.P.

“We get a lot of brand-new nurses, having a local college here, but not a lot of experienced nurses want to come here for way less pay.”

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Nurse practitioners and other nurses with extra training could practice in Michigan without oversight by physicians and prescribe drugs under legislation that has cleared a hurdle in Lansing.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 20-18 to recognize registered nurses with advanced training under state law. Backers say the bill could lead to more competition, reduced medical costs and offset impending doctor shortages as baby boomers retire.