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Legislative Alert: Please Call Monday!

This coming week critical votes may be taken in the California legislature and your voice and calls are needed to make sure the outcome benefits patients and the people who care for them, YOU, the Registered Nurses. We are asking you to make two calls to your representatives by this Monday, August 18th. Remember, their staffs are there to hear what you have to say and are used to getting calls from the people from their districts. Each call will take less than a minute! More »

Legislative Alert: Please Call Today!

Your calls needed today on CNA bills to hold hospitals accountable and protect patients and nurses. Critical CNA-sponsored legislation is up for critical votes this week in the Appropriations Committees in the California Senate and Assembly. Your voice – and your calls – can make the difference in whether we can advance these bills. More »

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open!

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open!

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open! Nurses and community agree: Keep Doctors Medical Center Open. Watch video now. More »

San Diego RN speaks out for dignity of migrant children

San Diego RN speaks out for dignity of migrant children

San Diego RN and California Nurses Association/National Nurses United member Lisa Rainford joined with area civil rights and human rights activists July 22 in calling on Escondido, Ca. city officials to reverse a decision to block the opening of a closed nursing home as a shelter to temporarily house refugee migrant children. More »

Historic rally in Detroit — 3,000, led by RNs and community leaders ‘Turn on the water.’

Historic rally in Detroit — 3,000, led by RNs and community leaders ‘Turn on the water.’

Thousands of registered nurses, community, labor, environmental and community activists marched in Detroit today in a resounding protests against the shutoff of water to tens of thousands of city residents – an action the marchers called a wanton violation of human rights that creates a public health emergency. More »

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1556 and H.R. 4580

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1556 and H.R. 4580

Certain Veterans Affairs (VA) professionals gained the right to bargain collectively in 1991. However, over the last several years, the interpretation of the statute’s exemptions to collective bargaining has broadened considerably, leaving workers with few meaningful collective bargaining rights. More »

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

The Food and Drug Administration has already suggested that it thinks that regulation of Health Information Technology and Clinical Decision Support systems are NOT necessary! The FDA is now taking public comments and they need to hear your voice to protect our patients. More »

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

We’ve launched a national campaign intended to emphasize the point that all that glitters is not gold. Our campaign describes a number of changes occurring in healthcare delivery at the bedside that RNs believe are putting patients at risk. These include the premature discharge of patients to other settings, including the home, where the burden for care falls entirely on family members. More »

RNs and Community: Vote YES for Patient Care!

RNs and Community: Vote YES for Patient Care!

Memorial Medical Center RNs speak out: YES for CNA. With support from their Sutter colleagues at Tracy, Eden, Alta Bates Summit, Delta, Roseville, CPMC Pacific, St. Luke’s; and from Bakersfield Memorial, Children’s Hospital of Oakland, St. Rose, St. Joseph’s, Doctor’s Medical in Modesto & Kaiser Modesto. Community groups and labor allies support RNs organizing for a voice and safer patient care More »

Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU Irma Westmoreland, RN Talks About The VA on Nurse Talk Radio

Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU Irma Westmoreland, RN Talks About The VA on Nurse Talk Radio

“The inexcusable waiting lists are symptoms of deeper problems,” said Irma Westmoreland, RN, chair of Veterans Affairs for National Nurses United and a registered nurse at the Augusta, Georgia VA Medical Center. More »

Memo to the Anti-Union Crowd, Not in Our State, Ask Steve Glazer

Memo to the Anti-Union Crowd, Not in Our State, Ask Steve Glazer

In a low turnout primary election earlier this month, California political analysts had to scurry to find messages from the voters. Here’s one that some missed. We’re not ready to turn into the latest cookie-cutter anti-union state. What would you call California if we lost our vital labor movement? A state that looks a lot like what has happened in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, all of which recently enacted laws intended to decimate labor unions. More »

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Once again the California Hospital Association is mounting a crusade that the survival of the multibillion-dollar California hospital industry is in grave jeopardy. The threat? Earthquakes? Climate change? Godzilla? Not exactly. The big threat is AB 503, a bill that would let the public know whether non-profit hospital corporations justify their enormously profitable tax-exempt status by providing sufficient charity care and community benefits. More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

We talk with RN Bonnie Castillo about National Nurses United new campaign, “Insist On A Registered Nurse”. Listen like this information could save your life or the life of a loved one. More »

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Registered nurses from across the country went to Washington DC last week to urge Congress to take action to fix the nation’s broken health care system by enacting Medicare for All. While our nation’s health care system has incredibly capable nurses and other health professionals, and boasts a variety of other advantages like the highest spending per person in the world, we don’t get the outcomes we should. Far too many go without health care when they need it. Our nation ranks behind 19 industrialized countries in preventable deaths among those under age 75. More »

What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care

What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care

Noticed how little in the healthcare debate we hear one word that should be at its center – care? Nurses have noticed, and are alarmed at worrisome changes now putting patients at risk. A new video from National Nurses United starring the decidedly non-personal “FRANK” is a humorous or not so humorous glimpse into one of the most troubling mutations. More »

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 12 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe held coordinated actions marking international “Nurses Week” (May 6-12) with a call to step up efforts to promote patient safety, protect health care services, and ensure access to health care for all with a common theme of “Health Care is a Human Right.” See and share photos and videos from around the globe. More »

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Offer Assistance and Assess Health Risks of L.A. Oil Spill

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Offer Assistance and Assess Health Risks of L.A. Oil Spill

After learning this morning of the second major oil leak in L.A. in less two months, some of the newest members of CNA rushed to the scene to offer assistance and assess the health risks associated with a gushing leak coming from a ruptured above-ground pipeline. The newly elected Bargaining Team nurses from USC Verdugo Hills had a scheduled meeting less than half a mile from the spill at the CNA Glendale office to prepare for negotiations with management of the recently unionized hospital. Sandy Mulcahey, RN and Erica Beltran, RN arrived to find a massive cleanup underway. The nurses gathered information from LAPD and LAFD officials, who thanked the RNs for their assistance. More »

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency, has found that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated federal law by refusing to provide nurses and our representatives with copies of the 2012 AHRQ Survey on Patient Safety Culture, copies of the current staffing plans for each unit, and daily deviation from the established staffing plans. Rather than work with nurses collaboratively to improve staffing and patient safety at the hospital, management claimed confidentiality and wasted thousands of dollars to wage a failing legal battle to withhold the information. More »

Sign the petition to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

Sign the petition to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

RNs from Doctors Medical Center (DMC) are fighting to keep this critical facility open. Nurses are urging Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to assume authority of DMC, which has 79 percent of the hospital beds and 60 percent of the emergency care in the region. Closure would be a healthcare catastrophe! More »

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

On May 12, International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale's birthday, nurses around the world will rally in support of the declaration, “Healthcare is a Human Right,” as part of a day of action organized by Global Nurses United, an international network of nurses’ unions, including National Nurses United. When GNU leaders came together to establish the network in 2013, they pledged to work together to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all. This ambitious agenda is the legacy of the many giants in the history of nursing who dreamed big and organized with others to realize those dreams. More »

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