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What. A. Night. In. Vegas.

What. A. Night. In. Vegas.

Thousands of nurses tuned into the first debate for the Democratic presidential nomination and to cheer on our endorsed candidate, Bernie Sanders. Before the big event, more than 200 RNs joined 200 other supporters and marched in Vegas, sending the message to the world that Bernie is the best choice for our country. More »

Guest commentary: It’s time for county to invest in safe patient care

Guest commentary: It’s time for county to invest in safe patient care

Are you proud to call yourself a Contra Costa County resident? Because we are. We are registered nurses who live and work right here in the county, for Contra Costa Health Services. We believe our community, which includes our kids, our families, our neighbors, our co-workers and you, all deserve the very best medical care that our county can provide. More »

It’s Not Just the Cadillac Tax - Volkswagen System of Profiting Off the Sick Must Go Too

It’s Not Just the Cadillac Tax - Volkswagen System of Profiting Off the Sick Must Go Too

To unpack the growing hubbub over the fraudulently named "Cadillac tax" let's lift the covers off the corporate ideology of both the tax and Affordable Care Act it funds, and ask again, why do we continue to cling to a healthcare system premised on profiting off the sick? More »

DeAnn McEwen, RN and Nursing Practice, Health and Safety Specialist, National Nurses United
RN Response Network Mobilizes Volunteer Nurses to Care for Butte Fire and Valley Fire Evacuees

RN Response Network Mobilizes Volunteer Nurses to Care for Butte Fire and Valley Fire Evacuees

As the weekend drew to a close, and California’s devastating wild fires continued to destroy homes and leave tens of thousands of evacuees displaced, National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) mobilized teams of volunteer nurses to help provide care for Butte and Valley fire evacuees. More »

Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro Speaks on Sanders’ call to Organized Labor

Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro Speaks on Sanders’ call to Organized Labor

"We are truly in an amazing and transformative time. It’s not a fantasy, it will last for years to come if we are sincerely committed to the change that this campaign, our campaign, with Bernie represents." More »

A Labor Day Story: Union Nurses Making a Difference

A Labor Day Story: Union Nurses Making a Difference

The positive impact of RNs in the public arena can be traced back to the earliest American nurses. These RNs, who included women like Lillian Wald and Lavinia Dock, saw communities in desperate need and poverty—whether it was from poor sanitation, lack of opportunities for children working in sweatshops, or no access to healthcare. To advocate for their patients’ health, these nurses understood that they needed to advocate for social reform on a broader level; many early 20th century RNs were deeply involved in social movements. Wald and Dock were representative of nurses who expanded the role of RNs in advocating on behalf of the public interest by speaking out on issues such as women's suffrage, child labor law protections, and union and worker's rights. More »

Higher Power: Joining with Pope Francis in the fight for healthcare justice

Higher Power: Joining with Pope Francis in the fight for healthcare justice

Imagine if the tens of millions of nurses in the world start working actively together with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, 16 percent of the planet’s population, on confronting the health consequences of climate change and environmental degradation. And, jointly pressing all nations – including the most recalcitrant, our own – to accept healthcare as a fundamental human right. More »

Help RNs Hold St. Joseph Health System CEO Accountable For Change

Help RNs Hold St. Joseph Health System CEO Accountable For Change

The registered nurses of St. Joseph Health System have recently released a new report, “Falling From Grace,” on ethical and patient care concerns at SJH hospitals. More »

America celebrates 50 years of Medicare:  Parties, pies, and a rallying cry for change

America celebrates 50 years of Medicare:  Parties, pies, and a rallying cry for change

On July 30, nurses, seniors, elected official, healthcare activists, and more—threw a huge cross-country, 25-city celebration of Medicare’s 50th birthday. Under the rallying cry “Protect! Improve! Expand!” (PIE), it’s no wonder birthday cake gave way to pie on this landmark day, where community fun mixed with moving testimony on Medicare’s role in making healthcare a human right. More »

A Decade After Katrina, RNs Reflect on What We’ve Learned and Refuse to Learn

A Decade After Katrina, RNs Reflect on What We’ve Learned and Refuse to Learn

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction along the Gulf Coast, registered nurse volunteers with the disaster relief program, Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), which sent hundreds of RN volunteers to provide disaster relief to the region in the wake of the deadly storm, say that critical lessons which exacerbated the 2005 crisis – global climate change, our lack of a national healthcare system, and failure to invest in public resources and infrastructure – have still not been learned. More »

A champion of nurses, patients and the people: NNU Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

A champion of nurses, patients and the people: NNU Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

The 200-plus nurse members had gathered in NNU’s Oakland, Calif. office for a national conversation with Sanders—also broadcast live to thousands of additional RNs in cities from Des Moines and Chicago, to Kansas City and Orlando. Citing Sanders’ track record on supporting Medicare for all, fighting income inequality, working to end systemic racism, and “the same issues that animate nurses” More »

National Nurses’ Conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders

National Nurses’ Conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders—a champion of Medicare for all, national nurse-to-patient ratios, collective bargaining rights for RNs, Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street, and more—is inviting nurses to take part in a live, nationally broadcast conversation, held at the National Nurses United office in Oakland, CA. More »

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Scholarships Available for Women’s Global Health Leadership Courses

Scholarships Available for Women’s Global Health Leadership Courses

As part of the Certificate Program in Women’s Global Health Leadership, we are pleased to announce the Fall 2015 courses Global Women’s Health Movements, Gendered Professions and the Transnational Care Economy, and Health Consequences of Global Trade in Food Commodities, co-sponsored by National Nurses United and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The courses will be offered online during the Fall Semester of 2015. Classes begin September 1, 2015. More »

Happy 50th Birthday Medicare!

Happy 50th Birthday Medicare!

The Medicare and Medicaid bill passed both houses of congress by an overwhelming vote. President Johnson signs it into law on July 30, 1965. Harry Truman was present at the signing and Johnson helped Truman sign-up for Medicare. More »

A Historic Night to Remember at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center

A Historic Night to Remember at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center

It was past midnight Thursday night ebbing into Friday morning when CNA/NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro announced the report of the final numbers from the vote count at Kaiser Permanente’s flagship Southern California hospital. More »

Mass. Nurses Association Donna Kelly Williams - Patient Safety Act

Mass. Nurses Association Donna Kelly Williams - Patient Safety Act

SURVEY SAYS! 85% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts’ hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments. Nurses across the country continue their fight for patient safety. More »

The ACA Survives for Now, But We Still Don’t Have Real Healthcare Reform

The ACA Survives for Now, But We Still Don’t Have Real Healthcare Reform

Perhaps the best window to the top winners in the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act could be seen 200 miles up the road, on Wall Street. More »

Just Two Days Left - Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

Just Two Days Left - Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

Please vote today for NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro in the annual poll by Modern Healthcare on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. More »

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