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RNs, Sierra Club survey Richmond neighborhoods on health impact of coal trains

RNs, Sierra Club survey Richmond neighborhoods on health impact of coal trains

While moving toxic fuels means profit for corporate interests, local residents may be paying the price with their health. That’s why RNs from the California Nurses Association have partnered with the Sierra Club on a Monday evening, to canvas Richmond’s Parchester Village. More »

Video: Sutter RN Talks About the Strike to Protect Nurses’ Rights

Video: Sutter RN Talks About the Strike to Protect Nurses’ Rights

Sutter profits are at an all time high ($3 billion in profits the last five years and $8.3 billion in net assets) and now they are proposing cuts. The nurses remain concerned about inadequate staffing and other patient care concerns. More »

RNRN Statement on the Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

RNRN Statement on the Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

RNRN staff have been closely monitoring and and have been in touch with our disaster relief allies as events unfold in Nepal after the devastating 7.8 earthquake struck this past Saturday. More »

WARNING: The TPP is a hazard to your health and our Democracy!

WARNING: The TPP is a hazard to your health and our Democracy!

Please take a few minutes and listen to Political Director for National Nurses United, Ken Zinn as he talks about why it is critical to call your elected officials immediately and tell them to vote NO on Fast Tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership! More »

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of ignored staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of ignored staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

In a letter officially sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health today, the JPH RNs cited 28 documented instances of unsafe staffing, all previously reported to management, serving to prove what the nurses say, “that Jackson Park Hospital’s staffing crisis is intentional." More »

The Robin Hood Tax Day of Action honoring MLK was a moment of solidarity in values

The Robin Hood Tax Day of Action honoring MLK was a moment of solidarity in values

Across the country —from Palo Alto to El Paso, Maine to Miami—nurses and other activists rallied today in the late winter sun to lobby Congressional lawmakers for a tax on Wall Street’s riskiest transactions. More »

Nurses Lead “Reclaim Chicago”

Nurses Lead “Reclaim Chicago”

With a runoff vote just days away, one Chicago politician figures almost as prominently in the city’s mayoral campaign as do the two candidates themselves, incumbent Rahm Emmanuel and his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. More »

Conversations with Kay, Part 2

Conversations with Kay, Part 2

Recently, we started a regular item featuring the life and nursing career stories of Kay McVay, a longtime intensive care unit RN at Kaiser Permanente and president emeritus of the California Nurses Association. More »

RNs Rally in Support of Hospital Workplace Violence Regulations

RNs Rally in Support of Hospital Workplace Violence Regulations

The upcoming regulations are the result of a CNA-sponsored bill, SB 1299—the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act—which was signed in 2014 by California Governor Jerry Brown. The bill mandates that hospitals have a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan; Cal/OSHA’s regulations will implement the law. More »

Sutter’s Fine - What Else Are They Hiding at Alta Bates?

Sutter’s Fine - What Else Are They Hiding at Alta Bates?

More than a dozen nurses from Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center gathered outside the facility’s Oakland hospital Wednesday afternoon to alert the public to ongoing safety problems at the hospital – even after it was slapped with a maximum fine by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). More »

NNU and Reclaim Chicago’s Mayoral Endorsement – Signal of New Political Movement

NNU and Reclaim Chicago’s Mayoral Endorsement – Signal of New Political Movement

With a runoff vote only two weeks away, one Chicago politician figures almost as prominently in the city’s mayoral campaign as do the two candidates themselves, incumbent Rahm Emmanuel and his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. More »

Standing On Our Own Shoulders

Standing On Our Own Shoulders

Year 15 of the new millennium opened with a most momentous achievement for registered nurses and patients – a precedent-setting agreement in the largest RN contract in the nation, for 18,000 Kaiser Permanente RNs and NPs that will likely raise the bar for nurses from coast to coast. The new pact could not have been realized without the unified determination of Kaiser nurses, with the broad support of other RNs and our unparalleled organization, to defend the role of nurses and their professional expertise as patient advocates. More »

Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike

Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike

With a large turnout Thursday, registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital voted by 98 percent to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a strike, if needed, to protest the hospital’s refusal to act on their concerns for improved patient care staffing and management demands for significant cuts in health coverage for the nurses and their families. More »

Conversations with Kay, Part 1

Conversations with Kay, Part 1

CNA President Emeritus Kay McVay, RN, has 80 years’ worth of stories to share about nursing, life, healthcare, and the rise of National Nurses United. Pull up a chair for a chance to learn from one of our nursing movement’s greatest leaders. More »

RN Delegation Lobbies, Protests in Sacramento to Stop TPP, Fast Track

RN Delegation Lobbies, Protests in Sacramento to Stop TPP, Fast Track

Dozens of nurses and supporters gathered Tuesday in Sacramento, to protest what they say is the REAL “trade” being faced by the U.S. and 11 other countries, under an impending, secretive trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Public health in exchange for corporate profits. More »

Better Safe than Sorry

Better Safe than Sorry

As violence against RNs skyrockets, nurses demand employers to take responsibility for creating safe workplaces More »

Nurses sound a CODE BLUE in D.C. on Fast Track and TPP

Nurses sound a CODE BLUE in D.C. on Fast Track and TPP

With the White House and some of the biggest multinational corporations lobbying Congress to “fast track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries, National Nurses United today converged on the nation’s capital to explain that what’s good for investors’ balance sheets is not necessarily good for patients. More »

The True Price of Gas in Torrance

The True Price of Gas in Torrance

"A plume of smoke blanketed the city of Torrance Wednesday, Feb. 18 after the ExxonMobil refinery explosion jolted local residents. It shook homes and schools, ripped through the city like an earthquake, injured workers, and rained ash that covered sidewalks with black soot. When nurses arrived to see the damage, the toxic air caused them nausea and choking that persisted through the day. More »

Trade Deals Should Come With Their Own Warnings for Public Health

Trade Deals Should Come With Their Own Warnings for Public Health

The problem with so many of the international trade deals signed at the behest of transnational corporations the past three decades. National sovereignty is overridden by the inexorable push for higher corporate profits, with public health frequently a first target. More »

Enloe Medical Center RN’s Vote Strongly in Favor of New Contract

Enloe Medical Center RN’s Vote Strongly in Favor of New Contract

CHICO—Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have overwhelmingly approved a new three year contract covering 860 RNs affiliated with the California Nurses Association. More »

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