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For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

In 1963, labor was at its apex of strength, as evidenced just two years later with enactment of another signature reform in America, Medicare and Medicaid, the direct result of a campaign led by unions and active and retired union members. More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

A weekly collection of International news stories impacting nurses around the globe, and how they advocate for their patients. More »

Sgro: Wake up and smell smoke of bad decisions

Sgro: Wake up and smell smoke of bad decisions

The Rim Fire above Yosemite is hitting very close to home for me and my family, even though we live in Clovis. I am an emergency room registered nurse and my husband is a firefighter. As a trauma nurse, I see the deadly impacts that fire and smoke can have on our community's health: children with asthma that turns life threatening, the elderly with emphysema gasping for a breath, homeowners trying to protect their property left with second- and third-degree burns. More »

Dignity Shows Respect for Nurses in New Contract

Dignity Shows Respect for Nurses in New Contract

Nurses with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, just settled a four-year master contract covering about 12,000 RNs in California and Nevada that not only keeps everything they had, but actually makes improvements in salaries, expands retiree health and pension benefits, and even establishes a new insurance program to protect nurses in case of needle sticks on the job or other work injuries. More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Massachusetts Nurses Take “Safe Staffing” to the People!

NURSE TALK RADIO: Massachusetts Nurses Take “Safe Staffing” to the People!

Massachusetts Nurses Association President, Donna Kelly Williams RN talks about a newly sponsored ballot measure campaign to fight for patient safety and protection. More »

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

The registered nurses of National Nurses Organizing Committee have put up billboards in California, Ohio, and West Virginia as part of our national campaign to educate the public about Community Health Systems, one of the country’s largest hospital corporations. More »

NNU Joins National Action to Reclaim MLK’s Dream

NNU Joins National Action to Reclaim MLK’s Dream

Washington, DC--On Saturday, August 24, join nurse and other groups for a rally and commemorative march along MLK’s historic 1963 route to bring the Main Street Contract and the call for living wage jobs, equal access to quality education, guaranteed healthcare, a secure retirement, clean and safe housing and a fair taxation system to Congress and the President. More »

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

By Deborah Burger, RN and NNU Co-president. Let's talk about health care. I don't mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean health care, as in: If everyone needs health care, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to health care, it's easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we nurses see the world through a different lens: our patients. More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Victory for Northern Calif. Sutter RNs

NURSE TALK RADIO: Victory for Northern Calif. Sutter RNs

Recently, a federal administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board handed nurses a victory, finding Sutter Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area engaged in illegal “unfair labor practices” when it unilaterally cut paid sick leave and eliminated all paid healthcare coverage for RNs who work less than 30 hours per week, affecting hundreds of nurses and their families. More »

WE CAN STOP THE CLIMATE CHAOS

WE CAN STOP THE CLIMATE CHAOS

Join nurses, community members, and other union members in one of the largest climate justice events in recent history on Saturday, August 3 where thousands of people will come together in a momentous West Coast mass action — We Can Stop Climate Chaos More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon tell it like it is. EMR, or Electronic Medical Records, systems are rolling out “live” in hospitals across the country. BUT WAIT! Were nurses at the table when these systems were designed and then implemented? More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

Flu shot controversy rages on. What do you think? Nurse Talk took a Facebook poll this week and we got some very passionate answers. We will share this with you in the show. Very interesting—and no less interesting was a mainstream media newscast we’ll share. Fired for not getting a flu shot? One hundred and fifty at TriHealth, Cincinnati’s largest employer live to tell. More »

There Is No Other Planet We Can Go To

There Is No Other Planet We Can Go To

With the magnificent expanse of the Golden Gate Bridge as backdrop and pathway, nurses from across the U.S. rallied on Thursday to call an end to the Keystone XL Pipeline project, a ghastly effort to transport poisonous tar sands 1,700 miles from Canada to Texas, exposing hundreds of communities en route to calamitous spills, ruined water systems and deleterious health effects. Nurses also called for an end to the politics of austerity, one that puts the false choices – jobs through environmental degradation – before us. “Nothing related to Keystone XL is good for our families, our communities, or our planet,” announced Debra Burger, RN and NNU co-president from the rally stage. “From extraction to transport to refining, tar sands oil will exacerbate our current health emergency…. This is a clear and present danger to public health.” More »

Nurses, Environmentalists to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipe

Nurses, Environmentalists to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipe

Nurses and environmental activists from across the U.S. are joining hands this week to step up the message that there is still time to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline before it stops all of us. Join us for a march across the Golden Bate Bridge in San Francisco Thursday, June 20, beginning with a noon rally at Battery East, near the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion at Fort Point adjacent to the Bridge. More »

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Kay McVay worked as a registered nurse in critical care for nearly four decades before retiring in 1995. She is a tenacious and effective champion of patients’ rights who was elected and served as the former Vice President, and then President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee from 1994 to 2003. As a young girl growing up in Compton, California, school counselors discouraged her aspirations to become a nurse. The rest is history. More »

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act near, it’s time to ask if the decision to put the burden of cutting costs on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering, is the fatal flaw in the plan. By Karen Higgins, RN and co-president of National Nurses United. More »

Oakland City Council Approves Resolution to Support Robin Hood Tax

Oakland City Council Approves Resolution to Support Robin Hood Tax

Registered Nurse Thorild Urdal told the Oakland City Council recently how she sees patients struggling everyday to survive during these tough economic times. They're delaying healthcare, rationing medication or not buying medication at all. “I see them coming in worse and worse shape, “ the Alta Bates Medical Center nurse said. That’s why Urdal and her fellow nurses are calling for a Robin Hood Tax to help our communities recover from the economic crisis caused by Wall Street. More »

Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin. Not only is the problem not solved by the Affordable Care Act, but it is a likely reason many will continue to demand more effective reform, as in expanding and extending Medicare to cover everyone. More »

Holding California private non-profit hospitals accountable for Charity Care

Holding California private non-profit hospitals accountable for Charity Care

ACTION NEEDED by May 24th--AB 975 would clearly define charity care to ensure it is care for the poor, not marketing, cutting of services or other schemes, and redefine genuine community benefit, and assure greater public transparency. Send a messages to the Assembly Appropriations Committee ASAP! More »

The time has come to expand Medi-Cal

The time has come to expand Medi-Cal

As California grapples with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it’s worth emphasizing that the significant gaps in the federal law call out for stronger action in the states to address a healthcare emergency that is far from over. More »

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