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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Same Fight

The Same Fight

Members of the United Steelworkers union on strike from their jobs at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, Calif. got a major boost today from registered nurses around the Bay Area who joined their picket line to show support and share stories about why it's critical for workers to have a say in their work in order to protect the health and safety of themselves and their communities. More »

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Refusing to accept current working conditions, scores of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United RNs from three Los Angeles-area Providence hospitals rallied and picketed on the sidewalks of Saint John's Health Center and Little Company of Mary Torrance, with the same message directed at management: " No cuts!" As they bargain contracts at each of the facilities, nurses demand enforceable staffing language, no cuts in benefits, and enough of a raise in wages to solve Providence's chronic, and costly, crisis of recruitment and retention. More »

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses were the highlight of the rally. More than 50 were attending a CE class nearby, and they marched down J Street in red scrubs and surgical masks, chanting Clean Air Is Health Care. More »

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. More »

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, California Nurses Association/National Nurses announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. The deal will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. More »

Nurse Talk Recaps NNU Ebola Rally & National Day Of Action

Nurse Talk Recaps NNU Ebola Rally & National Day Of Action

Features highlights from Executive Director of NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro’s Rally Speech More »

Nurses go on strike for proper gear, training to protect them against Ebola

Nurses go on strike for proper gear, training to protect them against Ebola

It doesn’t seem like nurses are asking for too much as fears escalate over the spread of Ebola. They’re concerned about safety — not just for themselves but for their patients and for the public. But hospital management hasn’t responded. Neither has Congress nor the president. More »

California Nurses Say YES to Prop 45
Celebrate 15 Years of California’s Nurse to Patient Ratios!

Celebrate 15 Years of California’s Nurse to Patient Ratios!

Nurses fought long and hard for nurse to patient ratios because nurses care for their patients. Listen as RNs who were directly involved in the struggle for ratios talk about the fight, and the excitement of winning one of the landmark patient gains in the country…and the ONLY patient ratios law in the United States. More »

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality, mal-distribution of wealth, and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola. More »

Nurses and Union Activists Throughout California Celebrate Labor Day

Nurses and Union Activists Throughout California Celebrate Labor Day

Nurses joined union activists throughout California for Labor Day activities on Monday. More »

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