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East Bay cities vote to oppose Alta Bates Closure

East Bay cities vote to oppose Alta Bates Closure

City Councils in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, and San Pablo have joined community opposition to the closure of Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. More »

RNRN Disaster Watch: Wildfire Season

RNRN Disaster Watch: Wildfire Season

RNRN has been closely monitoring the devastating wild fires across California and the west. In the current fire season, we have already witnessed fires across the state that have scorched almost 100,000 acres and drawn more than 5,000 firefighters to the effort. More »

Building the Political and Social Movement at the People’s Summit in Chicago

Building the Political and Social Movement at the People’s Summit in Chicago

In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the nation and the planet. More »

DNC Platform Committee Members Offended By Key Single-Payer Healthcare Advocate

DNC Platform Committee Members Offended By Key Single-Payer Healthcare Advocate

The executive director of a major nurses union, which provided substantial support for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, spoke to the Democratic platform committee on June 17. She advocated for single-payer universal healthcare in the United States. More »

Let’s Honor Our History and Ourselves this Nurses Week

Let’s Honor Our History and Ourselves this Nurses Week

This year's Nurses Week, we honor the noble profession of nursing not only in the United States, but across the world. More »

On International Workers Memorial Day, We Honor Our Nursing Colleague Cynthia Barraca Palomata

On International Workers Memorial Day, We Honor Our Nursing Colleague Cynthia Barraca Palomata

On this day, we remember Cynthia Barraca Palomata, RN, and vow to do all we can to ensure no nurse ever again loses her health, or her own life, in the process of working to heal others. More »

Let’s break the neo-liberal grip with a vote for Bernie Sanders

Let’s break the neo-liberal grip with a vote for Bernie Sanders

With the 2016 election, we have a rare opportunity to break the chokehold the neo-liberal agenda has maintained for nearly half a century on the political, economic, and social life of this nation. More »

California Nurses Association Stephanie Roberson talks about the legislative process

California Nurses Association Stephanie Roberson talks about the legislative process

California Nurses Association Legislative Advocate Stephanie Roberson joins us to talk about the "making of a law" and the critical importance of legislation such as the landmark nurse to patient ratios bill passed in California in 1999. More »

NNU Statement on the ANA endorsement of Hillary Clinton

NNU Statement on the ANA endorsement of Hillary Clinton

America’s nurses, including the actual largest organization of U.S. nurses, National Nurses United, overwhelmingly support Bernie Sanders for President. More »

Basic Information on the Zika Virus

Basic Information on the Zika Virus

Zika is currently locally transmitted in 28 countries and territories in North and South America. The CDC is constantly updating the list of areas affected by the virus. More »

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

More than 1,200 California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee registered nurses, environmental and healthcare activists, and students on Dec. 3 marched and rallied in Los Angeles to demand that the world’s leaders, now convening in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, adopt a binding and enforceable climate treaty, commit resources to fund the transformation to clean, renewable energy including a just transition program for those who now work in the fossil fuel industry, and call on wealthy, developed countries to provide resources for the less-developed countries to act on climate, with funding coming from a carbon tax and the Robin Hood tax. More »

Nurses for Bernie community party in Fremont, CA.

Nurses for Bernie community party in Fremont, CA.

Over the past few months, in living rooms & community centers across the country, nurses have been gathering to host parties in support of Bernie Sanders. Nationwide we’ve been coming together to talk about Bernie’s candidacy and brainstorm ways we can help. This past weekend, around 150 nurses and community members came together for a Nurses For Bernie Community Party in Fremont, CA. More »

Populist Poposals Remind Why Nurses Trust Bernie Sanders to Heal America

Populist Poposals Remind Why Nurses Trust Bernie Sanders to Heal America

In recent days, the Democratic Party establishment has stepped up efforts to freeze the momentum for Sen. Bernie Sanders, pressing Democratic Party office holders, who are also convention super delegates, to get in line and trying to create an impression that the contest is over. More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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