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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 »

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 »

Legislative Alert: Please Call Monday!

This coming week critical votes may be taken in the California legislature and your voice and calls are needed to make sure the outcome benefits patients and the people who care for them, YOU, the Registered Nurses. We are asking you to make two calls to your representatives by this Monday, August 18th. Remember, their staffs are there to hear what you have to say and are used to getting calls from the people from their districts. Each call will take less than a minute! More »

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open!

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open!

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open! Nurses and community agree: Keep Doctors Medical Center Open. Watch video now. More »

San Diego RN speaks out for dignity of migrant children

San Diego RN speaks out for dignity of migrant children

San Diego RN and California Nurses Association/National Nurses United member Lisa Rainford joined with area civil rights and human rights activists July 22 in calling on Escondido, Ca. city officials to reverse a decision to block the opening of a closed nursing home as a shelter to temporarily house refugee migrant children. More »

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

The Food and Drug Administration has already suggested that it thinks that regulation of Health Information Technology and Clinical Decision Support systems are NOT necessary! The FDA is now taking public comments and they need to hear your voice to protect our patients. More »

RNs and Community: Vote YES for Patient Care!

RNs and Community: Vote YES for Patient Care!

Memorial Medical Center RNs speak out: YES for CNA. With support from their Sutter colleagues at Tracy, Eden, Alta Bates Summit, Delta, Roseville, CPMC Pacific, St. Luke’s; and from Bakersfield Memorial, Children’s Hospital of Oakland, St. Rose, St. Joseph’s, Doctor’s Medical in Modesto & Kaiser Modesto. Community groups and labor allies support RNs organizing for a voice and safer patient care More »

Memo to the Anti-Union Crowd, Not in Our State, Ask Steve Glazer

Memo to the Anti-Union Crowd, Not in Our State, Ask Steve Glazer

In a low turnout primary election earlier this month, California political analysts had to scurry to find messages from the voters. Here’s one that some missed. We’re not ready to turn into the latest cookie-cutter anti-union state. What would you call California if we lost our vital labor movement? A state that looks a lot like what has happened in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, all of which recently enacted laws intended to decimate labor unions. More »

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Once again the California Hospital Association is mounting a crusade that the survival of the multibillion-dollar California hospital industry is in grave jeopardy. The threat? Earthquakes? Climate change? Godzilla? Not exactly. The big threat is AB 503, a bill that would let the public know whether non-profit hospital corporations justify their enormously profitable tax-exempt status by providing sufficient charity care and community benefits. More »

What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care

What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care

Noticed how little in the healthcare debate we hear one word that should be at its center – care? Nurses have noticed, and are alarmed at worrisome changes now putting patients at risk. A new video from National Nurses United starring the decidedly non-personal “FRANK” is a humorous or not so humorous glimpse into one of the most troubling mutations. More »

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Offer Assistance and Assess Health Risks of L.A. Oil Spill

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Offer Assistance and Assess Health Risks of L.A. Oil Spill

After learning this morning of the second major oil leak in L.A. in less two months, some of the newest members of CNA rushed to the scene to offer assistance and assess the health risks associated with a gushing leak coming from a ruptured above-ground pipeline. The newly elected Bargaining Team nurses from USC Verdugo Hills had a scheduled meeting less than half a mile from the spill at the CNA Glendale office to prepare for negotiations with management of the recently unionized hospital. Sandy Mulcahey, RN and Erica Beltran, RN arrived to find a massive cleanup underway. The nurses gathered information from LAPD and LAFD officials, who thanked the RNs for their assistance. More »

Sign the petition to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

Sign the petition to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

RNs from Doctors Medical Center (DMC) are fighting to keep this critical facility open. Nurses are urging Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to assume authority of DMC, which has 79 percent of the hospital beds and 60 percent of the emergency care in the region. Closure would be a healthcare catastrophe! More »

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

On May 12, International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale's birthday, nurses around the world will rally in support of the declaration, “Healthcare is a Human Right,” as part of a day of action organized by Global Nurses United, an international network of nurses’ unions, including National Nurses United. When GNU leaders came together to establish the network in 2013, they pledged to work together to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all. This ambitious agenda is the legacy of the many giants in the history of nursing who dreamed big and organized with others to realize those dreams. More »

Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

Nurses turned out in Richmond, California at the Planning Commission hearing to bear witness to the life-threatening health impacts of Chevron’s planned expansion project of it’s coastal refinery. The Chevron project would send our community down the dangerous path to refining extreme fossil fuels and dirtier crude. In a community already facing increased rates of asthma, cancer, and low birth weight babies, this project will make our air quality more hazardous and our neighborhoods dumping grounds for even more toxic chemicals. More »

Honor Dr. King’s fight for economic justice with tax on Wall Street

Honor Dr. King’s fight for economic justice with tax on Wall Street

From Maine to California, nurses, students, HIV/AIDS and community activists, took to the streets today calling on Congress to fulfill the quest of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for economic justice by enacting a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund efforts to reverse inequality. "The Inclusive Prosperity Act would make Dr. King proud," said Rep. Keith Ellison at a kick off press conference in Washington against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol. More »

200 Kaiser RNs Rally to Protest Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

200 Kaiser RNs Rally to Protest Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

More than 200 Kaiser Permanente RNs rallied outside the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center Thursday afternoon to sound a public alarm about patient care reductions the HMO giant is proposing for its new Oakland facility which is expected to open this summer. Waving signs that mocked Kaiser’s multi-million dollar “Thrive” campaign with an RN adaptation: “Kaiser executives: Our patients should thrive not be deprived,” the RNs described substantial problems with short staffing and cuts that come at a time when Kaiser is making record profits and adding 95,000 new enrollees through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. More »

California RN Updates and Actions for Healing!

California RN Updates and Actions for Healing!

See what's going on with California RNs at Kaiser, Sutter Tracy, Alta Bates Summit, and California Pacific Medical Center, when nurses join together to resist downgrading patient care, enforce safe staffing for safe patient care, and WIN elections despite intensive pressure and intimidation from hospital managers. California Nurses are also joining the National March for Climate Action this Saturday in Los Angeles. More »

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

Here's a commentary by National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. With the clock ticking down on a final decision by the Obama administration on Keystone XL, it’s time to update why the nation’s largest nurses organization is opposed to a project that looks more like a pathway to pollution than a gateway to our gas pumps. Citing the threat to public health and how the project would hasten the climate crisis, nurses have been on the front line of protests against Keystone, a 1,700-mile pipeline that would transport 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil every day from Alberta, Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, largely for export. More »

RNs Protest Management’s Efforts to Undermine Patient Care at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward

RNs Protest Management’s Efforts to Undermine Patient Care at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward

The Registered Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward conducted a candlelight vigil today to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. In December 2012, after several years of mismanagement at St. Rose, the RNs voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association. Since that time, RNs have actively sought to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves some of their existing standards, and also improves them so that RNs can provide the best patient care. The nurses and their bargaining team have focused on standards that also address the retention and recruitment of experienced RNs. More »

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