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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 »

A Historic Night to Remember at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center

A Historic Night to Remember at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center

It was past midnight Thursday night ebbing into Friday morning when CNA/NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro announced the report of the final numbers from the vote count at Kaiser Permanente’s flagship Southern California hospital. More »

Just Two Days Left - Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

Just Two Days Left - Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

Please vote today for NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro in the annual poll by Modern Healthcare on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. More »

Fresno RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Costa

Fresno RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Costa

Staff members expecting a quiet morning at Rep. Jim Costa’s Fresno office—underestimated what can happen when Congress members vote to endanger public health, with a trade deal that could balloon medication costs, overturn nurse-to-patient ratios, and destroy the environment. More »

RNs Report Back From Sea on the Continuing Promise Mission to 11 Countries with U.S. Service Members

RNs Report Back From Sea on the Continuing Promise Mission to 11 Countries with U.S. Service Members

It is now two months into the Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) mission, on which the nurses have joined joint military personnel and health care professionals, engineers, veterinarians and environmental health experts for a humanitarian assistance mission that includes mission stops in 11 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. More »

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Nurses to UC President Napolitano

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Nurses to UC President Napolitano

It is appalling that UC Management would attempt to destroy and destabilize our nurses retirement after we’ve spent our lifetime taking care of our patients. Today join your colleagues in letting President Napolitano know that attempting to destabilize our pension is bad for patient care. More »

Part 2 of 5:  Nurses and Why They’re Critical in the Legislative Process

Part 2 of 5:  Nurses and Why They’re Critical in the Legislative Process

Don Nielsen, Director, Government Relations for CNA visited with Nurse Talk about nurses and the critical reasons they are involved in the legislative process. More »

Part 1 of 5: Nurse Talk speaks with CNA Director of Gov’t Relations, Don Nielsen

Part 1 of 5: Nurse Talk speaks with CNA Director of Gov’t Relations, Don Nielsen

California Nurses Association Director of Government Relations, Don Nielsen joins Nurse Talk to discuss the critical issues facing nurses as they advocate for their patients. More »

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 »

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