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For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

Patients find it very difficult to tell in our dysfunctional healthcare system in the U.S. whether we are being cared for as people or being worked over for profit potential. It’s frustrating and painful to hear ourselves referred to as consumers or customers rather than patients. Rest assured that when someone labels us as things rather than human beings, it’s more than a difference in terminology; it’s a big, bold statement on exactly where and how we fit. More »

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

Notes from the road in California: I’ve been on the National Nurses United Medicare for All for life bus tour since mid-June, with one break to travel to Philadelphia for the SiCKO 5th reunion. So first let me admit I have a bit of “bus brain” going on. It’s a condition that goes along with being on an advocacy tour, without the restorative comforts of home. Today we head for Santa Cruz. Join us! More »

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

It’s a big day. And the corporate model for healthcare in America just triumphed over our humanity. The corporate Supreme Court honored all of its masters mightily in upholding the position that patients are consumers, taxes are bad, and full steam ahead on a healthcare system that includes a bailed-out private health insurance market. Ouch. More »

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

It hurts. The stories hurt. The aching, pounding, insistent sounds of Californians telling the nurses where it hurts. This is what the Medicare for all for life bus tour is all about in California. More »

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

My cancer won’t wait and doesn’t care about what nine robed judges in Washington, DC, say about healthcare. Cancer doesn’t care. Obamacare. Romneycare. No matter. Cancer doesn’t care. But the nurses do. More »

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

San Diego – Take heart, America. After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare For All to a standing room only crowd in San Diego. More »

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

The proposed budget language to suspend the nurse-to-patient ratios for every patient on every unit in the acute care hospitals for the entire period that nurses are away from their patient assignment for meal and rest breaks undermines patient safety in every hospital setting. More »

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Registered nurses from nearly a dozen hospitals in California walked out on the job, grabbed picket signs and held a one-day strike Wednesday to protest massive cuts to patient care and RN livelihood. Many marched outside Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area where the corporation is proposing some 100 widespread reductions in patient services and RN contract standards. More »

All Aboard the Healthcare Express! Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012

All Aboard the Healthcare Express! Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012

Nurses and healthcare justice advocates kick-off Medicare for All California Bus Tour in San Diego on June 19. What happens if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional? If the Court upholds it, is this the best we can do? ObamaCare, RomneyCare, what about our care? Volunteer to get involved. More »

Northern California Sutter RNs to Strike May 1 To Protest Attack on Patient Care, RN Standards

Northern California Sutter RNs to Strike May 1 To Protest Attack on Patient Care, RN Standards

Sutter is making demands for contract concessions and sweeping cuts in care despite making over $4 billion in profits since 2007, and handing its chief executive Pat Fry at 215 percent pay hike to over $4 million a year, in addition to salaries of over $1 million a year to some 20 other top executives. Join the Sutter RNs on the picket line, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations: More »

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

California Nurses Association calls it a major encroachment on nurse practitioners’ practice and unsafe expansion of registered nurses’ scope of practice. More »

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

Genel Morgan, RN and Rita LaBarge, RN - To suggest that nurses who fight to provide safe care every minute of every day are using the death of one of our patients for our own gain is genuinely disturbing. One only has to view the video of the candlelight vigil held honoring Judith Ming to recognize palpable grief in all of our faces as we honored the life of a patient caught in the crosshairs of a system gone awry. More »

I am what stands between you and disaster

I am what stands between you and disaster

An anonymous nurse responds to recent media attacks blaming union nurses for a tragic death at Sutter/Alta Bates-Summit during the five day lockout that followed their one-day strike. More »

Governor Brown thanks the nurses

Governor Brown thanks the nurses

"I want to thank you, each one of you, for all the help you gave in the great campaign to make sure that the queen was not crowned, but was exiled, hopefully for a long time," Brown said. More »

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

In every city and town across America today there is a "Mr. Cellophane," as the musical Chicago put it, and other men, women, and children who seem to have become invisible to those who set policy in Washington and to the financiers on Wall Street who put them in the shadows. More »

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

An international day of action to make Wall Street Pay - nurses are joining workers to demand jobs, guaranteed healthcare, quality public education, fair housing and enactment of a Financial Transaction Tax (Wall Street sales tax) More »

Stories from Main Street

Stories from Main Street

NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro recently called on RNs nationwide to share stories about how the economic crisis is impacting their lives at home, and in their hospitals and communities. Their heartfelt responses were deeply moving, some of which can be read in this blog. To protect their anonymity, names have been removed. Additional stories are coming soon. More »

Missing in Madison—Where’s Obama? Nurses Offer to Buy President’s Shoes to March with Workers

Missing in Madison—Where’s Obama? Nurses Offer to Buy President’s Shoes to March with Workers

The past two weeks have been a "Where's Waldo" moment for President Obama. He's been largely a bystander while tens of thousands of American workers, joined by students, and community allies, marched in Madison's snow and freezing temperatures, and slept on the floors of the capitol to defend their most fundamental right to freedom of assembly and a collective voice. More »

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

By Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO. There should be two lasting lessons to emerge from the heroic labor-led protests in Wisconsin. First, working people--with our many allies, students, seniors, women's organizations, and more--are inspired and ready to fight. Second, we need to send a clear and unequivocal message to the right-wing politicians and those in the media suggesting further concessions from working people. More »

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve in an unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 percent it intends to foist on individuals and families. The announcement coincided with announced plans by nurses, patients, and consumer advocates who stormed Blue Shield's posh California corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco. More »

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