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NURSE TALK RADIO: Charles Idelson Demystifies Hospitals Price Gouging

NURSE TALK RADIO: Charles Idelson Demystifies Hospitals Price Gouging

An epidemic of sky-rocketing medical costs has afflicted our country and grown to obscene proportions. Listen, as Nurse Talk Radio Executive Producer Pattie Lockard talks with National Nurses United Communications Director Chuck Idelson about disturbing new data on hospital price gouging and what consumers can do. More »

Updates on RNRN Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

Updates on RNRN Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

Our fifth team of RN volunteers, part of the National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network, is currently in the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The super typhoon killed over six thousand people, left almost two thousand missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes. More »

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

An epidemic of sky-rocketing medical costs has afflicted our country and grown to obscene proportions. Medical bills are bloated with waste, redundancy, profiteering, fraud and outrageous over-billing. Much is wrong with the process of pricing and providing health care. More »

We Need A “Robin Hood” Tax On Wall Street

We Need A “Robin Hood” Tax On Wall Street

The congressional Republicans are still whining loudly that the federal government cannot pay its debts, and therefore the programs to help hurting Americans must be cut. What they will not tell you is that it is their own policy that has caused the huge budget deficit -- a policy of waging unfunded wars while cutting taxes for the rich and giving unneeded subsidies to large corporations, and perhaps most egregious of all, giving Wall Street a "free ride" when it comes to taxation. More »

RN Gift of Healing for the Holidays

RN Gift of Healing for the Holidays

That’s the hallmark of the National Nurses United's Registered Nurse Response Network, says Bonnie Castillo, RN, director of RNRN, "we’re here to stay." In the past week, RNRN marked more comings and goings. As volunteers from our third delegation started home, a fresh deployment, team four arrived. And the next team is already in formation, heading out in early January, 2014. More »

Update on RNRN Team in the Philippines

Update on RNRN Team in the Philippines

The first dedicated RNRN team arrived in the Philippines on Friday and hit the ground running, meeting with disaster relief officials and community supporters, and providing hands on work at a makeshift tent clinic. More »

National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

In the aftermath of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines, one of the worst storms on record, the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United, has put out a call for volunteers and donations through its vast network of direct-care nurses both nationally and internationally. More »

Typhoon Disaster in the Philippines - What RNs Can Do to Help!

Typhoon Disaster in the Philippines - What RNs Can Do to Help!

Sign Up, Donate Now to Help Our Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda has left a path of devastation in the Philippines. Communication channels are not yet re-established to many areas, but current reports indicate as many as 10,000 deaths, with fears of many more casualties yet to be assessed. Several hospitals, along with thousands of homes and schools have been damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of thousands left homeless – many with long term shelter needs. More »

Instead of Paul Ryan’s ‘Robin Hood in Reverse,’ Why Not a Robin Hood Tax?

Instead of Paul Ryan’s ‘Robin Hood in Reverse,’ Why Not a Robin Hood Tax?

For House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan and the Republican Party’s unofficial austerity caucus, the shutdown and debt-ceiling fights did not end in defeat. As part of the deal to end reopen the government and avert a “full-faith-and-credit” crisis, they got an agreement to establish a House and Senate conference committee that is charged with pulling together a bipartisan budget plan. More »

MTV, It’s Time to Get a Reality Check on the Portrayal of Nursing!

MTV, It’s Time to Get a Reality Check on the Portrayal of Nursing!

It’s Time to Get a Reality Check on the Portrayal of Nursing MTV! American television viewers certainly need an honest portrayal of the role and lives of registered nurses. “Scrubbing In,” is not it. After viewing the first episode, we have concluded that the creators of this show have instead chosen to trivialize the critical care role of nurses and reinforce old stereotypes of nurses as sex objects. TAKE ACTION! More »

Concerns and Opposition Grow in Anticipation of Upcoming MTV Nurse Series Scrubbing In

Concerns and Opposition Grow in Anticipation of Upcoming MTV Nurse Series Scrubbing In

Cable channel, MTV, is set to launch the so-called “Reality-TV” show Scrubbing In this Thursday Oct. 24 on MTV. The show focuses on ten travel nurses who are on temporary assignment in Orange County, California. More »

With the next budget fight looming, tell Congress don’t push Grandma off the cliff

With the next budget fight looming, tell Congress don’t push Grandma off the cliff

With the hostage taking of the current crisis has passed, a budget conference committee will be convened whose charge will be further deep cuts beyond the much detested sequester cuts negotiated late last year. And, there’s already “bipartisan” consensus that a central target of those knives will be two of the most important social reforms in U.S. history, Social Security and Medicare. More »

Congress and the President: Just Because You Were Bullied, Don’t Take It Out on Our Seniors

Congress and the President: Just Because You Were Bullied, Don’t Take It Out on Our Seniors

Let’s try to remember a lesson we all should have learned as kids. Just because you were picked on by the neighborhood bully is no excuse to go home and kick the dog or punch your little brother. Maybe some inside the Beltway need a refresher course. Just because a handful on the right have shut down government and threatened default on the debt that’s no excuse to embrace proposals to slash Medicare and Social Security. More »

For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

In 1963, labor was at its apex of strength, as evidenced just two years later with enactment of another signature reform in America, Medicare and Medicaid, the direct result of a campaign led by unions and active and retired union members. More »

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

The registered nurses of National Nurses Organizing Committee have put up billboards in California, Ohio, and West Virginia as part of our national campaign to educate the public about Community Health Systems, one of the country’s largest hospital corporations. More »

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

By Deborah Burger, RN and NNU Co-president. Let's talk about health care. I don't mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean health care, as in: If everyone needs health care, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to health care, it's easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we nurses see the world through a different lens: our patients. More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon tell it like it is. EMR, or Electronic Medical Records, systems are rolling out “live” in hospitals across the country. BUT WAIT! Were nurses at the table when these systems were designed and then implemented? More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

Flu shot controversy rages on. What do you think? Nurse Talk took a Facebook poll this week and we got some very passionate answers. We will share this with you in the show. Very interesting—and no less interesting was a mainstream media newscast we’ll share. Fired for not getting a flu shot? One hundred and fifty at TriHealth, Cincinnati’s largest employer live to tell. More »

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Kay McVay worked as a registered nurse in critical care for nearly four decades before retiring in 1995. She is a tenacious and effective champion of patients’ rights who was elected and served as the former Vice President, and then President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee from 1994 to 2003. As a young girl growing up in Compton, California, school counselors discouraged her aspirations to become a nurse. The rest is history. More »

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act near, it’s time to ask if the decision to put the burden of cutting costs on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering, is the fatal flaw in the plan. By Karen Higgins, RN and co-president of National Nurses United. More »

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