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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 »

Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU Irma Westmoreland, RN Talks About The VA on Nurse Talk Radio

Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU Irma Westmoreland, RN Talks About The VA on Nurse Talk Radio

“The inexcusable waiting lists are symptoms of deeper problems,” said Irma Westmoreland, RN, chair of Veterans Affairs for National Nurses United and a registered nurse at the Augusta, Georgia VA Medical Center. 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 »

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

We talk with RN Bonnie Castillo about National Nurses United new campaign, “Insist On A Registered Nurse”. Listen like this information could save your life or the life of a loved one. More »

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Registered nurses from across the country went to Washington DC last week to urge Congress to take action to fix the nation’s broken health care system by enacting Medicare for All. While our nation’s health care system has incredibly capable nurses and other health professionals, and boasts a variety of other advantages like the highest spending per person in the world, we don’t get the outcomes we should. Far too many go without health care when they need it. Our nation ranks behind 19 industrialized countries in preventable deaths among those under age 75. 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 »

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 12 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe held coordinated actions marking international “Nurses Week” (May 6-12) with a call to step up efforts to promote patient safety, protect health care services, and ensure access to health care for all with a common theme of “Health Care is a Human Right.” See and share photos and videos from around the globe. 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 »

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency, has found that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated federal law by refusing to provide nurses and our representatives with copies of the 2012 AHRQ Survey on Patient Safety Culture, copies of the current staffing plans for each unit, and daily deviation from the established staffing plans. Rather than work with nurses collaboratively to improve staffing and patient safety at the hospital, management claimed confidentiality and wasted thousands of dollars to wage a failing legal battle to withhold the information. 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 »

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

After three arbitration decisions by two separate arbitrators and a federal judge’s order, hospital management has entered into a settlement agreement with nurses represented by National Nurses United to repay nurses for nearly all increases in out-of-pocket costs and premium increases for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The reimbursements will be applicable to NNU members at Washington Hospital Center who enroll in the company’s Care First healthcare plan. More »

TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

CALL NOW at 1-888-825-1418 and you will be connected to your State Representative. Remind your State Representative that nurses OPPOSE all "Right to Work" and "Paycheck Deception" bills and that nurses SUPPORT HB 2162 the ‘Safe Patient Handling and Movement Act’. More »

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

It’s 2014, which means the bulk of the Affordable Care Act is now in effect. While most of the mainstream media has focused on whether patients will finally be able to find affordable health insurance through the programs it creates (or not), very little attention has been paid to discussing how the wide-ranging law is being capitalized upon by healthcare corporations, and how some of its other incentives and provisions change the registered nurse’s scope of practice, speed up the computerization of healthcare, and encourage fundamental changes to healthcare delivery and systems. More »

Sign The Nurses’ Petition to John Kerry Demanding a Public Health Eval or #NoKXL

Sign The Nurses’ Petition to John Kerry Demanding a Public Health Eval or #NoKXL

Registered nurses from coast to coast are stepping up the challenge to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline with a demand that Secretary of State John Kerry provide proof that Keystone will not harm the health and safety of Americans prior to any final decision on the project. In addition, National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs, is circulating an online petition to Kerry that will be presented to the State Department demanding the guarantee, and has released a new short video from nurses titled, “Don’t Pipeline My Patients.” More »

Demand Secretary Kerry Prove No Health Harm from the Keystone XL Pipeline!

Demand Secretary Kerry Prove No Health Harm from the Keystone XL Pipeline!

On behalf of the 185,000 registered nurses of National Nurses United, we endorse the request by Senators Barbara Boxer and Sheldon Whitehouse for an immediate, comprehensive State Department study on the human health impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. More »

Sen. Sanders Senate Hearing on Health Care: Should we consider joining the rest of the world?

Sen. Sanders Senate Hearing on Health Care: Should we consider joining the rest of the world?

Senator Bernie Sanders-VT held the hearing, “Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries” on March 11, 2014. Experts testified on single-payer health care systems in Taiwan, Denmark, Canada and France in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. More »

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