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Tell Our Policy Makers: Keystone XL is Bad for Our Health and Our Planet

Tell Our Policy Makers: Keystone XL is Bad for Our Health and Our Planet

TAKE ACTION FOR OUR HEALTH. Federal policy makers will soon make a final decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. The good news is, YOU can still make a difference. BEFORE the policymakers decide, they are asking the public to weigh in with comments on the proposed pipeline. The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 7. 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 »

Affinity RN Welcomed Back To Work After Unlawful Termination

Affinity RN Welcomed Back To Work After Unlawful Termination

Carrying bagpipes, flowers, and paper lanterns, a group of Ann Wayt's RN colleagues will be on hand to greet her and will accompany her into the hospital. Nurses from units throughout the facility will send a flower every hour of her initial shift as an ongoing reminder of their support. 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 »

RNRN Helped After Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

RNRN Helped After Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

We are traveling on a narrow road from one barangay, or Philippine village, to the next. Along our way, we see palm trees bent in the middle, bowing their tattered heads toward our caravan, evidence of the storm. The smell of burning debris is everywhere as people burn the remnants of their lives, intact before the arrival of Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The roadside is littered with this burning debris. The sun is hot above us. Dark smoke curls into the pale blue sky. More »

Primer on Climate Change, Healthcare, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Primer on Climate Change, Healthcare, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone project is a controversial proposal for a 1,700 mile pipeline to send 900,000 barrels every day of one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. Major oil and other fossil fuel corporations in the U.S. and Canada, joined by other Wall Street interests and the federal and state politicians they influence are promoting the plan. More »

Global Nurses United News Round-up

Global Nurses United News Round-up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. More »

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 »

NURSE TALK RADIO: NNU’s Michael Lighty talks about the need for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall St.

NURSE TALK RADIO: NNU’s Michael Lighty talks about the need for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall St.

TUNE IN--It’s time for the Robin Hood Tax! And Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association/National Nurses United gives us all the right reasons why the U.S. should join over 17 European countries who have already implemented the fractional tax. Tune into this sensible discussion. For more information about the Robin Hood Tax visit www.robinhoodtax.org. More »

No Toxic Tar Sands in LA So-Bay

No Toxic Tar Sands in LA So-Bay

Nurses & residents get commitment for full investigation into dangers & public meetings before tar sands can be processed by Valero Oil. CNA RNs from 5 LA Southbay hospitals closest to the major oil refineries attended a special meeting arranged for CNA and neigborhood groups who oppose “tar sands” crude being processed in Wilmington’s Valero refinery. Tar Sands crude is a thick, dirty crude high in sulphur and much more toxic than regular crude. It has been condemned by leading environmental scientists as ‘extremely dangerous’ and the ‘beginning of the end’ where pollution will tip global warming until the point of no return. 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 »

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

With all the clamor over the website woes of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act finally ebbing, let's hope the media can begin to notice some changes in the delivery of health care that will have more far-reaching consequences for health care quality and access long after the sign-up problems are a distant memory. Despite the hysteria on the right, some components of the ACA are clearly welcome, especially the Medicaid expansion in those states where the governors are not standing with pitchforks in the door to block health coverage for the working poor. 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 »

Brave New World, Again

Brave New World, Again

With all the clamor over website woes during rollout of the Affordable Care Act, much less attention has been paid to changes in the delivery of healthcare that will have far-reaching, adverse effects on healthcare quality and access long after the signup problems are a distant memory. More »

Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

Thanks to your donations and willingness to volunteer, RNRN now has mobile medical clinics up and running in the Philippines that hundreds of typhoon victims are lining up to use every day. Nurses have stationed themselves at a ruined chapel, a local gym, and other sites in Roxas City on Panay, one of the islands hard hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. They are providing much needed medications, wound care, vaccinations for tetanus and other shots, and assessing and treating all kinds of injuries and illnesses. More »

Response to Typhoon Disaster Latest Reminder–We’re Lucky to Have RNs in the World

Response to Typhoon Disaster Latest Reminder–We’re Lucky to Have RNs in the World

As the heart wrenching images crossed across our screens from the Philippines, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, National Nurses United, was getting in motion as well. Our Registered Nurse Response Network put out a call. The response was overwhelming. In little more than one week, nearly 3,000 RNs from all 50 states and even 19 countries had signed up to volunteer to provide hands-on disaster relief to those in the path of the super storm. More »

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