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RoseAnn DeMoro speaks with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

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RNs at St. Joseph Hospital Decry Management’s Response for Highest Standards of Ebola Preparation

RNs at St. Joseph Hospital Decry Management’s Response for Highest Standards of Ebola Preparation

Today, Registered Nurses at St Joseph Hospital in Orange, a hospital where RNs are not yet represented by a union, took the bold step of publicly calling on management to take immediate measures to ensure the health and safety of RNs and patients alike regarding Ebola. The RNs pointed out that the hospital, like most hospitals in America, has failed to enact adequate measures to protect against Ebola. —California Nurses Association, 10/17/14 More »

How to Advocate on Ebola: National Nurses United

How to Advocate on Ebola: National Nurses United

As American health care workers now confront the risk of Ebola here in the U.S., National Nurses United has taken center stage. They’ve been fighting to get better protection for nurses who treat Ebola patients — and doing a lot of things right. —CQ Roll Call, 10/17/14 More »

National Nurses Welcome Ebola Czar – But Say Position Needs Authority

National Nurses Welcome Ebola Czar – But Say Position Needs Authority

National Nurses United today welcomed the appointment of a White House Ebola czar, but said the move still falls short of what is needed if the Obama administration does not exercise its authority to require all hospitals to comply with the highest uniform, national safety standards with real penalties, including loss of Medicare funds, for those who fail to take those steps. —National Nurses United, 10/17/14 More »

For a brass-knuckled nurses union, the Ebola scare is just another fight

For a brass-knuckled nurses union, the Ebola scare is just another fight

RoseAnn DeMoro stood in front of 300 nurses in an auditorium in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday afternoon, while 11,500 more nurses listened on the phone. Two of their own had just contracted Ebola, and she was furious. —Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post, 10/16/14 More »

National Nurses Praise RN for Speaking Out on Hospital Lapses in Dallas

National Nurses Praise RN for Speaking Out on Hospital Lapses in Dallas

ational Nurses United today praised Briana Aguirre, a registered nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas for speaking out about serious lapses in safety protocols at the hospital following the arrival of the late Thomas Eric Duncan with the Ebola virus. —National Nurses United, 10/16/14 More »

Nurses Call on Obama to Direct Hospitals to Follow Highest Standards for Beating Ebola

Nurses Call on Obama to Direct Hospitals to Follow Highest Standards for Beating Ebola

As News Breaks that Second Health Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola, 11,500 RNs Join National Conference Call for Nurses on Preparedness. With concern escalating across the U.S. about the threat of a wider Ebola outbreak, National Nurses United today called on President Barack Obama to “invoke his executive authority” to order all U.S. hospitals to meet the highest “uniform, national standards and protocols” in order to “safely protect patients, all healthcare workers and the public.” —National Nurses United, 10/15/14 More »

Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United

Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United

This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham. —National Nurses United, 10/15/14 More »

RNs to Hold National Conference Call for Nurses on Ebola Wednesday

RNs to Hold National Conference Call for Nurses on Ebola Wednesday

RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Gear, including Hazmat Suits, Hands-On Training After First Nurse Infected by Ebola in Dallas. 23,200 RNs Across U.S. Say Hospitals Still Lagging on Preparedness. —National Nurses United, 10/14/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 10/14/14 More »

Ebola – RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Equipment, including Hazmat Suits, Training

Ebola – RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Equipment, including Hazmat Suits, Training

Following news Sunday that the first U.S. nurse has now tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs, other hospital personnel to confront Ebola. —National Nurses United, 10/13/14 More »

National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Ebola

National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Ebola

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the country, said that more than 80 percent of nurses the union surveyed report they have not been given adequate training on Ebola. —DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post, 10/13/14 More »

U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola threat

U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola threat

With reports that a nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas has been infected, one thing urgently needs to be made clear: Our hospitals are not prepared to confront the deadly virus. —RoseAnn DeMoro, writing in The Washington Post, 10/13/14 More »

National Nurses Union rallies in Oakland after Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola

National Nurses Union rallies in Oakland after Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola

The union said hundreds of nurses are expected to join a national discussion Wednesday that will address hospital preparations for Ebola, and the training nurses are receiving. So far, they say, the data received in the union's survey of more than 1,900 registered nurses at more than 750 hospitals in 46 states and the District of Columbia wasn't encouraging. —Rick Hurd, Contra Costa Times, 10/13/14 More »

Ebola–RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Equipment, including Hazmat Suits and Training

Ebola–RNs Call for Highest Standards for Protective Equipment, including Hazmat Suits and Training

Following news Sunday that the first U.S. nurse has now tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs, other hospital personnel to confront Ebola. —National Nurses United, 10/12/14 More »

As First U.S. Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola Virus RNs  Also Plan Wednesday National Conference Call

As First U.S. Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola Virus RNs Also Plan Wednesday National Conference Call

Today, NNU will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. in Oakland, Ca. in front of the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, at 280 West MacArthur, between Broadway and Piedmont Avenues. —RN Response Network, 10/12/14 More »

British Hospitals Plan Ebola Drills

British Hospitals Plan Ebola Drills

ealth-care providers in developed countries are finally waking up to the fact that they need to prepare for imported Ebola cases like those seen this week in Dallas and Madrid. In the United Kingdom, where no cases have been reported, two major hospitals are beginning drills this weekend to simulate the arrival of an Ebola patient, according to the Daily Mail. The paper noted some hospitals had not yet received recommended protective gear. —John Tozzi, Bloomberg Business Week, 10/10/14 More »

Workers Fearful of Ebola Want You to Know How Personal They Get With Body Fluids

Workers Fearful of Ebola Want You to Know How Personal They Get With Body Fluids

As many as 200 workers at New York’s LaGuardia Airport began striking late Wednesday as part of their efforts to gain a contract with Atlanta’s Air Serv, an airport contractor for Delta Air Lines, using the attention Ebola has received as a way to address the nastier aspects of their jobs. —Justin Bachman, Bloomberg Business Week, 10/10/14 More »

As Officials Track Texas Ebola Victim’s Contacts, Criticism and Questions Mount

As Officials Track Texas Ebola Victim’s Contacts, Criticism and Questions Mount

Public health officials are reaching out to as many as a hundred people who may have come into contact with the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the U.S., quizzing them about their interactions with the man, who has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan. —Karen Weintraub, National Geographic, 10/10/14 More »

U.S. Nurses Say They Are Unprepared To Handle Ebola Patients

U.S. Nurses Say They Are Unprepared To Handle Ebola Patients

Nurses argue that inadequate preparation could increase the chances of spreading Ebola if hospital staff fail to recognize a patient coming through their doors, or if personnel are not informed about how to properly protect themselves. —Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters, 10/10/14 More »

As Anxiety Increases, Agency Scrambles to Address Concerns of Health Workers

As Anxiety Increases, Agency Scrambles to Address Concerns of Health Workers

Since a Liberian man tested positive for Ebola in Dallas a week ago and officials announced on Monday that a nurse in Spain had been infected by the virus there, calls have been pouring into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from doctors and nurses wanting help in protecting themselves and their employees from the disease. Associations of infection specialists, hospital care managers and other health providers are also calling. —Pam Belluck, The New York Times, 10/10/14 More »

Texas Ebola patient told hospital of travel from West Africa but was released

Texas Ebola patient told hospital of travel from West Africa but was released

Despite national guidelines for evaluating potential Ebola cases and worldwide awareness of an epidemic that has killed thousands in West Africa, a man who later tested positive for the disease was released from a Dallas hospital even though he said he had traveled to Texas from Liberia. —Mark Berman, The Washington Post, 10/10/14 More »

Bonnie Castillo Appears on The Joy Reid Show

Bonnie Castillo Appears on The Joy Reid Show

Watch Bonnie Castillo, Director of NNU's Registered Nurse Response Network discuss Ebola preparedness in U.S. hospitals. —The Joy Reid Show, MSNBC, 10/10/14 More »

Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola?

Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assuring the public that the nation's hospitals stand ready to handle cases of Ebola, but in a survey, nurses across the country say they fear their hospitals are not ready. —John Blackstone, CBS News, 10/10/14 More »

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses Vote by 78% to Join Largest RN Union

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses Vote by 78% to Join Largest RN Union

In a 78 percent landslide, registered nurses who work in the large Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego have voted to join the nation’s largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United. 349-97 —National Nurses United, 10/10/14 More »

RNs: New Accord Would Keep Open Daughters of Charity Hospitals, Preserve Vital Services

RNs: New Accord Would Keep Open Daughters of Charity Hospitals, Preserve Vital Services

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has reached an agreement with Prime Healthcare that nurses say features a commitment to preserve hospital services and labor standards at four California hospitals currently operated by the Daughters of Charity Health System in the event those hospitals are acquired by Prime. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/14 More »

Nurses Welcome Richmond City Council Decision to Reallocate Chevron Funds to Support Future of DMC

Nurses Welcome Richmond City Council Decision to Reallocate Chevron Funds to Support Future of DMC

At Tuesday's Richmond City Council meeting, Registered Nurses, hospital staff and community members prevailed on Council members to reallocate $15 million of a $90 million community benefit agreement with Chevron USA, to Doctors Medical Center San Pablo (DMC). —California Nurses Association, 10/08/14 More »

Op-Ed - Why California needs Prop. 45

Op-Ed - Why California needs Prop. 45

If you believe the advertising on television, health insurance in California is now the best deal since sliced bread. Four health insurance companies, which control 84% of the California market, are spending tens of millions of dollars to convince voters they have it so good that the state doesn't need Proposition 45. The November ballot measure would simply give the insurance commissioner the right to reject excessive health insurance rates. —Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog, via Los Angeles Times, 10/08/14 More »

Death of First Ebola Patient Heightens Concern - Latest Survey Results from 1,700 RNs in 35 States

Death of First Ebola Patient Heightens Concern - Latest Survey Results from 1,700 RNs in 35 States

One week after the confirmation of the first patient in the U.S. infected with the Ebola virus, registered nurses who would be among the first to respond and interact with patients possibly infected still say their hospitals are lagging, according to survey responses from more than 1,700 registered nurses across the U.S. —National Nurses United, 10/08/14 More »

Nurses Demand Chevron, City Council Act Tonight and Allocate Funds to Doctors Medical Center

Nurses Demand Chevron, City Council Act Tonight and Allocate Funds to Doctors Medical Center

At tonight's Richmond City Council meeting Registered Nurses and community residents are calling on the Council to take action immediately to allocate Chevron funds to restore and maintain Doctors Medical Center as a full service acute care hospital. —California Nurses Association, 10/07/14 More »

Stanislaus County Health Workers Prepare in case Ebola Arrives

Stanislaus County Health Workers Prepare in case Ebola Arrives

Local hospitals, clinics and health agencies said they, too, are preparing for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak. Officials stress that there are no cases of the deadly disease in California. But a man who had traveled from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 30 in Texas. —Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee, 10/07/14 More »

UPDATE—Even After Dallas, Hospitals Still Lagging in Preparation for U.S. Ebola Patients

UPDATE—Even After Dallas, Hospitals Still Lagging in Preparation for U.S. Ebola Patients

News of the first confirmed patient in the U.S. infected with the Ebola virus still has not led to effective communication with registered nurses who would be among the first to respond and interact with patients possibly infected, according to survey responses from at least 1,400 registered nurses across the U.S. —National Nurses United, 10/06/14 More »

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Watch National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger on MSNBC, speaking out on how U.S. nurses are saying they are unprepared for the Ebola virus. —The ED Show, MSNBC, 10/04/14 More »

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RNs and survey results were featured on national media from coast to coast, including an interview with RN Response Network director Bonnie Castillo, RN on CN. —CNN, 10/04/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 10/03/14 More »

National Nurse Survey Shows Hospitals Still Not Prepared for U.S. Ebola Patients

National Nurse Survey Shows Hospitals Still Not Prepared for U.S. Ebola Patients

UPDATED RESULTS - Following reports that a Dallas hospital failed to hospitalize a patient infected with the Ebola virus and failed to properly communicate essential information to caregivers about his health status, National Nurses United is stepping up the call on U.S. hospitals to immediately upgrade emergency preparations for Ebola in the U.S. —RNRN, 10/03/14 More »

Are We Prepared for An Ebola Outbreak

Are We Prepared for An Ebola Outbreak

On Friday’s Podcast Ed is joined by Deborah Burger, Co-President of the National Nurses United and long-time Registered Nurse, to discuss a NNU survey showing just how unprepared our nation’s hospitals are for an Ebola outbreak. —The Ed Schultz Show, 10/03/14 More »

U.S. nurses say they are unprepared to handle Ebola patients

U.S. nurses say they are unprepared to handle Ebola patients

Nurses, the frontline care providers in U.S. hospitals, say they are untrained and unprepared to handle patients arriving in their hospital emergency departments infected with Ebola. —Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters, 10/03/14 More »

Nurses Call on U.S. Hospitals to Improve Emergency Preparedness for Potential Ebola U.S. Infections

Nurses Call on U.S. Hospitals to Improve Emergency Preparedness for Potential Ebola U.S. Infections

Following reports that a Dallas hospital failed to hospitalize a patient infected with the Ebola virus and failed to properly communicate essential information to caregivers about his health status, National Nurses United is stepping up the call on U.S. hospitals to immediately upgrade emergency preparations for Ebola in the U.S. —National Nurses United, 10/02/14 More »

California Nurses Say YES to Prop 45

California Nurses Say YES to Prop 45

Consumer Watchdog Campaign, 10/01/14 More »

U.S. Hospitals Fall Far Short in Emergency Planning as First Ebola Case Reported in the U.S.

U.S. Hospitals Fall Far Short in Emergency Planning as First Ebola Case Reported in the U.S.

In the wake of the first confirmed case of a patient in the U.S. who has been infected with the Ebola virus, the largest U.S. organization of nurses today warned that U.S. hospitals are far from ready for the Ebola outbreak, are sorely lacking in other disaster planning, and everyone needs to do more to stop Ebola. —National Nurses United, 09/30/14 More »

Billionaires’ Ball Takes Place Outside of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office

Billionaires’ Ball Takes Place Outside of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office

On Tuesday, September 30th, a large group of “billionaires” sporting top hats waltzed outside the Lansing office of Governor Rick Snyder as a whimsical ensemble played nearby. —Erik Shelley, Michigan People’s Campaign, 09/30/14 More »

CNA, Consumers to Unveil First ‘Yes on 45’ TV Ad to Rein In Insurance Industry Pricing Abuses

CNA, Consumers to Unveil First ‘Yes on 45’ TV Ad to Rein In Insurance Industry Pricing Abuses

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will join with consumers and small business owners in a press conference Wednesday to unveil the first TV ad calling for passage of California Proposition 45 to crack down on insurance industry price gouging. —California Nurses Association, 09/30/14 More »

Global Nurses Step Up Campaigns on Health Care, Climate Fight

Global Nurses Step Up Campaigns on Health Care, Climate Fight

With the multiple threats of attacks on health workers, efforts to privatize public health services, austerity budget cuts especially in health care, widening inequality, and the effects of the climate crisis including escalating epidemics, nurses around the globe are stepping up coordinated efforts to fight back. —Global Nurses United, 09/30/14 More »

RNs Welcome Gov. Brown’s Approval of CNA-Backed Bill to Step Up Hospital Violence Prevention

RNs Welcome Gov. Brown’s Approval of CNA-Backed Bill to Step Up Hospital Violence Prevention

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United late Monday enthusiastically praised the decision of California Governor Jerry Brown to sign a CNA-sponsored bill that will dramatically step up efforts to prevent workplace violence in California hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/29/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 09/29/14 More »

Nurses Pretend to Die During Ebola Protest in Las Vegas

Nurses Pretend to Die During Ebola Protest in Las Vegas

Dressed in hazmat costumes and red shirts, roughly 1,000 nurses gathered on the Las Vegas strip to call attention to the United States' level of preparedness in fighting a potential Ebola crisis at home. —Brittany Levine, Mashable, 09/29/14 More »

IMAGES: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

IMAGES: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

Nurses protest along Las Vegas Boulevard Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Las Vegas. Nurses in town for the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee convention protested on the Strip because they say U.S. hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak. —John Locher, Associated Press, 09/29/14 More »

PHOTOS: Nurses Rally Together To Highlight Need For World Care

PHOTOS: Nurses Rally Together To Highlight Need For World Care

Registered nurses with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee marched together and rallied at Planet Hollywood casino-hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Health workers and nurses participated in the action on the Strip to highlight the need for more support to combat infectious diseases around the world such as the Ebola outbreak. —Rik Verduzco, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 09/29/14 More »

Barbara Lee Was Right in 2001. She’s Still Right Now.

Barbara Lee Was Right in 2001. She’s Still Right Now.

It has been thirteen years since Congresswoman Barbara Lee cast her lonely vote against authorizing President Bush to launch what she warned could be an ill-defined and endless war. Days after she cast that vote, the California Democrat appeared before hundreds of students at Mills College in Oakland and was greeted for the first time by the chant, “Barbara Lee speaks for me.” —John Nichols, The Nation, 09/29/14 More »

Global Nurses United Convenes in Las Vegas for Historic Meeting

Global Nurses United Convenes in Las Vegas for Historic Meeting

Members of Global Nurses United – an international federation of nurses and health workers unions – gathered in Las Vegas on Friday for a historic meeting. —National Nurses United, 09/26/14 More »

California Nurses Endorse Water Bond, Proposition 1

California Nurses Endorse Water Bond, Proposition 1

Citing the importance of stabilizing the state’s water supply in an era of drought and climate change as a public health priority, the California Nurses Association today announced its endorsement of Proposition 1, the Water Bond measure, on the November 4 ballot. —California Nurses Association, 09/26/14 More »

Nurses Hold Die-In to Highlight Urgent Need for More Preparedness to Prevent Spread of Ebola

Nurses Hold Die-In to Highlight Urgent Need for More Preparedness to Prevent Spread of Ebola

More than 1,000 U.S. RNs, joined by nurses and other health workers from around the world, held a die-in on the strip in Las Vegas Wednesday emphatically ask – are we doing enough to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and prevent the spread of similar pandemics in communities in the U.S. and other nations? —California Nurses Association, 09/24/14 More »

Nurses Reject ‘Independent’ Panel on DMC as Cover for Real Intent, DMC Closure

Nurses Reject ‘Independent’ Panel on DMC as Cover for Real Intent, DMC Closure

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today blasted a report being announced today from the supposed “independent” panel of stakeholders set up by the hospital giants to provide a cover for the closure of embattled Doctor’s Medical Center. —California Nurses Association, 09/24/14 More »

One Planet, One People: Global Nurses United

One Planet, One People: Global Nurses United

Global Nurses United was created in 2013 to address the issues all nurses around the world dedicated to social justice have in common. Members of GNU work to protect their patients on many fronts, from bedside care to the environment. GNU was born from the idea that we are one planet, one people, dedicated to caring for each other. —Global Nurses United, 09/24/14 More »

Nurses march for Ebola awareness in Las Vegas

Nurses march for Ebola awareness in Las Vegas

About 1,000 nurses marched through Las Vegas to raise awareness of the Ebola virus and protest what they describe as a lack of preparation by the United States. —Reuters News, via The Washington Post, 09/24/14 More »

Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

U.S. hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak, according to nurses who staged a "die-in" Wednesday outside a Las Vegas Strip resort where they were holding a union convention. —Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press via the Las Vegas Sun, 09/24/14 More »

1,000 Nurses to Highlight Threat to Public Safety from Ebola In Major Las Vegas Action Wednesday

1,000 Nurses to Highlight Threat to Public Safety from Ebola In Major Las Vegas Action Wednesday

More than 1,000 U.S. RNs, joined by nurses and other health workers from around the world, will hold an action in Las Vegas today, September 24, to voice a growing concern – are we doing enough to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and prevent the spread of similar pandemics in communities in the U.S. and other nations? —California Nurses Association, 09/24/14 More »

Celebrate 15 Years of California’s Nurse to Patient Ratios!

Celebrate 15 Years of California’s Nurse to Patient Ratios!

Nurses fought long and hard for nurse to patient ratios because nurses care for their patients. Listen as RNs who were directly involved in the struggle for ratios talk about the fight, and the excitement of winning one of the landmark patient gains in the country…and the ONLY patient ratios law in the United States. —California Nurses Association, 09/23/14 More »

Why America’s Nurses Are Burning Out

Why America’s Nurses Are Burning Out

Work schedules and insufficient staffing are among the factors driving many nurses to leave the profession. American nurses often put in 12-hour shifts over the course of a three-day week. Research found nurses who worked shifts longer than eight to nine hours were two-and-a-half times more likely to experience burnout. —Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Everyday Health Media, 09/23/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 09/19/14 More »

Are Top Doctor’s Medical Center Officials Preparing to Sell Hospital to Casino?

Are Top Doctor’s Medical Center Officials Preparing to Sell Hospital to Casino?

Next protest action to save hospital set for Friday, September 19. RNs Blast Actions by Hospital, Demand County Act Now and Stop Gambling with Patient's Lives —California Nurses Association, 09/18/14 More »

RNs join Great Climate March Rally in Chicago & Fight Against  Dangerous Pet Coke Piles

RNs join Great Climate March Rally in Chicago & Fight Against Dangerous Pet Coke Piles

National Nurses United RNs know firsthand how attacks on our environment threaten public health. That’s one reason why NNU members from across the country are speaking out for environmental justice and joining the Sept. 21 climate march in New York City. —National Nurses United, 09/18/14 More »

RNs to Join Actions in New York, Oakland, Los Angeles to Mark Call for Action to Stem Climate Crisis

RNs to Join Actions in New York, Oakland, Los Angeles to Mark Call for Action to Stem Climate Crisis

From California to Maine, nurses around the nation will be on hand in New York Sunday, September 21 to join with environmental, labor, health, and community activists in what is expected to be the largest global mobilization for action to stem the worsening climate crisis. —National Nurses United, 09/18/14 More »

Nurses Arrange Huge Donation of 1,000 Hazmat Suits For RNs, Health Workers Fighting Ebola

Nurses Arrange Huge Donation of 1,000 Hazmat Suits For RNs, Health Workers Fighting Ebola

National Nurses United today announced that it has received a major donation from Kappler Incorporated, an Alabama-based garment manufacturer, of 1,000 Hazmat special protective suits for embattled nurses, doctors, and other health workers heroically fighting to stem the Ebola crisis in West Africa. —National Nurses United, 09/17/14 More »

Family Members, Kaiser RNs Set Vigils For Infant who Died After Closure of Pediatric Care Unit

Family Members, Kaiser RNs Set Vigils For Infant who Died After Closure of Pediatric Care Unit

Registered nurses will hold two vigils Thursday to commemorate the life and memory of Jenevieve Dagatan on the first anniversary of her birth, five months after the infant died in April after being discharged following an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. More »

St. Joseph RN and Community Delegation to Deliver Petition to CEO Calling for End to Cuts that Harm

St. Joseph RN and Community Delegation to Deliver Petition to CEO Calling for End to Cuts that Harm

A delegation of St. Joseph Hospital of Orange registered nurses, local religious leaders, and community supporters will deliver a petition to CEO Steve Moreau today at 11:00 a.m., calling for the restoration of long standing employee benefits, including disability and retiree healthcare plans, that were recently cut. —California Nurses Association, 09/15/14 More »

Tri-City Medical Center RNs Sound Alarm on Emergency Department’s Dangerous Conditions

Tri-City Medical Center RNs Sound Alarm on Emergency Department’s Dangerous Conditions

Registered nurses at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside will hold a press conference on Monday to voice alarm over operations of the hospital's Emergency Department and call for immediate changes to the department's management. —California Nurses Association, 09/15/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 09/12/14 More »

How You Can Help Healthcare Workers in West Africa

How You Can Help Healthcare Workers in West Africa

The worst Ebola outbreak in history has now killed nearly 2,300 people, and left 4,200 sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The World Health Organization (WHO) is estimating that it will take six to nine months to curtail the outbreak. —RNRN, 09/12/14 More »

Fallbrook Hospital RNs Say Closure of Labor and Delivery Puts Patients at Risk

Fallbrook Hospital RNs Say Closure of Labor and Delivery Puts Patients at Risk

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) called on Community Health Systems (CHS), the giant for-profit healthcare corporation based in Franklin, Tennessee that operates Fallbrook Hospital, to reinstate labor and delivery services, which were hastily suspended with little notice on September 3, 2014. —California Nurses Association, 09/12/14 More »

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

Nurses say the healthcare giant's new Oakland Medical Center is plagued by dangerous equipment malfunctions, ineffective communication systems, and chronic understaffing. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 09/10/14 More »

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital delivered new pillows to key figures in upper management on Monday as a message that the medical staff needs more funding to improve patient care. —Arin Mikailian, Glendale News-Press, 09/10/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 09/09/14 More »

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday

San Bernardino County registered nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the county detention centers, juvenile halls, outpatient clinics, and public health programs will hold an informational picket on Tuesday, September 9, to call attention to what they view as unsafe conditions for their patients and a lack of response in negotiations by county officials. More »

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

As registered nurses who have worked at Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, for 48 years we feel a deep commitment to the health and well-being of our patients and community. That's why DMC registered nurses have joined with other medical professionals and West County residents to insist that DMC remain open as a full-service acute care hospital. Nothing less than the health and safety of tens of thousands of our neighbors is at stake. —Adrian Boyance-Reid and Carol De Young, Contra Costa Times, 09/08/14 More »

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

As dedicated Queen of the Valley Hospital direct-care RNs who work the floors every day caring for our patients the best we can, we are compelled to write a response to the commentary written by Marc Levin, a member of Queen of the Valley Hospital’s administration team. —Christina Capitelli and Benjamin Mineau, Napa Valley Register, 09/08/14 More »

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality, mal-distribution of wealth, and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola. —Rose Ann DeMoro, via The Huffington Post, 09/08/14 More »

Hemet Valley Medical Center RNs Ratify New Accord

Hemet Valley Medical Center RNs Ratify New Accord

Registered nurses at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, Ca. Thursday voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the hospital that they say will help efforts to retain experienced RNs and recruit new nurses at the Inland Valley hospital. —California Nurses Association, 09/05/14 More »

RNRN Launches Fundraising Drive for Healthcare Workers in Ebola-Stricken Nations

RNRN Launches Fundraising Drive for Healthcare Workers in Ebola-Stricken Nations

The Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest professional organization of RNs, has initiated a national fundraising campaign to provide desperately needed personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers caring for patients stricken by the Ebola virus. —RNRN, 09/03/14 More »

National Nurses Endorses Call for Policing Practices Reform In Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

National Nurses Endorses Call for Policing Practices Reform In Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, has endorsed the call by dozens of Congressional, faith based, and community leaders for reform of policing practices in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo. shooting death of Michael Brown. —National Nurses United, 09/03/14 More »

Nurses and Union Activists Throughout California Celebrate Labor Day

Nurses and Union Activists Throughout California Celebrate Labor Day

Nurses joined union activists throughout California for Labor Day activities on Monday. —California Nurses Association, 09/02/14 More »

Nurses Go On Strike, Demanding Protective Equipment in Ebola-hit Liberia

Nurses Go On Strike, Demanding Protective Equipment in Ebola-hit Liberia

Monrovia (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation. —http://www.afp.com/, 09/02/14 More »

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

The Ebola outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people in West Africa and is spiraling out of control, with international healthcare providers saying that they are not able to handle the crisis. —RNRN, 08/29/14 More »

Climate Crisis a Public-Health Emergency Too: Why Nurses Will Join Climate March Sept. 21

Climate Crisis a Public-Health Emergency Too: Why Nurses Will Join Climate March Sept. 21

For registered nurses the climate crisis is a clear and present public-health emergency as well as a creeping bomb for our planet -- and they draw a direct link between extreme forms of energy extraction and the horrific impacts they see on human health. —Deborah Burger, RN via The Huffington Post, 08/29/14 More »

RNs Hail New State Rules for Safe Patient Lifting

RNs Hail New State Rules for Safe Patient Lifting

The California Nurses Association today enthusiastically welcomed new state regulations by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to assure improved safety for patients, registered nurses, and other staff in lifting and other handling of hospitalized patients. —California Nurses Association, 08/26/14 More »

National Nurses United Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare

National Nurses United Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare

On a list dominated by top executives of the hospital, insurance, pharmaceutical, and other healthcare industry corporations, National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in the U.S, for the 13th year. —National Nurses United, 08/25/14 More »

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

I've noticed that the minimum wage has not kept pace with the cost of life here. That's why as a nurse leader of National Nurses Organizing Committee El Paso I am joining the new Lift Up El Paso Alliance, to fight for a living wage and put an end to wage theft. We've decided to act on this now because El Paso County is one of the poorest in the entire United States. —RN Maria Navarro, El Paso Times , 08/25/14 More »

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

The personal data of about 30.1 million people have been affected by the 944 recorded major health data breaches since federal reporting requirements under the 2009 economic stimulus package went into effect. —California HealthCare Foundation, 08/22/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills to Expand Healthcare Workers Coverage for MRSA and Improve Violence Prevention

RN-Backed Bills to Expand Healthcare Workers Coverage for MRSA and Improve Violence Prevention

Two major bills, one that expands compensation coverage to healthcare workers who contract the deadly MRSA virus, and another that would protect healthcare workers from workplace violence, won key approvals in the California legislature this week and now move to Governor Brown's desk for his signature. —California Nurses Association, 08/22/14 More »

CA RNs Call on Hospitals to Adhere to the Highest Standard of Safety in Suspected Ebola Case

CA RNs Call on Hospitals to Adhere to the Highest Standard of Safety in Suspected Ebola Case

CNA/NNU called today on federal, state, and county health agencies to adhere to the strictest guidelines in the handling of the first suspected Ebola virus case in the U.S. CNA/NNU pressed Kaiser Permanente S. Sacramento, where the patient is receiving care, for full transparency in the handling of the patient, including the number of shifts RNs and other healthcare workers have worked since Ebola was first suspected, as well as safe nurse staffing, and the availability of timely training, and education. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/21/14 More »

Legislative Alert: Please Call Monday!

This coming week critical votes may be taken in the California legislature and your voice and calls are needed to make sure the outcome benefits patients and the people who care for them, YOU, the Registered Nurses. We are asking you to make two calls to your representatives by this Monday, August 18th. Remember, their staffs are there to hear what you have to say and are used to getting calls from the people from their districts. Each call will take less than a minute! —California Nurses Association, 08/15/14 More »

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - More than 200 nurses in Watsonville began a three-day strike Thursday. It's part of a contract dispute with hospital management over safer working conditions and more staff. —Baha Eldin, KION, 08/15/14 More »

Major RN-Backed Bills to Expand Patient Care and Hospital Workplace Safety Move to Final  Floor Vote

Major RN-Backed Bills to Expand Patient Care and Hospital Workplace Safety Move to Final Floor Vote

Three major bills that would greatly expand patient access to doctors and hospitals of their choice, and help protect health care workers from workplace violence and infection by the deadly MRSA virus, won key approvals in the California legislature today. —California Nurses Association, 08/15/14 More »

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville, Ca. will hold a three strike beginning today, August 14 in the latest protest against demands by hospital executives for sharp reductions in health coverage, and the hospital’s refusal to address concerns about patient care conditions, especially safe staffing. Nurses will speak out at a rally on thursday at noon in front of the hospital. The strike is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. this morning when RNs will start their picket line, and end Sunday at at 6:59 a.m. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/14/14 More »

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Hospital advocates say reducing services to the medical center’s patients, many of whom are poor and uninsured, is a violation of civil rights. On Tuesday, health care providers and community members filed a federal lawsuit to stop the downsizing and potential closure. —Alexandra Garreton, Jon Brooks, and Bay City News via KQED - The California Report, 08/14/14 More »

RNs Strike Today at Three Bay Area Hospitals

RNs Strike Today at Three Bay Area Hospitals

Registered nurses at three Bay Area hospitals, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Watsonville Community Hospital will strike today, August 14 citing common concerns about safe staffing and other patient care needs. Watsonville RNs will strike for three days; Queen of the Valley and Sutter Tracy RNs will strike for one day. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, (CNA/NNU), represents the RNs at all three hospitals. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/14/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Nurses, doctors, patients and community members sued in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop the possible closure or downsizing of West Contra Costa's only public hospital, which is deep in the red. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop ambulance diversions from Doctors Medical Center but set an Aug. 27 court date to hear the case. —Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 08/13/14 More »

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital have announced a three-day strike beginning 7 a.m. Thursday and ending 6:59 a.m. Sunday. The nurses are represented by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which says the hospital management is demanding "sharp reductions" in health coverage and not responding to concerns about staffing and safe practices for lifting patients. —Jondi Gumz, San Jose Mercury News, 08/13/14 More »

Nurses Urge Federal Court to Grant TRO to Prevent Doctors San Pablo Closures

Nurses Urge Federal Court to Grant TRO to Prevent Doctors San Pablo Closures

The United States District Court, Northern District of California today set a hearing for 3:00 p.m. today to determine whether to grant a temporary restraining order to halt the closure of Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo. —California Nurses Association, 08/12/14 More »

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