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North County Cares Coalition to Hold Day of Action for Restoration of a Full Service Hospital

North County Cares Coalition to Hold Day of Action for Restoration of a Full Service Hospital

On the one-year anniversary of the illegal closing of North Adams Regional Hospital on March 28, 2014the North County Cares Coalition (NCCC) is hosting a day of action and demonstrations as part of a year-long effort to restore a full service hospital to meet the significant health care needs of the 37,000 residents of Northern Berkshire County who are currently going without access to needed services, and are forced to travel a long distance to receive services they used to receive close to home. —North County Cares Coalition press release, 03/26/15 More »

Sutter’s Fine - What Else Are They Hiding at Alta Bates?

Sutter’s Fine - What Else Are They Hiding at Alta Bates?

More than a dozen nurses from Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center gathered outside the facility’s Oakland hospital Wednesday afternoon to alert the public to ongoing safety problems at the hospital – even after it was slapped with a maximum fine by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). —California Nurses Association, 03/25/15 More »

Hard Facts

Hard Facts

The management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) would have the Pasadena community believe that it is a great hospital and that current efforts by its registered nurses to form a labor union in affiliation with the California Nurses Association (CNA) will lead to ruin. It may be hard for management to admit, but neither claim could be further from the truth. —John Grula, PhD, Pasadena Weekly, 03/25/15 More »

Sutter Health to pay fines for safety violations at Alta Bates

Sutter Health to pay fines for safety violations at Alta Bates

Sutter Health has agreed to pay $71,275 in fines issued by Cal/OSHA after an investigation found safety violations for handling patients with suspected airborne diseases at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. —Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 03/25/15 More »

Despite High Rates of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

Despite High Rates of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

As NPR has been reporting in its Injured Nurses series, nursing employees suffer more back and arm injuries than just about any other occupations, but studies show that hospitals can reduce the number of injuries dramatically if they buy special equipment to move patients and conduct intensive training to teach the staff how to use it. —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 03/24/15 More »

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates $71K for Willful Failure to Safely Isolate Potential TB Patients

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates $71K for Willful Failure to Safely Isolate Potential TB Patients

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has fined Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center $71,275 for willful safety violations for placing two dozen suspected tuberculosis patients in airborne isolation rooms that were inoperable, potentially exposing scores of staff, other patients, and visitors to exposure for TB or other serious infectious diseases. —California Nurses Association, 03/24/15 More »

In her Prime Healthcare decision, Kamala Harris set a standard that should apply to all hospitals

In her Prime Healthcare decision, Kamala Harris set a standard that should apply to all hospitals

Prime Healthcare’s decision to drop its bid to buy six Daughters of Charity hospitals, citing strict conditions set by Attorney General Kamala Harris, should prompt discussion about basic standards for all California hospitals. Harris established a new bar for how all hospitals should operate, and it ought to become the industry yardstick. —RoseAnn DeMoro Op-Ed, Sacramento Bee, 03/22/15 More »

NNU and Reclaim Chicago’s Mayoral Endorsement – Signal of New Political Movement

NNU and Reclaim Chicago’s Mayoral Endorsement – Signal of New Political Movement

With a runoff vote only two weeks away, one Chicago politician figures almost as prominently in the city’s mayoral campaign as do the two candidates themselves, incumbent Rahm Emmanuel and his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. —National Nurses United, 03/20/15 More »

Op-Ed: Transparency, Consistency Needed in Not-For-Profit Rules

Op-Ed: Transparency, Consistency Needed in Not-For-Profit Rules

Once again, California legislators are considering legislation to establish uniformity and transparency for charity care and community benefit programs -- SB 346, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski. Once again, the hospital giants are scrambling to prevent it. —Zenei Cortez, Co-president, California Nurses Association, Published in California Healthline, 03/19/15 More »

Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Robin Hood Tax Bill - HR 1464

Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Robin Hood Tax Bill - HR 1464

HR 1464, a bill to establish a small tax on certain Wall Street transactions to raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year to reinvest in American families and communities, and curb casino-style high frequency trading, was reintroduced today by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). —Robin Hood Tax On Wall Street, 03/19/15 More »

Sutter nurses back strike if necessary

Sutter nurses back strike if necessary

Less than five months after the successful launch of Sonoma County’s newest hospital, nurses at the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital say they’re ready to strike over the staffing shortages and changes to their medical benefits. Last week, California Nurses Association, which represents 426 registered nurses at Sutter in Santa Rosa, announced that its nurses had voted overwhelmingly in support of authorizing their negotiating team to call a strike if necessary. —MARTIN ESPINOZA, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, 03/16/15 More »

RNs from Affinity Medical Center to Testify to City Council on Unsafe Patient Care Conditions

RNs from Affinity Medical Center to Testify to City Council on Unsafe Patient Care Conditions

Registered nurses will testify on deteriorating patient care conditions at Affinity Medical Center, at a Massillon City Council meeting Monday night. The RNs are seeking the Council's support in demanding that Affinity Medical Center take immediate steps to improve patient care conditions at the hospital. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 03/16/15 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, 03/13/15 More »

Standing On Our Own Shoulders

Standing On Our Own Shoulders

Year 15 of the new millennium opened with a most momentous achievement for registered nurses and patients – a precedent-setting agreement in the largest RN contract in the nation, for 18,000 Kaiser Permanente RNs and NPs that will likely raise the bar for nurses from coast to coast. The new pact could not have been realized without the unified determination of Kaiser nurses, with the broad support of other RNs and our unparalleled organization, to defend the role of nurses and their professional expertise as patient advocates. —RoseAnn DeMoro, 03/13/15 More »

Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike

Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike

With a large turnout Thursday, registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital voted by 98 percent to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a strike, if needed, to protest the hospital’s refusal to act on their concerns for improved patient care staffing and management demands for significant cuts in health coverage for the nurses and their families. —California Nurses Association, 03/13/15 More »

Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike

Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike

With a large turnout Thursday, registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital voted by 98 percent to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a strike, if needed, to protest the hospital’s refusal to act on their concerns for improved patient care staffing and management demands for significant cuts in health coverage for the nurses and their families. —California Nurses Association, 03/13/15 More »

Conversations with Kay, Part 1

Conversations with Kay, Part 1

CNA President Emeritus Kay McVay, RN, has 80 years’ worth of stories to share about nursing, life, healthcare, and the rise of National Nurses United. Pull up a chair for a chance to learn from one of our nursing movement’s greatest leaders. —California Nurses Association, 03/13/15 More »

RN Delegation Lobbies, Protests in Sacramento to Stop TPP, Fast Track

RN Delegation Lobbies, Protests in Sacramento to Stop TPP, Fast Track

Dozens of nurses and supporters gathered Tuesday in Sacramento, to protest what they say is the REAL “trade” being faced by the U.S. and 11 other countries, under an impending, secretive trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Public health in exchange for corporate profits. —California Nurses Association, 03/11/15 More »

Better Safe than Sorry

Better Safe than Sorry

As violence against RNs skyrockets, nurses demand employers to take responsibility for creating safe workplaces —Kari Jones, National Nurses United, 03/10/15 More »

RNs at Watsonville Community Hospital to Testify at  City Council on Unsafe Patient Care Conditions

RNs at Watsonville Community Hospital to Testify at City Council on Unsafe Patient Care Conditions

Registered nurses will testify on deteriorating patient care conditions at Watsonville Community Hospital at the Watsonville City Council Tuesday night. The RNs are seeking the Council's support in demanding that Watsonville Community Hospital take immediate steps to restore patient care conditions at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 03/10/15 More »

The Real Story of How a Dallas Nurse Got Ebola Could Be Worse Than We Ever Imagined

The Real Story of How a Dallas Nurse Got Ebola Could Be Worse Than We Ever Imagined

According to the petition filed with the court, when Pham "asked her manager what she should do to protect herself," one of her superiors "went to the internet, searched Google, printed off information regarding what Nina was supposed to do, and handed Nina the printed paper." Given that sequence of events, the suit alleges, it's clear "she did not volunteer to be his nurse." Still, she treated him when asked. —Lauren Friedman, Business Insider, 03/09/15 More »

RNs Warn Fast Track, Trade Deals Threat to Public Health

RNs Warn Fast Track, Trade Deals Threat to Public Health

Warning of a significant threat to public health, delegations of California registered nurses will hold a press conference in Sacramento Tuesday morning, and visit district offices of several key Congress members, to emphasize their opposition to “fast track” authority for the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. —California Nurses Association, 03/09/15 More »

RNs Warn Safety Standards Eroding at Kaiser LA Medical Center

RNs Warn Safety Standards Eroding at Kaiser LA Medical Center

Registered nurses from Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) rallied outside the hospital March 5, to call attention to what they view as eroding conditions for their patients. —California Nurses Association, 03/05/15 More »

Sutter Roseville RNs Picketed Hospital Today in Protest Over Safe Staffing

Sutter Roseville RNs Picketed Hospital Today in Protest Over Safe Staffing

ROSEVILLE—Registered nurses at Sutter Roseville Medical Center held an informational picket today, Thursday, March 5, over ongoing concerns regarding staffing and patient care that RNs say hospital officials have refused to address. —California Nurses Association, 03/05/15 More »

Sutter Roseville RNs To Picket Hospital Thursday, Protest Over Safe Staffing, Patient Care Concerns

Sutter Roseville RNs To Picket Hospital Thursday, Protest Over Safe Staffing, Patient Care Concerns

Registered nurses at Sutter Roseville Medical Center will hold an informational picket Thursday, March 5, over ongoing concerns regarding staffing and patient care that hospital officials have refused to address, RNs say. —California Nurses Association, 03/04/15 More »

Registered Nurses at Oroville Hospital Unanimously Ratify New Contract

Registered Nurses at Oroville Hospital Unanimously Ratify New Contract

The Registered Nurses at Oroville Hospital unanimously ratified a new contract yesterday that strengthens the voice of nurses in improving the quality of patient care, including safe staffing. —California Nurses Association, 03/03/15 More »

Electronic Records System Failure at Antelope Valley Hospital Prompts Nurses’ Concerns for Patient

Electronic Records System Failure at Antelope Valley Hospital Prompts Nurses’ Concerns for Patient

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Ca have asked the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to investigate the failure of an electronic health records system at their hospital last weekend which they say led to the closure of the hospital emergency room and multiple other problems that put patients at risk. —California Nurses Association, 03/02/15 More »

RNs Welcome Senate Bill 483 to Step Up Public Oversight, Safety Protections For Patients in Hospital

RNs Welcome Senate Bill 483 to Step Up Public Oversight, Safety Protections For Patients in Hospital

Senate Bill 483, authored by Sen. Jim Beall and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, seeks to extend protections for “observation” patients that are provided to other patients in the hospital setting. —California Nurses Association, 03/02/15 More »

RNs Joined Council Members, Community Leaders to Demand Safe Patient Staffing in DC

RNs Joined Council Members, Community Leaders to Demand Safe Patient Staffing in DC

WASHINGTON D.C.—In an effort to dramatically improve care at District of Columbia hospitals, registered nurses represented by National Nurses United joined with D.C. Council members and community leaders at a press conference this morning, to announce the introduction of the 2015 Patient Protection Act. —National Nurses United, 03/02/15 More »

Free of Ebola but Not Fear

Free of Ebola but Not Fear

Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina Pham Ebola free. But today she fears she may never escape the deadly disease. The 26-year-old nurse says she has nightmares, body aches and insomnia as a result of contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She says the hospital and its parent company, Texas Health Resources, failed her and her colleagues who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola. —Jennifer Emily, Dallas Morning News, 03/02/15 More »

Nurse Nina Pham suing hospital where she contracted Ebola

Nurse Nina Pham suing hospital where she contracted Ebola

The first nurse to contract Ebola in the U.S. is now suing the hospital she says is responsible. Nurse Nina Pham treated patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October last year. Duncan was the first patient in the U.S. confirmed to have Ebola and died days after tests came back positive. —Dayton Daily News, 03/02/15 More »

In Show of Strength and Unity, Salinas Valley Nurses Persuade Hospital Board to Accept Mediation

In Show of Strength and Unity, Salinas Valley Nurses Persuade Hospital Board to Accept Mediation

Nurses, patients, and community members gave powerful testimony about the hospital’s worsening patient care conditions and the administration’s dangerous and ill-advised restructuring plan, which would remove 10 percent of all bedside nurses at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 02/27/15 More »

RNs to Address Patient Safety Issues as Bargaining Begins at CHS Hospitals in West Virginia

RNs to Address Patient Safety Issues as Bargaining Begins at CHS Hospitals in West Virginia

This week registered nurses represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), will begin bargaining at two CHS-owned facilities in West Virginia. In December of 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an order that stipulates both Bluefield Regional Medical Center (BRMC) in Bluefield, and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC) in Ronceverte, must bargain with RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 02/27/15 More »

Nurses sound a CODE BLUE in D.C. on Fast Track and TPP

Nurses sound a CODE BLUE in D.C. on Fast Track and TPP

With the White House and some of the biggest multinational corporations lobbying Congress to “fast track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries, National Nurses United today converged on the nation’s capital to explain that what’s good for investors’ balance sheets is not necessarily good for patients. —National Nurses United, 02/26/15 More »

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries

As NPR has reported in our investigative series Injured Nurses, nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other injuries than almost any other occupation — and they get those injuries mainly from doing the everyday tasks of lifting and moving patients. —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 02/26/15 More »

Nurses Celebrate Success of “Reclaim Chicago” Candidates in Chicago Primary

Nurses Celebrate Success of “Reclaim Chicago” Candidates in Chicago Primary

Registered nurses joined with their partners in Reclaim Chicago, a new grassroots political organization with a long-term plan to build a progressive majority in city council, to declare Tuesday's primary election a success. —National Nurses United, 02/25/15 More »

Huntington Nurses File for a Historic Union Election

Huntington Nurses File for a Historic Union Election

Nurses at Huntington Memorial Hospital have filed for a union election for the first time in the hospital’s 123-year history. The election date will be determined within the next few weeks. In 2014, nurses reached out to the California Nurses Association (CNA) and started organizing to gain a stronger voice for patient care and working conditions. —California Nurses Association, 02/25/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Nurses Welcome Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s veto of the Congressional legislative efforts to force the construction of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from the forests of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. —National Nurses United, 02/24/15 More »

Nurses Join Rep. DeLauro to Oppose Fast-Track Authority

Nurses Join Rep. DeLauro to Oppose Fast-Track Authority

Dozens of registered nurses from around the U.S. will join Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), for a news conference Thursday, Feb 26 at noon, to oppose “fast track” authority for the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that nurses say pose a significant threat to public health and democracy. —National Nurses United, 02/24/15 More »

RNs: Time to Set Accountability Standards on Charity Care, New Bill Introduced

RNs: Time to Set Accountability Standards on Charity Care, New Bill Introduced

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is again joining with State Senator Bob Wieckowski of Fremont in an effort to require California non-profit hospitals to meet public accountability standards on how much charity care and community benefit services they provide, in exchange for the generous tax benefits they receive in return. —California Nurses Association, 02/24/15 More »

San Mateo County Nurses Contract Improves Patient Care and Strengthens the County Health System

San Mateo County Nurses Contract Improves Patient Care and Strengthens the County Health System

Registered nurses have reached a tentative contract agreement with San Mateo County that they say will lead to improved patient care and strengthen the County health system. Nurses secured wage improvements that will help retain experienced nurses, added workplace violence protections, and expanded a committee of RNs tasked with addressing patient care concerns, among other gains. —California Nurses Association, 02/23/15 More »

CNA Statement on Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals—All Hospitals Should Meet Same Criteria

CNA Statement on Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals—All Hospitals Should Meet Same Criteria

California’s largest nurses organization, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today issued the following statement on the conditional approval of the sale of six Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) hospitals in the Bay Area and Los Angeles that were “on life support,” facing imminent bankruptcy, huge reductions in patient services, and closure. —National Nurses United, 02/20/15 More »

The True Price of Gas in Torrance

The True Price of Gas in Torrance

"A plume of smoke blanketed the city of Torrance Wednesday, Feb. 18 after the ExxonMobil refinery explosion jolted local residents. It shook homes and schools, ripped through the city like an earthquake, injured workers, and rained ash that covered sidewalks with black soot. When nurses arrived to see the damage, the toxic air caused them nausea and choking that persisted through the day. —Kate Usher, National Nurses United, 02/20/15 More »

Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

The case of Terry Cawthorn and Mission Hospital, in Asheville, N.C., gives a glimpse of how some hospital officials around the country have shrugged off an epidemic. Cawthorn was a nurse at Mission for more than 20 years. Her supervisor testified under oath that she was "one of my most reliable employees." Then, as with other nurses described this month in the NPR investigative series Injured Nurses, a back injury derailed Cawthorn's career. Nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other body injuries than almost any other occupation, and most of those injuries are caused by lifting and moving patients. —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 02/19/15 More »

Trade Deals Should Come With Their Own Warnings for Public Health

Trade Deals Should Come With Their Own Warnings for Public Health

The problem with so many of the international trade deals signed at the behest of transnational corporations the past three decades. National sovereignty is overridden by the inexorable push for higher corporate profits, with public health frequently a first target. —Chuck Idelson, 02/18/15 More »

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Rauner’s Austerity Budget Attack on Health Care

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Rauner’s Austerity Budget Attack on Health Care

National Nurses United, the largest nurses organization in the nation and in Illinois, today condemned Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal for draconian cuts in critical public services that nurses said could have a devastating effect, especially on retirees and low and moderate income residents in need of medical care. —National Nurses United, 02/18/15 More »

Op-Ed: Don’t Trade Away Our Health

Op-Ed: Don’t Trade Away Our Health

Representatives from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries convened to decide the future of their trade relations in the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.). Powerful companies appear to have been given influence over the proceedings, even as full access is withheld from many government officials from the partnership countries. —Joseph Stiglitz, The New York Times, 02/18/15 More »

Enloe Medical Center RN’s Vote Strongly in Favor of New Contract

Enloe Medical Center RN’s Vote Strongly in Favor of New Contract

CHICO—Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have overwhelmingly approved a new three year contract covering 860 RNs affiliated with the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 02/18/15 More »

Enloe RN’s Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Pact

Enloe RN’s Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Pact

CHICO—Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have overwhelmingly approved a new three year contract covering 860 RNs affiliated with the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 02/18/15 More »

Editorial: Attorney General Should OK Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

Editorial: Attorney General Should OK Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

The attorney general must decide by Feb. 20 whether to approve the sale of the Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario (San Bernardino County). Harris could block the sale of nonprofit hospitals to a for-profit operator if she determined it would not be “in the public interest.” —San Francisco Chronicle, 02/17/15 More »

Study: Climate change leads to rapid emergence of infectious diseases

Study: Climate change leads to rapid emergence of infectious diseases

The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. —Leslie Reed, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 02/17/15 More »

Nurses to Rally At Attorney General’s Sacramento Office Tuesday

Nurses to Rally At Attorney General’s Sacramento Office Tuesday

Dozens of Daughters of Charity registered nurses, joined by other hospital workers, will rally outside the offices of Attorney General Kamala Harris calling on her to approve the sale of six endangered California Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) hospitals to Prime Healthcare without conditions that would likely scuttle the sale and force the hospitals to close. —California Nurses Association, 02/16/15 More »

Attorney general should OK sale of Daughters of Charity hospitals

Attorney general should OK sale of Daughters of Charity hospitals

State Attorney General Kamala Harris is about to make a decision that could have a profound impact on the availability of emergency health care in six California communities. It is a choice between two imperfect options. One would very likely result in the closure of six nonprofit hospitals. The other would be to allow those six hospitals, operated by the Daughters of Charity Health System of Los Altos Hills, to shift into the hands of a for-profit company known for rescuing failing hospitals through aggressive cost-cutting. —Editorial, SF Chronicle, 02/14/15 More »

Sutter Roseville Nurses Vote by 96% To Authorize Strike

Sutter Roseville Nurses Vote by 96% To Authorize Strike

ROSEVILLE—Registered nurses at Sutter Roseville Medical Center turned out in overwhelming numbers Thursday, and voted by 96 percent to authorize a strike to protest the Medical Center's refusal to address staffing and patient care concerns—part of a wider pattern, nurses say, of the Sutter Health chain putting profits over safe care delivery. —California Nurses Association, 02/13/15 More »

Work with nurses to improve care

Work with nurses to improve care

Nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital have struggled since 2004 to make new technology a safe and effective tool to enhance patient care. But management has not taken the nurses seriously when they reported “near misses” with medications. Due to the nurses’ diligence, a new group of remote pharmacists have been employed, and so far, the mistake rate has declined. —Cokie Giles, RN, President of the Maine State Nurses Association / Mount Desert Islander, 02/13/15 More »

The Same Fight

The Same Fight

Members of the United Steelworkers union on strike from their jobs at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, Calif. got a major boost today from registered nurses around the Bay Area who joined their picket line to show support and share stories about why it's critical for workers to have a say in their work in order to protect the health and safety of themselves and their communities. —Lucia Hwang, California Nurses Association, 02/12/15 More »

Busted! NLRB finds probable cause to believe Huntington Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices

Busted! NLRB finds probable cause to believe Huntington Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices

Well, it’s finally happened. After months of denying that it was engaging in unlawful union busting, the management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) has itself been busted by the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). —John Grula, Pasadena Weekly, 02/12/15 More »

Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines To Dangerous Forces

Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines To Dangerous Forces

Scientists say nurses like Sunny Vespico are prime examples of what nursing schools and hospitals are doing wrong: They keep teaching nursing employees how to lift and move patients in ways that could inadvertently result in career-ending back injuries. Vespico, a registered nurse, was working the night shift in the intensive care unit at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia on March 31, 2012. At roughly 12:30 a.m., a large patient was having trouble breathing, so Vespico and a nursing assistant moved her to a special air bed designed for patients with respiratory problems. "Immediately I felt a pop in my back and pain down my leg," Vespico says. "As a nurse, and understanding the mechanics of the body, I knew that there was something very wrong." —Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, 02/11/15 More »

Big Pharma and the Rush to the Latest Dangerous Trade Pact: Part 1 of 2

Big Pharma and the Rush to the Latest Dangerous Trade Pact: Part 1 of 2

To get a glimpse of how corporate-oriented trade deals, such as the currently proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, threaten both the public interest and national sovereignty, take a look at an innovative green energy initiative in Ontario, Canada. In the years following the 2008 global economic crash, Ontario moved forward on a climate action plan billed the “most comprehensive renewable energy policy” in the world. It would provide premium rates for renewable energy for businesses, local governments, and first nations, and a lot of local jobs with a requirement that a minimum percentage of the labor force and materials be local to Ontario. In “This Changes Everything,” her book on the climate crisis, Naomi Klein tells what happened next. Citing World Trade Organization rules, the European Union charged that the buy local provisions would discriminate against non-Ontario businesses. The WTO ruled the local laws were illegal, and the project, the improved local economy and contribution to climate action, were scuttled. —Chuck Idelson, 02/11/15 More »

RNs to Join Martinez Refinery Workers on Picket Line Thursday

RNs to Join Martinez Refinery Workers on Picket Line Thursday

In a show of support for striking refinery workers and their fight for stronger health and safety standards, registered nurses will hold a press conference with them Thursday in Martinez, Ca. Environmental organizations are also expected to join. —California Nurses Association, 02/11/15 More »

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Improve Wages In New Contract With Enloe Medical Center

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Improve Wages In New Contract With Enloe Medical Center

Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital that they say will provide more time for nurses who provide bedside care to address patient care concerns, as well as economic gains that promote the retention of experienced nurses. —California Nurses Association, 02/10/15 More »

It May Not Be Making Headlines But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Over….Update on EBOLA

It May Not Be Making Headlines But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Over….Update on EBOLA

Although EBOLA has all but vanished from the news it is still not over by any measure. RN DeAnn McEwen, Nursing Practice, Health and Safety Specialist for National Nurses United joins Casey and Shayne to talk about current issues and remaining challenges in the fight. —Nurse Talk Radio, 02/10/15 More »

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers

Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor of Illinois hit a rough spot when it was revealed that he favored lowering the minimum wage. That's right, lowering. At a December, 2013, Republican campaign forum, the wealthy candidate declared that, "I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage. I think we've got to be competitive here in Illinois. It's critical we're competitive. We're hurting our economy by having the minimum wage above the national. We've got to move back to the national." —John Nichols, The Nation, 02/10/15 More »

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

There are few crusades in American politics more quixotic than bashing unions. They are a threat that exists mostly in the imaginations of their opponents: an all-powerful, resurgent labor movement that scares investors and imperils the economy, despite representing just 11% of the US workforce. Right-to-work laws are their weapon of choice. —Michael Paarlberg, The Guardian , 02/10/15 More »

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

National Nurses United, the largest organization of nurses in the U.S. and in Illinois late Monday condemned an executive order by new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that is intended to dismantle public employee unions, that nurses warn could cause serious harm to public health and safety. —National Nurses Organizing Committee-Illinois, 02/09/15 More »

Nurses Stand in Solidarity with Steelworkers Amid Safety Concerns

Nurses Stand in Solidarity with Steelworkers Amid Safety Concerns

NNU is especially alarmed at the serious threat for workers and residents of local communities near the refineries posed by unsafe staffing levels, excessive worker overtime demands, and the reports of daily occurrences of fires, emissions, leaks and explosions that put tens of thousands of people in danger. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Nurses Support Steelworkers Oil Fight for Fair Refinery Contract

Nurses Support Steelworkers Oil Fight for Fair Refinery Contract

NNU is especially alarmed at the serious threat for workers and residents of local communities near the refineries posed by unsafe staffing levels, excessive worker overtime demands, and the reports of daily occurrences of fires, emissions, leaks and explosions that put tens of thousands of people in danger. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Nurse’s Court Win Shows Workers Can Beat Koch Brothers-Style Attacks

Nurse’s Court Win Shows Workers Can Beat Koch Brothers-Style Attacks

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio registered nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

They covet office, and the prestige and power it provides. The opportunity to do good while doing well is one of the great privileges of public service. To win that privilege, however, politicians need money. Once elected, they get to make important, consequential decisions, but they must pay tribute to the interests that helped put them there. —Dan Morain, The Sacramento Bee, 02/09/15 More »

Hospital Giant Community Health Systems Ordered to Pay $2 Million For RN Fired

Hospital Giant Community Health Systems Ordered to Pay $2 Million For RN Fired

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio registered nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Refusing to accept current working conditions, scores of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United RNs from three Los Angeles-area Providence hospitals rallied and picketed on the sidewalks of Saint John's Health Center and Little Company of Mary Torrance, with the same message directed at management: " No cuts!" As they bargain contracts at each of the facilities, nurses demand enforceable staffing language, no cuts in benefits, and enough of a raise in wages to solve Providence's chronic, and costly, crisis of recruitment and retention. —California Nurses Association, 02/06/15 More »

CHS Ordered to Pay $2 Million For Ohio RN Fired and Defamed for Patient Advocacy, Union Activity

CHS Ordered to Pay $2 Million For Ohio RN Fired and Defamed for Patient Advocacy, Union Activity

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Ohio, 02/06/15 More »

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Investor-owned hospital chain Community Health Systems and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals will pay the federal government $75 million to settle allegations that they made illegal donations to county governments to reap more federal dollars under a now-discontinued matching program. —Lisa Schencker, ModernHealthCare.com, 02/05/15 More »

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Disgruntled employees from USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on Wednesday marched to the office of the hospital’s chief operating officer, Paul Czajka, where they delivered a community petition bearing as many as 1,300 signatures collected in Glendale, Montrose and La Cañada. —Sara Cardine, Glendale News Press, 02/05/15 More »

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

It's not often that a city council race in a city of 100,000 draws national attention. It happened in Richmond, California, this fall because one big corporation was so shameless in its open attempt to buy the election. —Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, 02/04/15 More »

Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort To Reclaim Chicago

Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort To Reclaim Chicago

Since the midterm elections, the media has been buzzing about the growing schism between Wall Street Democrats and the populist wing of the party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent victories give evidence for the idea that the populists are rising. With their eyes fixed on 2016, many are asking how we can stop a coronation and nominate a populist alternative to former Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. —Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Campaign for America's Future, 02/04/15 More »

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

In 2013, medical debt was the largest cause of personal bankruptcy – 1.7 million people lived in households experiencing bankruptcy because of health costs. But the law hasn’t eliminated the problem. Many states haven’t expanded Medicaid and even those with insurance can rack up big bills, a problem exacerbated by the growing number of plans with high deductibles. —Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News, 02/04/15 More »

Salinas RNs Endorse Community Mediator to Settle Contract Dispute

Salinas RNs Endorse Community Mediator to Settle Contract Dispute

Following 10 months of contentious talks that have failed to produce movement by stubborn hospital officials on demands that registered nurses say would jeopardize patient safety, including a management plan to eliminate about 10 percent of all bedside nurses at the hospital, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital RNs said today that they support a proposal by State Assembly member Luis Alejo for a community mediator to work to resolve the dispute. More »

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

When I was just starting as a nurse, I had a patient that had never touched a cigarette but struggled daily with the simple act of breathing. Her health issues were not because of her ancestors, poor decisions or back luck; it was because she lived near polluting oil refineries. —Heather Albright, RN, Sacramento Bee, 02/03/15 More »

Book Review: America’s Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

Book Review: America’s Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

A look at Steven Brill's new book in which he tackles the Gordian knot of the American Healthcare System: what he got right and what he got wrong. —Michael Lighty and Charles Idelson, with contributions by Michelle Mahon, 02/03/15 More »

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses were the highlight of the rally. More than 50 were attending a CE class nearby, and they marched down J Street in red scrubs and surgical masks, chanting Clean Air Is Health Care. —California Nurses Association, 02/03/15 More »

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Dughters of Charity Health System, a Catholic nonprofit that operates six hospitals primarily for poor and elderly Californians, is reaching the last bead on its fiscal rosary. The chain is losing money at an alarming rate and wants to sell itself to Prime Healthcare Services, but prominent Democrats and a powerful union have called on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to block the deal. —The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, 02/02/15 More »

Pharma, healthcare’s 8-ton gorilla, comes under increasing scrutiny

Pharma, healthcare’s 8-ton gorilla, comes under increasing scrutiny

For all the heavy weights in the healthcare industry, that industry that now gobbles about one fifth of the U.S. economy, none has more weight to throw around than the pharmaceutical giants. Big drug companies make the most profit, mark up their prices the most, have the most clout in Congress and other elected officials, and generally get whatever they want. —Chuck Idelson, 02/02/15 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, 01/30/15 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Vote To Authorize a Strike

University of Chicago Nurses Vote To Authorize a Strike

Registered nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center overwhelming turned out on Thursday and voted by 95% to authorize nurse negotiators to call a one-day strike, if necessary, to protest the Medical Center's refusal to address staffing and patient care concerns that nurses say jeopardize the health and safety of both patients and nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/30/15 More »

Nurses and Veterans Call for Immediate Action to Improve Patient Care at Cincinnati VA

Nurses and Veterans Call for Immediate Action to Improve Patient Care at Cincinnati VA

Registered nurses who work throughout the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Healthcare system will hold an informational picket Friday to draw attention to eroding patient care conditions, including chronic short staffing and barriers facing veterans who seek care at the Cincinnati VA. —National Nurses United, 01/28/15 More »

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses United today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa. —National Nurses United, 01/27/15 More »

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses United today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa. —National Nurses United, 01/27/15 More »

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. —National Nurses United, 01/26/15 More »

In Overwhelming Vote, Kaiser RNs OK New Pact

In Overwhelming Vote, Kaiser RNs OK New Pact

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. —National Nurses United, 01/26/15 More »

Press Conference and Job Fair - Monday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Press Conference and Job Fair - Monday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

As the hospitals in Sanford and the surrounding area experience an influx of patients, RNs at Central Florida Regional Hospital will hold a press conference and job fair on January 26 to recruit for much needed staff. The hospital currently has 116 vacancies ranging from managers to secretaries, including both full time and part-time positions. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Forida, 01/23/15 More »

Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe

Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe

WORCESTER — Elective surgeries at UMass Memorial Medical Center were canceled a week ago because no hospital beds were available for patients, in or out of the UMass Memorial network. Over the holidays, the UMass Memorial pediatric intensive care unit was closed for a few days because it was full. —Susan Spencer, Telegram.com, 01/22/15 More »

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

It's a level of preparedness that some in the medical community said is not consistent at every hospital in the state, and the incident has shed new light on recently filed legislation that seeks to mandate training around workplace violence at every health care facility in the state. —Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 01/22/15 More »

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s call to reduce income inequality in the U.S. through new taxes on financial institutions and the wealthiest Americans as a “fresh start,” but called on the White House and Congress to go farther and adopt a robust tax on Wall Street speculation to raise the “real revenue needed to repair the U.S. economy and meet the human needs still neglected by the Wall Street-created economic crash. —National Nurses United, 01/21/15 More »

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

ome 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —Mike Hall, AFL-CIO, 01/21/15 More »

Nurses: Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

Nurses: Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s call to reduce income inequality in the U.S. through new taxes on financial institutions and the wealthiest Americans as a “fresh start,” but called on the White House and Congress to go farther and adopt a robust tax on Wall Street speculation to raise the “real revenue needed to repair the U.S. economy and meet the human needs still neglected by the Wall Street-created economic crash. —National Nurses United, 01/21/15 More »

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Go Public With Concerns About Patient Safety

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Go Public With Concerns About Patient Safety

The registered nurses of Newton Wellesley Hospital represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), recently began a campaign to alert the public about a potentially dangerous plan by Partners Health Care to reduce RN staffing levels and increase nurses’ patient assignments in the facility’s busy emergency department. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 01/21/15 More »

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

With President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech Tuesday night expected to include calls for higher taxes on capital gains and closure of assorted tax breaks for the 1 percent – on the heels of the recent proposal by Representative Chris Van Hollen, the second top ranked Democrat in the House, for revenue enhancements including a version of a tax on Wall Street – it’s clear the campaign for tax justice is making traction in Washington. —Robin Hood Tax, 01/20/15 More »

Kaiser RNs Begin Voting on New 3-Year Agreement

Kaiser RNs Begin Voting on New 3-Year Agreement

In membership meetings held across Northern and Central California beginning today, registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics will vote on a new three year collective bargaining agreement. As the largest RN contract in the U.S., this agreement is expected to elevate nursing standards and workplace conditions across the nation. —California Nurses Association, 01/20/15 More »

Huntington RNs say: “Don’t Silence Our Voice for Patients! Respect Our Labor Rights!”

Huntington RNs say: “Don’t Silence Our Voice for Patients! Respect Our Labor Rights!”

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his belief that union rights are civil rights, clergy, community members and patients from the Pasadena area will gather at an Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Huntington Memorial, January 20 5:30pm to 7:30pm, to urge administration to stop violating the rights of its nurses and allow a fair, free union organizing campaign with the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 01/19/15 More »

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