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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 »

BREAKING - Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Protections

BREAKING - Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —California Nurses Association, 01/17/15 More »

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, California Nurses Association/National Nurses announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. The deal will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —California Nurses Association, 01/17/15 More »

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

National Nurses United supports the White House's new community college initiative – a move that would open doors for a new generation of registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/15/15 More »

Nurses Want Solution to ‘Epidemic’ of Workplace Violence

Nurses Want Solution to ‘Epidemic’ of Workplace Violence

Members of the National Nurses United union are joining a growing number of industry voices that decry the increasing amount of violence that healthcare workers face on a daily basis, reports ABC News' Tampa, Florida, affiliate. —Leslie Small, FierceHealthcare, 01/15/15 More »

Nurses Welcome White House Community College Initiative

Nurses Welcome White House Community College Initiative

National Nurses United today announced strong support for President Obama's community college initiative that NNU said should have a huge impact on expanding and improving nursing education opportunities for an entire new generation of registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/15/15 More »

Daughters of Charity RNs, Other Hospital Workers Step Up Call for Sale Approval

Daughters of Charity RNs, Other Hospital Workers Step Up Call for Sale Approval

With a decision from Attorney General Kamala Harris fast approaching, Daughters of Charity registered nurses and other hospital workers will walk the halls of the State Capitol Thursday calling on legislators to encourage the Attorney General to approve the proposed sale of six California Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. —California Nurses Association, 01/14/15 More »

Nurses Rally Saying Workplace Violence is an Epidemic

Nurses Rally Saying Workplace Violence is an Epidemic

National Nurses United wants lawmakers to force all hospitals to implement policies that protect healthcare workers from violence. The union calls violence towards nurses in hospitals an epidemic. —ABC News, 01/14/15 More »

Our Perspective: How Simplifying Financing Can Cut Costs in US Healthcare

Our Perspective: How Simplifying Financing Can Cut Costs in US Healthcare

A Simplified financing system in the U.S. could result in cost savings exceeding $350 billion annually, nearly 15% of health care spending —BMC Health Services Research, 01/13/15 More »

Our Perspective: “Wellness” Based Healthcare is a Scam

Our Perspective: “Wellness” Based Healthcare is a Scam

"Wellness" programs have long been oversold as a mechanism to improve health in the workplace, the alleged reason why they were encouraged in the Affordable Care Act. But NNU has long viewed them as scheme, heavily promoted by corporate employers, whose real purpose was to promote the growing practice of health coverage cost shifting from employers to workers, including nurses. —Reuters, 01/13/15 More »

A New Study Shows Why Obamacare Should Have Been Single-Payer

A New Study Shows Why Obamacare Should Have Been Single-Payer

A single-payer system akin to the Medicare program or Canada's national healthcare. The study found that the $375 billion saved annually with a single-payer system could be used to cover all of the nation's uninsured and upgrade coverage for millions of under-insured citizens. —Sarah Kollmorgen, New Republic, 01/13/15 More »

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax – a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.” —John Nicholson, The Nation, 01/12/15 More »

Nurses Urge Legislation to Require Prevention Plans To Stem Epidemic of Violence in Hospitals

Nurses Urge Legislation to Require Prevention Plans To Stem Epidemic of Violence in Hospitals

Registered Nurses will rally in Tampa Tuesday to call for legislative action to require hospitals to step up tough prevention plans to stem a growing spate of violence against nurses and other health workers in hospitals. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 01/12/15 More »

Kaiser RNs Announce Plans to Strike January 21-22

Kaiser RNs Announce Plans to Strike January 21-22

After months of Kaiser Permanente’s refusal to address the growing erosion of patient care standards, Kaiser RNs will hold a two-day strike January 21 and 22, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced late today. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/15 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, 01/09/15 More »

Fatal System Error

Fatal System Error

Private nonprofit hospitals, which benefit from huge tax breaks, fail to care for the East Bay's poorest residents — and now one public hospital is on the verge of collapse. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 01/09/15 More »

Nurses Rally Friday at Seton Medical Center – 12 pm

Nurses Rally Friday at Seton Medical Center – 12 pm

DALY CITY/MOSS BEACH— Nurses and community organizations are mobilizing once again Friday at Seton Medical Center (Daly City) and Seton Coastside (Moss Beach), for the fifth and final day of rallies and Attorney General public hearings in support of the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/15 More »

Daly City – Nurse Rally, Friday, Noon, Seton Medical Center

Daly City – Nurse Rally, Friday, Noon, Seton Medical Center

DALY CITY/MOSS BEACH— Building on momentum gathered by hundreds of registered nurses who mobilized at Daughters of Charity hospitals earlier this week, nurses and community organizations are turning out again Friday at Seton Medical Center (Daly City) and Seton Coastside (Moss Beach). They will be gathering for the fifth day of rallies and Attorney General public hearings in support of the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. —California Nurses Association, 01/08/15 More »

Gilroy- Nurse Rally, 8:30 a.m., St. Louise Regional Hospital

Gilroy- Nurse Rally, 8:30 a.m., St. Louise Regional Hospital

GILROY— Building on momentum gathered by hundreds of registered nurses who mobilized at hospitals in southern California and San Jose earlier this week, nurses and community organizations are turning out again Thursday at Gilroy's City Hall. They will be gathering for the fourth day of rallies and Attorney General public hearings in support of the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. More »

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

For decades, registered nurses at Daughters of Charity Health System have outlasted wars, pestilence and even earthquakes to fulfill their mission of serving the indigent and the poor in the Bay Area and Southern California. No one alive can recall a time care was not available at the local hospitals. —Sharon Erlich and Donna Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, 01/07/15 More »

48 St. Louis Health Professionals Send Letter Urging Ameren to Move Beyond Coal

48 St. Louis Health Professionals Send Letter Urging Ameren to Move Beyond Coal

ST. LOUIS - On Thursday, health professionals and community residents gathered outside Ameren Missouri's headquarters to deliver a letter signed by 48 public health leaders calling on the utility's CEO and board members to move more quickly beyond coal and invest significantly in clean energy. Ameren relies on coal for nearly 80 percent of its electricity generation, while the national average is closer to 40 percent. —Emily Rosenwasser, Sierra Club, 01/07/15 More »

Public Hearings on Future of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Public Hearings on Future of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Registered nurses and community organizations are turning out for a third day of rallies and public hearings to support the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/15 More »

Nurses Welcome President’s Commitment to Veto Proposed Bill, Green-Lighting Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses Welcome President’s Commitment to Veto Proposed Bill, Green-Lighting Keystone XL Pipeline

National Nurses United today welcomed the announcement that President Obama will veto legislation by the new Congress pushing forward the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project. The new Congressional majority has said that pushing the pipeline will be a top priority – ignoring the severe consequences for public health and climate change. —National Nurses United, 01/06/15 More »

TODAY 8:00 a.m. St. Vincents, Rally-Daughters of Charity Hearing Day 2

TODAY 8:00 a.m. St. Vincents, Rally-Daughters of Charity Hearing Day 2

Daughters of Charity RNs will continue to hold rallies and testify in support of saving vital healthcare services in their communities, voiced by those who know first-hand what's at stake. The second hearing will take place today at St. Vincent's Medical Center located in downtown Los Angeles. — St. Vincent Medical Center Rally at 8:00 a.m., Hearing at 10:00 a.m. More »

With Congress Set to Green Light Keystone XL Pipeline, Nurses Urge President to Reject KXL

With Congress Set to Green Light Keystone XL Pipeline, Nurses Urge President to Reject KXL

Citing continuing concerns about the threat to public health, National Nurses United today urged the Obama Administration to formally reject the permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, not just rely on a possible veto of legislation expected to pass in the new Congress. —National Nurses United, 01/06/15 More »

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

About two years ago, residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side saw piles of black dust in their neighborhood growing taller and taller. The piles, stored along the Calumet River, reached six stories high – 60 feet tall – and when the wind blew they would send clouds of black dust through residential streets. —Kari Lydersen, The Gate News, 01/05/15 More »

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

The state attorney general’s office will hold a series of public hearings this week on the controversial sale of six nonprofit hospitals, including Seton Medical Center in Daly City and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, to a for-profit Southern California company. —Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle , 01/05/15 More »

Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Registered nurses from Daughters of Charity hospitals throughout the greater Bay Area will hold rallies prior to hearings and then testify to share findings from an impact report released mid-December, by CNA/NNU outlining the crucial healthcare services that would be lost in the event of hospital closures. —California Nurses Association, 01/04/15 More »

First Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Daughters of Charity Hospitals Begin in LA Monday

First Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Daughters of Charity Hospitals Begin in LA Monday

Registered nurses from Daughters of Charity hospitals will give testimony at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday Jan 5, and Tuesday Jan. 6 respectively in their continued fight to save their hospitals and preserve essential patient care services in their communities. —California Nurses Association, 01/04/15 More »

Registered Nurses Welcome First Contract at Community Hospital Long Beach

Registered Nurses Welcome First Contract at Community Hospital Long Beach

Yesterday registered nurses voted to approve their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Community Hospital Long Beach. At a time when many labor contracts are premised on substantial cuts in workplace and living standards for nurses and other workers, the RNs successfully negotiated an agreement that represents improvements in their existing standards. —California Nurses Association, 12/31/14 More »

Attorney General to Hold Daughters of Charity Hearings Jan 5-9 in LA and Bay Area

Attorney General to Hold Daughters of Charity Hearings Jan 5-9 in LA and Bay Area

Registered nurses from Daughters of Charity hospitals are mobilizing en masse to public hearings next week, in their continued fight to save their hospitals and preserve essential patient care services in their communities, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) who represents 1,800 nurses at four of the hospitals announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/30/14 More »

Today Nurses Hold Vigil, Urge MWHC Execs to Work With Them to Address Problems

Today Nurses Hold Vigil, Urge MWHC Execs to Work With Them to Address Problems

The RNs' strike, and the hospital's subsequent lockout, were preceded by management's refusal to bargain in good faith and continued actions to undermine discussion. In November, hospital executives acted unilaterally, and illegally, in implementing their most recent position and declared an impasse, despite the fact that the registered nurses were ready and willing to continue negotiations with hospital executives to protect quality patient care and safe working conditions. —National Nurses United, 12/30/14 More »

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

I recently read that 18 members of Congress oppose the sale of Saint Louise Regional Hospital as well as the other Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare, stating basically that it would be bad for the communities, patients and healthcare workers. —George F. Endress III, RN, Morgan Hill Times, 12/30/14 More »

National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of RNs at Bluefield Regional and Greenbrier

National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of RNs at Bluefield Regional and Greenbrier

Last week the National Labor Relations Board ordered Bluefield Regional Medical Center (BRMC) in Bluefield, W. Va and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC) in Ronceverte, W.Va. to end their lawless behavior in refusing to bargain with its registered nurses. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 12/29/14 More »

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