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Rules Committee Members Pushing End to Superdelegates to Hold Pre-Vote Press Conference

Rules Committee Members Pushing End to Superdelegates to Hold Pre-Vote Press Conference

Philadelphia, PA — This Saturday, July 23rd, at 10am, DNC Rules Committee members will join pro-democracy groups advocating for an end to the undemocratic superdelegate system for a joint press conference before the rules committee meeting convenes that afternoon. —National Nurses United, 07/22/16 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, 07/22/16 More »

TAMC Nurses to Hold Strike, Rally July 22, 23

TAMC Nurses to Hold Strike, Rally July 22, 23

Nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) will hold a strike on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23—with a rally and press conference at noon on the 22nd—to highlight management’s refusal to address key issues throughout the facility, including safe patient handling and the recruitment and retention of experienced nurses. —National Nurses United, 07/21/16 More »

Essex County Legislators Call on Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack to Negotiate a Fair Contract

Essex County Legislators Call on Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack to Negotiate a Fair Contract

The state legislative delegation this week sent a letter to the Steward Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley's (HFHMV) president, Joseph Roach, urging him to “negotiate a fair contract with the nurses so they can continue to provide the best care to the people of our communities.” —David Schildmeier and Joe Markman, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 07/21/16 More »

Nurses to Co-Host Sanders-Sponsored Convention Forum On Guaranteed Healthcare/Medicare for All

Nurses to Co-Host Sanders-Sponsored Convention Forum On Guaranteed Healthcare/Medicare for All

National Nurses United will co-host a forum Monday on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention on the road ahead to continue the campaign for guaranteed healthcare through an improved and expanded Medicare for all. —National Nurses United, 07/21/16 More »

Nurses to Picket 7 Kaiser Hospitals on July 20 Over Short Staffing, Inadequate Training

Nurses to Picket 7 Kaiser Hospitals on July 20 Over Short Staffing, Inadequate Training

Nurses will hold informational pickets at 7 Kaiser hospitals across California on Wednesday, July 20, to call attention towhat they say is unsafe staffing and eroding standards of patient care, California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. —National Nurses United, 07/19/16 More »

SLU Hospital nurses picket over unsafe working conditions

SLU Hospital nurses picket over unsafe working conditions

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Nurses at St. Louis University Hospital are speaking out about what they are calling unsafe working conditions. —Nora Farrell, KMOV St. Louis, 07/14/16 More »

The NLRB Strikes Another Blow Against Employers Shortchanging Workers

The NLRB Strikes Another Blow Against Employers Shortchanging Workers

Labor regulators have had their hands full keeping track of all the methods employers use to disavow responsibility for their employees. In a decision issued Monday, the National Labor Relations Board drew a firm line through one maneuver that has hamstrung union organizing in shops that employ “permatemps” and contract workers side by side with direct employees. —Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 07/13/16 More »

Nurses Call on Berkeley City Council to Demand  Sutter End Plans to Close Alta Bates Hospital

Nurses Call on Berkeley City Council to Demand Sutter End Plans to Close Alta Bates Hospital

Prodded on by a room full of registered nurses and community supporters, the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night unanimously passed a resolution opposing Sutter Health’s plans to close Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley and to “cease and desist all actions in furtherance” of plans to shut down the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 07/13/16 More »

TAMC Nurses Set Two-Day Strike, July 22-23

TAMC Nurses Set Two-Day Strike, July 22-23

With no significant progress at the bargaining table since their overwhelming recent vote to authorize a strike, TAMC nurses delivered a 10-day notice yesterday of their intent to strike on July 22 and 23—and have made an unconditional offer to return on July 24. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 07/13/16 More »

National Nurses United Statement on Latest Plague of Shootings

National Nurses United Statement on Latest Plague of Shootings

National Nurses United adds its voice to Americans across the political spectrum who are appalled at the shootings this week in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. —National Nurses United, 07/12/16 More »

St. Joseph Health Nurses Vote by 97 Percent Statewide to Authorize Potential Strikes

St. Joseph Health Nurses Vote by 97 Percent Statewide to Authorize Potential Strikes

Nurses at St. Joseph Hospital (Eureka), Queen of the Valley (Napa) and St. Mary’s (Apple Valley) recently conducted strike votes, and the result statewide was a resounding 97 percent yes vote in favor of authorizing strikes, if necessary, California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 07/12/16 More »

Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage

Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage

Starbucks announced Monday that it will give its U.S. workers a raise that will boost compensation by 5% to 15%. That’s very cool. The coffee giant also said it will offer employees more affordable health insurance that will cut costs by being less comprehensive. That’s not so cool. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 07/12/16 More »

Hospitals and “merger-mania” – Latest brings on unanimous strike vote from nurses

Hospitals and “merger-mania” – Latest brings on unanimous strike vote from nurses

As two large, Catholic hospital chains—St. Joseph Health and Providence Health and Services—celebrate their official merger last week, nurses at three of the chains’ California hospitals marked the alliance with a strike vote. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/11/16 More »

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

The tragic death of NNU member Cynthia Palomata, RN, in 2010—as a result of preventable workplace violence—was a galvanizing moment. With renewed urgency in the effort to protect registered nurses and healthcare workers, in 2014, NNU won comprehensive legislation in California, requiring all hospitals to have a workplace violence prevention plan. —National Nurses United, 07/11/16 More »

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

In light of a growing national epidemic of workplace violence against registered nurses and healthcare workers, National Nurses United (NNU) is petitioning the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a formal workplace violence prevention standard, NNU announced today. —National Nurses United, 07/11/16 More »

CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, NNU Exec. Dir. RoseAnn DeMoro Call for Medicare for All in DNC Platform

CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, NNU Exec. Dir. RoseAnn DeMoro Call for Medicare for All in DNC Platform

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro today issued a joint public call to the Democratic Party Platform Committee meeting in Orlando to place support for an improved Medicare for all in the party platform. —National Nurses United, 07/08/16 More »

St. Louis University Hospital RNs Hold Informational Picket To Highlight Consistent Understaffing

St. Louis University Hospital RNs Hold Informational Picket To Highlight Consistent Understaffing

Registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUH) will hold an informational picket and rally at the hospital on Monday, July 11, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) announced today—to highlight unsafe staffing conditions, which are leading to the loss of experienced RNs, due to nurse burnout. —National Nurses United, 07/08/16 More »

Nurses Call on Attorney General to Deny Bid by St. Agnes Hospital, Fresno to Reduce its Charity Care

Nurses Call on Attorney General to Deny Bid by St. Agnes Hospital, Fresno to Reduce its Charity Care

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called on California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject a request by St. Agnes Medical Center (SAMC) in Fresno to reduce the amount of its charity care and community benefit. —California Nurses Association, 07/07/16 More »

In Orlando, Nurses to Push for Democratic Party to Put Medicare for All Pledge in Platform

In Orlando, Nurses to Push for Democratic Party to Put Medicare for All Pledge in Platform

Registered nurse members of National Nurses United, health care advocates, and members of the Democratic Party Platform Committee will hold a press conference in Orlando Friday morning to call on the Platform Committee to add a pledge to support Medicare for all in the party’s platform. —National Nurses United, 07/07/16 More »

Nurses fighting for Medicare For All on DNC Platform

Nurses fighting for Medicare For All on DNC Platform

Our Healthcare In America correspondent Donna Smith urges all to contact Democratic National Committee about omission or refusal to include Medicare For All on the DNC Platform. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/06/16 More »

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

When Democrats gather in Orlando on Friday to act on their party's platform, they should present a vision for the future beyond just defeating Donald Trump. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Orlando Sentinel, 07/06/16 More »

Nurses Mark Major Hospital Merger With Strike Votes

Nurses Mark Major Hospital Merger With Strike Votes

As two large, Catholic hospital chains—St. Joseph Health and Providence Health and Services—celebrate their official merger this week, nurses at three of the chains’ California hospitals are marking the alliance with a strike vote, California Nurses Association announced today. —National Nurses United, 07/05/16 More »

TAMC Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike for Safe Patient Care

TAMC Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike for Safe Patient Care

Nurses at Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) in Presque Isle voted by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday to authorize a three-day strike, Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/30/16 More »

Lawrence General Hospital Nurses Ratify New Contract

Lawrence General Hospital Nurses Ratify New Contract

The more than 450 nurses of Lawrence General Hospital, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, voted this week to ratify a new union contract after more than nine months of negotiations. —National Nurses United\, 06/30/16 More »

Is CA Ready to Set Public Safety Protections For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings?

Is CA Ready to Set Public Safety Protections For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings?

Legislation that could remedy one of the least-reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the warehousing of patients in “observation status,” which accords fewer protections than other hospital patients are given, and also exposes many patients to economic jeopardy – is nearing the governor’s desk. More »

Clinton Democrats Claim To Support Health Care As A Right, But Oppose Universal Healthcare

Clinton Democrats Claim To Support Health Care As A Right, But Oppose Universal Healthcare

A major nurses union condemned Democrats on the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, who blocked an amendment in support of a single-payer health care system. —Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof, 06/29/16 More »

RNRN Disaster Watch: Wildfire Season

RNRN Disaster Watch: Wildfire Season

RNRN has been closely monitoring the devastating wild fires across California and the west. In the current fire season, we have already witnessed fires across the state that have scorched almost 100,000 acres and drawn more than 5,000 firefighters to the effort. —National Nurses United, 06/28/16 More »

Huntington RNs Celebrate Settlement Agreement at Wednesday Press Conference

Huntington RNs Celebrate Settlement Agreement at Wednesday Press Conference

Nurses, elected leaders and community members will hold a press conference at Huntington Hospital today at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate a recent milestone settlement agreement between California Nurses Association (CNA) and the hospital. —National Nurses United, 06/28/16 More »

Eyewitnesses: Our Nurses Describe the Heartache and Solidarity in the Aftermath of WV Flooding

Eyewitnesses: Our Nurses Describe the Heartache and Solidarity in the Aftermath of WV Flooding

By now, we have all seen the terrible images and descriptions of the flooding in West Virginia last week, which came without warning and left unimaginable wreckage. Twenty-three people are dead, and hundreds remain in shelters, as well as thousands of homes and businesses left damaged by the storms that are called “training” because the thunderstorms are lined up like train cars. —RN Response Network, 06/27/16 More »

Nurses Criticize Democratic Platform Committee Vote To Oppose Guaranteed Healthcare/Medicare for All

Nurses Criticize Democratic Platform Committee Vote To Oppose Guaranteed Healthcare/Medicare for All

National Nurses United today condemned the vote of the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee meeting in St. Louis for its vote late Friday night to reject a proposal to place a commitment to “fighting for Medicare for all” in the party’s platform to be adopted at the Democratic convention next month. —National Nurses United, 06/27/16 More »

Historic Nursing Strike Averted as Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Historic Nursing Strike Averted as Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The 3,300 Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nurses, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), have reached a tentative agreement with the hospital that protects safe patient care, enhances hospital security, successfully fights off attempts to implement non-union benefits for new nurses and includes a fair wage increase. —David Schildmeier and Joe Markman, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/26/16 More »

We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution

We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution

Led by an all-star lineup of prominent national leaders, more than 3,000 people attended the three-day People’s Summit in Chicago last week in order to build momentum and strategize for the next phase of the populist moment that found itself galvanized around the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 06/24/16 More »

1,300 RNs to Begin 4-day Kaiser Los Angeles Strike Thursday

1,300 RNs to Begin 4-day Kaiser Los Angeles Strike Thursday

Some 1,300 registered nurses are set to begin a four-day strike Thursday at Kaiser Permanente’s flagship Los Angeles hospital, continuing their campaign to insist the hospital/health insurance giant improve staffing for safer patient care. —National Nurses United, 06/23/16 More »

Building the Political and Social Movement at the People’s Summit in Chicago

Building the Political and Social Movement at the People’s Summit in Chicago

In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the nation and the planet. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 06/23/16 More »

Nurses: Attorney General’s Approval of Major Hospital Merger Fails to Strengthen Protections

Nurses: Attorney General’s Approval of Major Hospital Merger Fails to Strengthen Protections

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ decision today to give a green light to a proposed merger of two large Catholic hospital chains does little to strengthen needed protections for nurses and patients, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 06/22/16 More »

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

After a long dispute with the hospital, nurses were able to address staffing concerns, “achieve economic improvements” and obtain protection of their health coverage, according to a statement released by the California Nurses Association. —Ryan Masters, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 06/22/16 More »

Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike

Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike

A two-day strike involving some 300 registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital that was scheduled to begin this morning is off as nurses and hospital representatives reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday night. —California Nurses Association, 06/22/16 More »

Protect Veterans, Oppose Dangerous Bill

Protect Veterans, Oppose Dangerous Bill

On behalf of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, representing 185,000 nurses across the United States, including more than 10,000 RNs working at 23 Veterans Administration facilities, I am writing to urge you to oppose the draft legislation prepared by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that would significantly endanger the health care of millions of veterans by shifting to a privatized system. —National Nurses United, 06/21/16 More »

DNC Platform Committee Members Offended By Key Single-Payer Healthcare Advocate

DNC Platform Committee Members Offended By Key Single-Payer Healthcare Advocate

The executive director of a major nurses union, which provided substantial support for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, spoke to the Democratic platform committee on June 17. She advocated for single-payer universal healthcare in the United States. —Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof, 06/21/16 More »

Statement by NNU on the Minnesota Nurses Strike at the Twin Cities Allina Health Hospitals

Statement by NNU on the Minnesota Nurses Strike at the Twin Cities Allina Health Hospitals

National Nurses United stands proudly with the 5,000 registered nurses, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association/NNU who are on strike this week to secure safer care for patients at five Allina Health hospitals in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul. —National Nurses United, 06/20/16 More »

Major RN Strike, 10,000 Participate

Major RN Strike, 10,000 Participate

Nurse Talk Radio visits with Minnesota RN Angela Becchetti about the major nurses strike. Over 10,000 will participate. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/20/16 More »

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Nurses to Hold Largest Nurse Strike in Massachusetts History

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Nurses to Hold Largest Nurse Strike in Massachusetts History

In what will be the first strike by nurses in Boston in more than 20 years and the largest nurses strike in Massachusetts history, the 3,300 registered nurses of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), will go on strike Monday, June 27 unless BWH and billionaire owner Partners HealthCare agree to a fair contract that values safe patient care and every Brigham nurse over corporate profits. —David Schildmeier and Joe Markman, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/20/16 More »

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Begin Two-Day Strike Wednesday, June 22

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Begin Two-Day Strike Wednesday, June 22

Nurses who work at Watsonville Community Hospital will officially begin a two-day strike on Wednesday, June 22, due to what they state are seriously deteriorating patient care standards and working conditions. —California Nurses Association, 06/20/16 More »

Background on Pivotal Issue in Brigham and Women’s Hospital Talks: Safe Nurse Staffing

Background on Pivotal Issue in Brigham and Women’s Hospital Talks: Safe Nurse Staffing

Cuts to nurse staffing for patients with severe respiratory conditions is jeopardizing patients' safety. Hospital refuses to restore safe staffing to provide care. —National Nurses United, 06/20/16 More »

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1257 and H.R. 2193

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1257 and H.R. 2193

Certain Veterans Affairs (VA) professionals gained the right to bargain collectively in 1991. However, over the last several years, the interpretation of the statute’s exemptions to collective bargaining has broadened considerably, leaving workers with few meaningful collective bargaining rights. —National Nurses United, 06/19/16 More »

Nurses Call on Drafting Committee to Endorse Medicare for All and Oppose TPP

Nurses Call on Drafting Committee to Endorse Medicare for All and Oppose TPP

Asking “whose life doesn’t matter,” National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro late Friday called on members of the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee to place a commitment to fighting for guaranteed health care for all, through an improved and expanded Medicare for All. —National Nurses United, 06/17/16 More »

Major Strikes Involving 10,000 Registered Nurses in MN, MA, and CA Scheduled for Late June

Major Strikes Involving 10,000 Registered Nurses in MN, MA, and CA Scheduled for Late June

Nearly 10,000 registered nurses in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and California are prepared to strike in late June – a national strike of nurses on a series of patient safety and quality care concerns. —National Nurses United, 06/14/16 More »

Press Conference 9 p.m. Tonight, June 13 at BWH to Announce Results of Strike Authorization Vote

Press Conference 9 p.m. Tonight, June 13 at BWH to Announce Results of Strike Authorization Vote

A press conference will be held at 9 p.m. Monday, June 13 by the 3,300 registered nurses of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to announce the results of a strike authorization vote. —National Nurses United, 06/13/16 More »

What’s Next for the Populist Movement?

At a pivotal moment in a year which has seen enormous populist upsurge in the 2016 Presidential campaign, an all star line up of progressive and community leaders and activists will gather in Chicago June 17-19 for a People’s Summit. —National Nurses United, 06/09/16 More »

Nurses: Don’t Let Them Silence Your Voice – Your Vote Matters

Nurses: Don’t Let Them Silence Your Voice – Your Vote Matters

National Nurses United today urged voters in six primary states set to cast ballots today for Senator Bernie Sanders to get to the polls and rebuke the effort of the major media to say their votes no longer matter. —National Nurses United, 06/07/16 More »

TAMC Nurses to March For Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Care

TAMC Nurses to March For Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Care

Nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) have been in contract negotiations with TAMC since early April. Nurses are asking for provisions that would ensure safe staffing at the medical center—by including improved nurse-to-patient ratios and factoring in the staffing necessary to care for patients at more severe levels of illness or injury. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/06/16 More »

After fight over firings, Huntington Hospital settles with nurses

After fight over firings, Huntington Hospital settles with nurses

Huntington Memorial Hospital and the California Nurses Association have reached a settlement agreement to rescind the termination of two critical care nurses who were fired, allegedly for trying to unionize the hospital’s nursing staff. —By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 06/03/16 More »

Nurses #BernieBus Accelerates its Get-Out-the Vote Campaign For Sanders with Stop at Cal. State

Nurses #BernieBus Accelerates its Get-Out-the Vote Campaign For Sanders with Stop at Cal. State

With the latest polls showing Senator Bernie Sanders ahead with a one point lead in California, the National Nurses United (NNU) members are accelerating their Get-Out-the-Vote efforts in the final few days before the June 7 primary. —National Nurses United, 06/03/16 More »

Huntington Memorial Hospital Agrees to Rescind Illegal Firing of RNs, Proceed to New Union Election

Huntington Memorial Hospital Agrees to Rescind Illegal Firing of RNs, Proceed to New Union Election

The California Nurses Association and the administration of Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena reached a settlement agreement yesterday just days before National Labor Relations Board trial scheduled to begin in Los Angeles on June 6. —California Nurses Association, 06/01/16 More »

Help us Defeat Senate Bill 1195

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June 1: National Day of Action For Fair Working Conditions at CHS Hospitals

June 1: National Day of Action For Fair Working Conditions at CHS Hospitals

On June 1, registered nurses in California, Ohio, and West Virginia will be participating in a national day of action to call for safe patient care and fair treatment of RNs at Community Health Systems and Quorum Health Corporation facilities—stating that the for-profit corporations are not making patients their first priority. —National Nurses United, 06/01/16 More »

Nurses Seek Democratic Showdown

Nurses Seek Democratic Showdown

The 185,000-strong National Nurses United is the scrubs-wearing symbol of a split in the Democratic Party that threatens to inflict damage at the presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. —Peter Nicholas, The Wall Street Journal, 05/31/16 More »

Nurses in CA, OH and WV Call for Safe Staffing, Fair Working Conditions at CHS, Quorum Health

Nurses in CA, OH and WV Call for Safe Staffing, Fair Working Conditions at CHS, Quorum Health

On June 1, registered nurses in California, Ohio, and West Virginia will be participating in a national day of action to call for safe patient care and fair treatment of RNs at Community Health Systems and Quorum Health Corporation facilities—stating that the for-profit corporations are not making patients their first priority. —National Nurses United, 05/31/16 More »

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can - and Should - Win the Nomination

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can - and Should - Win the Nomination

A troika of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and their echo chamber in the major media are laboring to assure everyone that the Democratic nomination process is over —Rose Ann DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 05/26/16 More »

BernieBus Brings its Campaign For Sanders to San Diego

BernieBus Brings its Campaign For Sanders to San Diego

The registered nurses, members of National Nurses United are bringing their campaign in support of Senator Bernie Sanders to San Diego County Thursday with stops at UC San Diego campus and UCSD Medical Center. —National Nurses United, 05/26/16 More »

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital will hold an informational picket today, to protest growing problems with short staffing and unsafe working conditions at the hospital. More »

Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to UC Riverside

Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to UC Riverside

Actress Rosario Dawson and Ben and Jerry co-founder join RNs on campaign trail to scoop ice cream and talk to voters —National Nurses United, 05/25/16 More »

TUESDAY— Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to the OC

TUESDAY— Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to the OC

Ben and Jerry co-founder and Bernie supporter joins RNs on the campaign trail to scoop ice cream and talk to voters —National Nurses United, 05/24/16 More »

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Weds. May 25 - Informational Picket 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital will hold an informational picket to protest growing problems with short staffing and unsafe working conditions at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/16 More »

Nurses #BernieBus Steps on the Gas in Final Push to Register Voters Before Deadline Monday

Nurses #BernieBus Steps on the Gas in Final Push to Register Voters Before Deadline Monday

Encouraged and energized by Senator Bernie Sanders success and California’s record-breaking numbers of new voters, nurses on the #BernieBus are re-doubling their voter registration efforts throughout Los Angeles Monday. —National Nurses United, 05/23/16 More »

CHS shareholders oppose board, approve proxy access

CHS shareholders oppose board, approve proxy access

Community Health Systems shareholders ignored a recommendation from the system's board of directors and passed a proxy access proposal by a 5-1 margin. —By Dave Barkholz, Modern Healthcare, 05/20/16 More »

California Assembly Approves CNA-Sponsored Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings

California Assembly Approves CNA-Sponsored Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings

The California Assembly today approved a bill that would mitigate the presence of toxic airborne contaminants that pose a hazard to patients, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, in operating rooms and other surgical settings. —California Nurses Association, 05/19/16 More »

The People’s Summit coming up in Chicago

The People’s Summit coming up in Chicago

Nurse Talk progressive healthcare correspondent and Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America Donna Smith—talks about the upcoming People's Summit in Chicago June 17th thru 19th. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/19/16 More »

California nurses are heralding the California Senate’s passage of SB 1076

California nurses are heralding the California Senate’s passage of SB 1076

Nurse Talk's "Progressive Healthcare In America" contributor Donna Smith talks about the passage of California Senate Bill SB 1076 (observation status") and what it does to insure patient protection. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/19/16 More »

Nurses on Nevada: Where’s the Outrage Over Widespread Irregularities That Occurred During Caucuses

Nurses on Nevada: Where’s the Outrage Over Widespread Irregularities That Occurred During Caucuses

National Nurses United today criticized media coverage of the disputed Nevada state convention last weekend that has sought to distort events in Nevada while ignoring the original source of the dispute – massive irregularities in the conduct of the state caucuses in Nevada that tilted the outcome in favor of Hillary Clinton. —National Nurses United, 05/19/16 More »

RNs Provide Bedside Reality Check at CHS Shareholder Meeting Yesterday in New York City

RNs Provide Bedside Reality Check at CHS Shareholder Meeting Yesterday in New York City

Registered nurses working at hospitals affiliated with Community Health Systems (CHS), participated as shareholders, at the conglomerate's annual shareholder meeting yesterday in New York City, decrying patient care conditions at CHS hospitals, including chronic short staffing. —National Nurses United, 05/18/16 More »

#BernieBus Has Arrived in Heart of Los Angeles for Sen. Bernie Sanders

#BernieBus Has Arrived in Heart of Los Angeles for Sen. Bernie Sanders

National Nurses United registered nurse members, who have spent the last eight months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus, will continue their swing through Southern California with stops at two major Los Angeles college campuses on Wednesday. —National Nurses United, 05/18/16 More »

Registered Nurses Applaud the Introduction of SB324, the Ohio Hospital Patient Protection Act

Registered Nurses Applaud the Introduction of SB324, the Ohio Hospital Patient Protection Act

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, applauds the introduction of a bill last week in the Ohio Senate by Senator Michael Skindell – appropriately just prior to Nurses Week – that would set specific limits on the numbers of patients each RN can care for in hospitals throughout the state of Ohio. —National Nurses United, 05/16/16 More »

Economic Driver: Bay State nurses excluded from national nursing compact

Economic Driver: Bay State nurses excluded from national nursing compact

Opposing the compact legislation, the Massachusetts Nurses Association sees it as a tool that could be used against its membership in case of a nurses’ strike. “It would make it very, very easy to have nurses from all over the country cross state lines and practice without going through an expedited process,” said David Schildmeier, director of public relations for the MNA. —Geraldine Collier, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 05/16/16 More »

Nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to Hold Informational Picket Tuesday, May 17

Nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to Hold Informational Picket Tuesday, May 17

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare Pay Executives Exorbitant Salaries, Reap Billions in Profits While Refusing to Value the Critical Contributions of Every Brigham Nurse —National Nurses United, 05/16/16 More »

Bill to Step Up Safety For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Sails Through Senate

Bill to Step Up Safety For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Sails Through Senate

Registered nurses are heralding the California Senate’s passage of SB 1076, by a vote of 32-5, a bill that would significantly expand public oversight and protections for one of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the placement of patients in “observation” status. —National Nurses United, 05/13/16 More »

FRIDAY—Nurses’ #BernieBus Heads to Southern CA

FRIDAY—Nurses’ #BernieBus Heads to Southern CA

National Nurses United members, who have spent the last eight months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will begin a week-long campaign swing southern California with stops at two San Fernando Valley college campuses on Friday. —National Nurses United, 05/13/16 More »

Informational Picket Today May 12

Informational Picket Today May 12

Registered Nurses and Community Members Will Protest Eroding Patient Care Conditions at Washington Hospital —National Nurses United, 05/12/16 More »

Nurses: New OSHA Rule Long Overdue, Strong Enforcement Needed

Nurses: New OSHA Rule Long Overdue, Strong Enforcement Needed

National Nurses United welcomes the latest occupational health and safety rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses while also calling on the Agency to create stronger enforcement policies using the new data that this rule makes available. —National Nurses United, 05/11/16 More »

Grupo La Meta y Enfermeras Colaboran en Concierto por Bernie Sanders

Grupo La Meta y Enfermeras Colaboran en Concierto por Bernie Sanders

Modesto, Calif. Grupo La Meta, quienes recientemente ha recibido atención nacional por su canción "El Quemazón” —un corrido para el candidato presidencial Bernie Sanders— se presentarán en conjunto con California Nurses Asociación/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) para un concierto especial en apoyo a la campaña de Bernie este Miércoles.11 de Mayo en Sacramento. —National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Sanders Honors RNs on Nurses Week – Endorses California Initiative to Curb Drug Price Gouging

Sanders Honors RNs on Nurses Week – Endorses California Initiative to Curb Drug Price Gouging

The nation’s largest RN organization today welcomed a statement by Sen. Bernie Sanders honoring America’s nurses on Nurses Week for “all you do every day of the year to care for and save the lives of patients” and for “speaking out for health and safety beyond the bedside” notably in campaigning for “guaranteed healthcare through an improved Medicare for all single payer healthcare system.” —National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Registered Nurses Honor National Nurses Week with Lobby Day for Improved Patient Protections

Registered Nurses Honor National Nurses Week with Lobby Day for Improved Patient Protections

Hundreds of registered nurses from across California will gather in Sacramento Wednesday, May 11, in honor of National Nurses’ Week to encourage state legislators to step up efforts to improve protections for hospital patients, and to express their support for Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. —California Nurses Association, National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Sanders Can Fix What Ails Health Care System

Sanders Can Fix What Ails Health Care System

We know our health care system is broken and that Sanders is the one who can fix it. That’s why I and other members of National Nurses United, who are gathering Wednesday in Sacramento, support Sanders, who held a rally in Sacramento on Monday. —Cathy Kennedy, RN writing in The Sacramento Bee , 05/10/16 More »

#BernieBus Visits Stockton, SFSU Tuesday

#BernieBus Visits Stockton, SFSU Tuesday

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will be heading to an early morning Bernie Sanders rally in Stockton and then to San Francisco State University on Tuesday, May 10. —National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Maine RNs Hold Vigil for Safe Staffing Wednesday

Maine RNs Hold Vigil for Safe Staffing Wednesday

This Wednesday, members of the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a vigil in support of safe staffing at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 05/09/16 More »

Antelope Valley Nurses Vote by 96% to Authorize Strike

Antelope Valley Nurses Vote by 96% to Authorize Strike

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital turned out in record numbers last week to vote overwhelmingly by 96 percent to authorize a strike, if necessary, to protest the hospital’s continued refusal to address issues such as unsafe staffing and high nurse attrition and turnover. —California Nurses Association, 05/09/16 More »

Bernie Sanders’ idea for free tuition at public colleges deserves an A

Bernie Sanders’ idea for free tuition at public colleges deserves an A

Bernie Sanders wants everyone to be offered a tuition-free college education and he’s called crazy. America can’t afford it, naysayers scoff. He’s just pandering to young voters. But too many of us in California forget: This state did provide tuition-free college for generations. —George Skelton, Capitol Journal, 05/09/16 More »

California nurses ‘Feel the Bern’

California nurses ‘Feel the Bern’

As Bernie Sanders prepares for the California presidential primary, he has a local ground force that he leans on as “one of the sponsors of my campaign”: nurses. —Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 05/09/16 More »

Democrats: California’s primary still matters

Democrats: California’s primary still matters

Yes, California, we matter on June 7, just not the way the major media predicted. The experts who insisted Donald Trump would be a flash in the pan are the same ones who ignored Sen. Bernie Sanders from the start. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, 05/09/16 More »

Grupo La Meta Partners with Nurses on Concert for Bernie Sanders

Grupo La Meta Partners with Nurses on Concert for Bernie Sanders

Modesto, Calif. band Grupo La Meta, who recently gained national attention for their song "El Quemazón” (“The Bern”)—a corrido for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—will be joining California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) for a special concert in support of Bernie’s campaign, on Wednesday, May 11 on the West Capitol Steps in Sacramento at noon. —National Nurses United, 05/09/16 More »

Nurses’ #BernieBus Visits Fresno, Sacramento Monday

Nurses’ #BernieBus Visits Fresno, Sacramento Monday

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will be heading to Fresno State University and to Sacramento for a Bernie Sanders rally on Monday, May 9. —National Nurses United, 05/09/16 More »

Let’s Honor Our History and Ourselves this Nurses Week

Let’s Honor Our History and Ourselves this Nurses Week

This year's Nurses Week, we honor the noble profession of nursing not only in the United States, but across the world. —National Nurses United, 05/07/16 More »

Community Health Systems to Sell Assets to Pay Down Hefty Debt

Community Health Systems to Sell Assets to Pay Down Hefty Debt

Shares in Community Health Systemsopened sharply lower after the hospital operator announced another quarter of disappointing results and its executives vowed to sell assets to pay down the company’s hefty debt. —Melanie Evans, The Wall Street Journal, 05/06/16 More »

Fix It—Healthcare At A Tipping Point

Fix It—Healthcare At A Tipping Point

This week on Nurse Talk we talk with Filmmaker and CEO, Richard Master about his new powerful documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/06/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Visits N. Bay Area, Oakland Friday

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Visits N. Bay Area, Oakland Friday

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will be heading to Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and Martinez on Friday—then back Oakland to #FeelTheBern with voters at First Friday. —National Nurses United, 05/06/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Makes Bay Area Debut Thurs. May 5

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Makes Bay Area Debut Thurs. May 5

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast, campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will launch the Bay Area leg of their revolutionary journey with a #BernieBus kickoff event Thurs., May 5 at Berkeley City College. —National Nurses United, 05/04/16 More »

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On

Legislation that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes,” is headed to a vote on the floor of the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 05/04/16 More »

Activists to Convene June 17-19 in Chicago to Step Up the Movement

Activists to Convene June 17-19 in Chicago to Step Up the Movement

Progressive and community leaders and activists from across the U.S. will gather in Chicago June 17-19 for a People’s Summit called in part to continue the momentum and movement building associated with the ongoing Bernie Sanders campaign as well as community organizing on progressive issues that has been underway with less media fanfare around the nation for years. —National Nurses United, 05/04/16 More »

Bill to Step up Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings Advances to Senate Floor

Bill to Step up Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings Advances to Senate Floor

A bill that would significantly expand public oversight and protections for one of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals—the placement of patients in “observation” status, is headed to the Senate floor. —National Nurses United, 05/04/16 More »

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