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‘Access’ to Buying Insurance is Not Health Coverage

‘Access’ to Buying Insurance is Not Health Coverage

A signature exchange early in the first Senate hearing Wednesday for Rep. Tom Price in his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary illustrates a lot about our still damaged healthcare system, and how it could now get much worse. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Contributing to Huffington Post, 01/19/17 More »

Nurses Announce Opposition to Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

Nurses Announce Opposition to Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

National Nurses United is joining with civil rights and civil liberties advocates to oppose the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General, NNU announced today. NNU will urge the Senate to reject Sessions’ nomination. —National Nurses United, 01/19/17 More »

RN, JD Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist, Mathew Keller sheds some light

RN, JD Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist, Mathew Keller sheds some light

Why did Minnesota's Hennepin Community Medical Center change it's financial projections by a whopping $45.4 million dollars? —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 01/18/17 More »

Nurses Face More Violence From Hospital Patients

Nurses Face More Violence From Hospital Patients

Nurses and other health care workers increasingly face verbal abuse, physical assaults and injuries, often from the patients they're trying to help, according to testimony at a Jan. 10 meeting held by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Capitol Hill. —Lisa Esposito, US News And World Report, 01/18/17 More »

As Confirmation Hearing Opens, Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Price

As Confirmation Hearing Opens, Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Price

With the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions scheduled to open a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, National Nurses United urged both the committee and the full Senate to reject Price, citing his record of opposition to major healthcare services and advocacy of harmful cuts in in key healthcare programs. —National Nurses United, 01/18/17 More »

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/17/17 More »

The Precautionary Principle is Paramount

The Precautionary Principle is Paramount

More than two years after the West African Ebola outbreak panicked the globe, Ebola news made headlines again when researchers found evidence suggesting that the deadly virus lingers in people’s lungs. —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of RN Response Network and Health & Safety at NNU, 01/17/17 More »

HHS Nominee Tom Price Faces Insider Trading Accusations

HHS Nominee Tom Price Faces Insider Trading Accusations

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services bought shares in a medical device company last year and then introduced legislation in the House to help the company less than a week later, CBS News has confirmed. —Rebecca Shabad, CBS News, 01/17/17 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, 01/16/17 More »

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/13/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” at Phoenix DNC Future Forum Saturday

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” at Phoenix DNC Future Forum Saturday

On Saturday, January 14, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Phoenix, Arizona to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison we be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 01/13/17 More »

Nurses Join “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” National Day of Action Jan. 15th

Nurses Join “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” National Day of Action Jan. 15th

Registered nurses will join actions in over 40 U.S. cities Jan. 15th to demand that the new administration and Congress protect and expand millions of Americans access to healthcare, not cut it. —National Nurses United, 01/12/17 More »

National Nurses Call Out 13 Democrats on Rx Vote: Whose Side Are You On? Big Pharma or Patients?

National Nurses Call Out 13 Democrats on Rx Vote: Whose Side Are You On? Big Pharma or Patients?

National Nurses United today sharply criticized 13 Senate Democrats who defeated an amendment that would have aided tens of millions of patients struggling with skyrocketing prescription drug costs, voting instead Tuesday night to ally with the pharmaceutical industry. —National Nurses United, 01/12/17 More »

Instead of protesting Obamacare repeal, seek what Trump admires

Instead of protesting Obamacare repeal, seek what Trump admires

Instead of mourning the expected repeal of the Affordable Care Act, let’s hold President-elect Donald Trump to his pledges on health care, while also meeting the test set by President Obama. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 01/12/17 More »

Nurses Urge Senate To Reject Tom Price Health & Human Services Nominee

Nurses Urge Senate To Reject Tom Price Health & Human Services Nominee

National Nurses United (the nations largest organization of nurses with over 190,000 members) called on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, as well as the full Senate, to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. RN and Co-President of National Nurses United Jean Ross joins us this week. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 01/11/17 More »

Big News: NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence

Big News: NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence

Kicked in the chest by a combative patient. Choked with her own stethoscope. Left to fend for himself when a visitor arrived at the hospital with a gun. These are some of the personal experiences shared today by NNU nurses from around the country at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stakeholder meeting in Washington, D.C. on workplace violence in healthcare settings. —National Nurses United, 01/10/17 More »

Tri-City Nurses Hold Information Picket Cite Concerns Over Staffing Issues

Tri-City Nurses Hold Information Picket Cite Concerns Over Staffing Issues

Citing concern over staffing issues, Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC), registered nurses will hold an informational picket on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/10/17 More »

NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Today, on his last day in office, Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels announced that U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be granting National Nurses United's (NNU) petition for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. —National Nurses United, 01/10/17 More »

Medicare for all — use formula to replace ACA

Medicare for all — use formula to replace ACA

"Praying for health shouldn’t be the foundation of a modern healthcare system. But that’s where millions of uninsured Americans still find themselves,” wrote Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus Jan. 6, quoting the fears of Los Angeles resident Madelyn Gilbreath about the expected vote by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Contributing to The Hill, 01/09/17 More »

Nurses Applaud Huge Vote for Change in  California Democratic Party Elections

Nurses Applaud Huge Vote for Change in California Democratic Party Elections

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today applauded the hundreds of nurses and other progressive activists who appear to have won the majority of Assembly District delegate slots for the 2017 California Democratic Party convention in town hall type meetings over the weekend. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/17 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, 01/09/17 More »

National Nurses United Endorses Sanders Amendment to Protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare

National Nurses United Endorses Sanders Amendment to Protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare

National Nurses United today strongly endorsed a proposed Senate budget amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders that that would protect funding for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. —National Nurses United, 01/09/17 More »

NNU Nurses to Testify in DC, Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

NNU Nurses to Testify in DC, Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) On Tuesday, January 10, at a public stakeholder meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU)—from states around the country—will demand that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. —National Nurses United, 01/09/17 More »

Alhambra Hospital RNs Vote to Join CNA

Alhambra Hospital RNs Vote to Join CNA

Resisting heavy-handed pressure by hospital managers, registered nurses at Alhambra Hospital Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. voted Thursday to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, CNA announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/17 More »

Alhambra Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. Charged with Violating Registered Nurses Rights

Alhambra Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. Charged with Violating Registered Nurses Rights

The California Nurses Association (CNA) has filed a massive complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Alhambra Hospital Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. for violating registered nurses rights to a fair union election. —California Nurses Association, 12/29/16 More »

Nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. Approve New Contract

Nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. Approve New Contract

The RNs, affiliated with the California Nurses Association (CNA), say the contract includes significant improvements and workplace protections that will enhance their ability to provide quality patient care. —California Nurses Association, 12/29/16 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, 12/28/16 More »

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

During the last two years alone, nurses represented by California Nurses Association and National Nurses United fought to author and pass state and national legislation that includes Safe RN-to Patient Staffing Ratio’s and California’s Ballot Proposition 61, also known as the Drug Price Relief Act. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 12/28/16 More »

Nurses at Four Verity Health Hospitals in Bay Area and Los Angeles Vote to Approve New Contracts

Nurses at Four Verity Health Hospitals in Bay Area and Los Angeles Vote to Approve New Contracts

After four years of instability and threats of hospital closures or major cuts in patient services, registered nurses voted to approve a new contract covering nearly 1500 RNs at four former Daughters of Charity hospitals that are now owned by Verity Health, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/23/16 More »

Nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Registered nurses and hospital administrators have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract covering 200 RNs in the bargaining unit at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. —California Nurses Association, 12/22/16 More »

Nurses Call on Senate to Reject Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Nurses Call on Senate to Reject Tom Price as HHS Secretary

National Nurses United today called on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, as well as the full Senate, to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. —National Nurses United, 12/22/16 More »

Wounded On the Front Line at Standing Rock, a Protester Refuses to Give Up Her Fight

Wounded On the Front Line at Standing Rock, a Protester Refuses to Give Up Her Fight

It was after sundown on a cold night at the Backwater Bridge at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Dundon, 31, a Navajo and mother of four, had arrived two months earlier to join thousands of others in their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. —Sandy Tolan, Los Angeles Times, 12/22/16 More »

Nurses to Vote Jan 5 at Alhambra Hospital on Bid To Join California’s Largest RN Organization, CNA

Nurses to Vote Jan 5 at Alhambra Hospital on Bid To Join California’s Largest RN Organization, CNA

Registered nurses at Alhambra Hospital Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. will vote on January 5 whether to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, CNA announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/21/16 More »

National Nurses United launches premiere Health & Safety Division

National Nurses United launches premiere Health & Safety Division

Recently, National Nurses United launched the Nurses Health & Safety Campaign. This project is a network of nurses and allies, committed to collectively advocating for nurse health and safety. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 12/20/16 More »

Nurses at Four Verity Health Hospitals Reach Significant Tentative Agreement

Nurses at Four Verity Health Hospitals Reach Significant Tentative Agreement

After four years of instability and threats of hospital closures or major cuts in patient services, registered nurses have reached a significant tentative agreement on a new contract covering nearly 1500 RNs at four former Daughters of Charity hospitals that are now owned by Verity Health, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/20/16 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, 12/19/16 More »

Nurses Top Gallup Poll Again Ranking #1 in Honesty and Ethics

Nurses Top Gallup Poll Again Ranking #1 in Honesty and Ethics

Nurses once again topped the Gallup Poll's annual ranking of how Americans view 22 major professions with 84% of the public rating their honesty and ethical standards as "high" or "very high." Nurses have ranked first for 15 consecutive years and every year except for one in the 18 years that Gallup has surveyed public opinion on what profession is most trusted.
 —National Nurses United, 12/19/16 More »

RNs at Florida Medical Center and Palmetto General Hospital Approve New Contracts

RNs at Florida Medical Center and Palmetto General Hospital Approve New Contracts

Registered Nurses at two South Florida hospitals, Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, voted by a wide margin to approve new contracts ensuring vital patient care and nursing practice protections, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Florida, 12/12/16 More »

Workplace Violence Regulations for Healthcare Facilities Go in Effect April 1

Workplace Violence Regulations for Healthcare Facilities Go in Effect April 1

California’s Office of Administrative Law gave final approval to the nation’s strongest state workplace violence regulations for healthcare facilities and set an effective date of April 1, 2017 —California Nurses Association, 12/09/16 More »

Nurses Overwhelmingly Approve Contract at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, CA

Nurses Overwhelmingly Approve Contract at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, CA

Registered nurses voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract this week covering nearly 1,000 nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Ca., announced the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 12/09/16 More »

RNs at Florida Medical Center and Palmetto Gen. Hospital Reach Tentative Agreements on New Contracts

RNs at Florida Medical Center and Palmetto Gen. Hospital Reach Tentative Agreements on New Contracts

Registered Nurses at two South Florida hospitals, Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, have reached tentative agreements on new contracts ensuring vital patient care and nursing practice protections. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida, 12/07/16 More »

Healthcare Workers have Highest Rates of Asthma, according to CDC

Healthcare Workers have Highest Rates of Asthma, according to CDC

According to a new Centers for Disease Control study, the healthcare and social assistance industry has the highest percentage of workers with asthma — 10.7% of workers in this industry reported having asthma. —Bonnie Castillo, NNU Director of Health & Safety, 12/06/16 More »

Nurses Join Rep. Pelosi, Senators Schumer and Sanders for “Hands Off Medicare” Press Conf

Nurses Join Rep. Pelosi, Senators Schumer and Sanders for “Hands Off Medicare” Press Conf

Registered nurses will join House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, along with seniors and activists for a press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 7, announcing the delivery of more than one million petition signatures demanding that President Elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell keep their hands off the American people’s earned Medicare benefits. —National Nurses United, 12/06/16 More »

Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a better idea – Medicare for all

Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a better idea – Medicare for all

Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda. Repeal of the ACA will not curb the persistent, systemic inequities of our profit-focused healthcare system. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 12/05/16 More »

Nurses: Tragic Fire Highlights Need for Real Action in Oakland on Affordable Housing Crisis

Nurses: Tragic Fire Highlights Need for Real Action in Oakland on Affordable Housing Crisis

The horrid loss of life in the Oakland warehouse fire Saturday night should be a call for first grieving followed by action on the broader problem plaguing Oakland and similar Bay Area communities – inadequate affordable housing, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today. —California Nurses Association, 12/05/16 More »

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement at Antelope Valley Hospital

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement at Antelope Valley Hospital

Registered nurses and hospital administrators have reached a significant tentative agreement on a new contract covering nearly 1,000 nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Ca., announced the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 12/05/16 More »

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined. —Alexia Fernández Campbell writing for The Atlantic, 12/05/16 More »

Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Activists

Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Activists

National Nurses United Sunday congratulated leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of supporters, including 2,000 veterans assembled over the weekend, for the news that the federal government will deny authorization for the Dakota Access Pipeline to go through tribal lands posing a threat to water sources and sacred sites. —National Nurses United, 12/04/16 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, 12/02/16 More »

Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock

Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock

National Nurses United today announced that it is donating $50,000 to support U.S. service veterans who are assembling this weekend as peaceful, unarmed defenders for the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota who are enduring military style police assaults for opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project. —National Nurses United, 12/02/16 More »

Nurses Condemn Attacks on Rep. Keith Ellison

Nurses Condemn Attacks on Rep. Keith Ellison

National Nurses United today re-affirmed its strong support for Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee and condemned the latest round vitriolic attacks on Ellison as “symbolic of McCarthy era politics that should have no place in American politics.” —National Nurses United, 12/02/16 More »

Nurses Host Film Screening Event to Support Clear Skies Ordinance

Nurses Host Film Screening Event to Support Clear Skies Ordinance

The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold an event Dec. 7, featuring the film This Changes Everything, to raise funds for the City of Portland's Clear Skies Ordinance Defense Fund. —Maine State Nurses Association, 11/30/16 More »

Nurses Vote to Authorize Unfair Labor Practice Strike at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster

Nurses Vote to Authorize Unfair Labor Practice Strike at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster

Nurses voted overwhelmingly to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice strike at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) to protest unfair labor practices and chronic short staffing announced the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 11/30/16 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, 11/23/16 More »

Nurses, Labor Unions and Others Celebrate Defeat of TPP!

Nurses, Labor Unions and Others Celebrate Defeat of TPP!

RN and Co-President of National Nurses United, Deborah Burger joins us this week to talk about the People’s Rally that converged in D.C. to celebrate the defeat of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and chart a path ‘Forward Together’. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 11/22/16 More »

Bernie Sanders rallies supporters with call for new direction in Democratic party

Bernie Sanders rallies supporters with call for new direction in Democratic party

On a gorgeous fall day and surrounded by changing trees, a group of Bernie Sanders’ most ardent supporters held a political bonfire for the doomed Trans-Pacific Partnership outside the US Capitol building. —Lauren Gambino writing for The Guardian, 11/17/16 More »

People’s Rally Converges in D.C. to Celebrate TPP Defeat, Chart Path ‘Forward Together’

People’s Rally Converges in D.C. to Celebrate TPP Defeat, Chart Path ‘Forward Together’

“I don’t care if you’re a Clinton supporter, a Trump supporter or a Bernie supporter—we are a movement. It’s not about who’s in the White House; it’s about who’s in the streets,” NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro told a crowd of thousands gathered in Washington D.C. today. —National Nurses United, 11/17/16 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Activists Plan Rally for Our Future in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Nurses, Healthcare Activists Plan Rally for Our Future in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Members of NNOC-Ohio/National Nurses United, Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) and Demand Universal Healthcare (DUH), are holding a community gathering and rally Thursday, to express their support for a singlepayer healthcare system in the U.S. and to reject House Speaker Paul Ryan's threats to privatize Medicare. —National Nurses United, 11/17/16 More »

International Nurses’ Statement on Victory Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

International Nurses’ Statement on Victory Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nurses around the world are encouraged by the victory in the U.S. against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and pledge to remain vigilant against attempts to revive it next year. —Global Nurses United, 11/17/16 More »

First Broad Post-Election Rally – Thursday, DC

First Broad Post-Election Rally – Thursday, DC

Sen. Bernie Sanders will join with a broad array of labor, environmental, healthcare, consumer and other advocacy groups in Washington DC Thursday, November 17, to promote a people’s agenda and a common commitment to stepping up grassroots mobilizations for economic and social justice and equality as the incoming Trump administration takes office. —National Nurses United, 11/15/16 More »

First Post-Election Broad Action Coming to DC

First Post-Election Broad Action Coming to DC

A major gathering of labor, environmental, healthcare, consumer and other advocacy groups will rally in Washington November 17 to demand Congress reject the fatally flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact whether it is revived in any form in either the lame duck session or the next administration. —National Nurses United, 11/11/16 More »

Nurses to President-Elect Trump: Time to Heal America

Nurses to President-Elect Trump: Time to Heal America

National Nurses United today called on President-Elect Donald Trump to follow up on his calls for national unity by reassuring immigrant families that they do not have to fear deportation, and renouncing some who have used the election outcome as a pretext to threaten minorities or promote hate crimes. —National Nurses United, 11/10/16 More »

Clean Sweep – Kindred Hospital, Baldwin Park Workers Join RNs in Voting for Caregivers Union

Clean Sweep – Kindred Hospital, Baldwin Park Workers Join RNs in Voting for Caregivers Union

Hospital workers at Kindred Hospital-Baldwin Park Wednesday night voted by 91 percent to unionize with the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU), an affiliate of the California Nurses Association. —Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union, 11/10/16 More »

Yes on Proposition 61 Campaign Thanks Californians for Valiant Effort in Fight for Lower Drug Prices

Yes on Proposition 61 Campaign Thanks Californians for Valiant Effort in Fight for Lower Drug Prices

SACRAMENTO, CA – Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices today thanked their key supporters and California voters for their valiant efforts to bring the battle for lower drug prices to Big Pharma’s doorstep. —California Nurses Association, 11/09/16 More »

Broad Action to Rally, Press Congress November 17 To Reject the Trans Pacific Partnership

Broad Action to Rally, Press Congress November 17 To Reject the Trans Pacific Partnership

In the wake of a national election that activists say demonstrates the ever-greater urgency of grassroots mobilization, a major amalgamation of labor, environmental, healthcare, consumer and other advocacy groups will rally in Washington November 17 to demand the lame duck Congress reject the fatally flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact. More »

Nurses stand in solidarity with DAPL protesters, headed to reservation

Nurses stand in solidarity with DAPL protesters, headed to reservation

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - National Nurses United is deploying a second team of RN volunteers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to assist those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. —KTVU, 11/08/16 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, 11/07/16 More »

Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers on Second Deployment to Standing Rock

Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers on Second Deployment to Standing Rock

National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy a second team of RN volunteers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation—to help with existing medical and first aid support for land and water protectors—NNU announced today. —RN Response Network, 11/07/16 More »

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Returns to California to Campaign for Prop 61

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Returns to California to Campaign for Prop 61

Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices announced today that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, in partnership with the California Nurses Association, will speak at two public rallies in California on Monday, November 7. Sanders will appear in downtown Los Angeles in Pershing Square at 10:30AM and at a second rally in Sacramento at the California State Capitol that afternoon at 1:00PM. 
 —California Nurses Association, 11/07/16 More »

Here’s how to send a message to Big Pharma

Here’s how to send a message to Big Pharma

During this election season, Californians have been relentlessly carpet-bombed by TV ads paid for by three dozen super-rich drug companies to defeat Proposition 61. —Senator Bernie Sanders writing in The Sacramento Bee, 11/04/16 More »

Close to Home: Why nurses are voting yes on Prop. 61 — to lower drug prices

Close to Home: Why nurses are voting yes on Prop. 61 — to lower drug prices

It’s time we put our health ahead of the huge profits of the big drug corporations. That’s why nurses are urging a yes vote on Proposition 61 to lower prescription drug prices. —Deborah Burger, RN writing in The Press Democrat, 11/03/16 More »

California’s Prop. 61 Offers Opportunity to Take on Big Pharma

California’s Prop. 61 Offers Opportunity to Take on Big Pharma

While the world is watching the Presidential race Tuesday night, another election battle in California provides a window in the ability of voters to challenge corporate power – in this case one of the most abusive industries in the world, big pharma. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 11/02/16 More »

Kindred Hospital – Baldwin Park RNs Vote by 90% to Join California Nurses Association

Kindred Hospital – Baldwin Park RNs Vote by 90% to Join California Nurses Association

By a sweeping 90 percent margin, registered nurses at Kindred Hospital-Baldwin Park voted Tuesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest nurses union. —California Nurses Association, 11/02/16 More »

Nurses Union Asks State to Reject Venice Regional Medical Center’s Application to Build New Hospital

Nurses Union Asks State to Reject Venice Regional Medical Center’s Application to Build New Hospital

National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida, has submitted a letter to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration requesting that they reject Venice Regional Medical Center's Certificate of Need Application to build a new facility. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Florida, 11/02/16 More »

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses Rally to Illuminate Need for Safe Staffing

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses Rally to Illuminate Need for Safe Staffing

Nurses, families, and community members will gather on Wednesday, Nov. 2, for an evening rally to “shine a light on the need for safe staffing” at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH)—releasing 94 illuminated balloons representing the 94 registered nurse positions at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 11/01/16 More »

California Nurses Association/NNU Wins Nation-Leading Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence

California Nurses Association/NNU Wins Nation-Leading Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence

Thanks to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, California is enacting the nation’s strongest regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. —California Nurses Association, 11/01/16 More »

Hurricane Matthew and Nurses Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Hurricane Matthew and Nurses Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

RNRN/NNU nurse volunteers are currently providing medical and basic first aid assistance at the Standing Rock Sioux encampments for the land and water protectors as winter approaches. RNRN is powered by NNU, the largest organization of registered nurses in the U.S., who say they will continue standing in solidarity with the land and water protectors at Standing Rock. —RN Response Network, 10/31/16 More »

Attacking the Medics of Standing Rock Violates Basic Laws of Humanity

Attacking the Medics of Standing Rock Violates Basic Laws of Humanity

Nurses know the results of violence because we have, with our own hands, helped to mend wounds, to save lives, to weave back together what has been broken. Where there is pain, you will always find healers. It is our calling. So it was with great horror this week that nurses watched the land and water protectors at Standing Rock — those who have peacefully resisted the Dakota Access pipeline project — be attacked by a militarized force of police and armed guards. —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of Health & Safety at NNU, 10/28/16 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, 10/28/16 More »

Nurses Condemn Attacks on Water Protectors Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

Nurses Condemn Attacks on Water Protectors Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

National Nurses United today sharply condemned police and armed guard attacks on members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other First Nations, environmental activists, and other protectors who have bravely participated in protests against the Dakota Access pipeline project. —National Nurses United, 10/27/16 More »

CNA/NNU Nurses Celebrate the Strongest Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations in the Country

CNA/NNU Nurses Celebrate the Strongest Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations in the Country

A groundbreaking victory last week when the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to approve nation-leading regulations to prevent workplace violence in hospitals and healthcare settings. —Bonnie Castillo, RN, 10/27/16 More »

Bring Friends to ‘A Fair Drug Pricing’ Town Hall & Short Documentary Screening This Saturday

Bring Friends to ‘A Fair Drug Pricing’ Town Hall & Short Documentary Screening This Saturday

This Saturday (Thursday for Riverside), in cities throughout California, you can join nurses, veterans and seniors at a sneak preview of a new documentary film about pharmaceutical greed, and discuss the groundbreaking changes Proposition 61 will bring for many Californians struggling to afford medications. —California Nurses Association, 10/26/16 More »

RN’s Volunteer at the Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Site

RN’s Volunteer at the Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Site

RN and Nursing Practice and Safety Specialist for National Nurses United, De Ann McEwen, talks with Nurse Talk Radio about the Registered Nurses Response Network. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 10/25/16 More »

Nurses Plan GOTV Mobilization Oct. 25 to Win Seats on Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board

Nurses Plan GOTV Mobilization Oct. 25 to Win Seats on Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board

Nurses from throughout Southwest Florida will gather October 25 to get out the vote for five Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board candidates that they say will promote improved patient safety at the hospital. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Florida, 10/24/16 More »

RN Report: Pharma Giants Spend Far More on Marketing, Sales Than They Do on Research and Development

RN Report: Pharma Giants Spend Far More on Marketing, Sales Than They Do on Research and Development

In justifying skyrocketing drug prices, the pharmaceutical industry typically claims that it needs massive profits to conduct research and development (R&D) for critical new medications. But the drug giants actually spend far more of their enormous wealth on marketing and sales than they do on R&D —California Nurses Association, 10/21/16 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, 10/21/16 More »

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

There’s a heartbreak to any patient’s cancer diagnosis. So imagine watching my recent patient fight through treatment, knowing that when she exited the hospital, onto San Francisco’s streets, her health would simply unravel because she has no home, no shelter, nowhere to go. —Maureen Dugan, San Francisco Examiner, 10/21/16 More »

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Op-Ed - Bernie Sanders: Stand up to Big Pharma greed Vote yes on Proposition 61

Prescription drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world — by far. Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and spark a national movement to end this price-gouging. —Senator Bernie Sanders, writing in the LA Times, 10/21/16 More »

Nurses Celebrate California’s New Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

Nurses Celebrate California’s New Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) today voted unanimously to approve nation-leading regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. —California Nurses Association, 10/20/16 More »

Stop the greed

Stop the greed

As a registered nurse who has worked many years in a San Francisco hospital, I see firsthand how patients’ conditions are aggravated by their inability to pay for their medications. Making choices between paying for their meals, rent and medicine is a day-to-day reality for many. —Jane Sandoval, RN writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 10/20/16 More »

Nurses Vote Unanimously to Ratify Contract With San Leandro Hospital

Nurses Vote Unanimously to Ratify Contract With San Leandro Hospital

Registered nurses at San Leandro Hospital voted unanimously to ratify a new contract, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 10/19/16 More »

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

Join nurses in voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 61 to lower drug prices

If you want to know why we should pass Proposition 61 to lower prescription drug prices, ask a nurse. I can tell you the story of a young man in his late 40s living on a fixed income, working two jobs, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure. This one medication was going to cost him over $400 a month. —Amy Arlund, RN writing for The Fresno Bee, 10/19/16 More »

Nurses Rally to Support Passage of Regulations Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

Nurses Rally to Support Passage of Regulations Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

On Thursday Oct. 20, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) will conduct a vote on whether to adopt finalized regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings—and dozens of nurses will be gathering to support the regulations passing. —California Nurses Association, 10/19/16 More »

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

If you wonder why prescription drug prices are so high, take a look at how the big drug companies have rigged the system against all of us. We can take back control of our health by voting Yes on Proposition 61. —Kellie Montoya, RN writing for The Modesto Bee, 10/18/16 More »

Nurses Ratify Contract with Allina Health

Nurses Ratify Contract with Allina Health

(St. Paul) – October 13, 2016 – A majority of the striking nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association have voted in favor of the tentative agreement with Allina Health reached on October 11. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MNA, 10/17/16 More »

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Hosts San Francisco Rally for Lower Drug Price Initiative

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Hosts San Francisco Rally for Lower Drug Price Initiative

Wrapping up the first week of early voting, Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices announced today that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear in San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Saturday —Roger Salazar, Spokesperson, Yes on Prop 61, 10/14/16 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, 10/14/16 More »

Nurses at San Leandro Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Nurses at San Leandro Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Registered nurses at San Leandro Hospital have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that extends safe patient care standards, strengthens nurse recruitment and retention, and improves educational opportunities for RNs, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 10/14/16 More »

Hurricane Matthew Update: RNRN/NNU Assists International Medical Corps Efforts in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew Update: RNRN/NNU Assists International Medical Corps Efforts in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc last week in the Caribbean and the U.S. The hardest hit was Haiti, where the unofficial death toll (a number reported by Reuters but not officially confirmed) has now risen to 1,000, where they are starting to bury the dead in mass graves. —RN Response Network, 10/13/16 More »

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Hosts LA Rally for Lower Drug Price Initiative, Yes on Prop 61

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Hosts LA Rally for Lower Drug Price Initiative, Yes on Prop 61

Wrapping up the first week of early voting, Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices announced today that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon —Roger Salazar, Spokesperson, Yes on Prop 61, 10/13/16 More »

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