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Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center to Hold One-Day Strike December 22

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center to Hold One-Day Strike December 22

Registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), part of the Medstar Health hospital chain,will hold a one-day strike commencing Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. and ending Tuesday, Dec. 23. at 6:59 a.m. —National Nurses United, 12/19/14 More »

Nurses Voted #1 in Honesty, Ethics, Again as in 15 Previous Gallup Polls

Nurses Voted #1 in Honesty, Ethics, Again as in 15 Previous Gallup Polls

RNs are viewed as having "very high" or "high" ethical and honesty standards by 80 percent of the public, a full 15 points higher than any other profession in the Gallup Poll. Nurses have topped the list each year since they were first included in 1999, with the exception of 2001 when firefighters were included in response to their work during and after the 9/11 attacks. More »

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

Last week, we participated in the People's Climate Summit march in Lima, Peru. The march wove through busy Lima streets, blocking traffic and shutting down large parts of the downtown area. It ended at Plaza San Martin, a central plaza surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. The plaza was filled with drumming, music, and chanting. Banners and flags waved in the air calling for climate justice. —Erin Carrera, RN, 12/18/14 More »

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Two local public hearings are scheduled next month to help California Attorney General Kamala Harris decide whether a six-hospital chain including facilities in Daly City and Moss Beach should be sold to a private corporation fiercely opposed by some unions and officials who fear it prioritizes profits over care. —Michelle Durand, Daily Journal, 12/17/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/16/14 More »

Tentative Contract for 3,000 Tenet RNs Protects Health Coverage, Improves Retirement Security

Tentative Contract for 3,000 Tenet RNs Protects Health Coverage, Improves Retirement Security

Registered nurses at six Tenet Health hospitals from Northern to Southern California are voting this week on a new four-year agreement with the hospital system that protects health coverage and provides for pension and economic gains. More »

Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity

Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity

Registered nurses who work in five Daughters of Charity hospitals across California will hold a Sacramento press conference Wednesday to urge Attorney General Kamala Harris to approve the sale of the hospitals to a buyer that has pledged to stop the threatened closure of the hospitals and preserve critical healthcare services. —National Nurses United, 12/16/14 More »

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

On the drive down to the valley, we talked about the intersection of labor and environmental justice and about what a just transition would really mean. Our nurses spoke very thoughtfully about health and environmental justice. They related the profit motives of their hospitals leading to poor patient care and deteriorating working conditions in some of the most environmentally impacted communities. Clarita and Pushpa are power houses. —California Nurses Association, 12/15/14 More »

Nurses Picket Against Float Pool, Mandatory Overtime

Nurses Picket Against Float Pool, Mandatory Overtime

The bitter cold did not deter a group of more than 20 nurses from holding signs that read “Exhausted nurses = unsafe care,” “End mandatory overtime,” and “When nurses float, patient safety sinks,” at the corner of Palmer Avenue and Ter Heun Drive in an informational picketing on the morning of Thursday, December 11. Donning hats and mittens to guard against the off-and-on raindrops and snow flurries, the group waved and smiled to passersby at the intersection located steps away from their workplace, Falmouth Hospital. —Lannan M. O'Brien, capenews.net, 12/15/14 More »

We must fight for clean energy the same way we fight for healthcare for all

We must fight for clean energy the same way we fight for healthcare for all

While government officials across the world are participating in United Nations climate treaty talks in Lima, people from all walks of life are taking part in an alternative People's Climate Summit. —Erin Carrera, RN, 12/12/14 More »

“If the energy source requires a smoke stack, then it isn’t clean.”

“If the energy source requires a smoke stack, then it isn’t clean.”

During the UN Climate Change Summit, we’ve been meeting regularly with other activists from the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the International Transportation Union and the Peruvian Federation of Nurses. —Lara Norkus-Crampton, RN, 12/12/14 More »

Senate Asked to Oppose CROmnibus Unless Wall Street Gifts, Wealthy Donors, Pension Attacks Removed

Senate Asked to Oppose CROmnibus Unless Wall Street Gifts, Wealthy Donors, Pension Attacks Removed

Citing fatal flaws in new handouts to Wall Street, wealthy donors, and an attack on the living standards of pensioners, National Nurses United today called on U.S. Senators to oppose the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (CROmnibus) unless those provisions are removed. —National Nurses United, 12/12/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil at O’Connor Hospital - Today 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

RNs to Hold Vigil at O’Connor Hospital - Today 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

With growing concern over the threatened closure of hospitals in the San Jose and Los Angeles metro areas, registered nurses will hold a vigil Friday afternoon at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose to urge state officials to take the steps needed to preserve the hospitals for public safety. More »

Scenes from Climate Change Summit in Peru

Scenes from Climate Change Summit in Peru

Nurses landed in Lima, Peru this week at the start of the United Nations Climate Change Summit - #COP20. We're here to emphasize the health impact of our climate crisis and to let people know we want to be part of the solution. We're joining thousands of other activists and meeting allies who are gathering for forums, discussions and protests during this historic environmental justice moment. —Lara Norkus-Crampton, RN, 12/11/14 More »

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center Set One-Day Strike for December 22

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center Set One-Day Strike for December 22

Registered nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in the District of Columbia announced today that they plan a one-day strike on December 22. The strike has been announced due to unfair labor practices committed by hospital executives and refusal to fairly address matters of health, safety and equity for patients and nurses. —National Nurses United, 12/11/14 More »

San Bernardino Nurses Head to Board of Supervisors Next Week

San Bernardino Nurses Head to Board of Supervisors Next Week

Following a two day walkout at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and County clinics, registered nurses will call on the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors next Tuesday to press the Board to commit the resources needed to address the critical staffing retention issues at the County. —California Nurses Association, 12/10/14 More »

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

With nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital having authorized a strike earlier this week, the rhetoric between labor and management is flying. But management's arguments, regardless of how powerful they might be, are overshadowed by the resentment created by the $622,000 annual salary of Chief Executive Pete Delgado. —Dennis L. Taylor, The Californian, 12/10/14 More »

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Nurses at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals have scheduled an informational picket Thursday to protest mandatory overtime and other labor issues currently on the bargaining table during contract negotiations. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 12/10/14 More »

Strike by San Bernardino RNs Begins Today - Rally at 12 Noon

Strike by San Bernardino RNs Begins Today - Rally at 12 Noon

A two day walkout by registered nurses who work at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and county clinics is on after county officials in 11th hour bargaining Monday night refused to resolve the key problems that have led to the loss of many experienced RNs and have put quality care for community residents at risk. More »

NNU Delegation to Lima Climate Summit

NNU Delegation to Lima Climate Summit

Leaders from the General Workers Confederation of Peru and members of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy at a forum sponsored by the fighting water workers union. —National Nurses United, 12/08/14 More »

Strike by San Bernardino RNs to Begin Tuesday

Strike by San Bernardino RNs to Begin Tuesday

Registered nurses who work at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and clinics across the county remain on track to begin a two-day strike Tuesday after county officials lost two court efforts Friday and earlier today to enjoin the walkout. —California Nurses Association, 12/08/14 More »

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

We are registered nurses. Many nurses grew up in San Bernardino County, attended local nursing schools, and raised families here. We are your neighbors. We made the decision to dedicate our professional lives to providing quality care to our community in a public health setting. We wanted to work where they took in everyone who needed care — the county. —Toni Rodriguez and Becky Spradling, San Bernardino County Sun , 12/08/14 More »

Nurses: Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Nurses: Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Today, I am on my way to Lima, Peru as part of a small delegation from California Nurses Association/National Nurses United going to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Summit 20th yearly Conference of the Parties (COP 20). —Erin Carrera, RN, 
First in a series of blogs from Peru, 12/08/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/05/14 More »

Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's refusal to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care at the facility and answer basic questions regarding their proposed restructuring plan. —California Nurses Association, 12/05/14 More »

Critics pack hearing, air concerns about Quincy hospital closure

Critics pack hearing, air concerns about Quincy hospital closure

City residents had a message for Attorney General Martha Coakley and the state’s Department of Public Health: Save Quincy Medical Center and hold Steward Health Care System accountable. Critics of Steward’s plan to close the 124-year-old hospital at 114 Whitwell St. by Dec. 31 gave impassioned testimony Tuesday during a public hearing at Quincy High School. Some fear that the absence of a hospital in a city approaching 100,000 residents will result in tragedy for those in need of quick care. —Patrick Ronan, The Patriot Ledger, 12/03/14 More »

Providence Hospital RNs Cite Patient Care, Economic Gains in First Ever Union Contract

Providence Hospital RNs Cite Patient Care, Economic Gains in First Ever Union Contract

Registered nurses at Providence Hospital have won their first ever collective bargaining agreement in a tentative settlement late Monday night. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 12/02/14 More »

Nurses to Strike at Arrowhead Regional a Medical Center and San Bernardino County Health Clinics

Nurses to Strike at Arrowhead Regional a Medical Center and San Bernardino County Health Clinics

Nurses have been in negotiations with the County for 14 months and have been working without a contract since June. Of key concern to the nurses is the County's unwillingness to improve working conditions. This has resulted in the loss of experienced RNs to other area hospitals. 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, 11/26/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 11/21/14 More »

Nurse Talk Recaps NNU Ebola Rally & National Day Of Action

Nurse Talk Recaps NNU Ebola Rally & National Day Of Action

Features highlights from Executive Director of NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro’s Rally Speech —National Nurses United, 11/19/14 More »

NNU Nurses Score Big Win: CA’s New Safety Guidelines Set Precedent for Nation’s Healthcare Workers

NNU Nurses Score Big Win: CA’s New Safety Guidelines Set Precedent for Nation’s Healthcare Workers

Nurses are celebrating California’s recent announcement of precedent-setting Ebola patient care guidelines that call for strong healthcare worker protections and provide a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals. The new guidelines came in the wake of the Nov. 12 worldwide Day of Action for Ebola Safety by 100,000 registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 11/18/14 More »

Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions

Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions

Illinois was one of 16 states where nurses picketed Wednesday. Hospital officials responded in a statement saying more than 500 employees of the Cook County health system have been trained and that drills are ongoing. —Nesita Kwan, NBC Chicago, 11/17/14 More »

Chicago area nurses demand more protection against Ebola

Chicago area nurses demand more protection against Ebola

Chicago area registered nurses said Tuesday that they welcomed the CDC’s announcement urging U.S. hospitals to put in place stricter guidelines for nurses and other health workers dealing with Ebola patients. But substantial concerns remain, members of the National Nurses United said. The union represents 185,000 nurses nationwide, including 6,000 in the Chicago area. —Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun Times, 11/17/14 More »

Nurses Call on Federal OSHA, Other States to Follow California Mandate of Highest Ebola Safeguards

Nurses Call on Federal OSHA, Other States to Follow California Mandate of Highest Ebola Safeguards

National Nurses United today called on the the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other states to follow the landmark mandatory safeguards established by California to protect nurses, other health workers, and the public from the threat of the deadly Ebola virus. —National Nurses United, 11/17/14 More »

Nurses Call on Federal and State Govs to Follow California Mandate of Highest Ebola Safeguards

Nurses Call on Federal and State Govs to Follow California Mandate of Highest Ebola Safeguards

National Nurses United today called on the U.S. Government and other states to follow the landmark mandatory safeguards established by California to protect nurses, other health workers, and the public from the threat of the deadly Ebola virus. More »

New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets Nat. Model for Highest Protection

New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets Nat. Model for Highest Protection

Following a worldwide day of actions of 100,000 registered nurses and health workers demanding substantial improvements in safeguards for the deadly Ebola virus, California officials have announced landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines that should be a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals, National Nurses United said today. —National Nurses United, 11/14/14 More »

Ebola Preparedness – What National Nurses United Won in California

Ebola Preparedness – What National Nurses United Won in California

The state of California, at the insistence of registered nurses, has set an Ebola safety standard for the nation. In the face of the disease known as “nurse killer,” CNA/NNU has defeated efforts by the hospital industry to limit the protection of nurses to the voluntary, unenforceable guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control. Instead, we have collectively ensured an optimal standard for personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protection that will enable nurses to safely treat Ebola patients. —National Nurses United, 11/14/14 More »

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

Nurses gathered outside the VA Hospital in Durham Wednesday to raise awareness about the risk Ebola poses to healthcare workers. It was part of an international effort, urging hospitals to adopt the highest preparedness standards for staff who might potentially treat a patient with Ebola. —Rebecca Martinez, WUNC, 11/13/14 More »

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

A strike during the past two days by 18,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, including three major Sacramento-area hospitals, was the latest salvo by a powerful union that says it is intent on improving the lot of nurses nationwide. —Hudson Sangree and Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee, 11/13/14 More »

Nurses demand better Ebola protection at Oakland rally

Nurses demand better Ebola protection at Oakland rally

Wearing red, waving placards and chanting, almost 1,000 nurses from as far away as Bakersfield rallied in front of the federal building Wednesday to protest what they called hospitals' lack of preparation for Ebola. —Rebecca Parr, The Daily Review, Contra Costa Times, 11/13/14 More »

Statement of Support from National Private Sector Health Workers’ Union of Liberia

Statement of Support from National Private Sector Health Workers’ Union of Liberia

The National Private Sector Health Workers' Union of Liberia(NPSHWUL) wishes to express solidarity with nurses around the world via Global Nurses United who are demanding optimal EVD preparedness in their own countries just as they are standing in solidarity with the NPSHWUL and our members. More »

100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes

100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes

From California to Florida, from the Philippines to Ireland, 100,000 registered nurses are expected to join a wave of actions to call attention to eroding patient care standards in the U.S. and globally that are symbolized by inadequate preparedness for fighting the Ebola virus. —National Nurses United, 11/11/14 More »

Nov. 12 - White House Vigil, Rallies, RN Strikes, Pickets, Actions in 16 States

Nov. 12 - White House Vigil, Rallies, RN Strikes, Pickets, Actions in 16 States

Registered nurses from California to Maine will hold strikes, picketing, and other actions Wednesday, November 12 in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia – with possible support actions globally – as National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. —National Nurses United, 11/11/14 More »

Strikes by Kaiser, Tracy, Watsonville RNs Kick Off Actions for Patient Safety and Ebola Precautions

Strikes by Kaiser, Tracy, Watsonville RNs Kick Off Actions for Patient Safety and Ebola Precautions

Two-day strikes starting Tuesday that affect nearly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, a Sutter hospital in Tracy, and Watsonville Community Hospital kicking off a wave of protests at 15 states and the District of Columbia over eroding patient care conditions symbolized by inadequate Ebola safeguards at most U.S. hospitals. —National Nurses United, 11/10/14 More »

Nurses go on strike for proper gear, training to protect them against Ebola

Nurses go on strike for proper gear, training to protect them against Ebola

It doesn’t seem like nurses are asking for too much as fears escalate over the spread of Ebola. They’re concerned about safety — not just for themselves but for their patients and for the public. But hospital management hasn’t responded. Neither has Congress nor the president. —Diana Reese, The Washington Post, 11/10/14 More »

RN Strikes, Pickets - Actions in 16 States Nov 12 for Improved Ebola and Patient Safety Standards

RN Strikes, Pickets - Actions in 16 States Nov 12 for Improved Ebola and Patient Safety Standards

Registered nurses from California to Maine will hold strikes, picketing, and other actions Wednesday, November 12 in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia – with possible support actions globally – as National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. —National Nurses United, 11/10/14 More »

Talks Stall as Strike Nears for 18,000 Kaiser RNs

Talks Stall as Strike Nears for 18,000 Kaiser RNs

With strikes and other protest actions fast approaching, talks between registered nurses and one of the nation’s biggest hospital and insurance chains Kaiser Permanente stalled Thursday setting the stage for a strike by 18,000 Kaiser RNs Tuesday November 11 kicking off a historic international day of actions on Wednesday, November 12. More »

Major Settlement Agreement Reached Between NNOC-FL/NNU and Orlando Health

Major Settlement Agreement Reached Between NNOC-FL/NNU and Orlando Health

Orlando Health registered nurses are hailing a major settlement reached with the healthcare system as a critical win for nurses’ ability to freely exercise their democratic right to organize for a voice in patient care, the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, (NNOC), announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Forida, 11/05/14 More »

Rally to Restore Quality Patient Care at Huntington Hospital

Rally to Restore Quality Patient Care at Huntington Hospital

This Thursday registered nurses at Huntington Memorial Hospital plan a rally in an effort to restore quality patient care at HMH and to call on management to implement the highest standard of Ebola preparedness including personal protective equipment and training for healthcare workers. More »

US Nurses Plan Widespread Strike Over Lack of Ebola Prep

US Nurses Plan Widespread Strike Over Lack of Ebola Prep

Nurses in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia plan strikes and a national day of action to protest for better patient care and Ebola preparedness on November 11 and 12, according to a statement from National Nurses United (NNU), a nursing union with 155,000 members. —Troy Brown, RN; Medscape Medical News, 11/05/14 More »

The Little Union That Could

The Little Union That Could

This is the hub of one of the smallest but most powerful unions in the country. Just 190,000 members strong, National Nurses United is growing while other unions across the country are shrinking. —Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, 11/03/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 11/01/14 More »

CA Nurses Launch ‘Yes on 45’ Radio Ads: ‘Real Nurses’ Support Limit on Insurance Abuses

CA Nurses Launch ‘Yes on 45’ Radio Ads: ‘Real Nurses’ Support Limit on Insurance Abuses

Taking issue with the $57 million deceptive advertising campaign by the state’s biggest insurance giants, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has begun a broad radio campaign to inform voters that “real nurses” support Proposition 45 to rein in excessive insurance increases that put patients at risk. —California Nurses Association, 10/31/14 More »

RN Ebola Strike, National Day of Action for Ebola Safety Standards Coast to Coast Nov. 12

RN Ebola Strike, National Day of Action for Ebola Safety Standards Coast to Coast Nov. 12

Registered nurses from California to Maine will hold strikes, picketing, and other actions Wednesday, November 12 in 12 U.S. states and the District of Columbia – with possible support actions globally – as the largest U.S. organization of nurses steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. More »

University of California RNs to Speak Out on Inadequate Ebola Prep. at University Medical Centers

University of California RNs to Speak Out on Inadequate Ebola Prep. at University Medical Centers

Registered nurses at University of California medical centers will hold speak outs Tuesday and Wednesday to alert the public that UC hospitals, now being promoted as priority hospitals for treating any potential Ebola patients in California, are far from prepared, according to the frontline RNs. —California Nurses Association, 10/27/14 More »

After Congressional Hearing on Ebola Prep. National Nurses Say Mandate for Hospitals Still Needed

After Congressional Hearing on Ebola Prep. National Nurses Say Mandate for Hospitals Still Needed

Following a Congressional hearing Friday morning in Washington on Ebola and the latest confirmed Ebola patient in New York Thursday, National Nurses United said a major gap remains in U.S. preparedness – the failure of the federal government, both Congress and the White House, to mandate all hospitals to implement the highest standards and protocols to protect nurses, other health workers and the public. —National Nurses United, 10/24/14 More »

Nurses Leader to Testify to Congress on Ebola Friday

Nurses Leader to Testify to Congress on Ebola Friday

Following a day in which leaders of the nation’s largest nurses organization met with California Gov. Jerry Brown to urge his state to set a national model for optimal safety protocols for responding to the Ebola virus, National Nurses United announced it has been invited to testify before Congress Friday on the Ebola threat. —National Nurses United, 10/22/14 More »

National Nurses Statement on New CDC Ebola Guidelines

National Nurses Statement on New CDC Ebola Guidelines

National Nurses United today welcomed the call in the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for “rigorous and repeated training” for nurses and other health workers responding to the Ebola virus as NNU has been urging for two months, but said some substantial questions and concerns remain. —National Nurses United, 10/21/14 More »

Nurses to Meet with California Gov. Tuesday, Seek to Make CA a National Model for Ebola Protections

Nurses to Meet with California Gov. Tuesday, Seek to Make CA a National Model for Ebola Protections

Will California, the world’s 8th largest economy, set a national standard for the U.S. and beyond on the highest safety standards and protocols for confronting the deadly Ebola virus? That’s the proposal leaders of the National Nurses United and California Nurses Association will make to California Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday morning. —California Nurses Association, 10/20/14 More »

Nurses: Make California National Model for Safety Protections

Nurses: Make California National Model for Safety Protections

California Gov. Jerry Brown will meet with leaders of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United Tuesday morning in Sacramento to review ways to make California the national leader in enacting the highest Ebola safety standards and protocols to protect nurses, other frontline health care workers, patients and the public. —California Nurses Association, 10/20/14 More »

Help Stop Ebola—Tell Congress and the White House to Order Hospitals to Put Safety Standards First

Help Stop Ebola—Tell Congress and the White House to Order Hospitals to Put Safety Standards First

Now that nurses, who have been sounding the alarm about Ebola for more than two months, finally have the attention of policy makers and everyone else, let's have no more excuses and take the critical steps needed to contain and eradicate this virulent disease in the U.S. and globally. —RoseAnn DeMoro, writing in The Washington Post, 10/20/14 More »

Registered Nurses Kick Off National Week of Actions Mandating Highest Ebola Protocols

Registered Nurses Kick Off National Week of Actions Mandating Highest Ebola Protocols

Registered nurses in various cities across the country will kick off a national week of action today demanding that President Obama and the U.S. Congress take immediate steps to guarantee that all hospitals and healthcare employers institute the highest Ebola protocols in their facilities to protect RNs, other healthcare workers, patients and the public. —National Nurses United, 10/20/14 More »

RoseAnn DeMoro speaks with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

Wolf Blitzer, CNN, 10/18/14 More »

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

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

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

How to Advocate on Ebola: National Nurses United

How to Advocate on Ebola: National Nurses United

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

National Nurses Welcome Ebola Czar – But Say Position Needs Authority

National Nurses Welcome Ebola Czar – But Say Position Needs Authority

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RNs to Hold National Conference Call for Nurses on Ebola Wednesday

RNs to Hold National Conference Call for Nurses on Ebola Wednesday

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

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

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

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

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

National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Ebola

National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Ebola

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

U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola threat

U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola threat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

British Hospitals Plan Ebola Drills

British Hospitals Plan Ebola Drills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie Castillo Appears on The Joy Reid Show

Bonnie Castillo Appears on The Joy Reid Show

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

Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola?

Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Op-Ed - Why California needs Prop. 45

Op-Ed - Why California needs Prop. 45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanislaus County Health Workers Prepare in case Ebola Arrives

Stanislaus County Health Workers Prepare in case Ebola Arrives

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

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

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

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

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

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

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

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

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

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

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

Are We Prepared for An Ebola Outbreak

Are We Prepared for An Ebola Outbreak

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

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