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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, 09/19/14 More »

Are Top Doctor’s Medical Center Officials Preparing to Sell Hospital to Casino?

Are Top Doctor’s Medical Center Officials Preparing to Sell Hospital to Casino?

Next protest action to save hospital set for Friday, September 19. RNs Blast Actions by Hospital, Demand County Act Now and Stop Gambling with Patient's Lives —California Nurses Association, 09/18/14 More »

RNs join Great Climate March Rally in Chicago & Fight Against  Dangerous Pet Coke Piles

RNs join Great Climate March Rally in Chicago & Fight Against Dangerous Pet Coke Piles

National Nurses United RNs know firsthand how attacks on our environment threaten public health. That’s one reason why NNU members from across the country are speaking out for environmental justice and joining the Sept. 21 climate march in New York City. —National Nurses United, 09/18/14 More »

RNs to Join Actions in New York, Oakland, Los Angeles to Mark Call for Action to Stem Climate Crisis

RNs to Join Actions in New York, Oakland, Los Angeles to Mark Call for Action to Stem Climate Crisis

From California to Maine, nurses around the nation will be on hand in New York Sunday, September 21 to join with environmental, labor, health, and community activists in what is expected to be the largest global mobilization for action to stem the worsening climate crisis. —National Nurses United, 09/18/14 More »

Nurses Arrange Huge Donation of 1,000 Hazmat Suits For RNs, Health Workers Fighting Ebola

Nurses Arrange Huge Donation of 1,000 Hazmat Suits For RNs, Health Workers Fighting Ebola

National Nurses United today announced that it has received a major donation from Kappler Incorporated, an Alabama-based garment manufacturer, of 1,000 Hazmat special protective suits for embattled nurses, doctors, and other health workers heroically fighting to stem the Ebola crisis in West Africa. —National Nurses United, 09/17/14 More »

Family Members, Kaiser RNs Set Vigils For Infant who Died After Closure of Pediatric Care Unit

Family Members, Kaiser RNs Set Vigils For Infant who Died After Closure of Pediatric Care Unit

Registered nurses will hold two vigils Thursday to commemorate the life and memory of Jenevieve Dagatan on the first anniversary of her birth, five months after the infant died in April after being discharged following an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. More »

St. Joseph RN and Community Delegation to Deliver Petition to CEO Calling for End to Cuts that Harm

St. Joseph RN and Community Delegation to Deliver Petition to CEO Calling for End to Cuts that Harm

A delegation of St. Joseph Hospital of Orange registered nurses, local religious leaders, and community supporters will deliver a petition to CEO Steve Moreau today at 11:00 a.m., calling for the restoration of long standing employee benefits, including disability and retiree healthcare plans, that were recently cut. —California Nurses Association, 09/15/14 More »

Tri-City Medical Center RNs Sound Alarm on Emergency Department’s Dangerous Conditions

Tri-City Medical Center RNs Sound Alarm on Emergency Department’s Dangerous Conditions

Registered nurses at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside will hold a press conference on Monday to voice alarm over operations of the hospital's Emergency Department and call for immediate changes to the department's management. —California Nurses Association, 09/15/14 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, 09/12/14 More »

How You Can Help Healthcare Workers in West Africa

How You Can Help Healthcare Workers in West Africa

The worst Ebola outbreak in history has now killed nearly 2,300 people, and left 4,200 sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The World Health Organization (WHO) is estimating that it will take six to nine months to curtail the outbreak. —RNRN, 09/12/14 More »

Fallbrook Hospital RNs Say Closure of Labor and Delivery Puts Patients at Risk

Fallbrook Hospital RNs Say Closure of Labor and Delivery Puts Patients at Risk

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) called on Community Health Systems (CHS), the giant for-profit healthcare corporation based in Franklin, Tennessee that operates Fallbrook Hospital, to reinstate labor and delivery services, which were hastily suspended with little notice on September 3, 2014. —California Nurses Association, 09/12/14 More »

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

Nurses say the healthcare giant's new Oakland Medical Center is plagued by dangerous equipment malfunctions, ineffective communication systems, and chronic understaffing. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 09/10/14 More »

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital delivered new pillows to key figures in upper management on Monday as a message that the medical staff needs more funding to improve patient care. —Arin Mikailian, Glendale News-Press, 09/10/14 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, 09/09/14 More »

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday

San Bernardino County registered nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the county detention centers, juvenile halls, outpatient clinics, and public health programs will hold an informational picket on Tuesday, September 9, to call attention to what they view as unsafe conditions for their patients and a lack of response in negotiations by county officials. More »

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

As registered nurses who have worked at Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, for 48 years we feel a deep commitment to the health and well-being of our patients and community. That's why DMC registered nurses have joined with other medical professionals and West County residents to insist that DMC remain open as a full-service acute care hospital. Nothing less than the health and safety of tens of thousands of our neighbors is at stake. —Adrian Boyance-Reid and Carol De Young, Contra Costa Times, 09/08/14 More »

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

As dedicated Queen of the Valley Hospital direct-care RNs who work the floors every day caring for our patients the best we can, we are compelled to write a response to the commentary written by Marc Levin, a member of Queen of the Valley Hospital’s administration team. —Christina Capitelli and Benjamin Mineau, Napa Valley Register, 09/08/14 More »

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality, mal-distribution of wealth, and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola. —Rose Ann DeMoro, via The Huffington Post, 09/08/14 More »

Hemet Valley Medical Center RNs Ratify New Accord

Hemet Valley Medical Center RNs Ratify New Accord

Registered nurses at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, Ca. Thursday voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the hospital that they say will help efforts to retain experienced RNs and recruit new nurses at the Inland Valley hospital. —California Nurses Association, 09/05/14 More »

RNRN Launches Fundraising Drive for Healthcare Workers in Ebola-Stricken Nations

RNRN Launches Fundraising Drive for Healthcare Workers in Ebola-Stricken Nations

The Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest professional organization of RNs, has initiated a national fundraising campaign to provide desperately needed personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers caring for patients stricken by the Ebola virus. —RNRN, 09/03/14 More »

National Nurses Endorses Call for Policing Practices Reform In Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

National Nurses Endorses Call for Policing Practices Reform In Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, has endorsed the call by dozens of Congressional, faith based, and community leaders for reform of policing practices in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo. shooting death of Michael Brown. —National Nurses United, 09/03/14 More »

Nurses and Union Activists Throughout California Celebrate Labor Day

Nurses and Union Activists Throughout California Celebrate Labor Day

Nurses joined union activists throughout California for Labor Day activities on Monday. —California Nurses Association, 09/02/14 More »

Nurses Go On Strike, Demanding Protective Equipment in Ebola-hit Liberia

Nurses Go On Strike, Demanding Protective Equipment in Ebola-hit Liberia

Monrovia (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation. —http://www.afp.com/, 09/02/14 More »

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

The Ebola outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people in West Africa and is spiraling out of control, with international healthcare providers saying that they are not able to handle the crisis. —RNRN, 08/29/14 More »

Climate Crisis a Public-Health Emergency Too: Why Nurses Will Join Climate March Sept. 21

Climate Crisis a Public-Health Emergency Too: Why Nurses Will Join Climate March Sept. 21

For registered nurses the climate crisis is a clear and present public-health emergency as well as a creeping bomb for our planet -- and they draw a direct link between extreme forms of energy extraction and the horrific impacts they see on human health. —Deborah Burger, RN via The Huffington Post, 08/29/14 More »

RNs Hail New State Rules for Safe Patient Lifting

RNs Hail New State Rules for Safe Patient Lifting

The California Nurses Association today enthusiastically welcomed new state regulations by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to assure improved safety for patients, registered nurses, and other staff in lifting and other handling of hospitalized patients. —California Nurses Association, 08/26/14 More »

National Nurses United Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare

National Nurses United Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare

On a list dominated by top executives of the hospital, insurance, pharmaceutical, and other healthcare industry corporations, National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in the U.S, for the 13th year. —National Nurses United, 08/25/14 More »

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

I've noticed that the minimum wage has not kept pace with the cost of life here. That's why as a nurse leader of National Nurses Organizing Committee El Paso I am joining the new Lift Up El Paso Alliance, to fight for a living wage and put an end to wage theft. We've decided to act on this now because El Paso County is one of the poorest in the entire United States. —RN Maria Navarro, El Paso Times , 08/25/14 More »

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

The personal data of about 30.1 million people have been affected by the 944 recorded major health data breaches since federal reporting requirements under the 2009 economic stimulus package went into effect. —California HealthCare Foundation, 08/22/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills to Expand Healthcare Workers Coverage for MRSA and Improve Violence Prevention

RN-Backed Bills to Expand Healthcare Workers Coverage for MRSA and Improve Violence Prevention

Two major bills, one that expands compensation coverage to healthcare workers who contract the deadly MRSA virus, and another that would protect healthcare workers from workplace violence, won key approvals in the California legislature this week and now move to Governor Brown's desk for his signature. —California Nurses Association, 08/22/14 More »

CA RNs Call on Hospitals to Adhere to the Highest Standard of Safety in Suspected Ebola Case

CA RNs Call on Hospitals to Adhere to the Highest Standard of Safety in Suspected Ebola Case

CNA/NNU called today on federal, state, and county health agencies to adhere to the strictest guidelines in the handling of the first suspected Ebola virus case in the U.S. CNA/NNU pressed Kaiser Permanente S. Sacramento, where the patient is receiving care, for full transparency in the handling of the patient, including the number of shifts RNs and other healthcare workers have worked since Ebola was first suspected, as well as safe nurse staffing, and the availability of timely training, and education. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/21/14 More »

Legislative Alert: Please Call Monday!

This coming week critical votes may be taken in the California legislature and your voice and calls are needed to make sure the outcome benefits patients and the people who care for them, YOU, the Registered Nurses. We are asking you to make two calls to your representatives by this Monday, August 18th. Remember, their staffs are there to hear what you have to say and are used to getting calls from the people from their districts. Each call will take less than a minute! —California Nurses Association, 08/15/14 More »

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - More than 200 nurses in Watsonville began a three-day strike Thursday. It's part of a contract dispute with hospital management over safer working conditions and more staff. —Baha Eldin, KION, 08/15/14 More »

Major RN-Backed Bills to Expand Patient Care and Hospital Workplace Safety Move to Final  Floor Vote

Major RN-Backed Bills to Expand Patient Care and Hospital Workplace Safety Move to Final Floor Vote

Three major bills that would greatly expand patient access to doctors and hospitals of their choice, and help protect health care workers from workplace violence and infection by the deadly MRSA virus, won key approvals in the California legislature today. —California Nurses Association, 08/15/14 More »

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville, Ca. will hold a three strike beginning today, August 14 in the latest protest against demands by hospital executives for sharp reductions in health coverage, and the hospital’s refusal to address concerns about patient care conditions, especially safe staffing. Nurses will speak out at a rally on thursday at noon in front of the hospital. The strike is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. this morning when RNs will start their picket line, and end Sunday at at 6:59 a.m. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/14/14 More »

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Hospital advocates say reducing services to the medical center’s patients, many of whom are poor and uninsured, is a violation of civil rights. On Tuesday, health care providers and community members filed a federal lawsuit to stop the downsizing and potential closure. —Alexandra Garreton, Jon Brooks, and Bay City News via KQED - The California Report, 08/14/14 More »

RNs Strike Today at Three Bay Area Hospitals

RNs Strike Today at Three Bay Area Hospitals

Registered nurses at three Bay Area hospitals, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Watsonville Community Hospital will strike today, August 14 citing common concerns about safe staffing and other patient care needs. Watsonville RNs will strike for three days; Queen of the Valley and Sutter Tracy RNs will strike for one day. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, (CNA/NNU), represents the RNs at all three hospitals. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/14/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Nurses, doctors, patients and community members sued in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop the possible closure or downsizing of West Contra Costa's only public hospital, which is deep in the red. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop ambulance diversions from Doctors Medical Center but set an Aug. 27 court date to hear the case. —Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 08/13/14 More »

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital have announced a three-day strike beginning 7 a.m. Thursday and ending 6:59 a.m. Sunday. The nurses are represented by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which says the hospital management is demanding "sharp reductions" in health coverage and not responding to concerns about staffing and safe practices for lifting patients. —Jondi Gumz, San Jose Mercury News, 08/13/14 More »

Nurses Urge Federal Court to Grant TRO to Prevent Doctors San Pablo Closures

Nurses Urge Federal Court to Grant TRO to Prevent Doctors San Pablo Closures

The United States District Court, Northern District of California today set a hearing for 3:00 p.m. today to determine whether to grant a temporary restraining order to halt the closure of Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo. —California Nurses Association, 08/12/14 More »

CAAA and California Nurses Association Fight Gender Bias in Workers’ Compensation Insurance

CAAA and California Nurses Association Fight Gender Bias in Workers’ Compensation Insurance

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians hurt at work, today joined the California Nurses Association (C.N.A.) in calling for elimination of gender bias against female first responders through passage of AB 2616 (Skinner). —California Nurses Association and California Applicants' Attorneys Association, 08/12/14 More »

Legislative Alert: Please Call Today!

Your calls needed today on CNA bills to hold hospitals accountable and protect patients and nurses. Critical CNA-sponsored legislation is up for critical votes this week in the Appropriations Committees in the California Senate and Assembly. Your voice – and your calls – can make the difference in whether we can advance these bills. —California Nurses Association, 08/11/14 More »

Press Conference TODAY—Keep Seton a Full Service Hospital

Press Conference TODAY—Keep Seton a Full Service Hospital

Daly City Mayor David Canepa, registered nurses, represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, and local residents, will hold a press conference today outside Seton Medical Center to demand that the facility remains a full-service acute care hospital. It is believed the Daughters of Charity Health System will make a decision on a buyer for their seven hospitals in California sometime in the next two months. —California Nurses Association, 08/11/14 More »

Nurses Demand Immediate Halt to Doctors San Pablo Ambulance Diversions and Bed Closures

Nurses Demand Immediate Halt to Doctors San Pablo Ambulance Diversions and Bed Closures

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United condemned Contra Costa County officials for its lackluster response to keeping Doctors Medical Center (DMC) open as a full-service hospital today, after an announcement that the hospital will no longer be accepting ambulances, and beds would be capped at fifty. —California Nurses Association, 08/07/14 More »

Kaiser Still Avoiding Contract Talks with RNs As Nurses Outline Widespread Patient Care Concerns

Kaiser Still Avoiding Contract Talks with RNs As Nurses Outline Widespread Patient Care Concerns

With Kaiser Permanente registered nurses stepping up their alarm about the erosion of patient care standards, Kaiser officials Thursday once again failed to attend a planned collective bargaining session with RN nurse negotiators. Kaiser refused to join talks today even though the RNs went to a site for negotiations, at an Oakland hotel, that Kaiser had proposed, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United, which represents 18,000 Kaiser RNs at 21 hospitals and 66 clinics announced. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/07/14 More »

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16 in California

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16 in California

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville, Ca. will hold a three-day strike beginning Thursday, August 14 in the latest protest against demands by hospital executive for sharp reductions in health coverage, and the hospital’s refusal to address concerns about patient care conditions, especially safe staffing. Nurses say relations with local hospital officials have been aggravated by a hard line pushed by corporate executives at Tennessee-based Community Health Systems which now operates the former locally owned and operated hospital in Watsonville. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/06/14 More »

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

Closing the hospital, or significantly cutting its services, will lead to a public health crisis that disproportionately hurts low-income residents, people of color, and senior citizens, according to nurses, doctors, labor groups, and community leaders, who are all pushing for a solution to save DMC. "How can you condemn 250,000 people?" said Laurel Hodgson, a DMC emergency room physician and the hospital's former chief of staff. "We are desperate." —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 08/06/14 More »

Queen of the Valley RNs Call One-Day Strike

Queen of the Valley RNs Call One-Day Strike

Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa will hold a one-day strike Thursday, August 14 to protest the resistance of hospital officials to improve staffing needed for patient safety, as well as significant hospital demands for reductions in RN health benefits and retirement security. —California Nurses Association, 08/04/14 More »

Watsonville RNs Set Three Day Strike August 14

Watsonville RNs Set Three Day Strike August 14

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital will hold a three strike beginning Thursday, August 14 in the latest protest against demands by hospital executive for sharp reductions in health coverage, and the hospital’s refusal to address concerns about patient care conditions, especially safe staffing. —California Nurses Association, 08/04/14 More »

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open!

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open!

Nurses and the Community Want Doctors Medical Center San Pablo Open! Nurses and community agree: Keep Doctors Medical Center Open. Watch video now. —California Nurses Association, 08/04/14 More »

Sutter Tracy RNs to Hold 1-Day Strike August 14

Sutter Tracy RNs to Hold 1-Day Strike August 14

Registered nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital will hold a one-day walkout Thursday, August 14 to protest the hard line taken by hospital executives on nurses’ concerns over safe staffing, other patient care issues, and fair standards on health coverage, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/04/14 More »

RNs to Strike August 14 at Three Bay Area Hospitals. Safe Staffing, Patient Care Key Concerns

RNs to Strike August 14 at Three Bay Area Hospitals. Safe Staffing, Patient Care Key Concerns

Registered nurses at three Bay Area hospitals, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Watsonville Community Hospital will strike on Thursday, August 14 citing common concerns about safe staffing and other patient care needs. Watsonville RNs will strike for three days; Queen of the Valley and Sutter Tracy RNs will strike for one day. —California Nurses Association, 08/04/14 More »

Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Pharmacy errors, hard-to-find clinical alerts, “farcical” training, and potentially life-threatening design flaws: Reading through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s catalog of electronic medical records malfunctions could be hazardous to your mental health. —Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 08/04/14 More »

UMass Memorial/Health Alliance Nurses Press Conference To Expose Deteriorating Patient Care

UMass Memorial/Health Alliance Nurses Press Conference To Expose Deteriorating Patient Care

Nurses from UMass Memorial Medical Center campuses in Worcester, Marlborough Hospital and Leominster Hospital Detailed Concerns Prior to Delivering Joint Letter to UMass Memorial Health Care CEO Eric Dickson Calling for Immediate Action to Protect Patients and Improve Care —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

RNs Voice Patient Care Concerns as Kaiser Officials Fail to Show Up for First Day of Contract Talks

RNs Voice Patient Care Concerns as Kaiser Officials Fail to Show Up for First Day of Contract Talks

Several hundred Registered Nurses joined an impromptu speak out Thursday warning “the model of care at Kaiser is leading to more harm and less care for our patients” on what was expected to be the first day of contract talks with Kaiser Permanente officials. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

Fight to Save DMC Heightens with Spirited March Followed by Unanimous Richmond Council Vote

Fight to Save DMC Heightens with Spirited March Followed by Unanimous Richmond Council Vote

SAN PABLO—Several hundred nurses, patients (many in wheelchairs), religious and community leaders, and elected officials marched yesterday from Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo to West Contra Costa Health Clinic, where an energetic rally followed. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

NNU to Join People’s Climate March Cite Public Health Need for Action on Climate Crisis

NNU to Join People’s Climate March Cite Public Health Need for Action on Climate Crisis

With new signs of the global climate crisis emerging almost daily, the nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today announced it will participate in what is expected to be the largest march to date calling for action to stem the harmful effects of climate change to be held September 21, 2014 in New York City with companion events being scheduled around the world. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

Today — Get Healthy! Get Checked!

Today — Get Healthy! Get Checked!

Today, Registered Nurses from the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) will offer a free health screening to community members, including glucose and blood pressure checks, at the Dorothy Height/Benning Library. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

Kaiser RNs to Press Patient Care Concerns As Talks on New Contract Open Thursday

Kaiser RNs to Press Patient Care Concerns As Talks on New Contract Open Thursday

Representing 18,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners, the Kaiser RN nurse negotiating team will open talks Thursday with Kaiser Permanente on a new collective bargaining agreement affecting 21 Kaiser hospitals and 66 clinics throughout Northern and Central California. —National Nurses United, 07/30/14 More »

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

SACRAMENTO - State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the cost of health care premiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes for more authority to regulate increases. The report released by Jones, a Democrat, says California's four largest insurers raised premiums from 22 percent to 88 percent, depending on factors such as age and location. —Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press, as posted in the Fresno Bee, 07/29/14 More »

On Medicare’s 49th Birthday Statewide Actions Call to: Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare for All

On Medicare’s 49th Birthday Statewide Actions Call to: Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare for All

On Medicare's 49th birthday, Wednesday, July 30, the Campaign for a Healthy California plans actions in 14 cities throughout California to celebrate Medicare's successful provision of guaranteed health care to millions of elderly senior and disabled Americans for nearly half a century. —National Nurses United, 07/29/14 More »

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Slow health cost growth has improved Medicare's financial outlook, extending the program's trust fund to last until 2030. If absolutely nothing changes, the trust fund that pays for most of seniors' hospital visits will now last an additional four years beyond the 2013 forecast. —Sarah Kliff, Vox.com, 07/28/14 More »

The Nurses’ Solution to Save DMC—County Must Run DMC and Chevron Must Pay its Fair Share

The Nurses’ Solution to Save DMC—County Must Run DMC and Chevron Must Pay its Fair Share

SAN PABLO—Registered nurses from throughout Contra Costa County will be joined by a broad and expanding number of organizations and individuals in a march and rally Wednesday calling for Chevron and the County to step in to keep Doctors Medical Center open. —National Nurses United, 07/28/14 More »

RNs, Veterans Held Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

RNs, Veterans Held Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

Registered nurses at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in San Diego, joined and supported by veteran service members, held a public speak out on Wednesday, July 23 to outline immediate steps the medical center should take to improve patient care at the VA hospital. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

A New Sign And Fresh Paint Isn’t Enough

A New Sign And Fresh Paint Isn’t Enough

Nurses at Verdugo Hills Hospital will rally tomorrow in protest the University of Southern California’s failure to sufficiently improve patient care and labor standards since acquiring the hospital one year ago. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

Kaiser RNs Set to Open Contract Talks -Voice Concern About Erosion of Patient Care Standards

Kaiser RNs Set to Open Contract Talks -Voice Concern About Erosion of Patient Care Standards

With contract talks affecting more than 18,000 Kaiser Permanente registered nurses who work in 86 Kaiser hospitals and clinics throughout Northern and Central California set to open next week, RNs today renewed their call to press the HMO/hospital giant to put the breaks on the growing erosion of care standards nurses say put patients at risk. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

San Diego RN speaks out for dignity of migrant children

San Diego RN speaks out for dignity of migrant children

San Diego RN and California Nurses Association/National Nurses United member Lisa Rainford joined with area civil rights and human rights activists July 22 in calling on Escondido, Ca. city officials to reverse a decision to block the opening of a closed nursing home as a shelter to temporarily house refugee migrant children. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

RNs, Veterans to Hold Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

RNs, Veterans to Hold Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

Registered nurses at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in San Diego, joined and supported by veteran service members, will hold a public speak out Wed. to outline immediate steps the medical center should take to improve patient care at the VA hospital. More »

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

For a while now, algorithms have been making their way into medical care: nurses and doctors enter vital signs and symptoms, and a computer churns out a diagnosis, or recommends a treatment. There are plenty of virtues to data-driven medicine, but also some notable downsides. —Kevin Hartnett, The Boston Globe, 07/21/14 More »

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Gets Low Marks From Staff on Key Safety Issues

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Gets Low Marks From Staff on Key Safety Issues

Staff at the region’s largest private hospital — MedStar Washington Hospital Center — have given it consistently low marks in seven out of 12 patient safety measures in key areas, over the past four years, according to results released Friday. —Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, 07/21/14 More »

Thousands protest Detroit water shutoffs

Thousands protest Detroit water shutoffs

About 2,000 nurses, community activists and others called on Detroit officials Friday to stop shutting off water to thousands of customers who are behind on their bills. Protesters trying to prevent crews from conducting the shutoffs also picketed earlier in the day outside the offices of a private contractor working for the city. —Corey Williams, Associated Press, 07/21/14 More »

Join RNs To Rally And March

Join RNs To Rally And March

Contra Costa County must recognize basic human and civil rights of the people of West Contra Costa County, and accept responsibility for hospital care in West Contra Costa County by integrating Doctors Medical Center San Pablo into Contra Costa Health Services. —National Nurses United, 07/21/14 More »

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water

At least 300 demonstrators marched through downtown streets on Friday, protesting a move by the city’s Water Department to force tens of thousands of delinquent customers to pay up or face a cutoff in service. From the Cobo Center to Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit River, protesters chanted, “Fight, fight; water is a human right.” Others carried placards that read “Thirsty for Justice.” —New York Times, 07/19/14 More »

Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

Throngs of progressive activists, union members and Detroit residents streamed through downtown on Friday to protest the controversial water shutoffs that are leaving homes here dry. With chants of "water is a human right" and "no water, no peace," protesters demanded an end to the shutoff of past-due accounts and declared the situation a public health emergency. —Huffington Post, 07/18/14 More »

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

The California Nurses Association is gearing up for what could be contentious contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente. The existing contract expires Aug. 31. It covers 17,000 registered nurses across Northern California, including 3,500 in the Sacramento region. Face-to-face talks begin July 24 and union officials are willing to call a strike if Kaiser proposes cuts considered harmful to nurses or patients. —Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/14 More »

Historic rally in Detroit — 3,000, led by RNs and community leaders ‘Turn on the water.’

Historic rally in Detroit — 3,000, led by RNs and community leaders ‘Turn on the water.’

Thousands of registered nurses, community, labor, environmental and community activists marched in Detroit today in a resounding protests against the shutoff of water to tens of thousands of city residents – an action the marchers called a wanton violation of human rights that creates a public health emergency. —National Nurses United, 07/18/14 More »

Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Detroit Water Shutoffs

Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Detroit Water Shutoffs

As many as one thousand people showed up outside Cobo Center in downtown Detroit Friday, calling for an immediate moratorium on service shutoffs by the city’s water department. Among them was “Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo, who appeared unexpectedly, calling on others to join the demonstration. —CBS Detroit, 07/18/14 More »

VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs

VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs

Here is a glimpse of the huge march and rally to protest the Detroit water shutoffs. It’s an amazing feat of organization, led by National Nurses United. —Eclecta Blog, 07/18/14 More »

FDA risks disaster without a stronger hand in health IT regulation

FDA risks disaster without a stronger hand in health IT regulation

The comment period for the FDA Safety and Innovation Act framework closed last week with 172 organizations and individuals contributing remarks to the docket. More than 50 of the comments came from registered nurses as part of a campaign by National Nurses United, the largest U.S. nurses union. The group has strongly criticized the implementation of electronic health records, especially clinical decision support software, which provides clinicians with alerts and medical advice. —Ashley Gold, Politico, 07/18/14 More »

Nurses, Activists, Cite Public Health Emergency In Detroit Water Shutoffs

Nurses, Activists, Cite Public Health Emergency In Detroit Water Shutoffs

Nurses, joined by members of dozens of local, national, and even international organizations will hold a big march and rally Friday in Detroit in a stepped up protest against the city’s decision to shut off water to thousands of Detroit residents. —National Nurses United, 07/17/14 More »

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1556 and H.R. 4580

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1556 and H.R. 4580

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, 07/16/14 More »

When Will We Get Paid?

When Will We Get Paid?

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu —National Nurses United, 07/16/14 More »

Detroit Water Shut-offs Declared ‘Major Health Disaster’ By RNs

Detroit Water Shut-offs Declared ‘Major Health Disaster’ By RNs

National Nurse United has condemned the water shut-offs in the bankrupt city of Detroit as a threat to health disporportionately affecting the poor. NNU, a national union for registered nurses, has called for an immediate halt of all water shut-offs to address health concerns and human rights violations, and declared the situation a public health emergency in a press release Monday. —International Business Times, 07/15/14 More »

John Nichols: Against austerity: ‘Water is a human right’

John Nichols: Against austerity: ‘Water is a human right’

The United Nations formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” A new European Citizens Initiative declares, “Water is a public good, not a commodity.” —John Nichols, The Cap Times, 07/15/14 More »

Detroit’s Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

Detroit’s Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

A right-wing state and corporate push to cut off water is economic shock therapy at its most ruthless and racist, but resistance is growing. —Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, 07/14/14 More »

Support Builds for Friday March to End Water Shutoff

Support Builds for Friday March to End Water Shutoff

Support is growing from labor, community, clergy, and environmental activists, along with those attending the national Netroots Nation convention in Detroit this week for a march and rally Friday July 18 to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs. —National Nurses United, 07/14/14 More »

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

When Netroots Nation convenes its 9th annual conference in Detroit this month, I hope that attendees arrive pre-hydrated. Because despite living at the hub of the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet—taken together, the Great Lakes represent more than one-fifth of the world’s surface freshwater—Detroit residents are running out of running water. They’re also running into city and state bureaucracies that, alarmingly, don’t seem to care. —Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, 07/11/14 More »

July 18 March, Rally from Netroots Nation to Sound Call: ‘Turn on the Water. Tax Wall Street’

July 18 March, Rally from Netroots Nation to Sound Call: ‘Turn on the Water. Tax Wall Street’

Registered nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmental activists, and attendees from the Netroots Nation convention in Detroit will hold a march and rally Friday July 18 to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs in Detroit that they call a public health emergency and a major violation of human rights. —National Nurses United, 07/09/14 More »

Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18

Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18

Lay the blame for the manufactured crisis at the feet of those responsible: Wall Street Speculators and Gov. Rick Snyder. Join Registered Nurses as they declare a public health emergency and demand a moratorium on the unprecedented water shutoffs. Nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmentalists, Netroots Nation opinion leaders, and others will march and rally to condemn this violation of human rights. Gov. Snyder is allowing the tragedy to continue with an endgame of privatizing the public water department — the latest in a string of gifts to Wall Street. —National Nurses United, 07/09/14 More »

No More Excuses: Contra Costa County Property Tax Windfall Can Save DMC

No More Excuses: Contra Costa County Property Tax Windfall Can Save DMC

Registered nurses, joined by community leaders and residents announced today that since the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors now knows the county will receive a $19 million increase in property tax revenue over last year, they have no excuse but to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo operating as a full service hospital. —California Nurses Association, 07/08/14 More »

RNs Urge Tougher Federal Oversight on Unproven Medical Technology on which Hospitals Spend Billions

RNs Urge Tougher Federal Oversight on Unproven Medical Technology on which Hospitals Spend Billions

National Nurses United is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enact meaningful oversight and public protections on the use of unproven medical technology that is rapidly spreading through the nation’s healthcare system. NNU, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, made its appeal in formal comments submitted Monday to the FDA which has just concluded a comment period on its proposed “Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology Report.” —National Nurses United, 07/08/14 More »

Big bucks are driving big data

Big bucks are driving big data

The current rage for building, selling and using “bedside analytics” and big-data technologies is all about financial gain for investors and corporations, it is not about the best interests of the public. Whatever advances the Kaiser technology offers are all proprietary and hidden. Nothing is tested/vetted scientifically by other academic experts. —Modern Healthcare, 07/07/14 More »

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

There were undoubtedly justices on the most anti-labor U.S. Supreme Court in modern judicial history who wanted to strip public-sector unions of their ability to collect dues from workers they represent. But they were not quite prepared to strike the devastating blow that labor activists feared would be delivered Monday. —John Nichols, The Capital Times, 07/03/14 More »

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

The Food and Drug Administration has already suggested that it thinks that regulation of Health Information Technology and Clinical Decision Support systems are NOT necessary! The FDA is now taking public comments and they need to hear your voice to protect our patients. —National Nurses United, 07/02/14 More »

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

We’ve launched a national campaign intended to emphasize the point that all that glitters is not gold. Our campaign describes a number of changes occurring in healthcare delivery at the bedside that RNs believe are putting patients at risk. These include the premature discharge of patients to other settings, including the home, where the burden for care falls entirely on family members. —Deborah Burger, RN, 07/02/14 More »

Hearing Today- RNs Step Up Call for Effective Curbs on Insurance Price Hikes at Sacramento Rally

Hearing Today- RNs Step Up Call for Effective Curbs on Insurance Price Hikes at Sacramento Rally

Registered nurses, consumers, community health activists, and patients will rally in Sacramento Wednesday, then attend a legislative hearing in which they will call on state lawmakers to support Proposition 45 on the November ballot to provide effective curbs on insurance premium increases. —California Nurses Association, 07/02/14 More »

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

What Kaiser is doing to Manteca is indicative of its very lucrative business model: Expand membership while consolidating and reducing services, says Amy Glass, RN in Manteca CA. My colleagues and I who work for Kaiser throughout the region have observed how management manipulates the “census” by denying admissions. They then use the low census to justify cutting services. Voila, less care, more profit! —Amy Glass, Manteca Bulletin, 07/01/14 More »

RNs to Picket Doctors San Pablo Today, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

RNs to Picket Doctors San Pablo Today, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

Following a decision last Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to table a sales tax to, in part, help embattled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, DMC registered nurses today announced plans to hold a picket today to demand the county assume operation of DMC with existing revenues and retain it as a full service hospital. Anything less than a full service hospital would abandon residents of West Contra Costa County and expose hundreds of thousands of area residents to the threat of no emergency and hospital care in their community, RNs said. —California Nurses Association, 07/01/14 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Endorses Patient Safety Advocates

Michigan Nurses Association Endorses Patient Safety Advocates

Leaders of the Michigan Nurses Association, Michigan’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses, have issued their second of two rounds of endorsements in state House and Senate races. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/30/14 More »

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

The California Nurses Association has endorsed an important patient and consumer protection measure that will be on the ballot this fall. It’s a measure to rein in the spiraling rates and premiums charged by the health insurance industry by requiring them to justify their price hikes. This Wednesday legislators, that spent the past decade opposing rate regulation legislation, will hold a hearing in Sacramento to discredit the ballot measure. CNA members will be there to rally and participate in the hearing to let them know why the measure is needed. —Deborah Burger, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

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