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Two CNA/NNU Backed Patient Protection Bills Advance

Two CNA/NNU Backed Patient Protection Bills Advance

Two major bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United to strengthen patient safety protections are moving ahead in the hurried final days of the California legislative session. —National Nurses United, 08/24/16 More »

Nurses strike against Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Nurses strike against Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Registered nurses begin one-day strike at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, claim patient safety at risk because of understaffing and long hours without breaks. —John Chadwell, reporting for BenitoLink, 08/24/16 More »

Nurses Urge VA to Work with Them in Good Faith  to Ensure Quality Care for Veterans

Nurses Urge VA to Work with Them in Good Faith to Ensure Quality Care for Veterans

Registered nurses will hold a picket Thursday, August 25, urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work with them to ensure quality care at the VA by moving forward with stalled negotiations. —National Nurses United, 08/24/16 More »

Nurses Blast Late Session Bill to Overturn RN Standards As ALEC-Style Threat to Patient Protections

Nurses Blast Late Session Bill to Overturn RN Standards As ALEC-Style Threat to Patient Protections

The California Nurses Association today condemned a last minute legislative maneuver to erode decades of nursing oversight of the public board that governs professional nursing practice, including critical regulations that protect patients in California. —California Nurses Association, 08/23/16 More »

RNs at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Move Forward with One-day Strike on August 24

RNs at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Move Forward with One-day Strike on August 24

Registered Nurses at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. will move forward with their plan to hold a one-day strike on Wednesday, August 24, the California Nurses Association announced today. —National Nurses United, 08/22/16 More »

John Muir Medical Center Concord RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Contract

John Muir Medical Center Concord RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Contract

Registered nurses at John Muir Medical Center (JMMC) in Concord have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new three-year contract that features protected healthcare coverage, significant economic gains, and improved opportunities for new grad RNs, California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. —National Nurses United, 08/22/16 More »

Bill to Protect Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings Passes Wins Key Vote

Bill to Protect Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings Passes Wins Key Vote

Important legislation to enact new protections for hospital patients warehoused in “observation status” took a major step forward Monday with approval in the California Assembly on a bipartisan 59-10 vote. —California Nurses Association, 08/22/16 More »

For 15th Straight Year, NNU Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare List

For 15th Straight Year, NNU Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare List

Once again, National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has won recognition as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in the U.S. —National Nurses United, 08/22/16 More »

Nurses and Community Members Demand UCSF Live up to Mission and Keep Home Health Care Program Open!

Nurses and Community Members Demand UCSF Live up to Mission and Keep Home Health Care Program Open!

Registered nurses at UCSF Medical Center will hold a press conference and rally at the hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to voice opposition to the announced closure of UCSF Home Health Care, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/22/16 More »

We Need Your Help to Save the BRN!

We Need Your Help to Save the BRN!

Help us save the CA Board of Registered Nursing by making phone calls to the Democratic members of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions telling them to vote NO on SB 1194. —California Nurses Association, 08/22/16 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 08/19/16 More »

RNs at San Jose’s Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center Ratify New Contract

RNs at San Jose’s Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center Ratify New Contract

Registered nurses voted by an overwhelming margin of 93% to ratify a new contract covering 1641 RNs in bargaining units at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/19/16 More »

Louisiana Flood Victim Relief — How to Help

Louisiana Flood Victim Relief — How to Help

The devastating floods in Louisiana, the effects of which are being compared to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, have left in their wake an estimated 40,000 damaged homes over an area covering 20 parishes. —National Nurses United, 08/19/16 More »

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Ratify Contracts at Four California Hospitals This Week

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Ratify Contracts at Four California Hospitals This Week

Registered nurses at one of the nation’s largest Catholic health chains, Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), voted this week to ratify their first ever union contracts at Queen of the Valley in Napa and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna—as well as new agreements for St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley. —California Nurses Association, 08/19/16 More »

St. Joseph Eureka, Redwood Memorial RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Contracts

St. Joseph Eureka, Redwood Memorial RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Contracts

Nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna have voted overwhelmingly to approve their contracts in Thursday voting—the Redwood agreement being a first contract. —California Nurses Association, 08/19/16 More »

St. Mary Medical Center RNs Brave Fire to Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract

St. Mary Medical Center RNs Brave Fire to Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract

Nurses at St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) in Apple Valley—some of whom traveled through fire-stricken areas to take part in the ratification process—have voted overwhelmingly, by 95 percent, to approve their contract, CNA announced today. —National Nurses United, 08/18/16 More »

Queen of the Valley RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify First Contract

Queen of the Valley RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify First Contract

Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC) RNs—who voted to join the California Nurses Association (CNA) in 2013 and who have carried out a long campaign to secure a contract with improvements for patients and their colleagues at the Napa hospital—have voted overwhelmingly, by 97 percent, to ratify their historic first contract, CNA announced today. —National Nurses United, 08/17/16 More »

RNs at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center Reach Tentative Agreement

RNs at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center Reach Tentative Agreement

Registered nurses and hospital administrators have reached a significant tentative agreement on a new contract covering 1641 RNs in bargaining units at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/16/16 More »

Get Ready!—We’re Going to Need Your Help to Save The BRN!

Get Ready!—We’re Going to Need Your Help to Save The BRN!

California Nurses Association, 08/15/16 More »

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On to Senate Floor

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On to Senate Floor

Legislation that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes,” is headed to a vote on the floor of the California Senate. —National Nurses United, 08/12/16 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 08/12/16 More »

RSVP to an Our Revolution Watch Party

RSVP to an Our Revolution Watch Party

Our Journey with Bernie has been a long, productive year of movement building – working with long time allies and aligning with new ones to highlight our most pressing issues nationally from Medicare For All to Robin Hood Tax and building lasting relationships to further our work. —National Nurses United, 08/10/16 More »

What Employers Should Do to Protect Nurses from ZIKA

What Employers Should Do to Protect Nurses from ZIKA

In the wake of new cases of ZIKA being reported in the U.S. and other countries, National Nurses United issues guidelines to employers on how to protect nurses from ZIKA transmission. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 08/10/16 More »

Nurses at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Will Hold One-day Strike Wednesday, August 24

Nurses at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Will Hold One-day Strike Wednesday, August 24

Registered Nurses at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. will hold a one-day strike on Wednesday, August 24, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/10/16 More »

Culver City Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Contract

Culver City Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Contract

Registered nurses at Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCHCC) voted overwhelmingly at membership meetings Sunday and Tuesday, to ratify a new contract agreement, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 08/10/16 More »

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Reach Historic Agreements at Four California Hospitals

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Reach Historic Agreements at Four California Hospitals

Successfully concluding a lengthy dispute, registered nurses at one of the nation’s largest Catholic health chains, Providence St. Joseph Health, Monday won historic tentative agreements for their first ever union contracts at Queen of the Valley in Napa and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, as well as new agreements for St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/10/16 More »

Hearings begin: BRMC, nurses at odds over unionizing

Hearings begin: BRMC, nurses at odds over unionizing

PRINCETON — A hearing on a federal court order requiring Bluefield Regional Medical Center (BRMC) to stop blocking a democratic vote by nurses, recognize the nurses’ right to join a union and bargain with them for a first collective bargaining agreement began In Princeton Monday morning. —By Charlie Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 08/09/16 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 08/05/16 More »

SCHCC Nurses Achieve Tentative Agreement: Will Improve Patient Care, RN Safety, Nurse Retention

SCHCC Nurses Achieve Tentative Agreement: Will Improve Patient Care, RN Safety, Nurse Retention

Registered nurses at Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCHCC) will begin voting Sunday on a tentative contract agreement that they say will lead to improved patient care and strengthen working conditions in the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 08/05/16 More »

West Virginia Phase of NLRB Trial Against CHS and Affiliates Begins August 8th

West Virginia Phase of NLRB Trial Against CHS and Affiliates Begins August 8th

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a public hearing on labor violations at Bluefield Regional Medical Center (BRMC) to begin August 8 in Princeton, W.Va. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United, 08/05/16 More »

CA Bill to Set Safety Protections For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Heads to Floor Vote

CA Bill to Set Safety Protections For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Heads to Floor Vote

Important legislation to enact new protections for hospital patients warehoused in “observation status” with fewer protections accorded other patients, has taken another major step forward. —National Nurses United, 08/03/16 More »

Union Calls on Allina Nurses to Back Open-Ended Strike

Union Calls on Allina Nurses to Back Open-Ended Strike

The Minnesota Nurses Association on Tuesday called for nearly 5,000 Allina Health nurses to authorize an indefinite strike against five Allina hospitals. A vote is set for Aug. 18. —Mark Zdechlik, MPR News, 08/03/16 More »

Negotiations End as Allina Health Widens the Gap in Talks with Nurses

Negotiations End as Allina Health Widens the Gap in Talks with Nurses

(St. Paul) – August 1, 2016 – Contract negotiations ended today when nurses received another offer from Allina Health that eliminates all four of their contract health insurance plans. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 08/03/16 More »

Pramila Jayapal Just Scored One of the Biggest Progressive Victories of 2016

Pramila Jayapal Just Scored One of the Biggest Progressive Victories of 2016

If there is to be a political revolution sufficient to begin to usher in a new era of meaningful reform and people-powered democracy, Congress must change. A lot. — John Nichols, The Nation, 08/03/16 More »

Top 10 Reasons To Continue Donations To Bernie Sanders

Top 10 Reasons To Continue Donations To Bernie Sanders

Try as they might, Wall Street, K Street, the corporate CEOs, and all their servants in Washington, state capitols, and the rest of the political establishment, cannot put this political revolution back in the bottle. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 08/02/16 More »

Hospitals Ordered to Recognize Nurses’ Union

Hospitals Ordered to Recognize Nurses’ Union

A federal court has ordered two West Virginia hospitals to stop blocking a democratic vote by nurses, recognize the nurses' right to join a union and bargain with them for a first collective bargaining agreement. —Tina Alvey, Register-Herald Reporter, 08/02/16 More »

NNU Petitions Violence Prevention in Workplace

NNU Petitions Violence Prevention in Workplace

With growing rates of violence against nurses and healthcare providers while at work, the NNU team hopes to encourage OSHA to provide a comprehensive prevention plan to stop violence before it begins. —Advanced Healthcare Network for Nurses, 08/02/16 More »

Federal court: BRMC, GVMC must recognize nurses union

Federal court: BRMC, GVMC must recognize nurses union

BLUEFIELD — A federal court has ordered two West Virginia hospitals to stop blocking a democratic vote by nurses, recognize the nurses’ right to join a union and bargain with them for a first collective bargaining agreement, representatives of a nursing union said in a press release Friday. —By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 08/01/16 More »

Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is now raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. —Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times, 08/01/16 More »

Court Orders CHS Hospitals Recognize and Bargain with Registered Nurses Union

Court Orders CHS Hospitals Recognize and Bargain with Registered Nurses Union

A federal court has ordered two West Virginia hospitals to stop blocking a democratic vote by nurses, recognize the nurses' right to join a union and bargain with them for a first collective bargaining agreement. —National Nurses United, 07/28/16 More »

Press Conference: Why is the DNC Trying to Silence Nina Turner?

Press Conference: Why is the DNC Trying to Silence Nina Turner?

An all-star list of performers, including Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, and Kendrick Sampson, will headline a media availability today to respond to efforts by the Democratic National Committee to silence former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, a leading and prominent African American surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders. More »

What goes on behind and in front of closed doors? Democratic National Convention

What goes on behind and in front of closed doors? Democratic National Convention

What's going on behind and in front of closed doors before the Democratic National Convention? ALOT! Nurses and progressive groups are still fighting for a platform that includes "Medicare for All" and other issues such as anti TPP. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/25/16 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 07/22/16 More »

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

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

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

TAMC Nurses to Hold Strike, Rally July 22, 23

TAMC Nurses to Hold Strike, Rally July 22, 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 07/15/16 More »

SLU Hospital nurses picket over unsafe working conditions

SLU Hospital nurses picket over unsafe working conditions

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

The NLRB Strikes Another Blow Against Employers Shortchanging Workers

The NLRB Strikes Another Blow Against Employers Shortchanging Workers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Nurses United Statement on Latest Plague of Shootings

National Nurses United Statement on Latest Plague of Shootings

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

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

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

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

Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage

Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage

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

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

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

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

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

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

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 07/08/16 More »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nurses fighting for Medicare For All on DNC Platform

Nurses fighting for Medicare For All on DNC Platform

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

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

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

Nurses Mark Major Hospital Merger With Strike Votes

Nurses Mark Major Hospital Merger With Strike Votes

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

TAMC Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike for Safe Patient Care

TAMC Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike for Safe Patient Care

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

Lawrence General Hospital Nurses Ratify New Contract

Lawrence General Hospital Nurses Ratify New Contract

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RNRN Disaster Watch: Wildfire Season

RNRN Disaster Watch: Wildfire Season

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

Huntington RNs Celebrate Settlement Agreement at Wednesday Press Conference

Huntington RNs Celebrate Settlement Agreement at Wednesday Press Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historic Nursing Strike Averted as Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Historic Nursing Strike Averted as Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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

We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution

We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

Tentative agreement halts Watsonville Community Hospital nurses strike

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

Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike

Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike

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

Protect Veterans, Oppose Dangerous Bill

Protect Veterans, Oppose Dangerous Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major RN Strike, 10,000 Participate

Major RN Strike, 10,000 Participate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 06/10/16 More »

What’s Next for the Populist Movement?

What’s Next for the Populist Movement?

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

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

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

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

TAMC Nurses to March For Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Care

TAMC Nurses to March For Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Care

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

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, 06/03/16 More »

After fight over firings, Huntington Hospital settles with nurses

After fight over firings, Huntington Hospital settles with nurses

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

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

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

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

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