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

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

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

Nurses Join Senators Schumer and Sanders for “Hands Off Medicare” Press Conference Dec. 7th

Nurses Join Senators Schumer and Sanders for “Hands Off Medicare” Press Conference Dec. 7th

Registered nurses will join Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with seniors and activists for a press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 7, announcing the delivery of more than one million petition signatures demanding that President Elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) keep their hands off the American people’s earned Medicare benefits. —National Nurses United, 12/05/16 More »

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement at Antelope Valley Hospital

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement at Antelope Valley Hospital

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

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

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

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

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

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/02/16 More »

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

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

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

Nurses Condemn Attacks on Rep. Keith Ellison

Nurses Condemn Attacks on Rep. Keith Ellison

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

Nurses Host Film Screening Event to Support Clear Skies Ordinance

Nurses Host Film Screening Event to Support Clear Skies Ordinance

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

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

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

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 11/23/16 More »

Nurses, Labor Unions and Others Celebrate Defeat of TPP!

Nurses, Labor Unions and Others Celebrate Defeat of TPP!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Broad Post-Election Rally – Thursday, DC

First Broad Post-Election Rally – Thursday, DC

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

First Post-Election Broad Action Coming to DC

First Post-Election Broad Action Coming to DC

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

Nurses to President-Elect Trump: Time to Heal America

Nurses to President-Elect Trump: Time to Heal America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nurses stand in solidarity with DAPL protesters, headed to reservation

Nurses stand in solidarity with DAPL protesters, headed to reservation

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 11/07/16 More »

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s how to send a message to Big Pharma

Here’s how to send a message to Big Pharma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses Rally to Illuminate Need for Safe Staffing

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses Rally to Illuminate Need for Safe Staffing

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

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

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

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

Hurricane Matthew and Nurses Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Hurricane Matthew and Nurses Support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

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

Attacking the Medics of Standing Rock Violates Basic Laws of Humanity

Attacking the Medics of Standing Rock Violates Basic Laws of Humanity

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 10/28/16 More »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RN’s Volunteer at the Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Site

RN’s Volunteer at the Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 10/21/16 More »

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

Nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate to heal California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop the greed

Stop the greed

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

Nurses Vote Unanimously to Ratify Contract With San Leandro Hospital

Nurses Vote Unanimously to Ratify Contract With San Leandro Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

Without Prop 61, our patients will continue to suffer

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

Nurses Ratify Contract with Allina Health

Nurses Ratify Contract with Allina Health

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

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

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

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

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 10/14/16 More »

Nurses at San Leandro Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Nurses at San Leandro Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter: If drug companies don’t like 61, then you should

Letter: If drug companies don’t like 61, then you should

Proposition 61, a proposal to limit some drug prices in California to the price paid by the Veterans Administration, shapes up to be the most expensive initiative fight in California history due to the money the drug industry is spending against it. —Oroville Mercury-Register, 10/12/16 More »

Proposition 61 Will Help Reduce Outrageous Prescription Drug Prices

Proposition 61 Will Help Reduce Outrageous Prescription Drug Prices

As public outrage has erupted over a 500 percent price increase for life-saving EpiPens and a $1,000-per-pill cost for the most effective hepatitis C treatment, the pharmaceutical industry appears to be beyond shame. —Kathy Dennis writing in the Sacramento Bee, 10/11/16 More »

New RN Report: Pharma CEOs Reaped $2.8 Billion Last Year While Implementing Massive Price Hikes

New RN Report: Pharma CEOs Reaped $2.8 Billion Last Year While Implementing Massive Price Hikes

Top pharmaceutical executives are making billions of dollars in compensation while implementing skyrocketing price increases for essential medications, according a new research report released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/16 More »

National Nurses United Supports Colorado Single Payer Amendment

National Nurses United Supports Colorado Single Payer Amendment

Nurses and over 200 other organizations are supporting Colorado Amendment 69, single payer healthcare for all Coloradans. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 10/10/16 More »

Yes on Prop. 61: Veterans, Nurses and Elected Officials to Hold Press Conference in San Francisco

Yes on Prop. 61: Veterans, Nurses and Elected Officials to Hold Press Conference in San Francisco

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos and San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim will join Veterans; Co-President of the California Nurses Association Deborah Burger, and others at a press conference where they will rally supporters to stand up against the pharmaceutical giants. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/16 More »

Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers to Assist With First Aid at Standing Rock

Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers to Assist With First Aid at Standing Rock

National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer direct-care RNs, will deploy nurse volunteers to help existing medical volunteers at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation meet first aid needs for thousands of land and water protectors as winter approaches, NNU announced today. —National Nurses United, 10/10/16 More »

Nurses at Alameda Hospital Vote Unanimously to Approve New Contract

Nurses at Alameda Hospital Vote Unanimously to Approve New Contract

Registered nurses at Alameda Hospital in Alameda, Calif. voted unanimously to ratify a new contract, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 10/07/16 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 10/07/16 More »

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo Vote to Reject Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, Cite Public Safety

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo Vote to Reject Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, Cite Public Safety

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today welcomed the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission vote Wednesday to reject a controversial Phillips 66 proposal to transport millions of gallons of crude tar sands oil through the county by rail every week. —California Nurses Association, 10/06/16 More »

How to Cut Drug Prices? California Can Set a Model With Prop. 61

How to Cut Drug Prices? California Can Set a Model With Prop. 61

Despite all the disgust with pharmaceutical price gouging and the public shaming of CEOs like Heather Bresch of EpiPen infamy and “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, we’ve yet to see any concrete steps to actually cut drug prices. —Deborah Burger, RN writing for Common Dreams, 10/05/16 More »

Allina Hospitals Charge Patients at Nearly 3 Times the Cost, Among Highest in Minnesota

Allina Hospitals Charge Patients at Nearly 3 Times the Cost, Among Highest in Minnesota

Allina Health sets charges for patient services at nearly three times its costs, with Allina hospitals ranking among the most expensive in the state of Minnesota, according to data released today by National Nurses United (NNU). —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MNA, 10/05/16 More »

New Nurses’ Research Report on Prop 61 - How Big Pharma Manipulates Patent Laws to Protect Profits

New Nurses’ Research Report on Prop 61 - How Big Pharma Manipulates Patent Laws to Protect Profits

Major pharmaceutical corporations exploit patent law, including with minor variations on existing drugs, to protect and expand their windfall profits, according to the latest in a series of research reports released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 10/04/16 More »

Commentary: EpiPen why we need Prop. 61

Commentary: EpiPen why we need Prop. 61

Prop. 61 uses the common-sense approach of directing the state to pay no more than the same prices paid by the VA. That could cut prices by up to 40 percent, and produce billions in savings for California taxpayers. —Zenei Cortez, writing in the East Bay Times, 10/03/16 More »

Tough Pill To Swallow. Why you should vote YES on Prop 61

Tough Pill To Swallow. Why you should vote YES on Prop 61

New study sites price gouging trends by BIG PHARMA will continue. Director of Government Relations for California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, Don Nielsen, talks about California's Proposition 61. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 10/03/16 More »

Why California nurses back Prop. 61: Guest commentary

Why California nurses back Prop. 61: Guest commentary

If you want to know why nurses across California are campaigning for Proposition 61, here’s one thing Long Beach nurses increasingly see. —Margie Keenan writing for The Press Telegram, 10/03/16 More »

Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

Nurses: Time to cut drug prices

The best argument for passing Proposition 61 to cut drug prices in California, may be SB 1010, a modest effort to require the drug manufacturers give more notice and some justification when jacking up prices. —Deborah Burger writing for Capitol Weekly, 10/03/16 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, 09/30/16 More »

Nurses, staff unions claim victory with new contracts at Whittier, San Gabriel hospitals

Nurses, staff unions claim victory with new contracts at Whittier, San Gabriel hospitals

Whittier Hospital Medical Center and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center agreed to contracts with their nurses and healthcare workers last week that include wage inreases of up to 26 percent over the four-year course of the agreements. —Christopher Yee, Whittier Daily News, 09/30/16 More »

NLRB Moves Forward with Another Massive Complaint Against Mega Hospital Chain CHS

NLRB Moves Forward with Another Massive Complaint Against Mega Hospital Chain CHS

Registered nurses across the nation welcome the National Labor Relations Board Office of General Counsel's decision to move forward with yet another massive consolidated complaint against healthcare giant Community Health Systems, and for the first time, Quorum Health Corporation, for numerous alleged labor violations, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 09/29/16 More »

San Joaquin County Registered Nurses Vote Enthusiastically to Ratify New Contract

San Joaquin County Registered Nurses Vote Enthusiastically to Ratify New Contract

Registered nurses voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a new contract covering the 600 RNs working at San Joaquin General Hospital and throughout the San Joaquin County Health Service Agency, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 09/29/16 More »

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses To Strike Wednesday Sept. 28

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses To Strike Wednesday Sept. 28

With contract talks still stalled, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) nurses will strike today, Wednesday, Sept. 28, the California Nurses Association announced. —California Nurses Association, 09/28/16 More »

Huge Win for Patients – Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Protect Patients in ‘Observation’ Settings

Huge Win for Patients – Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Protect Patients in ‘Observation’ Settings

In a huge victory for patients subject to lesser protections in some hospital settings, and economic sticker shock when then transferred to a nursing home, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday afternoon to substantially reform the use of “observation status” by California hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/16 More »

RNs at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Vote Unanimously to Approve New Contract

RNs at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Vote Unanimously to Approve New Contract

Registered Nurses at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. voted unanimously to ratify a new contract ensuring vital patient care and nursing practice protections, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/16 More »

Nurses: Drug Costs, Up 761% in Past Decades Will Continue to Skyrocket Without Actions Like Prop. 61

Nurses: Drug Costs, Up 761% in Past Decades Will Continue to Skyrocket Without Actions Like Prop. 61

In new research data released today, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United reports that spending on drugs will likely grow 80 percent over the next decade, after having skyrocketed by 761 percent since 1984, unless direct action, such as is proposed in California by Proposition 61 on the state’s November ballot. —National Nurses United, 09/27/16 More »

NNU Statement on Police Shootings and Protests

NNU Statement on Police Shootings and Protests

National Nurses United joins with millions of Americans across the nation who are saddened and horrified by the ongoing shootings of African Americans by police officers, and welcomes the voices of those urging systemic change. —National Nurses United, 09/27/16 More »

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses To Strike Wednesday Sept. 28

Antelope Valley Hospital Nurses To Strike Wednesday Sept. 28

With contract talks still stalled, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) nurses will strike on Wednesday, Sept. 28 the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/16 More »

On The Road for Lower Rx Prices Bus Tour Teams Up With California Nurses Association in Fresno

On The Road for Lower Rx Prices Bus Tour Teams Up With California Nurses Association in Fresno

Supporters of Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act, will gather at the California Nurses Association’s Fresno office for a Yes on Prop. 61 Press Conference. —California Nurses Association, 09/26/16 More »

Nurses Endorse Gun Safety, Death Penalty Repeal Measures

Nurses Endorse Gun Safety, Death Penalty Repeal Measures

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced support for several important initiatives on the California November ballot, notably Proposition 63, to strengthen gun safety, and Proposition 62 the latest bid to repeal the death penalty in California. —National Nurses United, 09/26/16 More »

Registered Nurses at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital Vote Overwhelmingly to Approve New Contract

Registered Nurses at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital Vote Overwhelmingly to Approve New Contract

Registered nurses at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract covering 660 RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Missouri, 09/26/16 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, 09/26/16 More »

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the closure of Berkeley’s only hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. —Sydney Johnson, The Post News Group, 09/23/16 More »

Statement in Solidarity with Registered Nurses on Strike at Allina Health in the United States

Statement in Solidarity with Registered Nurses on Strike at Allina Health in the United States

Global Nurses United, which unites nurses and other health care workers in 20 countries around the world, stands in solidarity with the registered nurses at Allina Health in the State of Minnesota in the United States in their courageous struggle with management to secure safer care for patients and just working conditions for themselves. —Global Nurses United, 09/23/16 More »

Recipe for ripoffs: Pricing drugs by their ‘value’ to sick people

Recipe for ripoffs: Pricing drugs by their ‘value’ to sick people

Heather Bresch, chief executive of pharmaceutical heavyweight Mylan, testified before lawmakers Wednesday that her company acted ethically and fairly when it jacked up the price of life-saving EpiPens by more than 500%. —David Lazarus, LA TImes, 09/23/16 More »

East Bay cities vote to oppose Alta Bates Closure

East Bay cities vote to oppose Alta Bates Closure

City Councils in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, and San Pablo have joined community opposition to the closure of Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. —California Nurses Association, 09/23/16 More »

RNs at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital  Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

RNs at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Registered Nurses at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract ensuring vital patient care and nursing practice protections, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 09/22/16 More »

Battle over East Bay hospital closure draws hundreds to town hall meeting

Battle over East Bay hospital closure draws hundreds to town hall meeting

BERKELEY, Calif. – A town hall meeting in Berkeley drew nearly two hundred people to talk about how to prevent the Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley from closing. —KTVU, 09/22/16 More »

Nurses Hold Town Hall to Say, “Keep Alta Bates Hospital Open!”

Nurses Hold Town Hall to Say, “Keep Alta Bates Hospital Open!”

On Wednesday, September 21, nurses, local leaders and community members will hold a town hall meeting in Berkeley on the negative health impact of Sutter’s intention to close Alta Bates hospital by as early as 2018, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 09/21/16 More »

SLU hospital nurses to vote on new contract with SSM Health

SLU hospital nurses to vote on new contract with SSM Health

A year after SSM Health acquired Saint Louis University Hospital, nurses there will vote on a new contract that could improve working conditions and help the hospital attract other registered nurses. —By Eli Chen, St. Louis Public Radio, 09/21/16 More »

Minnesota Nurses Strike Update

Minnesota Nurses Strike Update

As the Minnesota Nurses Strike against Allina Health Systems continues, issues concerning Allina's financial dealings and a recent power grab to seek sole control of Unity Hospital are disturbing. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 09/20/16 More »

Nurses offer testimony in NLRB hearing

Nurses offer testimony in NLRB hearing

LEWISBURG — Two local nurses testified during day one of a public hearing being conducted here by the National Labor Relations Board, which is examining allegations of multiple labor violations at seven hospitals, including Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. —Tina Alvey, Register-Herald Reporter, 09/20/16 More »

NLRB Trial Against CHS to Hold Hearing with Focus on Violations at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

NLRB Trial Against CHS to Hold Hearing with Focus on Violations at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a public hearing on labor violations at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va. beginning Monday, Sept. 19 in Lewisburg, W.Va. —National Nurses United, 09/19/16 More »

Registered Nurses at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Registered Nurses at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Registered nurses and hospital administrators have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract covering 660 RNs in the bargaining unit at SSM-Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United, 09/16/16 More »

Green light for California Bills sponsored by National Nurses United

Green light for California Bills sponsored by National Nurses United

Green light for two California Bills sponsored by National Nurses United and California Nurses Association (CNA). This is great news for patients and healthcare workers. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 09/16/16 More »

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