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Protesters call out Cornyn, Cruz, other GOP senators on health care

Protesters call out Cornyn, Cruz, other GOP senators on health care

Sylvia Higgins, a registered nurse from Corpus Christi, had the day off work Thursday. So she came to Washington, D.C., to join a mass protest in senators’ offices organized by Indivisible and other groups. —Caroline Kelly, The Dallas Morning News, 07/21/17 More »

Caring Fiercely: Nurses Tell Dems Why They Won’t Sit Down, Be Quiet in Fight for Single Payer

Caring Fiercely: Nurses Tell Dems Why They Won’t Sit Down, Be Quiet in Fight for Single Payer

As California’s single payer bill, S.B. 562, continues to occupy its parking space in the California Assembly — courtesy of Speaker Anthony Rendon’s decision last month to table the bill — nurses in California have noticed a familiar trend. —Bonnie Castillo, NNU Director of Health and Safety, 07/21/17 More »

Creating the Future of Health Care with SB 562 Town Hall July 22 in Oakland

Creating the Future of Health Care with SB 562 Town Hall July 22 in Oakland

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting on Saturday, July 22, in Oakland to learn about SB 562, a bill that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. —California Nurses Association, 07/21/17 More »

Millinocket Regional Hospital Nurses Hold Rally to Highlight Patient Care, Nurse Retaliation Issues

Millinocket Regional Hospital Nurses Hold Rally to Highlight Patient Care, Nurse Retaliation Issues

Registered nurses at Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) will hold an informational picket on Monday, July 31 to protest the hospital administration’s continued refusal to address ongoing patient safety concerns—including a variety of safe staffing issues—and their heavy-handed attempts to silence nurses. —Maine State Nurses Association, 07/21/17 More »

ALERT! Executive Director Of Social Security Works Alex Lawson, Issues CALL TO ACTION!

ALERT! Executive Director Of Social Security Works Alex Lawson, Issues CALL TO ACTION!

Alex Lawson is the Executive Director of Social Security Works and as such he's read and knows just how bad the Republican Senate Repeal and Replace Bill is. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/20/17 More »

The Public Option – Doomed From the Start

The Public Option – Doomed From the Start

With the collapse of the dismal Republican healthcare bill, some Democrats are reviving talk of a public option as the cure for the holes in the Affordable Care Act that opened the door for the GOP attack. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 07/20/17 More »

High Desert Health Care for All Town Hall on SB 562 Planned July 20 in Apple Valley

High Desert Health Care for All Town Hall on SB 562 Planned July 20 in Apple Valley

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Apple Valley to learn about SB 562. —California Nurses Association, 07/19/17 More »

RNs to Join DC Actions Wednesday to Press Senate, Stop Bid to Kill ACA, Pass Real Reform

RNs to Join DC Actions Wednesday to Press Senate, Stop Bid to Kill ACA, Pass Real Reform

National Nurses United members from across the U.S. join actions with other activists Wednesday to press Senate members to halt, once and for all, efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and instead guarantee healthcare for every American by enacting Medicare for all. —National Nurses United, 07/18/17 More »

How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick

How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick

On the Cleveland Clinic’s sprawling campus one day last year, the hospital’s brain trust sat in all-white rooms and under soaring ceilings, looking down on a park outside and planning the next expansion of the $8 billion health system. —Dan Diamond, Politico, 07/17/17 More »

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare

A decade after the nation’s top hospitals used all their advertising and lobbying clout to keep their tax-exempt status, pointing to their vast givebacks to their communities, they have seen their revenue soar while cutting back on the very givebacks they were touting, according to a POLITICO analysis. —Dan Diamond, Politico, 07/17/17 More »

Since When Is It Not Okay to Play Hardball With the Democrats?

Since When Is It Not Okay to Play Hardball With the Democrats?

Despite efforts by the political establishment to shut it down, the quest for a state-based, Medicare-for-all type system in California, based on patient need, not corporate profits, rolls on. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Nation, 07/17/17 More »

Nurses Scolded: Not OKAY to Play Hardball with Democrats

Nurses Scolded: Not OKAY to Play Hardball with Democrats

The seminal fight for single-payer healthcare in California reflects a national struggle for the movement for social change. So, no, organized nurses and our allies will not wait. And we will not back down. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 07/14/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 07/14/17 More »

Munroe Regional Medical Center Fires RNs for Refusing Assignments They Deemed Unsafe for Patients

Munroe Regional Medical Center Fires RNs for Refusing Assignments They Deemed Unsafe for Patients

The National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) has called on Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in Ocala, Fla., to reinstate registered nurses who were recently terminated after they objected to working in conditions they deemed unsafe for patients and possibly unlawful. —National Nurses United/National Nurses Organizing Committee, 07/14/17 More »

California Health Care Fight May Show Democratic Party Future

California Health Care Fight May Show Democratic Party Future

Democrats gear up for the 2018 election, they confront big challenges: Polls in the last election showed a general electorate that deeply distrusted the party’s leaders, while new surveys show the Democratic base has lost faith in government — and now many swing voters believe Democrats aim to help the wealthy. —Lydia O’Neal And David Sirota, International Business Times, 07/12/17 More »

Pollin: Why Single Payer, Now, Is For Real

Pollin: Why Single Payer, Now, Is For Real

IS A SINGLE-PAYER health care system workable in California? My short answer is “yes.” I reached that conclusion by writing a research study, along with co-authors James Heintz, Peter Arno, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim, of the Healthy California single payer bill. —Robert Pollin, Writing for The Intercept, 07/12/17 More »

The Union That Roars: Nurses Aren’t Giving Up On California’s Single-Payer Push

The Union That Roars: Nurses Aren’t Giving Up On California’s Single-Payer Push

To some, the California Nurses Association’s political tactics in pushing for a single-payer health system seemed a bit, well, extreme. Others are impressed with the union’s drive and creativity, recalling how in 2005 CNA members taunted California’s then-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, trailing him wherever he went to protest his attempts to roll back hard-won nurse-to-patient requirements in hospitals. —By Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline, 07/12/17 More »

Judge strikes down St. Louis’ minimum wage increase hours before it takes effect

Judge strikes down St. Louis’ minimum wage increase hours before it takes effect

A circuit judge struck down the city’s minimum wage law on Wednesday just hours before it was set to go into force. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer issued a sobering blow to the city’s law just after 4:30 p.m., declaring it void and out of step with state law. The city quickly said it would appeal to a higher court. —Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 07/11/17 More »

PART 2: National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger reflects on the “State Of The Union”

PART 2: National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger reflects on the “State Of The Union”

This week on Nurse Talk Radio RN and Co-President of NNU Deborah Burger joins us to talk about why now more than ever--nurses need strong and progressive leadership and representation. This is part 2 of our 2 part podcast. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/11/17 More »

‘People’s Health Committee’ Convenes July 11 to Show Calif. Dems How to Guarantee Healthcare

‘People’s Health Committee’ Convenes July 11 to Show Calif. Dems How to Guarantee Healthcare

With Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon continuing to prevent California’s single-payer healthcare bill, S.B. 562, from moving forward in the state Assembly, the Healthy California campaign—350 organizations representing more than six million Californians—will convene Tuesday, July 11 for a “People’s Health Committee”. —California Nurses Association, 07/10/17 More »

Town Hall Planned July 8 in Lakewood on Single Payer Bill SB 562 - The Healthy California Act

Town Hall Planned July 8 in Lakewood on Single Payer Bill SB 562 - The Healthy California Act

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Lakewood, Calif. on Saturday, July 8, to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all California residents by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system in the state. —California Nurses Association, 07/07/17 More »

Update on SB 562 with Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for CNA

Update on SB 562 with Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for CNA

SB 562 needs you! Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for California Nurses Association joins Nurse Talk Radio for an update on SB 562 the Healthy California Act. There is still time to call your California Assembly Members and tell them to support the bill. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/06/17 More »

Sacramento Action Planned Monday, July 3 Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Denying Democracy

Sacramento Action Planned Monday, July 3 Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Denying Democracy

Building on last week’s spirited action where more than 500 California residents converged on the state capitol, calling on Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to let California’s single payer healthcare bill, SB 562, move forward in the state Assembly—the campaign for the Healthy California Act will hold a follow up action in Sacramento on Monday, July 3. —California Nurses Association, 06/30/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 06/28/17 More »

Sacramento Action Planned Today Demanding  Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Delay & Pass SB 562

Sacramento Action Planned Today Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Delay & Pass SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act, a coalition comprised of 350 organizations representing over six million Californians, will hold an action in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 28, calling on Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to let SB 562 move forward in the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 06/28/17 More »

Open Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Healthcare

Open Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Healthcare

Mark A. Hirshfeld, LCSW - I believed that you would work on behalf of the people of California. Californians need your help now. My wife has a terminal illness. She requires frequent doctor visits and expensive medication in order to stay out of the hospital. As she is not yet 65, she stands to lose all health coverage, if our Republican Congress wins their war against the nation's health. So the political is now personal. —Mark A. Hirshfeld, LCSW, 06/27/17 More »

Actions This Week in LA and Sacramento Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Delay and Pass SB 562

Actions This Week in LA and Sacramento Demanding Assembly Speaker Rendon Stop Delay and Pass SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act, a coalition comprised of 350 organizations representing over six million Californians, is holding actions this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento to demand that Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon immediately let the Assembly vote on SB 562. —Healthy California, 06/26/17 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders Joins Condemnation of Action by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to Block SB 562

Sen. Bernie Sanders Joins Condemnation of Action by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to Block SB 562

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who polls have shown has the highest popular support of any national political figure, today joined the growing public criticism of the decision by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to arbitrarily block action on a California bill to block guaranteed healthcare for all Californians. —California Nurses Association, 06/24/17 More »

Statement by CA Nurses on Decision By Assembly Speaker Rendon to Block Healthcare Reform

Statement by CA Nurses on Decision By Assembly Speaker Rendon to Block Healthcare Reform

The California Nurses Association condemns the decision by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to destroy the aspirations of millions of Californians for guaranteed health care without being bankrupted or forced to skip needed care. —Deborah Burger, RN, co-president, California Nurses Association, 06/23/17 More »

You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers’ questions on CA’s proposed single-payer plan

You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers’ questions on CA’s proposed single-payer plan

We had some questions about California’s high-profile bill to establish a single-payer system, in which the state would foot the bill for nearly all healthcare costs of its residents. So we looked into the proposal, asking who would be covered, how it would be paid for and other basic questions about how it would work. —By Melanie Mason, Contact Reporter, LA Times, 06/23/17 More »

Stop the Attack on Our Patients–Tell Republican Senators to Reject the Senate Health Insurance Bil

After nearly two months of secret deliberations, Senate Republicans just released a draft of their health bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act – and it is absolutely horrendous. If enacted, this bill poses a mortal threat to millions of our patients. —NNU Co-Presidents Deborah Burger, RN and Jean Ross, RN, 06/23/17 More »

All The Health Insurance Companies’ Men Attack

All The Health Insurance Companies’ Men Attack

Whenever health insurance companies face real political pressure they know it’s best to change the messenger. Their executives and spokespeople clam up and turn to paid surrogates who attack reformers in order to take the public’s eye off the ball: health industry price gouging. —Carmen Balber, Capitol Watchdog, 06/23/17 More »

Nurses Call on Senate Republicans to Halt Passage of ‘Mean’ Health Care Legislation

Nurses Call on Senate Republicans to Halt Passage of ‘Mean’ Health Care Legislation

National Nurses United today called on Senate Republicans to halt efforts to pass the secretive bill being rushed through Senate that could rip away health coverage for tens of millions and severely punish the sickest Americans with much higher out of pocket costs for health coverage. —National Nurses United, 06/22/17 More »

PART 1: National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger reflects on the “State Of The Union”

PART 1: National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger reflects on the “State Of The Union”

This week on Nurse Talk Radio we take a look at the vast accomplishments of National Nurses United. Founded in 2009 NNU has over 150,000 members and a presence in all 50 states. RN and Co-President of NNU, Deborah Burger joins us to talk about why now more than ever—nurses need strong and progressive leadership and representation. This is part 1 of our 2 part podcast. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/21/17 More »

Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable

Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable

The California Senate recently voted to pass a bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state. The proposal, called the Healthy California Act, will now be taken up by the state Assembly. —By Robert Pollin, writing for LA Times, 06/21/17 More »

Opinion: California has a cure for bad health coverage

Opinion: California has a cure for bad health coverage

As the U.S. Senate rushes to enact secret legislation that could rip away health coverage for millions, with a bill whose only public version even President Donald Trump branded as “mean,” in California we have an antidote that would protect us all. —By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for East Bay Times, 06/20/17 More »

Town Hall on the Healthy California Act SB 562 Planned June 22 in Healdsburg

Town Hall on the Healthy California Act SB 562 Planned June 22 in Healdsburg

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Healdsburg, Calif. on Thursday, June 22, to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. —California Nurses Association, 06/20/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 06/19/17 More »

Help Us Stop The Dangerous Attempt to Eliminate T.B. Testing in California!

Help Us Stop The Dangerous Attempt to Eliminate T.B. Testing in California!

RNs are on the front lines of the struggle for healthcare as a human right; Part and parcel of that is fighting for and enforcing pro-active public health like tuberculosis (TB) testing! —California Nurses Association, 06/19/17 More »

SB562 would bring health care, not just insurance, to all Californians

SB562 would bring health care, not just insurance, to all Californians

In contrast to the health care horror show unfolding in Washington, California can establish real health care security for our families, neighbors and communities with the Healthy California Act, SB562. —By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for San Francisco Chronicle, 06/19/17 More »

Kindred Hospital - San Gabriel Valley Healthcare Workers Vote by Wide Margin To Join Union

Kindred Hospital - San Gabriel Valley Healthcare Workers Vote by Wide Margin To Join Union

Voicing concern about safe staffing, fair pay, and respect in the workplace, two hundred healthcare workers at Kindred Hospital-San Gabriel Valley in West Covina, Ca. voted by an overwhelming margin Thursday night to join the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU). —Caregiver Healthcare Employees Union, 06/16/17 More »

Nurses at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring Celebrate Reinstatement of RN Fired Unjustly

Nurses at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring Celebrate Reinstatement of RN Fired Unjustly

Registered nurses at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring plan a rally Monday, June 19, to welcome back oncology RN, Edith Saffa, who was fired in April for her patient advocacy and support of the union organizing effort at the hospital. —National Nurses United, 06/16/17 More »

Jane Sandoval: The Health Inequities That Exist

Jane Sandoval: The Health Inequities That Exist

RN, Jane Sandoval’s resolve to fight inequality extends well beyond the Bay Area. In 2013, she traveled to the Philippines with the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN). While treating patients in the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Jane’s eyes were opened to the vast scale of global health inequities. —National Nurses United, 06/14/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 06/07/17 More »

Kindred Hospital-Baldwin Park RNs and Caregivers Plan Rally for Quality Patient Care June 7th

Kindred Hospital-Baldwin Park RNs and Caregivers Plan Rally for Quality Patient Care June 7th

Registered nurses and, caregiver and healthcare workers at Kindred Hospital-Baldwin Park, will hold a rally June 7th to speak out on conditions management has refused to address, including chronic short staffing, a high staff turnover rate and the hospital’s growing reliance on temporary workers. —California Nurses Association, 06/06/17 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Headline All Star Lineup at Big Gathering of Progressive Activists in Chicago

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Headline All Star Lineup at Big Gathering of Progressive Activists in Chicago

Sen. Bernie Sanders will keynote a major gathering of several thousand progressive activists from across the U.S. in Chicago June 9 to 11 under a thematic of moving beyond resistance to a building a broad people’s movement for a just world. —National Nurses United, 06/06/17 More »

All-Star Lineup of Actors, Musicians to Perform “The People Speak” at Conference in Chicago

All-Star Lineup of Actors, Musicians to Perform “The People Speak” at Conference in Chicago

An all-star line up of prominent actors and musicians will perform Saturday night, June 10 in Chicago; part of a premiere conference of grassroots activists and leaders from across the country who will be holding a weekend gathering, the People’s Summit, June 9 to 11 headlined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. —National Nurses United, 06/06/17 More »

The big media lie about single-payer health care

The big media lie about single-payer health care

The headlines were so consistent, so predictably bad, that I almost couldn’t read them. “Single-payer will cost $400 billion.” “Single-payer costs dwarf entire state budget.” —By Tim Redmond, 48 Hills, 06/05/17 More »

Big winners in California’s new healthcare plan: Households and small businesses

Big winners in California’s new healthcare plan: Households and small businesses

A study by a distinguished group of university economists, released Wednesday at a Capitol news conference, contradicted recent claims by the California State Department of Finance that unfunded healthcare costs would be greater than the entire state budget, or at least overwhelm it. —By Michael Monasky, MultiBriefs, 06/02/17 More »

The California Senate Just Passed Single-Payer Health Care

The California Senate Just Passed Single-Payer Health Care

If health care is a right—and it is—the only honest response to the current crisis is the single-payer “Medicare For All” reform that would bring the United States in line with humane and responsible countries worldwide. —By John Nichols, The Nation, 06/02/17 More »

Join us for this Special Edition podcast “The Politics of Healthcare”

Join us for this Special Edition podcast “The Politics of Healthcare”

A few weeks ago Executive Director of CNA/NNU, RoseAnn DeMoro, spoke at the State Democratic Convention. Let's just say—she didn't mince her words and delivered a strong and forceful message to the crowd. Here are some of her comments. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/02/17 More »

California Senate Says ‘Yes’ to Guaranteed Healthcare for All

California Senate Says ‘Yes’ to Guaranteed Healthcare for All

On a 23 to 14 vote, the California Senate put their stamp of approval on SB 562, a Medicare for all-type/single payer bill that would bring the dream of guaranteeing health care to all Californians. —California Nurses Association, 06/01/17 More »

Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases

Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases

With President Trump’s decision on U.S. participation in the Paris climate accords expected in the next few days, there has been widespread discussion of the many consequences that climate change will have for us and our children, including extreme weather events, displacement of people, submergence of lands and devastation to our oceans. —By Brian Deese and Ronald A. Klain, The Washington Post, 06/01/17 More »

Estimated cost for single-payer in CA reduced by billions in analysis sponsored by supporters

Estimated cost for single-payer in CA reduced by billions in analysis sponsored by supporters

With a state Senate vote possibly imminent on a single-payer health system for California, supporters Wednesday released a study estimating it would cut spending on healthcare in the state by 18% and cost tens of billions of dollars less than the state's estimate for the plan. —Patrick McGreevy, LA Times, 05/31/17 More »

New Findings – SB 562 Would Cut State Spending on Healthcare by 18%—and Guarantee Care for All

New Findings – SB 562 Would Cut State Spending on Healthcare by 18%—and Guarantee Care for All

SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would cut current spending on healthcare in California by 18 percent – and produce substantial savings for households in healthcare costs as a share of their income, and California businesses, which would also see reduced payroll costs for health care expenditures, according to new research findings released today. —California Nurses Association, 05/31/17 More »

New Poll – 70% of Californians Support CA Medicare for All Bill

New Poll – 70% of Californians Support CA Medicare for All Bill

A full 70 percent of Californians favor establishing a public, Medicare for all type system providing universal single-payer health coverage, with lower costs for all Californians, as proposed in the Healthy California Act, SB 562. —California Nurses Association, 05/31/17 More »

Top Leaders of Nurses Organization Re-Elected to Continue Advocacy for Patients, Social Reform

Top Leaders of Nurses Organization Re-Elected to Continue Advocacy for Patients, Social Reform

Top registered nurse leaders of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) have been re-elected to new three-year terms spearheading one of the most prominent nurses and health care and social advocacy organizations in the U.S. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, 05/30/17 More »

Nurses Join Movement to End Illinois Budget Crisis By Taking to the Streets

Nurses Join Movement to End Illinois Budget Crisis By Taking to the Streets

This Memorial Day weekend, Illinois members of National Nurses United (NNU), including RN Martese Chism, will lace up their walking shoes and prove that “going the extra mile” to stand up for their patients is a promise they take literally. —National Nurses United, 05/26/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 05/25/17 More »

Inspired By Her Union Activism RN Dotty Nygard Runs For Congress In California

Inspired By Her Union Activism RN Dotty Nygard Runs For Congress In California

Dotty Nygard is an Emergency Room RN and she's running for Congress in California's 10th district. Nurse Talk Radio visits with Dotty this week. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/23/17 More »

Maine State Nurses Association opposes closure of Calais Regional Hospital’s Obstetrics Unit

Maine State Nurses Association opposes closure of Calais Regional Hospital’s Obstetrics Unit

Registered Nurses strongly oppose the recently announced closure of Calais Regional Hospital (CRH)’s Obstetrics department—a move which nurses say will leave patients without labor and delivery services in Calais and surrounding communities, Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNOC/NNU) announced today. —Maine State Nurses Association, 05/23/17 More »

California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Takes Another Step Forward

California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Takes Another Step Forward

SB 562, the Healthy California Act, took another step forward in the California legislature Monday moving from the state Senate Appropriations Committee and appears headed to a full vote on the Senate floor by early June. First the bill will be held. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/17 More »

Nurses, Activists Converge in Sacramento to Transform Democratic Party, Press Case for Single Payer

Nurses, Activists Converge in Sacramento to Transform Democratic Party, Press Case for Single Payer

More than 1,000 registered nurses and grassroots activists from across California converged on the state capital Friday for three days of action to challenge the status quo trend of the Democratic Party nationally and in California, and to press the call for the CNA-sponsored single-payer bill, the Healthy California Act, S.B. 562. —National Nurses United, 05/22/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 05/20/17 More »

National Nurses United Announces Endorsement of Dotty Nygard for Congress

National Nurses United Announces Endorsement of Dotty Nygard for Congress

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, today announced it has endorsed Dotty Nygard, RN, for Congress in California’s 10th Congressional District. —National Nurses United, 05/19/17 More »

RNs Call On Mee Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care by Investing in Nursing Staff

RNs Call On Mee Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care by Investing in Nursing Staff

Registered nurses at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City will hold an informational picket on Monday, May 22, to demand that management address the conditions that are undermining the hospital's ability to recruit and retain the staff needed to ensure quality care. —California Nurses Association, 05/19/17 More »

Millinocket Regional Hospital Nurses Hold Vigil for Patient Safety

Millinocket Regional Hospital Nurses Hold Vigil for Patient Safety

Registered nurses, supporters, and community members will hold a vigil for patient safety this Friday at Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH)—focusing on safe staffing—the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNOC/NNU), announced today. —Maine State Nurses Association, 05/19/17 More »

Up to 1,000 RNs, Activists to Rally in Sacramento Friday To Press Support for Guaranteed Healthcare

Up to 1,000 RNs, Activists to Rally in Sacramento Friday To Press Support for Guaranteed Healthcare

Up to 1,000 registered nurses and grassroots activists from across the state will rally outside the State Capitol late Friday afternoon, followed by a march to the Sacramento Convention Center to press the case for critical legislation to guarantee health coverage for all Californians. —California Nurses Association, 05/17/17 More »

RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Agreement With Keck Hospital of USC

RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Agreement With Keck Hospital of USC

Registered nurses at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California (USC) and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, have voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a new four-year contract, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/15/17 More »

Registered Nurses from CHS / Quorum Hospitals to Decry Eroding Patient Care Conditions at CHS/Quorum

Registered Nurses from CHS / Quorum Hospitals to Decry Eroding Patient Care Conditions at CHS/Quorum

Registered Nurses from Community Health Systems (CHS) and Quorum Health Corporation hospitals from across the country will attend the CHS and Quorum Board of Directors and shareholders meetings Tuesday, May 16 to protest the board's failure to address eroding patient care conditions due to high RN turnover rates. —National Nurses United, 05/15/17 More »

A Nurses Week Retrospective on the Hard Work of NNU’s Mighty, Mighty Nurses

A Nurses Week Retrospective on the Hard Work of NNU’s Mighty, Mighty Nurses

On the final day of Nurses Week 2017, we’re proud to look back at five major accomplishments by NNU nurses between Nurses Week 2016 and today. —National Nurses United, 05/12/17 More »

Global Nurses United Organizes Global Week of Action in Honor of International Nurses’ Week

Global Nurses United Organizes Global Week of Action in Honor of International Nurses’ Week

Global Nurses United, the international federation of nurses’ unions in 21 countries on six continents, organized a global week of action in honor of International Nurses’ Week. —Global Nurses United, 05/12/17 More »

Support for S.B. 562 grows. A conversation with CNA/NNU Legislative Advocate Stephanie Roberson.

Support for S.B. 562 grows. A conversation with CNA/NNU Legislative Advocate Stephanie Roberson.

If you haven't heard about the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562) you need to listen to this podcast. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/11/17 More »

Hospice of Southern Maine RNs and Healthcare Workers Vote to Join Maine State Nurses Association

Hospice of Southern Maine RNs and Healthcare Workers Vote to Join Maine State Nurses Association

In a nearly unanimous turnout, registered nurses and other healthcare workers at Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough, ME Wednesday voted 56 to 40 to join the Maine State Nurses Association, resisting an intense anti-union campaign by their employer. —Maine State Nurses Association, 05/11/17 More »

Nurses Call on Sen. Hatch to Reject ‘Mortal Threat’ in House Health Bill

Nurses Call on Sen. Hatch to Reject ‘Mortal Threat’ in House Health Bill

On a day in which members of National Nurses United (NNU) commemorated national nurses week with visits to multiple members of Congress, a large delegation of RNs called on Senate Finance Committee chair Sen. Orrin Hatch to reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House. They called for Sen. Hatch to instead support real reform, an improved and expanded Medicare for all. —National Nurses United, 05/10/17 More »

Hundreds of Nurses To Press Congress Wednesday

Hundreds of Nurses To Press Congress Wednesday

In honor of International Nurses’ Week, more than 100 members of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, will visit Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from across the United States. —National Nurses United, 05/10/17 More »

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement With Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement With Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Registered nurses at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California (USC) and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that secures important patient protections, helps recruit and retain experienced nurses, and provides critical educational opportunities for nurses, the CNA/NNU announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/10/17 More »

Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward Reach Tentative Agreement with Pay, Health Care Gains

Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward Reach Tentative Agreement with Pay, Health Care Gains

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have reached tentative agreement with hospital officials on a bargaining agreement that includes important gains in economic security, significant improvements in healthcare, and an improved orientation program for new grads the CNA/NNU announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/10/17 More »

Nurses Have a Message for Congress - We Won’t Accept Lord of the Flies Health Care

Nurses Have a Message for Congress - We Won’t Accept Lord of the Flies Health Care

As scores of red clad registered nurses stride through the halls of Congressional office buildings this week, they’ll have some other people on their minds. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 05/09/17 More »

After Cruel Trumpcare Vote, Sanders Calls on California to Lead Nation on Single Payer

After Cruel Trumpcare Vote, Sanders Calls on California to Lead Nation on Single Payer

Days after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the "atrocious" American Healthcare Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on the state of California to "send a message" to the nation and pass a proposed single-payer healthcare bill. —by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 05/08/17 More »

Will California’s surge of liberal activism pull legislators to the left?

Will California’s surge of liberal activism pull legislators to the left?

When Jason Schadewald stepped up to the microphone to chime in with support for single-payer healthcare in California, he kept it short, stating his name, hometown and affiliation. —By Melanie Mason, LA Times, 05/08/17 More »

New National ‘Ratios’ Bills Set Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to Nurses

New National ‘Ratios’ Bills Set Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to Nurses

In 49 states, there are no limits on how many patients hospital corporations can assign to nurses at one time. National Nurses United-sponsored legislation fights back. —Bonnie Castillo, NNU Director of Health & Safety, 05/05/17 More »

Did the Marquis de Sade Write This Health Care Bill?

Did the Marquis de Sade Write This Health Care Bill?

Republican leaders in the House and White House wanted to implement a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans (the health care bill passed Thursday) as a prelude to adopting a second massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations (the tax bill that’s next on their agenda). —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 05/05/17 More »

RNs Applaud Introduction of Bills to Set Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to Nurses

RNs Applaud Introduction of Bills to Set Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to Nurses

National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, applauded the introduction of powerful patient protection legislation in Congress today. —National Nurses United, 05/05/17 More »

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Nurses Ratify New Contract

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Nurses Ratify New Contract

Registered nurses at nine Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a contract agreement they say will help recruit and retain the most qualified nurses for communities served by the hospitals and lead to improved patient care. —National Nurses United, 05/05/17 More »

Nurses Week Celebration Kicks Off with Health Fair and Rally to Support Medicare for All

Nurses Week Celebration Kicks Off with Health Fair and Rally to Support Medicare for All

The Health Care is a Human Right Campaign will kick off National Nurses Week with a health fair and rally in support of a Medicare for all type system in Maine, on Saturday, May 6th. —Maine State Nurses Association, 05/05/17 More »

Nurses: House Health Bill Vote ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishment’ for Millions of Americans

Nurses: House Health Bill Vote ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishment’ for Millions of Americans

National Nurses United today condemned the narrow vote by House Republicans as a form of “cruel and unusual punishment” that could deprive tens of millions of Americans of health coverage and threaten millions more with bankruptcy for being sick. —National Nurses United, 05/04/17 More »

Jeanne Taverne: Pushing for Healthcare in a Broken System

Jeanne Taverne: Pushing for Healthcare in a Broken System

Having worked as an RN for thirty-four years, Jeanne Taverne is well-acquainted with the struggles her patients face. “Unjust social and economic policies contribute to health inequity,” she says. “I have seen clients coming to our clinics that do not have access to health care because of lack of insurance. These clients need an advocate to help them navigate through the health system.” More »

NNU Nurses Across America March for Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients

NNU Nurses Across America March for Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients

A toxic environment leads to illnesses that become a nurse’s job to heal. That’s why 70 National Nurses United (NNU) RNs stood together with 300,000 other marchers to demand environmental justice at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. —National Nurses United, 05/01/17 More »

Affinity Medical Center Dramatically Reduces Access to Food for Patients in Cost-cutting Scheme

Affinity Medical Center Dramatically Reduces Access to Food for Patients in Cost-cutting Scheme

Registered nurses from Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Ohio, plan a food drive May 1 in response to hospital management's decision to discontinue stocking snacks for patients in nursing units. The hospital's move to cut their expenses in this manner is harmful to patient's health, say nurses. —National Nurses United, 05/01/17 More »

Nurses Stand Up in Climate March Actions Across the Country

Nurses Stand Up in Climate March Actions Across the Country

Registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU) will join with thousands of others across the nation in climate march actions this Saturday, April 29, calling particular attention to how climate change and environmental pollution threaten the health and safety of their patients. —National Nurses United, 04/28/17 More »

Over 1000 Supporters Converge on Capital to Rally and March for SB 562 the Healthy California Act

Over 1000 Supporters Converge on Capital to Rally and March for SB 562 the Healthy California Act

Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are celebrating the California Senate Health Committee's passage this week of SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. —National Nurses United, 04/27/17 More »

‘The Time is Golden and Now’: Single-Payer Bill Advances in California

‘The Time is Golden and Now’: Single-Payer Bill Advances in California

As Healthy California Act clears first hurdle, advocates say "here's to making it national". —By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 04/27/17 More »

California single-payer healthcare bill passes first committee test

California single-payer healthcare bill passes first committee test

A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate for a single-payer system. —Melanie Mason, The Los Angeles Times, 04/27/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 04/27/17 More »

California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Clears First Hurdle!

California Single Payer Bill SB 562 Clears First Hurdle!

Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are heralding the California Senate Health Committee's passage of SB 562, the Healthy California Act today, Wednesday, April 26, with a majority of the committee members’ support. —National Nurses United, 04/26/17 More »

Nurses to Rally Sacramento April 26 for First Hearing on Bill to Guarantee Care for All Californians

Nurses to Rally Sacramento April 26 for First Hearing on Bill to Guarantee Care for All Californians

Hundreds of registered nurses and community activists will rally in Sacramento Wednesday, April 26 as the legislative journey begins with the first hearing on a bill to guarantee health care for all California residents with comprehensive health services and an end to out of control co-pays and deductibles. —Healthy California, 04/26/17 More »

Progressive Democrats Of America’s Donna Smith, “YES WE CAN”!

Progressive Democrats Of America’s Donna Smith, “YES WE CAN”!

The time is here for single payer and there is a groundswell of support. The single payer healthcare movement—more specifically California’s Healthy California Act or SB 562 and on a National level HR 676 a Single Payer Bill introduced by John Conyers. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 04/25/17 More »

How a group of California nurses is looking beyond health care to help patients

How a group of California nurses is looking beyond health care to help patients

“The CNA’s goals are pretty simple,” Angie said. “We advocate for working conditions and government policies that keep people healthy.” —By Kristine Johnson, SanLuisObispo.com / The Tribune, 04/25/17 More »

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

With continued uncertainty in Washington over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, California has a unique role to play in charting a new path on health care reform – legislation that would guarantee coverage for all Californians, at much lower cost. —By Deborah Burger writing for Common Dreams, 04/25/17 More »

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