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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?

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 »

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 »

Huntington Memorial Hospital Agrees to Rescind Illegal Firing of RNs, Proceed to New Union Election

Huntington Memorial Hospital Agrees to Rescind Illegal Firing of RNs, Proceed to New Union Election

The California Nurses Association and the administration of Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena reached a settlement agreement yesterday just days before National Labor Relations Board trial scheduled to begin in Los Angeles on June 6. —California Nurses Association, 06/01/16 More »

Help us Defeat Senate Bill 1195

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June 1: National Day of Action For Fair Working Conditions at CHS Hospitals

June 1: National Day of Action For Fair Working Conditions at CHS Hospitals

On June 1, registered nurses in California, Ohio, and West Virginia will be participating in a national day of action to call for safe patient care and fair treatment of RNs at Community Health Systems and Quorum Health Corporation facilities—stating that the for-profit corporations are not making patients their first priority. —National Nurses United, 06/01/16 More »

Nurses Seek Democratic Showdown

Nurses Seek Democratic Showdown

The 185,000-strong National Nurses United is the scrubs-wearing symbol of a split in the Democratic Party that threatens to inflict damage at the presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. —Peter Nicholas, The Wall Street Journal, 05/31/16 More »

Nurses in CA, OH and WV Call for Safe Staffing, Fair Working Conditions at CHS, Quorum Health

Nurses in CA, OH and WV Call for Safe Staffing, Fair Working Conditions at CHS, Quorum Health

On June 1, registered nurses in California, Ohio, and West Virginia will be participating in a national day of action to call for safe patient care and fair treatment of RNs at Community Health Systems and Quorum Health Corporation facilities—stating that the for-profit corporations are not making patients their first priority. —National Nurses United, 05/31/16 More »

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can - and Should - Win the Nomination

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can - and Should - Win the Nomination

A troika of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and their echo chamber in the major media are laboring to assure everyone that the Democratic nomination process is over —Rose Ann DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 05/26/16 More »

BernieBus Brings its Campaign For Sanders to San Diego

BernieBus Brings its Campaign For Sanders to San Diego

The registered nurses, members of National Nurses United are bringing their campaign in support of Senator Bernie Sanders to San Diego County Thursday with stops at UC San Diego campus and UCSD Medical Center. —National Nurses United, 05/26/16 More »

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital will hold an informational picket today, to protest growing problems with short staffing and unsafe working conditions at the hospital. More »

Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to UC Riverside

Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to UC Riverside

Actress Rosario Dawson and Ben and Jerry co-founder join RNs on campaign trail to scoop ice cream and talk to voters —National Nurses United, 05/25/16 More »

TUESDAY— Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to the OC

TUESDAY— Nurses #BernieBus Brings its Campaign for Sanders to the OC

Ben and Jerry co-founder and Bernie supporter joins RNs on the campaign trail to scoop ice cream and talk to voters —National Nurses United, 05/24/16 More »

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Nurses Call for Improvements in Staffing at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital to Ensure Quality Care

Weds. May 25 - Informational Picket 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital will hold an informational picket to protest growing problems with short staffing and unsafe working conditions at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/16 More »

Nurses #BernieBus Steps on the Gas in Final Push to Register Voters Before Deadline Monday

Nurses #BernieBus Steps on the Gas in Final Push to Register Voters Before Deadline Monday

Encouraged and energized by Senator Bernie Sanders success and California’s record-breaking numbers of new voters, nurses on the #BernieBus are re-doubling their voter registration efforts throughout Los Angeles Monday. —National Nurses United, 05/23/16 More »

CHS shareholders oppose board, approve proxy access

CHS shareholders oppose board, approve proxy access

Community Health Systems shareholders ignored a recommendation from the system's board of directors and passed a proxy access proposal by a 5-1 margin. —By Dave Barkholz, Modern Healthcare, 05/20/16 More »

California Assembly Approves CNA-Sponsored Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings

California Assembly Approves CNA-Sponsored Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings

The California Assembly today approved a bill that would mitigate the presence of toxic airborne contaminants that pose a hazard to patients, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, in operating rooms and other surgical settings. —California Nurses Association, 05/19/16 More »

The People’s Summit coming up in Chicago

The People’s Summit coming up in Chicago

Nurse Talk progressive healthcare correspondent and Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America Donna Smith—talks about the upcoming People's Summit in Chicago June 17th thru 19th. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/19/16 More »

California nurses are heralding the California Senate’s passage of SB 1076

California nurses are heralding the California Senate’s passage of SB 1076

Nurse Talk's "Progressive Healthcare In America" contributor Donna Smith talks about the passage of California Senate Bill SB 1076 (observation status") and what it does to insure patient protection. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/19/16 More »

Nurses on Nevada: Where’s the Outrage Over Widespread Irregularities That Occurred During Caucuses

Nurses on Nevada: Where’s the Outrage Over Widespread Irregularities That Occurred During Caucuses

National Nurses United today criticized media coverage of the disputed Nevada state convention last weekend that has sought to distort events in Nevada while ignoring the original source of the dispute – massive irregularities in the conduct of the state caucuses in Nevada that tilted the outcome in favor of Hillary Clinton. —National Nurses United, 05/19/16 More »

RNs Provide Bedside Reality Check at CHS Shareholder Meeting Yesterday in New York City

RNs Provide Bedside Reality Check at CHS Shareholder Meeting Yesterday in New York City

Registered nurses working at hospitals affiliated with Community Health Systems (CHS), participated as shareholders, at the conglomerate's annual shareholder meeting yesterday in New York City, decrying patient care conditions at CHS hospitals, including chronic short staffing. —National Nurses United, 05/18/16 More »

#BernieBus Has Arrived in Heart of Los Angeles for Sen. Bernie Sanders

#BernieBus Has Arrived in Heart of Los Angeles for Sen. Bernie Sanders

National Nurses United registered nurse members, who have spent the last eight months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus, will continue their swing through Southern California with stops at two major Los Angeles college campuses on Wednesday. —National Nurses United, 05/18/16 More »

Registered Nurses Applaud the Introduction of SB324, the Ohio Hospital Patient Protection Act

Registered Nurses Applaud the Introduction of SB324, the Ohio Hospital Patient Protection Act

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, applauds the introduction of a bill last week in the Ohio Senate by Senator Michael Skindell – appropriately just prior to Nurses Week – that would set specific limits on the numbers of patients each RN can care for in hospitals throughout the state of Ohio. —National Nurses United, 05/16/16 More »

Economic Driver: Bay State nurses excluded from national nursing compact

Economic Driver: Bay State nurses excluded from national nursing compact

Opposing the compact legislation, the Massachusetts Nurses Association sees it as a tool that could be used against its membership in case of a nurses’ strike. “It would make it very, very easy to have nurses from all over the country cross state lines and practice without going through an expedited process,” said David Schildmeier, director of public relations for the MNA. —Geraldine Collier, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 05/16/16 More »

Nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to Hold Informational Picket Tuesday, May 17

Nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to Hold Informational Picket Tuesday, May 17

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare Pay Executives Exorbitant Salaries, Reap Billions in Profits While Refusing to Value the Critical Contributions of Every Brigham Nurse —National Nurses United, 05/16/16 More »

Bill to Step Up Safety For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Sails Through Senate

Bill to Step Up Safety For Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Sails Through Senate

Registered nurses are heralding the California Senate’s passage of SB 1076, by a vote of 32-5, a bill that would significantly expand public oversight and protections for one of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the placement of patients in “observation” status. —National Nurses United, 05/13/16 More »

FRIDAY—Nurses’ #BernieBus Heads to Southern CA

FRIDAY—Nurses’ #BernieBus Heads to Southern CA

National Nurses United members, who have spent the last eight months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will begin a week-long campaign swing southern California with stops at two San Fernando Valley college campuses on Friday. —National Nurses United, 05/13/16 More »

Informational Picket Today May 12

Informational Picket Today May 12

Registered Nurses and Community Members Will Protest Eroding Patient Care Conditions at Washington Hospital —National Nurses United, 05/12/16 More »

Nurses: New OSHA Rule Long Overdue, Strong Enforcement Needed

Nurses: New OSHA Rule Long Overdue, Strong Enforcement Needed

National Nurses United welcomes the latest occupational health and safety rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses while also calling on the Agency to create stronger enforcement policies using the new data that this rule makes available. —National Nurses United, 05/11/16 More »

Grupo La Meta y Enfermeras Colaboran en Concierto por Bernie Sanders

Grupo La Meta y Enfermeras Colaboran en Concierto por Bernie Sanders

Modesto, Calif. Grupo La Meta, quienes recientemente ha recibido atención nacional por su canción "El Quemazón” —un corrido para el candidato presidencial Bernie Sanders— se presentarán en conjunto con California Nurses Asociación/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) para un concierto especial en apoyo a la campaña de Bernie este Miércoles.11 de Mayo en Sacramento. —National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Sanders Honors RNs on Nurses Week – Endorses California Initiative to Curb Drug Price Gouging

Sanders Honors RNs on Nurses Week – Endorses California Initiative to Curb Drug Price Gouging

The nation’s largest RN organization today welcomed a statement by Sen. Bernie Sanders honoring America’s nurses on Nurses Week for “all you do every day of the year to care for and save the lives of patients” and for “speaking out for health and safety beyond the bedside” notably in campaigning for “guaranteed healthcare through an improved Medicare for all single payer healthcare system.” —National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Registered Nurses Honor National Nurses Week with Lobby Day for Improved Patient Protections

Registered Nurses Honor National Nurses Week with Lobby Day for Improved Patient Protections

Hundreds of registered nurses from across California will gather in Sacramento Wednesday, May 11, in honor of National Nurses’ Week to encourage state legislators to step up efforts to improve protections for hospital patients, and to express their support for Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. —California Nurses Association, National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Sanders Can Fix What Ails Health Care System

Sanders Can Fix What Ails Health Care System

We know our health care system is broken and that Sanders is the one who can fix it. That’s why I and other members of National Nurses United, who are gathering Wednesday in Sacramento, support Sanders, who held a rally in Sacramento on Monday. —Cathy Kennedy, RN writing in The Sacramento Bee , 05/10/16 More »

#BernieBus Visits Stockton, SFSU Tuesday

#BernieBus Visits Stockton, SFSU Tuesday

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will be heading to an early morning Bernie Sanders rally in Stockton and then to San Francisco State University on Tuesday, May 10. —National Nurses United, 05/10/16 More »

Maine RNs Hold Vigil for Safe Staffing Wednesday

Maine RNs Hold Vigil for Safe Staffing Wednesday

This Wednesday, members of the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a vigil in support of safe staffing at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 05/09/16 More »

Antelope Valley Nurses Vote by 96% to Authorize Strike

Antelope Valley Nurses Vote by 96% to Authorize Strike

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital turned out in record numbers last week to vote overwhelmingly by 96 percent to authorize a strike, if necessary, to protest the hospital’s continued refusal to address issues such as unsafe staffing and high nurse attrition and turnover. —California Nurses Association, 05/09/16 More »

Bernie Sanders’ idea for free tuition at public colleges deserves an A

Bernie Sanders’ idea for free tuition at public colleges deserves an A

Bernie Sanders wants everyone to be offered a tuition-free college education and he’s called crazy. America can’t afford it, naysayers scoff. He’s just pandering to young voters. But too many of us in California forget: This state did provide tuition-free college for generations. —George Skelton, Capitol Journal, 05/09/16 More »

California nurses ‘Feel the Bern’

California nurses ‘Feel the Bern’

As Bernie Sanders prepares for the California presidential primary, he has a local ground force that he leans on as “one of the sponsors of my campaign”: nurses. —Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 05/09/16 More »

Democrats: California’s primary still matters

Democrats: California’s primary still matters

Yes, California, we matter on June 7, just not the way the major media predicted. The experts who insisted Donald Trump would be a flash in the pan are the same ones who ignored Sen. Bernie Sanders from the start. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, 05/09/16 More »

Grupo La Meta Partners with Nurses on Concert for Bernie Sanders

Grupo La Meta Partners with Nurses on Concert for Bernie Sanders

Modesto, Calif. band Grupo La Meta, who recently gained national attention for their song "El Quemazón” (“The Bern”)—a corrido for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—will be joining California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) for a special concert in support of Bernie’s campaign, on Wednesday, May 11 on the West Capitol Steps in Sacramento at noon. —National Nurses United, 05/09/16 More »

Nurses’ #BernieBus Visits Fresno, Sacramento Monday

Nurses’ #BernieBus Visits Fresno, Sacramento Monday

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will be heading to Fresno State University and to Sacramento for a Bernie Sanders rally on Monday, May 9. —National Nurses United, 05/09/16 More »

Let’s Honor Our History and Ourselves this Nurses Week

Let’s Honor Our History and Ourselves this Nurses Week

This year's Nurses Week, we honor the noble profession of nursing not only in the United States, but across the world. —National Nurses United, 05/07/16 More »

Community Health Systems to Sell Assets to Pay Down Hefty Debt

Community Health Systems to Sell Assets to Pay Down Hefty Debt

Shares in Community Health Systemsopened sharply lower after the hospital operator announced another quarter of disappointing results and its executives vowed to sell assets to pay down the company’s hefty debt. —Melanie Evans, The Wall Street Journal, 05/06/16 More »

Fix It—Healthcare At A Tipping Point

Fix It—Healthcare At A Tipping Point

This week on Nurse Talk we talk with Filmmaker and CEO, Richard Master about his new powerful documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/06/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Visits N. Bay Area, Oakland Friday

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Visits N. Bay Area, Oakland Friday

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will be heading to Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and Martinez on Friday—then back Oakland to #FeelTheBern with voters at First Friday. —National Nurses United, 05/06/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Makes Bay Area Debut Thurs. May 5

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Makes Bay Area Debut Thurs. May 5

National Nurses United members, who spent months traveling from coast to coast, campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus—will launch the Bay Area leg of their revolutionary journey with a #BernieBus kickoff event Thurs., May 5 at Berkeley City College. —National Nurses United, 05/04/16 More »

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On

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 Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 05/04/16 More »

Activists to Convene June 17-19 in Chicago to Step Up the Movement

Activists to Convene June 17-19 in Chicago to Step Up the Movement

Progressive and community leaders and activists from across the U.S. will gather in Chicago June 17-19 for a People’s Summit called in part to continue the momentum and movement building associated with the ongoing Bernie Sanders campaign as well as community organizing on progressive issues that has been underway with less media fanfare around the nation for years. —National Nurses United, 05/04/16 More »

Bill to Step up Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings Advances to Senate Floor

Bill to Step up Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation’ Settings Advances to Senate Floor

A bill that would significantly expand public oversight and protections for one of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals—the placement of patients in “observation” status, is headed to the Senate floor. —National Nurses United, 05/04/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus To Visit Arcata, Eureka Calif.

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus To Visit Arcata, Eureka Calif.

National Nurses United members, who have traveled from coast to coast to campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus, will make stops in Arcata and Eureka, Calif. on Wednesday, May 4. —National Nurses United, 05/03/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus To Visit Portland

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus To Visit Portland

National Nurses United members, who have traveled from coast to coast to campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders on a bright red #BernieBus, will make stops in Portland on Tuesday, May 3. —National Nurses United, 05/02/16 More »

Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change

Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change

Workers in fields and factories face an epidemic of heat-related injuries that will devastate their health, income and productivity as climate change takes hold, a major UN report has warned. —Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 05/02/16 More »

Mercy Bakersfield RNs to Picket Tuesday, May 3

Mercy Bakersfield RNs to Picket Tuesday, May 3

Nurses, Community Protest Short Staffing, Unsafe Work Conditions —National Nurses United, 04/29/16 More »

Nurses Say Investigation of Providence, St. Joseph Merger Inadequate

Nurses Say Investigation of Providence, St. Joseph Merger Inadequate

The nation's largest nurses organization has criticized the decision of Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to approve the proposed merger of two large Catholic hospital systems, which nurses say does not offer safeguards for Oregon patients. —National Nurses United, 04/29/16 More »

On International Workers Memorial Day, We Honor Our Nursing Colleague Cynthia Barraca Palomata

On International Workers Memorial Day, We Honor Our Nursing Colleague Cynthia Barraca Palomata

On this day, we remember Cynthia Barraca Palomata, RN, and vow to do all we can to ensure no nurse ever again loses her health, or her own life, in the process of working to heal others. —National Nurses United, 04/28/16 More »

Fighting Workplace Violence In Healthcare

Fighting Workplace Violence In Healthcare

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfatal injuries due to workplace violence experienced by healthcare workers increased by 12 percent in recent years. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 04/28/16 More »

Nurses Roll On With Indiana Campaign Visits Friday—To Join Carrier Protest, Plus Campus Visit

Nurses Roll On With Indiana Campaign Visits Friday—To Join Carrier Protest, Plus Campus Visit

National Nurses United members who have traveled from coast to coast to campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders, often on a bright red #BernieBus, will make stops in Indiana Friday ahead of the critical Indiana primary Tuesday. —National Nurses United, 04/28/16 More »

House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort that could slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post. —Ryan Grim, The Huffington Post, 04/28/16 More »

North County Cares Coalition Asks Berkshire Medical Center for Detox Center

North County Cares Coalition Asks Berkshire Medical Center for Detox Center

With the region still in the throes of an epidemic of opioid addiction, a Northern Berkshire advocacy group is asking Berkshire Medical Center to open an inpatient detox center in its North Adams campus. —Adam Shanks, The Berkshire Eagle, 04/28/16 More »

Brigham Nurses to Protest Contract Talks

Brigham Nurses to Protest Contract Talks

The union that represents more than 3,300 nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is planning a picket next month amid contentious contract negotiations. —Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, Boston Globe, 04/28/16 More »

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Advances

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Advances

California nurses are welcoming an Assembly bill that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes” in surgical settings that pose a danger to patients, nurses, and other health professionals. —National Nurses United, 04/27/16 More »

Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Intense Criticism

Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Intense Criticism

From the campaign trail to the halls of Congress, drug makers have spent much of the last year enduring withering criticism over the rising cost of drugs. —Katie Thomas, The New York Times, 04/27/16 More »

Tonight—Healthcare Debate Comes to 9 CA Cities

Tonight—Healthcare Debate Comes to 9 CA Cities

1,300 Californians to join screening of new documentary April 27 on the Medicare for All solution for businesses struggling with healthcare costs. More »

OSHA Releases Interim Guidance on Preventing Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

OSHA Releases Interim Guidance on Preventing Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

OSHA has released interim guidance on preventing occupational exposure to Zika virus for outdoor and mosquito control workers as well as for healthcare and laboratory workers. —National Nurses United, 04/26/16 More »

CE Course in Ohio on Collective Patient Advocacy

CE Course in Ohio on Collective Patient Advocacy

This course examines the impact of external forces on RN professional practice and patient advocacy role; it also addresses mechanisms through which RNs can build stronger organizations to secure RN control over safe staffing ratios and professional practice in Ohio acute-care settings; and identifies comprehensive strategies to build an RN social advocacy movement to achieve strong hospital patient and RN whistle-blower protection mandates. —National Nurses United, 04/25/16 More »

RNs Ratify Agreements with CA, NV Prime Hospitals ‘New Tools to Continue to Serve Our Community’

RNs Ratify Agreements with CA, NV Prime Hospitals ‘New Tools to Continue to Serve Our Community’

Registered nurses have approved new collective bargaining agreements covering 1,500 RNs who work at hospitals in California and Nevada operated by Prime Healthcare covering 1,500 RNs in Inglewood and San Diego, CA and Reno, NV. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/16 More »

EUREKA: RNs Call on AG to Deny St. Joseph/Providence Merger

EUREKA: RNs Call on AG to Deny St. Joseph/Providence Merger

(EUREKA) Registered nurses will speak out at a public meeting held at the Warfinger Building Monday morning, on the potential merger of St. Joseph Health System and Providence Health & Services. —National Nurses United, 04/22/16 More »

ROHNERT PARK: RNs Call on AG to Deny St. Joseph/Providence Merger

ROHNERT PARK: RNs Call on AG to Deny St. Joseph/Providence Merger

(ROHNERT PARK) Registered nurses will speak out at a public meeting held at the Sonoma State University Ballrooms Friday morning, on the potential merger of St. Joseph Health System and Providence Health & Services. —National Nurses United, 04/22/16 More »

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Now Crisscrossing Pennsylvania

Nurses’ YUGE, Red #BernieBus Now Crisscrossing Pennsylvania

Registered nurses aboard National Nurses United (NNU)'s #BernieBus have moved onto campaigning for Bernie in Pennsylvania in preparation for that state’s important primary election on April 26. —National Nurses United, 04/21/16 More »

NAPA: RNs Call on AG to Deny St. Joseph/Providence Merger

NAPA: RNs Call on AG to Deny St. Joseph/Providence Merger

Registered nurses will speak out at a public meeting held at the Napa City Hall Thursday morning, on the potential merger of St. Joseph Health System and Providence Health & Services. —National Nurses United, 04/20/16 More »

National Nurses United Endorses Orange & May for Re-Election to the DC Council

National Nurses United Endorses Orange & May for Re-Election to the DC Council

WASHINGTON, DC-- National Nurses United, the nation's largest organization of registered nurses, today endorsed At-large Councilmember Vincent Orange and Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May for re-election to the District of Columbia Council. More »

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