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Sen. Bernie Sanders to Address Major Nurses’ Convention in San Francisco September 22

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Address Major Nurses’ Convention in San Francisco September 22

Fresh off the introduction of S. 1804, the Medicare for All Act of 2017, co-sponsored by one-third of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Sen. Bernie Sanders will highlight the 2017 Convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee with a public address Friday, September 22 in San Francisco. —National Nurses United, 09/19/17 More »

Nurses Condemn Latest Bill to Decimate Care  ‘Graham-Cassidy Targets the Most Vulnerable

Nurses Condemn Latest Bill to Decimate Care ‘Graham-Cassidy Targets the Most Vulnerable

National Nurses United today condemned the renewed effort by Republicans in the United States Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and deny healthcare to millions of low and middle-income Americans. —National Nurses United, 09/19/17 More »

Healthy California Act SB 562 Supporters Ramp Up for October Actions in All 80 Assembly Districts

Healthy California Act SB 562 Supporters Ramp Up for October Actions in All 80 Assembly Districts

The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor are ramping up for grassroots canvassing in all of the state's 80 Assembly districts in October to engage residents with the Medicare for All movement and the campaign for SB 562. —California Nurses Association, 09/15/17 More »

Kaiser RNs To Rally Across CA Monday for Safer Care

Kaiser RNs To Rally Across CA Monday for Safer Care

In an effort to alert patients and the public to what they see as a growing erosion of care conditions in Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics – and how to upgrade care standards, Kaiser registered nurses and nurse practitioners will hold rallies at 22 medical centers across California on Monday, September 18. —California Nurses Association, 09/14/17 More »

CNA Endorses Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto for 15th Assembly District Seat in 2018

CNA Endorses Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto for 15th Assembly District Seat in 2018

California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today it has endorsed Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto RN, for the Assembly District 15 seat in 2018. —California Nurses Association, 09/13/17 More »

Why do nurses support Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All Act?

Why do nurses support Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All Act?

When nurses stand up for Medicare for all, guaranteed healthcare as a human right we know that we are fighting beyond disdain, beyond political or corporate jargon, on the ground, for real patients whose names we speak, whose hands we hold, whose families we know, and whose very last breaths we have witnessed, often far too soon. —Bonnie Castillo, NNU Director of Health and Safety, 09/13/17 More »

Global Nurses United News Round-up

Global Nurses United 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, 09/13/17 More »

Bernie Sanders’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Needs to Pass

Bernie Sanders’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Needs to Pass

The Medicare for all Act of 2017 that could finally achieve the dream reformers have advanced for more than a century – genuine universal care for all its people, guaranteed for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, gender, race, nationality, or where you live. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Hill, 09/13/17 More »

Sen. Sanders Medicare for All Act – The Time Has Come Today

Sen. Sanders Medicare for All Act – The Time Has Come Today

The dream of healthcare reformers for more than a century—and the incredible and unending work of nurses, especially National Nurses United members, to guarantee health care with comprehensive benefits and a single standard of quality care for everyone—is moving a huge step forward. —By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 09/13/17 More »

Nurses Enthusiastically Welcome Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All Act – The Time is Here Today

Nurses Enthusiastically Welcome Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All Act – The Time is Here Today

National Nurses United (NNU) today enthusiastically greeted the introduction of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act of 2017 as a critical step forward – and as a reflection of the work by NNU members for many years to guarantee health care with comprehensive benefits and a single standard of quality care for everyone. —National Nurses United, 09/13/17 More »

RN Amy Bowen Talks About Her Experience As A Volunteer In Houston

RN Amy Bowen Talks About Her Experience As A Volunteer In Houston

RN Amy Bowen just returned from a week in Houston and Beaumont. Amy talks about how she and her fellow nurses from the Registered Nurse Response Network worked side by side with local medical professionals, who were also volunteering—to give aid to those in need. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 09/12/17 More »

CNA Endorses Ron Birnbaum in Special Election Oct. 3 for 51st State Assembly District Seat in L.A.

CNA Endorses Ron Birnbaum in Special Election Oct. 3 for 51st State Assembly District Seat in L.A.

California Nurses Association announced today the endorsement of Dr. Ron Birnbaum for election to the State Assembly representing the 51st Assembly District in Los Angeles. —California Nurses Association, 09/12/17 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Address Major Nurses’ Convention in San Francisco September 22

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Address Major Nurses’ Convention in San Francisco September 22

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Jane Sanders, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Our Revolution President Nina Turner will address the tri-annual convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22 in San Francisco. —California Nurses Association, 09/11/17 More »

RN Response Network to Deploy Additional Nurse Volunteers to Houston Post-Hurricane Harvey

RN Response Network to Deploy Additional Nurse Volunteers to Houston Post-Hurricane Harvey

National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy its second delegation of RN volunteers to Houston, beginning Monday, September 11, to provide medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, NNU announced today. —Registered Nurse Response Network, 09/08/17 More »

California’s Single Payer Bill S.B. 562 Is Alive And Well Despite Set Back

California’s Single Payer Bill S.B. 562 Is Alive And Well Despite Set Back

Faster than it had been approved in the Senate, House Speaker Anthony Rendon tabled S.B. 562 indefinitely. Rendon, who is a Democrat, said the bill was “woefully incomplete”. Where does the bill stand now? With us on our podcast is California Nurses Association Legislative Advocate, Stephanie Roberson. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 09/08/17 More »

Statewide Town Halls and Canvassing Call for Urgent Action on Healthy California Act SB 562

Statewide Town Halls and Canvassing Call for Urgent Action on Healthy California Act SB 562

The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor plan a fourth wave of coordinated canvasses this weekend as well as a series of town halls throughout the state next week to engage community members with the campaign for SB 562. —California Nurses Association, 09/08/17 More »

Huge 90 percent margin for union voice Shasta Regional, Redding RNs Vote to Join CNA

Huge 90 percent margin for union voice Shasta Regional, Redding RNs Vote to Join CNA

Voicing concerns about safe staffing, retirement security and other patient and economic protections, registered nurses at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, CA have voted to join the California Nurses Association /National Nurses United, the state’s largest nurses union and professional association. —California Nurses Association, 09/08/17 More »

Outrageous Assault on Utah Nurse Outlines Need for National Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

Outrageous Assault on Utah Nurse Outlines Need for National Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

Last week, the nation was shocked to see video of University of Utah registered nurse Alex Wubbles being assaulted and arrested, in a July incident, for protecting her unconscious patient by refusing to allow police to take a blood sample. —Bonnie Castillo, Director of Health and Safety, National Nurses United, 09/07/17 More »

Florida Nurses Prepare for Impact of Hurricane Irma

Florida Nurses Prepare for Impact of Hurricane Irma

Florida registered nurses, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida/National Nurses United are getting ready to plunge into disaster relief in the advent of Hurricane Irma heading their way this weekend. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Florida, 09/07/17 More »

CPMC CEO Bows to Grassroots Pressure, Announces Two Month Delay in St. Luke’s Patient Eviction

CPMC CEO Bows to Grassroots Pressure, Announces Two Month Delay in St. Luke’s Patient Eviction

Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) CEO Warren Browner announced that Sutter would be postponing the closure of the skilled nursing department and the sub-acute care unit at St. Luke's Hospital by two months, from Oct. 31 to Dec. 31. —California Nurses Association, 09/06/17 More »

Federal Court Orders Repeat Offender Affinity Hospital To Bargain with Nurses

Federal Court Orders Repeat Offender Affinity Hospital To Bargain with Nurses

A U.S. District Court Judge in Northern Ohio Tuesday ordered Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, OH to end its lawless behavior of refusing to properly negotiate with its registered nurses and to end a systemic pattern of violating federal law and nurses’ democratic rights. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Ohio, 09/06/17 More »

Stalling health care helps no one

Stalling health care helps no one

How long are we going to ask North Coast residents who have no health coverage or who struggle to pay inflated costs for medical care to wait for help? —Deborah Burger writing for the Eureka Times-Standard, 09/05/17 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, 09/01/17 More »

National Nurses Opposes Trump Threat to End DACA Program

National Nurses Opposes Trump Threat to End DACA Program

National Nurses United (NNU) today repeated its call on the Trump administration to withdraw its threat to terminate the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has enabled young people who came to the U.S. undocumented as children to remain in the U.S. —National Nurses United, 09/01/17 More »

Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient

Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient

National Nurses United today criticized the actions of Salt Lake City police officers for assaulting and arresting a University of Utah registered nurse for advocating for an unconscious patient in late July. —National Nurses United, 09/01/17 More »

Second Wave of Statewide Outreach for Healthy California Act SB 562 Planned for Labor Day Weekend

Second Wave of Statewide Outreach for Healthy California Act SB 562 Planned for Labor Day Weekend

The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor plan a second wave of coordinated canvasses this Labor Day weekend to engage community members with the campaign for SB 562, legislation which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. —California Nurses Association, 08/31/17 More »

RN Response Network Deploys Nurse Volunteers to Houston to Help Provide Medical Assistance

RN Response Network Deploys Nurse Volunteers to Houston to Help Provide Medical Assistance

National Nurses United (NNU)’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy its first delegation of RN volunteers to Houston, beginning Thursday, August 31, to work with locals on providing medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, NNU announced today. —National Nurses United, 08/31/17 More »

ASL Strategic Value Fund Sends Letter to Community Health Systems, Inc. Board of Directors

ASL Strategic Value Fund Sends Letter to Community Health Systems, Inc. Board of Directors

ASL Strategic Value Fund has been a long-term investor in Community Health Systems (CYH: NYSE). We have attempted on several occasions to contact management to voice our concerns about recent operating results. Unfortunately, none of our phone calls were returned. We now feel obligated to reach out directly to the Board of Directors. —Business Wire, 08/30/17 More »

NNOC and Community Call on Venice Regional Medical Center Board to Keep Close Watch on New CEO

NNOC and Community Call on Venice Regional Medical Center Board to Keep Close Watch on New CEO

The National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) and concerned community members will hold a press conference today, Wednesday, August 30, to ask that Chair and Medical Center Board of Trustees take immediate steps to assure safe quality patient care at Venice Regional Medical Center (VRMC). —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Florida, 08/30/17 More »

Poll: Voters in Rendon’s District Oppose Freeze on SB 562; 41% ‘Less Likely’ to Vote for Him

Poll: Voters in Rendon’s District Oppose Freeze on SB 562; 41% ‘Less Likely’ to Vote for Him

Residents of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s own district oppose his decision to block legislative action on a critical bill to guarantee health coverage for all Californians. —California Nurses Association, 08/29/17 More »

Tri City Healthcare District RNs to Hold Press Conference, Rally to Highlight Misuse of Public Funds

Tri City Healthcare District RNs to Hold Press Conference, Rally to Highlight Misuse of Public Funds

Registered nurses of north San Diego County’s Tri City Healthcare district will hold a press conference and rally ahead of the Tri City Healthcare Board meeting this Thursday, August 31, to highlight safe staffing and patient care issues. —California Nurses Association, 08/29/17 More »

California Democratic Party Endorses Single Payer Bill, SB 562

California Democratic Party Endorses Single Payer Bill, SB 562

In a unanimous vote by its executive board, meeting over the weekend in Anaheim, the California Democratic Party has endorsed SB 562, the Healthy California Act which would guarantee health coverage to all Californians and eliminate premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health costs. —California Nurses Association, 08/28/17 More »

Nurses, Community to Hold Town Hall August 30 On Calais Hospital Proposal to Shut Down OB Department

Nurses, Community to Hold Town Hall August 30 On Calais Hospital Proposal to Shut Down OB Department

Members of the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (MSNA/NNOC) Local Unit 116 and the Calais community are holding a town hall-style meeting on August 30 in Calais, Maine at 6:00 p.m. —Maine State Nurses Association, 08/28/17 More »

RNRN Disaster Alert: Hurricane Harvey

RNRN Disaster Alert: Hurricane Harvey

RNRN is closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey, which has now strengthened to a Category 3 storm and is expected to make landfall by late Friday or early Saturday near Corpus Christi, Texas. —Registered Nurse Response Network, 08/25/17 More »

Statewide Canvasses for SB 562, Medicare-for-All, Continue Sat. Aug. 26

Statewide Canvasses for SB 562, Medicare-for-All, Continue Sat. Aug. 26

The California Nurses Association (CNA), Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor will be canvassing in California district 63—the district of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon—this Saturday, as well as in district 57 (Assemblymember Ian Calderon) and district 21 (Assemblymember Adam Gray). —California Nurses Association, 08/25/17 More »

Nurses Statement on Rendon’s Assembly Select Committee

Nurses Statement on Rendon’s Assembly Select Committee

This announcement today is a reflection of the pressure on the Assembly to act in response to organizing by thousands of Californians across the state who have made the case for real action on transformative single payer healthcare reform. —California Nurses Association, 08/24/17 More »

Nurses, Community Members To Hold Town Hall Aug 30 On Calais Hospital Proposal to Shut Down OB Dept

Nurses, Community Members To Hold Town Hall Aug 30 On Calais Hospital Proposal to Shut Down OB Dept

Members of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) Local Unit 116 and the Calais community are holding a town hall-style meeting on Wednesday evening, August 30 at the Wabanaki Cultural Center and Museum in Calais, Maine. —Maine State Nurses Association, 08/24/17 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, 08/22/17 More »

Nurses Welcome Court Ruling that Kansas RNs Have Rights To Critical Information

Nurses Welcome Court Ruling that Kansas RNs Have Rights To Critical Information

National Nurses United today welcomed key elements of a U.S. Circuit District Court decision that registered nurses in Kansas and their union have rights to information about punitive hospital investigations that could potentially lead to nurses losing their job, and perhaps their future livelihood for advocating for patients. —National Nurses United, 08/21/17 More »

Close to Home: Nurses will not stop pressuring Rendon to do his job

Close to Home: Nurses will not stop pressuring Rendon to do his job

With the defeat, for now, of the cruel U.S. Senate bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, some are asking why the California Nurses Association continues to push for expanding health coverage, through a Medicare-for-all type state bill, SB 562. —Deborah Burger writing for the Press Democrat, 08/21/17 More »

Statewide Canvasses Launched for SB 562 and Medicare-for-All Beginning August 19

Statewide Canvasses Launched for SB 562 and Medicare-for-All Beginning August 19

The California Nurses Association, Healthy California campaign, Our Revolution and #KnockEveryDoor are launching coordinated canvasses of assembly districts across the state beginning this Saturday, August 19th, to engage community members with the campaign for SB 562, legislation to win guaranteed healthcare for all California residents. —California Nurses Association, 08/18/17 More »

Patient Support During Kaiser Negotiations Inspires Nurses

Patient Support During Kaiser Negotiations Inspires Nurses

Nurse Talk Radio visits with RN and Co-President of NNU, Deborah Burger about the current Kaiser negotiations. 18,000 Kaiser RN's are successfully reaching out to patients to let them know the nurses are fighting for them and it's making a difference. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 08/16/17 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, 08/15/17 More »

Family Members, Community to Speak Out Against Sutter Health’s Eviction of Vulnerable Patients

Family Members, Community to Speak Out Against Sutter Health’s Eviction of Vulnerable Patients

San Franciscans for Healthcare, Housing, Jobs & Justice will hold a press conference on Tuesday August 15 in front of San Francisco City Hall to protest Sutter Health's proposed closure of sub-acute care and skilled nursing units at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) - St. Luke's Campus and the ongoing eviction of those patients. —California Nurses Association, 08/14/17 More »

Nurses Condemn White Supremacy, Racism in Charlottesville Violence

Nurses Condemn White Supremacy, Racism in Charlottesville Violence

National Nurses United today condemned the violence in Charlottesville, VA today sparked by a white supremacist rally in the town that resulted in the death of at least one person and multiple injuries. —National Nurses United, 08/12/17 More »

RNs, Caregivers Urge New Direction at Palomar Health

RNs, Caregivers Urge New Direction at Palomar Health

After a poll of 1,300 hospital employees, who by 97 percent expressed no confidence” in Chief Executive Officer Bob Hemker, Registered Nurses and caregivers at Palomar Health are calling on the Palomar Health Board of Directors for an immediate change in direction at the San Diego County health district. —California Nurses Association, 08/10/17 More »

We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare

We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare

With liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace the Affordable Care Act, all is good again with healthcare in America. Right? —Jean Ross writing for Common Dreams, 08/10/17 More »

National Nurses United Endorses Doug Applegate for Congress in Key California 2018 Contest

National Nurses United Endorses Doug Applegate for Congress in Key California 2018 Contest

National Nurses United, the nation's largest union of registered nurses, today endorsed Col. Doug Applegate for election to Congress to represent California’s 49th Congressional District. —National Nurses United, 08/10/17 More »

In Nearly Unanimous Vote Emanuel Medical Center RNs Choose CNA

In Nearly Unanimous Vote Emanuel Medical Center RNs Choose CNA

Registered Nurses at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, CA voted nearly unanimously Wednesday night to join California’s largest RN union and professional association, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 08/10/17 More »

Millinocket Regional Hospital Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize One-Day Strike

Millinocket Regional Hospital Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize One-Day Strike

Registered nurses at Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) have voted by an overwhelming majority to authorize their nurse bargaining team to call a one-day strike, should hospital management continue refusing to address nurses’ ongoing patient safety concerns—including a variety of safe staffing issues—and attempting to silence nurses. —Maine State Nurses' Association, 08/09/17 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, 08/08/17 More »

Liberals Strike Back… Against Single Payer

Liberals Strike Back… Against Single Payer

In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. There are many ways to achieve "universal coverage," we're told. —Michael Lighty, Writing for Common Dreams, 08/08/17 More »

The barrier to single payer isn’t cost, it’s politics

The barrier to single payer isn’t cost, it’s politics

With Covered California announcing this week that health insurance premiums will jump an average of 12.5 percent next year, and possibly far more depending on actions in Washington, it’s worth repeating that a real cure for Californians, Senate Bill 562, is still achievable this year. —Deborah Burger, Special to The Bee, 08/03/17 More »

Nurses Beware Of Harmful Exposures To Chemicals, Hazardous Drugs And More (Part 2)

Nurses Beware Of Harmful Exposures To Chemicals, Hazardous Drugs And More (Part 2)

Nurse Talk Radio talks with USF Professor of Public Health, Barbara Sattler and Occupational Health Nurse Consultant Mary E. Miller. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 08/02/17 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, 08/01/17 More »

18,000 Kaiser Nurses Begin Bargaining by Joining Forces With Patients Across California

18,000 Kaiser Nurses Begin Bargaining by Joining Forces With Patients Across California

From the first cry of a newborn child, to the last breath of a dying patient, there’s a constant foundation on which Kaiser patients can always rely: Kaiser nurses. Nurses are the hand-holding, life-saving thread woven throughout their patients' entire healthcare experience. —California Nurses Association, 08/01/17 More »

Nurses, teachers urge voters to ‘repeal, replace’ GOP congressman over Obamacare

Nurses, teachers urge voters to ‘repeal, replace’ GOP congressman over Obamacare

Organizers held a "mock duel" outside the office, a reference a controversy last week during which Farenthold, on the 1440 Keys radio show, singled out "some female senators from the Northeast" as part of the reason the Senate had not done away with and replaced the Affordable Care Act. —Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 07/31/17 More »

Nurses Challenge Rep. Blake Farenthold to Duel of Healthcare Facts Sunday, July 30

Nurses Challenge Rep. Blake Farenthold to Duel of Healthcare Facts Sunday, July 30

The registered nurses of Corpus Christi are challenging Texas 27th congressional district Rep. Blake Farenthold to step outside (of his office) and take part in a duel of healthcare facts this Sunday at 3 p.m., National Nurses United/National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNU/NNOC) announced today.
 —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Texas, 07/28/17 More »

Nurses Beware Of Harmful Exposures To Chemicals, Hazardous Drugs And More (Part 1)

Nurses Beware Of Harmful Exposures To Chemicals, Hazardous Drugs And More (Part 1)

Health care workers face a wide range of hazards on the job, including sharps injuries, harmful exposures to chemicals and hazardous drugs, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, and stress. What's being done about it? —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/28/17 More »

Millinocket Nurses Hold Rally Monday, July 31 to Highlight Patient Care, Nurse Retaliation Issues

Millinocket Nurses Hold Rally Monday, July 31 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, 07/28/17 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, 07/26/17 More »

Community Briefing - July 27 San Jose: How Will SB 562 Benefit Seniors and People with Disabilities

Community Briefing - July 27 San Jose: How Will SB 562 Benefit Seniors and People with Disabilities

The campaign for the Healthy California Act and California Alliance for Retired Persons/CARA, is inviting area residents to a community briefing on Thursday, July 27, in San Jose, to learn about how the Healthy California Act, SB 562, would impact Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) recipients, including seniors and people with disabilities. —Healthy California, 07/26/17 More »

Nurses: Senate Bid to Repeal ACA Should Be Signal to Democrats to Push for Real Reform

Nurses: Senate Bid to Repeal ACA Should Be Signal to Democrats to Push for Real Reform

National Nurses United today said while it continues to oppose Senate Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats should acknowledge concerns about ACA shortcomings as a signal to push for real, transformative reform, an improved and expanded Medicare for all. —National Nurses United, 07/25/17 More »

Labor Board Sanctions Holy Cross Hospital for Multiple Violations of Nurses’ Rights

Labor Board Sanctions Holy Cross Hospital for Multiple Violations of Nurses’ Rights

In a sweeping decision issued Friday, the National Labor Relations Board has ordered Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md to “cease and desist” a broad range of attacks on the nurses’ rights to discuss and seek union representation. —National Nurses United, 07/24/17 More »

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 »

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