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A Win For Public Health, For Now: Fast Track Stalled by Today’s Vote

A Win For Public Health, For Now: Fast Track Stalled by Today’s Vote

As a House of Representatives vote Friday stalled Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, National Nurses United (NNU) —the largest organization of nurses in the country—has announced that its 190,000 members are doubling down pressure on Congress to derail Fast Track for good. —National Nurses United, 06/12/15 More »

Fast Track/TPP Stalled Today. We Must Kill it for Good!

Fast Track/TPP Stalled Today. We Must Kill it for Good!

Nurses and supporters have never had a more critical time to hold our ground! In an important vote, Fast Track authority was stalled on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today. But the corporate opponents of public health are pushing for a reconsideration either on Monday or Tuesday. We must act this weekend to stop Fast Track for good—as it could pave the way for corporations to overturn nurse-to-patient ratios, for medication costs to skyrocket, and other public health threats. —National Nurses United, 06/12/15 More »

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs,” is claiming 50 hospitals are billing uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care set by Medicare. Jean Ross, Co-President of National Nurses United joins Tamron Hall on NewsNation. —MSNBC, 06/11/15 More »

Registered Nurses Urge DC Council to Protect Patients

Registered Nurses Urge DC Council to Protect Patients

Washington, D.C. – Registered nurses filled the District of Columbia Council chamber today to urge the council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to improve public safety and protect vulnerable hospital patients by enacting the Patient Protection Act. —National Nurses United, 06/11/15 More »

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Of 50 U.S. hospitals identified as having the highest price markups for uninsured patients, half are owned by the health system that plans to merge with Metro Health. Community Health Systems Inc., a for-profit system based in Franklin, Tenn., operates 25 of the hospitals on the list, according to an article in The Washington Post. —Sue Thoms, MLive Media Group, 06/10/15 More »

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

San Diego congressional representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters remain undecided about pending international trade measures that will have tremendous impacts on San Diego. —Brenna Norton & Deborah Burger, San Diego Union Tribune, 06/09/15 More »

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. —Sharon Begley, Reuters, 06/08/15 More »

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Part of a big Georgia hospital kickback case will be settled for nearly $1 million, while a related criminal investigation into a major national hospital company continues. —Atlanta Business Chronicle, 06/08/15 More »

Little Company RNs to Hold Informational Picket Tues. June 9

Little Company RNs to Hold Informational Picket Tues. June 9

In response to myriad issues impacting patient safety, registered nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro will stand with the community at an informational picket and rally on Tuesday, June 9, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 06/08/15 More »

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses To Hold a Vote to  Authorize a One-Day Strike on Wednesday, June 1

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses To Hold a Vote to Authorize a One-Day Strike on Wednesday, June 1

Wellesley, MA -- The registered nurses of Newton Wellesley Hospital, who are negotiating a new contract with Partners HealthCare, have scheduled a vote by the membership on Wednesday, June 10 to authorize a one-day strike to protest efforts by Partners to boost its multi-million dollar profits margin by cutting patients’ access to appropriate nursing care. —National Nurses United, 06/08/15 More »

Don Nielsen - Part 4 - SB466 - CA Board Sunset

Don Nielsen - Part 4 - SB466 - CA Board Sunset

Part 4 of Legislative conversation with Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for CNA. Don talks about a "Sunset" provision that might do away with the California Board of Nursing. Interesting! —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/05/15 More »

CNA’s Don Nielsen - Part 3 - AB305 - Gender Bias Compensation

CNA’s Don Nielsen - Part 3 - AB305 - Gender Bias Compensation

Part 3 of Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for California Nurses Association. Don explains AB305, Gender Bias Compensation bill. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/05/15 More »

Registered Nurses Step Up Campaign to Stop Fast Track With New Radio Ads

Registered Nurses Step Up Campaign to Stop Fast Track With New Radio Ads

The registered nurses of National Nurses United (NNU) are stepping up pressure on several members of Congress, urging them to vote “No” when the US House of Representatives considers Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). —National Nurses United, 06/05/15 More »

Securing Retirement Security

Securing Retirement Security

The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act is just the latest window into an insidious broader agenda: the assault on all retirement programs, from Social Security to employer-sponsored pension plans, that threaten to mire millions of people in poverty in their post-work years. —RoseAnn DeMoro, 06/05/15 More »

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center voted Thursday to authorize a strike if the hospital fails to better address their patient safety concerns, including “unsafe staffing.” —Jackie Farwell, Bangor Daily News, 06/05/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

On Thursday, June 4, registered nurses at EMMC voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, if no progress is made in addressing the many patient safety concerns throughout the medical center, including unsafe staffing. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/05/15 More »

Nurses Call on Rep. Susan Davis to Vote No on Fast Track Legislation

Nurses Call on Rep. Susan Davis to Vote No on Fast Track Legislation

Registered nurse members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) will gather in San Diego on Friday at Congress member Susan Davis to say no to Fast Track legislation—which will soon come up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/15 More »

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court contends the company that owns Northwest Medical Center and operates nine other hospitals in Arkansas has been skipping insurance carriers and going after payment directly from patients or other sources that pay more. —Ron Wood, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 06/04/15 More »

Cook County RNs to Picket Stroger Hospital Friday Over Short Staffing and Wage Theft

Cook County RNs to Picket Stroger Hospital Friday Over Short Staffing and Wage Theft

Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS), registered nurses, joined by community supporters, will picket John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital Friday, June 5, to protest growing problems with safe staffing and "wage theft," the denial of earned pay by hospital officials.The RNs, who are represented by National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), an affiliate of National Nurses United, voted in late April to authorize their nurse negotiating team to call a strike, if necessary, over inadequate staffing and other pressing issues. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 06/04/15 More »

RNs to Picket St. Joseph’s Medical Center Friday Voice Concern Over Safe Staffing Issues

RNs to Picket St. Joseph’s Medical Center Friday Voice Concern Over Safe Staffing Issues

Citing concern over safe staffing issues, St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC), registered nurses will hold an informational picket on Friday, June 5, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. According to SJMC nurses, the Emergency Department and other hospital units are experiencing systemic levels of unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, an issue that nurses, backed by countless studies, say puts patients’ lives at risk. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/15 More »

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Nurses to UC President Napolitano

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Nurses to UC President Napolitano

It is appalling that UC Management would attempt to destroy and destabilize our nurses retirement after we’ve spent our lifetime taking care of our patients. Today join your colleagues in letting President Napolitano know that attempting to destabilize our pension is bad for patient care. —California Nurses Association, 06/02/15 More »

Tentative Pact for Registered Nurses at DC’s Biggest Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Tentative Pact for Registered Nurses at DC’s Biggest Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Registered nurses at Washington DC’s largest hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials Monday on a new collective bargaining contract that achieves significant patient care as well as economic improvements that nurses say will promote RN recruitment and retention. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Washington DC, 06/01/15 More »

Nurses and Patient Advocates to Testify at Hearing on Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Nurses and Patient Advocates to Testify at Hearing on Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Nurses and health care advocates will testify at a hearing before the Massachusetts Health Care Financing Committee on the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/01/15 More »

Part 2 of 5:  Nurses and Why They’re Critical in the Legislative Process

Part 2 of 5:  Nurses and Why They’re Critical in the Legislative Process

Don Nielsen, Director, Government Relations for CNA visited with Nurse Talk about nurses and the critical reasons they are involved in the legislative process. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/01/15 More »

Part 1 of 5: Nurse Talk speaks with CNA Director of Gov’t Relations, Don Nielsen

Part 1 of 5: Nurse Talk speaks with CNA Director of Gov’t Relations, Don Nielsen

California Nurses Association Director of Government Relations, Don Nielsen joins Nurse Talk to discuss the critical issues facing nurses as they advocate for their patients. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/01/15 More »

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Fifteen months of fighting has ended abruptly but more amicably for both sides of a contract dispute at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Late Thursday, the hospital Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with nurses of the California Nurses Association. —Roberto M. Robledo, The Californian, 05/29/15 More »

RNs at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Overwhelmingly Vote to Ratify New Contract

RNs at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Overwhelmingly Vote to Ratify New Contract

At membership meetings on Wednesday, registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) voted overwhelmingly—by 98.5 percent—to ratify a new contract with the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/28/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center Refuses to Address Key Safety Issues as RNs’ Contract Expires

Eastern Maine Medical Center Refuses to Address Key Safety Issues as RNs’ Contract Expires

The three-year contract between Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and the registered nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) is set to expire as the Medical Center refuses to address nurses’ safety concerns. —National Nurses United, 05/28/15 More »

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

A program that has been available for decades through a Lackawanna County hospital will soon be coming to an end. Eyewitness News has learned that the owners of Regional Hospital of Scranton will stop providing inpatient and home hospice services at the end of next month. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 05/27/15 More »

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 05/27/15 More »

As City Prepares to Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance, Lift Up El Paso Invites Media on Wage Theft Tour

As City Prepares to Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance, Lift Up El Paso Invites Media on Wage Theft Tour

On Thursday, May 28, Lift Up El Paso (a coalition of community organizations and unions) will offer media a guided tour of the wage theft problem in our city —with a mobile tour that will stop to picket at a local wage theft offender, ending with a rally at City Hall, where the El Paso City Council will soon vote on a Wage Theft Ordinance to hold local businesses accountable for fairly paying their workers. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 05/26/15 More »

Video: An Interview with Malinda Markowitz

Video: An Interview with Malinda Markowitz

One of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals is the placement of patients in “observation” status, where they can be held for hours or days with less public oversight and fewer protections. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/26/15 More »

RNs Retain Critical Charge Nurse Position, Uphold Patient Care in Tentative Contract with SVMH

RNs Retain Critical Charge Nurse Position, Uphold Patient Care in Tentative Contract with SVMH

Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) have reached a tentative contract agreement with hospital officials, protecting the vital clinical role of the charge nurse, a key issue in the contract fight that will strengthen quality of care at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/15 More »

San Luis Obispo County RNs, Parents, Residents Gather to Protest Refugio Oil Spill, Stop Oil Trains

San Luis Obispo County RNs, Parents, Residents Gather to Protest Refugio Oil Spill, Stop Oil Trains

Nurses, parents and other San Luis Obispo county residents will gather downtown Thursday evening before the weekly SLO Farmers’ Market to protest Tuesday’s oil spill at Refugio State Beach, 50 miles south of SLO. In light of this environmental catastrophe, they will also bring renewed emphasis to their pre-existing call for county officials to oppose the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project. —California Nurses Association, 05/20/15 More »

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Two recent actions announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one civil and one criminal, along with a recent speech by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, illustrate the current climate of government enforcement related to mental health services (i.e., intensive outpatient psychotherapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) services). —Amanda Enyeart and Laura B. Morgan, Mondaq, 05/20/15 More »

Sen Sanders Joins Forces with Nurses and Students, Introduces ”College For All Act”

Sen Sanders Joins Forces with Nurses and Students, Introduces ”College For All Act”

The Robin Hood Tax swooped into America’s national spotlight when presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders joined with National Nurses United and student groups in Washington, D.C. at a press conference today to announce his introduction of two Senate bills - the College for All Act and the Robin Hood tax bill —National Nurses United, 05/19/15 More »

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

On May 8, Fallbrook Hospital (which closed in December) got a spanking from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. —Don Bauder, San Diego Reader, 05/19/15 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Free College Bill, Powered by Robin Hood Tax

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Free College Bill, Powered by Robin Hood Tax

Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of nurses, students, religious and civil rights groups, environmentalists, labor and housing advocates today enthusiastically welcomed plans by Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce two new Senate bills Tuesday that would impose a small fee on Wall Street speculation to pay for college education for all and other critical community needs. —Robin Hood Tax On Wall Street, 05/18/15 More »

Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice  Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

The city of San Luis Obispo last month became the first in the county to declare its opposition to the Phillips 66 project. Cities and schools boards in blast zone communities north and south of the county have also sent in letters opposing Phillip 66’s oil train project. —California Nurses Association, 05/18/15 More »

Registered Nurses at SVMH Plan Strike May 27

Registered Nurses at SVMH Plan Strike May 27

Nurses voted to authorize a strike in December 2014 and since that time have participated in further bargaining, mediation, a "cooling off" period, and agreed upon the appointment of a neutral third party who released a fact-finding report last month. —California Nurses Association, 05/15/15 More »

Nurse Talk Radio Visits With RN and Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU

Nurse Talk Radio Visits With RN and Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU

Registered nurses marked International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/14/15 More »

Texas Legend Jim Hightower to Join El Paso Forum May 14 to Highlight Dangers of Trade Pact

Texas Legend Jim Hightower to Join El Paso Forum May 14 to Highlight Dangers of Trade Pact

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, also well known as a national radio commentator, columnist, and prolific author, will join with El Paso labor, community, and faith based organizations in two events Thursday, May 14 to highlight opposition to a controversial trade pact. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 05/13/15 More »

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

“Far from the run-of-the-mill failure to bargain,” a health care employer deliberately obstructed any meaningful negotiations with the union that won an election to represent employees at one of its acute-care hospitals. —Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D., Wolters Kluwer, 05/13/15 More »

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Before marching on the state Capitol, CNA nurses rally in the lobby of the California Hospital Association in downtown Sacramento. —Lezlie Sterling, The Sacramento Bee, 05/12/15 More »

Nurses Demonstrate for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Management Attacks

Nurses Demonstrate for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Management Attacks

Registered nurses marked International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —National Nurses United, 05/12/15 More »

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed a rare decision by the National Labor Relations Board ordering an employer to pay a unions' negotiating expenses, saying the board has broad discretion to decide the types of egregious conduct that warrant the unusual remedy. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 05/11/15 More »

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

A growing number of hospitals are relocating to wealthier towns, citing financial necessity, but many see it as a choice to abandon the residents of poorer areas. —Phil Galewitz for The Atlantic, 05/11/15 More »

U.S. Court of Appeals to CHS: Repay Unions for Willful Bargaining Failures

U.S. Court of Appeals to CHS: Repay Unions for Willful Bargaining Failures

The District of Columbia-based U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a rare, scathing order to the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, requiring it to repay all of a union’s costs incurred in efforts to bargain a contract for registered nurses at a San Diego hospital. Writing for the court May 8, Senior Judge Harry Edwards, the court’s former Chief Judge, rejected CHS’ Fallbrook Hospital’s appeal of an April, 2014, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that Fallbrook acted in an “obstinate and pugnacious” manner in unlawfully refusing to bargain with nurses represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 05/08/15 More »

Hundreds of California RNs to Gather at Capitol May 12

Hundreds of California RNs to Gather at Capitol May 12

Hundreds of registered nurses from across California will gather in Sacramento Tuesday, May 12 on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale to encourage state legislators to step up efforts to improve protections for hospital patients, and stop an attack on regulatory safeguards. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve  VA Care, RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve VA Care, RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of federal legislation to improve patient care for veterans, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 05/08/15 More »

Nurses Week: Celebrating Nurse Power!

Nurses Week: Celebrating Nurse Power!

Happy Nurses Week! We’re marking this time by celebrating Nurse Power! Throughout the week, we’re highlighting a few moments in our history that show what happens when nurses organize, act collectively and bring about social change. —National Nurses United, 05/07/15 More »

National Nurses United Board Member Michael Jackson Elected President of California Nursing Board

National Nurses United Board Member Michael Jackson Elected President of California Nursing Board

Michael Jackson, a San Diego RN and board member of National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, won unanimous election Wednesday as president of the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). —National Nurses United/California Nurses Association, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Registered nurses will mark International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —Global Nurses United/National Nurses United, 05/07/15 More »

RNs, Sierra Club survey Richmond neighborhoods on health impact of coal trains

RNs, Sierra Club survey Richmond neighborhoods on health impact of coal trains

While moving toxic fuels means profit for corporate interests, local residents may be paying the price with their health. That’s why RNs from the California Nurses Association have partnered with the Sierra Club on a Monday evening, to canvas Richmond’s Parchester Village. —California Nurses Association, 05/07/15 More »

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary participated in a three-hour informational picket in front of the hospital Wednesday, claiming that cuts to staffing and supplies have hurt patient care. —Shea Johnson, Victorville Daily Press, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses ratify contract with University of Chicago

Nurses ratify contract with University of Chicago

University of Chicago Medical Center nurses have ratified a four-year labor contract that raises wages by up to 3 percent annually, increases health care costs for nurses and ends rotating shifts, according to the union and the hospital. —Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune, 05/07/15 More »

One in Four MA RNs Report Patient Deaths That Are Directly Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignment

One in Four MA RNs Report Patient Deaths That Are Directly Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignment

85% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments including 61% of RNs who are aware of patient complications and 50% who are aware of patients who have been injured or harmed because hospitals are forcing nurses to care for too many patients at one time. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week With Actions to Protect Patients

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week With Actions to Protect Patients

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 11 countries across the globe are holding coordinated actions during International Nurses’ Week to highlight the global efforts to improve patient care protections, oppose cuts in health care services, and stop the erosion of nurses’ workplace and living standards that are under attack in many countries. —Global Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

University of Chicago Approve New 4-Year Pact

University of Chicago Approve New 4-Year Pact

University of Chicago Medical Center registered nurses Tuesday night voted by a strong majority to approve a new four-year agreement with the hospital that they say will strengthen patient care protections at the hospital. —National Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Thunder Road must remain open. The agency provides a vital and absolutely mandatory service to at-risk youth, ultimately saving lives and costs of incarceration and medical expense incurred by the county and the community. —Michael Wachter, Contra Costa Times, 05/05/15 More »

St. Joseph RNs Celebrate Nurses’ Day May 6 with Day of Action for Safer Patient Care Across State

St. Joseph RNs Celebrate Nurses’ Day May 6 with Day of Action for Safer Patient Care Across State

From Eureka in the north west corner of California to Apple Valley in the south, registered nurses who work at St. Joseph Health System hospitals will mark national nurses day May 6 with calls for safer patient care at their hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/15 More »

Video: Sutter RN Talks About the Strike to Protect Nurses’ Rights

Video: Sutter RN Talks About the Strike to Protect Nurses’ Rights

Sutter profits are at an all time high ($3 billion in profits the last five years and $8.3 billion in net assets) and now they are proposing cuts. The nurses remain concerned about inadequate staffing and other patient care concerns. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/05/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of federal legislation to improve patient care for veterans, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 04/30/15 More »

Thousands of RNs Set to Strike Five Sutter Hospitals Thursday

Thousands of RNs Set to Strike Five Sutter Hospitals Thursday

Registered nurses will be on strike at hospitals operated by the profitable Sutter corporation Thursday in a one-day walkout protesting inadequate staffing and other patient care concerns and corporate demands for some 130 cuts in health coverage for the RNs and their families. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

RN Strikes Thursday, Friday at 3 Big Los Angeles Hospitals

RN Strikes Thursday, Friday at 3 Big Los Angeles Hospitals

Thousands of California registered nurses will be on strike this week, including RNs at three major Southern California area hospitals in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Santa Monica who are among some 5,000 California RNs who will join walkouts on those days. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

Neutral Factfinder Rejects Salinas Hospital’s Plan to Eliminate Charge Nurses

Neutral Factfinder Rejects Salinas Hospital’s Plan to Eliminate Charge Nurses

An impartial fact finding report made public today on the dispute between Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and its registered nurses endorses many of the central issues raised by the RNs on patient care delivery and a controversial restructuring plan sought by the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

Chicago Strike Off- RNs, University of Chicago Reach Tentative Agreement to Settle Dispute

Chicago Strike Off- RNs, University of Chicago Reach Tentative Agreement to Settle Dispute

Following an intensive day of contract talks, University of Chicago Medical Center registered nurses and hospital administrators reached a tentative agreement late Monday night on a new collective bargaining agreement, National Nurses United announced Tuesday morning. —National Nurses United, 04/28/15 More »

Senate Health Committee to Consider CA Charity Care & ‘Observation’ Standards Care Bills

Senate Health Committee to Consider CA Charity Care & ‘Observation’ Standards Care Bills

First hearings on two RN-sponsored California bills, to hold California non-profit hospitals accountable on how much charity care and community benefit services they provide in return for their tax-exempt status and to address the hospital abuse of “observation” status, are scheduled for their first public airing this week by the Senate Health Committee. —California Nurses Association, 04/27/15 More »

RNRN Statement on the Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

RNRN Statement on the Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

RNRN staff have been closely monitoring and and have been in touch with our disaster relief allies as events unfold in Nepal after the devastating 7.8 earthquake struck this past Saturday. —RN Response Network, 04/27/15 More »

Nurse Ann Wayt wins $2 million union organizing case against Massillon hospital

Nurse Ann Wayt wins $2 million union organizing case against Massillon hospital

MASSILLON, Ohio – Ann Wayt recently won a $2 million award against Affinity Medical Center after the hospital fired her and attempted to ruin her reputation for helping unionize nurses. Many may think the size of the jury award the most important words in that sentence. For Wayt, a registered nurse for 38 years, one word stands out as the most important -- "reputation." She had always excelled at nursing, especially in patient care. The hospital had even admitted that, giving her its Nurse Excellence Award in 2008. —Cleveland Plain Dealer, 04/27/15 More »

Thousands of RNs to Strike California Hospitals Thursday, Friday

Thousands of RNs to Strike California Hospitals Thursday, Friday

More than 2,500 registered nurses who work at five Sutter corporation hospitals will go on strike for one-day Thursday April 30, among some 6,400 RNs who will participate in walkouts next week at various hospitals in California and Illinois. —California Nurses Association, 04/27/15 More »

University of Chicago RNs Set to Strike April 30

University of Chicago RNs Set to Strike April 30

Some 1,550 registered nurses who work at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) are preparing to hold a one-day strike April 30. UCMC will be preventing nurses from returning to work for an additional four days following the strike. —National Nurses United, 04/27/15 More »

San Bernardino County Supervisors Approve 2-year Agreement with Nurses Union

San Bernardino County Supervisors Approve 2-year Agreement with Nurses Union

San Bernardino County supervisors this week approved a two-year agreement with the union representing 1,200 registered nurses employed by the county. —Jim Steinberg, The Sun, 04/24/15 More »

RNs on Labor Board to Overturn Huntington Election, Say Hospital Created Atmosphere of ‘Fear’

RNs on Labor Board to Overturn Huntington Election, Say Hospital Created Atmosphere of ‘Fear’

Citing more than 40 violations of federal workplace protections that made a “free and fair election impossible,” the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has called on federal officials to overturn the disputed election at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Ca. —California Nurses Association, 04/24/15 More »

Guest commentary: Community just can’t allow Thunder Road to close

Guest commentary: Community just can’t allow Thunder Road to close

For many of our youth, Thunder Road represents a safe haven where they receive wraparound assistance to help them regain control of their lives and successfully reenter their schools and communities. As the only center of its kind in the nine-county Bay Area to serve these young people, it's is a vital resource to our community that cannot be lost. —L. Karen Monroe, Contra Costa Times, 04/23/15 More »

WARNING: The TPP is a hazard to your health and our Democracy!

WARNING: The TPP is a hazard to your health and our Democracy!

Please take a few minutes and listen to Political Director for National Nurses United, Ken Zinn as he talks about why it is critical to call your elected officials immediately and tell them to vote NO on Fast Tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership! —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 04/23/15 More »

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Retain Experienced RNs In New Contract With USC- Verdugo Hills

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Retain Experienced RNs In New Contract With USC- Verdugo Hills

Registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a first union contract with hospital management, culminating a yearlong campaign persuading the University of Southern California to invest in patient care improvements at the hospital. The agreement includes contract protections for nurses to advocate for improved patient care, as well as wage and benefit improvements to enhance recruitment and retention at the hospital. —National Nurses United, 04/23/15 More »

Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts

Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts

More than 150 registered nurses, their families and supporters are expected to attend a march and candlelight vigil Thursday to protest worsening patient care conditions at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and a proposal by management to reduce nurse staffing levels. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/15 More »

New Date for First Hearing on California Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

New Date for First Hearing on California Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

A hearing on legislation to hold California non-profit hospitals accountable on how much charity care and community benefit services they provide in return for their tax-exempt status has been postponed a week – to Wednesday, April 29. —California Nurses Association, 04/21/15 More »

Henry Mayo Newhall RNs Announce May 1 Strike Date

Henry Mayo Newhall RNs Announce May 1 Strike Date

With hospital administrators continuing to toe a hard line in contract talks Monday, registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia called for a one-day strike Friday, May 1, joining more than 6,400 registered nurses – including over 2,300 in Los Angeles County – who have also announced plans to be on strike that week. —California Nurses Association, 04/21/15 More »

Will California Finally Demand Non-Profit Hospitals Meet Their Obligation on Providing Charity Care?

Will California Finally Demand Non-Profit Hospitals Meet Their Obligation on Providing Charity Care?

California state senators will get their first look Wednesday at this year’s version of legislation that would finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status. —California Nurses Association, 04/20/15 More »

Thousands of RNs to Strike 9 California, Illinois Hospitals; Cite Staffing, Patient Care Concerns

Thousands of RNs to Strike 9 California, Illinois Hospitals; Cite Staffing, Patient Care Concerns

More than 6,400 registered nurses will hold either a one or two-day strike April 30 and May 1 at eight California hospitals, as well as at a major Chicago hospital. RNs are calling on hospitals to stop endangering patients by implementing safe staffing levels and taking steps to retain experienced RNs. They are also demanding policies that give RNs a stronger voice in patient care delivery. —National Nurses United, 04/20/15 More »

Olympia Medical Center RNs Speak Out Against Hospital Schedule Changes That Threaten Retention

Olympia Medical Center RNs Speak Out Against Hospital Schedule Changes That Threaten Retention

Registered Nurses at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles will gather Monday, April 20 for a candlelight vigil, speaking out against a management demand for unilateral changes in work schedules—in violation of their present contract—that they say could prompt many RNs to leave, depriving patients of access to experienced RNs. —California Nurses Association, 04/17/15 More »

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of ignored staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of ignored staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

In a letter officially sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health today, the JPH RNs cited 28 documented instances of unsafe staffing, all previously reported to management, serving to prove what the nurses say, “that Jackson Park Hospital’s staffing crisis is intentional." —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Illinois, 04/16/15 More »

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of unsafe staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of unsafe staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

The registered nurses of Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center (JPH), on Chicago’s South Side, are taking a stand for their patients on Thursday, at a press conference announcing that years’ worth of forms documenting unsafe staffing and dangerous patient care conditions—long ignored by administration—will be delivered to the Illinois Department of Public Health and other regulatory agencies. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Illinois, 04/15/15 More »

RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care

RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care

Will California finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status? —California Nurses Association, 04/14/15 More »

Oakland: Protesters Rally to Keep Youth Rehabilitation Center Open

Oakland: Protesters Rally to Keep Youth Rehabilitation Center Open

About 150 people gathered Monday outside a teen addiction rehabilitation center to protest its possible closure. Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been trying to shed Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers for the past two years, which runs an annual $800,000 deficit. Alameda County is working with Sutter to find a provider to take over the program. —Rebecca Parr, Inside Bay Area News, 04/14/15 More »

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

A drug and alcohol treatment center for young people in Oakland is considered an invaluable resource in the East Bay community. But after 30 years, a facility is now threatened with closure by Sutter Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care corporations in the state. —Dave Padilla, KCBS San Francisco, 04/14/15 More »

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Plan Informational Picket Thursday, April 16 from 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Plan Informational Picket Thursday, April 16 from 2 – 4:30 p.m.

The registered nurses of Newton Wellesley Hospital, who are negotiating a new contract with Partners Health Care, will conduct an informational picket outside the Wellesley-based hospital on April 16 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. to protest efforts by Partners to boost its multi-million dollar profits margin by cutting patients access to appropriate nursing care. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 04/14/15 More »

RNs Call on Sutter to Keep Open Thunder Road, Sole Alameda County Residential Rehab Center for Teens

RNs Call on Sutter to Keep Open Thunder Road, Sole Alameda County Residential Rehab Center for Teens

Registered nurses are calling on the wealthy Sutter corporation to keep open an endangered residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Oakland for teenagers, including those from low income families. —California Nurses Association, 04/13/15 More »

Nurses Call on Sutter to Keep Open Thunder Road Teen Treatment Center

Nurses Call on Sutter to Keep Open Thunder Road Teen Treatment Center

Registered nurses are calling on the wealthy Sutter corporation to keep open an endangered residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Oakland for teenagers, including those from low income families. —California Nurses Association, 04/09/15 More »

The Robin Hood Tax Day of Action honoring MLK was a moment of solidarity in values

The Robin Hood Tax Day of Action honoring MLK was a moment of solidarity in values

Across the country —from Palo Alto to El Paso, Maine to Miami—nurses and other activists rallied today in the late winter sun to lobby Congressional lawmakers for a tax on Wall Street’s riskiest transactions. —National Nurses United, 04/08/15 More »

Henry Mayo Valencia Vigil Thursday 5 p.m.

Henry Mayo Valencia Vigil Thursday 5 p.m.

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia will hold a vigil late Thursday afternoon to protest demands by the hospital administration for significant cuts in nurses’ legal rights and the hospital’s delays for talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. More »

California Nurses Join National Day of Action Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

California Nurses Join National Day of Action Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Registered nurses and community activists will hold a vigil and petition California congress members Wednesday, April 8 to highlight the call for a small tax on Wall Street speculation, the Robin Hood Tax, that would help raise the revenue needed to fulfill the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for social and economic justice in our nation. —California Nurses Association, 04/07/15 More »

Vigils at Legislative Offices in 25 Cities - April 8

Vigils at Legislative Offices in 25 Cities - April 8

With Americans marking the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just days earlier, a broad coalition of registered nurses, organized labor, anti-AIDS advocates, college students, clergy, and other community activists will converge on 25 U.S. cities Wednesday to amplify the call for a Wall Street financial transactions tax to reverse the country’s crippling inequality. —National Nurses United, 04/06/15 More »

Nurses Lead “Reclaim Chicago”

Nurses Lead “Reclaim Chicago”

With a runoff vote just days away, one Chicago politician figures almost as prominently in the city’s mayoral campaign as do the two candidates themselves, incumbent Rahm Emmanuel and his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 04/03/15 More »

Conversations with Kay, Part 2

Conversations with Kay, Part 2

Recently, we started a regular item featuring the life and nursing career stories of Kay McVay, a longtime intensive care unit RN at Kaiser Permanente and president emeritus of the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 04/03/15 More »

Nurses Join Military on Mission to 11 Countries to Provide Humanitarian Aid

Nurses Join Military on Mission to 11 Countries to Provide Humanitarian Aid

Nurse volunteers with Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a disaster relief project of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Foundation, will embark this week upon the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), a Military Sealift Command ship, joining military personnel and health care professionals, engineers and environmental experts for a humanitarian mission that includes mission stops in 11 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. —RN Response Network, 04/03/15 More »

Labor Board Throws Out Sutter Memorial Election Citing Hospital’s Coercion, Trampling of RN Rights

Labor Board Throws Out Sutter Memorial Election Citing Hospital’s Coercion, Trampling of RN Rights

The federal board that oversees labor-management relations has thrown out the flawed union election last June at Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Modesto citing a pattern of coercion and other actions by hospital officials that violated the rights of registered nurses who were considering affiliation with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 04/02/15 More »

RNs Rally in Support of Hospital Workplace Violence Regulations

RNs Rally in Support of Hospital Workplace Violence Regulations

The upcoming regulations are the result of a CNA-sponsored bill, SB 1299—the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act—which was signed in 2014 by California Governor Jerry Brown. The bill mandates that hospitals have a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan; Cal/OSHA’s regulations will implement the law. —California Nurses Association, 04/01/15 More »

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