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The Great Pay Debate: 5 Hospital Executive Compensation Trends for 2014

The Great Pay Debate: 5 Hospital Executive Compensation Trends for 2014

In October, Harvard University researchers published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, which looked at the compensation data of 1,877 CEOs at 2,681 private, nonprofit U.S. hospitals. Data came from the hospitals' 2009 Form 990s. The researchers found nonprofit hospital CEOs had a mean compensation of $595,781 and a median compensation of $404,938. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/29/14 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Charles Idelson Demystifies Hospitals Price Gouging

NURSE TALK RADIO: Charles Idelson Demystifies Hospitals Price Gouging

An epidemic of sky-rocketing medical costs has afflicted our country and grown to obscene proportions. Listen, as Nurse Talk Radio Executive Producer Pattie Lockard talks with National Nurses United Communications Director Chuck Idelson about disturbing new data on hospital price gouging and what consumers can do. —Nurse Talk Radio, 01/28/14 More »

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

CHS Defies Court Orders to End Illegal Retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Just weeks after speaking out at a national press conference about rampant patient safety problems at the nation’s largest hospital chain, two registered nurse leaders have been targeted for termination by Community Health Systems, National Nurses United (NNU) reported today. —National Nurses United, 01/28/14 More »

Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work

Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work

As educators, caretakers and lifelines, nurses take on several roles as they routinely care for patients day in and day out. And for some, the strains of the job can eventually lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, otherwise known as burnout. “It's really stressful," Dawn Kettinger, spokeswoman for the Michigan Nurses Association, said. "You’re taking care of six people when you should take care of four." —Holland Sentinel, 01/27/14 More »

Nurses to President Obama: Steps to Fight Inequality…

Nurses to President Obama: Steps to Fight Inequality…

With growing public alarm over widening income disparity – and the broad effect on American families – the nation’s largest organization of nurses today called on President Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday to lead the charge on fighting the income gap and poverty with two big initial steps. —National Nurses United, 01/27/14 More »

Updates on RNRN Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

Updates on RNRN Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

Our fifth team of RN volunteers, part of the National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network, is currently in the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The super typhoon killed over six thousand people, left almost two thousand missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes. —RN Response Network, 01/24/14 More »

Injunction issued against Ohio CHS hospital in labor negotiations

Injunction issued against Ohio CHS hospital in labor negotiations

A U.S. District Court judge has issued a cease and desist injunction requiring an Ohio hospital owned by Community Health Systems to to negotiate with its registered nurses, according to a release from nurses' union National Nurses United. Last June, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law judge Arthur Lachman issued a similar ruling, the release says. According to the release, this is the third such ruling against CHS affiliates related to federal labor law violations. —Nashville Business Journal, 01/24/14 More »

Fed. Judge Orders CHS Ohio Hospital to Bargain With RNs & End Illegal Retaliation for Union Activity

Fed. Judge Orders CHS Ohio Hospital to Bargain With RNs & End Illegal Retaliation for Union Activity

Rare Third Court Order in a Year Against Major Hospital Chain. A U.S. District Court Judge has delivered a sweeping cease and desist injunction requiring Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh to end its lawless behavior in refusing to bargain with its registered nurses and engaging in repeated illegal discipline and harassment of its RNs. The ruling, issued January 22 by U.S. District Court Judge John Adams of the Northern Ohio District, is the third injunction within a year against affiliates of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, now the nation’s largest hospital chain, for rampant violations of federal labor law. —NNOC/NNU, 01/24/14 More »

Chandler mom, nurse jumps at chance to help after disasters

Chandler mom, nurse jumps at chance to help after disasters

In her everyday life, Lori Barmore is a trauma-room nurse at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. When she isn’t working her 12-hour shifts helping shooting, stabbing and accident victims, she is a Chandler wife and mom. She also helps Third World countries after disasters. Since 2010, she also has volunteered in Haiti and Guatemala. When RN Response Network, a unit of National Nurses United, contacted her after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Nov. 20, she did not hesitate to go. —AZCentral.com, 01/24/14 More »

Nurses picket for new contract: Next negotiation session is Friday

Nurses picket for new contract: Next negotiation session is Friday

Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association, Regina Hospital and metro area hospitals held an informational picket outside the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The nurses’ union has been attempting to negotiate a new employment contract with Regina’s new owner, Allina Health, for several months. Eight bargaining sessions have already taken place; a ninth is scheduled for Jan. 24. The most recent contract expired Dec. 31. —Hastings Star Gazette, 01/23/14 More »

Greenbrier RNs Step up Campaign for Patient Safety

Greenbrier RNs Step up Campaign for Patient Safety

Nurses challenge new CHS/HMA monopoly’s misplaced priorities of high charges, cuts in care. Registered nurses from Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC), in Ronceverte, W. Va. are stepping up their campaign to make the public aware of their growing concerns about patient safety in their hospital in the wake of a recent merger, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) announced today. Community Health Systems’ refusal to address nurses’ widespread concerns about patient safety was the driving force that galvanized GVMC RNs to organize and win representation with the NNOC in August of 2012. —National Nurses United, 01/23/14 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: NNU’s Michael Lighty talks about the need for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall St.

NURSE TALK RADIO: NNU’s Michael Lighty talks about the need for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall St.

TUNE IN--It’s time for the Robin Hood Tax! And Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association/National Nurses United gives us all the right reasons why the U.S. should join over 17 European countries who have already implemented the fractional tax. Tune into this sensible discussion. For more information about the Robin Hood Tax visit www.robinhoodtax.org. —Nurse Talk Radio, 01/21/14 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center RNs File Complaint Against Baystate Health

Baystate Franklin Medical Center RNs File Complaint Against Baystate Health

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) are outraged by the latest in a series of illegal actions by the Western Mass health care corporation to flaunt federal labor law, with its announcement today that it was declaring impasse in its negotiations for a new contract with the nurses and its plan to implement its last offer, which would eliminate a key nursing standard that serves to protect nurses from working prolonged shifts. —Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. / NNU, 01/21/14 More »

Study puts Hernando hospitals among worst for inflating prices

Study puts Hernando hospitals among worst for inflating prices

TAMPA BAY--Those of you who don't think Hernando County has much of a national profile should know about a new report on hospital pricing from the country's largest nursing organization. Based on information hospitals submit to the federal government, the study shows that two of the 10 most overpriced hospitals in the United States are right here in Hernando — Bayfront Health Brooksville, formerly Brooksville Regional Hospital, at No. 7, and Oak Hill Hospital, which ranked 10th. —Tampa Bay Times, 01/17/14 More »

No Toxic Tar Sands in LA So-Bay

No Toxic Tar Sands in LA So-Bay

Nurses & residents get commitment for full investigation into dangers & public meetings before tar sands can be processed by Valero Oil. CNA RNs from 5 LA Southbay hospitals closest to the major oil refineries attended a special meeting arranged for CNA and neigborhood groups who oppose “tar sands” crude being processed in Wilmington’s Valero refinery. Tar Sands crude is a thick, dirty crude high in sulphur and much more toxic than regular crude. It has been condemned by leading environmental scientists as ‘extremely dangerous’ and the ‘beginning of the end’ where pollution will tip global warming until the point of no return. —California Nurses Association-Long Beach/ Port Area RN Metro-Council, 01/16/14 More »

Chicago RNs, Community Supporters to Call on Rep. Danny Davis to Support Wall Street Tax

Chicago RNs, Community Supporters to Call on Rep. Danny Davis to Support Wall Street Tax

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, supporters of the Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1579), also known as the Robin Hood Tax, will hold a rally outside U.S. Congressman Danny Davis's district office on Friday, January 17. Participants are urging Davis to help realize Dr. King's dream of economic justice by reaffirming his support for the Robin Hood Tax bill. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 01/16/14 More »

RNs Rally Today at Berkeley Hospital to Protest Cuts

RNs Rally Today at Berkeley Hospital to Protest Cuts

Registered nurses at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will hold a large protest today to protest what they say are wildly misplaced priorities as the hospital hands out huge pay increases for top executives and sets hospital charges at well beyond their cost while pushing major cuts for patients and registered nurses. Sutter’s East Bay Regional President David Bradley received pay increases of 64 percent, 43 percent and 19 percent the last three years, 2010 through 2012, and now draws a salary of just under $2 million a year, according to Sutter IRS filings. —California Nurses Association, 01/15/14 More »

Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

They say the hospital is understaffed and is releasing patients prematurely to save on costs. Wait times for women in labor have become increasingly long at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. That's according to Jenna Dran, a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit, who said that it's not uncommon for mothers preparing to give birth to spend hours in the waiting room and in triage before they are admitted to their own rooms. —East Bay Express, 01/15/14 More »

Tennessee 5th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Tennessee 5th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that Tennessee hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. Tennessee ranks fifth nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 430 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average Tennessee hospital charges $430 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. More »

California 3rd in Nation in High Hospital Charges

California 3rd in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Nurses Warn of Ongoing Harm for Patients Needing Care. New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that California hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. California ranks third nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 451 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average California hospital charges $451 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. —National Nurses United, 01/13/14 More »

Sacramento Nurse Heads to the Philippines Part of National Nurses’ Ongoing Typhoon Relief Effort

Sacramento Nurse Heads to the Philippines Part of National Nurses’ Ongoing Typhoon Relief Effort

Part of National Nurses' Ongoing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Effort. While many are settling back into regular routines after the holiday break, registered nurse Diane McClure, an RN at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center in Sacramento, CA is starting the new year by traveling to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 01/13/14 More »

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

An epidemic of sky-rocketing medical costs has afflicted our country and grown to obscene proportions. Medical bills are bloated with waste, redundancy, profiteering, fraud and outrageous over-billing. Much is wrong with the process of pricing and providing health care. —Ralph Nader, 01/13/14 More »

Nevada Ranks 4th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Nevada Ranks 4th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that Nevada hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. Nevada ranks fourth nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 448 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average Nevada hospital charges $448 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. —National Nurses United / IHSP, 01/13/14 More »

Candle Light Vigil MONDAY 5:30 p.m. as New Cuts Go into Effect

Candle Light Vigil MONDAY 5:30 p.m. as New Cuts Go into Effect

ORLANDO--In the critical care nursery at WPH, where more than half of the RNs filled out the survey, 80 percent of RNs indicated that staffing is never or at best sometimes adequate, and 73 percent said that patients are sicker. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 01/13/14 More »

Family of flu victim, 23, devastated

Family of flu victim, 23, devastated

Relatives wonder if steps were missed in treatment of SR man’s H1N1 virus. The family of a 23-year-old Santa Rosa man who died last week after he contracted the H1N1 flu virus expressed concern Saturday that his illness was not recognized in time to possibly save his life. Matthew “Matty” Walker was admitted to Kaiser Permanente’s hospital in Santa Rosa on Dec. 27 after he called 911 to report he was having trouble breathing. He had been sent home from the hospital the day before after being seen in the emergency room and diagnosed with pneumonia. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 01/13/14 More »

Austin Nurse Headed to the Philippines

Austin Nurse Headed to the Philippines

While many are settling back into regular routines after the holiday break, David Abeles an RNat Arise Medical Center in Austin, Texas, is starting the new year by traveling to the Philippines where he will provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. More »

National Nurses Group Kicks Off New Year with Fifth Deployment of Volunteers to Philippines

National Nurses Group Kicks Off New Year with Fifth Deployment of Volunteers to Philippines

While many are settling back into regular routines after the holiday break, a group of registered nurses from across the country are starting the new year by preparing for their deployment to the Philippines where they will provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —RNRN / NNU, 01/10/14 More »

Nurses to Protest Sutter Alta Bates Summit’s Latest Cuts

Nurses to Protest Sutter Alta Bates Summit’s Latest Cuts

Care Austerity Contrasted with Big Exec Pay Increases. Registered Nurses will picket Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Berkeley hospital on Wednesday, January 15 to protest Sutter corporation’s latest announced cuts of patient services and nurses and other caregivers. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/14 More »

New Data Show How Hospitals Rip You Off

New Data Show How Hospitals Rip You Off

According to the study published Monday by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' organization in the United States, the price of many services has skyrocketed since the mid-'90s. Many hospitals have set charges at 10 times their cost. The 100 most expensive hospitals in the country, for example, in 2011 charged 765 percent of their costs, or $765 for every $100 of total costs. —Mother Jones, 01/08/14 More »

HMA shareholders overwhelmingly approve merger with Tenn.-based hospital system

HMA shareholders overwhelmingly approve merger with Tenn.-based hospital system

A small but widely representative group of registered nurses gathered Wednesday morning outside the Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples to protest a multibillion dollar hospital merger. —Naples Daily News, 01/08/14 More »

Treatment of medically uninsured Americans shameful

Treatment of medically uninsured Americans shameful

They are one American in six. They range in age from newborn to 65. They might be anyone – even your neighbor. They are America’s problem and America’s shame. They are America’s 47 million medically uninsured. Contrary to public perception, the uninsured are, for the most part, not the lowest on the economic ladder. —Physicians For a National Health Program, 01/07/14 More »

Hospital charge-to-cost ratio on the rise, says nursing group

Hospital charge-to-cost ratio on the rise, says nursing group

Hospital charges continue to rise, with some procedures billed at more than 10 times their cost, according to a statement from National Nurses United (NNU). The Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, NNU's research arm. conducted the research. —Fierce Health Finace, 01/07/14 More »

Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two decades. Skimping on care, patients often pay for it with their health, said Joan Ross, co-president of National Nurses United. —ABC National News, 01/07/14 More »

Alarming New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

Alarming New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

California Hospitals on Average Third Highest in U.S. With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation’s largest nurses organization today showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/14 More »

Report: N.J. hospitals most expensive in the U.S. and Meadowlands hospital is at the top

Report: N.J. hospitals most expensive in the U.S. and Meadowlands hospital is at the top

TRENTON — New Jersey has the most expensive hospitals in the nation, with Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus charging the highest rates in the country, according to an analysis of federal data by the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation. —NJ.com True Jersey, 01/06/14 More »

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

Many sectors in the healthcare industry have played major roles in shaping the system we have today: hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses, health insurance companies, scientists, researchers, politicians, advocacy groups, lobbyists, journalists, Wall Streeters and more. As we head into 2014, here are 50 of the most powerful people who have shaped policy, thoughts, operations and management in healthcare. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/06/14 More »

New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at 10 Times their Costs

New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at 10 Times their Costs

Nurses Warn of Ongoing Harm for Patients Needing Care. With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation’s largest nurses organization today showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs. —National Nurses United, 01/06/14 More »

The Obamacare We Deserve

The Obamacare We Deserve

TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful. —The New York Times, 01/03/14 More »

USC Nurses Approve New Pact

USC Nurses Approve New Pact

Registered nurses at Keck Hospital of USC and Norris Cancer Hospital rang in the New Year with a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. The new pact, which expires at the end of April 2017, and covers 800 RNs protects the health coverage for their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains. Nurses voted to accept the contract last Friday. —California Nurses Association, 01/03/14 More »

Naples, Fl. Press Conference at HMA Shareholders Meeting January 8

Naples, Fl. Press Conference at HMA Shareholders Meeting January 8

Registered nurses from around the U.S. will hold a press conference Wednesday, January 8 in Naples, Fl. before a vote by shareholders of the Health Management Associates chain, challenging a buyout of HMA by Community Health Systems that would create a massive hospital monopoly they say would threaten patient access and quality of care. —NNOC / CNA, 01/02/14 More »

Roseville nurse aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Roseville nurse aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Lyn Tirona of Roseville is a registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento who recently returned home after caring for survivors of the Nov. 8 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines archipelago, an extreme weather event that killed over 5,000 people. “I gave anti-rabies and tetanus vaccines to children at the Roxas City Health Office, Panay Island,” said Tirona, 37. —Roseville Press Tribune, 12/27/13 More »

Northland nurse volunteers time, resources to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Northland nurse volunteers time, resources to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As the call for aid in the Philippines grew in the days following Typhoon Haiyan, over 3,000 Registered Nurses applied through the RN Response Network to volunteer their time and resources to the island cities. About 30 nurses have made the two–week trip through the program, treating thousands of impacted families. —Northlands News Center, 12/27/13 More »

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

With all the clamor over the website woes of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act finally ebbing, let's hope the media can begin to notice some changes in the delivery of health care that will have more far-reaching consequences for health care quality and access long after the sign-up problems are a distant memory. Despite the hysteria on the right, some components of the ACA are clearly welcome, especially the Medicaid expansion in those states where the governors are not standing with pitchforks in the door to block health coverage for the working poor. —Executive Director of CNA and NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro, 12/23/13 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/20/13 More »

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

As Next Delegation Set to Deploy to Philippines. The latest group of registered nurse volunteers, who have been at working providing medical care to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, return tonight and Saturday. But the disaster relief program established by National Nurses United is far from over – another group is already in formation with plans to head to the Philippines in early January. —RNRN/NNU, 12/20/13 More »

Regina nurses unite for better contract deal, will hold vigil Monday

Regina nurses unite for better contract deal, will hold vigil Monday

Nurses at Regina Medical Center are fighting for a better contract from the facility’s new owner. Since April, negotiators from the nurses’ union have been trying to work out a contract deal with Allina, which finalized its purchase of the Regina hospital in September. So far, the two sides haven’t been able to resolve all the issues. —Hastings Star Gazette, 12/20/13 More »

500 RNs March on Kaiser Permanente Headquarters Say ‘Don’t Be Reason for Unsafe Holiday Season’

500 RNs March on Kaiser Permanente Headquarters Say ‘Don’t Be Reason for Unsafe Holiday Season’

Nurses Protest Closures, Cuts in Hospital Care. More than 500 registered nurses from Kaiser facilities throughout Northern California, joined by patients, other hospital workers, and community supporters, marched on Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland, Ca. headquarters with a call to on the HMO giant to stop the reductions in hospital care. Singing holiday-themed carols – “Kaiser better watch out, better not cut, better not reduce our RN staff, the California nurses are in town,” and echoing chants like, “we want justice for our patients,” the RNs stepped up what has been a fall campaign of protest. —California Nurses Association, 12/19/13 More »

We Need A “Robin Hood” Tax On Wall Street

We Need A “Robin Hood” Tax On Wall Street

The congressional Republicans are still whining loudly that the federal government cannot pay its debts, and therefore the programs to help hurting Americans must be cut. What they will not tell you is that it is their own policy that has caused the huge budget deficit -- a policy of waging unfunded wars while cutting taxes for the rich and giving unneeded subsidies to large corporations, and perhaps most egregious of all, giving Wall Street a "free ride" when it comes to taxation. —JobSanger.Blogspot.com, 12/19/13 More »

Nurses to HMO Giant Kaiser: Nurses and Patients Shall Not Be Scrooged!

Nurses to HMO Giant Kaiser: Nurses and Patients Shall Not Be Scrooged!

Nurses Celebrate Holidays with Protest at HMO Kaiser Headquarters. Registered Nurses from Kaiser facilities throughout Northern California will gather in downtown Oakland Thursday to celebrate the holiday season with a protest rally outside Kaiser Headquarters. The celebration begins with with caroling and a toy and food drive at the headquarters of the California Nurses Association, followed by a march to Kaiser Headquarters for a protest rally. —California Nurses Association, 12/18/13 More »

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

If all the states were a giant family, Vermont would be the stereotypical Birkenstock-wearing, hippie cousin—just a little bit different and unafraid to reject the typical way of doing things. So perhaps it should not have been all that surprising when the Green Mountain State enacted a single-payer health care system, called “Green Mountain Care,” one year after the country kicked and screamed its way to an individual mandate. —Harvard Political Review, 12/17/13 More »

California Pacific, San Francisco, RNs Say ‘Yes’ to CNA

California Pacific, San Francisco, RNs Say ‘Yes’ to CNA

Resisting a heavy-handed pressure campaign by their employer and frontline managers, registered nurses at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus, Sutter Health’s largest hospital in San Francisco, have voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 12/16/13 More »

Nurses Again #1 in Honesty, Ethics, 14 of 15 Years in Gallup Poll

Nurses Again #1 in Honesty, Ethics, 14 of 15 Years in Gallup Poll

In what has become a holiday tradition, nurses are once again viewed as the most trusted profession in the U.S., according to an annual Gallup survey conducted December 5 to 8. —National Nurses United, 12/16/13 More »

RN Gift of Healing for the Holidays

RN Gift of Healing for the Holidays

That’s the hallmark of the National Nurses United's Registered Nurse Response Network, says Bonnie Castillo, RN, director of RNRN, "we’re here to stay." In the past week, RNRN marked more comings and goings. As volunteers from our third delegation started home, a fresh deployment, team four arrived. And the next team is already in formation, heading out in early January, 2014. —RNRN/National Nurses United, 12/16/13 More »

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives. —PNHP, 12/16/13 More »

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

"At the end of the day, the bill abandons 1.3 million Americans who desperately need unemployment insurance, and does nothing to promote economic growth or job creation," Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, explained Thursday. "Furthermore, the legislation is paid for on the backs of the middle class and military families, while not touching the wealthiest amongst us and allowing corporations to continue to benefit from tax loopholes." —The Nation OpedNews.com, 12/13/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

“We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/13/13 More »

Florida RN Returns Saturday from Philippines Disaster Relief Mission

Florida RN Returns Saturday from Philippines Disaster Relief Mission

Girlie Garnada, a registered nurse from New Port Richey, FL, will return Saturday night from a two week medical relief mission to the Philippines. Garnada joined RNs from Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Michigan, and other locales on the third team of volunteers deployed by the National Nurses United's Registered Nurse Response Network relief effort on the northern end of the island of Panay, which was in the direct path of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —RNRN/NNU, 12/13/13 More »

Two Northern California RNs Return from Disaster Relief Mission to Philippines as NNU Effort Goes On

Two Northern California RNs Return from Disaster Relief Mission to Philippines as NNU Effort Goes On

Two Northern California registered are returning from a medical relief mission to a typhoon-ravaged region of the Philippines, even as more RNs this week left to continue a volunteer effort sponsored by the Registered Nurse Response Network of National Nurses United. Jane Sandoval, an RN community activist who works at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, returns tonight. Lyn Tirona, a Kaiser Sacramento RN, returned earlier this week. Both spent about two weeks on the ground, mostly on Panay, an island in the direct path of the storm. —California Nurses Association, 12/13/13 More »

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

About two-dozen nurses who work at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital held what they called an “informational picket” outside the medical center, Thursday, Dec. 12. The employees say they were protesting hospital management’s unwillingness to bargain in their contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses. —Tracy Press, 12/13/13 More »

Texas’ Other Death Penalty

Texas’ Other Death Penalty

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I was a first-year medical student then, and the disease in his body baffled me. His belly was swollen, his eyes were yellow and his blood tests were all awry. It hurt when he swallowed and his urine stank. —Texas Observer, 12/12/13 More »

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Providence becomes the seventh D.C. hospital with nurses organized under the banner of National Nurses United, a federation of nurses unions. Organizers hope that bringing Providence’s roughly 400 RNs into the fold will help D.C. Council legislation that would mandate certain nurse staffing levels in city hospitals. That legislation is languishing amid fierce lobbying by hospital officials, who contend that “staffing ratios” increase costs without improving patient care. —The Washington Post, 12/12/13 More »

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Gary Lemesh shudders to think if Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center were to make more cuts. His aging mother is one of 10 long-term patients in sub-acute care, which, according to register nurse Clarice Spann-Reeve, was inherited by Kaiser Permanente after taking over St. Dominic’s Hospital in 2004. “Gary’s mom has a mind that’s fully functional. Only her body has given out on her,” she said at the ‘Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center’ session hosted by the California Alliance for Retired Americans on Wednesday at the Manteca Transit station. —Manteca Bulletin, 12/12/13 More »

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Ellen Mockridge, a registered nurse at Community Hospital Long Beach for 30 years, said her life was put at risk because there are not enough nurses on staff. Once, Mockridge said she went to check on a patient with AIDS who was in an isolation room. Because there wasn’t another nurse to assist her, Mockridge said she was stuck with a needle and had to take off work for three months. She also had to take medication that she said compromised her immune system and prevented her from taking her arthritis medicine. —Orange County Register, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses Postpone Dignity Health Protests Friday  as Dignity Requests Talks to Resolve Dispute

Nurses Postpone Dignity Health Protests Friday as Dignity Requests Talks to Resolve Dispute

Candelight rallies planned at Dignity Health hospitals across California and Nevada this Friday to protest a threatened rollback in retirement benefits were put on hold late Wednesday after company officials agreed to meet over any potential changes in the Dignity retiree health plan. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses Protest Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s Refusal To Bargain in Good Faith

Nurses Protest Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s Refusal To Bargain in Good Faith

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket and rally on Thursday to protest management's continued unwillingness to take serious action at the bargaining table. Sutter Tracy RNs held a candlelight vigil two weeks ago to alert the public to conditions in the hospital and to unacceptable positions by management at the bargaining table. —California Nurses Association, 12/11/13 More »

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and insurance companies nationwide have begun to cut back services. In California, Kaiser nurses recently reported that "over the last year, Kaiser has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured, and is sending patients home when they should still be under hospital care" (National Nurses United, Oct. 2013). —Bohemian.com, 12/11/13 More »

National Nurses Statement on Federal Budget Deal

National Nurses Statement on Federal Budget Deal

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, today expressed dismay and alarm over the federal budget deal announced yesterday, saying it will perpetuate the harmful effects of austerity, especially with so many in Main Street communities continuing to feel the painful effects of the Great Recession caused by Wall Street speculation. More »

Today-Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical

Today-Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical

The seniors and nurses of the Keep Manteca Safe Committee are applauding the announcement by the California Alliance for Retired Americans that the senior advocacy group will host the “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center” today, Dec. 11th, from 1-3 p.m., at the Manteca Transit Center, Moffat Blvd. at S. Main St. “We welcome the opportunity to be heard,” said committee member Jackie Rudy, a resident of the Woodbridge by Del Webb retirement community in Manteca. “These cuts and closures are causing real harm to seniors and people throughout the area.” —California Nurses Association, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

The state’s largest nurses union is pressing forward with a bid to require greater financial disclosure by Massachusetts hospitals and limit the pay of top hospital executives, moves fiercely opposed by the hospital industry. —The Boston Globe, 12/11/13 More »

Providence DC RNs Vote by 78% to Unionize - First DC Non-Union Hospital Win in Decades

Providence DC RNs Vote by 78% to Unionize - First DC Non-Union Hospital Win in Decades

Braving freezing rain and snow that shut down parts of the federal government, registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC Tuesday night became the first non-union hospital in decades to vote to join a union. —NNOC/NNU, 12/11/13 More »

Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in Philippines pulls nurse to homeland

Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in Philippines pulls nurse to homeland

When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into her native country, Girlie Garnada spent the next day in tears as she watched the horrifying images on television. "Seeing those bodies on the side of the road, I couldn't imagine if I was there," she said. Her immediate family was spared, but she wondered what happened to some other relatives. Finally she saw a familiar face: her husband's cousin, Annaliz Kwan, the former mayor of the city of Guinan, pleading for aid. —Tampa Bay Times, 12/10/13 More »

Portland nurse joins relief effort in Philippines

Portland nurse joins relief effort in Philippines

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland woman is joining a national contingent of nurses on a relief trip to the Philippines, an island country still recovering from the deadliest typhoon ever to strike it. Typhoon Haiyan, reportedly the strongest such storm to ever make landfall, hit the Southeast Asian country early last month, killing nearly 6,000 people. —The Bangor Daily News, 12/09/13 More »

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company. But one holds a clear price advantage. Avastin costs about $50 per injection. Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection. —The Washington Post, 12/09/13 More »

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A Burbank man is among a group of registered nurses departing Monday for the Philippines to provide medical support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports as families are busy with December holiday preparations, Paolo Montenegro and others are going to serve others in need thousands of miles away. —CBS Los Angeles, 12/09/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal single payer health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal single payer health care in the U.S.

Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S. “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/09/13 More »

UCLA RN to Join 4th National Nurses Group to Head to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

UCLA RN to Join 4th National Nurses Group to Head to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

UCLA Medical Center First Hospital to Support Campaign. While many families are busy in December holiday preparations, a group of registered nurses – including Paolo Montenegro, a Burbank, Ca. resident who works at UCLA Medical Center – are getting ready for their own special gift – heading to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —California Nurses Association, 12/07/13 More »

Fourth National Nurses Group to Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

Fourth National Nurses Group to Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

The Nurses’ Gift of Healing for the Holidays. While many families are busy in December holiday preparations, a group of registered nurses from Maine to California are getting ready for their own special gift – volunteering to deploy to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —National Nurses United, 12/06/13 More »

Federal Official:Hospital Objections to RN Vote for CNA at Big Torrance Hospital are ‘Without Merit’

Federal Official:Hospital Objections to RN Vote for CNA at Big Torrance Hospital are ‘Without Merit’

RN victory was biggest single hospital election in years. A hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board this week recommended the labor board uphold the September vote by registered nurses at a major Los Angeles area hospital, branding hospital objections to the democratic vote as “without merit.” In a hard fought election, the RNs at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Ca. voted 279 to 261 to join the to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United in what CNA called the biggest U.S. election win for non-union hospital registered nurses in seven years. —California Nurses Association, 12/06/13 More »

Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts/Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center

Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts/Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center

The seniors and nurses of the Keep Manteca Safe Committee are applauding the announcement by the California Alliance for Retired Americans that the senior advocacy group will host the “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1-3 pm, at the Manteca Transit Center, Moffat Blvd. at S. Main St. “We welcome the opportunity to be heard,” said committee member Jackie Rudy, a resident of the Woodbridge by Del Webb retirement community in Manteca. “These cuts and closures are causing real harm to seniors and people throughout the area.” —California Nurses Association, 12/06/13 More »

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to multi-racial democracy and will be mourned around the world. Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95. South Africa's first black president died after years of declining health that had caused him to withdraw from public life. —The Guardian, 12/05/13 More »

Bungling the Easy Stuff

Bungling the Easy Stuff

One of the patients featured in the TIME cover story I wrote last March--"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"--was Emilia Gilbert, a school-bus driver. Gilbert was 61 years old in 2008 when she slipped and fell one evening in her backyard in Fairfield, Conn. She was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital, where she was treated for some cuts and a broken nose. She left a few hours later with a bill for $9,418, which included $6,538 for CT scans and $239 for a routine blood test. The charges, I found, were based on something called the hospital chargemaster--a list of hugely inflated prices that no one could explain or defend. —Time, 12/05/13 More »

Kindred Hospital, Westminster RNs Vote by 81% for CNA

Kindred Hospital, Westminster RNs Vote by 81% for CNA

Registered nurses at Kindred Hospital in Westminster voted by 81 percent Wednesday to join the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. CNA will represent 150 RNs at the Orange County facility, a long term care, rehab hospital which is part of a large, Kentucky-based chain that operates transitional care, nursing homes, rehab and hospice facilities and other healthcare sites. —California Nurses Association, 12/05/13 More »

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Registered Nurses at Fallbrook Hospital held a protest Tuesday to speak out about patient concerns and other hospital issues. Watch the video report. —NBC San Diego, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

FAIRLEA — Nearly a dozen registered nurses lined a strip of land between Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Route 219 Tuesday afternoon, protesting what they say is the unwillingness of the hospital’s management to negotiate a labor contract with them. “This hospital made $15 million last year,” said RN Tracey Paxton, one of the picketers. “We don’t think it’s too much to ask that they provide the equipment we need to do our jobs. We need to be at our patients’ bedsides, not trying to find another IV pole or blood-pressure cuff.” —Register-Herald Reporter, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Members of a national nurses union are asking Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s management to discuss patient care and other issues. On Aug. 25, 2012, BRMCs’ nurses voted to become members of the National Nurses United Union, said BRMC Nurse Brenda Meadwell, RN. The union held a press conference today outside the hospital. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital staged a one-day strike from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today to protest ongoing patient care concerns and rights of registered nurses, as part of a National Day of Action by Community Health Systems RNs. Nurses were protesting the hospital’s ongoing refusal to address the nurses’ concerns over patient safety, inadequate staffing and substandard wages, according to Charles Idelson, communications director for National Nurses Unified. —San Bernardino Sun, 12/04/13 More »

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

WATSONVILLE -- Scores of nurses demonstrated in front of Watsonville Community Hospital on Thursday, protesting what they say is the hospital's practice of employing so few nurses and medical assistants that patients are receiving substandard care. The 275 or so nurses have been negotiating a new contract since February and without a contract since October, said Lisa Harlow, a negotiator with the California Nurses Association. —Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/04/13 More »

Affinity Nurses Picket Over Concerns About Safety, Staffing

Affinity Nurses Picket Over Concerns About Safety, Staffing

A group of registered nurses were part of informational pickets Tuesday outside Affinity Medical Center, claiming the need for a labor contract with Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital. Registered nurses at Affinity Medical Center are calling for a labor deal with the hospital and drew attention to their points through informational pickets late Tuesday afternoon. More than a dozen nurses and supporters held signs on the west side of the hospital, along a sidewalk at Amherst Road NE and Commonwealth Avenue NE. —WSKU.org, 12/04/13 More »

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Massachusetts--Two measures that the nurses’ union supports look like they’ve gathered enough signatures to move forward toward appearing on state ballots next year. One, titled The Patient Safety Act, would set a limit on how many patients a registered nurse can be assigned. That’s been a hotly debated issue for years, including in this discussion on Radio Boston this summer. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 12/03/13 More »

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project". —The Guardian, 12/03/13 More »

National Day of Strikes, Pickets, Protests by Community Health Systems RNs in Four States

National Day of Strikes, Pickets, Protests by Community Health Systems RNs in Four States

Registered nurses at seven Community Health Systems hospitals in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, will hold a national day of action with strikes, pickets, and other solidarity events today Tuesday, December 3. The protests will affect more than 1,400 RNs at the facilities. —NNOC / CNA, 12/03/13 More »

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. —The New York Times, 12/03/13 More »

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

The only time that Joselito Tirona can reach his wife in the Philippines is about 3 a.m. Sacramento time – early in the evening in Roxas City, where Lyn Tirona, a 37-year-old registered nurse who works at Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center, is currently deployed as part of a volunteer medical mission helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan. —The Sacramento Bee, 12/02/13 More »

Patient Advocates Hold Press Conference (Dec. 4) Outside State House

Patient Advocates Hold Press Conference (Dec. 4) Outside State House

Massachusetts--On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. a delegation of nurses and patient advocates from across the state will hold a press conference outside the Massachusetts State House, as they prepare to deliver the final batch of more than 200,000 signatures to the Secretary of State for two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals, while also ensuring that taxpayer health care dollars are dedicated exclusively for patient care and needed services for all communities. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 12/02/13 More »

San Francisco RN Leader Headed to Philippines

Longtime San Francisco registered nurse leader Jane Sandoval will leave from San Francisco International Airport, tonight, the latest in an ongoing deployment by the National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network which is providing disaster relief in the Philippines following the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda earlier this month. —National Nurses United, 11/30/13 More »

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

As a nurse, Michigan Nurses Association member Tim Launius is used to working holidays. Launius, a critical care RN at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, is in the Philippines taking care of typhoon survivors as part of a team of volunteers from National Nurses United’s RNRN (Registered Nurse Response Network). —Michigan Nurses Association, 11/29/13 More »

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

As the grocery bags suddenly become half-empty and too many kids start going hungry, a lot of people are going to ask: "Where can we find the money to feed our children?" Here's one source, probably the biggest untapped revenue source in our nation - Wall Street. By RoseAnn DeMoro, CNA/NNU Executive Director —SFGate.com, 11/27/13 More »

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

Lost amidst the well-chronicled travails of the Affordable Care Act rollout are the long term effects of people struggling to get the health coverage they need without going bankrupt. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's been the main story line of the US healthcare system for several decades. Sadly, little has changed. —The Guardian, 11/27/13 More »

Sierra, Providence nurses in El Paso approve first union contract

Sierra, Providence nurses in El Paso approve first union contract

Registered nurses at Sierra Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital have ratified their first contract since becoming part of a national nurses union, the union announced recently. —El Paso Times, 11/27/13 More »

Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

Thanks to your donations and willingness to volunteer, RNRN now has mobile medical clinics up and running in the Philippines that hundreds of typhoon victims are lining up to use every day. Nurses have stationed themselves at a ruined chapel, a local gym, and other sites in Roxas City on Panay, one of the islands hard hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. They are providing much needed medications, wound care, vaccinations for tetanus and other shots, and assessing and treating all kinds of injuries and illnesses. —RN Response Network, 11/27/13 More »

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