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MA Nurses Union Pushes for Pay Curbs, Financial Disclosures at Hospitals

MA Nurses Union Pushes for Pay Curbs, Financial Disclosures at Hospitals

An activist nurses union is pushing for legislation in Massachusetts that would create greater transparency regarding hospital prices, executive compensation and investment of assets. The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), affiliated with the National Nurses United, supports legislation, HB 3844, that would require disclosure of hospital profit margins, executive pay, and how organizations invest assets overseas. The union is also pushing for a voter ballot initiative as a backup to the legislative route. —Ron Shinkman, 06/13/14 More »

Nurses Plan Bake Sale to Raise Money for Wheelchairs and Supplies for MedStar Washington Hospital

Nurses Plan Bake Sale to Raise Money for Wheelchairs and Supplies for MedStar Washington Hospital

MedStar Washington Hospital registered nurses, affiliated with National Nurses United, will conduct a bake sale on Monday to raise funds to help the hospital purchase working wheelchairs and other basic supplies. Nurses working at the region’s largest medical center have reported a critical shortage of basic equipment and supplies that are needed to adequately care for patients. —National Nurses United, 06/13/14 More »

Union Nurses Say “Lift Up El Paso” NNOC-TEXAS/NNU

Union Nurses Say “Lift Up El Paso” NNOC-TEXAS/NNU

The “Lift Up El Paso” Alliance is organizing to improve the lives of workers in El Paso and is planning an action for later in July. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas/National Nurses Union, 06/12/14 More »

Memo to the Anti-Union Crowd, Not in Our State, Ask Steve Glazer

Memo to the Anti-Union Crowd, Not in Our State, Ask Steve Glazer

In a low turnout primary election earlier this month, California political analysts had to scurry to find messages from the voters. Here’s one that some missed. We’re not ready to turn into the latest cookie-cutter anti-union state. What would you call California if we lost our vital labor movement? A state that looks a lot like what has happened in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, all of which recently enacted laws intended to decimate labor unions. —Deborah Burger, RN , 06/12/14 More »

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

A radio advertisement was launched on Wednesday blasting hospital CEOs in Massachusetts for their excessive salaries and compensation packages, while also pointing out the millions of dollars stashed in accounts in the Cayman Islands. The advertisement was released while hospital CEOs gather together at the Chatham Bars Inn for the Massachusetts Hospital Association annual meeting in an effort to show the disconnect between hospital CEOs and their desire to provide adequate patient care. —Nicholas Handy, GoLocalWorcester.com, 06/12/14 More »

Bill to Step Up Violence Prevention in California Hospitals Continues to Advance in Legislature

Bill to Step Up Violence Prevention in California Hospitals Continues to Advance in Legislature

Legislation to assure California hospitals have stronger measures to reduce workplace violence incidents continues to move forward in the California state legislature as it passed its first Assembly test Wednesday. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee Wednesday, and now heads to the Assembly Health Committee next week. The bill won approval by the California Senate last month. —California Nurses Association, 06/12/14 More »

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

While hospital executives from across Massachusetts meet in Chatham this week, a nurses union is running a radio ad that criticizes Massachusetts hospital chiefs' compensation packages and calls for greater transparency of hospital finances. The ad campaign started Tuesday and will run through Friday, David Schildmeier, spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, said. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 06/12/14 More »

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is ramping up its efforts to build support for two ballot questions that would change the way hospitals operate. In one example, the MNA polled 100 doctors who regularly care for patients in Massachusetts hospitals. Of the responses, 58 percent said they have seen executives cut valuable patient care services in order to increase a hospital's operating margin, and 70 percent said they believed greater transparency of hospital finances would help protect those programs. —Jessica Bartlett - Boston Business Journal, 06/11/14 More »

Nurses Attend Rally to Push Support for Patient Lifting Bill

Nurses Attend Rally to Push Support for Patient Lifting Bill

It was an early day for Julie Perry and other nurses of the National Nurses United in Kansas City. Many members got up between 4 and 5 a.m. to catch the 5:30 a.m. bus to the Capitol. Their mission? To protest “right to work,” lobby state legislators to vote the measure down, and find support for a bill that would create requirements to make lifting patients easier. After a brief training seminar at Bones Lounge & Restaurant in downtown Jefferson City, members of the nurses union split up into several groups to visit 35 legislators in an hour, said Jan Rodolfo, a nurse and union representative. —By Casey Bischel, News Tribune, 06/10/14 More »

VA Nurses Urge U.S. Senate to Stand Up for Quality Care, Proper Funding for VA Facilities

VA Nurses Urge U.S. Senate to Stand Up for Quality Care, Proper Funding for VA Facilities

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, which also represents thousands of Veterans Affairs RNs, today called for substantial increases in funding at VA hospitals to ensure that veterans get the care they need – and offered qualified support for a proposal announced last week by Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain to address the much discussed problems at VA facilities. National Nurses United also urged management reforms for the VA and a measure to ensure that nurses are empowered to advocate for quality care for patients. NNU said it opposes proposals that might decrease the quality of care by allowing VA funds to be used at private health care corporations. —National Nurses United, 06/10/14 More »

7 in 10 Doctors Favor Pending Legislation to Call for Greater Transparency of Hospital Finances

7 in 10 Doctors Favor Pending Legislation to Call for Greater Transparency of Hospital Finances

Survey findings released as hospital CEOs gather for three days of golf, fine dining and networking at the luxurious chatham bars inn on Cape Cod. As well-heeled hospital CEOs plan to gather for three days of golf, lavish receptions and networking at one the state’s most luxurious resorts on the Cape, a new survey of the state’s doctors finds that most doctors (58%) have seen these executives cut valuable patient care services in order to increase profits, and 7 in 10 believe that greater transparency of hospital finances would help protect funding for needed services. —Massachusettes Nurses Association - National Nurses United, 06/10/14 More »

Registered Nurses Urge Cal/OSHA to Adopt Proposed Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered Nurses Urge Cal/OSHA to Adopt Proposed Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered nurses, affiliated with the California Nurses Association, traveled to Sacramento from throughout the state today to urge the Cal/OSHA Board to adopt new regulations on safe patient handling and to petition regulators to establish standards for workplace violence prevention. The proposed safe patient handling regulations are designed to protect registered nurses and other healthcare workers from patient handling injuries and to provide patients with safe and appropriate care. The regulations were developed over the past year to enforce Assembly Bill 1136, the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act. —California Nurses Association, 06/10/14 More »

Safe RN Ratios for Illinois!

Safe RN Ratios for Illinois!

With less than 10 days notice, nurses from around Chicago descended on the Health and Human Services Committee hearing of our IL Ratio Bill HB 0012! 9 nurses testified, speaking eloquently and from the heart about how unsafe staffing is hurting their patients. Many more were prepared to testify had we had more time. —National Nurses United, 06/09/14 More »

Nurses tour petroleum coke facilities, seek ban until piles enclosed

Nurses tour petroleum coke facilities, seek ban until piles enclosed

A national nurses union and Southeast Side activists will call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel today to ban petroleum coke in Chicago city limits until the piles of dust are enclosed. National Nurses United says in a news release that an Emanuel-backed ordinance the City Council passed last month to regulate storage of petroleum coke doesn't go far enough. —Chicago Tribune, 06/09/14 More »

RNs, County Workers Halt Cook Co. Board of Commissioners Pres. Preckwinkle’s Pension “Reform”

RNs, County Workers Halt Cook Co. Board of Commissioners Pres. Preckwinkle’s Pension “Reform”

Quick action from all County workers opposed to pension cuts stopped passage of pension legislation. In a last minute move, Toni Preckwinkle, the President of the Cook County Board went to Springfield the last two weeks of May with an entourage of lobbyists to ram her pension reform package through in the final hours of the session. Preckwinkle, accompanied by leaders and lobbyists from the larger County unions, attempted to convince state politicians to cut County pensions in a last minute appeal. —National Nurses United, 06/09/14 More »

In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

“Stunning, just stunning, just stunning,” said Sheilah Garland, shaking her head as she stared out the window of the bus rolling along a dirt road next to towering black piles of petroleum coke on Chicago’s Southeast Side. As an organizer of National Nurses United, a labor union representing about 6,000 nurses in Chicago and 185,000 nationwide, Garland has seen a lot. She represents nurses working in grueling and traumatic situations on a daily basis. And the union has picked fights with powerful politicians, including former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. —Midwest Energy News, 06/09/14 More »

Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’

Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’

Registered nurses and community activists will tour petroleum coke sites in Chicago Monday and publicly demand city officials to declare a moratorium on creating the byproduct they say is a hazard to city residents. National Nurses United is planning a news conference alongside the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, and Progressive Democrats of America. —The Herald-News, 06/09/14 More »

California Bill Would Let Patients See Out-Of-Network Providers

California Bill Would Let Patients See Out-Of-Network Providers

Health insurance plans have networks of doctors and hospitals that policyholders must use. If a patient wants to see an out-of-network provider, they face higher out-of-pocket costs. But a pending bill in the California Senate would require insurers to offer timely access to care. If that wasn’t possible, patients could see a non-network provider without having to pay more. —Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, 06/06/14 More »

Nurses’ statement on GOP lawmakers mocking women on the House Floor

Nurses’ statement on GOP lawmakers mocking women on the House Floor

The following statement from the Michigan Nurses Association is from Julia Morrissey, RN. She and other registered nurses were participating in a Lobby Day at the Capitol today to advocate for the Safe Patient Care Act (safe nurse-patient ratios in hospitals). —Julia Morrissey, Michigan Nurses Association, 06/05/14 More »

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Once again the California Hospital Association is mounting a crusade that the survival of the multibillion-dollar California hospital industry is in grave jeopardy. The threat? Earthquakes? Climate change? Godzilla? Not exactly. The big threat is AB 503, a bill that would let the public know whether non-profit hospital corporations justify their enormously profitable tax-exempt status by providing sufficient charity care and community benefits. —Deborah Burger, RN, 06/05/14 More »

Survey: RN staffing critical

Survey: RN staffing critical

One in four Bay State nurses says that patient deaths are “directly attributable” to having too many people in their care at one time, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, also found 46 percent of nurses said understaffing has resulted in injury to patients, 51 percent said it has led to longer hospital stays, and 57 percent said it has led to medication errors. Research firm Anderson Robbins did the survey of randomly selected nurses. —Marie Szaniszlo, The Boston Herald, 06/05/14 More »

Fight to Save Doctors San Pablo Moves to Pleasant Hill Town Hall Forum-Thursday

Fight to Save Doctors San Pablo Moves to Pleasant Hill Town Hall Forum-Thursday

RNs, public say sales tax proposal good step towards fulfilling County’s obligation to provide care for indigent. Registered nurses, joined by community residents repeatedly urged the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors at their monthly meeting yesterday, to prevent the threatened closure of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo by taking over operation of the troubled facility. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Federal Agency Seeks Court Order to Require Sutter Memorial to Stop Illegal Actions vs. RNs

Federal Agency Seeks Court Order to Require Sutter Memorial to Stop Illegal Actions vs. RNs

RNs to vote on joining CNA as employer steps up anti-democratic tactics against nurses’ rights. The National Labor Relations Board Wednesday morning petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to order Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Modesto to properly post federal notices informing employees that it is required to stop engaging in illegal harassment and other pressure tactics to coerce registered nurses to vote against their right to form a union. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Nearly 1 in 4 MA Registered Nurses Report Patient Deaths Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignments.

Nearly 1 in 4 MA Registered Nurses Report Patient Deaths Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignments.

78% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments including 59% of RNs who are aware of patient complications and 46% 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. Outraged Legislators Claim the Results Sound the Alarm for Immediate Action on Pending Legislation to Ensure Safe Patient Limits for Safer Patient Care —David Schildmeier, Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Manteca to Kaiser: Restore hospital services

Manteca to Kaiser: Restore hospital services

Manteca’s elected leaders want Kaiser to restore services to the healthcare firm’s Manteca hospital. The resolution adopted by the City Council Tuesday calls for Kaiser Permanente to immediately bring back the following services to the Manteca Kaiser Medical Center on West Yosemite Avenue: • cardiology/echocardiograms so patients needing them will not be transferred to Modesto. • making ultrasound services available 24 hours. • reopen the medical surgical unit. • restoring a full function sub-acute surgical unit. —Dennis Wyatt. Manteca Bulletin, 06/04/14 More »

Public Pressure Builds to Restore Services to Kaiser Manteca Picket and Rally Tuesday

Public Pressure Builds to Restore Services to Kaiser Manteca Picket and Rally Tuesday

Seniors, nurses push city council to adopt resolution at meeting following rally. A growing coalition of seniors, registered nurses, religious leaders, and community members are holding a series of actions on Tuesday in their campaign to restore Kaiser Manteca to a full-service, acute-care hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 06/02/14 More »

RNs to Contra Costa Supervisors: Act Now to Stop Closure of Doctors San Pablo Hospital

RNs to Contra Costa Supervisors: Act Now to Stop Closure of Doctors San Pablo Hospital

The RNs, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United have been calling on the County to step up to the plate and assume responsibility for management and operation of the hospital and its emergency room as a full service hospital. The facility could close as soon as July. The Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the county administration building, 651 Pine St. in Martinez. CNA RNs have stepped up a widespread community effort to keep the hospital open and have it run by the county as essential to protecting access to critical hospital and emergency services in West Country Costa County. RNs note that DMC provides 60 percent of the emergency care in the region, some 40,000 patients a year and has 79 percent of the hospital beds. —California Nurses Association, 06/02/14 More »

Pinoy nurses fight closure of Daly City critical care unit

Pinoy nurses fight closure of Daly City critical care unit

Nurses and other hospital workers of the Seton Medical Center staged a vigil last week to protest the proposed closure of the emergency care services and critical care unit. “These nurses behind me, we are all nurses, and we want to keep the hospital open and to be of service to the community. There are a lot of senior citizens in the area especially Filipino people. This is 90 percent Filipino community so they should advocate that Seton will be an acute hospital," said Tessie Cachola, a run staff nurse at Seton for 30 years said. The Daughters of Charity Health System, which owns Seton, reportedly can longer afford to fund the services. —Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, 06/02/14 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

We talk with RN Bonnie Castillo about National Nurses United new campaign, “Insist On A Registered Nurse”. Listen like this information could save your life or the life of a loved one. —Nurse Talk Radio, 05/30/14 More »

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

National Nurses United has launched a media campaign criticizing the effects of what it called “digitalized care.” The mutlipronged campaign specifically criticizes electronic health records and bedside computers, saying they “too often fail” and lead to diagnoses and treatments based on “generic population trends” instead of individualized assessments. —Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare, 05/30/14 More »

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

National Nurses United has been running ads on TV and radio lately about the obvious dangers of a troubling trend in our increasingly corporatized, for-profit healthcare system (consisting of the large hospital chains and health insurance cartels), replacing nurses and doctors with computerized diagnostics and protocols, which must be rigidly followed. —necocopiosus, 05/30/14 More »

Nurses ask for public’s help keeping San Pablo hospital open

Nurses ask for public’s help keeping San Pablo hospital open

The California Nurses Association is calling on Contra Costa County residents to demand county leaders save Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo from certain closure. The hospital is set to close in July after years of financial struggles and the failure of West Contra Costa County voters to pass a parcel tax that might have kept the facility open. —By Noelle Walker, KTVU.com , 05/30/14 More »

RN-Backed Bill to Step Up Hospital Violence Prevention Takes Big Step in Passing Senate

RN-Backed Bill to Step Up Hospital Violence Prevention Takes Big Step in Passing Senate

A bill to step up efforts to prevent workplace violence in California hospitals took a major step forward today by winning approval in the California State Senate, making it the third significant legislation sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United to win approval over the last two days. SB 1299, the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act introduced by Senator Alex Padilla, would require that hospitals establish workplace violence prevention plans including strong personnel education and planning programs and systems to assess and mitigate factors that contribute to violence in the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/14 More »

Algorithmic MDs Will Ruin Healthcare, Nurses Say

Algorithmic MDs Will Ruin Healthcare, Nurses Say

In a bid to make healthcare cheaper and faster, hospitals are turning to algorithmic systems for diagnosing patients. But the national nurses' union says that robots-meet-super-WebMD are no replacement for a real doctor. —Jordan Pearson, motherboard.vice.com, 05/29/14 More »

RN-Sponsored Bill to Expand Patient Choice on Access to Care Wins Approval in California Assembly

RN-Sponsored Bill to Expand Patient Choice on Access to Care Wins Approval in California Assembly

Landmark legislation to break insurance network restrictions passes key vote. A major bill that sets a new national standard for breaking through rigid restrictions on patient choice of doctors, hospitals and other medical providers set by insurance companies won approval in the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/14 More »

Pressure Builds to Save Doctors San Pablo-Town Hall #2-Thursday-Hercules

Pressure Builds to Save Doctors San Pablo-Town Hall #2-Thursday-Hercules

Public demands on county to save vital hospital grows at packed Richmond town hall. Campaign to access funds from 6.5 % increase in tax revenue builds for June 3 Supervisor meeting. As West Contra Costa residents gear up for the second of three town hall meetings this Thursday in Hercules. —California Nurses Association, 05/28/14 More »

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at Seton Thursday

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at Seton Thursday

RNs Call to Keep Full Services Open As Daughters of Charity Chain Seeks Buyer Without Commitment to Community. Registered nurses, joined by local community leaders, will hold a vigil Thursday at Seton Medical Center in Daly City to demand the Daughters of Charity Health System be held to its pledge to protect critical hospital services at Seton and several other facilities. For more than a year, Daughters of Charity has been actively soliciting a buy-out partner while failing to make any commitments to the communities served by Daughters hospitals that full services will be maintained. —California Nurses Association, 05/27/14 More »

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle’s proposed pension fix

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle’s proposed pension fix

Several dozen unionized Stroger Hospital employees descended on a Cook County board meeting Wednesday, expressing their displeasure with President Toni Preckwinkle’s pension-reform plan, which is expected to surface soon in Springfield. As county hospital workers waited their turn to address the board, the echoes of an overflow crowd could be heard chanting “save our pensions” from a hallway outside the boardroom. But by the time they were allowed to take the podium, Preckwinkle had ducked out of the meeting to attend a separate event. She later returned after the hospital workers were gone. —Chicago Sun-Times.com, 05/27/14 More »

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Registered nurses from across the country went to Washington DC last week to urge Congress to take action to fix the nation’s broken health care system by enacting Medicare for All. While our nation’s health care system has incredibly capable nurses and other health professionals, and boasts a variety of other advantages like the highest spending per person in the world, we don’t get the outcomes we should. Far too many go without health care when they need it. Our nation ranks behind 19 industrialized countries in preventable deaths among those under age 75. —Deborah Burger, National Nurses United, 05/27/14 More »

National Nurses United Slams Health IT as ‘Unproven’ Technology

National Nurses United Slams Health IT as ‘Unproven’ Technology

National Nurses United has announced a campaign that aims to highlight the dangers of using "unproven" medical technology,Healthcare IT News reports. NNU was founded in 2009 and includes about 185,000 members representing every state (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 5/27). —iHealthBeat, 05/27/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil at St. Vincent Med Center Thursday

RNs to Hold Vigil at St. Vincent Med Center Thursday

RNs call to keep full services open as daughters of charity chain seeks buyer without commitment to community. Registered nurses, joined by local community leaders, are calling on public officials to demand the Daughters of Charity Health System be held to its pledge to protect critical hospital services at St. Vincent Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles and several other facilities. For more than a year, Daughters of Charity has been actively soliciting a buy-out partner while failing to make any commitments to the communities served by Daughters hospitals that full services will be maintained. —California Nurses Association, 05/27/14 More »

Ryan O’Connell and Neil Berman, On the Job: Bill would benefit at-risk health care workers

Ryan O’Connell and Neil Berman, On the Job: Bill would benefit at-risk health care workers

The California Nurses Association and the vast number of health care workers in California are in support of Assembly Bill 2616 introduced by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner earlier this year. If passed into law, AB 2616 would establish a rebuttable presumption in the workers' compensation system for acute care hospital employees, providing direct patient care, who contract a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infection. Existing law provides that an injury sustained by an employee, arising out of the course and scope of their employment, is compensable under the workers' compensation system. However, what constitutes an injury arising out of the course and scope of employment is often the source of litigation. —Monterey Herald, 05/23/14 More »

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the National Nurses United have been urging state legislators to pass a bill they introduced last year, the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act. The HPTFA would limit excessive revenues and executive compensation for nonprofit, state-assisted hospitals, and would require hospitals to publicly disclose their financing, including their tax-sheltered offshore accounts. While health care costs are the financial ruin of many families, hospitals are able to boost revenue in part by keeping offshore accounts, which are not subject to the rigors of taxation or regulatory oversight. —The Bay State Banner, 05/23/14 More »

RNs Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

RNs Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

More than 150 registered nurses and community members held a somber candlelight vigil May 22 night in honor of Jenevieve Dagatan, a 6-month old infant who died in April after being discharged after an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. “Kaiser failed my family and daughter when they sent us home from the emergency room telling us to just give her Pedialyte and over the counter medicine. It was only when we came back for the second time and demanded treatment that they caught her meningitis. But it was too late and now our little Jenevieve is gone,” Jenevieve’s mother, Andrea Olguin, told CNA/NNU. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting

RICHMOND- Some 300 West Contra Costa County registered nurses, seniors, religious leaders and community members packed the first of three town hall meetings May 22 that are intended to step up efforts to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC), and its emergency room open as a full service hospital. The next Town Hall meeting will be May 29 in Hercules, the California/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced. The May 29 and June 5 town hall meetings will be held in Districts IV and V, where the highest proportions of working class, African American and/or senior residents who stand to be most affected by a closure reside. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have overwhelmingly approved their first collective bargaining agreement, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United announced today. The new two-year pact includes gains on economic security, staffing and workplace violence prevention, and also rejects what had been management demands for reductions in the existing standards for nurses. St. Rose RNs ratified the agreement in membership meetings Thursday. "When we overwhelmingly voted for CNA, we knew it was the best thing for all of us, but winning an excellent first contract is just as powerful,” said Tricia Munoz, Telemetry RN and nurse negotiator. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

Mount Desert Island RNs Press Hospital on Patient Safety

Mount Desert Island RNs Press Hospital on Patient Safety

Nurses cite concerns on proper use of healthcare technology. Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Me. Are calling on hospital administrators to take action to improve patient safety, especially on the appropriate use of healthcare technology. The RNs, represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, say they remain at loggerheads with the hospital administration over a new collective bargaining contract even with the presence of a federal mediator. —Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 05/22/14 More »

Whistle-blowing nurse sues Rideout

Whistle-blowing nurse sues Rideout

A Rideout Memorial Hospital whistle-blower who tipped off the state about nurse-patient staffing violations is suing for wrongful termination and alleging she was battered by her boss. Rachel Mendoza alleged in her suit "she was not a helpless nurse under the control of heartless administrators, managers and supervisors because the state of California took violations of safety and health care seriously and would stand up for her rights to demand safe working conditions and proper care and treatment of patients under her care." —Appeal Democrat, 05/22/14 More »

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting Closure Would Result in Major Healthcare Crisis

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting Closure Would Result in Major Healthcare Crisis

CA Nurses file charges with Office of Civil Rights, citing medical redlining, call on federal authorities to intervene. West Contra Costa County registered nurses, seniors, religious leaders and community groups are stepping up efforts to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC), and its emergency open as a full service hospital as they go door to door to advertise the first of three town hall meetings to be held Thursday at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, the California/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/14 More »

Unions Argue Shuttering San Pablo Hospital Amounts to Discrimination, File Civil Rights Complaint

Unions Argue Shuttering San Pablo Hospital Amounts to Discrimination, File Civil Rights Complaint

When a parcel tax meant to fund Doctors Medical Center failed earlier this month, it was clear something drastic would be needed to save the hospital from closure. Contra Costa County officials say they don't have the millions it would take. Now two unions representing nurses and other health care workers are arguing that shutting down the hospital amounts to discrimination. Saying African-American and senior citizens would disproportionately suffer, they've filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. —KGO 810, 05/22/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

RNs to Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

Registered nurses will hold a somber candlelight vigil Thursday night in honor of a 6-month old infant who died in April after being discharged after an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. Kaiser closed the Hayward pediatrics unit in November leaving over 100,000 families in southern and central Alameda County without access to hospitalization for children under 18 in their own communities. The in-patient pediatric facility saw 1,800 families every year who must now travel to Oakland, San Jose or even Roseville on congested freeways for needed care. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/14 More »

Patients Lose When Doctors Can’t Do Good Physical Exams

Patients Lose When Doctors Can’t Do Good Physical Exams

Doctors at a Northern California hospital, concerned that a 40-year-old woman with sky-high blood pressure and confusion might have a blood clot, order a CT scan of her lungs. To their surprise, the scan reveals not a clot but large cancers in both breasts that have spread throughout her body. Had they done a simple physical exam of the woman's chest, they would have been able to feel the tumors. So would the doctors who saw her during several hospitalizations over the previous two years, when the cancer might have been more easily treated. A middle-aged man admitted to a Seattle emergency room for the third time in six weeks displays the classic signs of liver cirrhosis for which he has been repeatedly treated, including swollen legs and a distended abdomen. —Kaiser Health News, 05/20/14 More »

Video: Judge tells Orlando Health officials they need to resolve labor dispute

Video: Judge tells Orlando Health officials they need to resolve labor dispute

The judge told hospital officials that they need to resolve union-busting claims by hospital employees rather than have her do it. —WFTV 9 - Orlando, 05/20/14 More »

What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care

What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care

Noticed how little in the healthcare debate we hear one word that should be at its center – care? Nurses have noticed, and are alarmed at worrisome changes now putting patients at risk. A new video from National Nurses United starring the decidedly non-personal “FRANK” is a humorous or not so humorous glimpse into one of the most troubling mutations. —National Nurses United - Jean Ross, 05/20/14 More »

Nurses Call on SEC to Investigate Community Health Systems for Misleading Investors in Legal Filings

Nurses Call on SEC to Investigate Community Health Systems for Misleading Investors in Legal Filings

As the for-profit hospital giant Community Health Systems (CHS) convenes its annual shareholders’ meeting today in New York, the nation’s largest registered nurses organization Monday called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to crack down on CHS for failure to disclose multiple problems in operations of its hospital empire. —National Nurses United, 05/20/14 More »

How Much 6 Major Hospital Operators Have Received in EHR Incentive Payments

How Much 6 Major Hospital Operators Have Received in EHR Incentive Payments

CMS has paid out more than $23 billion in electronic health record incentive payments since 2011. In their first-quarter financial reports, six of the country's largest hospital operators have disclosed how much they have received in EHR incentive payments during the three months ended March 31. —Becker's Hospital CIO, 05/19/14 More »

Petition filed to hold union vote among nurses at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto

Petition filed to hold union vote among nurses at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto

Nurses are asking the National Labor Relations Board to schedule a vote on union membership at Memorial Medical Center. After a contentious organizing effort, a petition for an election at the Modesto hospital was filed with NLRB on Friday. An estimated 850 registered nurses are eligible to vote on whether to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. No election date has been set but the vote could take place in about six weeks, unless the petition is challenged by the hospital’s leadership. —The Modesto Bee, 05/19/14 More »

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

THOUGH the recent release of Medicare’s physician payments cast a spotlight on the millions of dollars paid to some specialists, there is a startling secret behind America’s health care hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry’s work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack. —New York Times, 05/17/14 More »

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 12 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe held coordinated actions marking international “Nurses Week” (May 6-12) with a call to step up efforts to promote patient safety, protect health care services, and ensure access to health care for all with a common theme of “Health Care is a Human Right.” See and share photos and videos from around the globe. —Global Nurses United, 05/16/14 More »

Nurses Charge Hospital Giant Censors Public Right to Know About Price Gouging As Billboards Pulled

Nurses Charge Hospital Giant Censors Public Right to Know About Price Gouging As Billboards Pulled

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today accused corporate hospital giant Community Health Systems (CHS) with suppressing free speech and censoring patients’ right to know about its pricing practices by pressuring a billboard company to pull down billboards warning the public about high charges at CHS hospitals. —National Nurses United, 05/16/14 More »

What a strong union can do for your nurses — and you

What a strong union can do for your nurses — and you

A world without nurses would be a dismal place indeed. Nurses do many things for us, not the least of which is to care greatly for the health and well being of humankind. Nursing is a job, but it is so much more. It is a calling that is deeply rooted in the soul of a good and caring nurse. I have been a nurse and answered this calling for the last 37 years. I work in an ICU in an acute care hospital, and have seen many changes impacting my chosen profession over these past years. Some of these change have been for the better. Recently, many of these changes have been detrimental to my profession and the care I am able to provide my patients. —Times-Standard-OPINION, 05/16/14 More »

Sutter Modesto RNs File for Election to Join CA Nurses Assn. and Gain Voice in Patient Care

Sutter Modesto RNs File for Election to Join CA Nurses Assn. and Gain Voice in Patient Care

Registered nurses at Sutter Modesto Memorial Medical Center filed for an election today with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). Modesto Memorial RNs began organizing after seeing the gains made by thousands of other CNA/NNU represented Sutter RNs throughout Northern California. The NLRB will now determine a date to hold a federally supervised secret ballot election for the 850 RNs that will be held at the facility in Modesto. Key issues cited by the nurses are inadequate RN-to patient staffing and requirements that RNs work in clinical areas without the appropriate clinical expertise and orientation, both of which are a risk to patient safety, and hospital respect for RNs and their voice in patient care decisions. —California Nurses Association, 05/16/14 More »

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Offer Assistance and Assess Health Risks of L.A. Oil Spill

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Offer Assistance and Assess Health Risks of L.A. Oil Spill

After learning this morning of the second major oil leak in L.A. in less two months, some of the newest members of CNA rushed to the scene to offer assistance and assess the health risks associated with a gushing leak coming from a ruptured above-ground pipeline. The newly elected Bargaining Team nurses from USC Verdugo Hills had a scheduled meeting less than half a mile from the spill at the CNA Glendale office to prepare for negotiations with management of the recently unionized hospital. Sandy Mulcahey, RN and Erica Beltran, RN arrived to find a massive cleanup underway. The nurses gathered information from LAPD and LAFD officials, who thanked the RNs for their assistance. —California Nurses Association, 05/15/14 More »

Hundreds of Massachusetts RNs to Rally for Patient Safety Outside the State House May 21

Hundreds of Massachusetts RNs to Rally for Patient Safety Outside the State House May 21

Hundreds of nurses, joined by other health care advocates and policy makers, will hold a rally outside the State House on two critically important issues affecting the health care of every resident in Massachusetts, as the deadline for legislative action draws near for two ballot initiatives that garnered more than 200,000 signatures from Massachusetts voters last fall. In addition to calling for legislative action, the nurses are using the event to launch the final round of signature gathering needed to place the issues on the ballot in November. —Massachusetts Nurses Association / National Nurses United , 05/15/14 More »

Hayward: St. Rose Hospital, nurses agree on contract

Hayward: St. Rose Hospital, nurses agree on contract

St. Rose Hospital has reached a contract agreement with its 300 registered nurses. The pact gives nurses a 4 percent raise over two years and ties pay increases to seniority. It also includes a workplace violence prevention program. —Mercury News, 05/15/14 More »

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency, has found that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated federal law by refusing to provide nurses and our representatives with copies of the 2012 AHRQ Survey on Patient Safety Culture, copies of the current staffing plans for each unit, and daily deviation from the established staffing plans. Rather than work with nurses collaboratively to improve staffing and patient safety at the hospital, management claimed confidentiality and wasted thousands of dollars to wage a failing legal battle to withhold the information. —National Nurses United, 05/15/14 More »

Fil-Am nurses join demand for increased staffing in DC hospitals

Fil-Am nurses join demand for increased staffing in DC hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC — Maria Ronquillo usually sleeps during the day after working a 12-hour night shift at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the District of Columbia. But on May 12, the 54-year-old registered nurse decided to join other DC nurses and community allies for a morning rally in front of City Hall. —Inquirer.net, 05/15/14 More »

St. Rose RNs, Hayward Reach Agreement on First Contract

St. Rose RNs, Hayward Reach Agreement on First Contract

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have reached tentative agreement with hospital officials on their first collective bargaining agreement that includes important gains on economic security, staffing and workplace violence prevent, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United announced today. St. Rose was one of the last remaining non-union hospitals for RNs in the Bay Area – until St. Rose RNs voted by 91 percent to join CNA in December, 2012. CNA represents 300 RNs at St. Rose. —California Nurses Association, 05/14/14 More »

Closure of DMC would be grim

Closure of DMC would be grim

As a registered nurse who has worked for many years at Doctors Medical Center San Pablo, I'm intimately familiar with the critical need for a fully operational hospital in West Contra Costa County and the disastrous public health crisis its closure will create. As it is, West County, one of the most illness-prone regions in Northern California, doesn't have enough emergency capacity for its current population. DMC has 79 percent of the hospital beds and 60 percent of the emergency care in the region. —Contra Costa Times - Letter to the Editor, 05/14/14 More »

Thursday- Seniors Host Lemonade Stand in Fight to Restore Critical Services at Kaiser Manteca

Thursday- Seniors Host Lemonade Stand in Fight to Restore Critical Services at Kaiser Manteca

Community questions need for cuts when HMO reports $12 million a day in profits in 2014 first quarter. Seniors from the Manteca area will be selling lemonade in front of Kaiser Permanente Manteca Thursday at 11:00 a.m. to protest the escalation of cuts in patient care services at the facility, the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United announced today. “We have paid a lifetime of premiums to Kaiser and for them to abandon us as we get older and need hospital care is appalling,” said Rich Paul, a local resident. “Many of us chose to retire in Manteca and bought homes in this area because there was a full-service hospital here. Kaiser charges us thousands of dollars a year in premiums and they want more. So we’re selling lemonade to help restore services.” —California Nurses Association, 05/14/14 More »

Nurses Union Lobbies Against Nonprofit Hospital Exemption

Nurses Union Lobbies Against Nonprofit Hospital Exemption

Hundreds of registered nurses lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento Monday on a package of nursing-friendly bills. The major legislative offensive from The California Nurses' Association included opposition to the income tax-exempt status of non-profit hospitals. —The California Report, 05/14/14 More »

Chicago Nurses Sound Alarm to Save Cook County Health and Hospital System

Chicago Nurses Sound Alarm to Save Cook County Health and Hospital System

National Nurses United, representing 1300 registered nurses throughout the Cook County Health and Hospital System and 6000 nurses in Chicago, call on Cook County President Toni Preckwrinkle to stop her destructive plan to cut pensions. The plan will exacerbate the county's fiscal crisis and ruin the county's safety net hospital system, nurses say. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/14/14 More »

Nurses Launch New Campaign to Alert Public to Dangers of Medical Technology and More

Nurses Launch New Campaign to Alert Public to Dangers of Medical Technology and More

‘When It Matters Most, Insist on a Registered Nurse! Sweeping changes underway in the nation’s health care delivery system that expose hundreds of thousands of patients to severe risk of harm are the focus of a major new national campaign by the nation’s largest organization of nurses announced today. An unchecked proliferation of unproven medical technology and sharp erosion of care standards are rapidly spreading through the health care system, far outside the media spotlight but frighteningly apparent to nurses and patients, says National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 05/13/14 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark ‘Nurses Week’

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark ‘Nurses Week’

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 11 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe are holding coordinated actions marking international “Nurses Week” with a call to step up efforts to promote patient safety, protect health care services, and ensure access to health care for all with a common theme of “Health Care is a Human Right.” —Global Nurses United, 05/11/14 More »

RNs, Hospital Workers, and Community Meet to Save Doctors San Pablo

RNs, Hospital Workers, and Community Meet to Save Doctors San Pablo

RNs Demand County Take Charge Public meeting Saturday 10:00 a.m. at hospital. Registered nurses, hospital workers and community members are holding a public meeting at the hospital this Saturday to plan the next steps in their effort to keep Doctors Medical Center San Pablo (DMC) and its emergency department open. The nurses say that closure of DMC would create a dire public health crisis in the West Contra Costa County and are urging Contra Costa County to assume authority to ensure the continued operation of the facility as an acute care hospital with a fully staffed Emergency Room and ICU. —California Nurses Association, 05/10/14 More »

Nurses, Community Activists to Call on City to Enact Moratorium on Dangerous Petcoke Piles Exposure

Nurses, Community Activists to Call on City to Enact Moratorium on Dangerous Petcoke Piles Exposure

CHICAGO – Registered nurses and other community activists will take a bus tour of polluting petcoke sites Monday, May 12, and then hold a noon press conference at City Hall to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council stop the delays and declare an immediate moratorium on petcoke to protect city residents. —National Nurses United, 05/09/14 More »

Sign the petition to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

Sign the petition to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

RNs from Doctors Medical Center (DMC) are fighting to keep this critical facility open. Nurses are urging Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to assume authority of DMC, which has 79 percent of the hospital beds and 60 percent of the emergency care in the region. Closure would be a healthcare catastrophe! —California Nurses Association, 05/08/14 More »

Tax failure bodes ill for San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center

Tax failure bodes ill for San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center

Doctors Medical Center, a 189-bed facility that's served West Contra Costa families since the 1950s, is almost certain to close in July after a $20 million, last-ditch parcel tax failed Tuesday night. The tax would have helped the hospital pay off its $18 million deficit and achieve some financial stability, as it continues to serve about 80,000 uninsured and underinsured patients annually. The only other hospital in the region is Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, which has a 15-bed emergency room - far too small to accommodate the 250,000 residents of El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules, Rodeo and Crockett. —SF Gate/SF Chronicle, 05/08/14 More »

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Up to 500 California registered nurses will gather in Sacramento Monday, May 12 to press the call for passage in Sacramento of essential legislation that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention and other safety measures. The RNs, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, will convene at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center, after which the RNs will hold a colorful march to the State Capitol before going to meet with individual legislators. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center Faces Possible Closure

Doctors Medical Center Faces Possible Closure

Watch the latest KTVU news coverage of the possible closure of Doctors Medical Center. —KTVU.com, 05/07/14 More »

Marlborough Hospital Nurses to Deliver Safer Staffing Petition

Marlborough Hospital Nurses to Deliver Safer Staffing Petition

Marlborough, Mass--In the wake of ill-advised staffing cuts in the emergency department and unsafe patient assignments on other hospital units, the registered nurses of Marlborough Hospital have decided to appeal directly to the facility’s CEO for support in addressing what nurses characterize as a growing patient safety crisis. On Thursday, a delegation of nurses will hand deliver a petition signed by more than 85 percent of the nurses at the hospital, to CEO Steven Roach. More »

San Pablo Hospital That Serves Thousands Likely To Close After Parcel Tax Fails

San Pablo Hospital That Serves Thousands Likely To Close After Parcel Tax Fails

A hospital that serves tens of thousands of people every year in the East Bay will likely close. Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo is set to close on the first of July after a parcel tax failed. 45,000 patients, most from Richmond, San Pablo and Martinez will be permanently displaced by the closure. “This hospital has been able to pull a rabbit out of a hat many times. It looks like we may have no more rabbits to pull out of a hat,” Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said. —CBS Bay Area, 05/07/14 More »

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

RNs warn of major public health crisis if hospital and its busy ER close. Registered nurses from Doctors San Pablo Medical Center (DMC) and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center will hold media availabilities at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the facility, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced this evening upon hearing the news that Measure C, the parcel tax initiative that would have provided the funds to keep the hospital open, failed to pass. The RNs will attend today’s 4:00 p.m. West County District Healthcare Board meeting and demand that the closure be addressed and put on the agenda. —California Nurses Association, 05/07/14 More »

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Oakland, CA – At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion – 1626 percent – more than required by the state, while cutting patient care services and raising premiums on consumers. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which has 85,000 California members, also announced its endorsement of a measure that will appear on this November’s ballot to regulate health insurance rates in California, just as the state already regulates auto insurance rates. The initiative can force refunds to consumers based on such excessive amounts held in reserve. —California Nurses Association, 05/06/14 More »

Nurses Applaud Rep. Adam Schiff for Standing Up for VA Nurses & Veterans

Nurses Applaud Rep. Adam Schiff for Standing Up for VA Nurses & Veterans

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of a bill that would improve patient care, 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, 05/06/14 More »

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

On May 12, International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale's birthday, nurses around the world will rally in support of the declaration, “Healthcare is a Human Right,” as part of a day of action organized by Global Nurses United, an international network of nurses’ unions, including National Nurses United. When GNU leaders came together to establish the network in 2013, they pledged to work together to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all. This ambitious agenda is the legacy of the many giants in the history of nursing who dreamed big and organized with others to realize those dreams. —National Nurses United, 05/06/14 More »

The Most Popular Tax in History Has Momentum

The Most Popular Tax in History Has Momentum

The European Financial Transaction (a.k.a. Robin Hood) tax scored a big legal victory on April 30, when a challenge regarding the legality of the tax brought by the British government was thrown out by the European Court of Justice. The ECJ has struck a serious blow for fairness, as the dismissal essentially chastises the British government for championing the interests of the UK’s financial industry over those of its citizens. —Katrina vanden Heuvel for The Nation, 05/05/14 More »

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

NAPA-Queen of the Valley (QVH) registered nurses in Napa, will hold an informational picket, Tuesday, May 7 in an effort to raise patient care standards to the same level as area hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, (CNA/NNU), who represents the 440 nurses announced today. The RNs won an election to join CNA/NNU last May and began contract negotiations in September. The nurses say patient safety at the hospital is being compromised by management’s refusal to follow California’s lifesaving safe nurse-to-patient ratio law, with patients not receiving appropriate coverage when nurses take their meals and breaks. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Condemn Care Cuts, Premium Hikes; Endorse Rate Regulation Initiative. Kaiser Permanente nurses, joined by consumer advocates, will hold a press conference Tuesday, May 6 to expose that Kaiser Permanente has held $21.7 billion more than the state required amount in reserve (1626% more than required) and to protest contributions Kaiser has made to an initiative to rein in excessive premium hikes. All those funds, say Kaiser RNs, are diverted from the bedside at a time when Kaiser has been cutting patient care services. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Candlelight vigil Wednesday May 7. Mt. Desert Island Hospital (MDI) registered nurses will be holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest ongoing cuts to patient safety and services in their facility and throughout the state, announced the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. MSNA/NNU represents the RNs. “The recent failure to expand Medicaid and pass health care as a human right legislation in Maine, has resulted in far fewer resources for patients in our state’s hospitals, said Terrylyn Bradbury, an RN who works in the emergency department at Millinocket Regional Hospital. —MSNA/NNU, 05/05/14 More »

400 nurses protest conditions, safety at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton

400 nurses protest conditions, safety at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton

COLTON >> More than 400 registered nurses picketed Thursday in front of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. “The primary issues are patient care and nursing safety,” said Jed Smith, a labor representative with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. But San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said the only proposals the county has received from the nurses involved pay raises by as much as 36 percent over three years for some categories of nurses. —The Sun, 05/02/14 More »

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Registered nurses and healthcare workers in Ventura County health facilities have approved a new tentative collective bargaining agreement that they call a first step to help retain experienced RNs and recruit new nurses that is essential to tackling a persistent nursing shortage for county health facilities. —California Nurses Association, 05/02/14 More »

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Will also cover accidents and Injuries. A landmark program to provide supplemental insurance protection for registered nurses injured in workplace assaults or injuries went live this week for 12,000 RNs who work in 28 California and Nevada hospitals that are a part of one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Dignity Health. —National Nurses United / CNA, 05/02/14 More »

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Community Health Systems is converting a Pennsylvania hospital to a walk-in clinic, the second such announcement in a week for the Franklin-based company. Mid-Valley Hospital, in Peckville, Penn., will stop offering inpatient and emergency department services in July, according to a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Earlier this week, The Tennessean reported that Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville would also end inpatient emergency services effective July 31. —Nashville Buisiness Journal, 05/02/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention Advance in Sacramento

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention Advance in Sacramento

Three bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention advanced in the California legislature this week. Late Tuesday night, the Assembly Health Committee gave the green light to AB 2533 to protect the ability of Californians to seek medical care from the providers of their choice by restricting higher charges for patients who get medical care outside their insurance provider “network.” —California Nurses Association, 05/01/14 More »

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 29, 2014--With beach towels as props and a brown “fat cat” mascot wearing a top hat and monocle on hand for effect, nurses and other advocates in favor of a ballot initiative requiring greater hospital financial transparency said they won’t be deterred if the Legislature declines to act first on their petition. “We’re always hopeful, but if we can’t settle this here we’ll let the people of the Commonwealth settle it,” said Karen Higgins, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center and past president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. —Massachusetts Nurses Association News, 04/30/14 More »

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Arrowhead Regional Thursday

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Arrowhead Regional Thursday

RNs protest unsafe patient care conditions, stalled talks. Several hundred San Bernardino County registered nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the county detention centers, juvenile halls, outpatient clinics, and public health programs will hold an informational picket on Thursday, May 1, to call attention to what they view as unsafe conditions for their patients and a lack of response in negotiations by county officials. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United represents approximately 1,300 RNs in San Bernardino County who have been trying to negotiate an agreement for more than four months with little progress on key issues of patient safety. —California Nurses Association, 04/30/14 More »

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

June 3 ballot measure saves Barrio Logan’s community plan, improves community health. Yesterday at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, a group of doctors, nurses and healthcare advocates announced their endorsement of the Yes on B & C campaign to protect children’s health in San Diego. California Nurses Association members were there to support Yes on B & C that, if approved, will uphold the community and business supported, City Council approved Barrio Logan Community Plan Update. —San Diego Free Press, 04/28/14 More »

Nurses, Techs, and Community Hold a Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

Nurses, Techs, and Community Hold a Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

MAINE--The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to demand that the administration of Calais Regional Hospital restore recently cut services and staff hours so that patients in the community can continue to receive safe and accessible care. —NNOC-Maine / NNU, 04/28/14 More »

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

State lawmakers are working on a bill to make hospitals safer in an effort that some are calling a waste of time and money. Nurses concerned for their safety spoke out at the state Capitol in support of a state Senate bill that would require the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to improve security standards and safety training. “That’s not being done right now, and that’s why we’re here,” said nurse Salonje McKinley. Those standards and training would help prevent workplace violence toward nurses, staff and patients. —CBS 13 Sacramento, 04/25/14 More »

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