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National Nurses United’s #BernieBus Arrives in New Mexico

National Nurses United’s #BernieBus Arrives in New Mexico

National Nurses United will bring its campaign, and its colorful #BernieBus, to Albuquerque today as nurses continue to spread the message of why they support Sen. Bernie Sanders for President, the candidate they say, best reflects nurses values of caring, compassion and community. —National Nurses United, 02/23/16 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Give Voice to Patients Who Deserve Safe and Essential Care at Candlelight Vigil

Massachusetts Nurses Give Voice to Patients Who Deserve Safe and Essential Care at Candlelight Vigil

Registered nurses will stand together for a candlelight vigil outside the State House on Thursday, united in their belief that every patient deserves the best possible care, and that because the Massachusetts hospital industry refuses to implement safe patient limits, the legislature must act to ensure patient safety. —David Schildmeier and Joe Markman, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 02/23/16 More »

Nurses Cite Concerns over Health Risks on Major Huntington Hospital Expansion

Nurses Cite Concerns over Health Risks on Major Huntington Hospital Expansion

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today cited significant concerns over health risks associated with a major expansion at Huntington Memorial Hospital that nurses say are inadequately addressed in a draft environmental impact report prepared for the city of Pasadena. —California Nurses Association, 02/22/16 More »

Texas RNs Plan GOTV Mobilization for Sanders in El Paso

Texas RNs Plan GOTV Mobilization for Sanders in El Paso

On Wednesday Registered Nurses from across Texas will gather in El Paso to ‘get out the vote’ for the candidate they say best supports nurses' values of caring, compassion and community, Sen. Bernie Sanders. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 02/22/16 More »

Nurses Plan Rally to Protest Eroding Patient Care Conditions at Southern California Hospital

Nurses Plan Rally to Protest Eroding Patient Care Conditions at Southern California Hospital

Registered nurses at Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCHCC) will rally in front of the hospital Tuesday morning to protest eroding patient care conditions announced the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today. —California Nurses Association, 02/22/16 More »

Nurses #BernieBus to Visit South Carolina Communities of Need in Final Week

Nurses #BernieBus to Visit South Carolina Communities of Need in Final Week

In the countdown to Saturday's South Carolina primary, National Nurses United¹s registered nurses will visit several underserved towns that have been negatively impacted by the effects of the economy. Nurses are seeking to connect with voters leading up to the Democratic Party primary in South Carolina to explain why they support Sen. Sanders. —National Nurses United, 02/22/16 More »

National Nurses #BernieBus Arrives in Arizona

National Nurses #BernieBus Arrives in Arizona

National Nurses United will bring its campaign, and its colorful #BernieBus, through Phoenix and Tucson this week as nurses continue to spread the message of why they support Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. —National Nurses United, 02/21/16 More »

Nurses Demand PHCD Board Require Highest Standards of Care from Companies Vying for Long-term Lease

Nurses Demand PHCD Board Require Highest Standards of Care from Companies Vying for Long-term Lease

This week the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United called upon the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) Board of Directors, to guarantee that a set of conditions assuring the highest standards of care be met by the two companies it is considering for the long-term lease of Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) in 2017. —California Nurses Association, 02/19/16 More »

Nurses Aboard the #BernieBus Will Visit Colleges in Atlanta Area Today

Nurses Aboard the #BernieBus Will Visit Colleges in Atlanta Area Today

Nurses on board the National Nurses United #BernieBus will continue their voter outreach efforts in support of Bernie Sanders in the Atlanta area today. Nurses are seeking to connect with voters leading up to the Democratic Party primary in Georgia on March 1 to explain why they support Sen. Sanders. —National Nurses United, 02/19/16 More »

Nurses Plan Huge Final Push For Sanders in Las Vegas

Nurses Plan Huge Final Push For Sanders in Las Vegas

Registered nurses, who have been campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada since September, will carry out a big final push leading up to the Nevada caucuses February 20 with a large get out the caucus effort Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. —National Nurses United, 02/18/16 More »

Today Nurses Big Red #BernieBus Heads to Georgia in Campaign for Sanders

Today Nurses Big Red #BernieBus Heads to Georgia in Campaign for Sanders

The National Nurses United #BernieBus travels to Georgia today where nurses will continue their voter outreach efforts in support of Bernie Sanders in the Augusta and Atlanta area. Nurses are seeking to connect with voters leading up to the Democratic Party primary in Georgia on March 1 to explain why they support Sen. Sanders. —National Nurses United, 02/18/16 More »

National Nurses United RN’s are working hard for Bernie Sanders

National Nurses United RN’s are working hard for Bernie Sanders

Nurse Talk Radio caught up with RN and Activist Martese Chism in South Carolina. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/17/16 More »

Today Nurses Big Red #BernieBus Visits Five South Carolina Colleges in Campaign for Sanders

Today Nurses Big Red #BernieBus Visits Five South Carolina Colleges in Campaign for Sanders

Today National Nurses United members aboard the #BernieBus continue their campaign swing in South Carolina with visits to students at college campuses in Orangeburg and Columbia. Joining the nurses on the bus for the day of campus outreach will be Dr. Willie Legette, a professor of political science at South Carolina State University. —National Nurses United, 02/17/16 More »

FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

As a safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance recommending the deferral of individuals from donating blood if they have been to areas with active Zika virus transmission, potentially have been exposed to the virus, or have had a confirmed Zika virus infection. —U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 02/17/16 More »

Nurses Hold Light Brigade for Bernie on Vegas Strip Wednesday

Nurses Hold Light Brigade for Bernie on Vegas Strip Wednesday

National Nurses United’s #BernieBus is making its way back to Vegas Wednesday evening, where nurses will host a “light brigade for Bernie”—featuring LED “Bernie” signs on the Vegas strip, near the Bellagio, to draw attention to Sanders’ campaign. —National Nurses United, 02/17/16 More »

Nurses Roll On in South Carolina Campaign for Sanders

Nurses Roll On in South Carolina Campaign for Sanders

National Nurses United members continue their campaign swing in South Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday joining a town hall in Charleston for Sen. Bernie Sanders and a youth mock caucus Tuesday —National Nurses United, 02/16/16 More »

#BernieBus Nurses Visit Nevada Capital, Meet With Students in Lead Up to Nevada Caucuses

#BernieBus Nurses Visit Nevada Capital, Meet With Students in Lead Up to Nevada Caucuses

In the countdown to Saturday's Nevada caucuses, National Nurses United’s #BernieBus is making its way through the Nevada capital, Carson City, on Tuesday morning, and then heading to the University of Nevada Reno to meet with students. Nurses will be passing out Bernie placards and flyers on campus, and explaining how to caucus. —National Nurses United, 02/16/16 More »

Nurses Converge in Nevada To Canvass for Bernie Sanders

Nurses Converge in Nevada To Canvass for Bernie Sanders

This weekend, registered nurses will gather in Henderson, Nevada to canvass for Bernie Sanders, National Nurses United (NNU) announced today. —National Nurses United, 02/12/16 More »

Nurses Step up South Carolina Campaign for Sanders

Nurses Step up South Carolina Campaign for Sanders

The nation’s largest organization of nurses is continuing its campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders this weekend in Orangeburg, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach with visits with students, union members, and a community forum and town hall. —National Nurses United, 02/12/16 More »

Sanders says single-payer health care can happen in his first term if ‘people demand it’

Sanders says single-payer health care can happen in his first term if ‘people demand it’

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said that he has no hard timetable for moving to a single-payer health-care system if he wins the White House but that he hopes it’s something he could accomplish in his first term. —John Wagner, The Washington Post, 02/11/16 More »

RN DeAnn McEwen talks about the Zika Virus

RN DeAnn McEwen talks about the Zika Virus

What you need to know about the Zika Virus. RN and Nurse Practice Safety Specialist for National Nurses United, De Ann McEwen talks about the Zika Virus. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/09/16 More »

Nurses to Get Out the Vote for Sanders in New Hampshire

Nurses to Get Out the Vote for Sanders in New Hampshire

Registered nurses from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine will gather in Manchester, NH Monday and Tuesday in the final push to get out the vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the first in the nation primary Tuesday. —National Nurses United, 02/09/16 More »

West Virginia Nurses Speak Out Against Proposed “Right-to-Work” Law

West Virginia Nurses Speak Out Against Proposed “Right-to-Work” Law

Registered nurses and other concerned West Virginians will hold a press conference Thursday to support Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's expected veto of the controversial so-called "right-to-work" legislation that will soon be sent to his desk. —National Nurses United, 02/09/16 More »

I’m a woman and I will vote for the best feminist for president: Bernie Sanders

I’m a woman and I will vote for the best feminist for president: Bernie Sanders

I am a feminist. And I would like to one day break the glass ceiling with a progressive woman who sees class and race as fundamental problems in American society. —RoseAnn DeMoro writgin for the Gaurdian, 02/09/16 More »

Westminster hospital nurses ratify union contract

Westminster hospital nurses ratify union contract

After more than two years of conflict over wages, working conditions and patient safety, 150 registered nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster, a 109-bed acute care facility, ratified a collective bargaining agreement this week. —Margot Roosevelt, The Orange County Register, 02/08/16 More »

CDC Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Caring for Patients with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

CDC Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Caring for Patients with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

Update February 5, 2016 - Revised guidelines for the Zika virus were released by the CDC today. Learn more how this emerging threat will affect your patients. —National Nurses United, 02/05/16 More »

West Virginia RNs Speak Out Against Anti-Worker Legislation

West Virginia RNs Speak Out Against Anti-Worker Legislation

West Virginia registered nurses are calling on state residents to join them in opposing controversial state legislation that say would erode public health and patient protections as well as worker and union rights. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 02/04/16 More »

Registered Nurses at Kindred Westminster Ratify First CNA Contract

Registered Nurses at Kindred Westminster Ratify First CNA Contract

Registered nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster (KHW) in Westminster, Ca. are celebrating the ratification of their first-ever collective bargaining agreement—overwhelmingly approved this week—the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 02/04/16 More »

Growing Threat of Violence in Health Care Not Taken Seriously By Employers

Growing Threat of Violence in Health Care Not Taken Seriously By Employers

Ongoing violence against nurses at hospitals like Brigham and Women’s and Worcester Recovery Center reinforces alarming results of new Massachusetts Nurses Association workplace violence survey —David Schildmeier and Joe Markman, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 02/04/16 More »

NLRB Rules in Favor of Illegally Terminated  Huntington Memorial Nurses

NLRB Rules in Favor of Illegally Terminated Huntington Memorial Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced on Friday, January 29, that they found merit to all the allegations that registered nurses, Allysha Almada and Vicki Lin, were illegally fired from Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Nurses will hold a press conference on Thursday to celebrate the NLRB decision and discuss next steps in their efforts to improve the quality of patient care and form a union at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 02/04/16 More »

Nurses: It’s On to New Hampshire, Nevada, and Beyond

Nurses: It’s On to New Hampshire, Nevada, and Beyond

National Nurses United, a significant presence across Iowa in the lead up to the Iowa caucuses, and who have been campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders across the U.S. for months, Monday night celebrated Sanders’ dramatic finish in Iowa, and said the nurses are stepping up efforts in New Hampshire, Nevada, and the campaign ahead. —National Nurses United, 02/02/16 More »

Countdown to Caucus - Nurses Talk to Iowa Voters RN- ‘We Need a Champion and a Movement’

Countdown to Caucus - Nurses Talk to Iowa Voters RN- ‘We Need a Champion and a Movement’

It’s the final stretch in Iowa, and several dozen registered nurses from across the Midwest arrived in Iowa Saturday joining with Iowa RNs to fan out to knock on doors and phone bank to encourage Iowans to caucus Monday night for Bernie Sanders for President. —National Nurses United, 01/31/16 More »

Basic Information on the Zika Virus

Basic Information on the Zika Virus

Zika is currently locally transmitted in 28 countries and territories in North and South America. The CDC is constantly updating the list of areas affected by the virus. —National Nurses United, 01/29/16 More »

#BernieBus and RNs share with fellow Iowa RNs what it means to “Vote nurses’ values”

#BernieBus and RNs share with fellow Iowa RNs what it means to “Vote nurses’ values”

With just four days until the Iowa caucus, registered nurses on National Nurses United’s #BernieBus will make their own visiting hours Thursday as they stop in at Methodist Health System’s Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to discuss with nurse colleagues why a vote for Bernie Sanders is a vote for all the values nurses hold closest to their hearts. Nurses will discuss with fellow nurses why they should caucus and vote for Bernie Sanders, how to do so, and sign up commitments to caucus on Monday. —National Nurses United, 01/28/16 More »

Sanders goes Robin Hood with plan to make Wall Street pay for college

Sanders goes Robin Hood with plan to make Wall Street pay for college

It isn’t often that a presidential candidate turns raising taxes into an applause line, but Bernie Sanders has done just that with his plan to tax Wall Street to pay for making college more affordable. “We’re going to ask Wall Street to pay a tax on speculation,” Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) said to huge applause on Monday during a Democratic presidential candidate town hall sponsored by CNN. “I believe that after the working families of this country bailed out Wall Street, maybe it’s their time to help the middle class of this country.” —Kelsey Snell January / Washington Post, 01/27/16 More »

Petitioners demand nursing staff be retained at Nashoba Valley Medical

Petitioners demand nursing staff be retained at Nashoba Valley Medical

AYER -- Supporters of a petition to save the jobs of three emergency room nurses were met at the door. A representative of the Nashoba Valley Medical Center told the group of about 15 people that Sal Perla, president of the hospital, was not available. He asked for people to remain outside and then accepted the paperwork at noon Tuesday. —Anne O'Connor / Nashoba Valley Voice , 01/27/16 More »

Nurses, Community Members Call on Marin General to Improve Patient Care

Nurses, Community Members Call on Marin General to Improve Patient Care

Registered nurses and Marin community members will hold a candlelight vigil at Marin General Hospital today to highlight growing concerns over unsafe staffing levels and reductions in the quality of patient care, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced. —California Nurses Association, 01/27/16 More »

Five days to go and counting—#BernieBus and nurses to appear at Bernie Sanders town hall in Mason

Five days to go and counting—#BernieBus and nurses to appear at Bernie Sanders town hall in Mason

With just a handful of days to go before Iowans head to their local precincts to caucus in the nation’s first presidential voting event, registered nurses aboard the National Nurses United’s #BernieBus on Wednesday evening will cheer on their endorsed candidate Bernie Sanders at a town hall event in Mason City, Iowa, featuring special guest, outspoken actor and progressive activist Susan Sarandon. —National Nurses United, 01/27/16 More »

Today Nurses #BernieBus Slated for Family Farm Visits, Labor Meet & Greet and LGBT Event

Today Nurses #BernieBus Slated for Family Farm Visits, Labor Meet & Greet and LGBT Event

With less than a week to go before the first in the nation vote in Iowa, the National Nurses United’s #BernieBus continues its tour of Iowa today starting with a labor meet and greet with Sen. Bernie Sanders and members of various unions including USW, CWA, APWU and NNU/National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 01/26/16 More »

One Week to Go - Nurses #BernieBus Plans Monday Visits with Students, Stop at Latest Candidate Forum

One Week to Go - Nurses #BernieBus Plans Monday Visits with Students, Stop at Latest Candidate Forum

With just one week to go before the first in the nation vote in Iowa, the National Nurses United’s #BernieBus Monday will greet students in Ames, visit a Bernie Sanders campaign office in Newton, and stop by an Iowa State basketball game before wrapping up the day outside a forum —National Nurses United, 01/25/16 More »

Maine nurses oppose Pacific trade pact’s gifts to billionaire drug companies

Maine nurses oppose Pacific trade pact’s gifts to billionaire drug companies

Nurses are patient advocates — and by extension advocates for our patients’ families and our communities — and today we are sounding an alert on theTrans-Pacific Partnership, an international agreement that puts the public health of Maine, and the nation, at risk. —Cokie Giles, Special to the BDN / Bangor Daily News, 01/22/16 More »

Blog: Better nursing-staffing equals lower mortality

Blog: Better nursing-staffing equals lower mortality

There's a 20% lower risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at a hospital with above average nurse staffing levels, a study released Tuesday found. Researchers compared facilities that had a mean of about 1.5 nurses per bed to those that had a mean of less than one nurse per bed. —Sabriya Rice, Modern Healthcare, 01/21/16 More »

Nurses Union Urges Attorney General to Reject St. Joseph Health’s Planned Merger

Nurses Union Urges Attorney General to Reject St. Joseph Health’s Planned Merger

Last summer news broke that St. Joseph Health System, the Orange County-based Catholic nonprofit whose stable of medical facilities include Eureka’s St. Joseph Hospital and Fortuna’s Redwood Memorial Hospital, was pursuing a merger with Providence Health and Service, another Catholic nonprofit, based in Seattle. —Ryan Burns / Lost Coast Outpost, 01/21/16 More »

Maine Union Members Gather in Support of Bernie Sanders

Maine Union Members Gather in Support of Bernie Sanders

On Saturday, January 23, union members will gather in Portland in support of Senator Bernie Sanders for president of the United States. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 01/21/16 More »

Nurses Ratify Agreement on New Three-Year Contract

Nurses Ratify Agreement on New Three-Year Contract

(St. Paul) – January 19, 2016 – Minnesota Nurses Association members from five metro hospital systems ratified a new three-year contract that will give them across-the-board wage increases and protect their pensions and health benefits. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 01/21/16 More »

National Nurses’s #BernieBus Iowa Swing Underway

National Nurses’s #BernieBus Iowa Swing Underway

National Nurses United’s #BernieBus tour begins its second day of campaign stops in Iowa Wednesday, January 20, exactly one year before the next President takes office, with a 3 p.m. rally in Cedar Falls featuring noted commentator and activists Jim Hightower, the former Texas Agricultural Commissioner. —National Nurses United, 01/20/16 More »

National Nurses’s #BernieBus Arrives In Iowa Tuesday Des Moines Kickoff Rally with Union

National Nurses’s #BernieBus Arrives In Iowa Tuesday Des Moines Kickoff Rally with Union

Fresh from a successful whirlwind tour of Nevada, another early voting state, the National Nurses United’s #BernieBus tour arrives in Iowa Tuesday morning, Jan. 19 for a series of campaign events heading towards the first in the nation caucuses February 1. —National Nurses United, 01/19/16 More »

Nurses Applaud New Sanders Plan for Healthcare for All

Nurses Applaud New Sanders Plan for Healthcare for All

National Nurses United today enthusiastically welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century – healthcare coverage for everyone. —National Nurses United, 01/18/16 More »

Sanders Medicare for All- Finally a Plan to Protect our Most Precious Gift, Our Health

Sanders Medicare for All- Finally a Plan to Protect our Most Precious Gift, Our Health

Bernie Sanders' new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century - healthcare coverage for everyone - deserves all of our thanks. And nurses will fight to make it come true. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 01/18/16 More »

Nurses Urge California AG to Deny Application for Merger of  St. Joseph Health System and Providence

Nurses Urge California AG to Deny Application for Merger of St. Joseph Health System and Providence

The nation's largest nurses organization, National Nurses United, this week called on California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject efforts by two large Catholic hospital systems to consolidate, in a merger that NNU warns could have a major impact on the cost, quality and availability of critical hospital services. —California Nurses Association, 01/15/16 More »

Nurses Converge in Nevada To Canvass for Bernie Sanders

Nurses Converge in Nevada To Canvass for Bernie Sanders

This weekend, registered nurses from across the country will join Nevada nurses in Las Vegas to canvass for Bernie Sanders, National Nurses United (NNU) announced today. —National Nurses United, 01/14/16 More »

Mills-Peninsula Sutter RNs Ratify New Contract

Mills-Peninsula Sutter RNs Ratify New Contract

Registered nurses who work at Mills-Peninsula Health Services hospitals in San Mateo and Burlingame, Ca. voted by 92 percent Wednesday to approve a new contract becoming the latest Sutter RNs to win a new collective bargaining agreement with significant gains. —California Nurses Association, 01/14/16 More »

Nurses Union Warns Alvarado Hospital Suffers High Turnover Rate

Nurses Union Warns Alvarado Hospital Suffers High Turnover Rate

The California Nurses Association said its members are leaving Alvarado Hospital at alarming rates — and patients are suffering because of it. —Matthew Bowler / KBPS, 01/14/16 More »

#BernieBus to Visit Las Vegas Nurses Thursday

#BernieBus to Visit Las Vegas Nurses Thursday

National Nurses United’s #BernieBus campaign tour continues in Las Vegas Thursday with two stops to visit registered nurses outside MountainView hospital, and other iconic locals around the city in the afternoon. More »

Nurses’ #BernieBus Continues Southern Nevada Push Stops at Private Prison, Labor Meeting Wednesday

Nurses’ #BernieBus Continues Southern Nevada Push Stops at Private Prison, Labor Meeting Wednesday

Continuing the latest push through Southern Nevada in support of the Presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the National Nurses United #BernieBus Wednesday will make stops outside the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump before returning to visit a meeting of the Southern Nevada Central Labor Council in Henderson. —National Nurses United, 01/13/16 More »

Nurses’ Bring #BernieBus and Message of Sanders Campaign to AFL-CIO Raising Wages in Las Vegas

Nurses’ Bring #BernieBus and Message of Sanders Campaign to AFL-CIO Raising Wages in Las Vegas

National Nurses United today brought the message of their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with the #BernieBus now traveling around Las Vegas, to the AFL-CIO Raising Wages Summit in Las Vegas. “At a time of stagnant wages for far too many, ongoing race and gender wage disparity, record income inequality, and an escalating attack on unions as a voice for working people symbolized by the anti-worker Friedrichs case, it is Bernie Sanders who has the most comprehensive program for lifting wages and income for all working people,” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro, an AFL-CIO Vice President. —National Nurses United, 01/12/16 More »

Nurses ask Oregon to scrutinize giant Providence-St. Joseph merger

Nurses ask Oregon to scrutinize giant Providence-St. Joseph merger

The nation’s largest nurses union is calling upon Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to block efforts by Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health System to skirt public oversight into their merger. National Nurses United warns that the merger between Renton, Washington-based Providence with Orange County, California-based St. Joseph could have a “major impact on the cost, quality and availability of critical hospital services,” the group announced. —Elizabeth Hayes / Portland Business Journal, 01/11/16 More »

Nurses Urge Oregon AG to Investigate Proposed Merger of  Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph

Nurses Urge Oregon AG to Investigate Proposed Merger of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph

The nation's largest nurses organization, National Nurses United (NNU), is calling on Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to reject efforts by two large Catholic hospital systems to block public oversight into a merger that NNU warns could have a major impact on the cost, quality and availability of critical hospital services, NNU announced today. —National Nurses United, 01/11/16 More »

Nurses Blast Clinton Attack on Health Care for All

Nurses Blast Clinton Attack on Health Care for All

National Nurses United today condemned the latest attack by Hillary Clinton on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for healthcare for all, noting massive problems with cost and access to needed medical care remain for millions of Americans even with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). —National Nurses United, 01/11/16 More »

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

A disturbing new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management suggests that it might. The research shows that black actors who were asked to portray dying hospital patients received less compassionate care from real doctors than did their white counterparts. —David Freeman, The Huffington Post, 01/11/16 More »

The Case for Expanding Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

The Case for Expanding Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Massachusetts RN Susan Howe makes the case in the Boston Globe for expanding nurse-to-patient ratios, the Patient Safety Act, to all units in Massachusetts hospitals. —Susan Howe, RN / Boston Globe, 01/11/16 More »

Alvarado Hospital Medical Center Losing Experienced RNs to Other Area Hospitals

Alvarado Hospital Medical Center Losing Experienced RNs to Other Area Hospitals

Registered nurses at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center (AHMC) will speak out on how the loss of experienced registered nurses is impacting the quality of patient care at a press conference on Wednesday. The nurses are calling on hospital management to stanch the flow of RNs to the UC San Diego Medical Center and other area hospitals by improving working conditions at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 01/11/16 More »

United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Friedrichs case

United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Friedrichs case

Today a coalition of advocates from Washington to California gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to warn that a controversial case targeting worker and union rights poses a significant threat to public health, safety and quality of life. —National Nurses United, 01/11/16 More »

A Vehicle for Change: Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour

A Vehicle for Change: Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour

Drawing arena-sized crowds with his vision for healing America, Bernie Sanders has been called by some a political "rock star." This week, National Nurses United launched a bus to cross America for the social and political movement Sanders champions -- the #BernieBus, a bright red vehicle for change. —RoseAnn DeMoro / Huffington Post, 01/08/16 More »

Nurses Cheer Grand Opening of Bernie Sanders’ Cleveland-Area Office

Nurses Cheer Grand Opening of Bernie Sanders’ Cleveland-Area Office

Nurses will join other Bernie supporters and volunteers at the grand opening of the Cleveland-area Bernie Sanders for President Campaign office this Saturday. This is the first presidential race office to open in Ohio. The new campaign office is not affiliated with the official Bernie Sanders for President campaign and will be staffed and funded entirely by Bernie's Cleveland-area volunteers and supporters. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

New Las Vegas Stops Today on the Nurses’ #BernieBus Express – Farmers Market, Fremont

New Las Vegas Stops Today on the Nurses’ #BernieBus Express – Farmers Market, Fremont

Following a day of big turnouts Thursday by Las Vegas area registered nurses, a number of whom registered to vote and signed up to participate in the February 20 Nevada caucuses, the National Nurses United #BernieBus campaign bus tour rolls on today visiting a farmer’s market and the Fremont Street experience. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

Nurses to Join Protest Monday Outside the Supreme Court

Nurses to Join Protest Monday Outside the Supreme Court

Nurses from Washington to California will gather on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning to warn that a controversial case targeting worker and union rights poses a significant threat to public health, safety and quality of life, warned National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

Early Tuesday, National Nurses United (NNU) announced that its 1,500 members at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) would not go on strike as planned. The union called for a one-day strike set for April 30, following nearly eight months of negotiations and a strike authorization vote on January 29, when 95% of membership voted in favor of authorizing a strike; now, the union is claiming victory in its negotiations with the medical center. —MIRIAM SHESTACK / IN THESE TIMES, 01/07/16 More »

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

At Cook County board meeting this month, Dr. Tatyana Kagan stood to address the commissioners. It was the first time she had attended a meeting. Kagan works in the pediatric emergency room at Stroger Hospital and came to object to the hospital's plan to consolidate the pediatric ER with the main ER. —Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune, 01/06/16 More »

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

University of Chicago Medicine's announcement Thursday that it would add Level 1 adult trauma care to its Hyde Park campus culminated a decadeslong battle with South Side residents who insisted that the university had a civic duty to provide services in an area that suffers disproportionately from gun violence. —Dahleen Glanton and Lolly Bowean / Chicago Tribune , 01/06/16 More »

Sutter Santa Rosa, Lakeside RNs Approve New Pacts

Sutter Santa Rosa, Lakeside RNs Approve New Pacts

Sutter Santa Rosa and Sutter Lakeside registered nurses have voted to approve new collective bargaining contracts joining their Sutter colleagues in Auburn, Roseville, and Tracy in new union contracts that will provide significant economic gains and protect nurses and patient standards. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/16 More »

Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour in Nevada

Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour in Nevada

‘The Most Trusted Profession Trusts Bernie’. If voters in the early primary states have not yet seen that message now posted on select billboards in states like Nevada and Iowa, they’ll soon be able to see it rolling by on wheels. —National Nurses United, 01/06/16 More »

The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt

The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt

New data outlines 'wide range of consequences and sacrifices' made by insured Americans who face burdensome medical bills. —Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 01/05/16 More »

Nurses to Send Off the #BernieBus from Los Angeles

Nurses to Send Off the #BernieBus from Los Angeles

‘The Most Trusted Profession Trusts Bernie’. If voters in the early primary states have not yet seen that message now posted on select billboards in states like Nevada and Iowa, they’ll soon be able to see it rolling by on wheels. The bus will bring nurses to meet with community groups, students, and other supporters and voters. —National Nurses United, 01/05/16 More »

The Broad and Diverse Coalition That Is Supporting the Clean Power Plan in Court

The Broad and Diverse Coalition That Is Supporting the Clean Power Plan in Court

The Local Government Coalition and its member national associations and local governments seek to participate as amici curiae to support their common view that the Clean Power Plan is a valid exercise of EPA’s authority and represents a reasonable interpretation of the ‘best system of emissions reduction’ standard established under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. —Vickie Patton / Environmental Defense Fund, 12/24/15 More »

Sutter Roseville, Tracy RNs Approve New Pacts

Sutter Roseville, Tracy RNs Approve New Pacts

Registered nurses at two more Sutter hospitals, Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Sutter Tracy Tuesday voted to approve new collective bargaining agreements with the big Northern California hospital chain that provide for economic gains, and for Tracy RNs, their first ever union contract. —California Nurses Association, 12/23/15 More »

Holiday Cheer in Auburn RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith Approve New Pact

Holiday Cheer in Auburn RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith Approve New Pact

Registered nurses at Sutter Auburn Faith voted by 96% Monday to approve a new four year contract agreement that will provide substantial economic gains while rebuffing hospital demands for cuts in health coverage, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. RNs at Sutter Roseville and Sutter Tracy are voting on new contract proposals today. The pacts cover 1,000 RNs at Sutter Roseville, 340 RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith and some 200 RNs at Sutter Tracy, who are among 7,000 RNs represented by CNA at Sutter hospitals. Tracy RNs are voting on their first ever collective bargaining contract. —California Nurses Association, 12/22/15 More »

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

On a brisk morning in Denver recently, an ambulance pulled up in front of a downtown office tower. "I think the patient is going to make it," Dr. Irene Aguilar said as a team rolled out the gurney. This wasn't a medical emergency, but rather a bit of political theater. The gurney held several big boxes of signed petitions to be delivered to Colorado's Secretary of State's office. The group ColoradoCareYES gathered enough signatures — more than 100,000 — to put a single-payer health system on the ballot next fall. —John Daley / NPR, 12/22/15 More »

32 Hospitals to Pay U.S. to Resolve False Billing Claims

32 Hospitals to Pay U.S. to Resolve False Billing Claims

Thirty-two hospitals located throughout 15 states have agreed to pay the United States a total of more than $28 million to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare for minimally-invasive kyphoplasty procedures, the Justice Department announced today. —United States Dept. of Justice, 12/22/15 More »

The Most Trusted Profession – Nurses Once Again Top Poll

The Most Trusted Profession – Nurses Once Again Top Poll

“With an 85 percent honesty and ethics rating – tying their high point – nurses have no serious competition atop Gallup ranking this year.” That’s the conclusion of the Gallup’s annual ranking of how Americans view 21 major professions – the 16th time in the 17 years, and 14 years in a row, that Gallup has surveyed public opinion on what profession is most trusted. —National Nurses United, 12/21/15 More »

Nurses Speak Out at Cal/OSHA Public Hearing: Urge Speedy Passage of Violence Prevention Regulations

Nurses Speak Out at Cal/OSHA Public Hearing: Urge Speedy Passage of Violence Prevention Regulations

A large contingent of nurses from throughout California, clad in red scrubs, marched through the Capital mall in Sacramento yesterday chanting “Workplace violence on the rise, prevention is our key to survive!” as they made their way to the Cal/OSHA public hearing on workplace violence prevention. Once they arrived at the State Resources Building, the nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, filled the hearing chambers and lined up at the podium to urge that the Cal/OSHA's Standards Board swiftly adopt the proposed regulations on workplace violence prevention. —National Nurses United, 12/18/15 More »

Nurses Blast DNC Attack on Sanders Campaign Warn of Long-Term Consequences for Next November

Nurses Blast DNC Attack on Sanders Campaign Warn of Long-Term Consequences for Next November

National Nurses United today condemned what it called “the latest blatant effort by the Democratic National Committee to rig the primary process” in its decision to bar the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders access to a critical master list of Democratic voters. —National Nurses United, 12/18/15 More »

Breakthrough at Sutter – Tentative Pact for RNs at Sutter Roseville, Auburn Faith, Tracy Hospitals

Breakthrough at Sutter – Tentative Pact for RNs at Sutter Roseville, Auburn Faith, Tracy Hospitals

Registered nurses have settled long contract disputes with tentative contract agreements at three Northern California Sutter Health hospitals in Auburn, Roseville, and Tracy, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today that included major economic improvements for the nurses, withdrawal of concession demands, and the first ever contract for Sutter Tracy RNs. The pacts cover 1,000 RNs at Sutter Roseville, 240 RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith and some 200 RNs at Sutter Tracy, who are among 7,000 RNs represented by CNA at Sutter hospitals throughout Northern and Central California. Nurses will hold membership meetings Monday and Tuesday next week to vote on the accords. —California Nurses Association, 12/17/15 More »

Nurses Report EMMC Continues to Delay Staffing and Safety Improvements

Nurses Report EMMC Continues to Delay Staffing and Safety Improvements

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will deliver a petition to Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems on Thursday demanding that they take immediate steps to bring their corporate subsidiary, EMMC, into compliance with the safe staffing agreements made with registered nurses five months ago. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 12/17/15 More »

Cal/OSHA Public Hearing on Workplace Violence Prevention Thursday, Dec. 17, Sacramento

Cal/OSHA Public Hearing on Workplace Violence Prevention Thursday, Dec. 17, Sacramento

With state regulators close to putting the final touches on rules to prevent workplace violence in hospitals, nurses from throughout California, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, will testify at the Cal/OSHA Standard's Board public hearing this Thursday in Sacramento, to urge regulators to pass the regulations as soon as possible. The new regulations are mandated by legislation, SB 1299, the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act, sponsored by CNA last year and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Thursday's public hearing on the proposed regulations marks the conclusion of a 45-day written comment period on the new regulations. —California Nurses Association, 12/16/15 More »

Don’t Let Them Gaslight the ‘Bern’ing for Social Change

Don’t Let Them Gaslight the ‘Bern’ing for Social Change

Perhaps you've noticed. Some people and institutions are working feverishly to convince us that real social change is not possible. Their target is Bernie Sanders and the growing army of his supporters who are fed up with politics as usual and the grip of Wall Street and corporate America on our political, economic and social system. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 12/15/15 More »

In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared

In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared

For months, worried parents in Flint, Mich., arrived at their pediatricians’ offices in droves. Holding a toddler by the hand or an infant in their arms, they all have the same question: Are their children being poisoned? To find out, all it takes is a prick of the finger, a small letting of blood. If tests come back positive, the potentially severe consequences are far more difficult to discern. —Yanan Wang / Washington Post, 12/15/15 More »

Community members rally against the use of fossil fuels

Community members rally against the use of fossil fuels

Dozens of people in San Luis Obispo are speaking out against the use of fossil fuels, in honor of the Global Day for Climate Action. Close to 100 San Luis Obispo community members rallied at the city's train station on Saturday, as the climate change deal was made in Paris. —Citlaly Santos / KSBY.com, 12/13/15 More »

Nurses Urge Council to Pass Legislation to  Ensure Hospital Safety

Nurses Urge Council to Pass Legislation to Ensure Hospital Safety

Washington, D.C. -- Registered nurses today urged the District of Columbia Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services to promptly pass legislation to ensure that hospitals create plans and take necessary action to protect patients, health care workers, and others from violence in hospitals. More »

Maine Nurses Oppose the TPP RNs Tell Commission Agreement Poses Health Risks

Maine Nurses Oppose the TPP RNs Tell Commission Agreement Poses Health Risks

Bangor – Citing the grave public health and safety dangers the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would pose for American patients, consumers, and workers, registered nurses spokeout at a Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission hearing against the global trade pact and called on the Maine Legislature to oppose the deal. —Maine State Nurses Association, 12/09/15 More »

Nurses And Health-Care Workers Lobby Beacon Hill For Workplace Injuries Bill

Nurses And Health-Care Workers Lobby Beacon Hill For Workplace Injuries Bill

Health-care workers asked a State House committee Tuesday to support legislation that would require hospitals to take steps to keep them from being hurt on the job. The bill aims to prevent injuries sustained by lifting or moving patients. —Craig Lemoult / WGBH News, 12/09/15 More »

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

A union representing nurses says that employees are getting hurt on the job, and they want Massachusetts hospitals to do something about it. The Massachusetts Nurses Association estimates health care workers lift about 1.8 tons during an average shift. The union claims that nurses are developing serious injuries over time, causing many RN’s to miss as many as 60 days of work each year. —Tiffany Chan / 22News, 12/09/15 More »

Single Payer Healthcare Is Not Pie In The Sky

Single Payer Healthcare Is Not Pie In The Sky

Here is this weeks Nurse Talk podcast with Executive Director Of Minnesota Nurses Association, Rose Roach. Great explanation of Single Payer and she starts with saying, "people over profits"! What a concept. We use a "shorter" version of this for social media and broadcasting on Progressive Voices Tune IN all week during shows such as Thom Hartmann, Ed Shultz, Ring of Fire, and more. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 12/07/15 More »

Excessive Health Care Injuries Can be Prevented by Bill Requiring Safe Patient Handling Practices

Excessive Health Care Injuries Can be Prevented by Bill Requiring Safe Patient Handling Practices

Beth Piknick was 21 years into her nursing career when she helped another nurse move a patient into bed at Cape Cod Hospital. That movement – performed by nurses every day across the country – sent a stabbing pain into Piknick’s back and derailed her career as an Intensive Care Unit nurse. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 12/07/15 More »

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

Two things were evident amid the fusillades of confetti and extended glad-handing at last week's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom by the politically powerful California Nurses Association. —Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, 12/06/15 More »

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn, MassLive.com, 12/04/15 More »

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

SPRINGFIELD - Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn / Mass Live, 12/04/15 More »

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

More than 1,200 California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee registered nurses, environmental and healthcare activists, and students on Dec. 3 marched and rallied in Los Angeles to demand that the world’s leaders, now convening in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, adopt a binding and enforceable climate treaty, commit resources to fund the transformation to clean, renewable energy including a just transition program for those who now work in the fossil fuel industry, and call on wealthy, developed countries to provide resources for the less-developed countries to act on climate, with funding coming from a carbon tax and the Robin Hood tax. —National Nurses United, 12/03/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was greeted by raucous applause and blasts of confetti Wednesday as he took the stage to receive his first major endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor from a labor union representing nurses in California. —Javier Panzar and John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 12/03/15 More »

From Paris to Los Angeles The Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

From Paris to Los Angeles The Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Nurses and environmental activists will converge for an action in downtown Los Angeles today to demand a global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas pollution and supports a sustainable energy future at United Nations Climate Summit, COP21, that began Monday in Paris. Organizers predict that the Los Angeles climate action will be even larger than expected since the French government prohibited the mass mobilizations that were planned in Paris on the eve of the summit, citing the heightened security situation. —California Nurses Association, 12/03/15 More »

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