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How a group of California nurses is looking beyond health care to help patients

How a group of California nurses is looking beyond health care to help patients

“The CNA’s goals are pretty simple,” Angie said. “We advocate for working conditions and government policies that keep people healthy.” —By Kristine Johnson, SanLuisObispo.com / The Tribune, 04/25/17 More »

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

With continued uncertainty in Washington over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, California has a unique role to play in charting a new path on health care reform – legislation that would guarantee coverage for all Californians, at much lower cost. —By Deborah Burger writing for Common Dreams, 04/25/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 04/20/17 More »

On Workers Memorial Day, April 28, Nurses Vow to Keep Fighting for The Highest Level of Protections

On Workers Memorial Day, April 28, Nurses Vow to Keep Fighting for The Highest Level of Protections

On Workers Memorial Day, we pay homage to all of the nurses and other workers whose stories highlight the importance of standing up—strong, loud, and as long as necessary—to secure the highest level of protections to keep workers safe. —National Nurses United, 04/20/17 More »

Kindred Hospital – San Gabriel RNs Vote by 90% To Join California Nurses Association

Kindred Hospital – San Gabriel RNs Vote by 90% To Join California Nurses Association

Voicing concern about safe staffing, fair pay, and respect in the workplace, registered nurses at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley in West Covina, Ca voted by 90 percent Wednesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 04/20/17 More »

Town Halls Planned April 20 in Sonora on Healthy California Act SB 562

Town Halls Planned April 20 in Sonora on Healthy California Act SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to community town hall meetings in Sonora, Calif. on Thursday, April 20 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. —Healthy California, 04/19/17 More »

Oakland and Richmond City Councils Vote Unanimously to Support Healthy California Act SB 562

Oakland and Richmond City Councils Vote Unanimously to Support Healthy California Act SB 562

The Oakland and Richmond City Council's voted unanimously Tuesday to support SB 562 - the Healthy California Act, a bill that would guarantee healthcare to all California residents, slash patient and family costs for care, and ensure real patient choice. —California Nurses Association, 04/19/17 More »

In Solidarity With Science, Climate Marches, Nurses Say, “Science Over Profit!”

In Solidarity With Science, Climate Marches, Nurses Say, “Science Over Profit!”

April marks two national marches—the March for Science on April 22 (Earth Day), and the People’s Climate March on April 29. Both of these marches call on those shaping the policies that impact the health and safety of everyday people to respect scientific evidence. Thousands of people all across the country will take to the streets to make it clear that we will not stand for anything less. —National Nurses United, 04/19/17 More »

The Human Cost Of Trump’s Rollback On Regulations

The Human Cost Of Trump’s Rollback On Regulations

WASHINGTON ― If Tom Ward had to die from his work, he’d rather fall off a scaffold than endure the slow death his father did from the debilitating lung disease silicosis. —By Dave Jamieson writing for The Huffington Post, 04/17/17 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Headline Major Gathering of Progressive Activists - June 9-11 Chicago

Sen. Bernie Sanders to Headline Major Gathering of Progressive Activists - June 9-11 Chicago

Sen. Bernie Sanders will keynote a major gathering of several thousand progressive activists from across the U.S. in Chicago June 9 to 11 under a thematic of moving beyond resistance to a building a broad people’s movement for a just world. —National Nurses United, 04/16/17 More »

Video: Nurses for Healthy California Act, California Senate Bill 562

Video: Nurses for Healthy California Act, California Senate Bill 562

Nurses believe healthcare is a human right and urge Californians to support the Healthy California Act, SB 562 which has been proposed in the state legislature. —California Nurses Association, 04/13/17 More »

Maine Nurses Support Bill to Restore Public Health Nursing

Maine Nurses Support Bill to Restore Public Health Nursing

Maine nurses have come out in strong support of LD 1108, An Act to Restore Public Health Nursing Services (Sen. Brownie Carson)—which will have its first hearing on Thursday, April 13, the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) announced today. —Maine State Nurses Association, 04/12/17 More »

San Francisco Supervisors Votes Unanimously for Resolution Supporting the Healthy California Act

San Francisco Supervisors Votes Unanimously for Resolution Supporting the Healthy California Act

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to support SB 562 - the Healthy California Act, a bill that would guarantee healthcare to all California residents, slash patient and family costs for care, and ensure real patient choice. —California Nurses Association, 04/12/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 04/12/17 More »

Hospitals of Providence Sierra, Memorial Campus RNs Vote by Overwhelming Majority to Ratify Contract

Hospitals of Providence Sierra, Memorial Campus RNs Vote by Overwhelming Majority to Ratify Contract

Registered nurses at Hospitals of Providence Sierra and Memorial Campuses voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a new three-year contract, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 04/11/17 More »

California Nurses Association: ‘We have to push our governor’ on single-payer healthcare

California Nurses Association: ‘We have to push our governor’ on single-payer healthcare

Cathy Kennedy of the California Nurses Association says the group will continue to argue for single-payer health care, regardless of who is governor. —Angela Hart, The Sacramento Bee, 04/11/17 More »

A Conversation With NNU Co-President Jean Ross About The Keystone Pipeline

A Conversation With NNU Co-President Jean Ross About The Keystone Pipeline

The corrosive tar sands oil that is extracted, transported, and refined for the Keystone project is a major contributor to climate change. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 04/10/17 More »

Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

Time for California to Join Rest of Developed World in Guaranteeing Healthcare for ALL

Fortunately, Donald Trump and his Congressional cronies failed in their attempt to throw millions of Americans off their healthcare plans. That said, we nonetheless cannot rest on our laurels or continue playing defense when it comes to the gains we’ve made. —Ricardo Lara writing for LA Progressive, 04/10/17 More »

Medicare-for-All Advocates Rally Nationwide

Medicare-for-All Advocates Rally Nationwide

With a new poll strengthening their case and the Republican healthcare bill’s failure energizing their call, Medicare-for-all advocates are holding rallies in scores of communities across the nation on Saturday “to go on the offense and demand a healthcare system that covers everyone and costs less.” —By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams, 04/09/17 More »

Community Briefing Planned April 8 in Garden Grove on the Healthy California Act SB 562

Community Briefing Planned April 8 in Garden Grove on the Healthy California Act SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Garden Grove, Calif. on Saturday, April 8 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. —Healthy California, 04/06/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 04/05/17 More »

Californians Could Be The First To Pass Single Payer Legislation

Californians Could Be The First To Pass Single Payer Legislation

The CEO of United Healthcare, Stephen Hemsley, makes 10,597.00 an hour or 177.00 a minute. Making huge amounts of money off the sick and dying is unacceptable, unsustainable, and immoral. We have the power to change that! Let's start in California with SB 562! Andrew McGuire, the Executive Director of California One Care, joins us on Nurse Talk. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 04/05/17 More »

Nurses Welcome Renewal of Sen. Sanders’  Bills for Free Education and to Heal America

Nurses Welcome Renewal of Sen. Sanders’  Bills for Free Education and to Heal America

National Nurses United today applauded Sen. Bernie Sanders’ re-introduction of two Senate bills to raise critical revenue to pay for college education for all and other essential community needs with a small tax on Wall Street speculation. More »

Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

Santa Cruz rally supports state health bill

SANTA CRUZ >> Even the nose-bleed seats were full in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for a rally to support a Senate bill that would eradicate private health insurance in California. —Michael Todd, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 04/03/17 More »

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Hold Day of Action March 31 to Illuminate Concerns

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Hold Day of Action March 31 to Illuminate Concerns

Registered nurses at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) hospitals throughout California will hold a day of action today, Friday, March 31, to highlight safe patient care and workers’ rights issues emerging as the system, nurses say, has failed to follow through on promises of enhanced community services and benefits made during the 2016 merger of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health. —California Nurses Association, 03/31/17 More »

Hospitals of Providence Sierra, Memorial Campus RNs Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Hospitals of Providence Sierra, Memorial Campus RNs Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

Registered nurses at Hospitals of Providence Sierra and Memorial Campuses reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that extends safe patient care standards, improves pay equity to retain the most experienced nurses, and supports a strong union to best advocate for safe patient care, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Texas, 03/30/17 More »

Community Briefing Planned April 1 in Santa Cruz on the Healthy California Act SB 562

Community Briefing Planned April 1 in Santa Cruz on the Healthy California Act SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Saturday, April 1 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. —Healthy California, 03/30/17 More »

Amidst National Debate on Future of Healthcare California Alternative Bill

Amidst National Debate on Future of Healthcare California Alternative Bill

With national debate continuing on the future of healthcare following the defeat of the House “repeal and replacement” bill for the Affordable Care Act, California legislators will soon begin hearings on an alternative approach that would expand coverage to everyone – with no debilitating out of pocket costs that drive people to medical bankruptcy or to forgo needed care. —National Nurses United, 03/30/17 More »

Lara Announces Details on Single-Payer Health Care System for All Californians

Lara Announces Details on Single-Payer Health Care System for All Californians

Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, released policy details about a plan to create a single-payer health care system for all California residents on Thursday. —Taryn Luna, The Sacramento Bee, 03/30/17 More »

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Hold Day of Action March 31

Providence St. Joseph Health Nurses Hold Day of Action March 31

Registered nurses at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) hospitals throughout California will hold a day of action Friday, March 31, to highlight safe patient care and workers’ rights issues emerging as the system, nurses say, has failed to follow through on promises of enhanced community services and benefits made during the 2016 merger of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health. —California Nurses Association, 03/30/17 More »

Unveiled – SB 562: The Healthy California Act Path to Comprehensive Coverage for All Californians

Unveiled – SB 562: The Healthy California Act Path to Comprehensive Coverage for All Californians

All California residents will be guaranteed health coverage with comprehensive health services offered at minimal out of pocket costs and real patient choice of where to go for care under a bill that will begin its legislative review in mid-to late April in the California State Senate. —California Nurses Association, 03/30/17 More »

Senator Bernie Sanders announces Medicare for All bill

Senator Bernie Sanders announces Medicare for All bill

We all know that the Affordable Care Act was a critically important step towards the goal of universal health care. But 29 million Americans today still do not have health insurance, and millions more are underinsured because health insurance companies are making our health care unaffordable and inaccessible. —Jeff Weaver, President of Our Revolution, 03/29/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 03/28/17 More »

McAllen denies drilling permit

McAllen denies drilling permit

In front of packed chambers at city hall, with many sporting anti-drilling stickers, the commission denied a drilling permit to Texakoma, a gas and oil company from Plano. The application was for a drilling site near North 10th Street and Northgate Lane. The well would be drilled horizontally, underneath 10th Street, and would terminate near North Colonel Rowe. —Mitchell Ferman, The Monitor, 03/28/17 More »

Maryland Senate just voted 35-10 to ban fracking in the state

Maryland Senate just voted 35-10 to ban fracking in the state

The Maryland Senate just voted 35-10 to ban fracking in Maryland! Since the House already passed the bill and Governor Hogan promised to sign it, we're about to ban fracking in Maryland. —Food & Water Watch, 03/27/17 More »

New NLRB Trial Against CHS, Quorum and Affiliates for Multiple and Repeated Labor Violations Begins

New NLRB Trial Against CHS, Quorum and Affiliates for Multiple and Repeated Labor Violations Begins

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will commence a new trial against Community Health Systems (CHS) and its affiliates, for multiple and repeated labor violations, on Monday, March 27 in Beaver, W.Va. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - West Virginia, 03/27/17 More »

Nurses Welcome Defeat of Flawed Health Bill, Real Fix of ACA Would Be Medicare For All, Say RNs

Nurses Welcome Defeat of Flawed Health Bill, Real Fix of ACA Would Be Medicare For All, Say RNs

National Nurses United hailed the decision of House Republican leaders to abandon their fatally flawed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with legislation that would be far worse – throwing 24 million people off health coverage and driving up costs for millions more. —National Nurses United, 03/24/17 More »

Nurses: Keystone XL Pipeline Still Significant Threat to Public Health and Climate Change

Nurses: Keystone XL Pipeline Still Significant Threat to Public Health and Climate Change

Nurses remain adamantly opposed to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and will continue to speak out and join public protests against the project, warning of the consequences for public health and the acceleration of the damaging effects of the climate crisis, said National Nurses United today. —National Nurses United, 03/24/17 More »

Nurses Announce Opposition to Judge Gorsuch, Support Filibuster

Nurses Announce Opposition to Judge Gorsuch, Support Filibuster

National Nurses United today announced its formal opposition to the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and said it will support plans for Senate Democrats to demand the nomination meet a 60-vote threshold, joining the opposition expressed by civil rights, civil liberties, and other organizations. —National Nurses United, 03/24/17 More »

As Showdown Vote Nears, Nurses Urge House Members to Reject Draconian AHCA Bill

As Showdown Vote Nears, Nurses Urge House Members to Reject Draconian AHCA Bill

Calling the proposed American Health Care Act “a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of our patients and to the health security of our country,” National Nurses United (NNU) today urged all House members to defeat the proposed bill in the upcoming showdown vote Thursday. —National Nurses United, 03/23/17 More »

March and Rally for the Healthy California Act SB562, Sunday 3/26 in Downtown Los Angeles

March and Rally for the Healthy California Act SB562, Sunday 3/26 in Downtown Los Angeles

Advocates including nurses, seniors, healthcare providers, students and immigrants, plan a march and rally in support of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, a bill that guarantees healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all-type system, on March 26th in downtown Los Angeles. —Healthy California, 03/23/17 More »

Community Briefing Planned March 26 in Roseville, Ca. on the Healthy California Act SB 562

Community Briefing Planned March 26 in Roseville, Ca. on the Healthy California Act SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Roseville on March 26 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. —Healthy California, 03/23/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 03/22/17 More »

NNU Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Urging Opposition to AHCA

NNU Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Urging Opposition to AHCA

As the American Health Care Act (AHCA) comes to a vote on the House floor, NNU nurses have sent a letter to representatives urging a “No” vote—given that the AHCA poses a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of patients, and to the health security of this country. —National Nurses United, 03/21/17 More »

Nurses, Arturo Carmona to Discuss Key Congressional Race, Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal Vote

Nurses, Arturo Carmona to Discuss Key Congressional Race, Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal Vote

Registered nurse members of the CNA/NNU will join with Congressional candidate Arturo Carmona Wednesday for a press conference on the pending vote in the House on the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the impact on Californians, and the way favored by Carmona and nurses to guarantee health care for all, a Medicare for all type system. —California Nurses Association, 03/21/17 More »

Ohio Bill Seeking Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs Gets First Hearing

Ohio Bill Seeking Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs Gets First Hearing

On Tues. March 21, S.B. 55, the Ohio Patient Protection Act—a bill by National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) which sets specific limits on how many patients Ohio nurses can care for at once—will get its first hearing, with testimony by sponsor Senator Michael Skindell. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Ohio, 03/20/17 More »

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Here we go again with national health care reform. But given the large gap between policies favored by Californians and those of the GOP in Washington, D.C., there is every reason for the Golden State to chart it’s own health care course. —Michael Lighty writing for Center of Health Journalism, 03/17/17 More »

Nurses Endorse Arturo Carmona in Los Angeles Congressional Race

Nurses Endorse Arturo Carmona in Los Angeles Congressional Race

National Nurses United, which includes the California Nurses Association, today announced its support for Arturo Carmona for Congress in the 34th Congressional district special election April 4. —California Nurses Association, 03/17/17 More »

Healthy California Act Town Halls Kick Off Saturday in Southern California

Healthy California Act Town Halls Kick Off Saturday in Southern California

The first in a series of town hall meetings planned throughout the state, in support of the Healthy California Act SB 562, will be held March 18th and 19th in Fullerton, Pomona, Covina and Riverside, Ca. California state senators have been invited to attend and Sen. Leyva has confirmed she will be participating in the Pomona town Hall. —California Nurses Association, 03/17/17 More »

Nurses: Proposed Budget Latest Attack on the Public Protections and the Most Vulnerable People

Nurses: Proposed Budget Latest Attack on the Public Protections and the Most Vulnerable People

National Nurses United today sharply criticized President Trump’s proposed federal budget as a broad attack on public protections that also targets some of the nation’s most vulnerable people while shifting resources to the least needed areas. —National Nurses United, 03/16/17 More »

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger. —Liz Szab, Kaiser Health News, 03/15/17 More »

Inhaling Toxic Smoke From Surgical Procedures Threatens Everyone in the Room

Inhaling Toxic Smoke From Surgical Procedures Threatens Everyone in the Room

Would you prefer to have surgery in an environment with sterile air — or in a room with air that may contain dangerous chemicals, cellular material, viruses, or bacteria? —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of RN Response Network and Health & Safety at NNU, 03/15/17 More »

Council Nurses Urge San Francisco To Divest from DAPL

Council Nurses Urge San Francisco To Divest from DAPL

Nurses from the San Francisco Metro Council attended an San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting to urge the city to divest from any banks and financial institutions who have investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. —California Nurses Association, 03/15/17 More »

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo County Vote to Uphold Rejection of Phillips 66 Train Project

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo County Vote to Uphold Rejection of Phillips 66 Train Project

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United welcomed the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors vote to uphold the Planning Commission's rejection of a controversial proposal by Phillip 66 to transport millions of gallons of crude tar sands oil through the county by rail every week. —California Nurses Association, 03/15/17 More »

Next Steps to Ban Fracking in Maryland

Next Steps to Ban Fracking in Maryland

Yesterday was an amazing sight to see: over 1,000 people from all across Maryland marched through the streets of Annapolis to demand a ban on fracking in our state. —Food & Water Watch, 03/14/17 More »

What are Safe Staffing Ratios and why are they so important to all of us?

What are Safe Staffing Ratios and why are they so important to all of us?

Many Americans may be surprised to know that California is the only state in the country with mandatory limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned at one time. Now nurses across the country are pushing for national legislation. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 03/07/17 More »

The Republican House of Horrors Offers a Terrifying Healthcare Vision

The Republican House of Horrors Offers a Terrifying Healthcare Vision

Halloween arrived early this year featuring the Republican house of horrors seeking to fulfill their long lust for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 03/07/17 More »

Nurses: GOP Plan Would Abandon Millions of Americans with Less Coverage, Higher Costs

Nurses: GOP Plan Would Abandon Millions of Americans with Less Coverage, Higher Costs

National Nurses United today sharply criticized the Republicans’ proposed healthcare “repeal and replace” bill as a cruel abandonment of the gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a betrayal of the promises made by candidate Donald Trump to ensure that “we’re going to have healthcare for everybody” that is “far less expensive and far better.” —National Nurses United, 03/07/17 More »

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

In the coming days, we may finally see an unveiling of the details and text of the “replacement” plan pledged by those in Congress who have lusted for years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. —Deborah Burger writing for The Sacramento Bee, 03/06/17 More »

New Pact for 13,000 California, Nevada Dignity RNs

New Pact for 13,000 California, Nevada Dignity RNs

Registered nurses at 28 Dignity Health hospitals and additional clinics in California and Nevada have ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement that protects their health coverage and economic and retirement security. —National Nurses United, 03/06/17 More »

Nurses Call on Texas to Reject Attack on Women

Nurses Call on Texas to Reject Attack on Women

National Nurses United today called on members of the Texas Senate to defeat “disgraceful” legislation that would encourage doctors to lie to pregnant women about potential birth defects of fetuses they are carrying – and bar legal redress for women and their families after a child with disabilities was born after the physician withheld conditions about the fetus’ health status. More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 03/03/17 More »

President Trump’s False Promises on Healthcare

President Trump’s False Promises on Healthcare

Instead of his prior guarantee that no one would lose coverage gained through the Affordable Care Act, Trump adopted the double speak offered by now Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in his confirmation hearings, that Americans with pre-existing conditions will have “access” to coverage. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Contributing to The Hill, 03/02/17 More »

California Assembly to Consider Legislation to Reduce Toxic “Plumes”

California Assembly to Consider Legislation to Reduce Toxic “Plumes”

Legislation that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes,” that pose a significant health hazard to patients and health care personnel in surgical settings has been reintroduced in the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 03/01/17 More »

Nurses Warn Trump/GOP Health Ideas Would Accelerate Crisis

Nurses Warn Trump/GOP Health Ideas Would Accelerate Crisis

National Nurses United sharply criticized the health care proposals outlined by President Trump in his address to Congress Tuesday night, warning they would deprive care for tens of millions of Americans and increase the health and economic insecurity of millions more. —National Nurses United, 03/01/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 02/27/17 More »

No Limits: In 49 States, Nurses Have No Cap on How Many Patients They’re Assigned

No Limits: In 49 States, Nurses Have No Cap on How Many Patients They’re Assigned

In an old episode of “I Love Lucy,” Lucy and Ethyl find jobs wrapping candy in a chocolate factory. As the candy comes down the conveyor belt, the joke is that there is a rate at which they can keep up—which is soon crossed. —Bonnie Castillo, NNU Director of Health & Safety, 02/27/17 More »

Another 550 Kaiser Northern California RNs Become Members of California Nurses Association

Another 550 Kaiser Northern California RNs Become Members of California Nurses Association

Some 550 non-union registered nurses who work in 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals across Northern and Central California have become members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, CNA announced today. —California Nurses Association, 02/24/17 More »

Nurses Join Sen. Ricardo Lara and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for a Rally Supporting SB 562

Nurses Join Sen. Ricardo Lara and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for a Rally Supporting SB 562

Registered Nurses from area hospitals will join Sen. Ricardo Lara, Mayor Robert Garcia and other local leaders and activists at a rally in Long Beach on Friday evening to kick off a campaign for the Healthy California Act SB 562, a bill that will guarantee health care for all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all insurance system in the state. More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” As Voting Takes Place Saturday in Atlanta

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” As Voting Takes Place Saturday in Atlanta

This week, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Atlanta to support Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as over 400 members of the DNC gather for a final vote to select their new leader. —National Nurses United, 02/23/17 More »

It’s Final – RNs at Kaiser’s Flagship Los Angeles Medical Center Ratify New Accord

It’s Final – RNs at Kaiser’s Flagship Los Angeles Medical Center Ratify New Accord

With a record turnout at membership meetings Wednesday, registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center voted nearly unanimously to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 02/23/17 More »

RN & Co-President of NNU Deborah Burger talks about the importance of Kaiser L.A. tentative pact

RN & Co-President of NNU Deborah Burger talks about the importance of Kaiser L.A. tentative pact

A few weeks ago RNs reached tentative pact, affecting 1,300 RNs, with Kaiser L.A. Medical Center. RN and NNU Co-President Deborah Burger talks about why now more than any time before, this agreement is so critical. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/23/17 More »

Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 - Healthcare for all California Residents

Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 - Healthcare for all California Residents

Nearly 500 registered nurses, healthcare activists, seniors, workers, immigrants, and business leaders converged on Sacramento today in a spirited rally to kick off a seminal campaign to win passage of S.B. 562, state legislation that would establish a Medicare-style healthcare system for all residents in California, the world’s fifth-largest economy. —National Nurses United, 02/22/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 02/22/17 More »

Sacramento Rally Welcomes Medicare for All Style Bill for All Californians

Sacramento Rally Welcomes Medicare for All Style Bill for All Californians

California nurses, and healthcare and community activists, will join with State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins Wednesday, February 22 in Sacramento to celebrate the introduction of legislation to ensure universal health coverage with effective cost controls, a Medicare for all style bill for all California residents. —Healthy California and California Nurses Association, 02/20/17 More »

Maine Nurses, Allies Rally to Demand Senator Collins Attend a People’s Forum on Healthcare

Maine Nurses, Allies Rally to Demand Senator Collins Attend a People’s Forum on Healthcare

On Saturday, February 18th, members of The Maine Health Care is a Human Right Coalition—led by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU), the Southern Maine Workers’ Center, and Maine AllCare—will hold a rally and march calling on Senator Susan Collins to attend a healthcare forum where she will hear directly from constituents on the importance of universal, publicly funded healthcare for all. —Maine State Nurses Assoc., 02/17/17 More »

Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Financial Transaction Tax

Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Financial Transaction Tax

WASHINGTON - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced legislation that would raise billions to invest in our economy by taxing Wall Street financial transactions. The Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1144/S. 434) would tax the sale of stocks, bonds and derivatives. The tax imposed will be 0.5 percent on stocks, 0.1 percent on bonds, and 0.005 percent on derivatives or other investments. —Rep. Keith Ellison, 02/17/17 More »

Nurses Applaud Keith Ellison on Renewed  Bill to Set Fee on Wall Street Speculation

Nurses Applaud Keith Ellison on Renewed Bill to Set Fee on Wall Street Speculation

National Nurses United today welcomed the re-introduction of federal legislation from Rep. Keith Ellison with 17 House co-sponsors, that could raise hundreds of billions of dollars annually to fund critical social needs with a small tax on Wall Street speculation. —National Nurses United, 02/17/17 More »

The Facts About Social Security. It works and it’s NOT going bankrupt!

The Facts About Social Security. It works and it’s NOT going bankrupt!

Social Security Works and a growing chorus of prominent voices in Congress and elsewhere are calling for the expansion of our Social Security system—people who know that Social Security will not “go broke” and does not add a penny to the national debt. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/16/17 More »

Breakthrough – RNs at Major Kaiser LA Hospital Announce Tentative Agreement

Breakthrough – RNs at Major Kaiser LA Hospital Announce Tentative Agreement

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California flagship hospital, Los Angeles Medical Center, have won their tentative collective bargaining agreement with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 02/16/17 More »

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

With the defeat of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the Department of Labor, National Nurses United today stepped up opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. —National Nurses United, 02/15/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 02/15/17 More »

Ohio nurses want law limiting nurse-patient ratios

Ohio nurses want law limiting nurse-patient ratios

Arguing that hospitals put patient care at risk by overworking essential front-line caregivers, nurses across Ohio are pushing lawmakers to limit the number of patients for whom they are responsible. —Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch, 02/14/17 More »

See What’s at Stake in the Health Care Fight With Clearly Outlined, Shareable Data

See What’s at Stake in the Health Care Fight With Clearly Outlined, Shareable Data

As the debate heats up on the Trump administration/congressional push to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, National Nurses United invites you to consider how the discussion will affect American families and individuals. —National Nurses United, 02/14/17 More »

Ohio Bill Seeks Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs

Ohio Bill Seeks Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs

On Feb. 14, registered nurses with National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) and elected officials will gather at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, to mark the reintroduction by Senator Michael Skindell of the Ohio Patient Protection Act—a bill which sets specific limits on how many patients nurses can care for at once, in hospitals throughout Ohio. —National Nurses United, 02/13/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Baltimore DNC Future Forum

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Baltimore DNC Future Forum

On Saturday, February 11, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Baltimore to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison will be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 02/10/17 More »

Nurses: Puzder Nomination a Direct Assault on Women, Workers

Nurses: Puzder Nomination a Direct Assault on Women, Workers

President Trump’s nomination of fast food titan Andrew Puzder to lead the U.S. Department of Labor is a colossal affront to women and all workers and should be rejected by the U.S. Senate, said National Nurses United today, in advance of Puzder’s first confirmation hearing February 16. —National Nurses United, 02/09/17 More »

The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act

The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act

Forget the market-based mythologies, the Sanders vs. Cruz debate showed us there is only one true way to secure quality healthcare for every person in society —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 02/09/17 More »

Registered Nurses at Holy Cross Hospital to Rally for Safe Patient Care and Union Organizing Rights

Registered Nurses at Holy Cross Hospital to Rally for Safe Patient Care and Union Organizing Rights

Registered nurses working at Holy Cross Hospital, joined by members of the community, will rally Monday, February 13th for safe patient care and to defend their right to organize a union free of management harassment, interference and intimidation. —National Nurses United, 02/09/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 02/08/17 More »

Nurses Say No to Nevada Bill Blurring State Lines for Nurse Licensure, Citing Risks for Patient Care

Nurses Say No to Nevada Bill Blurring State Lines for Nurse Licensure, Citing Risks for Patient Care

On Wednesday, February 8, registered nurse members of National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) will appear before Nevada’s Committee on Commerce and Labor to speak out against AB 18, “Ratification of the Nurse Licensure Compact”—legislation which would allow nurses in a multi-state compact to share a single license across state lines. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Nevada, 02/08/17 More »

Registered Nurses Applaud Introduction of Legislation to Improve V.A. Patient Care

Registered Nurses Applaud Introduction of Legislation to Improve V.A. Patient Care

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, applauded the re-introduction today of federal legislation to restore collective bargaining rights to registered nurses and other clinicians working at Veterans Administration medical centers. The legislation would improve patient care in V.A. hospitals and strengthen the health care work force in those facilities. —National Nurses United, 02/07/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Detroit DNC Future Forum

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Detroit DNC Future Forum

On Saturday, February 4, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Detroit to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison will be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 02/03/17 More »

“I Was a Sudanese Refugee, Now I’m an American Nurse”

“I Was a Sudanese Refugee, Now I’m an American Nurse”

When patients wake up in the recovery room at Keck Hospital, University of Southern California, Tveen Kirkpatrick, RN, will be by their side, monitoring their transition from anesthesia back into clarity. It’s a new role for Kirkpatrick, who previously spent 10 years in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit—but navigating transitions is perhaps a natural fit for this nurse. —National Nurses United, 02/01/17 More »

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.” And it may surprise you to know that threat is antimicrobial resistance. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/01/17 More »

Nurses Oppose National Anti-Worker Legislation, Warn of Significant Threats

Nurses Oppose National Anti-Worker Legislation, Warn of Significant Threats

National Nurses United will oppose right-wing so-called “right to work” legislation being introduced in the House of Representatives today that they say poses a significant threat to public health and safety that would also threaten to reduce living standards for millions of American workers. —National Nurses United, 02/01/17 More »

Nurses Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Nurses Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

“National Nurses United will oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and called on Democratic members of the Senate to follow the standard set by the Senate majority last year in taking whatever steps they can, including the use of the filibuster, to block the confirmation of Gorsuch. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

Huntington Hospital Again Agrees Not to Violate Nurses’ Rights in NLRB Settlement Agreement

Huntington Hospital Again Agrees Not to Violate Nurses’ Rights in NLRB Settlement Agreement

In a settlement agreement approved by the National Labor Relations Board, Huntington Hospital (HH) in Pasadena, Ca. agreed to abide by labor laws that protect the rights of registered nurses to organize a union at the facility. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

Why America’s Nurses Oppose the Muslim Ban

Why America’s Nurses Oppose the Muslim Ban

National Nurses United joins with humanitarian and civil rights and civil liberties groups in opposing the executive order to ban refugees, especially Muslim refugees, from entering the U.S. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

National Nurses United Endorses John Wisniewski for NJ Governor

National Nurses United Endorses John Wisniewski for NJ Governor

WASHINGTON, DC -- National Nurses United, the nation's largest union of registered nurses, today announced its endorsement of John Wisniewski to be Governor of New Jersey. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

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