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Nurses, Activists, Cite Public Health Emergency In Detroit Water Shutoffs

Nurses, Activists, Cite Public Health Emergency In Detroit Water Shutoffs

Nurses, joined by members of dozens of local, national, and even international organizations will hold a big march and rally Friday in Detroit in a stepped up protest against the city’s decision to shut off water to thousands of Detroit residents. —National Nurses United, 07/17/14 More »

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1556 and H.R. 4580

Protect VA Patients and Nurses: Support S. 1556 and H.R. 4580

Certain Veterans Affairs (VA) professionals gained the right to bargain collectively in 1991. However, over the last several years, the interpretation of the statute’s exemptions to collective bargaining has broadened considerably, leaving workers with few meaningful collective bargaining rights. —National Nurses United, 07/16/14 More »

When Will We Get Paid?

When Will We Get Paid?

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu —National Nurses United, 07/16/14 More »

Detroit Water Shut-offs Declared ‘Major Health Disaster’ By RNs

Detroit Water Shut-offs Declared ‘Major Health Disaster’ By RNs

National Nurse United has condemned the water shut-offs in the bankrupt city of Detroit as a threat to health disporportionately affecting the poor. NNU, a national union for registered nurses, has called for an immediate halt of all water shut-offs to address health concerns and human rights violations, and declared the situation a public health emergency in a press release Monday. —International Business Times, 07/15/14 More »

John Nichols: Against austerity: ‘Water is a human right’

John Nichols: Against austerity: ‘Water is a human right’

The United Nations formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” A new European Citizens Initiative declares, “Water is a public good, not a commodity.” —John Nichols, The Cap Times, 07/15/14 More »

Detroit’s Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

Detroit’s Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

A right-wing state and corporate push to cut off water is economic shock therapy at its most ruthless and racist, but resistance is growing. —Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, 07/14/14 More »

Support Builds for Friday March to End Water Shutoff

Support Builds for Friday March to End Water Shutoff

Support is growing from labor, community, clergy, and environmental activists, along with those attending the national Netroots Nation convention in Detroit this week for a march and rally Friday July 18 to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs. —National Nurses United, 07/14/14 More »

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

When Netroots Nation convenes its 9th annual conference in Detroit this month, I hope that attendees arrive pre-hydrated. Because despite living at the hub of the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet—taken together, the Great Lakes represent more than one-fifth of the world’s surface freshwater—Detroit residents are running out of running water. They’re also running into city and state bureaucracies that, alarmingly, don’t seem to care. —Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, 07/11/14 More »

July 18 March, Rally from Netroots Nation to Sound Call: ‘Turn on the Water. Tax Wall Street’

July 18 March, Rally from Netroots Nation to Sound Call: ‘Turn on the Water. Tax Wall Street’

Registered nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmental activists, and attendees from the Netroots Nation convention in Detroit will hold a march and rally Friday July 18 to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs in Detroit that they call a public health emergency and a major violation of human rights. —National Nurses United, 07/09/14 More »

Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18

Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18

Lay the blame for the manufactured crisis at the feet of those responsible: Wall Street Speculators and Gov. Rick Snyder. Join Registered Nurses as they declare a public health emergency and demand a moratorium on the unprecedented water shutoffs. Nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmentalists, Netroots Nation opinion leaders, and others will march and rally to condemn this violation of human rights. Gov. Snyder is allowing the tragedy to continue with an endgame of privatizing the public water department — the latest in a string of gifts to Wall Street. —National Nurses United, 07/09/14 More »

No More Excuses: Contra Costa County Property Tax Windfall Can Save DMC

No More Excuses: Contra Costa County Property Tax Windfall Can Save DMC

Registered nurses, joined by community leaders and residents announced today that since the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors now knows the county will receive a $19 million increase in property tax revenue over last year, they have no excuse but to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo operating as a full service hospital. —California Nurses Association, 07/08/14 More »

RNs Urge Tougher Federal Oversight on Unproven Medical Technology on which Hospitals Spend Billions

RNs Urge Tougher Federal Oversight on Unproven Medical Technology on which Hospitals Spend Billions

National Nurses United is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enact meaningful oversight and public protections on the use of unproven medical technology that is rapidly spreading through the nation’s healthcare system. NNU, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, made its appeal in formal comments submitted Monday to the FDA which has just concluded a comment period on its proposed “Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology Report.” —National Nurses United, 07/08/14 More »

Big bucks are driving big data

Big bucks are driving big data

The current rage for building, selling and using “bedside analytics” and big-data technologies is all about financial gain for investors and corporations, it is not about the best interests of the public. Whatever advances the Kaiser technology offers are all proprietary and hidden. Nothing is tested/vetted scientifically by other academic experts. —Modern Healthcare, 07/07/14 More »

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

There were undoubtedly justices on the most anti-labor U.S. Supreme Court in modern judicial history who wanted to strip public-sector unions of their ability to collect dues from workers they represent. But they were not quite prepared to strike the devastating blow that labor activists feared would be delivered Monday. —John Nichols, The Capital Times, 07/03/14 More »

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

Tell the FDA— Protect the Public’s Health—Regulate Healthcare Technology!

The Food and Drug Administration has already suggested that it thinks that regulation of Health Information Technology and Clinical Decision Support systems are NOT necessary! The FDA is now taking public comments and they need to hear your voice to protect our patients. —National Nurses United, 07/02/14 More »

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

High-Tech Health Gadgetry: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

We’ve launched a national campaign intended to emphasize the point that all that glitters is not gold. Our campaign describes a number of changes occurring in healthcare delivery at the bedside that RNs believe are putting patients at risk. These include the premature discharge of patients to other settings, including the home, where the burden for care falls entirely on family members. —Deborah Burger, RN, 07/02/14 More »

Hearing Today- RNs Step Up Call for Effective Curbs on Insurance Price Hikes at Sacramento Rally

Hearing Today- RNs Step Up Call for Effective Curbs on Insurance Price Hikes at Sacramento Rally

Registered nurses, consumers, community health activists, and patients will rally in Sacramento Wednesday, then attend a legislative hearing in which they will call on state lawmakers to support Proposition 45 on the November ballot to provide effective curbs on insurance premium increases. —California Nurses Association, 07/02/14 More »

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

What Kaiser is doing to Manteca is indicative of its very lucrative business model: Expand membership while consolidating and reducing services, says Amy Glass, RN in Manteca CA. My colleagues and I who work for Kaiser throughout the region have observed how management manipulates the “census” by denying admissions. They then use the low census to justify cutting services. Voila, less care, more profit! —Amy Glass, Manteca Bulletin, 07/01/14 More »

RNs to Picket Doctors San Pablo Today, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

RNs to Picket Doctors San Pablo Today, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

Following a decision last Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to table a sales tax to, in part, help embattled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, DMC registered nurses today announced plans to hold a picket today to demand the county assume operation of DMC with existing revenues and retain it as a full service hospital. Anything less than a full service hospital would abandon residents of West Contra Costa County and expose hundreds of thousands of area residents to the threat of no emergency and hospital care in their community, RNs said. —California Nurses Association, 07/01/14 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Endorses Patient Safety Advocates

Michigan Nurses Association Endorses Patient Safety Advocates

Leaders of the Michigan Nurses Association, Michigan’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses, have issued their second of two rounds of endorsements in state House and Senate races. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/30/14 More »

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

The California Nurses Association has endorsed an important patient and consumer protection measure that will be on the ballot this fall. It’s a measure to rein in the spiraling rates and premiums charged by the health insurance industry by requiring them to justify their price hikes. This Wednesday legislators, that spent the past decade opposing rate regulation legislation, will hold a hearing in Sacramento to discredit the ballot measure. CNA members will be there to rally and participate in the hearing to let them know why the measure is needed. —Deborah Burger, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

RNs: Rulings Continue Corporate Tilt with Further Attacks on Democracy, Women, Worker’s Rights

RNs: Rulings Continue Corporate Tilt with Further Attacks on Democracy, Women, Worker’s Rights

The Supreme Court ruling today limiting the collective voice of Illinois home care workers continues a dangerous pattern of undermining democracy as well as eroding the rights of workers to have a collective voice through their unions, and signals a desire for broader restrictions, said National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. NNU also blasted a second court ruling sharply limiting access to reproductive healthcare for women by allowing corporations to refuse to provide contraceptive care in health coverage. —National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). —AFL-CIO Blog, 06/27/14 More »

Santa Clara County still interested in DCHS  hospitals

Santa Clara County still interested in DCHS hospitals

The county still wants to buy Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, but the Daughters of Charity—owner of six medical care facilities throughout the state—is courting prospective buyers interested in acquiring the entire nonprofit health system, according to Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman. —Morgan Hill Times, 06/26/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Holding Hospitals to Account on Charity Care Advance in Sac.

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Holding Hospitals to Account on Charity Care Advance in Sac.

Two major bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that would greatly expand patient access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and hold non-profit hospitals to public accountability on what charity care and community benefits they provide passed key tests in the California legislature Wednesday. —California Nurses Association, 06/26/14 More »

Nurses hold Modesto rally for union membership

Nurses hold Modesto rally for union membership

More than 125 nurses held a pro-union rally outside Memorial Medical Center in Modesto on Tuesday. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said about 900 registered nurses at Memorial are eligible to vote on union membership in an election set for Thursday and Friday. Employees with other unionized hospitals, including Kaiser Modesto Medical Center, participated in the rally outside the hospital at Coffee Road and Briggsmore Avenue. —The Modesto Bee, 06/25/14 More »

RNs: Yes vote for CNA means support for providing quality patient care

RNs: Yes vote for CNA means support for providing quality patient care

Two RNs explain why they strongly support voting yes for CNA. An emergency room RN at MMC shares, "I became a nurse to provide quality care to those in need. I love my patients and care for them as if they are my family members. I’m voting yes because my ultimate goal is to do just that.” A long-term MMC ICU RN shares, "My current experience is that CNA doesn’t force me to do anything; they force the employer to obey the law and protect patients." —Modesto Bee, 06/25/14 More »

RNs and Community: Vote YES for Patient Care!

RNs and Community: Vote YES for Patient Care!

Memorial Medical Center RNs speak out: YES for CNA. With support from their Sutter colleagues at Tracy, Eden, Alta Bates Summit, Delta, Roseville, CPMC Pacific, St. Luke’s; and from Bakersfield Memorial, Children’s Hospital of Oakland, St. Rose, St. Joseph’s, Doctor’s Medical in Modesto & Kaiser Modesto. Community groups and labor allies support RNs organizing for a voice and safer patient care —California Nurses Association, 06/24/14 More »

Mt. Desert Island RNs Hold Informational Picket Thursday-Noon Rally Concerning Healthcare Technology

Mt. Desert Island RNs Hold Informational Picket Thursday-Noon Rally Concerning Healthcare Technology

Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital (MDIH), in Bar Harbor, ME will hold an informational picket on Thursday June 26, over ongoing concerns about the safe and proper use of healthcare technology. —Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/24/14 More »

RNs to Picket DMC San Pablo July 1, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

RNs to Picket DMC San Pablo July 1, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

Following a decision Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to table a sales tax to, in part, help embattled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, DMC registered nurses today announced plans to hold a picket July 1 to demand the county assume operation of DMC with existing revenues and retain it as a full service hospital. —California Nurses Association, 06/24/14 More »

Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU Irma Westmoreland, RN Talks About The VA on Nurse Talk Radio

Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU Irma Westmoreland, RN Talks About The VA on Nurse Talk Radio

“The inexcusable waiting lists are symptoms of deeper problems,” said Irma Westmoreland, RN, chair of Veterans Affairs for National Nurses United and a registered nurse at the Augusta, Georgia VA Medical Center. —Nurse Talk Radio, 06/24/14 More »

Lawrence Gen. Hospital RNs to Hold June 26 Informational Picket to Appeal for Safer Patient Care

Lawrence Gen. Hospital RNs to Hold June 26 Informational Picket to Appeal for Safer Patient Care

In response to excessive patient assignments for nurses and the hospital’s refusal to provide safe RN staffing to ensure appropriate patient care, the registered nurses of Lawrence General Hospital plan to conduct an informational picket outside the entrance to the hospital on Thursday, June 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. to take their concerns directly to the public. —Massachusettes Nurses Association - National Nurses United, 06/24/14 More »

Central Valley RNs and Community Leaders Join Hands with Memorial Nurses in Support of CNA

Central Valley RNs and Community Leaders Join Hands with Memorial Nurses in Support of CNA

TUESDAY RALLY—vote yes for a voice in patient care. Sutter Memorial Medical Center Modesto registered nurses will hold a rally Tuesday in a show of support for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), prior to a federally supervised election scheduled for the 900 RNs to take place June 26 and 27. —California Nurses Association, 06/23/14 More »

TV and Radio Ads Launched on Hospital CEOs Excessive Pay and Storing Public Funds in Cayman Islands

TV and Radio Ads Launched on Hospital CEOs Excessive Pay and Storing Public Funds in Cayman Islands

A TV and radio campaign has been launched to highlight spendthrift hospital CEOs stashing millions of tax dollars in offshore accounts and rewarding themselves with extravagant compensation packages. The launch of the statewide TV and radio campaign is timed to focus on the end of the legislative session. It urges residents to call their state legislators and demand greater transparency in hospital finances. The ad shows two hospital CEOs clicking glasses of champagne on a beach in the Cayman Islands and enjoying a lavish taxpayer subsidized lifestyle. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/23/14 More »

Nurses in Gilroy host vigil as St. Louise’s goes up for sale

Nurses in Gilroy host vigil as St. Louise’s goes up for sale

Nurses from St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy held a vigil Thursday in light of the news that the hospital's current owner is selling the non-profit hospital. They say the hospital's current owner --- a Catholic organization called Daughters of Charity -- is a nonprofit organization and the nurses fear that whatever for-profit company purchases St. Louise won't share the same vision. Currently, St. Louise serves a largely uninsured and low-income population. —Cassandra Arsenault, KION 5, 06/23/14 More »

Registered Nurses Applaud Cal/OSHA’s Adoption of Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered Nurses Applaud Cal/OSHA’s Adoption of Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted Thursday to adopt new regulations on safe patient handling that are designed to protect registered nurses and other healthcare workers from patient handling injuries and to provide patients with safe and appropriate care. The board also granted a petition, submitted by the California Nurses Association, requesting that the Cal/OSHA Standards Board establish standards for violence prevention in healthcare workplaces. —California Nurses Association, 06/20/14 More »

AB 503 is good for communities

AB 503 is good for communities

Re "California nurses association plays hardball" (Viewpoints, June 17): Bruce Maiman seems to have let his dislike of the California Nurses Association cloud his understanding of an important bill with broad support, AB 503. Multibillion dollar hospital chains get huge tax breaks by incorporating as not-for-profits, operating to benefit the community. Last year, The Greenlining Institute conducted a study and found that sketchy reporting requirements leave us largely in the dark about the community benefit activities that are supposed to earn that tax break. —Carla Saporta in the Sacramento Bee, 06/20/14 More »

PRO: A nurses union for Memorial RNs benefits everyone

PRO: A nurses union for Memorial RNs benefits everyone

We moved to Modesto about 20 years ago to raise our families and soon after began our nursing careers at Memorial, working on the floor then with critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. For most of that time Memorial has been a great place to work. For a large regional medical center, we still felt like a community hospital with neighbors caring for neighbors. Our hospital changed dramatically when we were bought by the large health care chain, Sutter Health. Over the last few years, we have been asked to do more with less. —By Sharon Waite and Melanie Thompson in the Modesto Bee, 06/20/14 More »

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at St. Louise in Gilroy Thursday

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at St. Louise in Gilroy Thursday

Registered nurses, joined by local community leaders, will hold a vigil Thursday at St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, to demand the Daughters of Charity Health System be held to its pledge to protect critical hospital services at St. Louise and several other facilities. For more than a year, Daughters of Charity has been actively soliciting a buy-out partner while failing to make any commitments to the communities served by Daughters hospitals that full services will be maintained. —California Nurses Association, 06/20/14 More »

Another View: Hospitals should give back in return for tax breaks

Another View: Hospitals should give back in return for tax breaks

Assembly Bill 503 pending before the Legislature would amend California nonprofit hospitals’ reporting rules, required due to their exemption from corporate income taxes.The California Nurses Association is a proud co-sponsor of that bill and was surprised by Bruce Maiman’s criticism of our role promoting it, (“ State nurses group plays hardball,” Viewpoints, June 17). The accusation that the nurses association distorted the dialogue could not be further from the truth and is more appropriate for Maiman’s former work as a radio talk show host than the more measured, well-informed opinions readers expect to see on the Op-Ed pages of The Sacramento Bee. —By Deborah Burger, RN, Malinda Markowitz, RN, and Zenei Cortez, RN in the Sacramento Bee, 06/20/14 More »

Bill to Strengthen Workplace Violence Prevention in CA Hospitals Advances Again in Legislature

Bill to Strengthen Workplace Violence Prevention in CA Hospitals Advances Again in Legislature

Legislation to assure California hospitals have stronger measures to reduce workplace violence incidents continues to move forward in the California state legislature as it passed its second Assembly test today. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, was approved by the Assembly Health Committee today, and heads next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration, probably later this summer. The bill won approval by the California Senate last month. —California Nurses Association, 06/18/14 More »

Contra Costa County: Sups. approve $6 million bridge financing for Doctors Medical Center San Pablo

Contra Costa County: Sups. approve $6 million bridge financing for Doctors Medical Center San Pablo

Contra Costa County will direct $6 million to keep cash-strapped Doctors Medical Center afloat for the next few months and give officials time to ponder what to do next. The $6 million property tax transfer approved by the board of supervisors Tuesday represents a third of the San Pablo-based hospital's annual $18 million deficit. The money will allow it to continue to operate while officials scramble to come up with a permanent rescue formula for a downsized facility. —Tom Lochner, Contra Costa Times, 06/17/14 More »

50,000 Signatures Gathered For 2 Ballot Initiatives Ensuring That They Go Before the Voters in Nov.

50,000 Signatures Gathered For 2 Ballot Initiatives Ensuring That They Go Before the Voters in Nov.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today that it has collected and will submit the final round of signatures needed for two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts’ hospitals and ensure that tax dollars for health care are used for patient care not excessive CEO compensation or accounts in the Cayman Islands. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/17/14 More »

Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

Every year Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center releases a glossy brochure called Report to the Community. Among the doctor profiles and research-breakthrough stories are several dry metrics dealing with the number of beds, total patient and outpatient days and, perhaps most impressively, the year’s dollar value for something called “community benefit contributions.” Cedars, which is the state’s third highest-earning nonprofit hospital, claimed $640.3 million as its 2012 community benefit contribution. —By Bill Raden and Gary Cohn for Capital & Main, 06/16/14 More »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

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

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

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

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

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

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

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

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

Nurses Attend Rally to Push Support for Patient Lifting Bill

Nurses Attend Rally to Push Support for Patient Lifting Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safe RN Ratios for Illinois!

Safe RN Ratios for Illinois!

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

Nurses tour petroleum coke facilities, seek ban until piles enclosed

Nurses tour petroleum coke facilities, seek ban until piles enclosed

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

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

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

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

In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

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

Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’

Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

Non-profit hospitals’ status raises questions

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

Survey: RN staffing critical

Survey: RN staffing critical

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manteca to Kaiser: Restore hospital services

Manteca to Kaiser: Restore hospital services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pinoy nurses fight closure of Daly City critical care unit

Pinoy nurses fight closure of Daly City critical care unit

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

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

NURSE TALK RADIO: RN Bonnie Castillo

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

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

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

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algorithmic MDs Will Ruin Healthcare, Nurses Say

Algorithmic MDs Will Ruin Healthcare, Nurses Say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at Seton Thursday

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at Seton Thursday

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

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle’s proposed pension fix

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle’s proposed pension fix

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

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

Nurses Take Campaign to Heal America to Congress

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

National Nurses United Slams Health IT as ‘Unproven’ Technology

National Nurses United Slams Health IT as ‘Unproven’ Technology

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

RNs to Hold Vigil at St. Vincent Med Center Thursday

RNs to Hold Vigil at St. Vincent Med Center Thursday

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

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

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

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

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

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

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

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

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

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting

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

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

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

Mount Desert Island RNs Press Hospital on Patient Safety

Mount Desert Island RNs Press Hospital on Patient Safety

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

Whistle-blowing nurse sues Rideout

Whistle-blowing nurse sues Rideout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patients Lose When Doctors Can’t Do Good Physical Exams

Patients Lose When Doctors Can’t Do Good Physical Exams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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