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Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

For years nurses — and their union representatives — have argued that inadequate staffing hurts patients. A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control examines the problem and suggests that burnout drives some common lapses in patient care. —newsworks, 07/31/12 More »

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Heavy patient loads and chronic burnout have long been among the top complaints of nurses at the nation’s hospital bedsides. But a new study shows that those problems affect not only the nurses themselves, but also the number of infections in the people they care for. —NBC News, 07/30/12 More »

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that. Though it might seem clear-cut - fewer caregivers provide poorer care - they maintain the issue is not simply numbers but a bad work environment. And that leads to burnout. —Philidelphia Inquirer, 07/30/12 More »

Celebrate Medicare’s anniversary – extend it to everyone!

Celebrate Medicare’s anniversary – extend it to everyone!

It was 47 years ago today that President Johnson signed the bill creating Medicare, assuring health security for the first time to 40 million Americans, age 65 and older as well as millions more with disabilities. The law also established Medicaid for low income Americans. —NNU Medicare for All Blog, 07/30/12 More »

Gold medal coverage for our athletes? Not for them – or Aurora victims, or so many others

Gold medal coverage for our athletes? Not for them – or Aurora victims, or so many others

It’s been one month, almost exactly, since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. But almost every day provides a fresh reminder of the need to go much farther to permanently fix our broken health care system. —NNU Blog, 07/27/12 More »

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Olympic athletes may perform superhuman feats on the field. But when they buy health insurance, they face a system just as weird and complicated as the rest of us do. —Washington Post, 07/27/12 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

As the Global AIDS Conference brings people from all over the world to Washington, DC, National Nurses United and other groups call for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions to fund healthcare, housing, and a cure for AIDS. —The Real News Network, 07/25/12 More »

ROBIN HOOD ANSWERS CALL FOR AIDS FUNDING

ROBIN HOOD ANSWERS CALL FOR AIDS FUNDING

Attendance reflected the concern – worldwide – and when protesters spilled out of the Washington Convention Center at Mt. Vernon Square at noon yesterday, the mood was one of strong focus and commitment. It was mid-week through the 19th International AIDS Conference and marchers hit the streets sounding this theme: We Can End AIDS. —NNU Robin Hood Blog, 07/25/12 More »

Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS

Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS

Registered nurse from across the U.S. will be joining others as they march through the streets of Washington DC, demanding more funding for HIV/AIDS treatment. One critical way to raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fight AIDS, as well as address other basic needs, is with a small tax on Wall Street financial speculation – the Robin Hood Tax. —NNU Blog, 07/20/12 More »

St. Marys-Corwin RNs Call for Sufficient Food for Patients and Staff

St. Marys-Corwin RNs Call for Sufficient Food for Patients and Staff

Registered nurses are calling on the Centura Office of Compliance and the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, owners of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, to remedy problems related to nutrition services at the hospital, the National Nurses Organizing Committee announced today. More »

Out of Work, Out of Luck

The government has the tools to help remedy the jobs crisis, so why isn't it doing anything? —The American Prospect, 07/19/12 More »

RNs Applaud San Francisco Supervisors’ decision to take closer look at Sutter/CPMC Proposal

RNs Applaud San Francisco Supervisors’ decision to take closer look at Sutter/CPMC Proposal

RNs with California Nurses Association/National Nurses United who attended the San Francisco Supervisors meeting Tuesday night are glad city officials are taking a closer look at the Sutter/California Pacific Medical Center’s controversial building project in the city. —CNA Blog, 07/18/12 More »

The Patient as Profit Center

The Patient as Profit Center

Why would a company pay an estimated $10 million for access to a patient population? Not the brick and mortar of facility building, nor its machines, computers or other hardware? The answer: the billing opportunity. This is the business model of DaVita, Inc., a Colorado-based for-profit healthcare company that owns and operates more than 1,800 clinics across the U.S.—and some in foreign countries, too. —NNU Blog, 07/18/12 More »

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, former insurance company executive Wendell Potter’s appeal to single payer advocates to “bury the hatchet,” recently published in The Nation, is both misdirected and shortsighted. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU/CNA Executive Director —The Nation, By RoseAnn DeMoro, 07/17/12 More »

Mass. Nurses Assoc. Applauds Overrides of Gov’s Vetoes To Save Taunton State Hospital

Mass. Nurses Assoc. Applauds Overrides of Gov’s Vetoes To Save Taunton State Hospital

BOSTON, MA -- Today the Massachusetts Senate cast a unanimous vote to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of funds necessary to keep Taunton State Hospital open, and voted to override his veto of an independent study on the mental health needs of Commonwealth residents. The senate action follows yesterday’s unanimous override votes by the House of Representatives, thereby ensuring the survival of Taunton State Hospital, with 45 beds, while providing the state with an opportunity (through the independent study) to formulate a plan to address the serious and growing mental health crisis in Massachusetts. —Massachusetts Nurses Press Release, 07/12/12 More »

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Today in West Covina, the California Nurses Association summer 2012 Medicare for all bus tour will come to a close. After visiting 18 other California cities since June 19, the nurses will wrap up this run with a bang and with clarity. Three of the subjects of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film SiCKO will be on hand to help lead others in sharing their stories of struggle and frustration with the broken healthcare system. —SiCKO Healthcare Blog, 07/12/12 More »

Why Not Healthcare for the World?  Get On the Bus

Why Not Healthcare for the World?  Get On the Bus

After spending the past month on the California Nurses Association Medicare for all bus tour in California, I am more confident than ever about the prospects of winning guaranteed healthcare for all under an improved Medicare model. Cradle to grave. For life. In California. Everywhere. By Donna Smith —Medicare for All Blog, 07/11/12 More »

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

They weep still for their blue-eyed Nataline. Their tears flow for what they remember: Their daughter in her room, the pink walls decorated with posters of the Jonas Brothers. They see her there sketching in a notebook the dresses and blouses and jackets she would one day like to design. Nataline Sarkisyan died in a UCLA hospital bed on Dec. 20, 2007. She was 17. Her story drew nationwide attention because the liver transplant she needed was denied by her family's health insurer, CIGNA. —Contra Costa Times, 07/11/12 More »

CA Nurses Highlight Ongoing Healthcare Crisis with Free Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings

CA Nurses Highlight Ongoing Healthcare Crisis with Free Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings

County stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—30% of LA County adults uninsured, 18% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/11/12 More »

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

With the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s a good time to look at what the law does (and doesn’t do): —Medicare for All Blog, 07/09/12 More »

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Take a look at the key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012, and where the law falls short. —National Nurses United, 07/09/12 More »

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

Patients find it very difficult to tell in our dysfunctional healthcare system in the U.S. whether we are being cared for as people or being worked over for profit potential. It’s frustrating and painful to hear ourselves referred to as consumers or customers rather than patients. Rest assured that when someone labels us as things rather than human beings, it’s more than a difference in terminology; it’s a big, bold statement on exactly where and how we fit. —Donna Smith, 07/09/12 More »

Nurses to Testify Against For-Profit Takeover of Dialysis Services

Nurses to Testify Against For-Profit Takeover of Dialysis Services

Registered Nurses, members of the Maine State Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee /National Nurses United -- the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 175,000 members -- will hold a press conference in front of Spectacular Events in Bangor on Tuesday, July 10 at 9:30 am, to call attention to the proposed sale of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s dialysis services to DaVita Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit dialysis provider. —Maine Nurses Press Release, 07/09/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Glendale Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Glendale Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—30% of LA County adults uninsured, 18% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/09/12 More »

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

National Nurses United(NNU) took up the cause of Robin Hood at Chicago’s downtown J.P. Morgan Chase building on June 19. With its merry band of tax reforming nurses, the NNU held a lunch hour rally to press for a financial transactions tax (FTT) or as it is more commonly called, a “Robin Hood Tax”. Chicago was among 15 cities where similar rallies were held. Easily recognized by their red scrubs along with their Robin Hood hats and masks, NNU members described the Robin Hood tax in signs that read,”It’s Not a Tax On the People. It’s a Tax For the People.” —Unions.org, 07/06/12 More »

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

Tall, in her 50s and sporting a perfectly coiffed salt-and-pepper pixie cut, the woman was one of the most respected nurses in the hospital. She had nearly three decades of clinical experience, so older nurses and doctors valued her insight, younger ones sought her approval, and those of us in between tried to stand a little straighter in her presence. One morning, however, she arrived at work to find that the hospital was full and her unit understaffed. It wasn’t the first time she had to cover for more patients because of staffing issues, but by the end of this 12-hour shift, she noticed a slight twinge in her lower back — a minor muscle sprain, she thought, from helping one of the other nurses lift a patient. A week later, the slight twinge turned into debilitating back pain. —New York Times, 07/06/12 More »

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

We need single payer health care now! The single payer plan is also called Medicare for All. The Raging Grannies came out in support of the California Nurses Association, saying the best change would be to a system that takes care of everyone in America's health needs. —indybay.org, 07/06/12 More »

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Volunteer nurses, dressed in red medical outfits matching the color of the tour's coach, were distributing fliers downtown, inviting people to get a free blood pressure screening and a blood sugar test. Santa Cruz was the 12th stop on the California Nurses Association Tour. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 07/06/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Luis Obispo Friday With Screenings and Town Hall

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Luis Obispo Friday With Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—20.1% of adults uninsured, 8.7% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/05/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Cruz Thursday With Screenings and Town Hall

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Cruz Thursday With Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—21.3% of adults uninsured, 13% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

Notes from the road in California: I’ve been on the National Nurses United Medicare for All for life bus tour since mid-June, with one break to travel to Philadelphia for the SiCKO 5th reunion. So first let me admit I have a bit of “bus brain” going on. It’s a condition that goes along with being on an advocacy tour, without the restorative comforts of home. Today we head for Santa Cruz. Join us! —Donna Smith, 07/05/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Francisco Wednesday, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Francisco Wednesday, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—16.4% of adults uninsured, 11% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Mayor Ed Lee's deal with California Pacific Medical Center on a $2.5 billion overhaul of its San Francisco medical facilities is in jeopardy after internal financial documents were leaked showing hospital officials considered cutting hundreds of jobs, paying substantially less in charity care than envisioned in the deal, and could close a hospital despite pledging to keep it open. —San Francisco Chronicle, 07/03/12 More »

3,500 Bay Area Sutter Nurses to Strike Tuesday

3,500 Bay Area Sutter Nurses to Strike Tuesday

Registered nurses at seven Alameda and San Mateo county hospitals operated by the Sutter corporation will begin a one-day strike Tuesday morning, once again protesting a long list of concession demands that they say would undermine patient care protections as well as health and living standards for the RNs. The strike will affect 3,500 RNs and also several hundred respiratory, X-ray, and other technicians. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Oakland Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Oakland Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—17.6% of adults uninsured, 17% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

URGENT: Please help MNA’s Northland RNs

URGENT: Please help MNA’s Northland RNs

Please take a moment to watch this video, see the devastation MNA RNs are suffering in the Northland after the June 20 floods and make an online contribution through MNA to help them! —MNA blog, 06/29/12 More »

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

California’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety has fined Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for willful misconduct in dangerously exposing staff and police officers to a serious illness that resulted in permanent disabilities for a respiratory tech and an Oakland police officer. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Jose Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Jose Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—17% of adults uninsured, 10% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

It’s a big day. And the corporate model for healthcare in America just triumphed over our humanity. The corporate Supreme Court honored all of its masters mightily in upholding the position that patients are consumers, taxes are bad, and full steam ahead on a healthcare system that includes a bailed-out private health insurance market. Ouch. —Donna Smith, 06/28/12 More »

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

What Sanders says about Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ACA provides important insights for progressives as they respond to a complex decision that, in the words of the National Nurses United union, “should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken health-care system.” —The Nation., 06/28/12 More »

Court Ruling Does Not End Healthcare Crisis Or the Need to Continue the Campaign for Reform

Court Ruling Does Not End Healthcare Crisis Or the Need to Continue the Campaign for Reform

The Supreme Court decision should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken healthcare system, said the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Rafael Friday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Rafael Friday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats still show need for healthcare overhaul—14% of adults uninsured, 11% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Chico Thursday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Chico Thursday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—21% of adults uninsured, 16% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

It hurts. The stories hurt. The aching, pounding, insistent sounds of Californians telling the nurses where it hurts. This is what the Medicare for all for life bus tour is all about in California. More »

SiCKO Stars to Reunite After 5 Years with Reminder Healthcare System Still Sick

SiCKO Stars to Reunite After 5 Years with Reminder Healthcare System Still Sick

Five years after release of their searing indictment of the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, filmmaker Michael Moore and the real-life stars of SiCKO, will hold a reunion Saturday night in Philadelphia. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Stockton Wednesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Stockton Wednesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—24.6% of adults uninsured, 16% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Bay Area Sutter Nurses Set Next Strike – July 3

Bay Area Sutter Nurses Set Next Strike – July 3

With Sutter corporate officials continuing to demand sweeping reductions in nurses contract standards, including proposals that could harm patients, Bay Area Sutter registered nurses are preparing for a new one-day strike on Tuesday, July 3, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Modesto Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Modesto Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—25.7% of adults uninsured, 17.3% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

Last week, nurses rallied, bank staff marched, conservatives coalesced and finance professionals petitioned—all in support of a global tax on Wall Street speculation. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but by week’s end, that elusive goal was closer than ever. —The Nation., 06/25/12 More »

Des Peres Hospital Nurses Vote by 65% to Join Largest U.S. RN Union

Des Peres Hospital Nurses Vote by 65% to Join Largest U.S. RN Union

Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital in the St. Louis metropolitan area have voted by 65 percent to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri). More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Fresno Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Fresno Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—28.4% of adults uninsured, 16% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

RNs to Host San Leandro Town Hall on How to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

RNs to Host San Leandro Town Hall on How to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

Elected leaders, nurses, and community members will speak out in a town hall meeting Friday in San Leandro to address an important question affecting the delivery of health care in California – are non-profit hospitals giving back to communities their fair share in exchange for their tax exemption? More »

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

The California Nurses Association will offer free health screenings in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon as part of a 3-week, statewide bus tour to advocate for expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 06/22/12 More »

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

My cancer won’t wait and doesn’t care about what nine robed judges in Washington, DC, say about healthcare. Cancer doesn’t care. Obamacare. Romneycare. No matter. Cancer doesn’t care. But the nurses do. More »

Enloe RNs to Greet Opening of New Tower with Message to the Public

Enloe RNs to Greet Opening of New Tower with Message to the Public

When Enloe Medical Center holds the grand opening of its new Magnolia Tower Saturday, the hospital’s registered nurses will be on hand with an additional message for the public: Congratulations, but the hospital needs to do a much better job treating the nurses who care for the patients going into those buildings, too. More »

CA Nurses Bring Healthcare Tour to Bakersfield Friday with Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Bring Healthcare Tour to Bakersfield Friday with Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Kern county stats show great need for healthcare overhaul— ranking 49 of 58 in health outcomes, 28% of adults uninsured, 18% unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Now is not the time for more bailouts to the insurance industry, lowering patient care standards, or abandoning those patients and families who continue to face un-payable medical bills, insurance denials, or who remain uninsured or under insured. Let’s win the reform that can guarantee a single standard of quality care for all: Improved and expanded Medicare. Get Involved! More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Bernardino Thurs with Screenings and Town Hall As Court Ruling Loom

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Bernardino Thurs with Screenings and Town Hall As Court Ruling Loom

County stats show great need for healthcare overhaul—41 of 58 in health outcomes, 27% adults uninsured, 18% unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Ana Wed. with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Ana Wed. with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show great need for healthcare overhaul—23.5% of adults uninsured, 11.9% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

San Diego – Take heart, America. After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare For All to a standing room only crowd in San Diego. —Donna Smith, 06/20/12 More »

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

A modest tax on speculative financial transactions would be some restitution for the human costs of this bank-made crisis. —the guardian, 06/19/12 More »

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

On June 15, a day after a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) official asked labor leaders not to oppose a change to nurse-patient ratios, California Nurses Association (CNA) Executive Director Rose Ann De Moro sent a blistering e-mail to her colleagues: “It is a war, of that I am certain, and it will not be pretty.” —IN THESE TIMES, 06/19/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

The day kicked off with some mischievous merry folk creeping around New York long before the sun was up to mask some of the cities best known statues. By the time sun was up everyone from Ghandi to Andy Warhol was wearing the icon green mask and hat. —Robin Hood Blog, 06/19/12 More »

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

State Rep. Lesia Liss (D-Warren) is betraying the nursing profession by supporting the silencing of female legislators, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. Liss, an emergency room nurse, voted for legislation last week that dangerously restricts women’s health care options and said today that criticism of House Republicans for banning the two female leaders from speaking is “making women look bad.” More »

MAJOR NEW CAMPAIGN FOR A ROBIN HOOD TAX ON WALL STREET LAUNCHES IN U.S. TODAY

MAJOR NEW CAMPAIGN FOR A ROBIN HOOD TAX ON WALL STREET LAUNCHES IN U.S. TODAY

Tax on Wall Street Transactions Could Raise Hundreds of Billions in the US for Education, Jobs, Health Care and to Address AIDS, Climate Here and Around the World More »

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

A war has erupted between two health care unions in California over an attack by one of the unions on the state's nurse-to-patient ratios. —BNA/Bloomberg, 06/19/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

CHEBOYGAN – The Michigan Nurses Association today praised McLaren Health Care Corporation for recognizing it as the official collective bargaining agent of the nurses at the former Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, adding stability to the community’s health care after months of uncertainty. More »

CNA and SEIU-UHW Battle Over Labor’s Future

CNA and SEIU-UHW Battle Over Labor’s Future

Going public with longstanding concerns about SEIU-UHW's partnership with the hospital industry, California Nurses Association leader RoseAnn DeMoro called SEIU-UHW head Dave Regan “overtly disgraceful” and “an enormous embarrassment to the labor movement” in a June 14 email. —BeyondChron, 06/18/12 More »

Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

One labor union’s position on nurse-to-patient ratios in California hospitals has outraged other unions that represent registered nurses in the state. In California, hospitals are required by law to maintain certain nurse-to-patient ratios at all times -- a hard-won legal stipulation that went into effect in 2004 and has wide support among nurses as well as patient advocates in the state. More »

California RNs Kick off Healthcare Tour in San Diego 6/19, with Screenings and Town Hall

California RNs Kick off Healthcare Tour in San Diego 6/19, with Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show great need for healthcare overhaul—22% of adults uninsured, 13% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost. More »

California RNs to Host Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings Across State

California RNs to Host Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings Across State

With the U.S. Supreme Court decision expected imminently on the fate of the 2010 healthcare law, nurses, physicians, and healthcare activists will begin a three-week tour of California cities Tuesday as a reminder that the healthcare crisis continues to worsen and genuine, comprehensive reform is still needed. More »

California Hospitals, with Help From UHW-SEIU Local, Launch New Attack on Life-Saving Ratio Law

California Hospitals, with Help From UHW-SEIU Local, Launch New Attack on Life-Saving Ratio Law

The California Hospital Association, with the dogged assistance of United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), is waging a new campaign to overturn California’s historic law mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, a landmark state law that has been proven to save thousands of patient lives. More »

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

The proposed budget language to suspend the nurse-to-patient ratios for every patient on every unit in the acute care hospitals for the entire period that nurses are away from their patient assignment for meal and rest breaks undermines patient safety in every hospital setting. More »

Legislature’s Interference With Women’s Health Care Decisions Puts Lives At Risk

Legislature’s Interference With Women’s Health Care Decisions Puts Lives At Risk

Michigan--The Legislature’s restrictions on women’s ability to make their own decisions about their reproductive health do the exact opposite of their stated intention to increase safety, the Michigan Nurses Association said today in condemning this week’s passage of legislation in the state House. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/14/12 More »

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Registered nurses from nearly a dozen hospitals in California walked out on the job, grabbed picket signs and held a one-day strike Wednesday to protest massive cuts to patient care and RN livelihood. Many marched outside Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area where the corporation is proposing some 100 widespread reductions in patient services and RN contract standards. —CNA Blog, 06/13/12 More »

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

With great fanfare this week, the Washington Post reports that United Healthcare plans to keep key consumer provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no matter what the Supreme Court rules about the individual insurance purchase mandate. It sounds so, well, friendly and reasonable, doesn’t it? But read it again and then I want to tell you what that really says to America’s patients and to United Healthcare’s policyholders. —Donna Smith, NNU Community Organizer, 06/12/12 More »

Santa Monica RNs Postpone One-Day Strike, Accept Offer for Mediation to Resume Contract Talks

Santa Monica RNs Postpone One-Day Strike, Accept Offer for Mediation to Resume Contract Talks

Registered nurses at Saint Johns Health Center in Santa Monica have postponed a strike that had been called for tomorrow, June 13 following an offer from former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl to mediate the nurses’ dispute with Saint John’s management. Hospital executives have also called off plans to lockout RNs following a one-day strike. More »

Sutter RNs Ready to Strike Wednesday, June 13

Sutter RNs Ready to Strike Wednesday, June 13

Sutter Demands Huge Cuts Despite $4.19 Billion in Profits Since 2005. Registered nurses will hold a one-day strike Wednesday, June 13 for Bay Area hospitals operated by the wealthy Sutter corporation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Advance Media Availability – Tuesday, June 12, 4 p.m., Oakland. —CNA Press Release, 06/12/12 More »

Nurses Across the State Join Sutter RNs in Major Protest Monday at Summit Oakland

Nurses Across the State Join Sutter RNs in Major Protest Monday at Summit Oakland

Call on Sutter to stop its war on nurses and patients, negotiate a fair contract. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout Northern California are gathering in force Monday to show their support for Sutter Health RNs contract fight. A rally is scheduled at noon at the Summit campus of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 06/08/12 More »

ST. LOUIS NURSES SAY YES TO UNION

ST. LOUIS NURSES SAY YES TO UNION

RNs AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL VOTE BY 76% TO AFFILIATE WITH NATIONAL NURSES UNITED. ST. LOUIS – By a landslide of 76 percent, registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUH) Thursday night voted to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of the 185,000-member National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of RNs in the U.S. More »

RNs Win Historic New Pact at Sutter Lakeside Hospital

RNs Win Historic New Pact at Sutter Lakeside Hospital

Registered nurses at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport have reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining contract that nurses say is the latest signal to Sutter Health corporate executives that an end to the broader dispute between nurses and the hospital chain can be achieved. —CNA Press Release, 06/07/12 More »

Santa Monica RNs Plan June 13 Walkout

Santa Monica RNs Plan June 13 Walkout

Registered nurses at Saint Johns Health Center in Santa Monica will hold a one-day strike Wednesday June 13, to protest what they see as stalling by hospital officials in reaching a fair negotiated agreement for the RNs that would enhance patient safety and help retain experienced RNs at the hospital. —CNA Press Release, 06/06/12 More »

Petaluma Nurses Plan June 13 Walkout

Petaluma Nurses Plan June 13 Walkout

RNs to Picket Eureka, Apple Valley St. Joseph Hospitals in Support. Registered nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital in Petaluma will hold a one-day strike Wednesday, June 13 to protest hospital administration demands for economic cuts which will lead to what the nurses say is illegal cuts in professional nursing practice standards and diminished patient care standards the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 06/05/12 More »

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

If President Obama is now confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to "revisit" health care in a second term if the Supreme Court throws out his first attempt, as Bloomberg News reported June 1, maybe this time we can get it right. —NNU Blog by: RoseAnn DeMoro, 06/04/12 More »

Do Nurses Have an Rx for Our Ailing Economy?

Do Nurses Have an Rx for Our Ailing Economy?

They became a Chicago media sensation after they streamed into Chicago’s Daley Plaza on the morning of May 18, wearing the now familiar National Nurses United (NNU) red scrubs. Many of them had the green caps and masks you've seen in nearly every Robin Hood movie ever made. The NNU is the largest union of nurses in the USA and one of the more progressive unions in the AFL-CIO. In addition to improving working conditions for nurses, the NNU has taken on the role of trying to nurse our sick economy back to health. —Salon.com, 05/31/12 More »

All Aboard the Healthcare Express! Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012

All Aboard the Healthcare Express! Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012

Nurses and healthcare justice advocates kick-off Medicare for All California Bus Tour in San Diego on June 19. What happens if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional? If the Court upholds it, is this the best we can do? ObamaCare, RomneyCare, what about our care? Volunteer to get involved. —CNA Blog, 05/31/12 More »

Safe and effective care

Safe and effective care

The Eastern Maine Medical Center nurses contract fight is about more than just winning a good contract for our members. When a nurse has 16 hours of work to complete in a 12 hour period of time, her work can’t be left for tomorrow. This is the struggle our nurses face on a day-to-day basis. As patients come to us sicker, with more needs, and as responsibilities increase, staffing levels remain inadequate and uncertain. —Bangor Daily News, 05/30/12 More »

Nurses Ratify Contract at EMMC with Patient Safety Provisions

Nurses Ratify Contract at EMMC with Patient Safety Provisions

Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine ratified a three year contract last night with important improvements in patient safety and enhanced professional and economic standards. The registered nurses are represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The NNU is the largest union and professional organization of nurses in the U.S., with over 170,000 members. —MSNA Media Advisory, 05/30/12 More »

Franken Hearing Wednesday to Focus on Fairview Collection Tactics

Franken Hearing Wednesday to Focus on Fairview Collection Tactics

One of the witnesses scheduled to testify during a U.S. Senate field hearing about collection tactics at Fairview Health Services offered a preview of her comments on Tuesday, May 29. Jean Ross said the collection issue surfaced when her grandson was being treated in 2010 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, after the 13-month-old boy had been rushed to the emergency room with what turned out to be an acute inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. —Twin Cities, 05/29/12 More »

Nurses push tax on trades to help sick

Nurses push tax on trades to help sick

Of all the street actions leading up to the NATO summit, the one that might seem most perplexing is a nurses’ rally for a tax on securities trades. Financial markets are pretty remote from hospital bedsides, you might think. Why would nurses get mixed up in an issue like that? —Chicago Sun Times, 05/23/12 More »

Nurses union urges Wall Street tax at NATO meeting

Nurses union urges Wall Street tax at NATO meeting

The country's largest nurses union Friday afternoon pushed for a tax of Wall Street profits before a crowd of thousands in downtown Chicago at a protest aimed at the NATO summit. The National Nurses United rally concluded with an acoustic solo performance by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who's known for his union support. —Modern Healthcare, 05/23/12 More »

National Press on Chicago Rally to Tax Wall St.

National Press on Chicago Rally to Tax Wall St.

A coalition of nurses’ unions is calling for a “Robin Hood” tax on Wall Street, which they say could generate up to $350 billion a year, in the first major protest ahead of this weekend’s NATO summit in Chicago. Their pitch: impose a tax of 50 cents on every $100 of trades of stocks, bonds, dividends and other financial transactions, which are not currently taxed. The U.S. would join more than a dozen other nations that already have a financial transaction tax. —Various News Sources, 05/19/12 More »

NURSES  BRING  ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

NURSES BRING ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

More than 6,000 nurses and activists gathered at Daley Plaza in Chicago Friday to rock out with musician Tom Morello and call for a tax on financial speculation — a Robin Hood tax. This small sales tax on Wall Street trades could raise up to $350 billion a year in the U.S., money that American communities desperately need. More »

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

The Michigan Nurses Association demanded today that State Representative Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) apologize for calling one of their staffers the “c word” during a visit to her neighborhood. The organization is asking House Speaker Jase Bolger to investigate whether action should be taken against Foster for his offensive conduct. More »

Nurses to Lead Big May 18 Rally in Chicago on Eve of Summit with Plan to Heal Global Economies

Nurses to Lead Big May 18 Rally in Chicago on Eve of Summit with Plan to Heal Global Economies

Registered nurses, renowned musician Tom Morello, labor, community, and Occupy Wall Street activists will gather in a major rally in Chicago Friday, May 18 to kick off protests on the eve of the G-8 and NATO summits. The rally will be held at 12 noon in Chicago's Daley Plaza. —PR Newswire, 05/16/12 More »

Anna Deavere Smith—of Nurse Jackie— to Perform in Chicago on Nation’s Healthcare Crisis

Anna Deavere Smith—of Nurse Jackie— to Perform in Chicago on Nation’s Healthcare Crisis

The critically acclaimed actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, who portrays a nurse on the Emmy award winning Showtime dark comedy Nurse Jackie, will perform Tell Us Where It Hurts, America’s Nurses are Listening, a theatrical piece written for an estimated international audience of more than 1,000 nurses. This unique performance is derived from real-life stories of nurses and their patients gathered by the members of National Nurses United (NNU). —NNU Press Release, 05/15/12 More »

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

On the run-up to the NATO summit, free speech is being held hostage. While the summit kicks off this weekend, the war of words has been under way for months. Chicago needs a cease-fire on the distortions, disclaimers and declarations that have filled the public conversation. More »

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

China, Mexico and other countries far less affluent are working to provide medical insurance for all citizens. It's viewed as an economic investment. —Los Angeles Times, 05/12/12 More »

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Agrees to Let Nurses Rally in Daley Plaza

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Agrees to Let Nurses Rally in Daley Plaza

Nurses Praise Tom Morello, Public Support for May 18 Rally. National Nurses United today welcomed a decision by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials to reverse efforts to block a planned rally by nurses, and community supporters, joined by eminent musician Tom Morello, at Daley Plaza, May 18. More »

Bill Moyers Interviews National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro Sunday on Call for Robin Hood Tax

Bill Moyers Interviews National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro Sunday on Call for Robin Hood Tax

Sunday 6 p.m. - most PBS stations: NEW YORK - Moyers & Company, a current affairs program featuring Bill Moyers and airing on PBS stations nationwide, ran this segment Sunday evening with RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 170,000 members. Check local air times. —NNU Press Release, 05/11/12 More »

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