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Linda Hamilton Re-Elected MNA President

Linda Hamilton Re-Elected MNA President

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Linda Hamilton, RN, BSN, has been elected to a second consecutive two-year term as the President of the Minnesota Nurses Association. —MNA Press Release, 10/17/11 More »

Nurses to Set Up First Aid Station for Occupy Wall Street

Nurses to Set Up First Aid Station for Occupy Wall Street

New York – The nation’s largest organization of nurses today announced it will set up a first aid station Friday to provide basic medical assistance to participants in the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, an effort that will be expanded to other cities where protests continue. —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

U.S. Nurses to Join RNs From Across Globe at G-20 Summit to Press for Financial Transaction Tax

U.S. Nurses to Join RNs From Across Globe at G-20 Summit to Press for Financial Transaction Tax

When world leaders gather for the G20 summit in France early next month to discuss the worsening global economic crisis, they will get some extra advice from nurses around the world, thanks to an international effort initiated by National Nurses United (NNU) and the global union federation Public Services International (PSI). —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

U-M RNs rally, march and picket for contracts

U-M RNs rally, march and picket for contracts

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Over 1,200 University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) registered nurses rallied at Liberty Park, marched from downtown Ann Arbor to Medical Center Drive, and picketed for two contracts outside the hospital: the Main Street Contract and a fair contract from UMHS management for 4,000 RNs. The combined event was held on Wednesday, October 12 beginning at 4:30 pm. —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

Nurses march through Ann Arbor demanding contract

Nurses march through Ann Arbor demanding contract

Crowds of shouting people decked in red marched through Ann Arbor streets yesterday, as University of Michigan Health System nurses and their supporters rallied for a finalized contract. —Michigan Daily, 10/13/11 More »

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

World leaders who gather for the G20 economic discussions in Cannes, France in early November will get fiscal advice from an unexpected group – nurses, who will prescribe the immediate application of a financial transaction tax for the economic health of communities everywhere. —Press Release, 10/11/11 More »

The barricades are beginning to quiver

The barricades are beginning to quiver

Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing” as one prosecutor put it, with nary a visible stir from the masses, suddenly the barricades are beginning to quiver. —In The Public Interest, 10/11/11 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Resolution #1 "In Support of Protests Demanding the Super Committee Support Jobs Not Cuts", of the Massachusetts Nurses Association annual business meeting, October 6, 2011, passed overwhelmingly. —Massachusetts Nurses Association BLOG, 10/11/11 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association Statement of Support for OccupyMN Movement

Minnesota Nurses Association Statement of Support for OccupyMN Movement

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (October 7, 2011) – The Minnesota Nurses Association stands in support of, and in solidarity with, the OccupyWallStreet.org street protests and rallies happening across the country – including today’s “OccupyMN” event near the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.
 
 —Press Release, 10/10/11 More »

Healthy California Campaign Steps Up Call for Single-Payer Reform

Healthy California Campaign Steps Up Call for Single-Payer Reform

Inspired by moves toward guaranteed healthcare for all in Vermont and Montana, advocates of Medicare-for-all, single-payer-style reform in California have formed a new coalition, the Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC), and are stepping up activity this coming week by hosting a California tour with a Vermont healthcare activist. —Press Release, 10/10/11 More »

Public Health RNs to Picket Supervisors Over Drastic Health Cuts

Public Health RNs to Picket Supervisors Over Drastic Health Cuts

Fresno County public health nurses will picket outside a meeting of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, to protest drastic cuts in public-health nursing that they say represent a disgraceful abandonment of the most vulnerable and at-risk patients in the county. —Press Release, 10/10/11 More »

RNs Praise Signing of Landmark Lift Bill to Protect Patients, Nurses

RNs Praise Signing of Landmark Lift Bill to Protect Patients, Nurses

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today praised the decision by California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign an important workplace safety bill to protect registered nurses and other healthcare employees from disabling injuries and safeguard patients from preventable falls. —Press Release, 10/07/11 More »

Nurses File Federal Charges to Sanction Sutter Corporation for Illegal Lockout to Harm RN Rights

Nurses File Federal Charges to Sanction Sutter Corporation for Illegal Lockout to Harm RN Rights

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United filed formal federal charges late Tuesday that Sutter corporation through its hospital affiliates conducted an illegal lockout following a one-day strike last month that violated the legal rights of Sutter RNs. —Press Release, 10/05/11 More »

Nurses’ prescription for healing our economy

If you want to know just how bad things are for those hit hardest by the Great Recession, ask a nurse: They see more young men suffering heart attacks, more anxiety in children, and more ulcers and stomach illnesses in people of all ages. Financial struggles are forcing more patients to forgo necessary medicines and treatments. A Princeton/Georgia State study reports a 39 percent increase in ER admissions for suicide attempts precipitated by home foreclosures, and a direct correlation between foreclosure rates and increases in emergency-room visits and hospitalization for hypertension, diabetes and anxiety. —Washington Post, 10/04/11 More »

Hundreds of Frontline Nurses Plan to Rally in Support of the Occupy Boston Protest in Dewey Square

Hundreds of Frontline Nurses Plan to Rally in Support of the Occupy Boston Protest in Dewey Square

Nurses, who every day care for the casualties of the economic crisis driven by Wall Street greed, plan to hold a rally in Dewey Square at the site of the Occupy Boston Protest, to show their support for the movement and to highlight the MNA/NNU’s “Main Street Contract” campaign for a tax on Wall Street financial speculation to provide revenue for Main Street reforms, including jobs at living wages, quality education, guaranteed health care for all, and freedom from hunger, homelessness, and retirement insecurity. —Press Release, 10/04/11 More »

Nurses Speak Out Thursday On Hospital Staffing

Nurses Speak Out Thursday On Hospital Staffing

Registered nurses, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas/National Nurses United -- the largest professional association and union of registered nurses in the country, with 170,000 members -- will hold a press conference outside Bay Area Medical Center/The Heart Hospital on Thursday, October 6th from Noon-1p to call attention to staffing issues and patient care protection at Corpus Christi Medical Center (CCMC). There are 520 RNs on staff at CCMC. —Press Release, 10/03/11 More »

Nurses to Join March on Wall Street October 5;  Demand Wall Street Transaction Tax – an “FTT”

Nurses to Join March on Wall Street October 5;  Demand Wall Street Transaction Tax – an “FTT”

National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of nurses in the US – with 170,000 members, will be represented at the Wall Street March on October 5 by contingents including from Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, D.C., Illinois and New York. NNU is joining other unions, organizations and community groups in support of Occupy Wall Street. The Wall Street March begins at 5p. —Press Release, 10/03/11 More »

National Nurses United Statement in Support of the OccupyWallStreet.org actions in New York

National Nurses United Statement in Support of the OccupyWallStreet.org actions in New York

National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest registered nurses union and professional association, representing 170,000 direct care RNs, stands in support of, and in solidarity with, the ongoing OcuppyWallStreet.org street protests and rallies. —Press Release, 09/30/11 More »

Nurses Say Camp’s Silence on Supporting Working Families Speaks Volumes

Nurses Say Camp’s Silence on Supporting Working Families Speaks Volumes

MIDLAND – As Michigan’s unemployment rate rises and many in Congress jump to protect millionaires over workers, Michigan nurses today expressed disappointment in U.S. Representative Dave Camp (R-Midland) for failing to support the Main Street Contract for the American People and called on him to hold a town hall meeting in the district. —Press Release, 09/30/11 More »

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

WASHINGTON - As the deficit reduction supercommittee hunts for $1.5 trillion in additional savings, US hospital executives are so worried about having their payments cut that they plan to start lobbying Congress next week to shift the burden onto their elderly patients - specifically by raising the age of eligibility for Medicare. —The Boston Globe, 09/30/11 More »

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

As a student nurse, I write in support of Massachusetts House Bill 1506, an act that protects patients from preventable medical errors by prohibiting mandatory overtime. Mandatory overtime requires nurses to stay on after their 12-hour shifts to fill in planned gaps in the schedule. After 12 hours on the job, nurses are statistically more likely to make errors and jeopardize patient safety. —Cape Cod Times, letters to the editor, 09/30/11 More »

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

Genel Morgan, RN and Rita LaBarge, RN - To suggest that nurses who fight to provide safe care every minute of every day are using the death of one of our patients for our own gain is genuinely disturbing. One only has to view the video of the candlelight vigil held honoring Judith Ming to recognize palpable grief in all of our faces as we honored the life of a patient caught in the crosshairs of a system gone awry. —San Francisco Chronicle OpEd, 09/30/11 More »

I am what stands between you and disaster

I am what stands between you and disaster

An anonymous nurse responds to recent media attacks blaming union nurses for a tragic death at Sutter/Alta Bates-Summit during the five day lockout that followed their one-day strike. —Blog, 09/28/11 More »

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Boston - Reviving one of Beacon Hill’s oldest and most hard fought battles – whether to force hospitals to abide by nurse-to-patient staffing levels –nurses cautioned lawmakers Tuesday that they’ve left the care of their constituents at risk by failing to pass a staffing law, and the state’s top hospital official calling mandated staffing requirements a “terrible idea” that would represent a step backwards in the fast-changing health care field. —State House News Service, 09/27/11 More »

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

HYANNIS — Massachusetts hospitals need more nurses, not more nurses working overtime, health care advocates said Monday at a press conference near Cape Cod Hospital. —CapeCod Online, 09/27/11 More »

Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Bill Introduced in the Pennsylvania House

Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Bill Introduced in the Pennsylvania House

PENNSYLVANIA - This morning, State Representatives Phyllis Mundy (D-120) and Deberah Kula (D-52) joined together to introduce a nurse-to-patient ratios bill in the Pennsylvania State House. This bill, modeled on California’s extremely successful 1999 law, would amend the Health Care Facilities Act to establish life-saving minimum nurse-to-patient ratios throughout the hospital. —Press Release, 09/26/11 More »

Patient died during Calif. nurse labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were investigating the death of a patient who was given a "non-prescribed dosage" of a medical drug by a replacement hired when thousands of nurses went on strike across California, an Oakland police spokeswoman said Sunday. —Associated Press, 09/25/11 More »

Death of patient blamed on strikebreaking nurse

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police were investigating the death of an East Bay patient Saturday morning that hospital officials say was fatally dosed with an unknown medication by a replacement nurse brought in from out-of-state during a recent nurse strike. —KTVU, 09/25/11 More »

“Lethal Dose” Kills Patient During Lockout

A patient's death at Oakland's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has sparked out cry by nurses who have been locked out of work since they hit the picket lines for a one day strike Thursday. —NBC BAY AREA, 09/25/11 More »

RNs Want Sutter to End Lockout & State to Investigate Safety Violations Following Patient Death

RNs Want Sutter to End Lockout & State to Investigate Safety Violations Following Patient Death

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called on Sutter corporation to immediately end the unsafe lockout of its regularly scheduled nurses following media confirmation of a patient death while under the care of a strike replacement RN, as well as reports of other serious problems involving strike replacement RNs. RNs will hold a memorial candlelight vigil Sunday night and to press Sutter executives to end the lockout. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit hospital campus in Oakland at 350 Hawthorne St. —CNA Press Release, 09/25/11 More »

Replacement nurse involved in ‘medical error’ leading to patient death at Oakland hospital

A replacement nurse at an Oakland hospital committed a "medical error" while administering a dosage of medication to a cancer patient leading to her death early Saturday morning, police and hospital officials said. —Contra Costa Times, 09/24/11 More »

National Nurses United Convention Calls for Stepped Up Push For Wall Street Transaction Tax

Delegates to the second convention of National Nurses United Friday called for a sweeping set of reforms to address the economic crisis swamping American families, and pledged to step up the campaign for a tax on Wall Street financial transactions to pay for Main Street reforms. —Press Release, 09/17/11 More »

Nurses rally again to ask that Wall Street be taxed

Nurses rally again to ask that Wall Street be taxed

San Francisco - Over 1,000 registered nurses from all over the U.S. rallied in San Francisco on September 15 near the Federal Reserve Bank in an effort to step up the campaign to place a tax on Wall Street. —The Digital Journal, 09/16/11 More »

Governor Brown thanks the nurses

Governor Brown thanks the nurses

"I want to thank you, each one of you, for all the help you gave in the great campaign to make sure that the queen was not crowned, but was exiled, hopefully for a long time," Brown said. —Blog, 09/16/11 More »

1,000 Nurses to Rally in San Francisco Thursday, Sept. 15 Call for Tax on Wall Street

Some 1,000 registered nurses from across the U.S. will rally in San Francisco Thursday across from the Federal Reserve Bank to step up the campaign to tax Wall Street financial speculation to fund a recovery program for the economic crisis slamming Main Street communities. —Press Release, 09/15/11 More »

Nurses Say Letting Uninsured Patients Die Is No Laughing Matter Following Abhorrent Audience Cheers

The nation’s largest representative of registered nurses today expressed revulsion at the cheering of some audience members in the CNN-Tea Party Republican debate Monday night at the prospect of letting a sick person die just because they do not have health insurance. —Press Release, 09/13/11 More »

Statement on Census’ 2010 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data

Today's Census report shows that in 2010, the share of all Americans and the share of children living in poverty, the number and share of people living in "deep poverty," and the number without health insurance all reached their highest level in many years — in some cases, in several decades — while median household income fell significantly after adjusting for inflation. —Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 09/13/11 More »

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

It was the most extraordinary citizen organizing feat in recent White House history. Over 1200 Americans from 50 states came to Washington and were arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their opposition to a forthcoming Obama approval of the Keystone XL dirty oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast. —In The Public Interest, 09/13/11 More »

California Gov. Brown, Filmmaker Michael Moore to Address 1,000 Nurses at San Francisco Convention

California Gov. Jerry Brown, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore, Canadian nurses union leader Linda Silas, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and will be among the featured speakers this week as 1,000 nurses gather in San Francisco Sept. 14 to Sept. 16 for the 2011 convention of National Nurses United, the nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses. —Press Release, 09/13/11 More »

Stories from Main Street: RN Sue Gray says her biggest concern is keeping health insurance

Stories from Main Street: RN Sue Gray says her biggest concern is keeping health insurance

RN Sue Gray is exhausted. A cancerous battle has raged inside her body for more than a decade. Despite treatment, the deadly disease spread five years ago from her breasts to her liver and bones and is now stage-4. But the Minnesota nurse continues to work at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis where she cares for children. More »

Taxing Wall Street to bail out Main Street

Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and their backers rallied September 1, at the congressional offices of Democrats and Republicans in 21 states across America for a 0.5 percent federal tax on big financial transactions to raise $350 billion annually to fund jobs, health care and schools. The tax would apply to stocks, securities, debt purchases, options, credit swaps, foreign currency bets and derivatives only, according to the CNA/NNU. —Sacramento News and Review, 09/08/11 More »

Let Wall Street pay

Last Thursday, Sept. 1, a group of nurses demonstrated at Rep. Wally Herger’s office at 11 a.m. and then, from noon to 1 p.m., set up a “soup kitchen”—actually, they served Mexican food—in City Plaza. They were among some 10,000 members of the National Nurses Union who mounted similar actions that day in 61 congressional districts as part of their Main Street Campaign. —Chico News and Review, 09/08/11 More »

A Nation Worried Sick

A Nation Worried Sick

Why did thousands of working nurses and supporters converge on scores of Congressional offices from Maine to California last week? How is it that nurses working long shifts at demanding jobs took time away from rest and family to appear before their representatives? —The Nation, 09/07/11 More »

Why labor movement will rise again

This Labor Day, the task was not so much how to assess labor's status as to address this question: What on earth happened? —Washington Times, 09/07/11 More »

Let’s call it Un-Labor Day

Let’s call it Un-Labor Day

In honor of the latest dreary news that exactly zero net jobs were created in August, the corporate CEOs who ship our jobs overseas, and the budget cutters in Washington whose priorities lie elsewhere, let’s just rechristen the September holiday “Un-Labor” Day. —National Nurses Movement, 09/04/11 More »

Thousands of nurses storm 60 Congressional offices

Thousands of nurses storm 60 Congressional offices

In a week that recorded no new jobs being created in the U.S. for the entire month of August, and many people struggling with what to do about it, nurses around the U.S. sent an entirely different message -- get out in the streets and demand change. On Thursday, thousands of nurses, joined by other labor and community supporters, went to the doorsteps of 60 members of Congress in 21 states across the U.S. —National Nurses Movement Blog, 09/03/11 More »

National Nurses Make History - Sept 1, 2011

National Nurses Make History - Sept 1, 2011

RNs sponsor soup kitchens, food pantries, speak outs on the need for jobs, healthcare, education, housing – and outline the RN plan on how to pay for it. —Press Release, 09/01/11 More »

How Will We Pay for Obama’s New Jobs Push? Answer: Tax Wall Street

President Obama is right: the United States needs a jobs program that spends federal tax dollars to retain jobs, to create jobs and to put tens of millions of Americans back to work. —The Nation, 08/31/11 More »

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren's all-but-announced candidacy for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat once held by Edward Kennedy is a state-based campaign. But it has national implications. —The Nation, 08/26/11 More »

National Nurses United Endorses Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren for US Senate Race

National Nurses United Endorses Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren for US Senate Race

Heralding the candidacy of “Main Street Hero” Elizabeth Warren, the 170,000 member National Nurses United today announced it has endorsed Warren’s exploratory candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, and urged her to officially enter the race. —Press Release, 08/24/11 More »

Nurses Protest What They Say Are Unsafe Staffing Levels

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- At least 200 registered nurses held a protest Tuesday morning to show their opposition to what they say are chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek hospital, according to California Nurses Association spokeswoman Debra Grabelle. —KTVU.com , 08/23/11 More »

National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro, Makes Most Influential Healthcare List 10 Straight Years

National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro, Makes Most Influential Healthcare List 10 Straight Years

For the tenth straight year, National Nurses United Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro has won national recognition from a major healthcare industry publication as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” which was announced today. —NNU Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Kaiser Walnut Creek RNs picket for safe patient care, Tuesday

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek are holding an informational picket Tuesday, August 23, to protest chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels, that they say are jeopardizing patient safety at the facility, the California Nurses Association announced today. —Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Mid-Michigan District Health Department nurses ratify four-year contract

Okemos - The registered nurses at Mid Michigan District Health Department ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement last week, a few days before the Board of Commissioners also ratified the agreement. —Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Nurses say: Join Us on Sept. 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

Nurses say: Join Us on Sept. 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

By: Donna Smith. Main Street, USA – Nurses call their neighbors and their elected officials to come to Main Street on September 1, even as many of the elected officials continue chiding one another about returning to DC. —Main Street Blog, 08/22/11 More »

Demonstration draws attention to staffing problems at hospital

About 50 nurses and their family members and friends held an hour-long informational picket today outside Las Palmas Medical Center to bring public attention to what the nurses say is a staffing problem hurting patient care at the hospital. —El Paso Times, 08/18/11 More »

After Three Years of Hand-Wringing San Leandro Joins Fight To Save Its Hospital

Like in Washington, the people running San Leandro failed to listened to their constituents with tangible action. It took the City of San Leandro three years to make a move on the issue with this week's filing of an amicus brief in support of theEden Township Healthcare District's appellate case against Sutter Health to maintain services at San Leandro Hospital. Why did it take so long? The same reason why Congress is unable to help its constituents with jobs and a positive belief in the future: poor leadership that comes with institutional hand-wringing. —East Bay Citizen, 08/17/11 More »

Stories from Main Street: Catie Sager, RN, says everyone deserves to retire with dignity.

Stories from Main Street: Catie Sager, RN, says everyone deserves to retire with dignity.

For years, Americans believed if we worked hard, took care of our families, and followed the rules that we would eventually be allowed to retire with dignity. That’s not the case anymore. —Blog, 08/16/11 More »

Nurses union to University of Michigan: ‘no cuts’ to benefits

Carrying signs with slogans like “Chop from the top,” and chanting “Nurses united will never be divided,” hundreds of University of Michigan nurses rallied Saturday to show support for a favorable contract for their 4,000-member union. —AnnArbor.com, 08/13/11 More »

Mom sues Denver, three workers over child’s death

A Denver mother whose son died after she was unable to fill his multiple prescriptions because pharmacists kept telling her he was not eligible for Medicaid — even though records proved he was — has filed a lawsuit against the city and county of Denver. —Denver Post, 08/11/11 More »

If U.S. is serious about debt, there’s a single-payer solution.

If America truly is serious about dealing with its deficit problems, there's a fairly simple solution. But you're probably not going to like it: Enact a single-payer health care plan. —St. Louis Today (stltoday.com), 08/10/11 More »

Candlelight Vigil Wednesday, Bakersfield Memorial

Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, a part of the Catholic Healthcare West chain, will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday, August 10, to highlight their concerns with unsafe staffing and a deterioration of patient care standards at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —Press Release, 08/09/11 More »

Making Ourselves Sick with Their Worry?  Not Any More

Making Ourselves Sick with Their Worry?  Not Any More

For some time now, my disabled and retired machinist husband has watched with amusement when stock markets crash and rebound and broad financial indicators stutter and stammer. He has lived a lifetime of economic stress and difficulty and never once has he seen his personal wealth or lack thereof be of any great concern for those who trade and win and lose large sums of money in our world. —Blog, 08/08/11 More »

Now is the summer of our economic discontent

Confidence shot. Tempers up. Patience spent. This economy has Americans feeling cooked. It had been one bummer of a summer, conservatives and liberals agreed, even before the news late Friday that Standard & Poor’s reduced the nation’s top credit rating from AAA to AA-plus. The previous day, after a federal debt deal averted government default, the European credit crisis and fears of a double-dip U.S. recession crashed the Dow anyway — erasing all gains of 2011. —Kansas City Star, 08/06/11 More »

Nurses protest outside Central Florida Regional Medical

Central Florida Regional Medical Center nurses spoke out Friday, citing serious patient care issues at their hospital. —CF News 13, 08/05/11 More »

Nurses picket Central Florida Hospital

The National Nurses United union will be picketing outside of the Central Florida Regional Hospital at 5pm today. —WDBO Radio, 08/05/11 More »

Retreat, Surrender, Can He At Least Plead?

Retreat, Surrender, Can He At Least Plead?

The headlines came quickly after President Obama concluded the deficit-debt deal with the Republicans Sunday evening. There were few shades of gray. The New York Times editorial was titled "To Escape Chaos, a Terrible Deal: Democrats won almost nothing they wanted except avoiding default." —In The Public Interest, 08/02/11 More »

University of Michigan nurses add to unfair labor practice charge

The University of Michigan nurses filed an amended complaint with the state that alleges bad bargaining practices on the part of their employer, they announced at a press conference today. —AnnArbor.com, 08/02/11 More »

University of Michigan nurses allege “assault on women,” unfair labor practices at health system

Tuesday afternoon several dozen nurses employed by the University of Michigan Hospital and Health System held a press conference at the Michigan Union. Speaking on behalf of the 4,000 or so nurses in the U-M health system, the nurses alleged unfair labor practices on the university’s part and announced plans to picket if conditions don’t improve. —Ann Arbor Journal, 08/02/11 More »

Nurses Call on Congress to Reject Flawed Debt Ceiling Deal

Congress members should vote “no” on the debt ceiling deal announced by the White House and Republican leaders Sunday night, and work instead on measures to address the real economic crisis plaguing the nation, said the nation’s leading voice of registered nurses today. —Press Release, 08/01/11 More »

Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill

Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill

Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children. The dominant Republicans in Congress – both the new and many of the longer-term incumbents – are in heat. —In The Public Interest, 07/26/11 More »

RNs to Call Attention to Sutter Health’s Service Cuts to Community with a Bake Sale

Registered nurses will hold a bake sale and rally Tuesday outside two large Sutter Health hospitals in the East Bay and Peninsula to call attention to cuts in services that have negative impacts to the communities served by its hospitals. Of particular concern is that recent cuts have targeted services involving women. —Press Release, 07/26/11 More »

Gaslight 2011:  Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise

Gaslight 2011:  Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise

Michael Moore is hosting his film festival in Michigan this week, and I sure hope they are showing “Gaslight” from 1944. The American electorate would be wise to watch it again and to put into context the messages of our elected officials as they work us to do their bidding on the debt deal and beyond. There are acting awards to be given in the latest turn of events – the President and the Speaker of the House might vie for best actor’s honors while the Senate Majority Leader and Tea Party darling Eric Cantor would surely compete for best supporting actors among a plethora of worthy players. —Blog by Donna Smith, 07/26/11 More »

Save the Date — September 1, 2011

Save the Date — September 1, 2011

RNs across the U.S. are calling on Wall Street to pay for the damage they caused on Main Street. Our communities need healthcare, jobs, education, housing. —Main Street Blog, 07/25/11 More »

Nurses to Rep. Pete Stark: “Keep Kaiser Hayward Pediatrics Open!”

Registered nurses from throughout the Kaiser Permanente hospital chain will attend Rep. Pete Stark’s town hall meeting this Saturday in an effort to win his support to keep the pediatric unit open when the local facility moves from Hayward to San Leandro, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Nurses Warn Washington Risking Lives if Cuts Made to Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid

The nation’s leading voice of registered nurses today called on the White House and Congress to “Just Say No” to any cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that they warned could “literally mean the difference between life and death for countless numbers of Americans.” —Press Release, 07/22/11 More »

Florida Nurses Condemn Rejection of Child Abuse Prevention Funds

Florida Nurses Condemn Rejection of Child Abuse Prevention Funds

Florida’s leading organization of registered nurses today sharply criticized a decision by Florida lawmakers to reject more than $50 million in federal child-abuse prevention money, a decision they said could cause substantial harm to Florida children. —Press Release, 07/22/11 More »

Why it all sounds like, “Blah, blah, blah”

Why it all sounds like, “Blah, blah, blah”

By NNU Organizer Donna Smith — When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC. Everybody, that is, except the average working class American. —Blog, 07/21/11 More »

Las Vegas nurses take to the streets to fight for patient safety

Registered nurses from MountainView Hospital took to the streets Thursday morning to voice their concerns about patient safety.

 —Fox 5 News, 07/21/11 More »

Nurses Rally Against Government Healthcare and Social Security Cuts

Just to be clear, the more than 100 registered nurses huddled around Irvine's Civic Center Plaza at high noon today are not there to implant a conscience into Larry Agran. —Orange County Weekly BLOG, 07/21/11 More »

Nurses to Hold Palomar Vigil Thursday to Oppose Cuts

Palomar-Pomerado Health District registered nurses will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night outside Palomar Medical Center to voice opposition to cuts in nursing assistants and other direct-care staff that they say is causing dangerous and widespread patient care delays. —Press Release, 07/20/11 More »

Medicare doesn’t cover many health-care expenses for low-income seniors

Helen Johnson gave a welcoming smile to the group of older men and women who had assembled at the senior center in the Maryland Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill on a recent evening. All of them were caregivers for spouses or parents with debilitating illnesses. —Washington Post, 07/20/11 More »

Social Security provides the majority of income for three-fifths of Americans age 65+

The average annual Social Security retirement benefit in 2009 was $13,406.40, slightly above the $10,289 federal poverty line for individuals age 65 and older, but less than the minimum wage. —Economic Policy Institute, 07/20/11 More »

Nurses to Lead Irvine Rally Thursday Against Cuts in Medicare, Social Security

More than 100 registered nurses, joined by community activists in Orange County, will hold a noon speak out and rally Thursday in Irvine to call on Congress and the White House to stop any cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. —Press Release, 07/20/11 More »

The Corporate Supreme Court

The Corporate Supreme Court

Five Supreme Court Justices--Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals. —In The Public Interest, 07/18/11 More »

Study: Hospitals add higher skilled nurses in response to mandate

California hospitals have added registered nurses and increased access to professional nursing care since the state’s landmark nurse-to-patient staffing law was implemented, a new study concludes. —Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/11 More »

Nurses seek financial transaction tax

Nurses seek financial transaction tax

By: Deborah Burger | Is tone deaf the new norm in Washington? Republicans insist on cuts to the bone in basic services while rejecting even modest revenue increases. The president floats proposals to increase the eligibility age for Medicare 65 to 67 along with reductions in Social Security. —San Francisco Chronicle OpEd, 07/18/11 More »

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

It has been a challenging week for many people. While our elected officials have been broadly reported to be at odds about exactly how to raise the debt ceiling or not, millions of Americans have no work, are running out of ways to keep their homes – rented or owned, and struggle even to keep the basic necessities for themselves and their families. —Blog, 07/15/11 More »

Study Bolsters Case for Pending Legislation to Set Safe Patient Limits in Massachusetts

Study Bolsters Case for Pending Legislation to Set Safe Patient Limits in Massachusetts

New Study Adds to Evidence on Success of California’s RN-Patient Staffing Law to Improve Nursing, Patient Care —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 07/14/11 More »

New Study Adds to Evidence—California’s RN-Patient Ratios Law Improves Nursing, Patient Care

Another major study has reinforced a growing body of evidence that California’s landmark law requiring minimum, specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios enhances registered nurse staffing and the quality of patient care. —Press Release, 07/14/11 More »

Soup kitchen’ makes a statement to Gov. Snyder

George Gray sells his blood every week so he can afford a bus pass or buy shaving cream. Unemployed and homeless for two years, the 57-year-old also is no stranger to soup kitchens. —Lansing State Journal, 07/14/11 More »

Who’s Your Doctor’s Daddy?

Who’s Your Doctor’s Daddy?

...when a recent report came out about insurance companies buying up physician groups and providers in increasing numbers, I wasn’t very surprised. —Blog, 07/13/11 More »

Nurses hold “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup For You’ Kitchen in Protest of Budget Cuts

Nurses hold “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup For You’ Kitchen in Protest of Budget Cuts

Nurses representing the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) served chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and cookies on the Capital lawn today as a part of “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup for You’ Kitchen.” —Press Release, 07/13/11 More »

Nurses Urge Congress to Stop Cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Nurses across the U.S. plan to flood members of the Senate Thursday and Friday with calls demanding they hold the line and oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid that have been proposed during the current negotiations over the debt ceiling debate. —Press Release, 07/12/11 More »

Steward Holy Family Hospital RNs Vote 70 Percent to join Massachusetts Nurses Association

Steward Holy Family Hospital RNs Vote 70 Percent to join Massachusetts Nurses Association

Culminating a two-year effort to win union representation to improve patient care, registered nurses at Steward Holy Family Hospital voted last night by 70 percent to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the state and nation’s pre-eminent organization of RNs. —Press Release, 07/12/11 More »

Nurse staffing guidelines at issue in St. Charles Hospital contract dispute

Registered nurses at St. Charles Hospital want management to demonstrate that it’s committed to safe staffing. —Press Release, 07/08/11 More »

Nurses Join Ralph Nader for Debating Taboos Event

Nurses Join Ralph Nader for Debating Taboos Event

While many – far too many – politicians in Washington are fixated on making cuts in our most vital programs that protect American families while refusing to demand those who created our economic freefall pay up to help rebuild this nation, at least some have a broader vision. —Blog, 07/08/11 More »

Why Social Security matters to an El Cerrito RN

Why Social Security matters to an El Cerrito RN

I am just one of so many. I am working and nearing retirement age. My son has had jobs since he was 15 and actually likes to work but his full-time job currently is "applying and interviewing for jobs." —Main Street Blog, 07/07/11 More »

When health insurance isn’t enough

New studies suggest that coverage doesn't protect Americans from going bankrupt over medical costs —Salon.com, 07/07/11 More »

First Study of Its Kind Shows Benefits of Providing Medical Insurance to Poor

When poor people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability, according to a new, large-scale study that provides the first rigorously controlled assessment of the impact of Medicaid —New York Times, 07/07/11 More »

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