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Quality care should not be subjective

If you had a loved one hospitalized at St. Vincent, you would want the hospital and its staff to provide that person with the best care. Should it alarm you, then, that St. Vincent nurses in the past 15 months reported more than 1,000 incidents in which they believe inadequate staffing conditions jeopardized patient safety? —Worcester Telegram, 04/08/11 More »

An Open Letter to CBS’ 60 Minutes Following its Pitch for More Corporate Handouts

An Open Letter to CBS’ 60 Minutes Following its Pitch for More Corporate Handouts

Your report on the corporate tax rate and new tax havens March 27 (“A look at the world’s new corporate tax havens”) was a stunning disservice to all the Americans who are harmed by a national budget that is seriously distorted by the failure of so many U.S. corporations to pay their fair share. —Alternet, 03/31/11 More »

Nurses rally to protest budget plan, emergency financial manager law

Nurses rally to protest budget plan, emergency financial manager law

A flurry of red-and-white signs with the words "Some cuts never heal" flapped furiously in front of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. The signs were accompanied by more than 200 nurses, nursing students and local and state officials who criticized Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposals and legislation that gives emergency financial managers the authority to cancel union contracts. —Lansing State Journal, 03/31/11 More »

Despite Reserves, San Mateo County Proposes Crippling 15% Healthcare Budget Cut

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association will join local patients this Tuesday, March 29 to protest as the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meets to consider a 15 percent healthcare budget cut that would devastate the county’s healthcare safety net. —Press Release, 03/28/11 More »

Want to Cut the Deficit? Restore Fair Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy

Greed at the upper echelons of our society is bankrupting our governments at every level. "Suggesting corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share," writes Deborah Burger, "usually earns one the reproof of advocating class warfare. But class warfare when practiced by the elites is apparently perfectly acceptable. The average CEO who was paid $27 for every dollar earned by an employer 25 years ago – during which wages have mostly fallen or stagnated – now gets a ratio of about $275 to $1." —CommonDreams, 03/25/11 More »

Urgent Appeal from Japan’s RNs and Other Medical Unions

Urgent Appeal from Japan’s RNs and Other Medical Unions

In the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident that hit northeastern Japan this month, Japanese nurses and other medical workers are requesting donations to help with the recovery effort for the embattled nation. —Japanese Federation of Medical Workers’ Unions, 03/24/11 More »

Hospitals Oppose California Bill to Tighten Security

Citing high costs, the California Hospital Association is opposing a bill in the state legislature that would require hospitals to tighten security and increase reporting of violent events, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. —Becker Hospital Review, 03/23/11 More »

Bill to tighten hospital security clears California legislative panel

A California legislative committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would tighten security at hospitals and increase their requirements for reporting violent acts to the state. —Los Angeles Times, 03/23/11 More »

Ex-hospital head takes plea in retaliation case

A former West Texas hospital administrator accused of retaliating against two whistle-blowing nurses accepted a plea deal Monday and could testify in trials for a doctor, sheriff and prosecutor facing similar charges. —Associated Press, 03/22/11 More »

University of Chicago RNs to Lead Candlelight Vigil Wed. Over Lack of South Side ER Services

With a growing crisis over lack of emergency care for South Side Chicago residents, several hundred University of Chicago registered nurses, joined by nurses from other hospitals and community residents, will hold a candlelight vigil in Chicago Wednesday evening to sound the alarm and call for action to protect public safety. —Press Release, 03/22/11 More »

California Nurses to Testify for Hospital Workplace Violence Bill, A.B. 30 (Hayashi)

Tomorrow, Deborah Burger, RN, and co-president of the California Nurses Association (CNA) will testify, before the Assembly Health Committee in support of A.B. 30 – legislation that aims to prevent the escalating tide of workplace violence occurring throughout California’s hospitals. The law will hold hospitals accountable for implementing more effective policies to protect nurses and patients alike in healthcare settings. —Press Release, 03/21/11 More »

Tufts nurses protest over hospital staffing

Tufts Medical Center nurses are ratcheting up their heated contract dispute with the Boston teaching hospital. Nurses planned to follow a flash mob at South Shore Plaza yesterday with picketing from 4 to 6 p.m. today outside the hospital in Chinatown. —Boston Globe, 03/17/11 More »

Children’s Hospital Oakland RNs Say No to Management Plans to Slash Healthcare Benefits

Registered nurses from Children’s Hospital Oakland will rally outside the Oakland facility Thursday, March 17 to protest management’s efforts to sharply reduce current healthcare coverage for nurses and their families. The hospital has indicated that they also intend to cut health benefits for other hospital workers as well. —Press Release, 03/16/11 More »

California Nurses Association Endorses Leland Yee for San Francisco Mayor

California Nurses Association Endorses Leland Yee for San Francisco Mayor

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association have endorsed State Senator Leland Yee for mayor of San Francisco. —Press Release, 03/15/11 More »

National Nurses United Supports Sanders Legislation to Protect Social Security

Today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation requiring a supermajority in the Senate to pass any legislation that would cut or privatize Social Security benefits. This bill, The Social Security Protection Act, parallels other legislation pending the Senate that would supermajorities to raise spending caps or taxes. —Press Release, 03/14/11 More »

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama shies away from protests

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker's move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. —Associated Press, 03/12/11 More »

Bargaining for the USA: Time for a Main Street Contract for the American People

Bargaining for the USA: Time for a Main Street Contract for the American People

By Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO. The ongoing battles in the streets and capitols in Madison, Columbus, Lansing, Indianapolis, and other American cities make it clear that the lines are no longer just drawn, they are exposed. There are two Americas. One where Wall Street gets bailouts, and another where public schools and safety net programs get slashed. —Huffington Post, 03/10/11 More »

‘Shame!’ Legislators Approve Wisconsin Governor’s Anti-Worker Agenda

Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan, the former co-chair of the legislature's powerful Joint Finance Committee, says he is starting to feel as if he lives in a “third world junta.” Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch, a senior Democrat, says that what he is witnessing feels like “a coup.” Marty Beil, the head of the AFSCME Council 24, the state’s largest public employee union, said Wisconsin had been turned into “a banana republic.” —The Nation, 03/10/11 More »

Vital Signs: Medicaid programs also a casualty of last night’s surprise vote, angry advocates say

Once again, Medicaid seems forgotten as another wave of protests and media stories rocks the Capitol. Last night's surprise vote by GOP lawmakers pushing a pared down version of the so-called budget repair bill through a hastily convened conference meeting and a rapid approval by the Senate to what now seems to be almost definite passage as early as this morning impacts not just collective bargaining rights in the state, but the health care and benefits of nearly 1.2 million Wisconsin residents in the public health programs. —The Capital Times, 03/10/11 More »

Don’t Believe the Hype: Worker solidarity can win economic justice

There’s a joke circulating around the Internet that goes something like this: A corporate CEO, a union member and a tea partier are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. The CEO takes 11 cookies and wolfs them down. Then he turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants part of your cookie.” It’s a joke that has billionaires like the Koch Brothers—who fund tea party groups through Americans for Prosperity—and their errand boys Dick Armey of Freedom Works and Karl Rove of American Crossroads laughing all the way to the bank. —The Source Weekly, 03/09/11 More »

What Michael Moore ‘Gets’ About Wisconsin… and America

What Michael Moore ‘Gets’ About Wisconsin… and America

"You will live in the history books!” Michael Moore shouted from the rotunda of the state Capitol to the thousands of Wisconsin workers, teachers and their allies who had come Saturday to protest against Governor Scott Walker’s assault on public sector unions and public services. Speaking without a microphone, in a voice that was worn but enthusiastic after addressing tens of thousands of protesters outside the Capitol, Moore. —The Nation, 03/09/11 More »

The War on Women’s Health

The War on Women’s Health

By Deborah Burger, RN and Co-President National Nurses United. The far right and their representatives in Congress and many state houses sure have a unique way of celebrating the centennial anniversary of International Women's Day. News that the Texas House of Representatives last week approved a bill, already passed by the state Senate, to force women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound test is one of a number of attacks on women's health in the works. —Huffington Post, 03/08/11 More »

Doctors Sarasota RNs Vote by 64% to Join NNOC-Florida

Doctors Sarasota RNs Vote by 64% to Join NNOC-Florida

By a margin of 64 percent, registered nurses at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota voted Monday night to become the newest members of the rapidly growing Florida affiliate of the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs, National Nurses United. —Press Release, 03/08/11 More »

Locked-Out Nurses to Picket Tuesday Before Returning to Work Wednesday Morning

Remaining unified in the face of a retaliatory lock-out by the District of Columbia’s largest hospital, registered nurses from Washington Hospital Center will rally and picket this Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., advocating for patient care improvements and safe nurse staffing at the facility. The hospital’s lockout of the nurses ends Wednesday morning. —Press Release, 03/07/11 More »

Citing Unstable Staffing, D.C. Nurses Strike

Citing Unstable Staffing, D.C. Nurses Strike

Nurses at D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center took a one-day strike Friday to protest short staffing and compensation cuts. Hospital administration said they will lock out the 1,600 nurses, represented by the National Nurses United, for four additional days. The union estimated that MedStar, the nonprofit chain that owns Washington Hospital Center, will spend $5 million to lock its nurses out. —Labor Notes, 03/04/11 More »

Anthem To Raise Premiums While Making Huge Profits

Anthem To Raise Premiums While Making Huge Profits

Anthem Blue Cross spent $2 million lobbying the California legislature and another $1.6 million on campaign contributions between 2009 and 2010. It lobbied the Department of Managed Health Care, the Department of Insurance and the Governor's office regarding health insurance regulations. In particular, Anthem spent a significant amount of time lobbying against SB1163, a piece of legislation that gave the state the power to review premium increases. —KCET, 03/04/11 More »

Barred From the Job Until Wednesday, Striking Washington Hospital Center Nurses Take to Irving St.

Barred From the Job Until Wednesday, Striking Washington Hospital Center Nurses Take to Irving St.

With negotiations stalled, striking nurses at Washington Hospital Center today took to Irving Street NW, picketing the region's largest hospital. Wearing red scrubs, the color of National Nurses United, several hundred protesters held signs and chanted slogans, angry over a cut in pay and what they say is dangerous understaffing. —Washington City Paper, 03/04/11 More »

Big Turnout on Picket Line by Washington Hospital Center RNs

Big Turnout on Picket Line by Washington Hospital Center RNs

Hundreds of Washington Hospital Center registered nurses jammed picket lines outside the District’s largest hospital Friday for a one-day strike called to protest stalling by the hospital administration on serious patient care problems at the facility. —Press Release, 03/04/11 More »

Nurses At D.C.‘s Largest Hospital Go On Strike

Nurses At D.C.‘s Largest Hospital Go On Strike

Hundreds of registered nurses from Washington Hospital Center, the city's largest hospital, were marching down Irving Street this morning, chanting "Up with the nurses, down with the bosses." —WAMU 88.5, 03/04/11 More »

Cigna sued on claims of gender bias — Manager says her pay, title reduced

A Boston Cigna HealthCare employee is seeking $100 million in damages in a lawsuit that alleges the company systematically discriminates against women. —Boston Globe, 03/04/11 More »

1 in 5 Patients at California ERs Leaves Without Being Seen

FRIDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Upwards of one-fifth of patients who seek care at one of California's hospital emergency departments leave before being seen by anyone, new research reveals. —HealthDay, 03/04/11 More »

Washington Hospital Center RNs to Strike Friday

Registered nurses at Washington D.C.’s largest hospital are preparing to walk out on strike Friday, March 4, citing as their primary concern serious patient safety problems at Washington Hospital Center. The facility’s nearly 1,650 RNs are represented by National Nurses United. —Press Release, 03/03/11 More »

Nurses Offer to Buy President Shoes To March with Workers in Wisconsin

Recalling a pledge by then-candidate Barack Obama that “If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself” and join them, National Nurses United today offered to buy the president those shoes. —Press Release, 03/02/11 More »

LePage budget brings out hundreds of union workers in protest

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hundreds of public employees, retirees and union members have gathered at the State House for the first day of hearings on the portions of Gov. Paul LePage’s budget that affect state workers. Testifying at around 12:30 p.m., LePage said there are currently more than 52,000 current retirees or state workers eligible for retirement within the next decade. —Bangor Daily News, 03/02/11 More »

Soon-to-Strike Nurses Applaud Mayor Gray’s Support

More than 1,600 nurses from Washington Hospital Center (WHC) are preparing to go on strike this Friday—and are thanking D.C. Mayor Vince Gray for his support, National Nurses United reports today. In a press conference today, the Mayor announced he had spoken with MedStar Health’s CEO Ken Samet, and urged him to resolve the labor dispute prior to the strike. "We want to see people treated fairly," said Gray. —Press Release, 03/01/11 More »

As Gov. LePage Threatens to Bring Wisconsin’s Nightmare to Maine, State’s Nurses Say No!

As Gov. LePage Threatens to Bring Wisconsin’s Nightmare to Maine, State’s Nurses Say No!

Sounding the alarm bell on anti-union legislation supported by Gov. LePage that is chillingly similar to the infamous legislation in Wisconsin, registered nurses from across Maine will gather this Wednesday, March 2 to protest. The RNs, from the Maine State Nurses Association, will highlight the real dangers such legislation poses to every patient in the state and demand politicians recognize and respect the very same rights to collectively bargain and associate that are under attack in Wisconsin. LePage has so far published LD788, the first of multiple bills expected on the topic. —Press Release, 02/28/11 More »

Missing in Madison—Where’s Obama? Nurses Offer to Buy President’s Shoes to March with Workers

Missing in Madison—Where’s Obama? Nurses Offer to Buy President’s Shoes to March with Workers

The past two weeks have been a "Where's Waldo" moment for President Obama. He's been largely a bystander while tens of thousands of American workers, joined by students, and community allies, marched in Madison's snow and freezing temperatures, and slept on the floors of the capitol to defend their most fundamental right to freedom of assembly and a collective voice. —Huffington Post, 02/28/11 More »

Trumka Announces Support for Washington Hospital Center RNs

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will keynote a strike rally of registered nurses in front of Washington Hospital Center next Friday, March 4, National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today. —Press Release, 02/25/11 More »

Nurses Welcome D.C. Council Members’ Support

New Unfair Labor Practice Charges Filed Against Washington Hospital Center. National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, today praised 10 members of the District of Columbia City Council for pressing Washington Hospital Center to settle its ongoing labor dispute. The RNs have called a one-day strike for Friday, March 4 with the hospital threatening a lockout that would prolong the dispute. Negotiations are scheduled to resume tomorrow. —Press Release, 02/24/11 More »

Washington Hospital Center RNs Gather After Calling One-Day Strike Over Patient Safety Concerns

RNs Available for Media: As March 4th Strike Approaches at Facility: Registered nurses at Washington D.C.’s largest hospital, Washington Hospital Center, will gather today, Feb. 23, to prepare for their announced one-day walkout coming on Friday, March 4. Nurses will be preparing picket signs and engaging in picket training. —Press Release, 02/23/11 More »

EMMC’s nurses still fighting for adequate staffing

Nurses from EMMC have had to strike over patient safety and safe staffing — so why haven’t EMMC and the EMHS board of directors listened? For the past eight months we’ve had hundreds of nurses telling the community that because of staffing shortages, nurses at EMCC cannot consistently provide their patients adequate care. —Bangor Daily News, 02/22/11 More »

State of California Fines Children’s Hospital Oakland for “Serious” Safety Violations

Registered nurses from Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO) will hold a media availability to discuss citations issued today by CalOSHA, citing the medical center’s failure to comply with mandated security regulations that have put staff and patients in danger over a three-year period. —Press Release, 02/22/11 More »

Children’s Hospital Oakland fined for safety violations

State regulators fined Children's Hospital Oakland $10,350 on Tuesday for safety violations that include inadequately protecting employees from violence in its emergency department. The hospital has had several dramatic incidents in recent months, noted the Cal-OSHA citation. —Contra Costa Times, 02/22/11 More »

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

By Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO. There should be two lasting lessons to emerge from the heroic labor-led protests in Wisconsin. First, working people--with our many allies, students, seniors, women's organizations, and more--are inspired and ready to fight. Second, we need to send a clear and unequivocal message to the right-wing politicians and those in the media suggesting further concessions from working people. —Huffington Post, 02/21/11 More »

New Bill Would Boost Patient Safety in California Hospitals

SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced today by State Sen. Leland Yee and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United would strengthen California’s landmark safe hospital staffing law by stepping up enforcement to enhance patient protections. —Press Release, 02/18/11 More »

@ProtestInTheUSA: from Madison to America…from Workers to All People

@ProtestInTheUSA: from Madison to America…from Workers to All People

Is this Wisconsin revolt the protest that wakes up America and starts the push-back to big business and their anti-human agenda? National Nurses United sure hopes so, and we're doing our part to move that along. Please join our efforts by following @ProtestInTheUsa, our new national newsline of reports, notices, and videos about specific protests in the USA concerning democracy, healthcare, workers’ rights, and human rights. —National Nurses Movement, 02/17/11 More »

Wisconsin Democrats flee state to block passage of anti-union bill

A group of Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill Thursday by ignoring orders to attend a vote. Instead, they left the state to force Republicans to negotiate over the proposal. —Associated Press, 02/17/11 More »

Inspired By Waves of Protests Across World, America’s Nurses Launch “Protests in the USA”

Inspired by the surge of popular protests around the world and in states like Wisconsin against out-of-touch corporate and political power, America’s union of registered nurses today launches a newsline designed to help coordinate and encourage grassroots protests in the United States. —Press Release, 02/17/11 More »

Cold Day in Hell Arrives for Patients

When I saw the cut to the low income energy assistance programs proposed by President Obama in his budget, I knew that meant more energy/utility shut-off notices for people already struggling all over the United States. The cold day in hell has arrived for many patients and many caregivers who already find their budgets bursting from the costs of healthcare insurance, co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket medical expenses, and their bank accounts strained from the loss of income and unemployment that has marked recent months for millions and millions of people. —GuaranteedHealthcare.org, 02/16/11 More »

Student nurses protest in Dublin

Over 3,000 student nurses and midwifes have taken part in a rally at the Department of Health in Dublin today in protest at Government plans to phase-out and ultimately eliminate payments for their mandatory 36-week placement in hospitals. —Irish Times, 02/16/11 More »

Hospitals remove beds from corridors after nurses protest

Hospitals reduced the number of beds in their internal medicine departments on Tuesday, so none of them would have more than 120-percent occupancy.

The Health Ministry’s policy change resulted from protests last month by the Nurses Union, which threatened not to admit any patients to the departments if they had to lie on beds in corridors, and that they would walk out of their jobs if this occurred. —Jerusalem Post, 02/16/11 More »

Nurses at Washington Hospital Center Authorize Strike

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a one-day strike, National Nurses United, the largest U.S. nurses union and professional association, announced today. —Press Release, 02/16/11 More »

More Than 10,000 Protest Move By Wisconsin’s “Dictator” Governor to Destroy Public-Sector Unions

More than 10,000 Wisconsinites marched on the state Capitol Tuesday, as crowds rallied in cities around the state, students walked out of high schools and public employees lined roadways holding aloft banners declaring their determination to battle an attempt by Republican Governor Scott Walker to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights and pack state government positions with political patronage appointees.   —The Nation, 02/15/11 More »

Nurses Say Staff Cuts Put Patients In Danger At Tufts Medical Center

The nurses at Tufts Medical Center say recent staff cuts are putting patients at risk, and they cite more than 520 reports of “incidents that jeopardized patient care in the last year.” Care is being dangerously compromised, they say, due to: “delays in nursing assessment, delays in the administration of medications and tests, nurses missing significant changes in patients’ health status…patients falling due to lack of assistance with getting up and moving around and patients being left in soiled beds for hours at a time.” —Commonhealth, 02/15/11 More »

An alternative vision for the President’s budget

An alternative vision for the President’s budget

President Obama's Republican-lite budget is a reminder of how off track the state of politics has become inside the Beltway, and why we could use some of the protests that rocked Cairo's Tahrir Square in the United States. Rather than accommodating a corporate wish list that prioritizes deficit reduction at a time of a still persistent recession, how about a vastly different approach. —Huffington Post, 02/14/11 More »

California Bill Would Protect Nurses, End Gender Bias in Current State Law

If nurses get injured on the job, shouldn’t they be eligible for workers compensation? Presumably yes—but not according to the law in California. —Press Release, 02/14/11 More »

Saving Social Security

By Senator Bernie Sanders - Social Security is the most successful social program in American history. It shouldn't be privatized; its benefits shouldn't be cut; and the retirement age shouldn't be raised.

 Before Social Security was established 75 years ago, more than half of our elderly population lived in poverty. Because of Social Security, the poverty figure for seniors today is less than 10%. —Los Angeles TImes, 02/14/11 More »

A ‘Dictator’ Governor Sets Out to Cut Wages, Slash Benefits and Destroy Public Unions

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposal to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights, cut pay and gut benefits without any negotiation [1] the most radical assault yet by the current crop of Republican governors on the rights of workers has inspired outrage in a historically progressive and pro-labor state. —The Nation, 02/13/11 More »

Gov. Peter Shumlin: The man who’d bring single-payer health care to Vermont

Peter Shumlin, the newly elected governor of Vermont, has a plan for health-care reform: Rather than repeal it, he wants to supercharge it. His state will set up an exchange, and then, as soon as possible, apply for a waiver that allows it to turn the program into a single-payer system. —Washington Post, 02/10/11 More »

New Pact Approved for 17,000 Kaiser California RNs

Thousands of registered nurses and nurse practitioners at more than 60 hospitals and medical offices in Northern and Central California have voted nearly unanimously to approve a new three-year contract with Kaiser Permanente, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —Press Release, 02/10/11 More »

Student nurses set for protest

Ireland - Student nurses and midwives are to press ahead with lunchtime protests over Government plans to cut their pay as industrial trouble-shooters hear their case. —Irish Times, 02/08/11 More »

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve in an unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 percent it intends to foist on individuals and families. The announcement coincided with announced plans by nurses, patients, and consumer advocates who stormed Blue Shield's posh California corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco. —National Nurses Movement, 02/01/11 More »

Nurse, Patients, Consumer Protest Prompts Blue Shield to Delay Massive Rate Hike

Blue Shield’s announcement today that it would agree to a short, 60-day delay in a gargantuan rate hike was the direct outcome of a protest in front of the insurance giant’s corporate offices in San Francisco, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United which called the protest. —Press Release, 02/01/11 More »

California Insurers Deny 26% of All Claims, State’s 7 Largest Rejected 67.5 Million Since ‘02

Despite the passage of national healthcare reform and widespread uproar in California over insurance industry pricing practices and other abuses, California’s largest private insurance companies continue to deny more than one-fourth of all claims, according to new findings released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Press Release, 01/31/11 More »

Protesters Take On Conservative Retreat

An invitation-only political retreat for rich conservatives, run out of the spotlight for years by a pair of Kansas billionaires, became a public rallying point for liberal outrage on Sunday, as 11 busloads of protesters converged on a resort in the Southern California desert. —New York Times, 01/30/11 More »

Patients and RNs to March on Blue Shield HQ to Protest Rate Hike Outrage

(SAN FRANCISCO) California patients hurt by Blue Shield’s efforts to sharply hike rates will join members of the California Nurses Association and local healthcare advocates at a major protest against Blue Shield’s actions. —Press Release, 01/28/11 More »

Hundreds To Protest as Billionaires Gather to Plan 2011-2 National Political Agenda in Palm Springs

Rancho Mirage: Led by the Courage Campaign, Common Cause and the California Nurses Association, a diverse coalition of good government advocates will gather in Rancho Mirage, CA on Sunday, January 30 to protest a gathering convened by the Koch Brothers, secretive far-right billionaires whose corporate agenda has brought harm to America’s economy and undermined the middle class. —Press Release, 01/28/11 More »

Nurses Blast Obama Administration Decision to Stop Requiring Employers to Report Back Injuries

The nation’s largest union and professional association of nurses today sharply criticized a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday to withdraw a rule requiring employers to report musculoskeletal injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. —Press Release, 01/26/11 More »

RN Hero Mandi Howard on her Haiti experience and the USS Iwo Jima

RN Hero Mandi Howard on her Haiti experience and the USS Iwo Jima

When I first got the call from RNRN that I was going on a US Navy ship to participate in Continuing Promise 2010 I was so excited and I have to say that excitement lasted the whole trip! Working with the military and living aboard the USS Iwo Jima was a great experience that I will never forget. —RNRN Blog, 01/25/11 More »

NNU Launches Video Ad Campaign Calling on Obama to “Stand Up” for Retirement Security

The nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today launched an online advertising buy to promote a web video calling on President Obama to “stand up” to corporate interests and for the millions of voters who elected him, especially in the face of calls for him to undermine Social Security and Medicare as Tuesday’s State of the Union approaches. —Press Release, 01/24/11 More »

Obama’s Social Security Talk Is Turning Voters Off, Pollsters Say

President Barack Obama's apparent willingness to consider cuts in Social Security benefits may be winning him points with Washington elites, but it's killing him with voters, who see the program as inviolate and may start to wonder what the Democratic Party stands for, if not for Social Security. —Huffington Post, 01/19/11 More »

Top 10 Reasons Why the Health Repeal Vote is Inane

Top 10 Reasons Why the Health Repeal Vote is Inane

At a time when so many Americans continue to fall through the gaping holes in our healthcare system, it's hard to imagine a more dysfunctional debate in Washington than the charade this week over the Republican effort to repeal President Obama's healthcare law. —Huffington Post, 01/19/11 More »

Instead of Repealing Health ‘Reform,’ Congress Should Reform the ‘Reform’ to Make it Stronger

Survey research suggests that, while Americans are overwhelmingly supportive of health-care reform, they are not sure the reform cobbled together by President Obama and the last Congress is the proper fix. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the country is divided three ways 33 percent for complete repeal of the measure adopted last year, 35 percent for partial repeal and 30 percent for no repeal. —The Nation, 01/19/11 More »

New Three-Year Pact Means Important Improvements For 17,000 California Kaiser RNs in 61 Facilities

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and Kaiser Permanente have tentatively agreed to a new three-year contract with significant improvements for 17,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in 21 hospitals and 40 medical office buildings across Northern and Central California, CNA/NNU announced today. —Press Release, 01/11/11 More »

Arizona cuts in transplant coverage spark outrage

Two people have already died in Arizona and another 96 are waiting for a life-saving transplant they may no longer be able to afford after the state slashed money reserved for the procedures. One lawmaker said Arizona is now home to "death panels." And those whose names were on the list, those who will surely die without a transplant, found themselves in a state of disbelief. "It's a shock to me," said Randall Shepherd, who thought he would receive Medicaid funding for the heart transplant he needs. —CNN, 01/07/11 More »

Let’s stop pretending it was a government takeover of healthcare

Let’s stop pretending it was a government takeover of healthcare

If the Obama healthcare bill is just a "government takeover," why are healthcare industry CEOs being rewarded with so much money? The alleged expropriation of healthcare by big government is, of course, a major story line of the right and the new leadership of the House which is planning the useless exercise of a vote to repeal the law. But if the private companies who actually do control our health are hurting so badly, why are they shelling out so much to their top executives? By Deborah Burger, RN, NNU Co-president —National Nurse Blog, 01/07/11 More »

Healthcare CEOs doing just fine without healthcare law repeal

Healthcare CEOs doing just fine without healthcare law repeal

If the Obama health care bill is just a "government takeover," why are healthcare industry CEOs being rewarded with so much money? —National Nurses Movement, 01/05/11 More »

The Shameful Attack on Public Employees

In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers. And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation have benefited from the job protections they've earned. —Huffington Post, 01/05/11 More »

Healthcare reform pays big dividends

Health care reform was a big job in 2009, and it paid very well for some executives: Nine of 12 CEOs of health care trade associations made $1 million or more. Lobbyists at the associations received compensation ranging from $250,000 to more than $1 million. —Politico, 01/05/11 More »

RNRN Helped in Haiti

RNRN Helped in Haiti

“The whole place is a hill of rubble,” he said. “It’s really difficult to get your brain around that level of catastrophe. Where in the world have 200,000 people died in one spot at one time?” —RNRN Blog, 01/01/11 More »

Lauren Aichele, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Lauren Aichele, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

February 2, 2010 was the beginning of what would be the most exciting and rewarding experience that I have ever been involved in. —RNRN Blog, 01/01/11 More »

Ashley Forsberg, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Ashley Forsberg, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Ashley Forsberg, RN, a medical/surgical nurse from Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan is brimming with emotion from her relief work in Haiti on the Navy ship USNS Comfort. More »

Deborah Burger, RN, NNU Council of Presidents Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Deborah Burger, RN, NNU Council of Presidents Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

When the terrible earthquake struck Haiti, followed by a flood of media attention and global concern, RNs in America knew one thing: nurses would be in Haiti long after the TV cameras left. —RNRN Blog, 01/01/11 More »

National RN Relief Group Teams Up With Navy for Medical Mission to Haiti

National RN Relief Group Teams Up With Navy for Medical Mission to Haiti

The first team of registered nurse volunteers from California, Michigan, and Washington State will depart for Haiti Wednesday morning with the Department of Defense’s Continuing Promise, National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, announced today. —RNRN Blog, 01/01/11 More »

Some Tampa Bay area nurses looking to unionize

In February, about 175 nurses rallied in Tallahassee, complaining that they often have too many patients to properly look after them all. Clad in red scrubs and coats, the nurses asked for a law creating specific nurse-patient ratios at health care facilities throughout the state. —St. Petersburg Tiimes, 12/28/10 More »

Watsonville RNs Hold Holiday Picket for Safer Patient Care

Dozens of Registered Nurses from Watsonville Community Hospital joined a holiday picket December 23 to protest patient care problems throughout the facility. —Press Release, 12/23/10 More »

Watsonville Community Hospital nurses picket in a demand for more staff

Scores of nurses demonstrated in front of Watsonville Community Hospital Thursday, protesting what they say is the hospital's practice of employing so few nurses and medical assistants that patients are receiving substandard care. —Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/23/10 More »

1-day nurse strike looks likely

Though officials from both the nurses union and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital indicated the aversion of Thursday’s planned 24-hour strike was still possible, neither side sounded like that possibility was a strong one. —WILKES-BARRE, 12/22/10 More »

Arbitrator Orders Washington Hospital Center To Reinstate Veteran Nurse Fired During Blizzard

The union that represents 1,600 registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center today celebrated an arbitrator’s decision that reversed a decision last February to fire one of the 18 registered nurses who were unable to get to work at the peak of crippling snow storms that paralyzed the capital region. —Press Release, 12/22/10 More »

Nurses Welcome News of Help for 9/11 Responders

News of an agreement in the Senate to provide some help for first responders, volunteers, and others adversely affected by the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 was welcomed today by the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses. —Press Release, 12/22/10 More »

Pentagon Health Plan Won’t Cover Brain-Damage Therapy for Troops

Sarah Wade, 36, and her husband, Ted Wade, 33, are seen in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2010. Ted suffered a traumatic brain injury, along with multiple other injuries, while riding in a Humvee in Iraq in 2004. Although Ted gets health insurance through the Defense Department, Sarah says "it doesn't cover what it needs to" and that he needs "more options, and less bureaucracy." The Wades live in Chapel Hill, N.C., but regularly travel to Washington for medical appointments and meetings. (Coburn Dukehart/NPR) —NPR, 12/20/10 More »

Community Voices Map Out Broad Range of Concerns about CPMC “Master Plan”

As usual, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, had his finger on the pulse of San Francisco at yesterday's inquiry into the CPMC hospital chain. "I've been to a lot of these hearings, and lies, lies, lies is what we usually hear from CPMC. Sutter is trying to create a hospital monopoly, where they get to write a Bible that we can't interpret." —Beyond Chron, 12/16/10 More »

What Does the Tax Cut Deal Mean for Medicare, Social Security and Health Care Reform? Part 1

When President Obama struck a deal with conservatives on tax cuts, his opponents set the stage for 2012. With this legislation, the conservative agenda of the Bush administration once again becomes national policy. The goal: to redistribute wealth upward--even if that means letting the deficit balloon. —www.healthbeatblog.org, 12/15/10 More »

Tax cut deal – the latest threat to our children

Tax cut deal – the latest threat to our children

In the aftermath of a tax deal that will accelerate the shift of wealth to the richest Americans, it’s worth calling attention to a new report about how far the U.S. is sinking below other major nations in how we take care of our children. —Rose Ann DeMoro, 12/14/10 More »

Union claims nursing jobs becoming far more dangerous

A doctor visit may be becoming a lot more dangerous -- especially for medical personnel -- and local nurses union officials say they want urgent changes made in light of two recent local killings. —Contra Costa Times, 12/12/10 More »

Hospital safety bill proposed

An East Bay assemblywoman has introduced a bill to improve staff safety at hospitals in response to the slayings of two medical workers, including the death of a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital late October. —Napa Valley Register, 12/12/10 More »

Republicans Crush Hope for 9/11 Heroes

Republicans Crush Hope for 9/11 Heroes

‘Tis the season. As the Republicans gloat over the tax breaks they’ve fought so hard to protect for the wealthy and the potential to extend those Bush-era breaks for two more years, 9/11 first responders asked them just to allow a vote on their bill -- the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. —National Nurses Movement, 12/10/10 More »

Nurses Join Call to Congress to Reject Faulty Deal To Further Enrich Wealthiest Americans

President Obama’s flawed compromise agreement with Republican leaders to extend Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires should be rejected by Congress, said National Nurses United, the nation’s largest professional association and union of nurses, today. —Press Release, 12/08/10 More »

Hospital, union reach agreement

Facing a federal trial over alleged anti-union activity at the hospital, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center has reached an agreement with the National Labor Relations Board to stop alleged harassment and coercion of nurses who favor union representation. —The Pueblo Chieftan, 12/07/10 More »

Nurses’ Statement on Debt Panel Report: Fix Economy and Cut Deficit with Jobs, Healthcare for All

Following the adjournment of the President’s Deficit Commission, National Nurses United, the nation’s largest professional nurses’ union, called on Congress to fully scrap the deeply flawed recommendations of the panel’s co-chairs, and move forward with the urgent actions that will protect America’s nurses and working families. —Press Release, 12/03/10 More »

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