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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 »

Largo Medical Center Latest Florida RNs to Join NNOC-Florida

Largo Medical Center Latest Florida RNs to Join NNOC-Florida

National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida is adding more Florida RNs to its rapidly growing family. Registered nurses at two campuses of Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. voted Thursday night to join with their colleagues from four other Florida hospitals who have opted to affiliate with the nation’s largest union and professional association of nurses. —Press Release, 12/03/10 More »

Nurses Top Honesty and Ethics List for 11th Year

Nurses continue to outrank other professions in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey. Eighty-one percent of Americans say nurses have "very high" or "high" honesty and ethical standards, a significantly greater percentage than for the next-highest-rated professions, military officers and pharmacists. Americans rate car salespeople, lobbyists, and members of Congress as having the lowest honesty and ethics, with the last two getting a majority of "low" or "very low" ratings. —Gallup, 12/03/10 More »

St. Mary-Corwin Pledges to Cease Illegal Acts Against Nurses, RNs Call for Fair Elections

Facing a federal trial over illegal harassment and coercion of its registered nurses, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center has reached an agreement with the federal agency that oversees labor relations to cease and desist illegal harassment and coercion of its registered nurses who favor union representation. —Press Release, 12/02/10 More »

Fourth Florida Hospital RNs Join NNOC-Florida for Union Voice

Fourth Florida Hospital RNs Join NNOC-Florida for Union Voice

Registered nurses at another Florida hospital have joined the growing movement of Florida nurses to affiliate with the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. —Press Release, 12/02/10 More »

Nurses Blast ‘Final’ Debt Panel Report, Call on Washington to Protect Retirement Security

The revised, final report by the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility is an “unwarranted, outrageous attack on the health, safety, and retirement security of millions of nurses and tens of millions of other working people and should be immediately rejected by the Obama administration and Congress,” said the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today. —Press Release, 12/01/10 More »

7 California HMOs slapped with $5 million in fines for underpaying providers

California's seven largest HMOs must pay nearly $5 million in fines because of unfair payment practices after an 18-month state investigation revealed widespread underpayments, valued in the tens of millions of dollars, for medical care provided by doctors and hospitals. —The Sacramento Bee, 11/30/10 More »

Nurses’ union responds to violent cases against staff

Devoting concern to possible violence against nurses is not a new cause for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, but the union has not specifically devoted attention to it since the summer. To remedy this, PASNAP hosted a recent conference to address violence against health care professionals in the workplace, specifically against nurses. —Temple News, 11/30/10 More »

Nation’s Largest RN Union Criticizes President’s Pay Freeze For Veterans Affairs Nurses

The nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses today condemned the decision by President Obama mandating a two-year wage freeze for Veterans Affairs nurses along with other federal employees. —Press Release, 11/29/10 More »

More Florida RNs Vote to Join NNOC-Florida/National Nurses United

More Florida RNs Vote to Join NNOC-Florida/National Nurses United

Registered nurses at Community Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla. Tuesday night became the latest Florida nurses to cast their votes for affiliation with National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida. —Press Release, 11/24/10 More »

Nurses union becomes potent political force

Politicians and political strategists looking ahead to the next election cycle are taking notice of an increasingly potent political force on the state and national scene - one that's overwhelmingly female and dressed in scrubs. The Oakland-based California Nurses Association has made its mark by delivering some powerful political punches with a combination of entertaining theater and savvy strategizing. —San Francisco Chronicle, 11/24/10 More »

Nurses at two Central Florida hospitals vote to unionize

Registered nurses at two Central Florida hospitals have voted to unionize, reflecting a national trend in which nurses are banding together to fight what they call chronic understaffing. —Orlando Sentinel, 11/23/10 More »

Central Florida RNs Vote by 68% to Join NNU, Second Orlando Area Hospital in a Week

Central Florida RNs Vote by 68% to Join NNU, Second Orlando Area Hospital in a Week

Registered nurses at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford , Fla. voted by 68 percent Monday night to join National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the country's biggest union and professional association of registered nurses. —Press Release, 11/23/10 More »

Growing National Nurses United union steps up strikes in aggressive new strategy

The nurses at the Washington Hospital Center were all set to wear red scrubs - the union color - on Monday in preparation for a strike the day before Thanksgiving. But those scrubs can be put away, at least for now, because the union canceled the one-day strike, and management put controversial pay cuts on hold, as both sides are to resume talks after the holiday —Washington Post, 11/20/10 More »

Local nurses voted to go with union

Registered nurses at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee voted by 92 percent Monday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United. In a press release, Charles Idelson, communications director for National Nurses United, said that in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that oversees labor relations, the local registered nurses voted 354-30 to join the country's biggest union and professional association of registered nurses. —Around Osceola, 11/20/10 More »

Registered Nurses to Hold Media Availability Saturday as EMMC Bars Their Return to Patient Care

In their latest effort to advocate for patients and patient safety, registered nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center will hold a media availability Saturday as they protest the beginning of a lock-out that the medical center has announced to intimidate nurses and dissuade them from their advocacy and the one-day strike called for Monday. The nurses will announce the formation of a Patient Protection Task Force comprised of nurses to step in as needed during the lock-out and strike. —Press Release, 11/19/10 More »

San Francisco Passes Nationally Significant Legislation Advancing Healthcare via Planning Process

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association, along with their patients and community healthcare advocates, cheered yesterday when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed historic legislation to allow the City to consider the impact on access and equity to healthcare when deciding whether to approve planning proposals for medical facilities. The program calls for a Healthcare Services Master Plan to be drafted to better coordinate care across the city, and restores the mission of the long-defunct West Bay Health Systems Agency to regional healthcare planning to increase access. After the master plan is completed through a public process, medical institutions seeking entitlements from the Planning Department would need to demonstrate that their services meet city needs for healthcare or offer other significant public benefits. —Press Release, 11/17/10 More »

Insurers Gave U.S. Chamber $86 Million Used to Oppose Obama’s Health Law

Health insurers last year gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation. The insurance lobby, whose members include Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Cigna Corp. of Philadelphia, gave the money to the Chamber in 2009 as Democrats increased criticism of the industry, according to a person who requested anonymity because laws don't require identifying funding sources. —Bloomberg News, 11/17/10 More »

Trumka on Social Security: Don’t Raise Retirement Age

Among the many skeptics President Obama will have to win over to enact recommendations outlined by leaders of his bipartisan deficit reduction commission: one of the Democratic Party's key allies, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. Trumka was visiting National Journal as commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson were unveiling their ideas Wednesday. —National Journal, 11/11/10 More »

Nurses’ Union Flexes Political Muscle

One of California's most powerful political players these days is a Bay Area-based nurses' union, which helped torpedo Republican Meg Whitman's efforts to become governor and boosted the prospects of the eventual winning candidate, Democrat Jerry Brown. Now officials of the 85,000-member California Nurses Association say they will keep Gov.-elect Brown's feet to the fire on their agenda of improving conditions for nurses and the state's health-care system. —Wall Street Journal, 11/11/10 More »

Nation’s Nurses Sharply Criticize Deficit Commission’s Bowles-Simpson Proposal

Jean Ross, RN, co-President of National Nurses United, the nation's union and professional association for registered nurses, issued the following statement on suggestions from Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the Commission on the Deficit, that Social Security and Medicare be cut: —Press Release, 11/10/10 More »

More Americans opt for high-deductible health insurance plans

Rising costs lead to a nearly threefold increase in the number of workers covered by the policies since 2006. Health experts worry about consumers who forgo preventive care. Looking to save money in a weak economy, Americans increasingly are turning to health insurance plans with low premiums and high deductibles - prompting doctors and health experts to worry that consumers may be skipping routine care that could head off serious ailments. —Los Angeles TImes, 11/09/10 More »

Health insurers sit pretty at their customers’ expense

It's a good time to be a health insurer. Three of the biggest names in the insurance game reported rock-solid profits last week. Aetna said its third-quarter net income jumped 53% over the same period last year, to $497.6 million. WellPoint, parent of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said its profit rose 1.2% to $739.1 million. Health Net posted a net income of $62.7 million, compared with a loss of $66 million a year earlier. —Los Angeles TImes, 11/09/10 More »

Unfair Labor Practice charge filed against Sparrow Hospital

An Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Sparrow Hospital has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The charge, submitted by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), presents evidence that Sparrow Hospital restrained, coerced and interfered with its employees in the exercise of their Section 7 rights of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to join, form or assist a labor organization. In addition, the charge states that Sparrow has failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the MNA. MNA is the collective bargaining representative for the Professional Employees Council of Sparrow Hospital (PECSH), which represents the health care professionals employed by the Hospital. —Press Release, 11/09/10 More »

Nurses Gather to Honor Fallen Hero Cynthia Palomata, RN on Wed. Nov. 10

The California Nurses Association is inviting friends, neighbors, patients, and community leaders to a special vigil this Wednesday, Nov. 10 to honor the life and bravery of RN Cynthia Palomata, who was killed by a patient she was caring for last month. CNA will hold the vigil Wednesday in Martinez, Calif. near the Contra Costa jail where Palomata was killed. —Press Release, 11/09/10 More »

Workers’ health insurance costs for 2011 include higher premiums and co-payments

For millions of Americans who get their health insurance through their job, autumn brings not only falling leaves and cooler breezes, but also difficult choices. That's because it's the time when many employers present workers with their insurance options for the coming year. —Washington Post, 11/08/10 More »

Calif. Nurses Congratulate Gov.-Elect Brown & Sen. Boxer

The California Nurses Association today offered congratulations to Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and returning U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer for their impressive, double-digit election wins, and to California voters for providing a national alternative to the conservative, corporate-oriented economic program that won so many other races nationwide. —Press Release, 11/03/10 More »

Memo to the politicians - cutting corporate taxes won’t create jobs

Memo to the politicians - cutting corporate taxes won’t create jobs

To listen to the rhetoric that has stained so much of the 2010 campaign season, you'd think the biggest problems facing our nation are excessive government spending, workers' pensions, and inadequate tax breaks for corporations and wealthy Americans. But countering this conventional wisdom, seldom questioned by most of the press, is made much harder by the reticence of even many liberals to challenge these assumptions. —DailyKOS.com, 10/29/10 More »

Sick Californians may be forgoing care because health deductible is too high, study says

Three million Californians are enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans because they can't afford to pay high premiums. But the often excessive out-of-pocket costs could be causing some to delay seeking care, while jeopardizing the financial well-being of others, a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has found. —Los Angeles TImes, 10/28/10 More »

Following the Death of a RN Killed on the Job - CA Nurses Call For Better Protections

In the wake of the reported death of a registered nurse, who was assaulted Monday by an inmate at Contra Costa County's correctional facility in Martinez, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called for urgent reforms to crack down on a disturbing trend of violence in all facilities where medical care is provided. Assembly member Mary Hayashi has pledged to sponsor new legislation to be introduced as early as December. —Press Release, 10/28/10 More »

Contra Costa nurse dies; El Cerrito man charged with murder in jail attack

A nurse who was attacked by an inmate at the Contra Costa County Jail died of her injuries today, prompting the promise of new legislation that would protect medical workers in jails and medical facilities. El Sobrante resident Cynthia Barraca Palomata, 55, died this morning, three days after she was struck in the head with a table lamp by an El Cerrito man awaiting processing into the jail, authorities said. —Contra Costa Times, 10/26/10 More »

Watsonville Hospital Seeks to Prolong Dispute with RNs By Imposing Lockout Following One-Day Strike

Watsonville Community Hospital registered nurses today said the former community hospital, now part of a mega national for-profit chain, is threatening to prolong the dispute with its RNs by imposing a lockout following Tuesday's one-day strike. Watsonville RNs held the strike to call attention to the hospital's refusal to address the nurses' concerns about serious staffing shortages and the risk it poses to patient safety. The 300 Watsonville RNs are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Press Release, 10/26/10 More »

One-Day Strike by Watsonville RNs Tuesday Nurses Cite Hospital’s Refusal to Fix Poor Staffing

Watsonville Community Hospital registered nurses will begin a one-day strike tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 26 to protest serious staffing problems that the one-time community hospital, now part of a mega corporate hospital chain, refuses to address, they say. —Press Release, 10/25/10 More »

Sparrow nurses allege unsafe staffing situations; patient care at issue at Lansing hospital

Nurses at Sparrow Hospital are alleging in complaints filed with the state that the Lansing facility is understaffed and jeopardizing patient care. Members of the Professional Employees Council of Sparrow Hospital submitted a report Thursday to the Michigan Department of Community Health detailing what it says are hundreds of instances of unsafe staffing situations. —Lansing State Journal, 10/22/10 More »

RNs Rally to Protest Rick Scott in Orlando Saturday

RNs Rally to Protest Rick Scott in Orlando Saturday

Registered nurses, joined by community and labor allies, will rally in Orlando Saturday to oppose the candidacy of gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, citing his history and policies as contrary to the values of nurses and the interests of patients. —Press Release, 10/21/10 More »

The Queen Meg Farewell Tour: “Lies, Hypocrisy, & Pink Slips”

A grand coalition of California's leading women's, feminist, and workers' organizations will close out the 2010 campaign with a statewide bus tour highlighting candidate Meg Whitman's lies to the public and her Wall Street values. The California Nurses Association will be joined on the tour by many of the state's leading organizations of women, and by the local working families and working women who would be harmed by Whitman's election. —Press Release, 10/20/10 More »

Nurses make the difference in care

I am a registered nurse working in this community. I am also part of the legislative efforts led by the National Nurses Organizing Committee of Florida. I support the Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act (known as HB 1283/SB 2316 in the 2010 legislative session) and ask that all residents of this community support it too. —Daytona Beach News-Journal, 10/18/10 More »

Critical care

Hundreds of nurses from the UMass Memorial Medical Center system staged a boisterous rally and demonstration in front of the Belmont Street Memorial campus yesterday to protest what they contend are unsafe staffing levels, hospital demands for pay and benefit cuts and the planned closing of a medical-surgical unit at Memorial. —Telegram and Gazette, 10/14/10 More »

As Hundreds of CHO Nurses Strike for Healthcare, Leading Alameda Politicians, Community Allies Join

One day after 780 registered nurses launched a three-day strike against Children’s Hospital Oakland’s attempts to slash their healthcare benefits, hundreds of RNs will rally outside the hospital and be joined by a broad committee of political and community allies this Wednesday, Oct. 13. The allies will include Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson, leading contenders for other offices including mayor of Oakland, nurses from around the Bay Area, and a parade of patients and healthcare activists. —Press Release, 10/12/10 More »

U.S., California probe Prime Healthcare

A Southern California hospital chain known for aggressive billing practices and cost-cutting is being investigated by state and federal authorities for an unusually high rate of life-threatening infections among its older patients. —Los Angeles TImes, 10/12/10 More »

800 Children’s Hospital Oakland Nurses to Walk the Picket Line as Strike Begins Oct. 12

800 registered nurses from Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO) will hit the picket line Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 a.m. to launch a three-day strike over management’s efforts to slash the healthcare benefits that nurses receive, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. The nurses have been working without a contract since July 13. —Press Release, 10/11/10 More »

Nurses picket EMMC

Off-duty registered nurses covered by the union contract at Eastern Maine Medical Center picketed the hospital Monday. The purpose of the demonstration was "informational," according to Vanessa Sylvester of the Maine State Nurses Association, intended to raise public awareness of ongoing contract negotiations between the nurses and the hospital administration. —Bangor Daily News, 10/10/10 More »

US healthcare ‘to blame’ for poor life expectancy rates

The US healthcare system is to blame for declines in the country's life expectancy ranking, a study suggests. The Columbia University report rejects claims that factors such as obesity have shortened life-spans for Americans relative to other wealthy nations. —BBC, 10/09/10 More »

Washington Hospital Center RNs Join Nation’s Largest Nurses’ Union

Washington Hospital Center RNs Join Nation’s Largest Nurses’ Union

Registered nurses in Washington D.C.’s largest hospital, Washington Hospital Center, have voted to join National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. Nearly 1,600 WHC nurses, who have been in the independent organization Nurses United of the National Capital Region will now be a part of NNU. —Press Release, 10/06/10 More »

Health insurers throw support behind Republican candidates

The insurance industry is pouring money into Republican campaign coffers in hopes of scaling back wide-ranging regulations in the new healthcare law, while preserving the mandate that Americans buy coverage. Since January, the nation's five largest insurers and the industry's Washington-based lobbying arm have given three times more money to Republican lawmakers and political action committees than to Democrats. —Los Angeles TImes, 10/04/10 More »

Concerted effort to silence RNs

Assemblyman Curt Hagman's attack on registered nurses and our professional voice, the California Nurses Association, in a recent point of view (Sept. 23), and the bill he has sponsored to dictate what nurses are able to learn to better advocate for our patients, symbolize what is at stake for California patients and nurses in the November election. —Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 10/03/10 More »

Nurses push for nurse-to-patient ratios

Nurses want minimum nurse-to-patient ratios to improve the quality and safety of patient care in NSW. Brett Holmes, general secretary of the NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA), on Monday said the reform had the backing of both public hospital and community healthcare nurses. —Sydney Morning Herald, 09/20/10 More »

Aetna gets OK to hike rates on individual health policies in California

The increase will average 19% and will take effect Oct. 1 along with double-digit hikes by Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California and Health Net that also had been reviewed by the Department of Insurance. More than 1 million Californians will see their health insurance premiums rise Oct. 1 now that regulators have wrapped up their review of a plan by Aetna Inc. to raise rates an average of 19% for 65,000 individual policyholders. —Los Angeles TImes, 09/17/10 More »

Kansas City RNs Vote to Join Nation’s Largest RN Union

Kansas City RNs Vote to Join Nation’s Largest RN Union

Registered nurses at Research Medical Center in Kansas City Tuesday night voted by nearly two-thirds to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri, an affiliate of the National Nurses United, the U.S.’ largest union and professional association of RNs. —Press Release, 09/15/10 More »

Children’s Hospital Oakland RNs Authorize Strike, Cite Management Demands to Slash Healthcare Bene

Registered nurses from Children’s Hospital Oakland, voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a three-day strike if necessary to protest ongoing management efforts to sharply reduce healthcare coverage for nurses and their families. No date has been set for a strike, and additional contract talks are scheduled over the next two weeks. —Press Release, 09/13/10 More »

What They Could Be Saying to the Joe Miller Republicans

Republican candidates from coast to coast are fond of branding their opponents the Nancy Pelosi Democrats. Maybe it's time to talk about the Joe Miller Republicans. Miller is the Sarah Palin-backed Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alaska who toppled incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski because she was not conservative enough. Miller gained notoriety, in part, by proposing elimination of two of the most popular reforms in U.S. history, Social Security and Medicare, and calling unemployment insurance "unconstitutional". —Huffington Post, 09/07/10 More »

Wall Street sees a reliable partner in Whitman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was leading a triumphant rally at the state GOP convention last month when she announced that New Yorkers were excited about the California governor's race. At a fundraiser she held in New York, Whitman said she met with people who "have suffered the financial reforms that are going to crimp our ability to raise capital, and they want California to turn the corner." —Sacramento Bee, 09/07/10 More »

California regulators seek up to $9.9 billion in fines from PacifiCare

California regulators are seeking fines of up to $9.9 billion from health insurer PacifiCare over allegations that it repeatedly mismanaged medical claims, lost thousands of patient documents, failed to pay doctors what they were owed and ignored calls to fix the problems. —Los Angeles TImes, 09/07/10 More »

Queen Meg & Princess Carly Prepare to Celebrate Labor Day Events Throughout the State

Just days after leading thousands of people in a Sacramento march celebrating women’s right to vote, and decrying those politicians who dishonor it, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announces that Labor Day festivities across the state will feature both Queen Meg and Princess Carly, the two satirical figures lampooning the Republican nominees for governor and senator. —Press Release, 09/03/10 More »

Whitman attacks nurses in Kos ad

Whitman attacks nurses in Kos ad

Kos readers in California may have been startled to see banner ads today from someone who you can bet does not start out her mornings booting up her computer to read the latest blogs on Kos -- Meg Whitman. In one large ad, Whitman attacks nurses and the California Nurses Association for our challenge to her candidacy -- and our portrayal of her as the arrogant "Queen Meg." The ad links to a website her well-heeled consultants have created attacking CNA and nurses, recycling the greatest hits from the union busting crowd. She also has another ad on Kos attacking Jerry Brown. —DailyKOS.com, 09/01/10 More »

Princess Carly Prepares for Debate Debut Wednesday, Queen Meg to Tour State’s Labor Day Celebratio

Just days after leading thousands of people in a Sacramento march celebrating women's right to vote, and decrying those politicians who dishonor it, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announces the general election campaign debuts of Queen Meg and Princess Carly, two satirical figures lampooning the Republican nominees for governor and senator. —Press Release\, 09/01/10 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders says “Hands off Social Security”

By Sen. Bernie Sanders: The White House deficit commission is reportedly considering deep benefit cuts for Social Security, including a steep rise in the retirement age. We cannot let that happen. The deficit and our $13 trillion national debt are serious problems that must be addressed. But we can — and must — address them without punishing America’s workers, senior citizens, the disabled, widows and orphans. —Politico, 09/01/10 More »

Will ‘Progressives’ Let Middle Class Burn to Prove Their Point?

When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, "a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates." So it is remarkable that "progressive" San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour legislation codifying Anthem Blue Cross's "actuarially sound" defense of premium increases in law. —Huffington Post, 08/31/10 More »

VA nurses protest work conditions

Fed up with what they say are forced 16-hour shifts and inadequate staffing, some registered nurses at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center are planning an informational picket Sept. 8. Augusta VA Director Rebecca J. Wiley said the facility has added RNs and is trying to work with them on staffing levels —The Augusta Chronicle, 08/31/10 More »

Whitman: Nurses’ suffrage rally a ‘distraction’

Hundreds of union members celebrating the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage rallied Thursday at the state capitol, holding signs that said "Women vote for women who vote" an attack on the state's first female Republican nominee for governor. The signs were criticizing the abysmal voting record of former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman, who has acknowledged that she failed to vote for most of her adult life. The rally was organized by the California Nurses Association, a vocal Whitman critic. —Associated Press, 08/27/10 More »

Nurses spotlight women’s right to vote and Whitman’s voting record

On Thursday, the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote, about 2,500 California nurses came to the Capitol to praise Susan B. Anthony and condemn Meg Whitman. The march and rally, featuring scores of women dressed in period costumes from the 1920s, was staged by the largely female California Nurses Association, ostensibly to celebrate the anniversary but, more pointedly, to call attention to the fact that for much of her adult life Whitman has not voted. —Ventura County Star, 08/26/10 More »

Thousands Of California Nurses Dressed As Sufragettes Protest Meg Whitman

More than 3,000 registered nurses -- joined by women's rights and labor activists -- are gathering in Sacramento on Thursday to protest California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. The two-hour march begins at the Sacramento Convention Center at 4:00 p.m. PT and convenes two hours later at the steps of the state capital. Many of the participants will be wearing period costumes from the early 20th century. —Huffington Post, 08/26/10 More »

Whitman Renews Attack on Nurses as Thousands Head To Honor Suffrage Anniversary March

On the eve of a major gathering of thousands of registered nurses, joined by women's, labor, and community members in Sacramento Thursday, August 26, California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman Tuesday night renewed her attack on registered nurses' collective voice, workplace protections, and retirement security. —Press Release, 08/25/10 More »

Elizabeth Cady-Stanton Descendant to Join RNs and Cast of Thousands in Sacramento Suffrage Anniversa

The great, great, great granddaughter of legendary suffragist and women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady-Stanton will join thousands of registered nurses and other women’s, labor, and community groups in Sacramento, August 26, in the nation’s largest event marking the 90th anniversary of enactment of the 19th Amendment – which finally achieved Stanton’s dream of securing the right to vote for women. —Press Release, 08/24/10 More »

RNs, Filipino Community Groups Charge Sutter Health/California Pacific with Hiring Ban on Filipinos

One of San Francisco’s biggest hospitals, Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, is engaged in systematic discrimination against the hiring of Filipino registered nurses, the California Nurses Association, joined by Filipino community and church groups and leaders, charged Thursday. The groups are calling for an investigation by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. —Press Release, 08/19/10 More »

“You are not to hire any Filipinos”

“You are not to hire any Filipinos”

Here's how things work all too often in our "post-racial" society: one of California's largest medical systems, Sutter Health/CPMC, has apparently enacted a ban on the hiring of Filipino registered nurses at a major San Francisco hospital. —DailyKOS.com, 08/19/10 More »

New Hospital Industry Bid to Duck Earthquake Safety Deadlines Threatens to Put More Patients At Risk

Two of California’s most profitable hospitals are seeking further delays in meeting state requirements to ensure that their buildings will not collapse in an earthquake. —Press Release, 08/17/10 More »

Children’s Hospital Oakland RNs to Rally Wednesday, Protest Management Plans to Slash Healthcare Ben

Registered nurses from Children's Hospital Oakland, joined by other hospital employees, will rally outside the facility Wednesday, Aug. 18 to protest management efforts to sharply reduce current healthcare coverage for nurses and their families. Children's has signaled that they also intend to demand cuts in health benefits for other hospital workers as well. —Press Release, 08/17/10 More »

Wide Array of Women’s, Labor, Community Groups Join Nurses for Sacramento Suffrage Anniversary Aug

A growing cross section of California women’s, labor, and community groups will be joining thousands of registered nurses in Sacramento, Calif. August 26, to mark the 90th anniversary of women securing the right to vote with a modern day suffrage celebration. Participants will march, many in period costume, from the Sacramento Convention Center to a rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol. —Press Release, 08/16/10 More »

Executives at health insurance giants cash in as firms plan fee hikes

The top executives at the nation's five largest for-profit health insurance companies pulled in nearly $200 million in compensation last year — while their businesses prepared to hit ratepayers with double-digit premium increases, according to a new analysis conducted by healthcare activists. —Los Angeles TImes, 08/11/10 More »

Economists see flaws in Whitman’s policy proposals

Meg Whitman's economic policies are based on a flawed understanding of the challenges California faces, and the Republican gubernatorial nominee's proposals would make the state's troubles worse, according to an open letter to Californians signed by a group of mostly Democratic economists from throughout the state. —Los Angeles TImes, 08/10/10 More »

Nurses fear even more ER assaults as programs cut

Emergency room nurse Erin Riley suffered bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth last year from trying to pull the clamped jaws of a psychotic patient off the hand of a doctor at a suburban Cleveland hospital. A second assault just months later was even more upsetting: She had just finished cutting the shirt off a drunken patient and was helping him into his hospital gown when he groped her. —Associated Press, 08/10/10 More »

New health law may bring pricier premiums

Employers and consumers sorting through their health insurance options may see a bump in their rates next year to account for the potential impact of some of the early elements of the federal health overhaul law, according to some health experts. Jeff Sher, an independent health insurance agent and consultant in San Francisco, said he's anticipating employee coverage at mid-size companies to go up 13 percent to 15 percent. "Then we're supposed to tack on several percentage points for health reform," he said. —San Francisco Chronicle, 08/09/10 More »

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