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Nurses ask Oregon to scrutinize giant Providence-St. Joseph merger

Nurses ask Oregon to scrutinize giant Providence-St. Joseph merger

The nation’s largest nurses union is calling upon Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to block efforts by Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health System to skirt public oversight into their merger. National Nurses United warns that the merger between Renton, Washington-based Providence with Orange County, California-based St. Joseph could have a “major impact on the cost, quality and availability of critical hospital services,” the group announced. —Elizabeth Hayes / Portland Business Journal, 01/11/16 More »

Nurses Urge Oregon AG to Investigate Proposed Merger of  Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph

Nurses Urge Oregon AG to Investigate Proposed Merger of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph

The nation's largest nurses organization, National Nurses United (NNU), is calling on Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to reject efforts by two large Catholic hospital systems to block public oversight into a merger that NNU warns could have a major impact on the cost, quality and availability of critical hospital services, NNU announced today. —National Nurses United, 01/11/16 More »

Nurses Blast Clinton Attack on Health Care for All

Nurses Blast Clinton Attack on Health Care for All

National Nurses United today condemned the latest attack by Hillary Clinton on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for healthcare for all, noting massive problems with cost and access to needed medical care remain for millions of Americans even with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). —National Nurses United, 01/11/16 More »

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

A disturbing new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management suggests that it might. The research shows that black actors who were asked to portray dying hospital patients received less compassionate care from real doctors than did their white counterparts. —David Freeman, The Huffington Post, 01/11/16 More »

The Case for Expanding Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

The Case for Expanding Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Massachusetts RN Susan Howe makes the case in the Boston Globe for expanding nurse-to-patient ratios, the Patient Safety Act, to all units in Massachusetts hospitals. —Susan Howe, RN / Boston Globe, 01/11/16 More »

Alvarado Hospital Medical Center Losing Experienced RNs to Other Area Hospitals

Alvarado Hospital Medical Center Losing Experienced RNs to Other Area Hospitals

Registered nurses at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center (AHMC) will speak out on how the loss of experienced registered nurses is impacting the quality of patient care at a press conference on Wednesday. The nurses are calling on hospital management to stanch the flow of RNs to the UC San Diego Medical Center and other area hospitals by improving working conditions at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 01/11/16 More »

United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Friedrichs case

United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Friedrichs case

Today a coalition of advocates from Washington to California gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to warn that a controversial case targeting worker and union rights poses a significant threat to public health, safety and quality of life. —National Nurses United, 01/11/16 More »

A Vehicle for Change: Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour

A Vehicle for Change: Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour

Drawing arena-sized crowds with his vision for healing America, Bernie Sanders has been called by some a political "rock star." This week, National Nurses United launched a bus to cross America for the social and political movement Sanders champions -- the #BernieBus, a bright red vehicle for change. —RoseAnn DeMoro / Huffington Post, 01/08/16 More »

Nurses Cheer Grand Opening of Bernie Sanders’ Cleveland-Area Office

Nurses Cheer Grand Opening of Bernie Sanders’ Cleveland-Area Office

Nurses will join other Bernie supporters and volunteers at the grand opening of the Cleveland-area Bernie Sanders for President Campaign office this Saturday. This is the first presidential race office to open in Ohio. The new campaign office is not affiliated with the official Bernie Sanders for President campaign and will be staffed and funded entirely by Bernie's Cleveland-area volunteers and supporters. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

New Las Vegas Stops Today on the Nurses’ #BernieBus Express – Farmers Market, Fremont

New Las Vegas Stops Today on the Nurses’ #BernieBus Express – Farmers Market, Fremont

Following a day of big turnouts Thursday by Las Vegas area registered nurses, a number of whom registered to vote and signed up to participate in the February 20 Nevada caucuses, the National Nurses United #BernieBus campaign bus tour rolls on today visiting a farmer’s market and the Fremont Street experience. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

Nurses to Join Protest Monday Outside the Supreme Court

Nurses to Join Protest Monday Outside the Supreme Court

Nurses from Washington to California will gather on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning to warn that a controversial case targeting worker and union rights poses a significant threat to public health, safety and quality of life, warned National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

Early Tuesday, National Nurses United (NNU) announced that its 1,500 members at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) would not go on strike as planned. The union called for a one-day strike set for April 30, following nearly eight months of negotiations and a strike authorization vote on January 29, when 95% of membership voted in favor of authorizing a strike; now, the union is claiming victory in its negotiations with the medical center. —MIRIAM SHESTACK / IN THESE TIMES, 01/07/16 More »

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

At Cook County board meeting this month, Dr. Tatyana Kagan stood to address the commissioners. It was the first time she had attended a meeting. Kagan works in the pediatric emergency room at Stroger Hospital and came to object to the hospital's plan to consolidate the pediatric ER with the main ER. —Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune, 01/06/16 More »

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

University of Chicago Medicine's announcement Thursday that it would add Level 1 adult trauma care to its Hyde Park campus culminated a decadeslong battle with South Side residents who insisted that the university had a civic duty to provide services in an area that suffers disproportionately from gun violence. —Dahleen Glanton and Lolly Bowean / Chicago Tribune , 01/06/16 More »

Sutter Santa Rosa, Lakeside RNs Approve New Pacts

Sutter Santa Rosa, Lakeside RNs Approve New Pacts

Sutter Santa Rosa and Sutter Lakeside registered nurses have voted to approve new collective bargaining contracts joining their Sutter colleagues in Auburn, Roseville, and Tracy in new union contracts that will provide significant economic gains and protect nurses and patient standards. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/16 More »

Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour in Nevada

Nurses Launch National #BernieBus Tour in Nevada

‘The Most Trusted Profession Trusts Bernie’. If voters in the early primary states have not yet seen that message now posted on select billboards in states like Nevada and Iowa, they’ll soon be able to see it rolling by on wheels. —National Nurses United, 01/06/16 More »

The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt

The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt

New data outlines 'wide range of consequences and sacrifices' made by insured Americans who face burdensome medical bills. —Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 01/05/16 More »

Nurses to Send Off the #BernieBus from Los Angeles

Nurses to Send Off the #BernieBus from Los Angeles

‘The Most Trusted Profession Trusts Bernie’. If voters in the early primary states have not yet seen that message now posted on select billboards in states like Nevada and Iowa, they’ll soon be able to see it rolling by on wheels. The bus will bring nurses to meet with community groups, students, and other supporters and voters. —National Nurses United, 01/05/16 More »

The Broad and Diverse Coalition That Is Supporting the Clean Power Plan in Court

The Broad and Diverse Coalition That Is Supporting the Clean Power Plan in Court

The Local Government Coalition and its member national associations and local governments seek to participate as amici curiae to support their common view that the Clean Power Plan is a valid exercise of EPA’s authority and represents a reasonable interpretation of the ‘best system of emissions reduction’ standard established under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. —Vickie Patton / Environmental Defense Fund, 12/24/15 More »

Sutter Roseville, Tracy RNs Approve New Pacts

Sutter Roseville, Tracy RNs Approve New Pacts

Registered nurses at two more Sutter hospitals, Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Sutter Tracy Tuesday voted to approve new collective bargaining agreements with the big Northern California hospital chain that provide for economic gains, and for Tracy RNs, their first ever union contract. —California Nurses Association, 12/23/15 More »

Holiday Cheer in Auburn RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith Approve New Pact

Holiday Cheer in Auburn RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith Approve New Pact

Registered nurses at Sutter Auburn Faith voted by 96% Monday to approve a new four year contract agreement that will provide substantial economic gains while rebuffing hospital demands for cuts in health coverage, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. RNs at Sutter Roseville and Sutter Tracy are voting on new contract proposals today. The pacts cover 1,000 RNs at Sutter Roseville, 340 RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith and some 200 RNs at Sutter Tracy, who are among 7,000 RNs represented by CNA at Sutter hospitals. Tracy RNs are voting on their first ever collective bargaining contract. —California Nurses Association, 12/22/15 More »

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

On a brisk morning in Denver recently, an ambulance pulled up in front of a downtown office tower. "I think the patient is going to make it," Dr. Irene Aguilar said as a team rolled out the gurney. This wasn't a medical emergency, but rather a bit of political theater. The gurney held several big boxes of signed petitions to be delivered to Colorado's Secretary of State's office. The group ColoradoCareYES gathered enough signatures — more than 100,000 — to put a single-payer health system on the ballot next fall. —John Daley / NPR, 12/22/15 More »

32 Hospitals to Pay U.S. to Resolve False Billing Claims

32 Hospitals to Pay U.S. to Resolve False Billing Claims

Thirty-two hospitals located throughout 15 states have agreed to pay the United States a total of more than $28 million to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare for minimally-invasive kyphoplasty procedures, the Justice Department announced today. —United States Dept. of Justice, 12/22/15 More »

The Most Trusted Profession – Nurses Once Again Top Poll

The Most Trusted Profession – Nurses Once Again Top Poll

“With an 85 percent honesty and ethics rating – tying their high point – nurses have no serious competition atop Gallup ranking this year.” That’s the conclusion of the Gallup’s annual ranking of how Americans view 21 major professions – the 16th time in the 17 years, and 14 years in a row, that Gallup has surveyed public opinion on what profession is most trusted. —National Nurses United, 12/21/15 More »

Nurses Speak Out at Cal/OSHA Public Hearing: Urge Speedy Passage of Violence Prevention Regulations

Nurses Speak Out at Cal/OSHA Public Hearing: Urge Speedy Passage of Violence Prevention Regulations

A large contingent of nurses from throughout California, clad in red scrubs, marched through the Capital mall in Sacramento yesterday chanting “Workplace violence on the rise, prevention is our key to survive!” as they made their way to the Cal/OSHA public hearing on workplace violence prevention. Once they arrived at the State Resources Building, the nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, filled the hearing chambers and lined up at the podium to urge that the Cal/OSHA's Standards Board swiftly adopt the proposed regulations on workplace violence prevention. —National Nurses United, 12/18/15 More »

Nurses Blast DNC Attack on Sanders Campaign Warn of Long-Term Consequences for Next November

Nurses Blast DNC Attack on Sanders Campaign Warn of Long-Term Consequences for Next November

National Nurses United today condemned what it called “the latest blatant effort by the Democratic National Committee to rig the primary process” in its decision to bar the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders access to a critical master list of Democratic voters. —National Nurses United, 12/18/15 More »

Breakthrough at Sutter – Tentative Pact for RNs at Sutter Roseville, Auburn Faith, Tracy Hospitals

Breakthrough at Sutter – Tentative Pact for RNs at Sutter Roseville, Auburn Faith, Tracy Hospitals

Registered nurses have settled long contract disputes with tentative contract agreements at three Northern California Sutter Health hospitals in Auburn, Roseville, and Tracy, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today that included major economic improvements for the nurses, withdrawal of concession demands, and the first ever contract for Sutter Tracy RNs. The pacts cover 1,000 RNs at Sutter Roseville, 240 RNs at Sutter Auburn Faith and some 200 RNs at Sutter Tracy, who are among 7,000 RNs represented by CNA at Sutter hospitals throughout Northern and Central California. Nurses will hold membership meetings Monday and Tuesday next week to vote on the accords. —California Nurses Association, 12/17/15 More »

Nurses Report EMMC Continues to Delay Staffing and Safety Improvements

Nurses Report EMMC Continues to Delay Staffing and Safety Improvements

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will deliver a petition to Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems on Thursday demanding that they take immediate steps to bring their corporate subsidiary, EMMC, into compliance with the safe staffing agreements made with registered nurses five months ago. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 12/17/15 More »

Cal/OSHA Public Hearing on Workplace Violence Prevention Thursday, Dec. 17, Sacramento

Cal/OSHA Public Hearing on Workplace Violence Prevention Thursday, Dec. 17, Sacramento

With state regulators close to putting the final touches on rules to prevent workplace violence in hospitals, nurses from throughout California, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, will testify at the Cal/OSHA Standard's Board public hearing this Thursday in Sacramento, to urge regulators to pass the regulations as soon as possible. The new regulations are mandated by legislation, SB 1299, the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act, sponsored by CNA last year and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Thursday's public hearing on the proposed regulations marks the conclusion of a 45-day written comment period on the new regulations. —California Nurses Association, 12/16/15 More »

Don’t Let Them Gaslight the ‘Bern’ing for Social Change

Don’t Let Them Gaslight the ‘Bern’ing for Social Change

Perhaps you've noticed. Some people and institutions are working feverishly to convince us that real social change is not possible. Their target is Bernie Sanders and the growing army of his supporters who are fed up with politics as usual and the grip of Wall Street and corporate America on our political, economic and social system. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 12/15/15 More »

In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared

In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared

For months, worried parents in Flint, Mich., arrived at their pediatricians’ offices in droves. Holding a toddler by the hand or an infant in their arms, they all have the same question: Are their children being poisoned? To find out, all it takes is a prick of the finger, a small letting of blood. If tests come back positive, the potentially severe consequences are far more difficult to discern. —Yanan Wang / Washington Post, 12/15/15 More »

Community members rally against the use of fossil fuels

Community members rally against the use of fossil fuels

Dozens of people in San Luis Obispo are speaking out against the use of fossil fuels, in honor of the Global Day for Climate Action. Close to 100 San Luis Obispo community members rallied at the city's train station on Saturday, as the climate change deal was made in Paris. —Citlaly Santos / KSBY.com, 12/13/15 More »

Nurses Urge Council to Pass Legislation to  Ensure Hospital Safety

Nurses Urge Council to Pass Legislation to Ensure Hospital Safety

Washington, D.C. -- Registered nurses today urged the District of Columbia Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services to promptly pass legislation to ensure that hospitals create plans and take necessary action to protect patients, health care workers, and others from violence in hospitals. More »

Maine Nurses Oppose the TPP RNs Tell Commission Agreement Poses Health Risks

Maine Nurses Oppose the TPP RNs Tell Commission Agreement Poses Health Risks

Bangor – Citing the grave public health and safety dangers the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would pose for American patients, consumers, and workers, registered nurses spokeout at a Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission hearing against the global trade pact and called on the Maine Legislature to oppose the deal. —Maine State Nurses Association, 12/09/15 More »

Nurses And Health-Care Workers Lobby Beacon Hill For Workplace Injuries Bill

Nurses And Health-Care Workers Lobby Beacon Hill For Workplace Injuries Bill

Health-care workers asked a State House committee Tuesday to support legislation that would require hospitals to take steps to keep them from being hurt on the job. The bill aims to prevent injuries sustained by lifting or moving patients. —Craig Lemoult / WGBH News, 12/09/15 More »

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

A union representing nurses says that employees are getting hurt on the job, and they want Massachusetts hospitals to do something about it. The Massachusetts Nurses Association estimates health care workers lift about 1.8 tons during an average shift. The union claims that nurses are developing serious injuries over time, causing many RN’s to miss as many as 60 days of work each year. —Tiffany Chan / 22News, 12/09/15 More »

Single Payer Healthcare Is Not Pie In The Sky

Single Payer Healthcare Is Not Pie In The Sky

Here is this weeks Nurse Talk podcast with Executive Director Of Minnesota Nurses Association, Rose Roach. Great explanation of Single Payer and she starts with saying, "people over profits"! What a concept. We use a "shorter" version of this for social media and broadcasting on Progressive Voices Tune IN all week during shows such as Thom Hartmann, Ed Shultz, Ring of Fire, and more. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 12/07/15 More »

Excessive Health Care Injuries Can be Prevented by Bill Requiring Safe Patient Handling Practices

Excessive Health Care Injuries Can be Prevented by Bill Requiring Safe Patient Handling Practices

Beth Piknick was 21 years into her nursing career when she helped another nurse move a patient into bed at Cape Cod Hospital. That movement – performed by nurses every day across the country – sent a stabbing pain into Piknick’s back and derailed her career as an Intensive Care Unit nurse. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 12/07/15 More »

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

Two things were evident amid the fusillades of confetti and extended glad-handing at last week's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom by the politically powerful California Nurses Association. —Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, 12/06/15 More »

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn, MassLive.com, 12/04/15 More »

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

SPRINGFIELD - Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn / Mass Live, 12/04/15 More »

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

More than 1,200 California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee registered nurses, environmental and healthcare activists, and students on Dec. 3 marched and rallied in Los Angeles to demand that the world’s leaders, now convening in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, adopt a binding and enforceable climate treaty, commit resources to fund the transformation to clean, renewable energy including a just transition program for those who now work in the fossil fuel industry, and call on wealthy, developed countries to provide resources for the less-developed countries to act on climate, with funding coming from a carbon tax and the Robin Hood tax. —National Nurses United, 12/03/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was greeted by raucous applause and blasts of confetti Wednesday as he took the stage to receive his first major endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor from a labor union representing nurses in California. —Javier Panzar and John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 12/03/15 More »

From Paris to Los Angeles The Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

From Paris to Los Angeles The Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Nurses and environmental activists will converge for an action in downtown Los Angeles today to demand a global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas pollution and supports a sustainable energy future at United Nations Climate Summit, COP21, that began Monday in Paris. Organizers predict that the Los Angeles climate action will be even larger than expected since the French government prohibited the mass mobilizations that were planned in Paris on the eve of the summit, citing the heightened security situation. —California Nurses Association, 12/03/15 More »

San Bernardino County Nurses Voice Concern, Support For the Wounded, and Others Affected in Shooting

San Bernardino County Nurses Voice Concern, Support For the Wounded, and Others Affected in Shooting

Registered nurses who work at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other San Bernardino County health facilities late today voiced concern and support for those wounded and other county workers affected by the nation’s latest mass shooting. —California Nurses Association, 12/02/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

A labor union representing nurses throughout California gave Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom an early endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor Wednesday. The Democratic hopeful was set to speak to the group's conference in Los Angeles. —Javier Panzar / Los Angeles Times, 12/02/15 More »

Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement

Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement

The California Nurses Association, whose support helped Gov. Jerry Brown defeat Republican Meg Whitman in 2010, on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to succeed him. The endorsement, though not unexpected, comes unusually early – three years before the 2018 election. It is an indication of Newsom’s appeal to organized labor, and also a challenge facing one of his main rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. —David Siders / Sacramento Bee, 12/02/15 More »

CA Nurses: Elect Gavin Newsom as Our Next Governor

CA Nurses: Elect Gavin Newsom as Our Next Governor

Before an ecstatic audience of 1,000 registered nurses, California’s largest organization of nurses today announced its endorsement of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to be the state’s next Governor. —California Nurses Association, 12/02/15 More »

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to Address Hundreds of RNs at Los Angeles Conference Wednesday, December 2

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to Address Hundreds of RNs at Los Angeles Conference Wednesday, December 2

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will welcome and address more than 700 registered nurses from across California and the nation in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, December 1. The nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United are holding a conference on critical issues affecting nurses and safe patient care including patient advocacy from the bedside to the public arena and how the climate crisis affects public health. —California Nurses Association, 12/01/15 More »

A quick look at The Women’s Global Health Leadership Certificate Program

A quick look at The Women’s Global Health Leadership Certificate Program

A quick look at the Women's Global Health Leadership Certificate Program with recent course graduate RN Jana Sui and NNU Education Director Michelle Grisat. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 11/30/15 More »

RNs Call on AG Harris to Assure Protection for Patients, Rights for Nurses in Proposed Merger

RNs Call on AG Harris to Assure Protection for Patients, Rights for Nurses in Proposed Merger

The merger would create one of the largest Catholic hospital systems in the country. Providence currently operates 34 hospitals and 500 clinics in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and St. Joseph Health (SJH) runs 16 hospitals in California, New Mexico, and Texas. —California Nurses Association, 11/25/15 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association Demand Respect for BLM Protesters and Resolution to Investigation

Minnesota Nurses Association Demand Respect for BLM Protesters and Resolution to Investigation

The Minnesota Nurses Association supports members of the Black Lives Matter movement and their peaceful demonstration of grievances to protest the very real and harmful inequities that continue to be imposed on people of color. Nurses everywhere see how racism results in reduced access to healthcare, poorer health, and threats to basic safety. We urge all departments of the City of Minneapolis to work together to swiftly conclude the investigation behind the death of Jamar Clark and the shootings of BLM protesters to restore calm to the community. —Linda Hamilton / Minnesota Nurses Association , 11/25/15 More »

Nurses and Environmental Activists Plan Climate Action Convergence in Los Angeles Dec. 3

Nurses and Environmental Activists Plan Climate Action Convergence in Los Angeles Dec. 3

Thousands of nurses and environmental activists will converge in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 3 to demand a global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas pollution and supports a sustainable energy future at the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit, COP21, to be held in Paris next month. —California Nurses Association, 11/19/15 More »

Nurses Hold Rally, Speak Out on Unsafe Patient Lift Practices at UC Medical Centers

Nurses Hold Rally, Speak Out on Unsafe Patient Lift Practices at UC Medical Centers

Registered nurses will gather at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Thursday to speak out about the UC Medical Center’s failure to provide RNs with legally mandated safe lifting practices, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 11/18/15 More »

Nurses Criticize Clinton’s Attack on Single Payer

Nurses Criticize Clinton’s Attack on Single Payer

National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, condemned the Hillary Clinton campaign today for its attack on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for healthcare for all, including its slanted use of data on the economics of Medicare for all. More »

Nurses for Bernie community party in Fremont, CA.

Nurses for Bernie community party in Fremont, CA.

Over the past few months, in living rooms & community centers across the country, nurses have been gathering to host parties in support of Bernie Sanders. Nationwide we’ve been coming together to talk about Bernie’s candidacy and brainstorm ways we can help. This past weekend, around 150 nurses and community members came together for a Nurses For Bernie Community Party in Fremont, CA. —National Nurses United, 11/18/15 More »

National Nurses United steadfast support of Bernie Sanders

National Nurses United steadfast support of Bernie Sanders

Nurse Talk News Update---National Nurses United, the nations largest organization of RNs continues its steadfast support of Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders as conference delegates approve endorsement. RN Irma Westmoreland a life long Republican will be casting her ballot for Senator Sanders. —Nurse Talk Radio, 11/16/15 More »

Hundreds of Nurses Join Million Student March

Hundreds of Nurses Join Million Student March

In solidarity with students across the country protesting the outrageous costs and crippling debts of their college educations, more than 800 registered nurses with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United marched and rallied Nov. 12 with University of California at Berkeley students as part of the Million Student March. —National Nurses United, 11/13/15 More »

Nurses, students can help each other solve education funding problems

Nurses, students can help each other solve education funding problems

Yesterday, hundreds of registered nurses from around California joined the UC Berkeley student walkout as part of the #millionstudentmarch national day of action. There were walkouts, teach-ins and rallies held at more than 100 college campuses including at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The national day of action focused on three key demands: tuition-free public education, cancellation of all student debt and $15 per hour campuswide minimum wage at every college in the country. —Katy Roemer / The Daily Californian, 11/13/15 More »

RNs to Rally for Bernie Saturday Prior to Iowa Debate

RNs to Rally for Bernie Saturday Prior to Iowa Debate

Registered nurses from Iowa and several nearby states will join Drake Students for Sen. Bernie Sanders for a rally in Des Moines Saturday, prior to the second Democratic debate. Nurses, who will be on hand from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas as well as Iowa, will also canvass for Sanders prior to the rally, which is scheduled at Drake Park near the Drake University debate site. —National Nurses United, 11/12/15 More »

Hundreds of Nurses Will Join Million Student March Action at U.C. Berkeley

Hundreds of Nurses Will Join Million Student March Action at U.C. Berkeley

Hundreds of nurses from throughout Northern California will join a student rally at U.C. Berkeley today as part of the Million Student March national day of action, the California Nurses Association announced today. The national day of action was inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders' idea that the goal of free public college and university could be achieved if one million students took to the streets and continued to march until it was won. —National Nurses United, 11/12/15 More »

Apply now! Scholarships for NNU’s Women’s Global Health Leadership classes.

Apply now! Scholarships for NNU’s Women’s Global Health Leadership classes.

Full-tuition scholarships are available for NNU members interested in building global solidarity with those who share RN values of caring, compassion, and community. To apply for a full-tuition scholarship for a course, please submit a short essay (250 to 500 words) describing how the topic of the course will inform your RN patient advocacy. NNU members may apply for a scholarship for more than one course. A separate essay is required for each course for which an RN seeks a scholarship. —National Nurses United, 11/11/15 More »

Hundreds of Nurses Will Join Million Student March Action at U.C. Berkeley

Hundreds of Nurses Will Join Million Student March Action at U.C. Berkeley

Hundreds of nurses from throughout Northern California will join a student rally at U.C. Berkeley Thursday as part of the Million Student March national day of action, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 11/10/15 More »

Contra Costa County Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Contract

Contra Costa County Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Contract

In membership meetings held last week, Contra Costa County nurses voted overwhelmingly—by 95 percent—to ratify a new contract, the California Nurses Association announced today. “Our nurses have shown, with this vote, that what we fought for at the bargaining table was finally achieved,” says Farina Khan, Emergency Department RN. —California Nurses Association, 11/09/15 More »

Nurses Applaud President’s Decision to Reject Keystone XL

Nurses Applaud President’s Decision to Reject Keystone XL

National Nurses United congratulated President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, a project nurses have long opposed for its imminent threat to public health and its contribution to accelerating the climate crisis. “This is an important decision that will protect thousands of Americans who would face significant health hazards from the transport and refining of the dangerous tar sands oil that Keystone was proposed to carry, and it adds momentum to the fight against the harmful effects of climate change,” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. —National Nurses United, 11/06/15 More »

Nurses: Final TPP Text Even Worse Than Advertised

Nurses: Final TPP Text Even Worse Than Advertised

“Despite the promises and reassurances offered by the Obama administration, the final text is even worse than prior reports had predicted. No wonder it was concealed for so long,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU Executive Director and a vice-president of the AFL-CIO. “We will continue to demand that Congress reject this fatally flawed agreement, and hold accountable those legislators who vote against the public interest.” —National Nurses United, 11/05/15 More »

RNs at Marin General Will Strike Thursday, Nov. 5

RNs at Marin General Will Strike Thursday, Nov. 5

Due to management’s refusal to meaningfully address nurses’ patient care concerns, Marin General Hospital (MGH) nurses will move forward with a strike Thursday, Nov. 5, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. The walkout will involve around 520 registered nurses from MGH, who have been in negotiations with the hospital for 11 months. Nurses say patient care and workplace safety issues have not been adequately addressed—although the hospital has reported $49 million in profits over the last three years. —California Nurses Association, 11/04/15 More »

Nurses Hail Cal/OSHA’s Proposed Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

Nurses Hail Cal/OSHA’s Proposed Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

Nurses are very pleased with the Cal/OSHA Board's proposed regulations for workplace violence prevention, announced the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today. —California Nurses Association, 11/03/15 More »

Nurses Welcome TransCanada Decision to Suspend Permit Bid for Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Nurses Welcome TransCanada Decision to Suspend Permit Bid for Keystone XL Pipeline Project

National Nurses United late today welcomed the announcement that TransCanada is suspending its U.S. application for approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a project NNU, the nation’s largest nurses organization, has opposed for nearly three years as an significant threat to public health as well as for its role in accelerating the climate crisis. —National Nurses United, 11/02/15 More »

Contra Costa County nurses to vote on tentative contract

Contra Costa County nurses to vote on tentative contract

The tentative agreement reached after nearly a year and a half of bargaining would cover more than 900 California Nurses Association registered nurses, public health nurses, "per diem" nurses who don't receive benefits but get a higher base wage than other nurses, and nurse practitioners. —Sam Richards, Contra Costa Times, 11/02/15 More »

Debate Over Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Hits Legislature

Debate Over Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Hits Legislature

The bill, on which the Public Health Committee held a hearing last week, would mandate statewide the maximum number of patients any one nurse can care for at once. The limit would be different for different units, but in hospital units for which the bills do not specifically set a limit, the maximum patient assignment would be four patients per nurse. —Anna Burgess, The Sentinel and Enterprise, 11/02/15 More »

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement with Contra Costa County

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement with Contra Costa County

In a critical breakthrough, after 15 months of bargaining and a recent two-day strike, Contra Costa County nurses have reached a tentative agreement with the County, the California Nurses Association announced today. “We are pleased that the County has listened to nurses, and we feel that this agreement will help us retain the experienced nurses that our patients deserve,” said Kathy Avila, RN. “We’re grateful to all the supporters in the community who stood by us and helped us advocate for better patient care and working conditions.” More »

Populist Poposals Remind Why Nurses Trust Bernie Sanders to Heal America

Populist Poposals Remind Why Nurses Trust Bernie Sanders to Heal America

In recent days, the Democratic Party establishment has stepped up efforts to freeze the momentum for Sen. Bernie Sanders, pressing Democratic Party office holders, who are also convention super delegates, to get in line and trying to create an impression that the contest is over. —RoseAnn DeMoro, via The Huffington Post, 10/31/15 More »

RN Martha Kuhl talks with Nurse Talk about Nurses Values and Bernie Sanders

RN Martha Kuhl talks with Nurse Talk about Nurses Values and Bernie Sanders

In August National Nurses United endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. "Bernie Sanders is aligned with 'nurses values". RN, Martha Kuhl talks about the reasons why Senator Sanders is the perfect candidate for healthcare and for our country. —Nurse Talk Radio, 10/28/15 More »

College for All – Vote Bernie Sanders

College for All – Vote Bernie Sanders

I don’t know whether to celebrate or cry. Within a few months, I will have finally paid off the very last of my $20,000 worth of student loans for the private nursing school I graduated from in 1995. Yes, you read that right. I’ve been paying off these loans for 20 years and am now 52 years old. But instead of finally focusing on building up my family’s savings and working toward my and my husband’s retirement, we are now facing taking on many thousands of dollars in student loans over the next eight years to put our two sons through college. —Katy Roemer RN / National Nurses United, 10/28/15 More »

Ebola And Beyond: How Prepared Is Boston For The Next Outbreak?

Ebola And Beyond: How Prepared Is Boston For The Next Outbreak?

A year ago, the unthinkable happened. For the first time, a person was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. A Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, infected two nurses in a Dallas hospital before he died. Nurses across the country were shocked, including Boston Medical Center's Karen Higgins, a nurse for 40 years and co-president of the largest nurses’ union in the country, National Nurses United. —Elizabeth Ross / WGBH News, 10/27/15 More »

How Hospitals Coddle the Rich

How Hospitals Coddle the Rich

WHEN I saw my first red blanket as a young medical student, I thought little of it. One morning, as I rushed around a hospital in California on my daily rounds, I spotted an old man who lay in bed beneath a scarlet cover, a sharp contrast to the white linens wrapped around the other patients. He looked unremarkable, and I assumed he brought the blanket from home. So I moved on. He wasn’t my patient, anyway. —Shoa L. Clarke / New York Times, 10/26/15 More »

NNU Convention Delegates Unanimously Re-Affirm Endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President

NNU Convention Delegates Unanimously Re-Affirm Endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President

Meeting in a national convention Saturday, more than 150 National Nurses United delegates from across the U.S. voted unanimously to re-affirm the union’s endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. —National Nurses United, 10/26/15 More »

RNs at Marin General Announce Plans to Strike Nov. 5

RNs at Marin General Announce Plans to Strike Nov. 5

After 10 months of stalled contract negotiations, Marin General Hospital (MGH) nurses have issued a strike notice, for a one-day strike that would, if necessary, take place Thursday, Nov. 5, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. The walkout will involve around 520 registered nurses from MGH. Nurses say they are prepared to strike, if necessary, over patient care and workplace safety issues, which have not been adequately addressed—although the hospital has reported $49 million in profits over the last three years. —California Nurses Association, 10/26/15 More »

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a consolidated complaint against Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS), the parent company of a nationwide chain of hospitals that includes Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Bluefield Regional Medical Center. —Tina Alvey / Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/24/15 More »

Make college free for all

Make college free for all

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to make a strong case for universally available public education. “Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education,” he said in his inaugural address, adding that “liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools.” Hayes, a Republican, didn’t worry that some poor kid might benefit from access to “free stuff,” nor did he believe that the children of wealthy elites should be excluded from the universal nature of the program. For him, education was the basis for full economic and political participation, and full participation was the basis for all prosperity. An education should be available to all regardless of anyone’s station. —Senator Bernie Sanders / Washington Post, 10/22/15 More »

Providence Memorial RNs, Supporters Hold Protest

Providence Memorial RNs, Supporters Hold Protest

More than 30 Providence RNs came out to rally and leaflet at the protest, educating the public about staffing and equipment needs. Joining them at the rally were RNs from Las Palmas, Del Sol, Sierra and El Paso Children’s Hospital, as well as Senator Jose Rodriguez’s district chief of staff. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 10/22/15 More »

NLRB issues complaint against parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital

NLRB issues complaint against parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE >> A federal labor agency alleges that the parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital and six other subsidiary hospitals engaged in unfair labor practices in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. —Jondi Gumz / Santa Cruz Sentinel , 10/21/15 More »

Florida Medical Center RNs, Supporters Hold Informational Picket

Florida Medical Center RNs, Supporters Hold Informational Picket

Over 80 nurses and community activists came together today at Florida Medical Center (FMC) in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., calling on the hospital to maintain consistent optimum staffing levels and to provide the best possible care for the community. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida, 10/21/15 More »

Nurses Welcome NLRB Decision to Move Forward with Complaint Against Mega Hospital Chain CHS

Nurses Welcome NLRB Decision to Move Forward with Complaint Against Mega Hospital Chain CHS

Registered nurses across the nation welcome the National Labor Relations Board Office of General Counsel's decision to move forward with a consolidated complaint against Community Health Systems, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 10/20/15 More »

Florida Medical Center RNs to Hold Informational Picket Wednesday

Florida Medical Center RNs to Hold Informational Picket Wednesday

To draw attention to issues that would help ensure safe patient care, registered nurses at Florida Medical Center will hold an informational picket on Wednesday, October 21, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 10/20/15 More »

Providence Memorial RNs to Hold Protest Wednesday, Oct. 21

Providence Memorial RNs to Hold Protest Wednesday, Oct. 21

To draw attention to issues that would help ensure safe patient care, registered nurses at Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus will hold a protest on Wednesday, October 21, National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 10/20/15 More »

UPDATE 2-Community Health Systems Violated Worker Rights - U.S. Labor Board

UPDATE 2-Community Health Systems Violated Worker Rights - U.S. Labor Board

Oct 19 Community Health Systems Inc and seven of its hospitals violated employees' rights to discuss working conditions, punished labor organizing and refused to bargain with unions, a U.S. labor agency alleged on Monday. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 10/19/15 More »

RNs ramp up #Nurses4Bernie—on debate night and beyond!

RNs ramp up #Nurses4Bernie—on debate night and beyond!

Over 200 NNU nurses “painted the town red” in Vegas on Tuesday, for the first Democratic debate. From marching down the strip, in support of Bernie, to cheering along with campaign staff in Bernie’s official watch party—NNU had a significant impact on making it known that Bernie’s values are nurses’ values. —National Nurses United, 10/15/15 More »

When Bernie Promised to #SayHerName #SandraBland

When Bernie Promised to #SayHerName #SandraBland

Social activist Hannah Adair Bonner recently posted an anecdote to her blog about running into Bernie Sanders while she was having lunch with Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland. Sandra, 28, died in police custody after being arrested in July during a traffic stop in Texas. Her tragic death ignited a public outcry on social media and became a critical focus of the #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter movements. —National Nurses United, 10/15/15 More »

The Rise of the Labor Movement in Ohio

The Rise of the Labor Movement in Ohio

Join in an afternoon of informative presentations and discussion as we examine the rise of the labor movement in Ohio. All are invited to attend what is sure to be a thought-provoking look at the history of the Ohio labor movement that explores some of the similarities between our past and present-day issues. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Ohio, 10/15/15 More »

What. A. Night. In. Vegas.

What. A. Night. In. Vegas.

Thousands of nurses tuned into the first debate for the Democratic presidential nomination and to cheer on our endorsed candidate, Bernie Sanders. Before the big event, more than 200 RNs joined 200 other supporters and marched in Vegas, sending the message to the world that Bernie is the best choice for our country. —National Nurses United, 10/15/15 More »

Watsonville Council voted unanimously to pass CNA RNs’ “Safe Staffing & Patient Care Resolution.

Watsonville Council voted unanimously to pass CNA RNs’ “Safe Staffing & Patient Care Resolution.

On October 13 2015, the Watsonville City Council voted unanimously to pass CNA RNs’ “Safe Staffing & Patient Care Resolution.” This victory took several months of one-to-one meetings, 3 powerful Speak Outs, and some difficult groundwork by many of our leaders and activists. —California Nurses Association, 10/14/15 More »

Nurses to Testify at Public Hearings on Future of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

Nurses to Testify at Public Hearings on Future of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

At public hearings being held this week on the sale and transfer of six Daughters of Charity Hospitals, registered nurses will urge Attorney General Kamala Harris to include in any agreement governing the sale, a set of core principles that safeguard patient care and preserve vital services. The nurses will testify at the hearings on behalf of the 1800 RNs that work at four of the six DOC facilities and are affiliated with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 10/13/15 More »

Nurses Urge Watsonville City Council to Stand Up for Safe Patient Care

Nurses Urge Watsonville City Council to Stand Up for Safe Patient Care

Registered nurses are urging the Watsonville City Council to pass a resolution Tuesday night that calls on Watsonville Community Hospital to comply with California's safe patient nurse-to-patient ratios law and immediately rectify chronic short-staffing at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 10/13/15 More »

RNs to March for Bernie Tuesday in Lead Up to Debate

RNs to March for Bernie Tuesday in Lead Up to Debate

Registered nurses from Nevada and other states will hold a colorful march and rally in Las Vegas Tuesday to show their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the lead up to the first debate of Democratic Party presidential candidates. —California Nurses Association, 10/12/15 More »

Nina Pham Joins Infectious Disease Control Expert Sean Kaufman at 2015 MNA Convention in Hyannis

Nina Pham Joins Infectious Disease Control Expert Sean Kaufman at 2015 MNA Convention in Hyannis

A year ago, Nina Pham awoke with a high temperature and drove herself to the hospital. A few days earlier, the registered nurse had learned that one of her patients at TexasHealthPresbyterian Hospital in Dallas had died from an Ebola infection he had carried from Liberia. Now Nina had it too. But her diagnosis was a shock only to the extent that she was the first person to contract Ebola on United States soil. Otherwise, it should not have surprised anyone. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 10/08/15 More »

Today- Nurse Fired for Union, Patient Advocacy Joins White House Summit on Worker Voice

Today- Nurse Fired for Union, Patient Advocacy Joins White House Summit on Worker Voice

A California registered nurse, fired by a major Los Angeles area hospital for speaking out for union representation and patient protections, will be in the White House Wednesday, is participating in a White House Worker Voice Summit. —National Nurses United, 10/07/15 More »

The US Tells Other Countries to Respect Unions—Shouldn’t the US Do the Same?

The US Tells Other Countries to Respect Unions—Shouldn’t the US Do the Same?

It should not be hard to organize a union. And a worker certainly should not lose her job for supporting a union organizing drive. That’s a principle long embraced by leaders of the United States when they speak on the international stage. The U.S. formally embraces and supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares that, “Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.” —John Nichols, The Nation, 10/06/15 More »

Nurse fired from Huntington Hospital to visit White House, discuss union efforts

Nurse fired from Huntington Hospital to visit White House, discuss union efforts

Allysha Almada leaves today for Washington, D.C. to participate in the White House’s Summit on Worker Voice on Wednesday. Her tour includes meetings with national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and a day along side Obama. —Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 10/05/15 More »

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