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University of Michigan Health System nurse heads to Philippines to provide typhoon relief

University of Michigan Health System nurse heads to Philippines to provide typhoon relief

A University of Michigan Health System nurse is among aid workers preparing to provide relief to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. Tim Launius will travel to the Philippines on Saturday with a team of registered nurse volunteers to provide medical support in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. —MLive.com, 11/23/13 More »

El Paso RNs Approve First Union Contract

El Paso RNs Approve First Union Contract

Registered nurses at El Paso’s Providence Memorial Hospital and Sierra Medical Center have won their first ever collective bargaining contracts winning significant patient care protections and economic improvements. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 11/22/13 More »

RNRN Update: Second Delegation Leaves for Philippines with More to Follow

RNRN Update: Second Delegation Leaves for Philippines with More to Follow

Members of the second team of volunteer nurses – three sisters from California – left Thursday for the Philippines to help in the RN Response Network’s relief project for Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The siblings – Mary Lou Catedral, RN, her twin sister, Mary Ann Libeta, RN and their younger sister, Nancy Canapi, RN - are returning to their hometown, Roxas City, in the province of Capiz on the island of Panay. —RN Response Network, 11/21/13 More »

3,000 Nurses Volunteer for Philippines Relief Effort with National RN Group

3,000 Nurses Volunteer for Philippines Relief Effort with National RN Group

As holiday ornaments go up and family feasts are planned, registered nurses are making tentative plans to spend part of the holiday season in the Philippines, providing medical support in the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda as part of the relief effort organized by National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN). —RN Response Network / NNU, 11/21/13 More »

Seniors and nurses oppose service cuts at Kaiser hospital in Manteca

Seniors and nurses oppose service cuts at Kaiser hospital in Manteca

MANTECA — Kaiser Permanente’s actions to consolidate more services at its north Modesto hospital are not sitting well with seniors and other residents in Manteca. Retirees at the Woodbridge by Del Webb community in northwest Manteca have joined with unionized nurses to protest the disappearing services at Kaiser’s Manteca hospital on West Yosemite Avenue. Kaiser closed almost 20 patient rooms on the hospital’s third floor. And cuts to emergency ultrasound, gastroenterology and other diagnostic services are diverting patients from Manteca to Modesto, said Amy Glass, an intensive care nurse at Kaiser’s north Modesto hospital. —The Modesto Bee, 11/21/13 More »

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals. —The Washington Post, 11/21/13 More »

UC Reaches Tentative Labor Contract with Nurses

UC Reaches Tentative Labor Contract with Nurses

SAN DIEGO - Unions representing registered nurses at the University of California, which operates a dozen hospitals, including in San Diego, lauded a tentative four-year labor pact that ended contentious contract negotiations. Around 11,700 nurses at UC hospitals, including UCSD Medical Center, will receive pay raises of 16 percent over four years, according to a statement from the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. —City News Service/San Diego 6, 11/19/13 More »

Nurses Protest Eroding Patient Care Standards at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

Nurses Protest Eroding Patient Care Standards at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold a candlelight vigil to protest eroding patient care conditions and management’s unwillingness to take serious action at the bargaining table to rectify those conditions. Safe patient care has been a key focus in contract negotiations between Sutter management and the nurses who voted in March 2012 to affiliate with the California Nurses Association,the state’s largest organization of RNs. —California Nurses Association, 11/19/13 More »

Update on RNRN Team in the Philippines

Update on RNRN Team in the Philippines

The first dedicated RNRN team arrived in the Philippines on Friday and hit the ground running, meeting with disaster relief officials and community supporters, and providing hands on work at a makeshift tent clinic. —RN Response Network -- CNF/NNU, 11/19/13 More »

Kaiser closes in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward

Kaiser closes in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) -- An East Bay pediatric hospital unit that that treats young patients overnight is now closed. Families accustomed to visiting the hospital in Hayward on Hesperian Boulevard will now have to go elsewhere. Kaiser's in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward closed at midnight, which means children who live near here who need to be hospitalized must now go to Oakland. —ABC 7 Bay Area, 11/18/13 More »

Protesters decry cuts at Kaiser hospital

Protesters decry cuts at Kaiser hospital

MANTECA - Kaiser Permanente members, patients and nurses marched along a portion of the main east/west boulevard of the county's fastest growing city Friday to bring attention to cutbacks in services at Kaiser's Manteca hospital they say are causing safety issues and delaying patient care by transferring them to Kaiser's Modesto hospital. About three dozen protesters, many of them older Manteca residents who live in the city's Woodbridge by Del Webb adult community, joined the midday march down West Yosemite Avenue. The protesters have been letting Kaiser administrators know for several weeks about their concerns over the changes at the small hospital that they say began in January. More »

Nurses, patients march to protest Kaiser cuts

Nurses, patients march to protest Kaiser cuts

Some 60 nurses, Kaiser patients and community supporters used foot power along with a couple in wheelchairs Friday to protest service cuts at the Manteca medical facility. Ten of the protesters were registered nurses, including Zenei Triunfo-Cortez who is one of four presidents representing the California Nurses Association. The walkers, who marched on the north side of West Yosemite Avenue from North Union Road to the Kaiser Hospital on St. Dominic’s Drive, carried signs that read, “Some cuts don’t heal,” and the names of hospital services that have been cut back – endoscopy tests, orthopedic surgery, sub-acute rehab, among others – written on the image of a Band-Aid. Triunfo-Cortez said the nurses were there simply to support Kaiser patients and concerned members of the community in their effort to stop the hospital from closing some its units and moving some of its services to Modesto and Stockton. —Manteca Bulletin, 11/18/13 More »

UC RNs Welcome New 4-Year Pact Protecting Retirement Security, Stopping Concession Demands

UC RNs Welcome New 4-Year Pact Protecting Retirement Security, Stopping Concession Demands

At a time of increasing employer demands for sweeping concessions on retirement security, especially for public workers, registered nurses working at University of California hospitals and student health centers today welcomed a tentative pact with University officials that secures nurses’ retirement as well as achieving important gains. In addition to rebuffing UC demands for substantial cuts in in pensions and retiree health coverage for RNs – especially a demand for a two-tier proposal with huge cuts in pensions for newly hired RNs – the nurses also won significant improvements, including across the board pay increases of 16 percent over four years, plus up to 8 percent more in longevity steps for most RNs. —California Nurses Association, 11/18/13 More »

Seniors, Nurses and Community Members March to Save Manteca-Kaiser Hospital

Seniors, Nurses and Community Members March to Save Manteca-Kaiser Hospital

Nurses, Kaiser patients and other concerned community members will march in Manteca, CA tomorrow to protest service cuts at Manteca-Kaiser Hospital. Senior citizens have been particularly hard hit by the reduction of vital services and have played an active role in organizing tomorrow’s march. While Kaiser's Northern California membership has grown by more than 21,000 new members, and Manteca membership continues to grow, Kaiser has closed an entire hospital floor at Kaiser Manteca, greatly reducing the number of hospital beds. As a result, the Emergency Room cannot admit many people to the hospital and every month hundreds of patients are transferred to Modesto and Stockton against their wishes. —California Nurses Association, 11/14/13 More »

RN Response Network sends first team into the Philippines

RN Response Network sends first team into the Philippines

The first team of nurses with previous disaster assessment experience will be heading to Manila on Thursday. They will be leaving from San Francisco International Airport at 5 p.m. We invite you to come to the International Terminal to show your support for this important journey in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Once they arrive in the Philippines, they will meet with local doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and disaster relief organizations setting the groundwork for the next groups of volunteers, as well as joining if possible in direct medical support. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 11/13/13 More »

National Nurses Group Sends First Team to Philippines

National Nurses Group Sends First Team to Philippines

The Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) will hold a media availability at San Francisco International Airport, Thursday at 5:00 p.m. with the first team of nurses with previous disaster assessment experience who are heading to Manila later that evening. Overwhelming response by RNs--1,500 50 states and 12 nations sign up. More »

More Than 200,000 Signatures Gathered For Two Ballot Initiatives

More Than 200,000 Signatures Gathered For Two Ballot Initiatives

CANTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today that it has collected and submitted for certification more than 200,000 signatures for two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals, while also ensuring that taxpayer health care dollars are dedicated exclusively for patient care and needed services for all communities. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 11/13/13 More »

Families and RNs Rally to Save Only Kaiser Pediatric Hospital Services for Southern Alameda County

Families and RNs Rally to Save Only Kaiser Pediatric Hospital Services for Southern Alameda County

Families, community members and nurses will hold an informational picket to protest Kaiser’s planned closure of the in-house pediatrics unit at Kaiser Hayward slated for November 17. Kaiser Hayward pediatrics unit serves over 1,800 families a year, and more than 100,000 children in the tri-city area. This closure will force families with children who need to be hospitalized to drive to Oakland, Santa Clara, or Roseville, and will affect all families with children under age 18 from Hayward, Fremont, Union City, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, and Castro Valley. —California Nurses Association, 11/13/13 More »

National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

In the aftermath of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines, one of the worst storms on record, the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United, has put out a call for volunteers and donations through its vast network of direct-care nurses both nationally and internationally. —National Nurses United, 11/12/13 More »

National Nurses Relief Group Mobilizes RNs for Philippines Relief Mission

National Nurses Relief Group Mobilizes RNs for Philippines Relief Mission

In the aftermath of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the worst storms on record, the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United, has put out a call for volunteers and donations through its vast network of direct-care nurses both nationally and internationally. —National Nurses United / RNRN, 11/11/13 More »

Typhoon Disaster in the Philippines - What RNs Can Do to Help!

Typhoon Disaster in the Philippines - What RNs Can Do to Help!

Sign Up, Donate Now to Help Our Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda has left a path of devastation in the Philippines. Communication channels are not yet re-established to many areas, but current reports indicate as many as 10,000 deaths, with fears of many more casualties yet to be assessed. Several hospitals, along with thousands of homes and schools have been damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of thousands left homeless – many with long term shelter needs. —RN Response Network, 11/10/13 More »

Washington Nurses, Patients, Community Step Up the Fight for Safe Patient Care in DC Hospitals

Washington Nurses, Patients, Community Step Up the Fight for Safe Patient Care in DC Hospitals

In the face of heavy-handed opposition by the $1.2 billion District of Columbia hospital industry, a broad cross section of DC registered nurses, patients, and other community leaders today made a compelling case for safer care in DC hospitals. —National Nurses United, 11/08/13 More »

Nurses, Patients, Community Line Up With Message for DC Council – Pass the Patient Protetion Act

Nurses, Patients, Community Line Up With Message for DC Council – Pass the Patient Protetion Act

Washington, DC--More than 150 Washington DC nurses, joined by patients and community leaders are filling the District of Columbia Council chambers today to demand the Council act to improve public safety and protect vulnerable hospital patients by enacting the Patient Protection Act. —National Nurses United, 11/08/13 More »

Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

For months, nurses and patients at Kaiser Manteca have voiced concerns after seeing services and the entire third floor eliminated. Wednesday night, they took those concerns to the streets hosting a vigil for patients and nurses. Dorothy Aubrey, a nearly 50 year Kaiser member, says those changes are already affecting her and loved ones. —Fox 40, 11/07/13 More »

“Mercy Killers” - Play explores U.S. healthcare

“Mercy Killers” - Play explores U.S. healthcare

Broadway actor Michael Milligan's performance of his one-man play, "Mercy Killers" is sponsored by a group advocating a single-payer health care system in the United States, and his writing of the show was prompted by a case of kidney stones that came when he was uninsured. —RecordNet.com, 11/07/13 More »

Nurses file complaint against Orlando Health

Nurses file complaint against Orlando Health

ORLANDO, Fla. — A group of Orlando Health employees has been working to form a union since the hospital system announced they'd be cutting shift differential pay. Eyewitness News obtained paperwork just filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Channel 9's Karla Ray first exposed an internal memo that suggested managers wanted security employees to watch for union activity. The complaints fall in line with the email. —WFTV, 11/06/13 More »

Federal Charges Filed Against Orlando Health for Serious Violations of Nurses’ Rights

Federal Charges Filed Against Orlando Health for Serious Violations of Nurses’ Rights

Unfair labor practice (ULP) charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board against five of the eight Orlando Health hospitals for numerous and egregious violations of federal labor law. The charges were submitted by the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida on behalf of Orlando Health RNs who are in the midst of a campaign to win a collective voice for safe patient care with the organization. —NNOC-FL, 11/06/13 More »

Vigil Planned Wednesday Evening Outside Kaiser Manteca to Show Community Concern for Ongoing Service

Vigil Planned Wednesday Evening Outside Kaiser Manteca to Show Community Concern for Ongoing Service

Seniors and Nurses Pledge to Fight for Hospital’s Survival After Meeting with Kaiser Executives. Local Kaiser patients and the registered nurses who care for them will hold a vigil Wednesday outside the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center to show their concern for ongoing service cuts at the facility. The vigil follows yesterday’s protest by seniors and RNs outside Kaiser’s headquarters in downtown Oakland. A delegation of seniors, who traveled from Manteca accompanied by RNs represented by the California Nurses Association, met with Kaiser’s top executives. After executives promised only to assess the situation not restore services, seniors pledged to continue to push for the services they are entitled to. —California Nurses Association, 11/06/13 More »

DC Council Health Committee Hearing Friday on Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

DC Council Health Committee Hearing Friday on Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

The Health Committee of the District of Columbia City Council will hold a hearing Friday on proposed legislation to require safer staffing for patients in District of Columbia hospitals. DC nurses and community leaders will be on hand urging the Council to act on a bill, the Patient Protection Act, introduced earlier this year by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson with 10 of the 13 council members as co-sponsors. —National Nurses United, 11/06/13 More »

Seniors and Nurses Pledge to Fight for Survival of Kaiser Manteca After Meeting With Kaiser Execs

Seniors and Nurses Pledge to Fight for Survival of Kaiser Manteca After Meeting With Kaiser Execs

More than sixty Manteca seniors arrived at Kaiser Permanente headquarters in downtown Oakland today to protest the corporation’s withdrawal of vital services at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca. The seniors, many holding pictures of loved ones who are too ill to travel or have passed away, shared accounts of how they and family members have been harmed by Kaiser’s policy of cutting and denying services in Manteca and rerouting patients to Modesto and beyond. —California Nurses Association, 11/04/13 More »

CNA RNs Oppose Valerero Oil Company’s Plans to Process 60K Barrels of Tar Sands Crude in Southern CA

CNA RNs Oppose Valerero Oil Company’s Plans to Process 60K Barrels of Tar Sands Crude in Southern CA

CNA RNs spoke out at a South Coast Air Quality Management District meeting today to oppose the Valero oil company's plans to process 60,000 barrels of tar sands crude in Wilmington, CA. CNA member, Janet Phun, RN, ICU, St. Mary Medical Center testified on the impact on her patients, family and community where thousands of nurses, fellow healthcare workers and patients live within a few miles from the refineries. —California Nurses Association, 11/01/13 More »

Global Nurses United News Round-up

Global Nurses United News Round-up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 11/01/13 More »

Seniors and Nurses Head for Kaiser Headquarters Monday

Seniors and Nurses Head for Kaiser Headquarters Monday

Calling on Kaiser to Reverse Closure of Hospital in Manteca. Closure is part of pattern of HMO’s new model of care, limiting access to hospital and nursing care. On Monday, fifty seniors will travel from Manteca to Kaiser’s headquarters in downtown Oakland to protest the corporation’s withdrawal of vital services at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca. The seniors will bring photographs of their loved ones who have been harmed by Kaiser’s policy of cutting and denying services in Manteca and rerouting patients to Modesto and beyond. —California Nurses Association, 11/01/13 More »

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street. The bill, named the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" aka the "Robin Hood Tax" was introduced by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and now has 17 cosponsors—all Democrats, who hold 191 seats in the House of Representatives. —Real News Network, 11/01/13 More »

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

We simply don't have good evidence that vaccination of health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission to patients — Prof. Nick Kelley, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Minnesota. Mandatory flu shots or wearing a mask will be required not only for hospital and care-home staff in B.C. but visitors as well when flu season starts. And that’s just wrong. —Bill Tieleman, 11/01/13 More »

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu

Registered nurses and other care providers at ten Veterans Administration medical centers in New York, West Virginia, Illinois and Colorado were unpaid or underpaid during their last pay period ending October 25. The payroll errors occurred when the VA’s new payroll system, VATAS, went into effect in these states. —National Nurses United, 11/01/13 More »

Informational Picketing at UC Hospitals Friday morning

Informational Picketing at UC Hospitals Friday morning

Registered nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other professional employees will be picketing in front of the five University of California Medical Centers located in Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento San Diego, and San Francisco Friday morning, November 1 to protest UC’s threat to implement take-away proposals against thousands of long serving employees. The research and technical units represented by University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America (UPTE-CWA) at UC voted by more than 92 percent to give the union strike authorization, after months of bargaining to beat back the employer’s proposals that include severe cuts to pay and benefits. —California Nurses Association, 10/31/13 More »

Public Health Hearings Nov. 1 on the Proposed Closure of Critical Care Units

Public Health Hearings Nov. 1 on the Proposed Closure of Critical Care Units

The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on Nov. 1 concerning a controversial plan by North Adams Regional Hospital to close its psychiatric, pediatric and critical care units -- programs that are essential for preserving the health care safety net for resident of Northern Berkshire County. The public hearing is part of the legal process NARH is required to go through prior to closing these units, which is designed to determine if these are essential services for patients in the community. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 10/31/13 More »

Instead of Paul Ryan’s ‘Robin Hood in Reverse,’ Why Not a Robin Hood Tax?

Instead of Paul Ryan’s ‘Robin Hood in Reverse,’ Why Not a Robin Hood Tax?

For House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan and the Republican Party’s unofficial austerity caucus, the shutdown and debt-ceiling fights did not end in defeat. As part of the deal to end reopen the government and avert a “full-faith-and-credit” crisis, they got an agreement to establish a House and Senate conference committee that is charged with pulling together a bipartisan budget plan. —The Nation , 10/30/13 More »

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, European Parliament VP Anni Podimata to speak with Congress Oct. 30

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, European Parliament VP Anni Podimata to speak with Congress Oct. 30

Washington, D.C. – With the latest showdown over the government shutdown and debt limit finally over and the next budget fight beginning, a coalition of health care, community, faith-based, and labor activists will call on Congress members Wednesday, October 30 to shift the tone from austerity budget cuts to expanding revenues with a small tax on Wall Street speculation that can bring hundreds of billions of dollars into the budget to help rebuild our economy. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 10/30/13 More »

Nurses Protest Kaiser at Warriors Game-Members Shouldn’t Have to Jump Through Hoops to Get Care

Nurses Protest Kaiser at Warriors Game-Members Shouldn’t Have to Jump Through Hoops to Get Care

OAKLAND-Registered nurses dressed in red scrubs, parents, and children will be protesting Kaiser Permanente’s elimination of essential patient services Wednesday evening at the Golden State Warriors opening game of the season. The nurses are demanding that Kaiser return to their fundamental mission of delivering quality patient care to the community. Kaiser is one of the major corporate sponsors of the Warriors. Kaiser has been reducing inpatient hospital services and RN staffing in its hospitals. On Nov.17, Kaiser will be closing all of their inpatient pediatric services serving southern Alameda County. The unit serves over 1,800 families a year, and more than 100,000 children in the tri-city area receive healthcare from the facility. More »

Robin Hood tax would change tone in Washington

Robin Hood tax would change tone in Washington

Activists from across the land gathered in Washington October 29 to step up what has become an increasingly vocal demand for a change of priorities and tone – with a call to expand the revenue pie with a tax on Wall Street speculation, the Robin Hood tax. —Robin Hood Tax USA, 10/30/13 More »

Parents, nurses discuss Kaiser Hayward pediatric ward closing

Parents, nurses discuss Kaiser Hayward pediatric ward closing

Kaiser has been planning to shut down this hospital and move to a brand new one in San Leandro next summer. During a town hall meeting, nurses raised concerns to parents after learning that pediatrics will be shut down there in a month. "We thought that we would be dealing with this about a year down the road, it would give us time to alert the public of the dangers," said nurse Robert Marth. For some parents the news is a shock. —KGO-TV, 10/28/13 More »

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

The idea is known as a financial transaction tax. It would amount to fractions of a penny on the dollar value of every stock, bond and derivatives trade -- perhaps 5 cents per $100. But estimates of its potential return run as high as $700 billion a year. That would bump up current federal revenues by about 24%. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

MTV, It’s Time to Get a Reality Check on the Portrayal of Nursing!

MTV, It’s Time to Get a Reality Check on the Portrayal of Nursing!

It’s Time to Get a Reality Check on the Portrayal of Nursing MTV! American television viewers certainly need an honest portrayal of the role and lives of registered nurses. “Scrubbing In,” is not it. After viewing the first episode, we have concluded that the creators of this show have instead chosen to trivialize the critical care role of nurses and reinforce old stereotypes of nurses as sex objects. TAKE ACTION! —National Nurses United, 10/26/13 More »

Forum TONIGHT-Hayward Community Steps up Fight to Keep Vital Kaiser Pediatrics Unit in Hayward Open

Forum TONIGHT-Hayward Community Steps up Fight to Keep Vital Kaiser Pediatrics Unit in Hayward Open

HAYWARD—A public forum to fight the closure of the hospital pediatric unit at Kaiser’s facility in Hayward will be held this evening, following a spirited press conference held Thursday by nurses, elected officials, parents, and their children. Speaking in strong support of keeping the unit open yesterday were Senator Ellen Corbett; Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski; Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle; John Green, a local parent and teacher; and veteran pediatrics RN Kristine Richter. —California Nurses Association, 10/25/13 More »

MountainView Nurses To Hold Candlelight Vigil Over Concern for Eroding Staffing Standards

MountainView Nurses To Hold Candlelight Vigil Over Concern for Eroding Staffing Standards

Neveda--Nurses will hold a candlelight vigil outside MountainView Hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 29 to highlight their concerns with chronic staffing issues and to demand management take action. Tuesday, in preparation for Tuesday’s vigil, nurses are conducting outreach at local shopping centers, telling community members, “As nurses, we want optimal staffing levels so that when you need one of us, we can be there for you.” —NNOC-Nevada, 10/25/13 More »

Mercy Killers—Powerful New Play Inspired by Healthcare Horror Stories Begins Chicago Run Oct. 28

Mercy Killers—Powerful New Play Inspired by Healthcare Horror Stories Begins Chicago Run Oct. 28

Chicago--The American Theater Company of Chicago, in collaboration with National Nurses United (NNU) and the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, are bringing Broadway actor Michael Milligan’s topical solo performance, Mercy Killers, to Chicago for a five-day run Oct. 28 through Nov.3. The opening performance will also feature a panel discussion with Milligan and local activists at the University of Chicago to explore the next steps in finishing the job of healthcare reform in the nation. Admission is FREE to all performances. —NNU, 10/25/13 More »

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Kaiser Permanente in California has sent health insurance cancellation notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees. They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California. —NBC News, 10/24/13 More »

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

HAYWARD -- KAISER PERMANENTE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY IT WILL CLOSE ITS PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL UNIT ON NOV. 17 AND SHIFT YOUNG PATIENTS TO OAKLAND. Although Kaiser Permanente says those patients will get better care in Oakland, the move is opposed by nurses, who say it will create a hardship for parents. —Inside Bay Area, 10/23/13 More »

Nurses, Elected Officials Condemn Kaiser’s Imminent Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

Nurses, Elected Officials Condemn Kaiser’s Imminent Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

Closure is part of pattern of HMO’s new model of care, limiting access to hospital and nursing care. Registered nurses, elected officials, including Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, and Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and concerned community members will hold a press conference Thursday, followed by a community forum Friday, to protest Kaiser Permanente’s decision to close the inpatient pediatrics unit in its Hayward facility on Nov. 17. —California Nurses Association, 10/23/13 More »

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

Missouri--A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against BJC HealthCare on behalf of a nurse who accuses the nonprofit health system of improperly calculating employees’ overtime hours and meal breaks. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/23/13 More »

Concerns and Opposition Grow in Anticipation of Upcoming MTV Nurse Series Scrubbing In

Concerns and Opposition Grow in Anticipation of Upcoming MTV Nurse Series Scrubbing In

Cable channel, MTV, is set to launch the so-called “Reality-TV” show Scrubbing In this Thursday Oct. 24 on MTV. The show focuses on ten travel nurses who are on temporary assignment in Orange County, California. —National Nurses United, 10/22/13 More »

Mercy Killers, A Play Inspired by Health Care Horror Stories, Featured in State-wide Tour

Mercy Killers, A Play Inspired by Health Care Horror Stories, Featured in State-wide Tour

Mercy Killers, a special, topical one-man play that highlights the ongoing plight of the uninsured, many of whom suffer financial tragedies on top of chronic illnesses, will be presented in venues throughout California from November 7 – November 22, 2013. —Campaign for a Healthy California, 10/21/13 More »

With the next budget fight looming, tell Congress don’t push Grandma off the cliff

With the next budget fight looming, tell Congress don’t push Grandma off the cliff

With the hostage taking of the current crisis has passed, a budget conference committee will be convened whose charge will be further deep cuts beyond the much detested sequester cuts negotiated late last year. And, there’s already “bipartisan” consensus that a central target of those knives will be two of the most important social reforms in U.S. history, Social Security and Medicare. —Karen Higgins, RN, NNU Co-president, 10/21/13 More »

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

SAN LEANDRO -- Ownership of beleaguered San Leandro Hospital transfers to Alameda Health System at the end of the month, the latest development in a lengthy fight by local officials to keep the struggling hospital open. "I'm really excited, because the emergency room and other acute-care services will remain open," said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who brokered the deal between Alameda Health System, an independent operator of county health facilities, and Sutter Health, which owns the 93-bed hospital. "We've been working on this for a long, long time." —The Daily Review, 10/18/13 More »

Maine State Nurses Believe Healthcare is a Human Right

Maine State Nurses Believe Healthcare is a Human Right

MSNA/NNU would like to thank all of the volunteer RNS, MDs NPs and community members that came out to the Health Care as a Human Right Events. —NNOC-Maine, 10/18/13 More »

Federal Budget Crisis Illustrates Need for New Revenue

Federal Budget Crisis Illustrates Need for New Revenue

Washington, D.C. – With the latest showdown over the government shutdown and debt limit finally over and the next budget fight beginning, a coalition of health care, community, faith-based, and labor activists will call on Congress members Wednesday, October 30 to shift the tone from austerity budget cuts to expanding revenues with a small tax on Wall Street speculation that can bring hundreds of billions of dollars into the budget to help rebuild our economy. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 10/18/13 More »

Des Peres Nurses Win First Collective Bargaining Pact

Des Peres Nurses Win First Collective Bargaining Pact

Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis have achieved their first ever collective bargaining contract citing important improvements in patient care protections and securing their employer-paid health coverage at a time when so many workers face cuts in health benefits, the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri) said today. —NNOC-Missouri, 10/18/13 More »

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

They came with a petition of more than 400 signatures to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Kaiser Manteca hospital nurses and those covered by Kaiser continued their efforts Wednesday to bring back services cut earlier this year. The group led by the California Nurses Association – support also came from folks attending a weekend community forum, including many seniors from Woodbridge-Del Webb – requested that Kaiser re-open the 17-bed third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/17/13 More »

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

The California Nurses Association, which is on a contract roll recently, has won the first contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital under new owner Alameda Health System. The San Leandro acute-care facility, the subject of years of debate and conflict, has been part of Sutter Health for a number of years, but shifts to Alameda Health System's growing network at month-end. —San Francisco Business Times, 10/16/13 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Authorize a Three-Day Strike

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Authorize a Three-Day Strike

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center cast an overwhelming vote yesterday to authorize a three-day strike in response to Baystate Health’s refusal to engage in a good faith effort to reach a settlement for a new contract, a process that has dragged on for nearly two years and had forced a previous one-day strike by the nurses on Oct. 5, 2012. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 10/16/13 More »

Maine Health Care Advocates Press for ‘Medicare for All’

Maine Health Care Advocates Press for ‘Medicare for All’

Before Saiyid Brent stopped in for a free basic health screening in Portland Monday night, his thoughts were on dinner - specifically, comfort food. But that changed after he was examined by a nurse. His prognosis? "Not so well!" he says, with a laugh. "My blood sugar was pretty good, but blood pressure not so great, which is a concern." —Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 10/16/13 More »

New Agreement for RNs at Reborn San Leandro Hospital

New Agreement for RNs at Reborn San Leandro Hospital

Registered nurses at San Leandro Hospital have achieved their first ever contract under the hospital’s new owner, Alameda (county) Health Services who will begin operating the hospital at the end of this month. AHS will maintain prior contract standards the RNs had under the hospital’s former owner, Sutter Health, with some improvements in retiree health and pension benefits, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 10/16/13 More »

Nurses, Community Residents to Deliver Petition to Kaiser Manteca Wed-Call to Restore Vital Services

Nurses, Community Residents to Deliver Petition to Kaiser Manteca Wed-Call to Restore Vital Services

Nurses and Kaiser Permanente members will deliver a petition of more than 300 signatures to the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center Wednesday calling on Kaiser to bring back critical diagnostic services cut earlier this year. The petitions also call on Kaiser to re-open the hospital’s third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room or following surgery, and to stop denying admission to patients in need of longer term recovery services in the second floor sub-acute unit. —California Nurses Association, 10/15/13 More »

Maine nurses say Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, argue for universal coverage

Maine nurses say Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, argue for universal coverage

Liz Faraci, a nurse with Downeast Community Hospital in Machias, gets ready for patients Monday afternoon at Portland's First Parish Church. The Maine State Nurses Association held free health screenings Monday at the historic church to raise awareness for its efforts to push for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans. —Bangor Daily News, 10/15/13 More »

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

One of the country’s largest and most profitable hospital chains has been defeated in its effort to take away its nurses’ sick days, according to the union that mounted nine strikes there over the past two years. “The nurses would’ve come to work sick, and the patients’ health would’ve declined,” said California Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. “Because the nurses would be exposing current patients to the past patients’ illnesses.” While nurses “take the risk of being around very sick people,” DeMoro told Salon, they “are not super-women.” —Salon, 10/14/13 More »

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

FREMONT -- Nurses and engineers at Washington Hospital will get pay raises with the approval of two new labor contracts by the board of directors. The hospital's 683 registered nurses represented by the California Nurses Association will get a 1 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, and another 1 percent raise next July. They will also receive a bonus this month worth 1 percent of their pre-raise pay, and another 1 percent bonus in January. —Contra Costa Times, 10/14/13 More »

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses are pounding the pavement today at Woodbridge at Del Webb to share with the residents their concerns about the state of health services at the West Yosemite Avenue medical facility. California Nurses Association labor representative Kevin Hall said the Kaiser-Manteca nurses will be knocking on doors this morning. The door-to-door foot campaign will begin with a 30-minute group assembly at the Manteca Fire Station No. 4, 1465 W. Lathrop Road west of Union Road before the nurses start walking around the age-restricted neighborhood. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

A grass-root effort to prevent Kaiser Permanente from continuing to eliminate services and possibly save the Manteca hospital from closing its doors appears to be gaining support. That’s based on the strong turnout at the “Keep Manteca Safe: Kaiser, don’t close our hospital” community forum Sunday at the First Christian Church in Manteca coupled with the 400 signatures taken from last week’s Pumpkin Fair. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Union to Hold Meeting on Kaiser Services

MANTECA - The California Nurses Association, which contends that Kaiser Permanente is escalating its reduction of patient services in Manteca, will host a community meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, 1125 N. Union Road, Manteca. —The Record, 10/14/13 More »

Congress and the President: Just Because You Were Bullied, Don’t Take It Out on Our Seniors

Congress and the President: Just Because You Were Bullied, Don’t Take It Out on Our Seniors

Let’s try to remember a lesson we all should have learned as kids. Just because you were picked on by the neighborhood bully is no excuse to go home and kick the dog or punch your little brother. Maybe some inside the Beltway need a refresher course. Just because a handful on the right have shut down government and threatened default on the debt that’s no excuse to embrace proposals to slash Medicare and Social Security. —Karen Higgins, RN and NNU Co-president, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Registered nurses will host a public forum in Manteca Sunday afternoon to call attention to an escalating reduction of vital patient services at Kaiser Manteca Medical Center, practices they warn are leading to a “slow death” of the critical community hospital. Kaiser has been steadily closing entire units and eliminating vital services, including maternity, pediatric, cardiology, ultrasound, radiology, and more, forcing patients to travel to Modesto or Stockton for care. —California Nurses Association, 10/11/13 More »

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nurses and physicians will provide basic medical screenings and will be joined by local healthcare activists for a public town hall in Portland, October 14 and Bangor, October 15 as part a Health Care is a Human Right Campaign. —Maine State Nurses Association / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

Registered nurses at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. voted Tuesday and Wednesday to ratify a new collective bargaining contract that they say protects patient care standards and provides a safer workplace environment for nurses. It is the first contract that NNOC-Nevada has negotiated with St. Mary's since it was acquired by Prime Healthcare Services from Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) in 2012. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

In this month’s issue of AJN, we report on the formation of a new international organization of nurses and health care workers in June—Global Nurses United (GNU). Under the auspices of the California-based National Nurses United, unions from 14 countries agreed to work together to “stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services.” —American Journal of Nursing, 10/10/13 More »

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals applauded the movement forward of the DC Patient Protection Act, a bill they say is critical to their ability to provide safe patient care. 57% of District Hospital RNs Cite Inadequate Staffing. New study shows hospitals with higher RN staffing had lower re-admissions. —National Nurses United / Heal DC, 10/10/13 More »

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

As many Californians weigh their options for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center this Friday with a message for consumers: Be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/13 More »

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

That is the word from Corwin Harper who serves as senior vice president and area manager of the hospital’s Central Valley area. Manteca Kaiser nurses, however, are maintaining that what the health care corporation has been doing in the past several months is tantamount to a gradual closure of the hospital in Manteca. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/09/13 More »

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

OKEMOS – Members of the Michigan Nurses Association, the state’s largest and most effective union and professional association for registered nurses, have elected John Armelagos, RN, as their new president. Armelagos, an Ann Arbor resident, is a longtime nurse who has held multiple leadership positions in the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC), the Michigan labor community, Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and its national affiliate, National Nurses United. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/08/13 More »

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

(MANKATO) – 470 nurses represented by Minnesota Nurses Association at Mayo Health Systems Clinic have agreed to contract terms that address quality of patient care in the hospital. Five months of negotiations, a nurse force galvanized around patient safety concerns and overwhelming community support all contributed to an agreement that lays a new foundation of nurse input into staffing, scheduling and workload. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 10/04/13 More »

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Registered nurses and healthcare workers from throughout Orlando Health’s (OH) eight hospitals will hold a press conference and rally Monday morning to speak about the effects cuts are having on their ability to provide safe patient care, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Florida announced today. The effects, described in more detail below, range from replacing a “sitter” (assigned to ensure a high-risk patient’s safety) with a technician on a different floor monitoring up to 12 cameras on a screen, to blood pressure cuffs not working. —NNOC Florida, 10/04/13 More »

Heroic Fight by Sutter Nurses Shows That Workers Can Fight and Win

Heroic Fight by Sutter Nurses Shows That Workers Can Fight and Win

In a political and economic climate so heavily influenced by Wall Street, corporate CEOs, and extremists like those who shut down the government in an effort to block even the modest reforms of the Affordable Care Act, it's sometimes hard to remember that it is still possible for nurses and working people to fight and win. Well, thank goodness for the 3,000 RNs, and a few hundred techs, who work at Sutter hospitals and facilities in Northern California. They have just delivered an emphatic message to nurses and other workers everywhere. Stand up for yourselves, stand up for the public interest and the public will be with you and you can prevail. —Executive Director of CNA and NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro, 10/04/13 More »

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

In packed membership meetings at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals, registered nurses and techs voted overwhelmingly Wednesday and Thursday to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a two-year fight by defeating a long list of concession demands by one of the nation’s wealthiest hospital chains. The battle – which centered over Sutter’s insistence on implementing sweeping reductions in patient care, workplace protections, and nursing standards – finally concluded after nine strikes over two years when Sutter agreed to withdraw over 200 concession demands. More »

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Registered Nurses at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord voted Tuesday night to ratify a new three-year contract that they say strengthens patient care standards as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. Concurrently, RNs at Sutter hospitals began voting on their tentative agreement at Sutter facilities in Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley, Antioch and Vallejo. Membership meetings on the agreement will continue through Thursday. Results will be announced Friday. —California Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, picketed a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker last night to step up the call for the DC City Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —Union City, 10/02/13 More »

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

KALAMAZOO – After standing firm in their demands for new protections for their patients, the nearly 600 registered nurses at Borgess Medical Center have ratified a new contract with the hospital that runs through 2016. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, will picket a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker tonight to step up the call for the District Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —National Nurses United, 10/01/13 More »

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

The US spends a higher proportion of GDP on healthcare than any other industrialised country – yet 50 million Americans are uninsured, as Obamacare begins. I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible. —The Guardian by: Bernie Sanders, 10/01/13 More »

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

As the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market exchanges open for business Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente RNs today launched a campaign to advise enrollees to ask tough questions and be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —National Nurses United, 09/30/13 More »

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

It’s over – with a resounding triumph for thousands of registered nurses at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals operated by the large Sutter Health system who have managed to defend patient care protections and nursing standards from an employer insistent on sweeping concessions in a long running dispute. After nine strikes over two years, with multiple days added on by company lockouts, the RNs have won tentative agreements for new collective bargaining agreements premised on elimination of nearly 200 concession demands by Sutter that were the main issue in the confrontation. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/13 More »

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

On the eve of the opening of insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside three Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California Monday with a message for consumers – be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. Kaiser, say RNs, has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured and sending patients home or to other settings when they should still be in the hospital. As part of that shift away from hospital care, Kaiser has been reducing RN staffing in its hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/26/13 More »

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

SAN DIEGO—The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, California’s largest and leading organization of nurses, has endorsed San Diego City Council member David Alvarez for mayor and will join a Thursday press conference with other leading community leaders to support his candidacy. —California Nurses Association, 09/25/13 More »

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

LAPEER – More than 100 registered nurses from McLaren Lapeer Region and community members rallied Monday to demand that hospital CEO Bart Buxton fix the chronic understaffing that can put their patients’ safety at risk. The nurses want to be able to provide safe, quality care to every patient and have been asking the administration to solve serious nurse staffing problems for months. —Michigan Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

On September 18, MNA nurses kicked off the signature campaign to put safe patient limits on the ballot. Packets with petitions and instructions have gone out to all bargaining units. Please see your local bargaining unit committee chair, committee member, or floor rep to get petitions – or you can call the MNA office at 781.821.4625 (and ask for the membership department) to get petitions and instructions. Sign and circulate the petition today! Working together we can make safe staffing the law in Massachusetts! —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 09/23/13 More »

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

The measure responds to efforts by hospital networks to cut needed services in an effort to boost profits even though the DPH has deemed these services to be essential for the communities served by those hospitals. Nurses and other advocates for access to needed health care services will testify, including a nurse from North Adams Regional Hospital, which has announced a plan to shutter the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit, pediatric unit and critical care unit. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

RN’s Make a Powerful Showing at Cal/OSHA Hearing

RN’s Make a Powerful Showing at Cal/OSHA Hearing

More than 80 CNA members from across California attended a Cal/OSHA hearing yesterday on Safe Patient Handling. Registered Nurses (RN) from every major hospital chain and every region of the state gave compelling testimony in support of strong, concise regulatory language to protect patients and staff from injuries caused by lifting and moving patients. —California Nurses Association, 09/20/13 More »

HAITI UPDATE: RNRN Supports local volunteers and organizations in Haiti

HAITI UPDATE: RNRN Supports local volunteers and organizations in Haiti

In our continued commitment to the people of Haiti, RNRN supported volunteer work by local Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and also donated supplies to support the work of Hope House Haiti with children and families decimated by the 2010 earthquake and ongoing economic challenges. —RNRN, 09/20/13 More »

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Registered nurses at John Muir Medical Center, Concord have reached a tentative three-year contract nurses say will bring patient care improvements as well as secure nurses' health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 registered nurses who belong to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. A ratification vote is set for Oct. 1. —Contra Costa Times, 09/20/13 More »

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