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Tax failure bodes ill for San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center

Tax failure bodes ill for San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center

Doctors Medical Center, a 189-bed facility that's served West Contra Costa families since the 1950s, is almost certain to close in July after a $20 million, last-ditch parcel tax failed Tuesday night. The tax would have helped the hospital pay off its $18 million deficit and achieve some financial stability, as it continues to serve about 80,000 uninsured and underinsured patients annually. The only other hospital in the region is Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, which has a 15-bed emergency room - far too small to accommodate the 250,000 residents of El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules, Rodeo and Crockett. —SF Gate/SF Chronicle, 05/08/14 More »

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Up to 500 California registered nurses will gather in Sacramento Monday, May 12 to press the call for passage in Sacramento of essential legislation that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention and other safety measures. The RNs, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, will convene at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center, after which the RNs will hold a colorful march to the State Capitol before going to meet with individual legislators. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center Faces Possible Closure

Doctors Medical Center Faces Possible Closure

Watch the latest KTVU news coverage of the possible closure of Doctors Medical Center. —KTVU.com, 05/07/14 More »

Marlborough Hospital Nurses to Deliver Safer Staffing Petition

Marlborough Hospital Nurses to Deliver Safer Staffing Petition

Marlborough, Mass--In the wake of ill-advised staffing cuts in the emergency department and unsafe patient assignments on other hospital units, the registered nurses of Marlborough Hospital have decided to appeal directly to the facility’s CEO for support in addressing what nurses characterize as a growing patient safety crisis. On Thursday, a delegation of nurses will hand deliver a petition signed by more than 85 percent of the nurses at the hospital, to CEO Steven Roach. More »

San Pablo Hospital That Serves Thousands Likely To Close After Parcel Tax Fails

San Pablo Hospital That Serves Thousands Likely To Close After Parcel Tax Fails

A hospital that serves tens of thousands of people every year in the East Bay will likely close. Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo is set to close on the first of July after a parcel tax failed. 45,000 patients, most from Richmond, San Pablo and Martinez will be permanently displaced by the closure. “This hospital has been able to pull a rabbit out of a hat many times. It looks like we may have no more rabbits to pull out of a hat,” Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said. —CBS Bay Area, 05/07/14 More »

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

RNs warn of major public health crisis if hospital and its busy ER close. Registered nurses from Doctors San Pablo Medical Center (DMC) and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center will hold media availabilities at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the facility, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced this evening upon hearing the news that Measure C, the parcel tax initiative that would have provided the funds to keep the hospital open, failed to pass. The RNs will attend today’s 4:00 p.m. West County District Healthcare Board meeting and demand that the closure be addressed and put on the agenda. —California Nurses Association, 05/07/14 More »

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Oakland, CA – At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion – 1626 percent – more than required by the state, while cutting patient care services and raising premiums on consumers. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which has 85,000 California members, also announced its endorsement of a measure that will appear on this November’s ballot to regulate health insurance rates in California, just as the state already regulates auto insurance rates. The initiative can force refunds to consumers based on such excessive amounts held in reserve. —California Nurses Association, 05/06/14 More »

Nurses Applaud Rep. Adam Schiff for Standing Up for VA Nurses & Veterans

Nurses Applaud Rep. Adam Schiff for Standing Up for VA Nurses & Veterans

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of a bill that would improve patient care, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 05/06/14 More »

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

Reaching for Healthcare as a Human Right From the Shoulders of Giants

On May 12, International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale's birthday, nurses around the world will rally in support of the declaration, “Healthcare is a Human Right,” as part of a day of action organized by Global Nurses United, an international network of nurses’ unions, including National Nurses United. When GNU leaders came together to establish the network in 2013, they pledged to work together to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all. This ambitious agenda is the legacy of the many giants in the history of nursing who dreamed big and organized with others to realize those dreams. —National Nurses United, 05/06/14 More »

The Most Popular Tax in History Has Momentum

The Most Popular Tax in History Has Momentum

The European Financial Transaction (a.k.a. Robin Hood) tax scored a big legal victory on April 30, when a challenge regarding the legality of the tax brought by the British government was thrown out by the European Court of Justice. The ECJ has struck a serious blow for fairness, as the dismissal essentially chastises the British government for championing the interests of the UK’s financial industry over those of its citizens. —Katrina vanden Heuvel for The Nation, 05/05/14 More »

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

NAPA-Queen of the Valley (QVH) registered nurses in Napa, will hold an informational picket, Tuesday, May 7 in an effort to raise patient care standards to the same level as area hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, (CNA/NNU), who represents the 440 nurses announced today. The RNs won an election to join CNA/NNU last May and began contract negotiations in September. The nurses say patient safety at the hospital is being compromised by management’s refusal to follow California’s lifesaving safe nurse-to-patient ratio law, with patients not receiving appropriate coverage when nurses take their meals and breaks. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Condemn Care Cuts, Premium Hikes; Endorse Rate Regulation Initiative. Kaiser Permanente nurses, joined by consumer advocates, will hold a press conference Tuesday, May 6 to expose that Kaiser Permanente has held $21.7 billion more than the state required amount in reserve (1626% more than required) and to protest contributions Kaiser has made to an initiative to rein in excessive premium hikes. All those funds, say Kaiser RNs, are diverted from the bedside at a time when Kaiser has been cutting patient care services. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Candlelight vigil Wednesday May 7. Mt. Desert Island Hospital (MDI) registered nurses will be holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest ongoing cuts to patient safety and services in their facility and throughout the state, announced the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. MSNA/NNU represents the RNs. “The recent failure to expand Medicaid and pass health care as a human right legislation in Maine, has resulted in far fewer resources for patients in our state’s hospitals, said Terrylyn Bradbury, an RN who works in the emergency department at Millinocket Regional Hospital. —MSNA/NNU, 05/05/14 More »

400 nurses protest conditions, safety at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton

400 nurses protest conditions, safety at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton

COLTON >> More than 400 registered nurses picketed Thursday in front of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. “The primary issues are patient care and nursing safety,” said Jed Smith, a labor representative with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. But San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said the only proposals the county has received from the nurses involved pay raises by as much as 36 percent over three years for some categories of nurses. —The Sun, 05/02/14 More »

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Registered nurses and healthcare workers in Ventura County health facilities have approved a new tentative collective bargaining agreement that they call a first step to help retain experienced RNs and recruit new nurses that is essential to tackling a persistent nursing shortage for county health facilities. —California Nurses Association, 05/02/14 More »

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Will also cover accidents and Injuries. A landmark program to provide supplemental insurance protection for registered nurses injured in workplace assaults or injuries went live this week for 12,000 RNs who work in 28 California and Nevada hospitals that are a part of one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Dignity Health. —National Nurses United / CNA, 05/02/14 More »

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Community Health Systems is converting a Pennsylvania hospital to a walk-in clinic, the second such announcement in a week for the Franklin-based company. Mid-Valley Hospital, in Peckville, Penn., will stop offering inpatient and emergency department services in July, according to a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Earlier this week, The Tennessean reported that Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville would also end inpatient emergency services effective July 31. —Nashville Buisiness Journal, 05/02/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention Advance in Sacramento

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention Advance in Sacramento

Three bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention advanced in the California legislature this week. Late Tuesday night, the Assembly Health Committee gave the green light to AB 2533 to protect the ability of Californians to seek medical care from the providers of their choice by restricting higher charges for patients who get medical care outside their insurance provider “network.” —California Nurses Association, 05/01/14 More »

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 29, 2014--With beach towels as props and a brown “fat cat” mascot wearing a top hat and monocle on hand for effect, nurses and other advocates in favor of a ballot initiative requiring greater hospital financial transparency said they won’t be deterred if the Legislature declines to act first on their petition. “We’re always hopeful, but if we can’t settle this here we’ll let the people of the Commonwealth settle it,” said Karen Higgins, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center and past president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. —Massachusetts Nurses Association News, 04/30/14 More »

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Arrowhead Regional Thursday

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Arrowhead Regional Thursday

RNs protest unsafe patient care conditions, stalled talks. Several hundred San Bernardino County registered nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the county detention centers, juvenile halls, outpatient clinics, and public health programs will hold an informational picket on Thursday, May 1, to call attention to what they view as unsafe conditions for their patients and a lack of response in negotiations by county officials. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United represents approximately 1,300 RNs in San Bernardino County who have been trying to negotiate an agreement for more than four months with little progress on key issues of patient safety. —California Nurses Association, 04/30/14 More »

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

San Diego Doctors, California’s Nurses Announce Support of Propositions B & C

June 3 ballot measure saves Barrio Logan’s community plan, improves community health. Yesterday at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, a group of doctors, nurses and healthcare advocates announced their endorsement of the Yes on B & C campaign to protect children’s health in San Diego. California Nurses Association members were there to support Yes on B & C that, if approved, will uphold the community and business supported, City Council approved Barrio Logan Community Plan Update. —San Diego Free Press, 04/28/14 More »

Nurses, Techs, and Community Hold a Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

Nurses, Techs, and Community Hold a Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

MAINE--The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to demand that the administration of Calais Regional Hospital restore recently cut services and staff hours so that patients in the community can continue to receive safe and accessible care. —NNOC-Maine / NNU, 04/28/14 More »

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

Nurses Rally At Capitol For Stronger Safety Standards, Training At Hospitals

State lawmakers are working on a bill to make hospitals safer in an effort that some are calling a waste of time and money. Nurses concerned for their safety spoke out at the state Capitol in support of a state Senate bill that would require the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to improve security standards and safety training. “That’s not being done right now, and that’s why we’re here,” said nurse Salonje McKinley. Those standards and training would help prevent workplace violence toward nurses, staff and patients. —CBS 13 Sacramento, 04/25/14 More »

Urgently Needed Hospital Workplace Violence Prevention Bill Moves Forward

Urgently Needed Hospital Workplace Violence Prevention Bill Moves Forward

CA nurses mobilize to win passage into law. Registered nurses applauded the approval of a bill that steps up violence-prevention policies in California hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, who sponsored the bill, announced today. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, was approved in a vote today in the Senate Labor Committee. It next goes to the Senate Health Committee on April 30. The issue gained greater urgency this week due to the stabbings of two registered nurses at two separate Los Angeles-area hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 04/24/14 More »

California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

Just last weekend, a patient at a Los Angeles hospital stabbed a nurse with a pencil. The same day, another nurse at another L.A. hospital was attacked with a knife. Nurses across the state are calling for greater protections from violent patients. Lawmakers will vote on a bill Thursday that would require hospitals to do more to prevent violence at their facilities. —The California Report, 04/24/14 More »

RNs at Two Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospitals Set One-day Strike

RNs at Two Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospitals Set One-day Strike

Registered nurses at two hospitals operated by Appalachian Regional Healthcare, in Kentucky and one in West Virginia, will hold a one-day strike May 1 to protest hospital demands that include what they view as unsafe work loads, the extension of a wage freeze that began in 2011, cuts in health coverage, and other reductions in RN standards. —National Nurses United, 04/24/14 More »

RNs Press Case for Hospital Workplace Safety Legislature Set to Hear Bill on Violence Prevention

RNs Press Case for Hospital Workplace Safety Legislature Set to Hear Bill on Violence Prevention

Assembly Committee OKs Bill on MRSA Infection Response. The California state legislature this week is taking a first look on two bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United intended to improve workplace safety prevention measures in California hospitals. On Thursday morning, the Senate Labor Committee will review legislation that would step up violence prevention policies in California hospitals, an issue that gained greater urgency this week by the stabbings of two registered nurses at two Los Angeles area hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 04/23/14 More »

Time to Stop Wall Street’s High-Speed Gamblers, Activists Step Up Call for a Tax on Wall Street

Time to Stop Wall Street’s High-Speed Gamblers, Activists Step Up Call for a Tax on Wall Street

“Reckless trading can bring down the economy again. A tiny tax on stock trades will make us safer.” That’s the message from America’s nurses and supporters of a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street speculation who are running ads today calling on people to urge their legislators to sign on and support HR 1579, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, by Rep. Keith Ellison. More »

Hospital safety under scrutiny after two nurses wounded in stabbings

Hospital safety under scrutiny after two nurses wounded in stabbings

Two nurses wounded in two separate attacks at two different Los Angeles County medical centers continued to recover Monday, but their injuries further illustrate the need to improve hospital workplace safety, an association said. “We can not stand by while nurses, other hospital staff, patients, families, and visitors are put in harms way in hospitals that fail to provide the measures that will protect their staff and the community,” said Malinda Markowitz, co-president of the California Nurses Association. “It is time for the Legislature to act.” —By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News, 04/22/14 More »

Legislature to Hear Two Bills to Improve Hospital Workplace Safety for RNs, Patients, Other Staff

Legislature to Hear Two Bills to Improve Hospital Workplace Safety for RNs, Patients, Other Staff

The California state legislature will consider legislation this week sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United intended to substantially improve workplace safety prevention measures in California hospitals – an issue heightened by the weekend stabbings of two registered nurses at two separate Los Angeles area hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 04/21/14 More »

Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

Nurses turned out in Richmond, California at the Planning Commission hearing to bear witness to the life-threatening health impacts of Chevron’s planned expansion project of it’s coastal refinery. The Chevron project would send our community down the dangerous path to refining extreme fossil fuels and dirtier crude. In a community already facing increased rates of asthma, cancer, and low birth weight babies, this project will make our air quality more hazardous and our neighborhoods dumping grounds for even more toxic chemicals. —By DeAnn McEwen, RN at NNU/CNA, 04/18/14 More »

When health insurers play games, patients lose

When health insurers play games, patients lose

Dr. Theodore Corwin jumps through numerous hoops to get UnitedHealthcare to pay for a patient's breast reduction — only to finally be told the surgery wasn't covered by her policy. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. More »

UMass Memorial Effort to Cut Services and Staff is Pennywise and Pound Foolish

UMass Memorial Effort to Cut Services and Staff is Pennywise and Pound Foolish

This morning we learned that UMass Memorial Medical Center has announced yet another round of layoffs and service cuts at its Memorial and University campuses in Worcester. More than 80 registered nurses and as many as 90 other employees will be impacted by the layoff announced today, which includes the closing or reduction in a number of services, including the closing of three OR suites, the closing of an entire medical floor and the elimination of the IV therapy team on the Memorial campus. More »

In Rare NLRB Order Fallbrook Hospital Must Pay Costs of Refusing to Bargain with its Nurses

In Rare NLRB Order Fallbrook Hospital Must Pay Costs of Refusing to Bargain with its Nurses

The latest in a two-year series of rulings against Fallbrook Hospital, owned and operated by the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, Community Health Systems, was issued on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upholding a judge’s decision that the hospital repeatedly failed to bargain in good faith with California Nurses Association, representing its RNs who voted for CNA in 2012. —National Nurses United, 04/16/14 More »

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a judge’s ruling that found that management of Fallbrook Hospital did not negotiate in good faith with a union representing registered nurses, and has also ordered the hospital to reimburse the union for its expenses. —Riverside Press Enterprise, 04/16/14 More »

National Health Groups Join Call for Comprehensive Health Study on Keystone Pipeline

National Health Groups Join Call for Comprehensive Health Study on Keystone Pipeline

Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), announced today during a press conference call that two national public health groups, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, sent a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, joining the request for the Obama administration to complete a comprehensive human health study on the Keystone pipeline. —U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 04/11/14 More »

Earth Day Parade and Rally In San Francisco On April 19, 2014

Earth Day Parade and Rally In San Francisco On April 19, 2014

Join nurses on Saturday, April 19 in San Francisco to highlight issues of environmental justice and public health, and to lift up climate solutions. —California Nurses Association, 04/10/14 More »

San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

San Diego Nurses Issue Public Health Warning. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego are adding their voices to the growing fight against food injustice in the city’s southeast communities, with their endorsement and participation in this year Cesar Chavez tribute, the California Nurses Association announced today. This year’s theme, Food Injustice: Social Consciousness Raising, Remembered, and Revisited, commemorates the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights activist and is being hosted by the San Diego Community College District and Project New Village. —California Nurses Association, 04/09/14 More »

Nurses Say They Will Continue Public Push to Keep Palm Drive Hospital Open for Community

Nurses Say They Will Continue Public Push to Keep Palm Drive Hospital Open for Community

Registered nurses from Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Ca. north of San Francisco will call on the hospital board tonight to keep the hospital open warning that its closure would put tens of thousands of western Sonoma County residents at risk. The Palm Drive Health Care District, which voted to authorize a Chapter 9 bankruptcy for the hospital last week is threatening to shut down the only hospital in the western part of the county despite growing public opposition to its closure. The board is meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Church Memorial Hall, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy North in Sebastopol. —California Nurses Association, 04/07/14 More »

Levine, nurses lobby for delay in Palm Drive vote

Levine, nurses lobby for delay in Palm Drive vote

State Assemblyman Marc Levine met with nurses and labor advocates Saturday to discuss his legislative effort to keep open Sebastopol’s fiscally ailing Palm Drive Hospital. The San Rafael Democrat said he’s introduced a bill that would allow the hospital to refinance its debt so bonds could be paid off at lower interest rates. AB582 already has won unanimous, bipartisan support in its first committee hearing and is awaiting approval of the full Senate in the next month or so, he said. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 04/07/14 More »

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Nurses to Join Assembly member Marc Levine in Call to Stop Closure of Palm Drive Hospital. Assembly member Marc Levine will join with Palm Drive Hospital registered nurses in a press conference Saturday, April 5 to step up opposition to the threatened closure of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Ca. north of San Francisco. The press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N. High St. —California Nurses Association, 04/04/14 More »

RNs to Picket New Kaiser San Leandro Clinic Note Patient Care Services in Hayward Won’t be Replace

RNs to Picket New Kaiser San Leandro Clinic Note Patient Care Services in Hayward Won’t be Replace

Registered nurses will picket the opening of Kaiser Permanente’s San Leandro clinic Monday, protesting the ongoing loss of pediatric care for Alameda County children with the closure last year of Kaiser’s Hayward children’s services, that will remain unfulfilled in San Leandro. Kaiser RNs will be on hand in large numbers at 12:30 p.m. for a protest outside the San Leandro facility, 2500 Merced St., San Leandro. The RNs are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The San Leandro is intended as a seismic replacement for Kaiser’s Hayward hospital. But, say the RNs, the new facility, even when fully opened in June, will be without the full range of hospital services formerly provided at Hayward. —California Nurses Association, 04/04/14 More »

Honor Dr. King’s fight for economic justice with tax on Wall Street

Honor Dr. King’s fight for economic justice with tax on Wall Street

From Maine to California, nurses, students, HIV/AIDS and community activists, took to the streets today calling on Congress to fulfill the quest of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for economic justice by enacting a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund efforts to reverse inequality. "The Inclusive Prosperity Act would make Dr. King proud," said Rep. Keith Ellison at a kick off press conference in Washington against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol. —National Nurses United, 04/04/14 More »

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

After three arbitration decisions by two separate arbitrators and a federal judge’s order, hospital management has entered into a settlement agreement with nurses represented by National Nurses United to repay nurses for nearly all increases in out-of-pocket costs and premium increases for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The reimbursements will be applicable to NNU members at Washington Hospital Center who enroll in the company’s Care First healthcare plan. —National Nurses United, 04/03/14 More »

On the Ground With RNRN: In the Wake of the 2013 Philippine Floods

On the Ground With RNRN: In the Wake of the 2013 Philippine Floods

By DAVID ABELES, RN--The archipelago of Philippines consists of 7107 islands with a population of close to a 100 million people lying within the Pacific Rim of Fire where 81% of the world’s largest earthquakes occur. In addition, the large tropical typhoons (locally known as bagyos) season lasts from June thru November. On October 15, 2013 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the Visayans Island of Bohol killing several hundred people, injuring thousands, and laying waste to thousands of homes. —RN Response Network / NNU, 04/03/14 More »

Vigils at Legislative Offices in San Diego, other cities, April 4

Vigils at Legislative Offices in San Diego, other cities, April 4

Activists to Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice with Tax on Wall Street. Nurses, AIDS activists, students, transit workers, and other community activists will call on Congressional offices in 22 cities – including San Diego – April 4 to step up the call for a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund programs to redress economic inequality and address other basic needs. —California Nurses Association, 04/02/14 More »

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Shutdown Threatens to Abandon Seniors, Thousands of West Sonoma County Residents, Says California Nurses Association. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today condemned the threatened closure of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol saying it threatens to abandon tens of thousands of seniors and western Sonoma County residents to a critical reduction in needed medical care. Registered nurses who work at the hospital are expected to speak out tonight at a meeting of the Palm Drive Hospital District to voice their protest and outrage and the closure threat. —California Nurses Association, 04/01/14 More »

TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

CALL NOW at 1-888-825-1418 and you will be connected to your State Representative. Remind your State Representative that nurses OPPOSE all "Right to Work" and "Paycheck Deception" bills and that nurses SUPPORT HB 2162 the ‘Safe Patient Handling and Movement Act’. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 04/01/14 More »

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Katy Roemer, RN, remembers the fire that took place in 2012 at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., a 12-mile drive from the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, where she works as a maternity nurse. The fire burned out of control for more than five hours, spewing a huge black cloud of toxic chemicals, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, into the air. Bay Area residents were advised to stay inside, close windows and doors, turn off air conditioners and heating units, and have duck tape on hand in case it was needed to further seal the windows and doors. Pets and children were to be kept inside. —The ONC, 03/31/14 More »

Could This Tax on Wall Street Turn Back America’s Tide of Inequality?

Could This Tax on Wall Street Turn Back America’s Tide of Inequality?

How will you honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this April 4, the anniversary of his assassination? How about by demanding that Congress get out of Wall Street’s pocket? How about by letting your representative know that you support economic equality and a just distribution of wealth in America? As Dr. King himself said, “This is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. —The Nation, 03/31/14 More »

RNs & Activists Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice - Apr. 4 Actions

RNs & Activists Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice - Apr. 4 Actions

Nurses, AIDS activists, students, transit workers, and other community activists will call on Congressional offices in 22 cities from Virginia to California April 4 – and a Washington DC press conference – to step up the call for a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund programs to redress economic inequality and address other basic needs. More »

Nurses Endorse Anita Bonds for District Council At-Large Primary Election

Nurses Endorse Anita Bonds for District Council At-Large Primary Election

WASHINGTON, DC—National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today its endorsement of Anita Bonds for re-election to the District of Columbia Council. Ms. Bonds is running for re-election for an at-large Council seat in the April 1 primary. —National Nurses United, 03/28/14 More »

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Vote by 72 Percent to Join California Nurses Association/NNU

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Vote by 72 Percent to Join California Nurses Association/NNU

By a landslide margin of 72 percent, registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. voted Wednesday night to join California’s largest organization of nurses. In a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations board, the RNs voted 96 to 38, 72 percent, to affiliate with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The 200 Verdugo Hills RNs will now line up with 800 RNs at two other USC acute care hospitals, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Center and Hospital who are already CNA members. —California Nurses Association, 03/27/14 More »

North Adams Regional Hospital Announces it Will Close on March 28 with just Three Days Notice

North Adams Regional Hospital Announces it Will Close on March 28 with just Three Days Notice

Massachusetts--NARH is a community hospital that provides desperately needed emergency and inpatient care to an isolated, rural community in the northwest corner of the state. It is outrageous to close this hospital so abruptly with no plan in place for the patients impacted by this callous decision. More »

Nurses Urge Lawmakers to Pass “Patient Safety Act” and “Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Nurses Urge Lawmakers to Pass “Patient Safety Act” and “Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Hundreds Attend State House Hearing Today to Support Both Bills in the Gardner Auditorium at 11 a.m. Researchers Present Groundbreaking Studies of California vs Massachusetts Hospitals: Mass Patients Receive 30% Less Nursing Care Resulting in Worse Outcomes and Higher Readmissions —Massachusetts Nurses Association / NNU, 03/25/14 More »

RNs at Capital to Protect Missouri Patients—Wednesday

RNs at Capital to Protect Missouri Patients—Wednesday

As part of their annual lobbying day, registered nurses from hospitals in Kansas City and St. Louis, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Missouri, will be seeking support for the ‘Safe Patient Handling and Movement Act’ (HB 2162), and opposing the so-called ‘Right to Work’ (RTW) and ‘Paycheck Protection’ laws, which pose a safety threat to Missouri patients and communities. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 03/25/14 More »

Hospital administrators in Connecticut tout the financial benefits of mergers

Hospital administrators in Connecticut tout the financial benefits of mergers

Several studies, as well as data from the federal Medicare program, suggest that mergers and for-profit conversions may lead to higher prices. But the state has yet to study the impact of mergers on patient pricing, and has no requirement that hospitals try to hold patient costs steady after a merger or conversion. The state also has no comprehensive blueprint guiding hospital configuration or limiting the number of takeovers or networks it will allow. —CTpost.com, 03/24/14 More »

St. Rose Hospital RNs in Hayward Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

St. Rose Hospital RNs in Hayward Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. The RNs voted unanimously this past Friday to authorize their nurse bargaining team to call a strike, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. No strike date has been set at this time. —California Nurses Association, 03/24/14 More »

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

It’s 2014, which means the bulk of the Affordable Care Act is now in effect. While most of the mainstream media has focused on whether patients will finally be able to find affordable health insurance through the programs it creates (or not), very little attention has been paid to discussing how the wide-ranging law is being capitalized upon by healthcare corporations, and how some of its other incentives and provisions change the registered nurse’s scope of practice, speed up the computerization of healthcare, and encourage fundamental changes to healthcare delivery and systems. —National Nurse Magazine, 03/21/14 More »

California nurses have no regrets about mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios

California nurses have no regrets about mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios

Nurses, members of Local 97 of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union, say that mandatory ratios are necessary. Too often the nurses are understaffed, putting patients' health and even lives at risk. Capital Health, their employer, argues that mandatory ratios are too costly to implement and not effective. Bargaining has reached a standstill, a mediator has been appointed and the countdown to a strike has started. —Halifax Media Co-op, 03/21/14 More »

Sanity on ‘malpractice reform’—from Florida, of all places

Sanity on ‘malpractice reform’—from Florida, of all places

"Tort reform"--read that as "shutting the courthouse door to malpractice victims"--again is rearing its ugly head as a means to reduce healthcare costs, most recently as a plank in the recent GOP healthcare proposals. —Los Angeles Times, 03/20/14 More »

Patient Advocates & Nurses From Hospitals Across the State Testify Monday at State House Hearing

Patient Advocates & Nurses From Hospitals Across the State Testify Monday at State House Hearing

Health care advocates, citizen groups, and nurses will testify Monday on two critically important issues affecting the health care of every resident in Massachusetts, as the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing holds a hearing on two ballot initiatives that garnered more than 200,000 signatures from Massachusetts voters last fall. —Massachusetts Nurses Association / NNU, 03/20/14 More »

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

Registered nurses who work in the large Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego today announced their request for an election to join the nation’s largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 03/20/14 More »

Carson City Council Voting to Place an Immediate Moratorium On all New Oil and Gas Drilling

Carson City Council Voting to Place an Immediate Moratorium On all New Oil and Gas Drilling

Nurses join others, including Food & Water Watch, in Carson where the city council is voting tonight on a temporary ban on oil drilling following fracking concerns. —California Nurses Association, 03/18/14 More »

Re: “Fallbrook Healthcare District seeks to financially assist hospital”

Re: “Fallbrook Healthcare District seeks to financially assist hospital”

As registered nurses and Fallbrook Healthcare District residents, red flags went up for us when we read last week’s Village News. How can this be? For those who may not know, our little community hospital is operated by the largest for-profit corporation in America – Community Health Systems (CHS), which made $265 million in profits in 2013, according to Fortune magazine. It seems the healthcare district has already spent some of our money on a consultant’s report and held months of closed-door meetings leading up to the article. —Fallbrok Bonsall Village News, 03/18/14 More »

Nebraska Nurse Concerned About Health Impact of Keystone XL

Nebraska Nurse Concerned About Health Impact of Keystone XL

I am a Nebraska citizen from Holt County. I have been speaking out against KXL since my first editorial in April 2009. I drink water from the aquifer, 52 feet down, absolutely pure, no treatment or filtration needed. The first route would have been 2 miles to the west of our private well and I was terrified. I called the EPA and an environmental scientist told me he would be concerned also. My concerns were confirmed when I heard Dr Goeke, a UNL water specialist (who now the pipeline proponents quote as having no concern to the water) testify at a NE legislative hearing Dec 1, 2010 that contaminants could migrate up to 2 miles in our groundwater! —Cindy Myers, RN, 03/17/14 More »

Sign The Nurses’ Petition to John Kerry Demanding a Public Health Eval or #NoKXL

Sign The Nurses’ Petition to John Kerry Demanding a Public Health Eval or #NoKXL

Registered nurses from coast to coast are stepping up the challenge to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline with a demand that Secretary of State John Kerry provide proof that Keystone will not harm the health and safety of Americans prior to any final decision on the project. In addition, National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs, is circulating an online petition to Kerry that will be presented to the State Department demanding the guarantee, and has released a new short video from nurses titled, “Don’t Pipeline My Patients.” —National Nurses United, 03/14/14 More »

Sen. Boxer Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline, Human Health Impact, and National Nurses United

Sen. Boxer Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline, Human Health Impact, and National Nurses United

In January, the State Department issued the Keystone XL pipeline’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and it was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring the human health impacts. That is why Senator Whitehouse and I wrote to Secretary Kerry two weeks ago asking for a comprehensive human health impacts analysis of the XL pipeline. Since that time, the State Department has received over 2 million comments from the public opposing the pipeline. —Senator Barbara Boxer, 03/13/14 More »

Nurses Demand State Department Certify That Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects

Nurses Demand State Department Certify That Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects

The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today called on Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration to issue a finding that the Keystone XL “will not adversely impact the health and safety of the American people” prior to any final decision on the controversial project. —National Nurses United, 03/13/14 More »

Demand Secretary Kerry Prove No Health Harm from the Keystone XL Pipeline!

Demand Secretary Kerry Prove No Health Harm from the Keystone XL Pipeline!

On behalf of the 185,000 registered nurses of National Nurses United, we endorse the request by Senators Barbara Boxer and Sheldon Whitehouse for an immediate, comprehensive State Department study on the human health impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. —National Nurses United, 03/13/14 More »

Sen. Sanders Senate Hearing on Health Care: Should we consider joining the rest of the world?

Sen. Sanders Senate Hearing on Health Care: Should we consider joining the rest of the world?

Senator Bernie Sanders-VT held the hearing, “Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries” on March 11, 2014. Experts testified on single-payer health care systems in Taiwan, Denmark, Canada and France in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. —Sen. Bernie Sanders, 03/12/14 More »

Marin General nurses petition administration to address patient care concerns

Marin General nurses petition administration to address patient care concerns

Nurses at Marin General Hospital are demanding action to resolve what they say are potentially dangerous patient care issues at the county's largest hospital. Ten nurses voiced their concerns at Tuesday night's meeting of the Marin Healthcare District board. The district board oversees Marin General; but a separate board deals with the hospital's day-to-day operations. Ninety nurses have signed a petition calling on the hospital to respond to a detailed list of issues affecting patient care. The nurses say many of the problems stem from inadequate staffing and continued difficulties utilizing the hospital's new computerized physician order entry system. —Marin Independent Journal, 03/12/14 More »

Understaffing, Failure to Provide Adequate Care

Understaffing, Failure to Provide Adequate Care

SAFE STAFFING VERDICT: Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. —Trial Magazine, 03/11/14 More »

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General Hospital registered nurses will present a patient care report outlining their patient safety concerns to the Marin Healthcare District Board Tuesday evening. The nurses have compiled an extensive list detailing specific incidents of unsafe patient care conditions throughout the hospital over the last 14 months that remain unaddressed by both the hospital board of directors and management. Top nurse management were well aware of the patient safety concerns of the nurses who have documented through assignment despite objection forms (ADOs) every major incident where care was compromised. —California Nurses Association, 03/10/14 More »

Bluefield RNs to Hold Bake Sale Saturday for Patient Care Equipment Hospital Refuses to Supply

Bluefield RNs to Hold Bake Sale Saturday for Patient Care Equipment Hospital Refuses to Supply

Registered nurses from Bluefield Regional Medical Center, in Bluefield, WV say they have had enough with a chronic shortage of essential medical equipment needed to properly care for patients and will hold a bake sale Saturday to help the multi-billion owner of Bluefield provide the equipment patients need. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / CNA, 03/07/14 More »

Nurses Endorse Vincent Orange for DC Mayor

Nurses Endorse Vincent Orange for DC Mayor

WASHINGTON, DC-- National Nurses United, the nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today its endorsement of Council Member Vincent Orange in the District of Columbia for the April 1 Democratic mayoral primary. —National Nurses United, 03/06/14 More »

Tell Our Policy Makers: Keystone XL is Bad for Our Health and Our Planet

Tell Our Policy Makers: Keystone XL is Bad for Our Health and Our Planet

TAKE ACTION FOR OUR HEALTH. Federal policy makers will soon make a final decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. The good news is, YOU can still make a difference. BEFORE the policymakers decide, they are asking the public to weigh in with comments on the proposed pipeline. The deadline for public comment is Friday, March 7. —National Nurses United, 03/04/14 More »

RNs Welcome Updated Legislation to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

RNs Welcome Updated Legislation to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today welcomed the 2014 introduction of legislation to hold non-profit hospitals more accountable on meeting their charity care and community benefit obligations. AB 503, jointly authored by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski of Fremont and Assembly member Rob Bonta of Oakland, addresses what CNA calls a rampant abuse of what the hospitals report in how they provide charity care and community benefit programs in exchange for maintaining their tax exempt status. CNA/NNU is the sponsor of the bill. The Greenlining Institute and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation are initial co-sponsors. —California Nurses Association, 03/04/14 More »

Federal Court Blocks Sutter Alta Bates Summit Bid to Roll Back RN Jobs, Health Coverage

Federal Court Blocks Sutter Alta Bates Summit Bid to Roll Back RN Jobs, Health Coverage

A U.S. federal court judge late Friday blocked an attempt by Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to unilaterally impose sweeping cuts on its entire registered nurse workforce that threatened job rights and health coverage for 1,700 RNs in Oakland and Berkeley. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg issued a temporary restraining order finding that the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which brought the request, “has shown that its member nurses are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief,” and that a TRO “is in the public interest.” —California Nurses Association, 03/03/14 More »

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Washington, DC registered nurses today called on the District of Columbia Council to pass an emergency bill to immediately improve patient care with minimum standards for safe nurse staffing in DC hospitals – and end a delay on the bill that has been fiercely opposed by a hospital industry that the nurses say has been putting their focus on budget goals and profits ahead of patient safety. —National Nurses United, 03/03/14 More »

The Truth About Tar Sands

The Truth About Tar Sands

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the most important press briefings that has happened in a long time: Senator Barbara Boxer-Keystone Pipeline and the Threat to Human Health. The briefing took place at the Dirksen Senate Building and featured Senator Boxer (D-CA), Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), health experts, and community leaders dealing with this issue firsthand from around the country and Canada. The main message of this briefing was that people need to know the truth about tar sands and its effects on people’s health. —Denée Reaves’s Blog, 02/28/14 More »

200 Kaiser RNs Rally to Protest Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

200 Kaiser RNs Rally to Protest Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

More than 200 Kaiser Permanente RNs rallied outside the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center Thursday afternoon to sound a public alarm about patient care reductions the HMO giant is proposing for its new Oakland facility which is expected to open this summer. Waving signs that mocked Kaiser’s multi-million dollar “Thrive” campaign with an RN adaptation: “Kaiser executives: Our patients should thrive not be deprived,” the RNs described substantial problems with short staffing and cuts that come at a time when Kaiser is making record profits and adding 95,000 new enrollees through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. —By Deborah Burger, RN, 02/27/14 More »

Baystate VNA Nurses File Charge Against Baystate Health With the NLRB for Bad Faith Bargaining

Baystate VNA Nurses File Charge Against Baystate Health With the NLRB for Bad Faith Bargaining

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, on behalf of registered nurses of the Baystate Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice (BVNA&H), has filed a formal charge against Baystate Health with the National Labor Relations Board for bargaining in bad faith in negotiations for a new contract. The charge is the latest in a series of complaints filed against Baystate Health for its dealings with the nurses, both at the BVNA&H and during negotiations with the nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association / NNU, 02/27/14 More »

California RN Updates and Actions for Healing!

California RN Updates and Actions for Healing!

See what's going on with California RNs at Kaiser, Sutter Tracy, Alta Bates Summit, and California Pacific Medical Center, when nurses join together to resist downgrading patient care, enforce safe staffing for safe patient care, and WIN elections despite intensive pressure and intimidation from hospital managers. California Nurses are also joining the National March for Climate Action this Saturday in Los Angeles. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Proposes Nurses Accept Short-Staffing and Deteriorating Conditions

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Proposes Nurses Accept Short-Staffing and Deteriorating Conditions

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket on Thursday to protest management's continued refusal to take serious action on substantive contract issues after over twenty months at the bargaining table. 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. Management continues to thwart the bargaining progress and stifle RNs efforts to improve conditions at the hospital, nurses say. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser Permanente registered nurses will be holding a vigil Thursday to denounce major patient care reductions proposed for the new Oakland facility which is currently under construction and expected to open this summer, the California Nurses Association announced today. Kaiser is attempting to cut 75 nursing positions in the move to the new hospital. But nurses across all units said that they are responsible for more patients per shift than ever before. The reduction in direct-care RNs comes at a time when six out of 10 insured Californians have Kaiser, a number that is expected to increase significantly under the Affordable Care Act. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

As a national march convenes Saturday morning in Los Angeles for action to address the growing crisis of climate change, registered nurses will be on hand to highlight the human toll of the climate crisis. A 9 a.m. rally at Wilmington Waterfront Park in Wilmington, Ca, adjacent to C Street near the port will be followed by a march, which is the first leg of a national series of actions intended to build public demand for real solutions to address the worsening climate crisis. —CNA/ NNU, 02/25/14 More »

District One Hospital holds community meetings to discuss Allina deal in Faribault

District One Hospital holds community meetings to discuss Allina deal in Faribault

Nearly 50 people gathered at Faribault City Hall Wednesday night to learn more about District One Hospital's pending merger with Allina Health. During his presentation, Pribyl reviewed District One's dismal financial status while also showcasing how the hospital is trying to turn itself around by slashing the budget, improving technology and, most notably, merging with Allina. Wednesday's meeting was the second forum held with the public. Pribyl and members of the hospital's Board of Directors also hosted a meeting with Rice County elected officials and have gone to service club meetings like Rotary Club and the Knights of Columbus to discuss the same topics. —Faribault Daily News, 02/21/14 More »

Profits Over Patients

Profits Over Patients

Much is wrong with the process of pricing and providing health care in America. The National Nurses United, the largest nurses organization, recently released a study that shows the top 100 most expensive U.S. Hospitals have a charge-to-cost ratio of 765 percent and higher. The worst offender in Ohio is right here in Summit County – Summa Barberton at a mind-numbing 654 percent. It is followed in fourth place by Summa Western Reserve at a whopping 577 percent. What has become obvious is the health-care establishment here and across the country is more concerned with profits than patients. —OpEd in the Akron Beacon Journal Online, 02/21/14 More »

Labor Leaders React to Volkswagen Loss; Some Express Frustration with Democrats

Labor Leaders React to Volkswagen Loss; Some Express Frustration with Democrats

National Nurses United executive director RoseAann DeMoro, whose union has organized 7,000 nurses in southern states like Texas and Florida in the past three years, asked why Democratic politicians did not forcefully challenge Corker, who threatened that unionization would destroy jobs, and the right. “Why aren’t Democrats 100 percent for labor?” she asked. “Where are our allies? Who’s standing with us visibly, forcibly? Democrats know the value of organized labor. They might say it sometime.” —In These Times, 02/21/14 More »

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs

In an important visit with registered nurses Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh on the eve of their first court-mandated contract bargaining talks with hospital management, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown praised the nurses for their “courage” in fighting for improved protections for patients and their own rights and standards. Noting the heavy presence of management staff surrounding the RNs, Brown also praised the nurses for their determination in standing up to the tactics of intimidation. —NNOC/NNU, 02/20/14 More »

Nurses Call on California Board to Adopt Strong Standards to Stem Hospital Workplace Violence

Nurses Call on California Board to Adopt Strong Standards to Stem Hospital Workplace Violence

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will step up the call today for tougher state standards to stem a growing problem of workplace violence in California hospitals. At a Sacramento hearing this morning before the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, CNA RNs will describe how too many hospitals have lax standards and protocols for responding to workplace violence. The hearing was set for this morning at the State Resources Building Auditorium. —California Nurses Association, 02/20/14 More »

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

Here's a commentary by National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. With the clock ticking down on a final decision by the Obama administration on Keystone XL, it’s time to update why the nation’s largest nurses organization is opposed to a project that looks more like a pathway to pollution than a gateway to our gas pumps. Citing the threat to public health and how the project would hasten the climate crisis, nurses have been on the front line of protests against Keystone, a 1,700-mile pipeline that would transport 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil every day from Alberta, Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, largely for export. —By RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, 02/19/14 More »

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant. RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, tells of sizable organizing gains her union has made in the South over the last few years. —NPR, 02/19/14 More »

Unions Say No Retreat in South After VW Defeat

Unions Say No Retreat in South After VW Defeat

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the National Nurses United, said her union has organized 7,000 nurses over the past three years in Florida and Texas combined. The frustrations that drove those nurses to organize are no different than gripes that nurses in California had before they joined the union, Ms. DeMoro said. “Nurses are angry everywhere,” she said, calling claims of regional divides “artificial.” The union is currently trying to organize 4,000 nurses in Orlando who work for one of the state’s largest not-for-profit hospital systems, she said, and added that they are receptive. —The Wall Street Journal: Washington Wire, 02/19/14 More »

Harry Potter, Walking Dead celebrities team up to promote Wall Street tax

Harry Potter, Walking Dead celebrities team up to promote Wall Street tax

Forget flesh-eating zombies and Lord Voldemort, celebrities seen in Harry Potter movies and the Walking Dead TV show are now going up against some real power. In a short film released February 18, some big film stars promote a financial transaction tax, which Wall Street lobbyists and their European counterparts fiercely oppose. The three-minute film’s director is David Yates, who made the last four Harry Potter movies. Actors include: Andrew Lincoln (star zombie-fighter on the hit AMC TV show “The Walking Dead”), Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Love, Actually”), Javier Cámara (star of Pedro Almodóvar films “Talk to Her” and “Bad Education”), Clémence Poésy (“Harry Potter”), and Heike Makatsch (“Love, Actually”). —Robin Hood Tax/NNU, 02/18/14 More »

Bill Nighy and Andrew Lincoln star in video supporting Robin Hood tax

Bill Nighy and Andrew Lincoln star in video supporting Robin Hood tax

David Yates, director of the Harry Potter movies, has enlisted actors Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy and The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln for a short satirical video calling for a Europe-wide banking transaction tax. Known as the Robin Hood tax, the film coincides with a meeting of European finance ministers this week to discuss the introduction of the tax, which could help ease poverty in developing countries to the tune of £20 billion. —The Independent, 02/18/14 More »

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

It’s official. The federal government has upheld the vote by registered nurses at San Francisco’s largest private hospital, and largest non-union facility, Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus with 800 RNs, to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.Federal Board Upholds Vote by Sutter California Pacific, SF’s Largest Hospital, to Join CNA —California Nurses Assoctiation / NNU, 02/14/14 More »

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Message to Kaiser—“Stop Breaking Our Hearts!” Denial of care is the theme this Valentine's Day in Manteca as senior citizens and registered nurses from Kaiser Manteca and Modesto prepare to protest the loss of vital services at the hospital with a candle light vigil Friday, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association / NNU, 02/13/14 More »

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Registered nurses at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will hold a press conference Thursday outside the hospital’s Oakland facility to alert the public to an escalating crisis in safe patient care because of chronic short staffing that RNs say is ignored by hospital management. More »

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