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Nurses: Keystone XL Pipeline Still Significant Threat to Public Health and Climate Change

Nurses: Keystone XL Pipeline Still Significant Threat to Public Health and Climate Change

Nurses remain adamantly opposed to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and will continue to speak out and join public protests against the project, warning of the consequences for public health and the acceleration of the damaging effects of the climate crisis, said National Nurses United today. —National Nurses United, 03/24/17 More »

Nurses Announce Opposition to Judge Gorsuch, Support Filibuster

Nurses Announce Opposition to Judge Gorsuch, Support Filibuster

National Nurses United today announced its formal opposition to the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and said it will support plans for Senate Democrats to demand the nomination meet a 60-vote threshold, joining the opposition expressed by civil rights, civil liberties, and other organizations. —National Nurses United, 03/24/17 More »

As Showdown Vote Nears, Nurses Urge House Members to Reject Draconian AHCA Bill

As Showdown Vote Nears, Nurses Urge House Members to Reject Draconian AHCA Bill

Calling the proposed American Health Care Act “a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of our patients and to the health security of our country,” National Nurses United (NNU) today urged all House members to defeat the proposed bill in the upcoming showdown vote Thursday. —National Nurses United, 03/23/17 More »

March and Rally for the Healthy California Act SB562, Sunday 3/26 in Downtown Los Angeles

March and Rally for the Healthy California Act SB562, Sunday 3/26 in Downtown Los Angeles

Advocates including nurses, seniors, healthcare providers, students and immigrants, plan a march and rally in support of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, a bill that guarantees healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all-type system, on March 26th in downtown Los Angeles. —Healthy California, 03/23/17 More »

Community Briefing Planned March 26 in Roseville, Ca. on the Healthy California Act SB 562

Community Briefing Planned March 26 in Roseville, Ca. on the Healthy California Act SB 562

The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community briefing in Roseville on March 26 to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate last month that would guarantee healthcare to all Californians by establishing a Medicare for all type system. —Healthy California, 03/23/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 03/22/17 More »

NNU Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Urging Opposition to AHCA

NNU Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Urging Opposition to AHCA

As the American Health Care Act (AHCA) comes to a vote on the House floor, NNU nurses have sent a letter to representatives urging a “No” vote—given that the AHCA poses a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of patients, and to the health security of this country. —National Nurses United, 03/21/17 More »

Nurses, Arturo Carmona to Discuss Key Congressional Race, Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal Vote

Nurses, Arturo Carmona to Discuss Key Congressional Race, Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal Vote

Registered nurse members of the CNA/NNU will join with Congressional candidate Arturo Carmona Wednesday for a press conference on the pending vote in the House on the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the impact on Californians, and the way favored by Carmona and nurses to guarantee health care for all, a Medicare for all type system. —California Nurses Association, 03/21/17 More »

Ohio Bill Seeking Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs Gets First Hearing

Ohio Bill Seeking Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs Gets First Hearing

On Tues. March 21, S.B. 55, the Ohio Patient Protection Act—a bill by National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) which sets specific limits on how many patients Ohio nurses can care for at once—will get its first hearing, with testimony by sponsor Senator Michael Skindell. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United - Ohio, 03/20/17 More »

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer healthcare

Here we go again with national health care reform. But given the large gap between policies favored by Californians and those of the GOP in Washington, D.C., there is every reason for the Golden State to chart it’s own health care course. —Michael Lighty writing for Center of Health Journalism, 03/17/17 More »

Nurses Endorse Arturo Carmona in Los Angeles Congressional Race

Nurses Endorse Arturo Carmona in Los Angeles Congressional Race

National Nurses United, which includes the California Nurses Association, today announced its support for Arturo Carmona for Congress in the 34th Congressional district special election April 4. —California Nurses Association, 03/17/17 More »

Healthy California Act Town Halls Kick Off Saturday in Southern California

Healthy California Act Town Halls Kick Off Saturday in Southern California

The first in a series of town hall meetings planned throughout the state, in support of the Healthy California Act SB 562, will be held March 18th and 19th in Fullerton, Pomona, Covina and Riverside, Ca. California state senators have been invited to attend and Sen. Leyva has confirmed she will be participating in the Pomona town Hall. —California Nurses Association, 03/17/17 More »

Nurses: Proposed Budget Latest Attack on the Public Protections and the Most Vulnerable People

Nurses: Proposed Budget Latest Attack on the Public Protections and the Most Vulnerable People

National Nurses United today sharply criticized President Trump’s proposed federal budget as a broad attack on public protections that also targets some of the nation’s most vulnerable people while shifting resources to the least needed areas. —National Nurses United, 03/16/17 More »

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger. —Liz Szab, Kaiser Health News, 03/15/17 More »

Inhaling Toxic Smoke From Surgical Procedures Threatens Everyone in the Room

Inhaling Toxic Smoke From Surgical Procedures Threatens Everyone in the Room

Would you prefer to have surgery in an environment with sterile air — or in a room with air that may contain dangerous chemicals, cellular material, viruses, or bacteria? —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of RN Response Network and Health & Safety at NNU, 03/15/17 More »

Council Nurses Urge San Francisco To Divest from DAPL

Council Nurses Urge San Francisco To Divest from DAPL

Nurses from the San Francisco Metro Council attended an San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting to urge the city to divest from any banks and financial institutions who have investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. —California Nurses Association, 03/15/17 More »

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo County Vote to Uphold Rejection of Phillips 66 Train Project

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo County Vote to Uphold Rejection of Phillips 66 Train Project

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United welcomed the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors vote to uphold the Planning Commission's rejection of a controversial proposal by Phillip 66 to transport millions of gallons of crude tar sands oil through the county by rail every week. —California Nurses Association, 03/15/17 More »

Next Steps to Ban Fracking in Maryland

Next Steps to Ban Fracking in Maryland

Yesterday was an amazing sight to see: over 1,000 people from all across Maryland marched through the streets of Annapolis to demand a ban on fracking in our state. —Food & Water Watch, 03/14/17 More »

What are Safe Staffing Ratios and why are they so important to all of us?

What are Safe Staffing Ratios and why are they so important to all of us?

Many Americans may be surprised to know that California is the only state in the country with mandatory limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned at one time. Now nurses across the country are pushing for national legislation. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 03/07/17 More »

The Republican House of Horrors Offers a Terrifying Healthcare Vision

The Republican House of Horrors Offers a Terrifying Healthcare Vision

Halloween arrived early this year featuring the Republican house of horrors seeking to fulfill their long lust for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 03/07/17 More »

Nurses: GOP Plan Would Abandon Millions of Americans with Less Coverage, Higher Costs

Nurses: GOP Plan Would Abandon Millions of Americans with Less Coverage, Higher Costs

National Nurses United today sharply criticized the Republicans’ proposed healthcare “repeal and replace” bill as a cruel abandonment of the gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a betrayal of the promises made by candidate Donald Trump to ensure that “we’re going to have healthcare for everybody” that is “far less expensive and far better.” —National Nurses United, 03/07/17 More »

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

In the coming days, we may finally see an unveiling of the details and text of the “replacement” plan pledged by those in Congress who have lusted for years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. —Deborah Burger writing for The Sacramento Bee, 03/06/17 More »

New Pact for 13,000 California, Nevada Dignity RNs

New Pact for 13,000 California, Nevada Dignity RNs

Registered nurses at 28 Dignity Health hospitals and additional clinics in California and Nevada have ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement that protects their health coverage and economic and retirement security. —National Nurses United, 03/06/17 More »

Nurses Call on Texas to Reject Attack on Women

Nurses Call on Texas to Reject Attack on Women

National Nurses United today called on members of the Texas Senate to defeat “disgraceful” legislation that would encourage doctors to lie to pregnant women about potential birth defects of fetuses they are carrying – and bar legal redress for women and their families after a child with disabilities was born after the physician withheld conditions about the fetus’ health status. More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 03/03/17 More »

President Trump’s False Promises on Healthcare

President Trump’s False Promises on Healthcare

Instead of his prior guarantee that no one would lose coverage gained through the Affordable Care Act, Trump adopted the double speak offered by now Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in his confirmation hearings, that Americans with pre-existing conditions will have “access” to coverage. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Contributing to The Hill, 03/02/17 More »

California Assembly to Consider Legislation to Reduce Toxic “Plumes”

California Assembly to Consider Legislation to Reduce Toxic “Plumes”

Legislation that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes,” that pose a significant health hazard to patients and health care personnel in surgical settings has been reintroduced in the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 03/01/17 More »

Nurses Warn Trump/GOP Health Ideas Would Accelerate Crisis

Nurses Warn Trump/GOP Health Ideas Would Accelerate Crisis

National Nurses United sharply criticized the health care proposals outlined by President Trump in his address to Congress Tuesday night, warning they would deprive care for tens of millions of Americans and increase the health and economic insecurity of millions more. —National Nurses United, 03/01/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 02/27/17 More »

No Limits: In 49 States, Nurses Have No Cap on How Many Patients They’re Assigned

No Limits: In 49 States, Nurses Have No Cap on How Many Patients They’re Assigned

In an old episode of “I Love Lucy,” Lucy and Ethyl find jobs wrapping candy in a chocolate factory. As the candy comes down the conveyor belt, the joke is that there is a rate at which they can keep up—which is soon crossed. —Bonnie Castillo, NNU Director of Health & Safety, 02/27/17 More »

Another 550 Kaiser Northern California RNs Become Members of California Nurses Association

Another 550 Kaiser Northern California RNs Become Members of California Nurses Association

Some 550 non-union registered nurses who work in 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals across Northern and Central California have become members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, CNA announced today. —California Nurses Association, 02/24/17 More »

Nurses Join Sen. Ricardo Lara and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for a Rally Supporting SB 562

Nurses Join Sen. Ricardo Lara and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for a Rally Supporting SB 562

Registered Nurses from area hospitals will join Sen. Ricardo Lara, Mayor Robert Garcia and other local leaders and activists at a rally in Long Beach on Friday evening to kick off a campaign for the Healthy California Act SB 562, a bill that will guarantee health care for all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all insurance system in the state. More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” As Voting Takes Place Saturday in Atlanta

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” As Voting Takes Place Saturday in Atlanta

This week, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Atlanta to support Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as over 400 members of the DNC gather for a final vote to select their new leader. —National Nurses United, 02/23/17 More »

It’s Final – RNs at Kaiser’s Flagship Los Angeles Medical Center Ratify New Accord

It’s Final – RNs at Kaiser’s Flagship Los Angeles Medical Center Ratify New Accord

With a record turnout at membership meetings Wednesday, registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center voted nearly unanimously to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 02/23/17 More »

RN & Co-President of NNU Deborah Burger talks about the importance of Kaiser L.A. tentative pact

RN & Co-President of NNU Deborah Burger talks about the importance of Kaiser L.A. tentative pact

A few weeks ago RNs reached tentative pact, affecting 1,300 RNs, with Kaiser L.A. Medical Center. RN and NNU Co-President Deborah Burger talks about why now more than any time before, this agreement is so critical. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/23/17 More »

Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 - Healthcare for all California Residents

Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 - Healthcare for all California Residents

Nearly 500 registered nurses, healthcare activists, seniors, workers, immigrants, and business leaders converged on Sacramento today in a spirited rally to kick off a seminal campaign to win passage of S.B. 562, state legislation that would establish a Medicare-style healthcare system for all residents in California, the world’s fifth-largest economy. —National Nurses United, 02/22/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 02/22/17 More »

Sacramento Rally Welcomes Medicare for All Style Bill for All Californians

Sacramento Rally Welcomes Medicare for All Style Bill for All Californians

California nurses, and healthcare and community activists, will join with State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins Wednesday, February 22 in Sacramento to celebrate the introduction of legislation to ensure universal health coverage with effective cost controls, a Medicare for all style bill for all California residents. —Healthy California and California Nurses Association, 02/20/17 More »

Maine Nurses, Allies Rally to Demand Senator Collins Attend a People’s Forum on Healthcare

Maine Nurses, Allies Rally to Demand Senator Collins Attend a People’s Forum on Healthcare

On Saturday, February 18th, members of The Maine Health Care is a Human Right Coalition—led by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU), the Southern Maine Workers’ Center, and Maine AllCare—will hold a rally and march calling on Senator Susan Collins to attend a healthcare forum where she will hear directly from constituents on the importance of universal, publicly funded healthcare for all. —Maine State Nurses Assoc., 02/17/17 More »

Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Financial Transaction Tax

Rep. Ellison Reintroduces Financial Transaction Tax

WASHINGTON - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced legislation that would raise billions to invest in our economy by taxing Wall Street financial transactions. The Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1144/S. 434) would tax the sale of stocks, bonds and derivatives. The tax imposed will be 0.5 percent on stocks, 0.1 percent on bonds, and 0.005 percent on derivatives or other investments. —Rep. Keith Ellison, 02/17/17 More »

Nurses Applaud Keith Ellison on Renewed  Bill to Set Fee on Wall Street Speculation

Nurses Applaud Keith Ellison on Renewed Bill to Set Fee on Wall Street Speculation

National Nurses United today welcomed the re-introduction of federal legislation from Rep. Keith Ellison with 17 House co-sponsors, that could raise hundreds of billions of dollars annually to fund critical social needs with a small tax on Wall Street speculation. —National Nurses United, 02/17/17 More »

The Facts About Social Security. It works and it’s NOT going bankrupt!

The Facts About Social Security. It works and it’s NOT going bankrupt!

Social Security Works and a growing chorus of prominent voices in Congress and elsewhere are calling for the expansion of our Social Security system—people who know that Social Security will not “go broke” and does not add a penny to the national debt. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/16/17 More »

Breakthrough – RNs at Major Kaiser LA Hospital Announce Tentative Agreement

Breakthrough – RNs at Major Kaiser LA Hospital Announce Tentative Agreement

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California flagship hospital, Los Angeles Medical Center, have won their tentative collective bargaining agreement with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 02/16/17 More »

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

With the defeat of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the Department of Labor, National Nurses United today stepped up opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. —National Nurses United, 02/15/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 02/15/17 More »

Ohio nurses want law limiting nurse-patient ratios

Ohio nurses want law limiting nurse-patient ratios

Arguing that hospitals put patient care at risk by overworking essential front-line caregivers, nurses across Ohio are pushing lawmakers to limit the number of patients for whom they are responsible. —Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch, 02/14/17 More »

See What’s at Stake in the Health Care Fight With Clearly Outlined, Shareable Data

See What’s at Stake in the Health Care Fight With Clearly Outlined, Shareable Data

As the debate heats up on the Trump administration/congressional push to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, National Nurses United invites you to consider how the discussion will affect American families and individuals. —National Nurses United, 02/14/17 More »

Ohio Bill Seeks Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs

Ohio Bill Seeks Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to RNs

On Feb. 14, registered nurses with National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) and elected officials will gather at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, to mark the reintroduction by Senator Michael Skindell of the Ohio Patient Protection Act—a bill which sets specific limits on how many patients nurses can care for at once, in hospitals throughout Ohio. —National Nurses United, 02/13/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Baltimore DNC Future Forum

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Baltimore DNC Future Forum

On Saturday, February 11, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Baltimore to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison will be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 02/10/17 More »

Nurses: Puzder Nomination a Direct Assault on Women, Workers

Nurses: Puzder Nomination a Direct Assault on Women, Workers

President Trump’s nomination of fast food titan Andrew Puzder to lead the U.S. Department of Labor is a colossal affront to women and all workers and should be rejected by the U.S. Senate, said National Nurses United today, in advance of Puzder’s first confirmation hearing February 16. —National Nurses United, 02/09/17 More »

The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act

The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act

Forget the market-based mythologies, the Sanders vs. Cruz debate showed us there is only one true way to secure quality healthcare for every person in society —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 02/09/17 More »

Registered Nurses at Holy Cross Hospital to Rally for Safe Patient Care and Union Organizing Rights

Registered Nurses at Holy Cross Hospital to Rally for Safe Patient Care and Union Organizing Rights

Registered nurses working at Holy Cross Hospital, joined by members of the community, will rally Monday, February 13th for safe patient care and to defend their right to organize a union free of management harassment, interference and intimidation. —National Nurses United, 02/09/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 02/08/17 More »

Nurses Say No to Nevada Bill Blurring State Lines for Nurse Licensure, Citing Risks for Patient Care

Nurses Say No to Nevada Bill Blurring State Lines for Nurse Licensure, Citing Risks for Patient Care

On Wednesday, February 8, registered nurse members of National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) will appear before Nevada’s Committee on Commerce and Labor to speak out against AB 18, “Ratification of the Nurse Licensure Compact”—legislation which would allow nurses in a multi-state compact to share a single license across state lines. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Nevada, 02/08/17 More »

Registered Nurses Applaud Introduction of Legislation to Improve V.A. Patient Care

Registered Nurses Applaud Introduction of Legislation to Improve V.A. Patient Care

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, applauded the re-introduction today of federal legislation to restore collective bargaining rights to registered nurses and other clinicians working at Veterans Administration medical centers. The legislation would improve patient care in V.A. hospitals and strengthen the health care work force in those facilities. —National Nurses United, 02/07/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Detroit DNC Future Forum

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Detroit DNC Future Forum

On Saturday, February 4, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Detroit to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison will be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 02/03/17 More »

“I Was a Sudanese Refugee, Now I’m an American Nurse”

“I Was a Sudanese Refugee, Now I’m an American Nurse”

When patients wake up in the recovery room at Keck Hospital, University of Southern California, Tveen Kirkpatrick, RN, will be by their side, monitoring their transition from anesthesia back into clarity. It’s a new role for Kirkpatrick, who previously spent 10 years in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit—but navigating transitions is perhaps a natural fit for this nurse. —National Nurses United, 02/01/17 More »

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.” And it may surprise you to know that threat is antimicrobial resistance. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/01/17 More »

Nurses Oppose National Anti-Worker Legislation, Warn of Significant Threats

Nurses Oppose National Anti-Worker Legislation, Warn of Significant Threats

National Nurses United will oppose right-wing so-called “right to work” legislation being introduced in the House of Representatives today that they say poses a significant threat to public health and safety that would also threaten to reduce living standards for millions of American workers. —National Nurses United, 02/01/17 More »

Nurses Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Nurses Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

“National Nurses United will oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and called on Democratic members of the Senate to follow the standard set by the Senate majority last year in taking whatever steps they can, including the use of the filibuster, to block the confirmation of Gorsuch. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

Huntington Hospital Again Agrees Not to Violate Nurses’ Rights in NLRB Settlement Agreement

Huntington Hospital Again Agrees Not to Violate Nurses’ Rights in NLRB Settlement Agreement

In a settlement agreement approved by the National Labor Relations Board, Huntington Hospital (HH) in Pasadena, Ca. agreed to abide by labor laws that protect the rights of registered nurses to organize a union at the facility. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

Why America’s Nurses Oppose the Muslim Ban

Why America’s Nurses Oppose the Muslim Ban

National Nurses United joins with humanitarian and civil rights and civil liberties groups in opposing the executive order to ban refugees, especially Muslim refugees, from entering the U.S. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

National Nurses United Endorses John Wisniewski for NJ Governor

National Nurses United Endorses John Wisniewski for NJ Governor

WASHINGTON, DC -- National Nurses United, the nation's largest union of registered nurses, today announced its endorsement of John Wisniewski to be Governor of New Jersey. —National Nurses United, 01/31/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 01/30/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Houston DNC Future Forum

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” This Weekend at Houston DNC Future Forum

On Saturday, January 28, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Houston, Texas to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison will be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 01/27/17 More »

After the Protests, Marching Toward a Real Movement

After the Protests, Marching Toward a Real Movement

The nurses union, which has nearly 185,000 members, was the early-on-board engine of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and led the drubbing of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, when he tried to pass four statewide ballot initiatives. —Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 01/26/17 More »

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

National Nurses United today announced its opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. —National Nurses United, 01/25/17 More »

RN Transplant Coordinators, NPs at Keck Hospital, USC Vote Overwhelmingly to Join CNA

RN Transplant Coordinators, NPs at Keck Hospital, USC Vote Overwhelmingly to Join CNA

At an election held last week, 30 registered nurse transplant coordinators and nurse practitioners at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), the union announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/24/17 More »

Nurses Urge Senate Finance Committee to Scrutinize Tom Price

Nurses Urge Senate Finance Committee to Scrutinize Tom Price

National Nurses United is calling on members of the Senate Finance Committee to press Rep. Tom Price on critical issues affecting public health and safety as the committee holds a hearing on Price’s nomination Tuesday to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. —National Nurses United, 01/23/17 More »

Nurses Call on Senate to Reject Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Post

Nurses Call on Senate to Reject Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Post

In a letter to the Senate Committee on Finance, National Nurses United today announced its formal opposition to the confirmation of investment banker Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasurer. —National Nurses United, 01/23/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 01/20/17 More »

‘Access’ to Buying Insurance is Not Health Coverage

‘Access’ to Buying Insurance is Not Health Coverage

A signature exchange early in the first Senate hearing Wednesday for Rep. Tom Price in his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary illustrates a lot about our still damaged healthcare system, and how it could now get much worse. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Contributing to Huffington Post, 01/19/17 More »

Nurses Announce Opposition to Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

Nurses Announce Opposition to Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

National Nurses United is joining with civil rights and civil liberties advocates to oppose the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General, NNU announced today. NNU will urge the Senate to reject Sessions’ nomination. —National Nurses United, 01/19/17 More »

RN, JD Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist, Mathew Keller sheds some light

RN, JD Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist, Mathew Keller sheds some light

Why did Minnesota's Hennepin Community Medical Center change it's financial projections by a whopping $45.4 million dollars? —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 01/18/17 More »

Nurses Face More Violence From Hospital Patients

Nurses Face More Violence From Hospital Patients

Nurses and other health care workers increasingly face verbal abuse, physical assaults and injuries, often from the patients they're trying to help, according to testimony at a Jan. 10 meeting held by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Capitol Hill. —Lisa Esposito, US News And World Report, 01/18/17 More »

As Confirmation Hearing Opens, Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Price

As Confirmation Hearing Opens, Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Price

With the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions scheduled to open a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, National Nurses United urged both the committee and the full Senate to reject Price, citing his record of opposition to major healthcare services and advocacy of harmful cuts in in key healthcare programs. —National Nurses United, 01/18/17 More »

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/17/17 More »

The Precautionary Principle is Paramount

The Precautionary Principle is Paramount

More than two years after the West African Ebola outbreak panicked the globe, Ebola news made headlines again when researchers found evidence suggesting that the deadly virus lingers in people’s lungs. —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of RN Response Network and Health & Safety at NNU, 01/17/17 More »

HHS Nominee Tom Price Faces Insider Trading Accusations

HHS Nominee Tom Price Faces Insider Trading Accusations

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services bought shares in a medical device company last year and then introduced legislation in the House to help the company less than a week later, CBS News has confirmed. —Rebecca Shabad, CBS News, 01/17/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 01/16/17 More »

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

Healthcare hell: Fighting to overturn denied insurance claims

One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. —David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 01/13/17 More »

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” at Phoenix DNC Future Forum Saturday

NNU Nurses Say “Ellison for DNC Chair” at Phoenix DNC Future Forum Saturday

On Saturday, January 14, registered nurses with National Nurses United (NNU) will converge in Phoenix, Arizona to show their support for Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison we be taking part in the DNC Future Forum—featuring candidates for DNC chair and other offices. —National Nurses United, 01/13/17 More »

Nurses Join “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” National Day of Action Jan. 15th

Nurses Join “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” National Day of Action Jan. 15th

Registered nurses will join actions in over 40 U.S. cities Jan. 15th to demand that the new administration and Congress protect and expand millions of Americans access to healthcare, not cut it. —National Nurses United, 01/12/17 More »

National Nurses Call Out 13 Democrats on Rx Vote: Whose Side Are You On? Big Pharma or Patients?

National Nurses Call Out 13 Democrats on Rx Vote: Whose Side Are You On? Big Pharma or Patients?

National Nurses United today sharply criticized 13 Senate Democrats who defeated an amendment that would have aided tens of millions of patients struggling with skyrocketing prescription drug costs, voting instead Tuesday night to ally with the pharmaceutical industry. —National Nurses United, 01/12/17 More »

Instead of protesting Obamacare repeal, seek what Trump admires

Instead of protesting Obamacare repeal, seek what Trump admires

Instead of mourning the expected repeal of the Affordable Care Act, let’s hold President-elect Donald Trump to his pledges on health care, while also meeting the test set by President Obama. —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 01/12/17 More »

Nurses Urge Senate To Reject Tom Price Health & Human Services Nominee

Nurses Urge Senate To Reject Tom Price Health & Human Services Nominee

National Nurses United (the nations largest organization of nurses with over 190,000 members) called on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, as well as the full Senate, to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. RN and Co-President of National Nurses United Jean Ross joins us this week. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 01/11/17 More »

Big News: NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence

Big News: NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence

Kicked in the chest by a combative patient. Choked with her own stethoscope. Left to fend for himself when a visitor arrived at the hospital with a gun. These are some of the personal experiences shared today by NNU nurses from around the country at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stakeholder meeting in Washington, D.C. on workplace violence in healthcare settings. —National Nurses United, 01/10/17 More »

Tri-City Nurses Hold Information Picket Cite Concerns Over Staffing Issues

Tri-City Nurses Hold Information Picket Cite Concerns Over Staffing Issues

Citing concern over staffing issues, Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC), registered nurses will hold an informational picket on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/10/17 More »

NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Today, on his last day in office, Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels announced that U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be granting National Nurses United's (NNU) petition for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. —National Nurses United, 01/10/17 More »

Medicare for all — use formula to replace ACA

Medicare for all — use formula to replace ACA

"Praying for health shouldn’t be the foundation of a modern healthcare system. But that’s where millions of uninsured Americans still find themselves,” wrote Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus Jan. 6, quoting the fears of Los Angeles resident Madelyn Gilbreath about the expected vote by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). —NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, Contributing to The Hill, 01/09/17 More »

Nurses Applaud Huge Vote for Change in  California Democratic Party Elections

Nurses Applaud Huge Vote for Change in California Democratic Party Elections

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today applauded the hundreds of nurses and other progressive activists who appear to have won the majority of Assembly District delegate slots for the 2017 California Democratic Party convention in town hall type meetings over the weekend. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 01/09/17 More »

National Nurses United Endorses Sanders Amendment to Protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare

National Nurses United Endorses Sanders Amendment to Protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare

National Nurses United today strongly endorsed a proposed Senate budget amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders that that would protect funding for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. —National Nurses United, 01/09/17 More »

NNU Nurses to Testify in DC, Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

NNU Nurses to Testify in DC, Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) On Tuesday, January 10, at a public stakeholder meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU)—from states around the country—will demand that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. —National Nurses United, 01/09/17 More »

Alhambra Hospital RNs Vote to Join CNA

Alhambra Hospital RNs Vote to Join CNA

Resisting heavy-handed pressure by hospital managers, registered nurses at Alhambra Hospital Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. voted Thursday to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, CNA announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/17 More »

Alhambra Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. Charged with Violating Registered Nurses Rights

Alhambra Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. Charged with Violating Registered Nurses Rights

The California Nurses Association (CNA) has filed a massive complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Alhambra Hospital Medical Center in Alhambra, Ca. for violating registered nurses rights to a fair union election. —California Nurses Association, 12/29/16 More »

Nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. Approve New Contract

Nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. Approve New Contract

The RNs, affiliated with the California Nurses Association (CNA), say the contract includes significant improvements and workplace protections that will enhance their ability to provide quality patient care. —California Nurses Association, 12/29/16 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse 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, 12/28/16 More »

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

During the last two years alone, nurses represented by California Nurses Association and National Nurses United fought to author and pass state and national legislation that includes Safe RN-to Patient Staffing Ratio’s and California’s Ballot Proposition 61, also known as the Drug Price Relief Act. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 12/28/16 More »

Nurses at Four Verity Health Hospitals in Bay Area and Los Angeles Vote to Approve New Contracts

Nurses at Four Verity Health Hospitals in Bay Area and Los Angeles Vote to Approve New Contracts

After four years of instability and threats of hospital closures or major cuts in patient services, registered nurses voted to approve a new contract covering nearly 1500 RNs at four former Daughters of Charity hospitals that are now owned by Verity Health, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/23/16 More »

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