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RNs Call for Congress to Reject Latest Trade Pact

RNs Call for Congress to Reject Latest Trade Pact

National Nurses United today urged Congress members to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership final agreement warning there remains inadequate guarantees to assure patients and consumers will not be harmed by pharmaceutical price gouging. —National Nurses United, 10/05/15 More »

Guest commentary: It’s time for county to invest in safe patient care

Guest commentary: It’s time for county to invest in safe patient care

Are you proud to call yourself a Contra Costa County resident? Because we are. We are registered nurses who live and work right here in the county, for Contra Costa Health Services. We believe our community, which includes our kids, our families, our neighbors, our co-workers and you, all deserve the very best medical care that our county can provide. —Liz Isenberg and Sherrie Gordovez, via Bay Area News Group, 10/05/15 More »

Courageous Pasadena Nurse, Allysha Almada, Is Getting a Voice at the White House

Courageous Pasadena Nurse, Allysha Almada, Is Getting a Voice at the White House

At 6:28 pm on September 21, Allysha Almada looked at her cell phone and saw an email that appeared to come from the White House. "The President cordially invites you to attend the White House Summit on Worker Voice to be held at the White House on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at nine o'clock in the morning." —Peter Dreier, The Huffington Post, 10/05/15 More »

Contra Costa County Executives Lose Effort to Block Walkout

Contra Costa County Executives Lose Effort to Block Walkout

Nurses who work at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and clinics across the County remain on track to begin a two-day strike Tuesday, October 6 after County officials lost court efforts today to enjoin the walkout. —California Nurses Association, 10/02/15 More »

White House Invites Nurse Fired for Speaking Out at Huntington Hospital to National Summit

White House Invites Nurse Fired for Speaking Out at Huntington Hospital to National Summit

Registered nurses will hold a press conference Monday at Pasadena City Hall as a send-off for RN, Allysha Almada, who has been invited by President Obama to participate in the White House Summit on Worker Voice in Washington D.C. on Oct. 7. —California Nurses Association, 10/02/15 More »

It’s Not Just the Cadillac Tax - Volkswagen System of Profiting Off the Sick Must Go Too

It’s Not Just the Cadillac Tax - Volkswagen System of Profiting Off the Sick Must Go Too

To unpack the growing hubbub over the fraudulently named "Cadillac tax" let's lift the covers off the corporate ideology of both the tax and Affordable Care Act it funds, and ask again, why do we continue to cling to a healthcare system premised on profiting off the sick? —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 10/02/15 More »

‘Moral Distress’ Is Major Contributor to Burnout Among Emergency Nurses

‘Moral Distress’ Is Major Contributor to Burnout Among Emergency Nurses

"Moral distress" can play a major contributing role to burnout among emergency nurses, according to a new report commissioned by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and published online in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. —David Ferguson, Fiercehealthcare.com, 09/30/15 More »

RNs Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns as St. Joseph Health/Providence Health Merger Looms

RNs Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns as St. Joseph Health/Providence Health Merger Looms

Registered nurses from a council of all nine St. Joseph Health system (SJH) hospitals will hold a press event Wednesday at St. Joseph of Orange hospital, at which they will outline their concerns with the proposed merger between Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health. —California Nurses Association, 09/30/15 More »

Worker Stories: Allysha Almada

Worker Stories: Allysha Almada

Today, we take a look at Allysha Almada. When workers go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives, they don't expect to lose their jobs, in fact, saving lives is what registered nurses do every day. That's why Allysha Almada decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and become an RN at the hospital where she was born, Huntington Memorial in Pasadena, Calif. —Kenneth Quinnell / AFL-CIO Blog, 09/29/15 More »

Martin Shkreli and Pharma: A Reminder Why Bernie Continues to Gain Ground

Martin Shkreli and Pharma: A Reminder Why Bernie Continues to Gain Ground

If you still wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders is soaring in the polls, meet Martin Shkreli. Shkreli - "pharma bro" as he has come to be know - is the now infamous CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who sparked a social media firestorm for jacking up the price of an anti-infection drug Duraprim by more than 5,000 percent. —Deborah Burger, via The Huffington Post, 09/29/15 More »

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The World Health Organization estimates that every year 150 million people suffer severe financial hardship because they have to pay out of their own pockets at the time they receive care, and 100 million are pushed into poverty as a result. These statistics, intimidating in themselves, probably mask a problem that cuts far deeper into families and societies across the world. —Sania Nishtar / The Guardian, 09/29/15 More »

RNs at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and County Clinics Announce Plans to Strike October 6-7

RNs at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and County Clinics Announce Plans to Strike October 6-7

After more than a year of negotiations and Contra Costa County’s continued refusal to address deteriorating patient care conditions at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and numerous County clinics—County nurses will hold a two-day strike October 6-7, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today. The walkout will involve nearly 1,000 County RNs, nurse practitioners and public health nurses. —National Nurses United, 09/24/15 More »

Marlborough Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Marlborough Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract

A month after agreeing to a new three-year contract with UMass Memorial Health Care, the registered nurses at Marlborough Hospital voted to ratify the contract Monday. —Jeff Malachowski, Wickedlocal.com, 09/24/15 More »

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

A series of sewage spills and rodent infestation are just the latest reasons why even some of the doctors who practice at Venice Regional Bayfront Health are raising questions about the facility and its future. The hospital now owned by Community Health Systems (CMS) has it's share of challenges, including the highest rate of hospital associated infections in the State in 2014 to receiving 13 violations of State and Federal regulations from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in the hospitals handling of the sewage leak in May OF 2015. —Alix Redmonde / My Suncoast News, 09/24/15 More »

Price Gouging In Health Care Is The Rule, Not the Exception

Price Gouging In Health Care Is The Rule, Not the Exception

Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United, discusses the institutional context behind the recent overnight price hike of Dalarpim —TheRealNews, 09/23/15 More »

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

WATSONVILLE >> Nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital allege their employer maintains illegal nurse-to-patient ratios as defined by California law, a practice they say endangers the welfare of patients. “I witness nurses working back-to-back and 16-hour shifts,” said Roseann Farris, a critical care registered nurse at Watsonville Community Hospital. “In the Critical Care Unit where I work, the hospital’s core staffing requires that we have four nurses available for every shift; but there are times we have had only one or two.” —Ryan Masters / Santa Cruz Sentinel, 09/23/15 More »

Contra Costa County Nurses Call on Supervisors to Invest in Patient Care, Not Replacement RNs

Contra Costa County Nurses Call on Supervisors to Invest in Patient Care, Not Replacement RNs

Registered nurses who work in Contra Costa County's public hospital, jail and clinics today sharply condemned a decision by County Supervisors to spend $3.7 million to fund replacement nurses during a potential strike—rather than directing those resources toward settling a contract that addresses the RNs' concerns for improving patient care. —California Nurses Association, 09/22/15 More »

RNs Urge City Council: Pass Resolution, Make Watsonville Community Hospital Comply with Staffing Law

RNs Urge City Council: Pass Resolution, Make Watsonville Community Hospital Comply with Staffing Law

Registered nurses will testify on deteriorating patient care conditions at Watsonville Community Hospital at the Watsonville City Council Tuesday night and ask for their support on a resolution citing the need to immediately rectify chronic short-staffing at the hospital. More »

Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of ‘rushing patients through’ to save money

Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of ‘rushing patients through’ to save money

A Portland jury on Friday awarded a nurse more than $3 million -- agreeing that she was wrongfully terminated by Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center after she complained to management that cost-cutting measures were jeopardizing patient care. —Aimee Green, The Oregonian/OregonLive , 09/22/15 More »

How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

Let's make history. The 2016 election offers a rare moment to crack a barrier that can truly transform our nation -- the opportunity to shatter the Class Ceiling. —National Nurses United, 09/22/15 More »

Nurses Calling on Watsonville Community Hospital to Comply with California RN Staffing Law

Nurses Calling on Watsonville Community Hospital to Comply with California RN Staffing Law

Registered nurses will testify on deteriorating patient care conditions at Watsonville Community Hospital at the Watsonville City Council Tuesday night and ask for their support on a resolution citing the need to immediately rectify chronic short-staffing at the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 09/22/15 More »

Nurses Overwhelmingly Approve Contracts for 8000 RNs at 17 HCA-Affiliated Hospitals in Five States

Nurses Overwhelmingly Approve Contracts for 8000 RNs at 17 HCA-Affiliated Hospitals in Five States

Registered nurses voted overwhelmingly to ratify new collective bargaining agreements covering nearly 8,000 RNs at 17 HCA-affiliated hospitals in five states, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 09/22/15 More »

Henry Mayo Valencia Hospital RNs Ratify 3-Year Pact

Henry Mayo Valencia Hospital RNs Ratify 3-Year Pact

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia Thursday night voted to approve a new three-year contract agreement that provides some additional patient care protections and economic gains. —California Nurses Association, 09/18/15 More »

NNU Co-President to Represent Sen. Bernie Sanders at Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention

NNU Co-President to Represent Sen. Bernie Sanders at Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention

Karen Higgins, co-president of the nation’s largest RN organization National Nurses United who is also a Massachusetts RN, will represent Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Springfield, Ma. Saturday morning. —National Nurses United, 09/18/15 More »

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements That Cover Nearly 8000 RNs in 17 HCA-Affiliated Hospitals

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements That Cover Nearly 8000 RNs in 17 HCA-Affiliated Hospitals

Nurses will hold membership meetings to vote on whether to ratify the proposed agreements through Monday. The pacts affect RNs at ten HCA hospitals in Florida, four in Texas, and one each in Missouri, Kansas, and Nevada. The agreements make substantial strides for working conditions for RNs, patient care standards and the quality of care at the 17 facilities as well as noteworthy economic gains. All the RNs are represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) /National Nurses United (NNU) -- the largest organization of registered nurses in the country, with 185,000 members. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 09/18/15 More »

National Nurses United Responds to The View’s Disparaging Remarks about Nurses

National Nurses United Responds to The View’s Disparaging Remarks about Nurses

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest organization of nurses in the U.S., would like to express disappointment regarding ABC show The View’s disparaging, patronizing and misinformed comments on nursing. —National Nurses United, 09/16/15 More »

DeAnn McEwen, RN and Nursing Practice, Health and Safety Specialist, National Nurses United
North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate Health Care, Hospital Closing

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate Health Care, Hospital Closing

In their only debate prior to next week's preliminary, the three candidates for mayor spent more than an hour on Tuesday night answering health care-related questions and trying to slip in elements of their campaign platforms. The forum was sponsored by the North County Cares Coalition, the Tuesday night advocacy group launched with the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in 2014. —Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires, 09/16/15 More »

NNU Urges Congress: Guarantee Lifetime Health Care Coverage for 9/11 First Responders

NNU Urges Congress: Guarantee Lifetime Health Care Coverage for 9/11 First Responders

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest nurses’ union and professional association, representing 190,000 RNs across the country, is urging Congress to support S. 928 / H.R. 1786, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. —National Nurses United, 09/16/15 More »

RN Response Network Mobilizes Volunteer Nurses to Care for Butte Fire and Valley Fire Evacuees

RN Response Network Mobilizes Volunteer Nurses to Care for Butte Fire and Valley Fire Evacuees

As the weekend drew to a close, and California’s devastating wild fires continued to destroy homes and leave tens of thousands of evacuees displaced, National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) mobilized teams of volunteer nurses to help provide care for Butte and Valley fire evacuees. —Registered Nurse Response Network, 09/15/15 More »

Opinion: CNA report deserves a serious response from St. Joseph

Opinion: CNA report deserves a serious response from St. Joseph

Like many other contributors to St. Joseph Hospital, I received a letter recently from the president of St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. David O’Brien. The letter is purportedly a response to very specific claims that my union, the California Nurses Association (CNA), has made against St. Joseph Health in general and St. Joseph Hospital in particular. The letter Dr. O’Brien sent is disappointing and filled with generalizations, omissions and unnecessarily accusatory language directed at CNA. —James Ladika, Eureka Times-Standard, 09/14/15 More »

After 9/11, Bernie Sanders Voted Against Iraq. Hillary Clinton Calls Her Vote a ‘Mistake’

After 9/11, Bernie Sanders Voted Against Iraq. Hillary Clinton Calls Her Vote a ‘Mistake’

After 9/11, Americans and the Democratic Party needed someone to stand up to the Bush Administration. We needed a true two-party system that offered a choice between invading Iraq and containing Saddam in the manner we had done for over a decade. Instead, leading Democrats sided with neoconservative Republicans, primarily because 72% of Americans supported the war in 2003. —H. A. Goodman, The Huffington Post, 09/11/15 More »

North County Cares Coalition to Host a North Adams Mayoral Candidates Forum at the American Legion

North County Cares Coalition to Host a North Adams Mayoral Candidates Forum at the American Legion

Since the former North Adams Regional Hospital abruptly closed on March 28, 2014, residents in Northern Berkshire County have been anxiously awaiting answers about the future of the region’s health care and its economy. On Tuesday night, for the first time since the closure, residents will have a chance to hear from candidates in a mayoral election. Richard Alcombright, John Barrett III and Eric Rudd will take questions from a panel of residents and from the audience during a forum moderated by Adams Town Moderator Ed Driscoll. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United , 09/11/15 More »

Oak Hill Hospital Nurses Plan Picket Sept. 14,  Urge Hospital Compliance with Staffing Plan

Oak Hill Hospital Nurses Plan Picket Sept. 14,  Urge Hospital Compliance with Staffing Plan

Registered nurses at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville will hold an informational picket and rally on Sept. 14 to urge that the hospital consistently comply with its own staffing plan and take additional steps to improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses United, 09/10/15 More »

Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro Speaks on Sanders’ call to Organized Labor

Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro Speaks on Sanders’ call to Organized Labor

"We are truly in an amazing and transformative time. It’s not a fantasy, it will last for years to come if we are sincerely committed to the change that this campaign, our campaign, with Bernie represents." —National Nurses United, 09/09/15 More »

Tentative Pact for RNs at Henry Mayo Valencia Hospital

Tentative Pact for RNs at Henry Mayo Valencia Hospital

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia have reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials on a new three-year collective bargaining pact that ends a months-long dispute, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

A Labor Day Story: Union Nurses Making a Difference

A Labor Day Story: Union Nurses Making a Difference

The positive impact of RNs in the public arena can be traced back to the earliest American nurses. These RNs, who included women like Lillian Wald and Lavinia Dock, saw communities in desperate need and poverty—whether it was from poor sanitation, lack of opportunities for children working in sweatshops, or no access to healthcare. To advocate for their patients’ health, these nurses understood that they needed to advocate for social reform on a broader level; many early 20th century RNs were deeply involved in social movements. Wald and Dock were representative of nurses who expanded the role of RNs in advocating on behalf of the public interest by speaking out on issues such as women's suffrage, child labor law protections, and union and worker's rights. —National Nurses United, 09/03/15 More »

A Labor Day Story: Union Nurses Making a Difference

A Labor Day Story: Union Nurses Making a Difference

For a unique story this Labor Day, consider a "non-traditional" labor story — how unionized nurses — represented by the nation's largest nurses union, National Nurses United, is making a difference for patients, the public interest and nurses ability to protect patients and advocate in the public arena in upholding the wellbeing of our country, our communities and the planet. —National Nurses United, 09/03/15 More »

Higher Power: Joining with Pope Francis in the fight for healthcare justice

Higher Power: Joining with Pope Francis in the fight for healthcare justice

Imagine if the tens of millions of nurses in the world start working actively together with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, 16 percent of the planet’s population, on confronting the health consequences of climate change and environmental degradation. And, jointly pressing all nations – including the most recalcitrant, our own – to accept healthcare as a fundamental human right. —RoseAnn DeMoro / National Nurse Magazine, 09/02/15 More »

Help RNs Hold St. Joseph Health System CEO Accountable For Change

Help RNs Hold St. Joseph Health System CEO Accountable For Change

The registered nurses of St. Joseph Health System have recently released a new report, “Falling From Grace,” on ethical and patient care concerns at SJH hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/02/15 More »

Nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster Moving Forward with One-Day Strike September 3

Nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster Moving Forward with One-Day Strike September 3

Registered nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster (KHW) in Westminster, Ca. are moving forward with plans to hold a one-day strike beginning Thursday, September 3, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 09/01/15 More »

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Federal health inspectors effectively stopped over 30 unstarted surgeries from proceeding at Huntington Memorial Hospital last Tuesday after they reportedly discovered numerous violations of proper sterilization procedures during a surprise audit, current and former Operating Room nurses allege. —James Macpherson, Pasadena Now, 08/31/15 More »

Nurses at Fawcett Memorial Hospital Plan Picket

Nurses at Fawcett Memorial Hospital Plan Picket

Registered nurses will hold an informational picket on Weds. Sept. 2 to urge Fawcett Memorial Hospital to consistently comply with its own staffing plan and take positive steps to improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida, 08/31/15 More »

High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. —Bernie Sanders, via The Huffington Post, 08/31/15 More »

Nurses Invite Pope Francis to Meet on U.S. Visit to Discuss  Health Effects of Climate Crisis

Nurses Invite Pope Francis to Meet on U.S. Visit to Discuss Health Effects of Climate Crisis

Leaders of unions representing leading nurses and other healthcare workers in 18 countries from every major continent are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the U.S. to discuss ways to work together to combat the alarming health effects of the climate crisis and other environmental degradation. —Global Nurses United, 08/30/15 More »

America celebrates 50 years of Medicare:  Parties, pies, and a rallying cry for change

America celebrates 50 years of Medicare:  Parties, pies, and a rallying cry for change

On July 30, nurses, seniors, elected official, healthcare activists, and more—threw a huge cross-country, 25-city celebration of Medicare’s 50th birthday. Under the rallying cry “Protect! Improve! Expand!” (PIE), it’s no wonder birthday cake gave way to pie on this landmark day, where community fun mixed with moving testimony on Medicare’s role in making healthcare a human right. —National Nurses United, 08/27/15 More »

RNs at Marlborough Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement with Management for Three-Year Contract

RNs at Marlborough Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement with Management for Three-Year Contract

The registered nurses at Marlborough Hospital, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and UMass Memorial Health Care reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on a three-year contract that aims to improve RN-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 08/27/15 More »

A Decade After Katrina, RNs Reflect on What We’ve Learned and Refuse to Learn

A Decade After Katrina, RNs Reflect on What We’ve Learned and Refuse to Learn

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction along the Gulf Coast, registered nurse volunteers with the disaster relief program, Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), which sent hundreds of RN volunteers to provide disaster relief to the region in the wake of the deadly storm, say that critical lessons which exacerbated the 2005 crisis – global climate change, our lack of a national healthcare system, and failure to invest in public resources and infrastructure – have still not been learned. —National Nurses United, 08/26/15 More »

Kaiser LAMC Nurses Plan Vigil Thursday With Call for Safer Patient Care Staffing for Children

Kaiser LAMC Nurses Plan Vigil Thursday With Call for Safer Patient Care Staffing for Children

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center will hold a vigil Thursday night to press the hospital giant to invest in safer patient care for children at its Southern California flagship hospital. —California Nurses Association, 08/26/15 More »

Nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster Set One-Day Strike for September 3

Nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster Set One-Day Strike for September 3

Registered nurses at Kindred Hospital Westminster (KHW) in Westminster, Ca. will hold a one-day strike beginning Thursday, September 3, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/24/15 More »

National Nurses United Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare List

National Nurses United Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to 100 Most Influential in Healthcare List

It’s 14 for 14. On a list dominated hospital, insurance, pharmaceutical, and other healthcare industry corporations, National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has again been named as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in the U.S. —National Nurses United, 08/24/15 More »

Contra Costa County Nurses Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

Contra Costa County Nurses Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

With contract talks stalled, nurses who work for Contra Costa County voted nearly unanimously late last week to authorize a strike, if necessary, to protest the County’s continued refusal to address unsafe staffing and high nurse attrition/turnover and its failure to properly invest in its healthcare system. No strike date has been set as yet. —California Nurses Association, 08/24/15 More »

Nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Set One-Day Strike for September 3

Nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Set One-Day Strike for September 3

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, Ca. will hold a one-day strike beginning Thursday, September 3 the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced yesterday. —California Nurses Association, 08/24/15 More »

Huntington RNs Cite Recent Firings as Latest in Management Pattern of Violating Nurses’ Rights

Huntington RNs Cite Recent Firings as Latest in Management Pattern of Violating Nurses’ Rights

Registered nurses will gather at Huntington Memorial Hospital Monday to speak out about the recent firing of an outspoken nurse leader in Huntington RNs’ fight to better advocate for patients by forming a union—as well as the firing of a nurse co-worker. —California Nurses Association, 08/23/15 More »

Nurses at Medical Center of Trinity Plan Picket

Nurses at Medical Center of Trinity Plan Picket

Registered nurses will hold an informational picket and rally on Monday, Aug. 24 to urge Medical Center of Trinity to consistently comply with its own staffing plan and improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida, 08/21/15 More »

Nurses accuse Queen of the Valley, St. Joseph Health of profits before people

Nurses accuse Queen of the Valley, St. Joseph Health of profits before people

The California Nurses Association held a press conference in Napa on Wednesday to accuse St. Joseph Health, the parent of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, of degrading patient care in pursuit of profits. Once run by Catholic nuns, the organization is now a large business enterprise that has lost its “moral compass,” the union charged in a report titled “Falling from Grace.” —Jennifer Huffman / Napa Valley Register, 08/20/15 More »

Corpus Christi Medical Center Nurses Plan Picket, Push Plan to Recruit and Retain Experienced RNs

Corpus Christi Medical Center Nurses Plan Picket, Push Plan to Recruit and Retain Experienced RNs

Registered nurses will hold an informational picket and rally on Friday morning to urge the hospital to consistently comply with its own staffing plan to improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 08/20/15 More »

Nurses Release New Report, Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns at St. Joseph Health System

Nurses Release New Report, Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns at St. Joseph Health System

(EUREKA) Registered nurses from St. Joseph Health system (SJH) will gather at St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka Thursday to hand out summaries of a new report on serious concerns that have arisen as SJH has shifted from the values of its founding Sisters—to corporate management concerned, nurses say, with maximizing revenue at the expense of patients, RNs, taxpayers, and its own stated principles. —California Nurses Association, 08/20/15 More »

Nurses Release New Report, Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns at St. Joseph Health System

Nurses Release New Report, Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns at St. Joseph Health System

(APPLE VALLEY) Registered nurses from St. Joseph Health system (SJH) will gather at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley Thursday to hand out summaries of a new report on serious concerns that have arisen as SJH has shifted from the values of its founding Sisters—to corporate management concerned, nurses say, with maximizing revenue at the expense of patients, RNs, taxpayers, and its own stated principles. —California Nurses Association, 08/20/15 More »

Stockton: RNs to Picket St. Joseph’s Medical Center Friday

Stockton: RNs to Picket St. Joseph’s Medical Center Friday

Registered nurses from St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC) will stage an informational picket on Friday, Aug. 21 over concerns about safe staffing issues at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 08/19/15 More »

Nurses Release New Report, Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns at St. Joseph Health System

Nurses Release New Report, Speak Out on Ethical, Patient Care Concerns at St. Joseph Health System

(NAPA) Registered nurses from St. Joseph Health system (SJH) hospitals will gather in Napa Wednesday to officially release a new report on the serious concerns that have arisen as SJH has shifted from the values of its founding Sisters—to corporate management concerned, nurses say, with maximizing revenue at the expense of patients, RNs, taxpayers, and its own stated principles. —California Nurses Association, 08/19/15 More »

RNs Call on AG Harris, FTC to Assure Protection for Patients and Nurses in Merger

RNs Call on AG Harris, FTC to Assure Protection for Patients and Nurses in Merger

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today called on California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Federal Trade Commission, and other elected leaders and regulatory agencies to carefully review the proposed merger between Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health to assure patient protections and nurses’ rights are not infringed. —California Nurses Association, 08/19/15 More »

Research Medical Center Nurses to Picket, Urge Compliance Plan to Recruit and Retain Experienced RNs

Research Medical Center Nurses to Picket, Urge Compliance Plan to Recruit and Retain Experienced RNs

Registered nurses at Research Medical Center will hold an informational picket and rally on Thursday to urge that the hospital consistently comply with its own staffing plan to improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses United, 08/18/15 More »

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Nurses Plan Picket, Urge Hospital Compliance with Staffing Plan

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Nurses Plan Picket, Urge Hospital Compliance with Staffing Plan

Registered nurses at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota will hold an informational picket and rally on Thursday to urge that the hospital consistently comply with its own staffing plan to improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida, 08/18/15 More »

Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks

Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks

Every year, about one million Americans and tens of millions of people worldwide suffer the debilitating effects of salmonella poisoning, episodes sometimes serious enough for hospitalization. Cholera, while rare in the United States, has been increasing steadily in other countries for the last decade, with up to 5 million cases annually, and poses a real threat after natural disasters. —Marlene Cimons, Thingprogress.org, 08/14/15 More »

Why the Nation’s Nurses are Supporting Bernie Sanders for President

Why the Nation’s Nurses are Supporting Bernie Sanders for President

Bernie Sanders aligns perfectly with nurses on the most critical problems facing our nation, from income inequality to guaranteeing healthcare to all to holding Wall Street and corporations to account to opening the doors to college education for everyone to racial justice to the climate crisis. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 08/12/15 More »

Redwood Memorial nurses vote to join California Nurses Association

Redwood Memorial nurses vote to join California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at the Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna voted Monday to join the California Nurses Association. According to a California Nurses Association press release, the union is part of the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United. —The Times-Standard, 08/12/15 More »

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. —Associated Press, via Chicago Tribune, 08/11/15 More »

NLRB Issues Complaint Against Southcoast/Tobey Hospital  for Bad-Faith Bargaining with RNs

NLRB Issues Complaint Against Southcoast/Tobey Hospital for Bad-Faith Bargaining with RNs

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Southcoast Hospitals Group, owner of Tobey Hospital in Wareham, for bargaining in bad faith with the registered nurses at Tobey Hospital. —David Schildmeier, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/11/15 More »

Nurses Endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President

Nurses Endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President

Noting his issues “align with nurses from top to bottom,” National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, today endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President. —National Nurses United, 08/11/15 More »

Bernie Sanders gets endorsement of big nurses union

Bernie Sanders gets endorsement of big nurses union

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday became more than an afterthought to front-runner rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as the 185,000-member National Nurses United, the nation’s largest female-dominated labor union, announced its endorsement. —Carla Marinucci, The San Francisco Chronicle, 08/11/15 More »

A champion of nurses, patients and the people: NNU Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

A champion of nurses, patients and the people: NNU Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

The 200-plus nurse members had gathered in NNU’s Oakland, Calif. office for a national conversation with Sanders—also broadcast live to thousands of additional RNs in cities from Des Moines and Chicago, to Kansas City and Orlando. Citing Sanders’ track record on supporting Medicare for all, fighting income inequality, working to end systemic racism, and “the same issues that animate nurses” —National Nurses United, 08/10/15 More »

Remarks by Bernie Sanders at National Nurses United’s Endorsement

Remarks by Bernie Sanders at National Nurses United’s Endorsement

Let me begin by thanking RoseAnn DeMoro, and the 185,000 members of National Nurses United, for providing high quality healthcare to the American people. I am honored to have the support of the largest nurse’s union in this country! —berniesanders.com, 08/10/15 More »

Nurses at Redwood Memorial Hospital Vote to  Affiliate with the California Nurses Association

Nurses at Redwood Memorial Hospital Vote to Affiliate with the California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Ca. voted yesterday to join the California Nurses Association, part of National Nurses United, the nation's largest organization of registered nurses. —California Nurses Association, 08/10/15 More »

National Nurses’ Conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders

National Nurses’ Conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders—a champion of Medicare for all, national nurse-to-patient ratios, collective bargaining rights for RNs, Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street, and more—is inviting nurses to take part in a live, nationally broadcast conversation, held at the National Nurses United office in Oakland, CA. —National Nurses United, 08/06/15 More »

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Scholarships Available for Women’s Global Health Leadership Courses

Scholarships Available for Women’s Global Health Leadership Courses

As part of the Certificate Program in Women’s Global Health Leadership, we are pleased to announce the Fall 2015 courses Global Women’s Health Movements, Gendered Professions and the Transnational Care Economy, and Health Consequences of Global Trade in Food Commodities, co-sponsored by National Nurses United and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The courses will be offered online during the Fall Semester of 2015. Classes begin September 1, 2015. —National Nurses United, 08/04/15 More »

It’s Official–Federal Labor Board Certifies California Nurses Assn. at Kaiser’s Flagship LAMC

It’s Official–Federal Labor Board Certifies California Nurses Assn. at Kaiser’s Flagship LAMC

The National Labor Relations Board today officially certified the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United as the union representative for 1,200 registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s flagship Southern California hospital, the Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC). —California Nurses Association, 08/03/15 More »

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

The poll from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the research arm of the consulting firm, finds that 30 percent of people with insurance through ObamaCare’s marketplaces are satisfied with their plans. That compares with 42 percent satisfaction from people with employer-sponsored plans, 48 percent with Medicaid and 58 percent with Medicare. —Peter Sullivan, The Hill, 08/03/15 More »

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

About half the states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have enrolled more people than they expected, generating bigger health coverage gains but also prompting fears among some policymakers that states will thus bear higher-than-expected future costs. —Jesse Cross-Call, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 08/03/15 More »

Nurses at Las Palmas Medical Center Plan Picket

Nurses at Las Palmas Medical Center Plan Picket

Registered nurses will hold an informational picket and rally on Thursday July 30 at Las Palmas Medical Center to urge the hospital to consistently comply with its staffing plan and take other steps to improve the hospital’s recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 07/30/15 More »

Menorah Medical Center Nurses Plan Picket, Steps Needed to Recruit and Retain RNs

Menorah Medical Center Nurses Plan Picket, Steps Needed to Recruit and Retain RNs

Registered nurses will hold an informational picket and rally on Friday July 31 at Menorah Medical Center to urge the hospital to consistently comply with its staffing plan and take other steps to improve the hospital’s recruitment and retention of experienced RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MO/KS, 07/29/15 More »

Happy 50th Birthday Medicare!

Happy 50th Birthday Medicare!

The Medicare and Medicaid bill passed both houses of congress by an overwhelming vote. President Johnson signs it into law on July 30, 1965. Harry Truman was present at the signing and Johnson helped Truman sign-up for Medicare. —Nurse Talk Radio, 07/27/15 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders Featured Speaker at DC Rally Thursday Celebrating Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

Sen. Bernie Sanders Featured Speaker at DC Rally Thursday Celebrating Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

Sen. Bernie Sanders will highlight a large Washington DC rally Thursday, July 30 in Upper Senate Park celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare, joining with other legislators, registered nurses and community members. The event is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay, under a theme of "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie." —National Nurses United, 07/27/15 More »

RNs at Three LA Area Providence Hospitals, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Torrance Ratify New Contract

RNs at Three LA Area Providence Hospitals, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Torrance Ratify New Contract

Registered nurses at three Los Angeles area hospitals, operated by the Providence Health and Services chain, have voted, nearly unanimously, to approve collective bargaining agreements that they say addresses key concerns about staffing and pay equity. —California Nurses Association, 07/27/15 More »

Nurses Plan Festive Events Celebrating Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

Nurses Plan Festive Events Celebrating Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

Registered nurses will join actions in over 25 U.S. cities July 30 to honor Medicare and Medicaid's 50th anniversary with a National Day of Action celebrating the theme, "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie" – and call on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. —National Nurses United, 07/27/15 More »

California Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Festive Celebrations on Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

California Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Festive Celebrations on Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

Registered nurses and other community leaders from throughout California are marking the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with festive events and actions in Los Angeles and Oakland. The celebration is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The overall theme is "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie," i.e. to Protect, Improve and Expand (PIE) Medicare to cover everyone. —California Nurses Association, 07/27/15 More »

A Historic Night to Remember at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center

A Historic Night to Remember at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center

It was past midnight Thursday night ebbing into Friday morning when CNA/NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro announced the report of the final numbers from the vote count at Kaiser Permanente’s flagship Southern California hospital. —California Nurses Association, 07/24/15 More »

Landslide – At Kaiser’s Flagship Los Angeles Hospital,  RNs Vote by Nearly 70% to Join CNA

Landslide – At Kaiser’s Flagship Los Angeles Hospital,  RNs Vote by Nearly 70% to Join CNA

Registered nurses from Kaiser Permanente’s flagship Southern California hospital, the Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC), sent an emphatic message Thursday night to Kaiser and the healthcare industry, with a landslide vote to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, California’s largest nurses and largest hospital union. —California Nurses Association, 07/24/15 More »

Chicago Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Festive Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Chicago Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Festive Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a festive event and action in Chicago. The celebration is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The overall theme is "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie," i.e. to Protect, Improve and Expand (PIE) Medicare to cover everyone. —National Nurses United, 07/23/15 More »

Miami Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Miami Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a march and rally in Miami. The event is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The overall theme is "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie," i.e. to Protect, Improve and Expand (PIE) Medicare to cover everyone. Planned actions include public forums, rallies, marches, skits, flash mobs and birthday celebration parties, picnics and BBQ's. —National Nurses United, 07/23/15 More »

DC Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

DC Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a rally and lobby day in Washington DC. The celebration is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The overall theme is "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie," i.e. to Protect, Improve and Expand (PIE) Medicare to cover everyone. —National Nurses United, 07/23/15 More »

NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and  the Health Impact of Societal Racial Disparities

NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Health Impact of Societal Racial Disparities

National Nurses United joins with the AFL-CIO and activists across the U.S. in urging all Presidential candidates to address to the pervasive problems of racial and economic justice that have so stained our nation. —National Nurses United, 07/23/15 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Union President Donna Kelly-Williams and several other members are testifying Tuesday at a Massachusetts state hearing on the bill. Elizabeth Dalton, a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, will testify about her experience dealing with the irate father of a dying patient who threatened her with a knife. —Adam Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 07/22/15 More »

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson has agreed to pay the United States $510,000 to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary cardiac procedures over an eight-year period, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. —The Jackson Sun, 07/21/15 More »

Marin General RNs to Picket Wednesday Morning

Marin General RNs to Picket Wednesday Morning

Registered nurses will hold an informational picket outside Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae Wednesday morning to alert area residents about their concerns over issues they say affect patient and workplace safety. —California Nurses Association, 07/21/15 More »

Opinion: Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause

Opinion: Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause

Over the last several hundred years, financial panics have repeatedly caused severe economic turmoil. For example, there were financial panics every 10 to 20 years in the late 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s, many of which resulted in severe recessions. —Mark Thoma, The Fiscal Times, 07/20/15 More »

Nurses Call on County to Invest in Vital Health Care for Residents, Hold Picket to Protest Concerns

Nurses Call on County to Invest in Vital Health Care for Residents, Hold Picket to Protest Concerns

Registered nurses that work for Contra Costa County will hold an informational picket on Monday July 20, to call attention to the County's failure to properly invest in its health care system and address unsafe patient care conditions. —California Nurses Association, 07/17/15 More »

CNA Statement on Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

CNA Statement on Sale of Daughters of Charity Hospitals

In response to the announcement that the Daughters of Charity Health System has selected BlueMountain Capital Management as a buyer for its six hospital system, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today said it will press Blue Mountain and DCHS to keep open all the hospitals, retain current patient services, and honor the collective bargaining rights and current standards for DCHS employees. —California Nurses Association, 07/17/15 More »

Major Settlement – Tentative Pact for RNs at LA-Area Providence Hospitals

Major Settlement – Tentative Pact for RNs at LA-Area Providence Hospitals

Registered nurses at three hospitals operated by the Providence Health and Services chain reached a tentative contract settlement early Wednesday with hospital officials at three Los Angeles area hospitals that they say addresses key concerns about staffing and pay equity. —National Nurses United, 07/16/15 More »

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