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Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

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

When health insurers play games, patients lose

When health insurers play games, patients lose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

LABOR: Board finds in favor of nurses’ union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Levine, nurses lobby for delay in Palm Drive vote

Levine, nurses lobby for delay in Palm Drive vote

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

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

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

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

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

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

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RNs at Capital to Protect Missouri Patients—Wednesday

RNs at Capital to Protect Missouri Patients—Wednesday

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

Hospital administrators in Connecticut tout the financial benefits of mergers

Hospital administrators in Connecticut tout the financial benefits of mergers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska Nurse Concerned About Health Impact of Keystone XL

Nebraska Nurse Concerned About Health Impact of Keystone XL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marin General nurses petition administration to address patient care concerns

Marin General nurses petition administration to address patient care concerns

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

Understaffing, Failure to Provide Adequate Care

Understaffing, Failure to Provide Adequate Care

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

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

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

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

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

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

Nurses Endorse Vincent Orange for DC Mayor

Nurses Endorse Vincent Orange for DC Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

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

The Truth About Tar Sands

The Truth About Tar Sands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California RN Updates and Actions for Healing!

California RN Updates and Actions for Healing!

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

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

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

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket on Thursday to protest management's continued refusal to take serious action on substantive contract issues after over twenty months at the bargaining table. Safe patient care has been a key focus in contract negotiations between Sutter management and the nurses who voted in March 2012 to affiliate with the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. Management continues to thwart the bargaining progress and stifle RNs efforts to improve conditions at the hospital, nurses say. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

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

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

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

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

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

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

Profits Over Patients

Profits Over Patients

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

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

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

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

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs

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

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

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

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

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

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

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

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

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

Unions Say No Retreat in South After VW Defeat

Unions Say No Retreat in South After VW Defeat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affinity RN Welcomed Back To Work After Unlawful Termination

Affinity RN Welcomed Back To Work After Unlawful Termination

Carrying bagpipes, flowers, and paper lanterns, a group of Ann Wayt's RN colleagues will be on hand to greet her and will accompany her into the hospital. Nurses from units throughout the facility will send a flower every hour of her initial shift as an ongoing reminder of their support. —National Nurses United NNOC-Ohio, 02/12/14 More »

New York Hospitals Set to Move Dialysis Care to Private Chain, Despite Track Record

New York Hospitals Set to Move Dialysis Care to Private Chain, Despite Track Record

Now New York State’s Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to vote Thursday on a deal to turn over dialysis at four of the city’s public hospitals to a for-profit franchise called Big Apple Dialysis despite government data showing the company’s centers did not perform as well as the hospitals themselves. —The New York Times, 02/12/14 More »

Affinity Nurses Plan Festive Return for RN Unlawfully Fired for Union Activity

Affinity Nurses Plan Festive Return for RN Unlawfully Fired for Union Activity

Affinity Medical Center registered nurses will be joined by members of local unions and community supporters in a celebratory show of support for RN Ann Wayt on her first day back to work Thursday after a federal court ordered the hospital to reinstate her, the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio, announced today (NNOC-OH). Affinity is also ordered to retract the report it made to the Ohio Board of Nursing seeking to have her nursing license rescinded. —National Nurses United, 02/12/14 More »

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

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

Over the past year alone, Alta Bates Summit RNs have submitted to hospital managers some 500 reports of what they say are unsafe assignments required of the RNs. Yet hospital officials routinely ignore the problems and fail to fix the problems that are now widespread affecting units throughout the Oakland and Berkeley hospitals, RNs note. —California Nurses Association / NNU, 02/12/14 More »

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

The 185,000-member National Nurses United labor union last month claimed that management at two California hospitals owned by Franklin-based Community Health Systems wrongfully terminated nurses who also were union members and had been outspoken on labor issues. —Tennessean, 02/10/14 More »

New Report Confirms “Right to Work” Would Harm Missouri’s Middle Class

New Report Confirms “Right to Work” Would Harm Missouri’s Middle Class

Recently, Dr. Michael Kelsay, an economics professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, conducted a study in which he examined the economic impact that proposed “Right to Work” laws would have on the state of Missouri. His conclusions confirm that “Right to Work” would have a devastating impact on Missouri’s economy and hurt Missouri’s middle class families. —Protect MO Families, 02/10/14 More »

Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger

Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger

The California Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Watsonville Hospital for firing 36-year veteran nurse Tim Thomas. It alleges Thomas was terminated after criticizing the merger of Watsonville's Hospital's parent company, Community Health Systems, with Health Management Associates at HMA's Florida shareholder meeting in early January. HMA shareholders approved the $7.6 billion acquisition. —The Real News Network, 02/10/14 More »

Joel Hay: What’s wrong with American hospitals?

Joel Hay: What’s wrong with American hospitals?

In 2010, the Medicare program inspector general reported that the death toll from hospital errors had risen to 180,000 annually just in the Medicare program alone. A more recent study found that as many as 440,000 deaths each year result from hospital errors – equivalent to two daily jumbo jet crashes. —Orange County Register, 02/10/14 More »

RNs Protest Management’s Efforts to Undermine Patient Care at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward

RNs Protest Management’s Efforts to Undermine Patient Care at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward

The Registered Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward conducted a candlelight vigil today to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. In December 2012, after several years of mismanagement at St. Rose, the RNs voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association. Since that time, RNs have actively sought to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves some of their existing standards, and also improves them so that RNs can provide the best patient care. The nurses and their bargaining team have focused on standards that also address the retention and recruitment of experienced RNs. —California Nurses Association, 02/07/14 More »

Obamacare’s Founding CEO Wants To Bring Single Payer To Massachusetts

Obamacare’s Founding CEO Wants To Bring Single Payer To Massachusetts

On his first day as governor of Massachusetts, Donald Berwick promises to set up a commission tasked with finding a way to bring single payer to the Bay State. It'll have report back to him within a year -- ideally sooner. Having run Medicare and Obamacare in Washington for 17 months, he has concluded that the existing hybrid system is too cumbersome and expensive, and that single payer is the right fix. —Talking Points Memo, 02/07/14 More »

Nurses get advice on patient ratios

Nurses get advice on patient ratios

With contract talks for 2,600 nurses in the Capital district health authority breaking down last week, their union has brought in someone with experience in one of the key issues in dispute. —Herald News, 02/07/14 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement With Baystate Health

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement With Baystate Health

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract, averting a one-day strike that was planned for Monday, Feb. 10. The pact provides protections the nurses had sought to prevent the use of mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe staffing at the hospital. It also includes improvements to the nurses’ health insurance benefit and will grant the nurses pay raises. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 02/07/14 More »

Vigil in Hayward Today, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Nurses Support a Healthy Future for St. Rose Hospital

Vigil in Hayward Today, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Nurses Support a Healthy Future for St. Rose Hospital

The Registered Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward will conduct a candlelight vigil today to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. In December 2012, after several years of mismanagement at St. Rose, the RNs voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association. Since that time, RNs have actively sought to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves some of their existing standards, and also improves them so that RNs can provide the best patient care. —California Nurses Association, 02/06/14 More »

Orlando Health under investigation by national labor board

Orlando Health under investigation by national labor board

ORLANDO, FL—Nurses who have been telling Channel 9 for months that Orlando Health officials have been pulling them away from their patients in an attempt to stop their efforts to form a union said they have also been threatened by their bosses. —wftv.com 9, 02/05/14 More »

RNRN Helped After Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

RNRN Helped After Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

We are traveling on a narrow road from one barangay, or Philippine village, to the next. Along our way, we see palm trees bent in the middle, bowing their tattered heads toward our caravan, evidence of the storm. The smell of burning debris is everywhere as people burn the remnants of their lives, intact before the arrival of Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The roadside is littered with this burning debris. The sun is hot above us. Dark smoke curls into the pale blue sky. —National Nurses United / Global Nurses United, 02/04/14 More »

Primer on Climate Change, Healthcare, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Primer on Climate Change, Healthcare, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone project is a controversial proposal for a 1,700 mile pipeline to send 900,000 barrels every day of one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. Major oil and other fossil fuel corporations in the U.S. and Canada, joined by other Wall Street interests and the federal and state politicians they influence are promoting the plan. —National Nurses United, 02/04/14 More »

Orlando Health to Face Federal Labor Board Trial On Charges of Harassment, Violations of RN Rights

Orlando Health to Face Federal Labor Board Trial On Charges of Harassment, Violations of RN Rights

For the past several months, Orlando Health RNs have in discussion about seeking collective representation to improve patient care conditions and protect their economic standards through the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs. But in an attempt to suppress that effort, Orlando Health has responded, say RNs and NNOC-Florida, with a campaign of harassment against nurses. More »

New study links fracking to birth defects in heavily drilled Colorado

New study links fracking to birth defects in heavily drilled Colorado

Living near hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — sites may increase the risk of some birth defects by as much as 30 percent, a new study suggests. In the U.S., more than 15 million people now live within a mile of a well. The use of fracking, a gas-extraction process through which sand, water and chemicals are pumped into the ground to release trapped fuel deposits, has increased significantly in the U.S. over the past decade. —Aljazeera America, 01/31/14 More »

Nurses Criticize State Dept Keystone XL Pipeline Report

Nurses Criticize State Dept Keystone XL Pipeline Report

Nurses Warn of Escalating Effects of Climate Change on Public Health. The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today criticized the new State Department report on the Keystone XL Pipeline, presumably intended to encourage a green light on construction of the controversial project, for paying inadequate attention to the serious consequences on public health. “There is broad concern about the harmful health effects linked to both the extraction and transport of tar sands, as well as how the Pipeline will accelerate the steadily worsening erosion of health we see every day as a result of climate change,” said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 01/31/14 More »

St. Rose Nurses To Protest Layoffs, Attacks on RNs

St. Rose Nurses To Protest Layoffs, Attacks on RNs

Registered nurses at St. Rose Dominican hospitals around Las Vegas will hold a picket Tuesday evening to protest demands by hospital officials for cuts in RN positions, and other concerns that they say is having an adverse effect on nurses and the healing environment in St. Rose hospitals. —NNOC-Nevada / NNU, 01/31/14 More »

Nurse: I Was Fired for Speaking Out

Nurse: I Was Fired for Speaking Out

Nearly a dozen nurses attended a vigil in front of Fallbrook Hospital to support Veronica Poss. Fallbrook Hospital nurse says she was fired as retaliation for participating in union activities. According to the California Nurses Association, Veronica Poss is one of two nurses fired this week by the hospital's owner, Community Health Systems (CHS.) This comes two weeks after she says she spoke out against a merger between CHS and Health Management Associates at a shareholder meeting in Florida. —NBC San Diego, 01/31/14 More »

California RNs Hold Protest Vigils Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers

California RNs Hold Protest Vigils Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers

Vigil Tonight 5 pm - 7 pm outside Watsonville Community Hospital, 75 Neilson St. Watsonville, CA. Registered nurses will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Watsonville Community Hospital, in Watsonville, CA to protest the firing of a registered nurse whistleblower by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week. —California Nurses Association, 01/31/14 More »

Protest Vigils Set Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers on Patient Safety

Protest Vigils Set Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers on Patient Safety

Registered nurses will hold candlelight vigils tonight and tomorrow night to protest the firing of two registered nurse whistleblowers by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week. The vigils will be held tonight outside Fallbrook Community Hospital near San Diego and tomorrow night at Watsonville, Ca. Community Hospital. More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Announce Plan to Conduct a One-day Strike Feb. 10

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Announce Plan to Conduct a One-day Strike Feb. 10

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) have announced their plan to conduct a one-day unfair labor practice strike on Monday, Feb. 10, in direct response to Baystate Health’s illegal declaration of impasse last week in its negotiations for a new contract with the nurses and its plan to implement its last offer, which would eliminate a key nursing standard that serves to protect nurses from working prolonged shifts. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 01/29/14 More »

Fifth Team of Registered Nurses Returns from the Philippines

Fifth Team of Registered Nurses Returns from the Philippines

This week the fifth team of registered nurses, part of the Registered Nurse Response Network, are returning from the Philippines after providing basic medical care at a city health clinic in Roxas City, near the northern end of the island of Panay which was in the direct path of the storm. The team includes RNs from New York, Minnesota, Texas, and California. They are among the 3,000 RNs from all 50 states and 19 nations who volunteered in the days after the deadly storm to assist with the relief project for Haiyan/Yolanda. More »

Fallbrook RN Candlelight Vigil Protest Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. San Diego RNs Decry Fallbrook Firing of RN

Fallbrook RN Candlelight Vigil Protest Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. San Diego RNs Decry Fallbrook Firing of RN

Hospital chain CHS defies court orders to end illegal retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego County are holding a candlelight vigil protest on Thursday evening in support of Veronica Poss, the Fallbrook Hospital nurse who was unjustly fired on Monday by her hospital’s corporate owner, Community Health Systems, (CHS), the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), reported today. The union immediately filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Fallbrook for the termination of Poss. —California Nurses Association, 01/29/14 More »

Global Nurses United News Round-up

Global Nurses United News Round-up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. More »

The Great Pay Debate: 5 Hospital Executive Compensation Trends for 2014

The Great Pay Debate: 5 Hospital Executive Compensation Trends for 2014

In October, Harvard University researchers published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, which looked at the compensation data of 1,877 CEOs at 2,681 private, nonprofit U.S. hospitals. Data came from the hospitals' 2009 Form 990s. The researchers found nonprofit hospital CEOs had a mean compensation of $595,781 and a median compensation of $404,938. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/29/14 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Charles Idelson Demystifies Hospitals Price Gouging

NURSE TALK RADIO: Charles Idelson Demystifies Hospitals Price Gouging

An epidemic of sky-rocketing medical costs has afflicted our country and grown to obscene proportions. Listen, as Nurse Talk Radio Executive Producer Pattie Lockard talks with National Nurses United Communications Director Chuck Idelson about disturbing new data on hospital price gouging and what consumers can do. —Nurse Talk Radio, 01/28/14 More »

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

CHS Defies Court Orders to End Illegal Retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Just weeks after speaking out at a national press conference about rampant patient safety problems at the nation’s largest hospital chain, two registered nurse leaders have been targeted for termination by Community Health Systems, National Nurses United (NNU) reported today. —National Nurses United, 01/28/14 More »

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