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NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

Many sectors in the healthcare industry have played major roles in shaping the system we have today: hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses, health insurance companies, scientists, researchers, politicians, advocacy groups, lobbyists, journalists, Wall Streeters and more. As we head into 2014, here are 50 of the most powerful people who have shaped policy, thoughts, operations and management in healthcare. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/06/14 More »

New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at 10 Times their Costs

New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at 10 Times their Costs

Nurses Warn of Ongoing Harm for Patients Needing Care. With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation’s largest nurses organization today showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs. —National Nurses United, 01/06/14 More »

The Obamacare We Deserve

The Obamacare We Deserve

TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful. —The New York Times, 01/03/14 More »

USC Nurses Approve New Pact

USC Nurses Approve New Pact

Registered nurses at Keck Hospital of USC and Norris Cancer Hospital rang in the New Year with a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. The new pact, which expires at the end of April 2017, and covers 800 RNs protects the health coverage for their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains. Nurses voted to accept the contract last Friday. —California Nurses Association, 01/03/14 More »

Naples, Fl. Press Conference at HMA Shareholders Meeting January 8

Naples, Fl. Press Conference at HMA Shareholders Meeting January 8

Registered nurses from around the U.S. will hold a press conference Wednesday, January 8 in Naples, Fl. before a vote by shareholders of the Health Management Associates chain, challenging a buyout of HMA by Community Health Systems that would create a massive hospital monopoly they say would threaten patient access and quality of care. —NNOC / CNA, 01/02/14 More »

Roseville nurse aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Roseville nurse aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Lyn Tirona of Roseville is a registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento who recently returned home after caring for survivors of the Nov. 8 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines archipelago, an extreme weather event that killed over 5,000 people. “I gave anti-rabies and tetanus vaccines to children at the Roxas City Health Office, Panay Island,” said Tirona, 37. —Roseville Press Tribune, 12/27/13 More »

Northland nurse volunteers time, resources to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Northland nurse volunteers time, resources to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As the call for aid in the Philippines grew in the days following Typhoon Haiyan, over 3,000 Registered Nurses applied through the RN Response Network to volunteer their time and resources to the island cities. About 30 nurses have made the two–week trip through the program, treating thousands of impacted families. —Northlands News Center, 12/27/13 More »

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

With all the clamor over the website woes of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act finally ebbing, let's hope the media can begin to notice some changes in the delivery of health care that will have more far-reaching consequences for health care quality and access long after the sign-up problems are a distant memory. Despite the hysteria on the right, some components of the ACA are clearly welcome, especially the Medicaid expansion in those states where the governors are not standing with pitchforks in the door to block health coverage for the working poor. —Executive Director of CNA and NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro, 12/23/13 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/20/13 More »

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

As Next Delegation Set to Deploy to Philippines. The latest group of registered nurse volunteers, who have been at working providing medical care to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, return tonight and Saturday. But the disaster relief program established by National Nurses United is far from over – another group is already in formation with plans to head to the Philippines in early January. —RNRN/NNU, 12/20/13 More »

Regina nurses unite for better contract deal, will hold vigil Monday

Regina nurses unite for better contract deal, will hold vigil Monday

Nurses at Regina Medical Center are fighting for a better contract from the facility’s new owner. Since April, negotiators from the nurses’ union have been trying to work out a contract deal with Allina, which finalized its purchase of the Regina hospital in September. So far, the two sides haven’t been able to resolve all the issues. —Hastings Star Gazette, 12/20/13 More »

500 RNs March on Kaiser Permanente Headquarters Say ‘Don’t Be Reason for Unsafe Holiday Season’

500 RNs March on Kaiser Permanente Headquarters Say ‘Don’t Be Reason for Unsafe Holiday Season’

Nurses Protest Closures, Cuts in Hospital Care. More than 500 registered nurses from Kaiser facilities throughout Northern California, joined by patients, other hospital workers, and community supporters, marched on Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland, Ca. headquarters with a call to on the HMO giant to stop the reductions in hospital care. Singing holiday-themed carols – “Kaiser better watch out, better not cut, better not reduce our RN staff, the California nurses are in town,” and echoing chants like, “we want justice for our patients,” the RNs stepped up what has been a fall campaign of protest. —California Nurses Association, 12/19/13 More »

We Need A “Robin Hood” Tax On Wall Street

We Need A “Robin Hood” Tax On Wall Street

The congressional Republicans are still whining loudly that the federal government cannot pay its debts, and therefore the programs to help hurting Americans must be cut. What they will not tell you is that it is their own policy that has caused the huge budget deficit -- a policy of waging unfunded wars while cutting taxes for the rich and giving unneeded subsidies to large corporations, and perhaps most egregious of all, giving Wall Street a "free ride" when it comes to taxation. —JobSanger.Blogspot.com, 12/19/13 More »

Nurses to HMO Giant Kaiser: Nurses and Patients Shall Not Be Scrooged!

Nurses to HMO Giant Kaiser: Nurses and Patients Shall Not Be Scrooged!

Nurses Celebrate Holidays with Protest at HMO Kaiser Headquarters. Registered Nurses from Kaiser facilities throughout Northern California will gather in downtown Oakland Thursday to celebrate the holiday season with a protest rally outside Kaiser Headquarters. The celebration begins with with caroling and a toy and food drive at the headquarters of the California Nurses Association, followed by a march to Kaiser Headquarters for a protest rally. —California Nurses Association, 12/18/13 More »

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

If all the states were a giant family, Vermont would be the stereotypical Birkenstock-wearing, hippie cousin—just a little bit different and unafraid to reject the typical way of doing things. So perhaps it should not have been all that surprising when the Green Mountain State enacted a single-payer health care system, called “Green Mountain Care,” one year after the country kicked and screamed its way to an individual mandate. —Harvard Political Review, 12/17/13 More »

California Pacific, San Francisco, RNs Say ‘Yes’ to CNA

California Pacific, San Francisco, RNs Say ‘Yes’ to CNA

Resisting a heavy-handed pressure campaign by their employer and frontline managers, registered nurses at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus, Sutter Health’s largest hospital in San Francisco, have voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 12/16/13 More »

Nurses Again #1 in Honesty, Ethics, 14 of 15 Years in Gallup Poll

Nurses Again #1 in Honesty, Ethics, 14 of 15 Years in Gallup Poll

In what has become a holiday tradition, nurses are once again viewed as the most trusted profession in the U.S., according to an annual Gallup survey conducted December 5 to 8. —National Nurses United, 12/16/13 More »

RN Gift of Healing for the Holidays

RN Gift of Healing for the Holidays

That’s the hallmark of the National Nurses United's Registered Nurse Response Network, says Bonnie Castillo, RN, director of RNRN, "we’re here to stay." In the past week, RNRN marked more comings and goings. As volunteers from our third delegation started home, a fresh deployment, team four arrived. And the next team is already in formation, heading out in early January, 2014. —RNRN/National Nurses United, 12/16/13 More »

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives. —PNHP, 12/16/13 More »

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

"At the end of the day, the bill abandons 1.3 million Americans who desperately need unemployment insurance, and does nothing to promote economic growth or job creation," Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, explained Thursday. "Furthermore, the legislation is paid for on the backs of the middle class and military families, while not touching the wealthiest amongst us and allowing corporations to continue to benefit from tax loopholes." —The Nation OpedNews.com, 12/13/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

“We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/13/13 More »

Florida RN Returns Saturday from Philippines Disaster Relief Mission

Florida RN Returns Saturday from Philippines Disaster Relief Mission

Girlie Garnada, a registered nurse from New Port Richey, FL, will return Saturday night from a two week medical relief mission to the Philippines. Garnada joined RNs from Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Michigan, and other locales on the third team of volunteers deployed by the National Nurses United's Registered Nurse Response Network relief effort on the northern end of the island of Panay, which was in the direct path of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —RNRN/NNU, 12/13/13 More »

Two Northern California RNs Return from Disaster Relief Mission to Philippines as NNU Effort Goes On

Two Northern California RNs Return from Disaster Relief Mission to Philippines as NNU Effort Goes On

Two Northern California registered are returning from a medical relief mission to a typhoon-ravaged region of the Philippines, even as more RNs this week left to continue a volunteer effort sponsored by the Registered Nurse Response Network of National Nurses United. Jane Sandoval, an RN community activist who works at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, returns tonight. Lyn Tirona, a Kaiser Sacramento RN, returned earlier this week. Both spent about two weeks on the ground, mostly on Panay, an island in the direct path of the storm. —California Nurses Association, 12/13/13 More »

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

About two-dozen nurses who work at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital held what they called an “informational picket” outside the medical center, Thursday, Dec. 12. The employees say they were protesting hospital management’s unwillingness to bargain in their contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses. —Tracy Press, 12/13/13 More »

Texas’ Other Death Penalty

Texas’ Other Death Penalty

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I was a first-year medical student then, and the disease in his body baffled me. His belly was swollen, his eyes were yellow and his blood tests were all awry. It hurt when he swallowed and his urine stank. —Texas Observer, 12/12/13 More »

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Providence becomes the seventh D.C. hospital with nurses organized under the banner of National Nurses United, a federation of nurses unions. Organizers hope that bringing Providence’s roughly 400 RNs into the fold will help D.C. Council legislation that would mandate certain nurse staffing levels in city hospitals. That legislation is languishing amid fierce lobbying by hospital officials, who contend that “staffing ratios” increase costs without improving patient care. —The Washington Post, 12/12/13 More »

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Gary Lemesh shudders to think if Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center were to make more cuts. His aging mother is one of 10 long-term patients in sub-acute care, which, according to register nurse Clarice Spann-Reeve, was inherited by Kaiser Permanente after taking over St. Dominic’s Hospital in 2004. “Gary’s mom has a mind that’s fully functional. Only her body has given out on her,” she said at the ‘Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center’ session hosted by the California Alliance for Retired Americans on Wednesday at the Manteca Transit station. —Manteca Bulletin, 12/12/13 More »

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Ellen Mockridge, a registered nurse at Community Hospital Long Beach for 30 years, said her life was put at risk because there are not enough nurses on staff. Once, Mockridge said she went to check on a patient with AIDS who was in an isolation room. Because there wasn’t another nurse to assist her, Mockridge said she was stuck with a needle and had to take off work for three months. She also had to take medication that she said compromised her immune system and prevented her from taking her arthritis medicine. —Orange County Register, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses Postpone Dignity Health Protests Friday  as Dignity Requests Talks to Resolve Dispute

Nurses Postpone Dignity Health Protests Friday as Dignity Requests Talks to Resolve Dispute

Candelight rallies planned at Dignity Health hospitals across California and Nevada this Friday to protest a threatened rollback in retirement benefits were put on hold late Wednesday after company officials agreed to meet over any potential changes in the Dignity retiree health plan. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses Protest Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s Refusal To Bargain in Good Faith

Nurses Protest Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s Refusal To Bargain in Good Faith

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket and rally on Thursday to protest management's continued unwillingness to take serious action at the bargaining table. Sutter Tracy RNs held a candlelight vigil two weeks ago to alert the public to conditions in the hospital and to unacceptable positions by management at the bargaining table. —California Nurses Association, 12/11/13 More »

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and insurance companies nationwide have begun to cut back services. In California, Kaiser nurses recently reported that "over the last year, Kaiser has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured, and is sending patients home when they should still be under hospital care" (National Nurses United, Oct. 2013). —Bohemian.com, 12/11/13 More »

National Nurses Statement on Federal Budget Deal

National Nurses Statement on Federal Budget Deal

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, today expressed dismay and alarm over the federal budget deal announced yesterday, saying it will perpetuate the harmful effects of austerity, especially with so many in Main Street communities continuing to feel the painful effects of the Great Recession caused by Wall Street speculation. More »

Today-Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical

Today-Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical

The seniors and nurses of the Keep Manteca Safe Committee are applauding the announcement by the California Alliance for Retired Americans that the senior advocacy group will host the “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center” today, Dec. 11th, from 1-3 p.m., at the Manteca Transit Center, Moffat Blvd. at S. Main St. “We welcome the opportunity to be heard,” said committee member Jackie Rudy, a resident of the Woodbridge by Del Webb retirement community in Manteca. “These cuts and closures are causing real harm to seniors and people throughout the area.” —California Nurses Association, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

The state’s largest nurses union is pressing forward with a bid to require greater financial disclosure by Massachusetts hospitals and limit the pay of top hospital executives, moves fiercely opposed by the hospital industry. —The Boston Globe, 12/11/13 More »

Providence DC RNs Vote by 78% to Unionize - First DC Non-Union Hospital Win in Decades

Providence DC RNs Vote by 78% to Unionize - First DC Non-Union Hospital Win in Decades

Braving freezing rain and snow that shut down parts of the federal government, registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC Tuesday night became the first non-union hospital in decades to vote to join a union. —NNOC/NNU, 12/11/13 More »

Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in Philippines pulls nurse to homeland

Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in Philippines pulls nurse to homeland

When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into her native country, Girlie Garnada spent the next day in tears as she watched the horrifying images on television. "Seeing those bodies on the side of the road, I couldn't imagine if I was there," she said. Her immediate family was spared, but she wondered what happened to some other relatives. Finally she saw a familiar face: her husband's cousin, Annaliz Kwan, the former mayor of the city of Guinan, pleading for aid. —Tampa Bay Times, 12/10/13 More »

Portland nurse joins relief effort in Philippines

Portland nurse joins relief effort in Philippines

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland woman is joining a national contingent of nurses on a relief trip to the Philippines, an island country still recovering from the deadliest typhoon ever to strike it. Typhoon Haiyan, reportedly the strongest such storm to ever make landfall, hit the Southeast Asian country early last month, killing nearly 6,000 people. —The Bangor Daily News, 12/09/13 More »

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative

The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company. But one holds a clear price advantage. Avastin costs about $50 per injection. Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection. —The Washington Post, 12/09/13 More »

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

Burbank Nurse Heads To Philippines For Typhoon Relief Effort

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A Burbank man is among a group of registered nurses departing Monday for the Philippines to provide medical support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports as families are busy with December holiday preparations, Paolo Montenegro and others are going to serve others in need thousands of miles away. —CBS Los Angeles, 12/09/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal single payer health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal single payer health care in the U.S.

Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S. “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/09/13 More »

UCLA RN to Join 4th National Nurses Group to Head to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

UCLA RN to Join 4th National Nurses Group to Head to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

UCLA Medical Center First Hospital to Support Campaign. While many families are busy in December holiday preparations, a group of registered nurses – including Paolo Montenegro, a Burbank, Ca. resident who works at UCLA Medical Center – are getting ready for their own special gift – heading to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —California Nurses Association, 12/07/13 More »

Fourth National Nurses Group to Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

Fourth National Nurses Group to Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

The Nurses’ Gift of Healing for the Holidays. While many families are busy in December holiday preparations, a group of registered nurses from Maine to California are getting ready for their own special gift – volunteering to deploy to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —National Nurses United, 12/06/13 More »

Federal Official:Hospital Objections to RN Vote for CNA at Big Torrance Hospital are ‘Without Merit’

Federal Official:Hospital Objections to RN Vote for CNA at Big Torrance Hospital are ‘Without Merit’

RN victory was biggest single hospital election in years. A hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board this week recommended the labor board uphold the September vote by registered nurses at a major Los Angeles area hospital, branding hospital objections to the democratic vote as “without merit.” In a hard fought election, the RNs at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Ca. voted 279 to 261 to join the to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United in what CNA called the biggest U.S. election win for non-union hospital registered nurses in seven years. —California Nurses Association, 12/06/13 More »

Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts/Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center

Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts/Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center

The seniors and nurses of the Keep Manteca Safe Committee are applauding the announcement by the California Alliance for Retired Americans that the senior advocacy group will host the “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1-3 pm, at the Manteca Transit Center, Moffat Blvd. at S. Main St. “We welcome the opportunity to be heard,” said committee member Jackie Rudy, a resident of the Woodbridge by Del Webb retirement community in Manteca. “These cuts and closures are causing real harm to seniors and people throughout the area.” —California Nurses Association, 12/06/13 More »

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to multi-racial democracy and will be mourned around the world. Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95. South Africa's first black president died after years of declining health that had caused him to withdraw from public life. —The Guardian, 12/05/13 More »

Bungling the Easy Stuff

Bungling the Easy Stuff

One of the patients featured in the TIME cover story I wrote last March--"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"--was Emilia Gilbert, a school-bus driver. Gilbert was 61 years old in 2008 when she slipped and fell one evening in her backyard in Fairfield, Conn. She was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital, where she was treated for some cuts and a broken nose. She left a few hours later with a bill for $9,418, which included $6,538 for CT scans and $239 for a routine blood test. The charges, I found, were based on something called the hospital chargemaster--a list of hugely inflated prices that no one could explain or defend. —Time, 12/05/13 More »

Kindred Hospital, Westminster RNs Vote by 81% for CNA

Kindred Hospital, Westminster RNs Vote by 81% for CNA

Registered nurses at Kindred Hospital in Westminster voted by 81 percent Wednesday to join the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. CNA will represent 150 RNs at the Orange County facility, a long term care, rehab hospital which is part of a large, Kentucky-based chain that operates transitional care, nursing homes, rehab and hospice facilities and other healthcare sites. —California Nurses Association, 12/05/13 More »

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Local Fallbrook Nurses Protest Working Conditions at Fallbrook Hospital

Registered Nurses at Fallbrook Hospital held a protest Tuesday to speak out about patient concerns and other hospital issues. Watch the video report. —NBC San Diego, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

FAIRLEA — Nearly a dozen registered nurses lined a strip of land between Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Route 219 Tuesday afternoon, protesting what they say is the unwillingness of the hospital’s management to negotiate a labor contract with them. “This hospital made $15 million last year,” said RN Tracey Paxton, one of the picketers. “We don’t think it’s too much to ask that they provide the equipment we need to do our jobs. We need to be at our patients’ bedsides, not trying to find another IV pole or blood-pressure cuff.” —Register-Herald Reporter, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Members of a national nurses union are asking Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s management to discuss patient care and other issues. On Aug. 25, 2012, BRMCs’ nurses voted to become members of the National Nurses United Union, said BRMC Nurse Brenda Meadwell, RN. The union held a press conference today outside the hospital. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Nurses Protest Patient Care Concerns in Barstow

Registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital staged a one-day strike from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today to protest ongoing patient care concerns and rights of registered nurses, as part of a National Day of Action by Community Health Systems RNs. Nurses were protesting the hospital’s ongoing refusal to address the nurses’ concerns over patient safety, inadequate staffing and substandard wages, according to Charles Idelson, communications director for National Nurses Unified. —San Bernardino Sun, 12/04/13 More »

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Picket in a Demand for More Staff

WATSONVILLE -- Scores of nurses demonstrated in front of Watsonville Community Hospital on Thursday, protesting what they say is the hospital's practice of employing so few nurses and medical assistants that patients are receiving substandard care. The 275 or so nurses have been negotiating a new contract since February and without a contract since October, said Lisa Harlow, a negotiator with the California Nurses Association. —Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/04/13 More »

Affinity Nurses Picket Over Concerns About Safety, Staffing

Affinity Nurses Picket Over Concerns About Safety, Staffing

A group of registered nurses were part of informational pickets Tuesday outside Affinity Medical Center, claiming the need for a labor contract with Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital. Registered nurses at Affinity Medical Center are calling for a labor deal with the hospital and drew attention to their points through informational pickets late Tuesday afternoon. More than a dozen nurses and supporters held signs on the west side of the hospital, along a sidewalk at Amherst Road NE and Commonwealth Avenue NE. —WSKU.org, 12/04/13 More »

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Massachusetts--Two measures that the nurses’ union supports look like they’ve gathered enough signatures to move forward toward appearing on state ballots next year. One, titled The Patient Safety Act, would set a limit on how many patients a registered nurse can be assigned. That’s been a hotly debated issue for years, including in this discussion on Radio Boston this summer. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 12/03/13 More »

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project". —The Guardian, 12/03/13 More »

National Day of Strikes, Pickets, Protests by Community Health Systems RNs in Four States

National Day of Strikes, Pickets, Protests by Community Health Systems RNs in Four States

Registered nurses at seven Community Health Systems hospitals in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, will hold a national day of action with strikes, pickets, and other solidarity events today Tuesday, December 3. The protests will affect more than 1,400 RNs at the facilities. —NNOC / CNA, 12/03/13 More »

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. —The New York Times, 12/03/13 More »

Brave New World, Again

Brave New World, Again

With all the clamor over website woes during rollout of the Affordable Care Act, much less attention has been paid to changes in the delivery of healthcare that will have far-reaching, adverse effects on healthcare quality and access long after the signup problems are a distant memory. —National Nurse Magazine, 12/02/13 More »

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

Registered nurses answer the call for relief teams in typhoon area

The only time that Joselito Tirona can reach his wife in the Philippines is about 3 a.m. Sacramento time – early in the evening in Roxas City, where Lyn Tirona, a 37-year-old registered nurse who works at Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center, is currently deployed as part of a volunteer medical mission helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan. —The Sacramento Bee, 12/02/13 More »

Patient Advocates Hold Press Conference (Dec. 4) Outside State House

Patient Advocates Hold Press Conference (Dec. 4) Outside State House

Massachusetts--On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. a delegation of nurses and patient advocates from across the state will hold a press conference outside the Massachusetts State House, as they prepare to deliver the final batch of more than 200,000 signatures to the Secretary of State for two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals, while also ensuring that taxpayer health care dollars are dedicated exclusively for patient care and needed services for all communities. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 12/02/13 More »

San Francisco RN Leader Headed to Philippines

Longtime San Francisco registered nurse leader Jane Sandoval will leave from San Francisco International Airport, tonight, the latest in an ongoing deployment by the National Nurses United’s Registered Nurse Response Network which is providing disaster relief in the Philippines following the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda earlier this month. —National Nurses United, 11/30/13 More »

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

Nurses are working to meet “mind-boggling” need among typhoon survivors

As a nurse, Michigan Nurses Association member Tim Launius is used to working holidays. Launius, a critical care RN at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, is in the Philippines taking care of typhoon survivors as part of a team of volunteers from National Nurses United’s RNRN (Registered Nurse Response Network). —Michigan Nurses Association, 11/29/13 More »

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

As the grocery bags suddenly become half-empty and too many kids start going hungry, a lot of people are going to ask: "Where can we find the money to feed our children?" Here's one source, probably the biggest untapped revenue source in our nation - Wall Street. By RoseAnn DeMoro, CNA/NNU Executive Director —SFGate.com, 11/27/13 More »

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

Lost amidst the well-chronicled travails of the Affordable Care Act rollout are the long term effects of people struggling to get the health coverage they need without going bankrupt. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's been the main story line of the US healthcare system for several decades. Sadly, little has changed. —The Guardian, 11/27/13 More »

Sierra, Providence nurses in El Paso approve first union contract

Sierra, Providence nurses in El Paso approve first union contract

Registered nurses at Sierra Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital have ratified their first contract since becoming part of a national nurses union, the union announced recently. —El Paso Times, 11/27/13 More »

Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

Thanks to your donations and willingness to volunteer, RNRN now has mobile medical clinics up and running in the Philippines that hundreds of typhoon victims are lining up to use every day. Nurses have stationed themselves at a ruined chapel, a local gym, and other sites in Roxas City on Panay, one of the islands hard hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. They are providing much needed medications, wound care, vaccinations for tetanus and other shots, and assessing and treating all kinds of injuries and illnesses. —RN Response Network, 11/27/13 More »

Florida nurse helps typhoon victims

A Florida woman is giving up her holiday to help families in need of medical care in the Philippines. Girlie Garnada, a registered nurse from Port Richie, is joining 3,000 RNs in a sweeping 50-state volunteer effort to help victims of typhoon Haiiyan. More »

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

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

At a time of increasing employer demands for sweeping concessions on retirement security, especially for public workers, registered nurses working at University of California hospitals and student health centers overwhelmingly ratified a pact with University officials on Monday that secures nurses’ retirement as well as achieving important gains. —California Nurses Association, 11/27/13 More »

Third National Nurses Group to Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

Third National Nurses Group to Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

As many American families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, a number of registered nurses are offering their own gift of healing for the holidays – by volunteering to deploy to the Philippines to provide medical support for those affected by the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —RN Response Network / NNU, 11/26/13 More »

Nurses Protest Good Samaritan Hospital Plan to Slash Vital RN Positions and Undermine Patient Safety

Nurses Protest Good Samaritan Hospital Plan to Slash Vital RN Positions and Undermine Patient Safety

Nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital will conduct a candlelight vigil today to alert the public to concerns over proposed cuts to critical hospital staff. The hospital plans to eliminate the position of charge nurse, who is responsible for overseeing the flow of the unit and troubleshooting patient care issues, the California Nurses Association, who represents RNs at the facility, announced today. There are currently 52 charge nurses, who are among the most experienced and seasoned RNs in the unit. —California Nurses Association, 11/25/13 More »

Response to Typhoon Disaster Latest Reminder–We’re Lucky to Have RNs in the World

Response to Typhoon Disaster Latest Reminder–We’re Lucky to Have RNs in the World

As the heart wrenching images crossed across our screens from the Philippines, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, National Nurses United, was getting in motion as well. Our Registered Nurse Response Network put out a call. The response was overwhelming. In little more than one week, nearly 3,000 RNs from all 50 states and even 19 countries had signed up to volunteer to provide hands-on disaster relief to those in the path of the super storm. —By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU Executive Director, 11/24/13 More »

Las Vegas nurse volunteers to help typhoon victims in the Philippines

Las Vegas nurse volunteers to help typhoon victims in the Philippines

She’s headed back to her homeland to help the hungry and the homeless in the Philippines, which is still reeling from one of the most powerful typhoons in recorded history. Myra Hidalgois, a registered nurse who works at MountainView Hospital, was to leave this morning, which means she was hurriedly packing Friday night for the 16-hour trip, with layovers in Los Angeles and Korea. —LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/23/13 More »

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

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

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

El Paso RNs Approve First Union Contract

El Paso RNs Approve First Union Contract

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seniors and nurses oppose service cuts at Kaiser hospital in Manteca

Seniors and nurses oppose service cuts at Kaiser hospital in Manteca

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

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

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

UC Reaches Tentative Labor Contract with Nurses

UC Reaches Tentative Labor Contract with Nurses

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

Nurses Protest Eroding Patient Care Standards at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

Nurses Protest Eroding Patient Care Standards at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

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

Update on RNRN Team in the Philippines

Update on RNRN Team in the Philippines

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

Kaiser closes in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward

Kaiser closes in-house pediatrics unit in Hayward

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

Protesters decry cuts at Kaiser hospital

Protesters decry cuts at Kaiser hospital

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

Nurses, patients march to protest Kaiser cuts

Nurses, patients march to protest Kaiser cuts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third of Americans skip healthcare due to cost

Third of Americans skip healthcare due to cost

An international survey of 11 developed countries, American adults are the most likely to forego treatment due to the cost, struggle to pay bills, and spend the most out-of-pocket on treatment. The results revealed that in 2013 37% of U.S. adults either didn’t see a doctor, didn’t seek the recommended treatment, or failed to fill a prescription because of prohibitive costs. This compares with only 4% of respondents in the UK and 6% in Sweden. —ExpatHealth.org, 11/14/13 More »

RN Response Network sends first team into the Philippines

RN Response Network sends first team into the Philippines

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

National Nurses Group Sends First Team to Philippines

National Nurses Group Sends First Team to Philippines

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

More Than 200,000 Signatures Gathered For Two Ballot Initiatives

More Than 200,000 Signatures Gathered For Two Ballot Initiatives

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

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

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

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

National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

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

National Nurses Relief Group Mobilizes RNs for Philippines Relief Mission

National Nurses Relief Group Mobilizes RNs for Philippines Relief Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

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

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

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

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

Nurses file complaint against Orlando Health

Nurses file complaint against Orlando Health

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

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

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

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

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