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Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

OAKLAND- Children's Hospital and Research Center registered nurses and caregivers will support their coworkers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), in an informational picket Tuesday. Key issues prompting the protest include severe cuts in healthcare for workers and their families, maintaining the rights of all unions to support one another in contract negotiations, and opposition to a "management’s rights” clause which will significantly decrease workers' collective rights and voice in advocating for safe patient care. More »

Nace el Enfermeras Globales Unidas a partir de sindicatos de enfermeras/trabajadores de la salud

SAN FRANCISCO – Líderes de las principales uniones de enfermería y trabajadores de la salud de 13 naciones de las Américas, Africa, Asia y Europa anunciaron planes para formar un nuevo organismo internacional para escalar sus esfuerzos contra los nocivos efectos de las medidas de austeridad, la privatización y los recortes en los servicios de atención a la salud que, afirman, ponen en riesgo a las personas y a las comunidades alrededor del planeta. More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

WORCESTER, MA — The registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center University campus voted Friday to ratify a new three-year contract with UMMMC management that provides the significant staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level-one trauma center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 07/01/13 More »

Labor relations board to hear retaliation complaints against Sutter Solano

Labor relations board to hear retaliation complaints against Sutter Solano

The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing Sept. 9 on complaints that Sutter Solano Medical Center violated federal law when it imposed higher health care costs on registered nurses and disciplined them in retaliation for their participation in a strike last year. Joseph Frankl, the San Francisco-based regional director of the NLRB, consolidated a series of complaints Wednesday and set the hearing date. —Sacramento Business Journal, 06/28/13 More »

Federal court sanctions BCH-Injunction orders hospital to stop interfering with nurses’ legal rights

Federal court sanctions BCH-Injunction orders hospital to stop interfering with nurses’ legal rights

BARSTOW • A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles issued a federal injunction against Barstow Community Hospital, ordering it to cease and desist its violations of the collective bargaining rights of its registered nurses, according to a news release from the California Nurses Association on Wednesday. Judge Christina Snyder issued the order in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board following charges by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that Barstow has repeatedly and systematically broken federal law with its refusal to hold contract talks and other abridgments of the RNs’ legal and democratic rights, the release states. —Desert Dispatch, 06/27/13 More »

Federal Board Indicts Sutter Vallejo for Illegal Imposition of Higher Healthcare Costs to Nurses

Federal Board Indicts Sutter Vallejo for Illegal Imposition of Higher Healthcare Costs to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo to stand trial in September on charges that it violated federal law in imposing higher healthcare costs on its registered nurses and illegally imposing discipline on RNs in retaliation for their participation in a strike last year. In a complaint issued Tuesday, Joseph Frankl, regional director of the NLRB San Francisco region, set a September 9 trial date in San Francisco on the charges over its illegal actions against the nurses. —California Nurses Association, 06/26/13 More »

Nurses Welcome Decision on Gay Rights, But Condemn Court’s Attack on Voting and Workplace Rights

Nurses Welcome Decision on Gay Rights, But Condemn Court’s Attack on Voting and Workplace Rights

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, welcomed Supreme Court rulings today moving the ball forward on the rights of same sex couples to marry while condemning earlier decisions this week that it said severely undermine democratic rights in the voting booth and in the workplace. —Global Nurses United, 06/26/13 More »

Federal Court Sanctions Barstow Hospital for Failing­­ to Bargain With RNs…

Federal Court Sanctions Barstow Hospital for Failing­­ to Bargain With RNs…

A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles Monday issued a federal injunction against Barstow Hospital, ordering it to cease and desist its flagrant violations of the collective bargaining rights of its registered nurses. Judge Christina Snyder issued the order in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board following charges by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that Barstow has repeatedly and systematically broken federal law with its refusal to hold contract talks and other abridgements of the RNs’ legal and democratic rights. —California Nurses Association/NNU, 06/26/13 More »

Global Nurses United of Nurse, Healthcare Worker Unions, Born

Global Nurses United of Nurse, Healthcare Worker Unions, Born

SAN FRANCISCO – Leaders of the premiere nurses and health care workers unions in 14 nations in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe have announced plans to form a new international organization to step up the fight against the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services that they say are putting people and communities at risk across the planet. Calling the new formation Global Nurses United, leaders of the initial endorsing countries said they would also work collectively to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all, to secure safe patient care, especially with safe nurse-to-patient ratios, and safe health care workplaces. —Global Nurses United, 06/26/13 More »

Government Imposes $4 Million Fine on Kaiser for Limiting Patients’ Access to Mental Health Care

Government Imposes $4 Million Fine on Kaiser for Limiting Patients’ Access to Mental Health Care

$4 Million Fine is Second Largest in DMHC’s History; Action Results from Caregivers’ Complaint to the Agency 

Today, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced a $4 million fine against California’s largest HMO for limiting patients’ access to mental health care. The fine affirms the findings of an exhaustive complaint filed by Kaiser Permanente’s frontline mental health clinicians, who are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). In November of 2011, NUHW filed a 34-page complaint with the DMHC and has cooperated with the agency’s ensuing 19-month investigation. More »

Nurses Call on President Obama to Take the Next Step on Climate Change and Fully Reject Keystone XL

Nurses Call on President Obama to Take the Next Step on Climate Change and Fully Reject Keystone XL

The nation’s largest organization of nurses welcomed the call by President Obama today for action on climate change. But the President’s statement on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that “our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of climate change,” does not go far enough, says National Nurses United. —National Nurses United , 06/25/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

Flu shot controversy rages on. What do you think? Nurse Talk took a Facebook poll this week and we got some very passionate answers. We will share this with you in the show. Very interesting—and no less interesting was a mainstream media newscast we’ll share. Fired for not getting a flu shot? One hundred and fifty at TriHealth, Cincinnati’s largest employer live to tell. —Nurse Talk Radio, 06/25/13 More »

Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They’re Richer Than Us

Canadians Pay Taxes for Universal Health Care, and Now They’re Richer Than Us

Many conservatives still characterize Medicaid as “welfare,” and many think of it as such. Presumably other types of health care coverage have been “earned” (think veterans and the military, highly paid executives, union members and congressional staff). We resent our tax dollars going to “freeloaders.” Until the slicing and dicing is ended, the finger pointing, blame shifting and their attendant political wars will continue. —Portside.org, 06/25/13 More »

Nobel Laureates Call on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Nobel Laureates Call on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

When 10 Nobel Laureates call on President Obama to reject once and for all the Keystone XL oil pipeline, perhaps it's time he do that. Ten recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have written to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry urging the rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The Laureates, many of whom urged the President to reject the pipeline in 2011, believe that now is the time for leadership by the United States on climate change. The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a critical step in limiting the expansion of the Canadian oil sands - Canada's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas pollution. The oil sands also have devastating impacts on local land, water, air, and communities. —Portside, 06/21/13 More »

Lack of courage, conviction from Republican Senators shameful for Michigan’s needy

Lack of courage, conviction from Republican Senators shameful for Michigan’s needy

LANSING – Members of the Michigan Nurses Association are livid that over 400,000 of Michigan’s neediest citizens, the majority of which are women and children, will be left without access to health care as a result of the Senate’s refusal to pass the Medicaid expansion program offered as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. “This is callous, heartless behavior,” said Jeff Breslin, RN, MNA president. “From the start of the discussions in the Senate, it’s been shown over and over that money and personal ambitions are clearly taking precedent over a healthier Michigan. When vacations and re-election campaigns and coercion from well-moneyed special interests are controlling how our elected legislators represent the people that voted them into office, it’s a bleak future for our state.” More »

Hundreds of protesters make their way across the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday

Hundreds of protesters make their way across the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Calling a proposed oil pipeline across the nation's midsection a threat to public health in California, more than 1,000 nurses streamed across the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday to urge that President Obama block its construction. It might not have seemed like an obvious target for nurses who had gathered for a convention in San Francisco, but the protesters - clad in red scrubs - said the connection between health problems and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was real. The proposed 1,700-mile-long pipeline, which would carry oil from the tar sands oil fields in Canada to refineries in Texas, is a public health risk to all, even those a thousand miles away in San Francisco, said members of the group National Nurses United. —San Francisco Chronicle, 06/20/13 More »

Nurses Join Keystone XL Protest In California As New Report Warns Of Pipeline Health Risks

Nurses Join Keystone XL Protest In California As New Report Warns Of Pipeline Health Risks

As both a mom and a nurse, Katy Roemer worries about the health risks posed by the Keystone XL pipeline -- from the chemicals leaching into waterways where the tar sands oil is extracted, to toxins spewing from stacks where the resource is refined. "We are already seeing people in our communities facing record levels of asthma and other impacts from pollution," said Roemer, who works at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., and lives near refineries already processing the heavy, molasses-like Canadian oil. "The pipeline has the potential to exacerbate those impacts, and the impacts of global warming," she added. —Huffington Post, 06/20/13 More »

There Is No Other Planet We Can Go To

There Is No Other Planet We Can Go To

With the magnificent expanse of the Golden Gate Bridge as backdrop and pathway, nurses from across the U.S. rallied on Thursday to call an end to the Keystone XL Pipeline project, a ghastly effort to transport poisonous tar sands 1,700 miles from Canada to Texas, exposing hundreds of communities en route to calamitous spills, ruined water systems and deleterious health effects. Nurses also called for an end to the politics of austerity, one that puts the false choices – jobs through environmental degradation – before us. “Nothing related to Keystone XL is good for our families, our communities, or our planet,” announced Debra Burger, RN and NNU co-president from the rally stage. “From extraction to transport to refining, tar sands oil will exacerbate our current health emergency…. This is a clear and present danger to public health.” —National Nurses United, 06/20/13 More »

California governor urges nurses to use union power to raise awareness of climate change

California governor urges nurses to use union power to raise awareness of climate change

SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday challenged his allies in the nation's largest nurses union to look beyond their own immediate concerns and help organize a movement to address global climate change. The Democratic governor enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from a packed room of nurses wearing red shirts at the National Nurses United conference in San Francisco. The union was a strong supporter of Brown in his 2010 gubernatorial race and helped him win voter support for his initiative raising the state's sales and income taxes last year. "You're a hell of a lot more radical, and forward and progressive than I am," the governor said. "I can't push you. You got to push me, but together we'll push our country to a much better place." —Associated Press, 06/20/13 More »

Eden Township pledges up to $20 million for San Leandro Hospital survival

CASTRO VALLEY -- Hopes that San Leandro Hospital will remain open as an acute care facility got a little brighter Wednesday night, with the Eden Township Healthcare District board of directors pledging up to $20 million in support. Eden, a grant-giving public agency without a hospital, had been petitioned for hefty financial support by various officials, a tall order given Eden's strapped budget, Eden officials have said. Still, on a 3-1 vote with one abstention, the district approved a motion to direct staff to "work collaboratively with Alameda Health System and the Alameda County Health Department to raise $20 million to support the second year of operation of San Leandro Hospital." —Contra Costa Times, 06/20/13 More »

Tom Steyer ups climate change pressure on Obama

Tom Steyer ups climate change pressure on Obama

On Thursday, San Francisco billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is launching a new online campaign Thursday in Washington, D.C. to turn up the heat on his friend President Obama to do more to take on climate change — starting with urging him again to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Called “We Love Our Land,” it will run at least 10 weeks and be based largely on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and later, Change.org. If some street demonstrations grow out of this, fine, organizers said, but that’s not the point. It is an argument aimed squarely at Obama supporters who are disappointed that he hasn’t done more on climate change. —Joe Garofoli for SF Chronicle, 06/20/13 More »

Poison in the Pipeline: The Toxic Risk of Keystone XL

Poison in the Pipeline: The Toxic Risk of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent lab tests of a sample taken from a tar sands oil spill earlier this year in Arkansas detected several highly toxic chemicals, according to a new report by Environmental Working Group commissioned by clean energy advocate and philanthropist Tom Steyer. “A single sample of tar sands oil included chemicals that cause cancer in humans and produce serious and permanent birth defects in children,” said EWG’s director of research, Renée Sharp. “These are the consequences the Obama administration should be weighing first and foremost before it makes its final decision on whether to subject millions of American families to the real risks that could come if the Keystone pipeline is approved.” —Environmental Working Group, 06/20/13 More »

Colorful March on Golden Gate Bridge Today Highlights Push to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

Colorful March on Golden Gate Bridge Today Highlights Push to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

New Report on Toxic Chemicals in Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Emphasizes Health Hazards Linked to Controversial KXL Project Say Nurses. SAN FRANCISCO – In one of the most colorful protests yet against the Keystone XL Pipeline project, registered nurses from coast to coast, joined by activists from the nation’s leading environmental groups and other Bay Area activists will march across the Golden Gate Bridge today. The message to the Obama administration – stop the pipeline before it’s too late for our planet and our health. Today’s huge march comes as a new report was released today in Washington identifying seven highly toxic compounds that can cause cancer and developmental problems found in a sample from the March tar sands oil spill near Mayflower, Ark. —National Nurses United, 06/20/13 More »

Petaluma hospital nurses OK labor contract

Nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital represented by the California Nurses Association have approved a labor agreement with St. Joseph Health, which runs the hospital, the union said. The deal gives nurses pay raises of 2 percent a year for three years but also reduces their stand-by pay, a St. Joseph's official said. The CNA represents about about 170 nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital. The union contract also was approved by more than 900 union nurses at two other St. Joseph hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 06/19/13 More »

St. Mary nurses ratify labor agreement

APPLE VALLEY • After more than six months of negotiations, registered nurses at St. Joseph, St. Mary ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, according to a news release from the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. Local nurses joined others at the Eureka and Petaluma locations in the St. Joseph Health system in ratifying the deal after a preliminary agreement was reached earlier this month. “We are extremely pleased that the bargaining teams for the CNA union and our hospital have reached agreement on a new contract with our valued nurses,” said St. Joseph Health, St. Mary spokesman Randy Bevilacqua in a written statement after the preliminary deal. “As always, the focus of our clinical teams continues to be on providing high-quality, safe, compassionate care and service to our patients at all times.” —Daily Press, 06/19/13 More »

St. Joseph RNs Ratify New Contract at Apple Valley, Eureka, and Petaluma

St. Joseph RNs Ratify New Contract at Apple Valley, Eureka, and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will strengthen patient care protections and provide affordable healthcare benefits, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Nurses won improved safe RN-to-patient safe staffing ratio language, successfully fought off substantial increases to their healthcare premiums, and secured removal of a punitive “wellness” program that recent studies have concluded fail to provide promised savings while penalizing employees who may have chronic health problems. —National Nurses United, 06/19/13 More »

Affinity nurses seek delay on electronic records

MASSILLON — Affinity Medical Center registered nurses are asking hospital officials to delay a new electronic health record system set to begin this weekend. —CantonRep.com, 06/18/13 More »

Nurses, Environmentalists to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipe

Nurses, Environmentalists to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipe

Nurses and environmental activists from across the U.S. are joining hands this week to step up the message that there is still time to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline before it stops all of us. Join us for a march across the Golden Bate Bridge in San Francisco Thursday, June 20, beginning with a noon rally at Battery East, near the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion at Fort Point adjacent to the Bridge. —by Deborah Burger. First appeared in The Huffington Post, 06/18/13 More »

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Kay McVay worked as a registered nurse in critical care for nearly four decades before retiring in 1995. She is a tenacious and effective champion of patients’ rights who was elected and served as the former Vice President, and then President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee from 1994 to 2003. As a young girl growing up in Compton, California, school counselors discouraged her aspirations to become a nurse. The rest is history. —California Nurses Association , 06/18/13 More »

Affinity RNs Call for Halt to Flawed Electronic Medical Records System Scheduled to Go Live Friday

Affinity RNs Call for Halt to Flawed Electronic Medical Records System Scheduled to Go Live Friday

Affinity Medical Center RNs in Massillon, Ohio are calling on hospital officials to delay the planned June 21 implementation of the Cerner electronic medical records (EMR) system, until the hospital bargains with the nurses and proceeds in a safe manner. The direct-care RNs, represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) in Ohio, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), say that nurses, the primary users of the complex system, have had insufficient training, which will put patients at risk. —National Nurses United, 06/18/13 More »

St. Louis University Hospital RNs Win First Contract

St. Louis University Hospital RNs Win First Contract

ST. LOUIS –Registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUH) have won their first ever collective bargaining agreement with a new three year contract that provides for significant improvements in patient care protections, compensation, and job protections. —NNOC-Missouri, 06/17/13 More »

Nurses to Host Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 - Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline, Austerity

Nurses to Host Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 - Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline, Austerity

SAN FRANCISCO – Registered nurses from across the U.S., joined by environmental and Bay Area community activists, will step up the call on the Obama administration to reject approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline with a colorful march and rally at the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday, June 20. More »

This Week In America, June 14, 2013

This Week In America, June 14, 2013

More profits and less healthcare. In some corners of the newsroom the central story of America’s healthcare crisis – profiteering – finally has been discovered. Steve Brill in Time magazine took it on earlier this year and several have followed suit. At $2.7 trillion, the annual U.S. healthcare price tag is the biggest in the world, by far, an indication that there are vast riches reaching investors in the business of illness. There is evidence, as well, that those profits remain prodigious even as increasing numbers of sick Americans forego care. —National Nurses United, 06/14/13 More »

Resounding Call for Hospital Safety; Pass Patient Protection Act, Say Nurses and Community Leaders

Resounding Call for Hospital Safety; Pass Patient Protection Act, Say Nurses and Community Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC – A gathering of 130 registered nurses and District of Columbia community leaders and residents joined together in the Wilson Building Thursday to express strong support for the Patient Protection Act of 2013. The Act would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. More »

Quincy Medical Center nurses reach deal with hospital owner Steward

Quincy Medical Center nurses reach deal with hospital owner Steward

Nurses at Quincy Medical Center have reached a one-year agreement on wages and staffing with Steward Health Care. In a joint press release, Steward officials and the leadership of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United said the agreement affirms their mutual commitment to the hospital’s viability and staffing levels that assure quality patient care. —PatriotLedger.com, 06/13/13 More »

Federal Court Orders Fallbrook Hospital to Return to Talks With Nurses, Rare Court Injunction Issued

Federal Court Orders Fallbrook Hospital to Return to Talks With Nurses, Rare Court Injunction Issued

In a rare legal sanction, a U.S. District Judge in San Diego has issued a federal injunction against Fallbrook Hospital in northern San Diego County, ordering the hospital to immediately return to contract negotiations with its registered nurses, and end its abridgement of the RNs’ legally protected rights. Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued the injunction late Tuesday. It is technically known as a “Section 10(j)” injunction intended to force Fallbrook to comply with federal labor law or face serious penalties that could range from fines to criminal contempt findings if it does not comply. —National Nurses United, 06/12/13 More »

Workplace Violence Legislation Passes Senate

Workplace Violence Legislation Passes Senate

LANSING -- The Michigan Nurses Association is pleased to announce the passage of the Workplace Violence bills, SB 250 and SB 360, out of the Senate today. The bills were sponsored by Senator Goeff Hansen (R-34). —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/12/13 More »

Nurses Take a Stand for 400,000 Patients

Nurses Take a Stand for 400,000 Patients

LANSING -- Members of the Michigan Nurses Association along with patients, community members, labor and supporters today advocated for the 400,000 Michigan citizens who would benefit from Medicaid expansion. The action was held at the Anderson House Building in Lansing prior to the Michigan Competitiveness Committee hearing regarding the proposed waivers to the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Health Care Act federal plan. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/11/13 More »

Massachusetts Department of Public Health says Morton Hospital’s Pediatric unit is essential

Massachusetts Department of Public Health says Morton Hospital’s Pediatric unit is essential

After hearing, the state Department of Public Health has weighed in on Morton Hospital’s plan to close its pediatric unit, calling the pediatric services “essential” for the community. —Taunton Gazette, 06/11/13 More »

Unit at Morton Hospital essential, state says

Hospital’s pediatric unit, slated to close next month, provides critical access to health care for children in the Taunton region, according to a strongly worded state finding that, though not binding, is meant to pressure the hospital to reconsider. More »

UMass Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

UMass Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

WORCESTER, MA – The registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann campus voted yesterday to ratify a new three-year contract with UMMMC management that provides the significant staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure that their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/11/13 More »

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act near, it’s time to ask if the decision to put the burden of cutting costs on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering, is the fatal flaw in the plan. By Karen Higgins, RN and co-president of National Nurses United. —Alternet.org, 06/11/13 More »

Nurses to Host Colorful Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 With Call to Stop Keystone XL, Austerity

Nurses to Host Colorful Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 With Call to Stop Keystone XL, Austerity

SAN FRANCISCO – Registered nurses from across the U.S., joined by environmental and Bay Area community activists, will step up the call on the Obama administration to reject approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline with a colorful march and rally at the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday, June 20. The event will be hosted by National Nurses United which cites serious adverse concerns about the Pipeline, a project a prominent NASA scientist warns could mean “game over” on climate change. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC –Registered nurses joined by District of Columbia community leaders and activists will visit DC Council members Thursday to press the case for action on the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

Sutter Health patient information turns up in drug bust

Sutter Health patient information turns up in drug bust

When Alameda County sheriff’s deputies conducted a drug bust in Oakland on May 16, they found drugs, but a search turned up something else, too: personal information on about 4,500 Sutter Health patients. It’s unclear how the information got there, but it may have come from Sutter hospitals, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to a letter to patients from David Bradley, president of Sutter’s East Bay Region. —Sacramento Business Journal, 06/10/13 More »

Stop Austerity, Stop Keystone: Our Planet, Our Health

Stop Austerity, Stop Keystone: Our Planet, Our Health

Keystone represents the false choices of the austerity era. Jobs VS the planet. Economic recovery VS healthy communities. Our money or our lives. The Robin Hood Tax will heal our environment AND our economy. March across the Golden Gate Bridge with 350.org, 350BayArea.org, National Nurses United, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, CREDO, Food and Water Watch, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, EQUAL Health Network, California League of Conservation Voters, Center for Biological Diversity, Keystone XL Action Council, UNITE HERE! Local 2850, Movement Generation, Bay Localize, Citizens Climate Lobby, Sustainable San Rafael, Global Exchange, and other environment and public health advocates to send this message to Wall Street and Washington, DC. Tax Wall Street to heal the environment —National Nurses United, 06/10/13 More »

This Week In America, June 7, 2013

This Week In America, June 7, 2013

Wall Street Buying Main Street. First, they prize an economy with low wages and keep wages low for generations. Then they offer mortgages to families whose earnings would never afford them the opportunity to save and buy homes within their budgets. Next, they switch the bait and raise interest rates on the mortgage payments beyond what workers’ wages can meet. Defaults ensue and families are evicted—by the millions. —National Nurses United, 06/07/13 More »

On the Wings of a Nightingale

On the Wings of a Nightingale

Today I ran into a Mexican restaurant to grab a quick lunch, and as I ate my meal I came across a table of nurses wearing hospital scrubs. As they chatted amongst themselves I thought about the many nurses my family has interacted with over the last five years, and I found myself filled with such appreciation for what these amazing women and men do for us. —The Huffington Post Blog, 06/07/13 More »

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and healthcare security for nurses. The agreement between nurse and hospital negotiators, reached late Wednesday night, must still be ratified by the RNs who will vote on the proposals in membership meetings expected to be held next week. For more information, you can read the press release and news articles collected here. —Multiple Sources, 06/07/13 More »

Nurses reach tentative labor agreement

Nurses reach tentative labor agreement

Registered nurses reached a tentative labor deal with St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, according to a news release from the California Nurses Association on Thursday. RNs say the new collective bargaining agreement will protect RN-to-patient ratios in the Apple Valley hospital while also preventing increases in the cost of nurses’ health care coverage. “We made major improvements to our contract and gave nurses the tools to advocate for their practice and their patients,” said Ron Herron, a critical care RN at St. Mary, in a prepared statement. “We maintained affordable health care benefits which are critical to attracting nurses to our growing community hospital.” —Victorville Daily Press, 06/07/13 More »

St. Joseph nurses reach tentative collective bargaining agreement

St. Joseph nurses reach tentative collective bargaining agreement

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, along with nurses from St. Joseph Health System medical centers in Apple Valley and Petaluma, announced on Thursday a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement. Susan Johnson, a registered nurse in St. Joseph's labor and delivery unit, said, in a press release from the California Nurses Association, that language improvements under the new agreement will create safer staffing conditions for both nurses and patients. —Eureka Times Standard, 06/07/13 More »

RNs reach tentative deal with Petaluma Valley Hospital

PETALUMA — Registered nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital and two other St. Joseph Health–affiliated facilities today reached a tentative accord with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement, the California Nurses Association said. The Oakland-based nurses’ union, an affiliate of National Nurses United, said the agreement “will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and health care security for nurses.” —North Bay Business Journal, 06/07/13 More »

Petaluma hospital nurses reach tentative contract agreement

Petaluma hospital nurses reach tentative contract agreement

The California Nurses Association, which represents about 170 nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital, announced a tentative agreement Thursday with St. Joseph Health, which runs the hospital. CNA negotiators representing more than 900 union nurses at two other St. Joseph hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, also reached tentative labor agreements. Nurses are expected to vote next week on whether or not to ratify the three-year agreement. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 06/07/13 More »

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and healthcare security for nurses. The agreement between nurse and hospital negotiators, reached late Wednesday night, must still be ratified by the RNs who will vote on the proposals in membership meetings expected to be held next week. The new contracts which cover more than 1,100 RNs expire on May 31, 2016. —California Nurses Association, 06/06/13 More »

A RAND Report on “Workplace Wellness” Is Quietly Buried for Five Months—Why?

A RAND Report on “Workplace Wellness” Is Quietly Buried for Five Months—Why?

Did you know that in the U.S. “Workplace Wellness” has become a $6 billion industry? That’s how much employers pay vendors who sell workplace wellness programs designed to encourage employees to lose weight, lower their cholesterol, or stop smoking.. Today, firms lay out an average of $521 per employee per year on ‘wellness incentives’ such as gift cards for employees who shed pounds. That is more than double the $260 they spent in 2009 according to a recent survey by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health. —Health Beat, 06/05/13 More »

Social Security should be expanded, not cut

Social Security should be expanded, not cut

Fear-mongers and other critics of Social Security were silenced — momentarily — by the release last week of the annual trustees' report for the programs. The report showed not only that it's looking pretty good in the near term, but in the long term it's more important to the sustenance of millions of Americans than ever before. But policymakers and pundits have taken the wrong lesson from these findings. The argument they most often put forward is that Social Security is so important it must be "saved," typically by cutting benefits to bring its outflow in line with its income. —LA Times, 06/05/13 More »

Rough sailing ahead for health care reform, but it’s not our only option

Rough sailing ahead for health care reform, but it’s not our only option

You know another storm is brewing when Washington politicians start looking for somebody else to blame for problems they themselves created. That’s what happened recently at a Senate budget hearing when Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus unloaded on Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s health and human services secretary. He berated her for failing to adequately educate the public or competently implement the 2,000-plus page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. During the hearing, Baucus worried aloudabout “a huge train wreck coming down” if the Obama administration didn’t clean up its act. Other Democrats soon piled on. —The Bangor Daily News, 06/04/13 More »

This Week In America, June 3, 2013

This Week In America, June 3, 2013

Austerity is a Killer. Estimates put the number of additional suicides at 10,000 and up to a million extra cases of depression across Europe and the U.S. since austerity measures were imposed after the financial collapse of 2008. These findings were highlighted in a new book, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, authored by economist David Stuckler and physician Sanjay Basu, and the subject of an interview on Democracy Now! —Weekly News, 06/03/13 More »

NNU and MNU Endorse Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

NNU and MNU Endorse Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

CANTON, Mass — National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States, and its affiliate, the Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, announced today its endorsement of Congressman Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in the June 25 Massachusetts special election. “Congressman Markey is a champion of the issues that matter most to nurses: federal and state legislation to require safe RN-to-patient staffing limits for nurses in acute care hospitals, universal single-payer health care, a robust social insurance program and a financial transaction tax on Wall Street trades that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars every year,” said MNA/NNU President, Donna Kelly-Williams, RN. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

Cokie Giles, RN, president of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) and a working nurse at the endoscopy clinic at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, has been elected as one of the four presidents of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), one of the largest and fastest growing direct-care RN unions in the United States. Maine has been affiliated with the NNOC since 2006. —Maine State Nurses Association/NNOC/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

For Medicare, Immigrants Offer Surplus, Study Finds

For Medicare, Immigrants Offer Surplus, Study Finds

Immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than the program has paid out on their behalf, according to a new study, a pattern that goes against the notion that immigrants are a drain on federal health care spending. The study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, measured immigrants’ contributions to the part of Medicare that pays for hospital care, a trust fund that accounts for nearly half of the federal program’s revenue. It found that immigrants generated surpluses totaling $115 billion from 2002 to 2009. In comparison, the American-born population incurred a deficit of $28 billion over the same period. —The New York Times, 05/29/13 More »

Europe Should Embrace a Financial Transaction Tax

Europe Should Embrace a Financial Transaction Tax

Opponents’ arguments are inconsistent and lack proportion, says Avinash Persaud, former senior executive at JPMorgan and UBS, and an executive fellow at London Business School. The banking industry has launched a concerted and broad attack against the plans of 11 European countries to impose a financial transaction tax. Bankers are complaining that the tax will kill growth, rob pensioners, make the European debt crisis worse, impoverish small farmers and more. On examination, the arguments by opponents of the FTT have three defining features. First, they are inconsistent. We are told that the tax will be so completely avoided that no one will pay it. Then we are told that the tax will bring economic and financial ruin. It is hard to have it both ways. —Financial Times, 05/29/13 More »

Federal Government Indicts Sutter Memorial for Violating Labor Law-Trial Set for August 5

The federal agency that oversees labor law has ordered Memorial Medical Center, a Sutter facility located in Modesto, to stand trial on charges that it violated RNs’ right of free speech, guaranteed under federal labor law. An administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct the hearing, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 5 at Region 32 of the NLRB in Oakland. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/13 More »

This Week In America, May 29, 2013

This Week In America, May 29, 2013

Less coverage. Considerable maneuvering is underway, as companies seek to achieve the very minimum contributions to employee health plans under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Benefit advisers and insurance brokers.... are pitching low-benefit plans across the country,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “Some of the plans wouldn’t cover surgery, X-rays or prenatal care at all. Others will be paired with limited packages to cover additional services, for instance, $100 a day for a hospital visit.” —Weekly News, 05/29/13 More »

Rideout Health Group California RNs Ratify New 4-Year Pact

Rideout Health Group California RNs Ratify New 4-Year Pact

It’s a wrap. Registered Nurses at Rideout Health Group facilities in Marysville and Yuba City Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in membership meetings to approve a new four year collective bargaining contract, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. The ratification ends a long effort by the 400 RNs to achieve an agreement that they say will strengthen patient care protections as well as standards for the RNs who work at the Rideout Regional Medical Center in Marysville and Women and Infant Services in Yuba City. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/13 More »

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

The Department of Public Health has just issued its findings regarding the proposed plan by Cambridge Health Alliance to close its nationally recognized child psychiatric unit for the care of young children with acute mental illness (The DPH letter text appears at the end of this release) The DPH finds that this unit provides an essential service that is “necessary for preserving access and health status in the Cambridge Hospital’s service area, which for the children and adolescents it serves extends throughout Eastern Massachusetts.” —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/28/13 More »

California Rideout Nurses to Vote on New Contract on Tuesday

California Rideout Nurses to Vote on New Contract on Tuesday

Registered nurses at Rideout Health Group will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, the association representing the nurses said Friday. The agreement, if finalized, would provide some 400 registered nurses with a 9 percent across-the-board pay increase over the four years of the agreement with an additional 2 percent for longer term registered nurses. —Appeal Democrat, 05/28/13 More »

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

The Department of Public Health has just issued its findings regarding the proposed plan by Cambridge Health Alliance to close its nationally recognized child psychiatric unit for the care of young children with acute mental illness (see the letter attached) The DPH finds that this unit provides an essential service that is “necessary for preserving access and health status in the Cambridge Hospital’s service area, which for the children and adolescents it serves extends throughout Eastern Massachusetts.” —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/24/13 More »

RNs, Rideout Health Group Reach Tentative Agreement Nurses Welcome Gains

Registered Nurses who work at Rideout Health Group facilities in Marysville and Yuba City north of Sacramento have reached a tentative agreement on a new four year contract that provides important patient care and economic gains and holds the line on health coverage, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. The settlement will go before RNs for ratification in membership meetings Tuesday, May 28. —California Nurses Association, 05/24/13 More »

Nurses strike averted after UMass Medical management and nurses reach tentative contract agreement

Nurses strike averted after UMass Medical management and nurses reach tentative contract agreement

WORCESTER - Thursday's nurses' strike at UMass Memorial Medical Center's University Campus was averted and a tentative three-year contract agreement was reached between hospital management and the union representing 1,100 nurses on Wednesday. The agreement was reached after 18 months of negotiations. —The Republican-Massachusetts, 05/23/13 More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement-Strike Averted

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement-Strike Averted

After hours of negotiations today the registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University campus reached a tentative agreement with UMMMC management that provides the staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. The settlement averts a strike, which was set to begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/23/13 More »

Big Rallies Today – San Jose and Berkeley

Big Rallies Today – San Jose and Berkeley

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose begin a two-day strike Thursday, May 23 as RNs at five East Bay Sutter hospitals begin the final day of their seven-day walkout. Both walkouts –protests against hospital employer demands for sweeping reductions in RN standards and concerns about patient protections – will feature large mid-day rallies. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/13 More »

Oakland City Council Approves Resolution to Support Robin Hood Tax

Oakland City Council Approves Resolution to Support Robin Hood Tax

Registered Nurse Thorild Urdal told the Oakland City Council recently how she sees patients struggling everyday to survive during these tough economic times. They're delaying healthcare, rationing medication or not buying medication at all. “I see them coming in worse and worse shape, “ the Alta Bates Medical Center nurse said. That’s why Urdal and her fellow nurses are calling for a Robin Hood Tax to help our communities recover from the economic crisis caused by Wall Street. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/13 More »

Greater Taunton community voices anger at closing of Morton Hospital’s pediatric unit

Greater Taunton community voices anger at closing of Morton Hospital’s pediatric unit

TAUNTON—State health officials were in town Tuesday to hear arguments for and against Morton Hospital's plan to close its 13-bed pediatric unit. The Department of Public Health held the hearing, which took place at the Taunton Public Library, as part of a state review of the hospital's proposal. —TauntonGazette.com, 05/22/13 More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Strike Update

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Strike Update

Final Round of Talks Scheduled from 2 – 6 p.m. Today at DCU Center. Pre-Strike Rally Tonight at 6 p.m., Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St., Worcester. If Talks Fail, Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike for Safe Patient Care, Thursday, May 23, Beginning at 6 a.m. Nurses Will Picket for 24 hours and will be prepared to re-enter the hospital on May 24 at 6 a.m. to resume care of patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/22/13 More »

San Jose Nurses to Begin Two-Day Strike Thursday Cite Concerns over Safe Staffing, Proposed Pension

San Jose Nurses to Begin Two-Day Strike Thursday Cite Concerns over Safe Staffing, Proposed Pension

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have will begin a a two-day strike Thursday, May 23, continuing Friday, May 24. Key issues to protest the refusal of hospital officials to move forward in efforts to end the contract dispute with nurses which centers in large part on proposed elimination of the nurses’ pension plan, and concerns about hospital staffing. The 1,400 RNs at the two HCA-affiliated hospitals are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/13 More »

Leading Nevada RN Organization Opposes SB 362

Leading Nevada RN Organization Opposes SB 362

‘Bill Would Help Hospitals, Not Patients, and Erodes Safe Staffing’. A major organization of Nevada registered nurses is calling on Nevada legislators to reject a misleading bill promoted by hospital executives that nurses say would undermine their efforts to genuinely protect patients and speak up for safer patient care conditions. —NNOC-Nevada / NNU, 05/22/13 More »

Study finds jump in ER-related admissions

Study finds jump in ER-related admissions

Efforts to shift patients to lower-cost healthcare settings appear to flounder as the emergency department continues to play a larger role in where and how care is delivered. —Modern Healthcare, 05/21/13 More »

UMass Medical Center Nurses To Conduct  One-Day Strike on Thursday, May 23

UMass Medical Center Nurses To Conduct One-Day Strike on Thursday, May 23

WORCESTER, MA – In response to deteriorating patient care conditions, the 1,100 registered nurses who work at the University Hospital campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) in Worcester plan to conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, May 23. The strike would be the largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history. A pre-strike Rally for the nurses and community supporters has also been scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at Coral Seafood Restaurant, located at 225 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 05/21/13 More »

Talks collapse; UMass nurses to strike - Replacements start Thursday

Talks collapse; UMass nurses to strike - Replacements start Thursday

WORCESTER — The nurses’ strike is on. Union officials representing 1,100 nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus and hospital management spent four hours negotiating Monday afternoon but failed to reach a deal. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 05/21/13 More »

Good faith bargaining? Federal agency expected to file injunction against BCH

Good faith bargaining? Federal agency expected to file injunction against BCH

BARSTOW--The National Labor Relations Board is expected to file an injunction in federal court against Barstow Community Hospital regarding its alleged bargaining tactics with the California Nurses Association, according to a CNA news release. —SBsun.com, 05/21/13 More »

Hearing Set in Dispute Between Barstow Hospital, Nurses

Hearing Set in Dispute Between Barstow Hospital, Nurses

A dispute between newly unionized nurses and Barstow Community Hospital will be heard by an administrative law judge next month in Los Angeles. The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the hospital. The hearing will take place June 17. The Registered Nurses at Barstow Community Hospital group voted to join the California Nursing Association-National Nurses United union in May 2012 and began negotiating their first contract with the hospital in July. —San Bernardino Sun, 05/21/13 More »

Fallbrook Hospital May Be Forced to Negotiate with Nurses

Fallbrook Hospital May Be Forced to Negotiate with Nurses

Fallbrook Hospital may be forced to return to contract negotiations with its registered nurses. The National Labor Relations Board is set to go to federal court June 5 to request a rare federal injunction to force the hospital to comply with federal labor law. Last May, Fallbrook RNs voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. After initial meetings to discuss a collective bargaining contract, hospital officials walked away from talks. —San Diego Union Tribune, 05/21/13 More »

Columbia Graduates Call for Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to Address Student Debt

Columbia Graduates Call for Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to Address Student Debt

New York - Members of the Class of 2013 of Columbia University, joined by graduating students from other campuses and supporters, will hold a press conference outside the Main Gate to Columbia University on Broadway at W. 116th Street on Tuesday, May 21 at 8 a.m. The students, many of whom are buried in debt from college tuition costs, are calling for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street transactions to fund education programs that could alleviate student debt now and in the future. Student debt in the U.S. has surpassed consumer debt and now stands at an amount in excess of $1 trillion. —RobinHoodTax.org, 05/21/13 More »

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates fined for health, safety violations

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates fined for health, safety violations

State regulators have slapped Sutter Health's Alta Bates hospital in Oakland with potential fines totaling $142,970 for six health and safety violations related to failure to properly isolate patients with airborne diseases such as tuberculosis. Two violations were determined to be “serious” and “willful,” carrying a proposed penalty of $70,000 each. —Sacramento Business Journal, 05/21/13 More »

Tuesday - Robin Hood Fair, March and Call for Support at Oakland City Council

Tuesday - Robin Hood Fair, March and Call for Support at Oakland City Council

The California Nurses Association (CNA), together with community partners, will host a Robin Hood Fair outside Oakland City Hall on Tuesday, May 21 at 12 noon in support of the Robin Hood Tax, whose goal is to bring a real recovery to Main Street and to end climate change and HIV/AIDS. The Robin Hood Tax is embodied in the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579, reintroduced in Congress last month by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). —California Nurses Association, 05/20/13 More »

Labor Board Judge Convicts Fallbrook for Violating Law, Barstow Also Indicted

Labor Board Judge Convicts Fallbrook for Violating Law, Barstow Also Indicted

Two Southern California hospitals that are part of one of the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chains, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, are facing major sanctions from the federal government for significant abuses of the democratic rights of their registered nurses. In a scathing decision issued late last week, a federal administrative law judge has asked the federal labor board to order Fallbrook Hospital in northern San Diego County to end illegal evasive tactics and return to contract negotiations with its registered nurses. —California Nurses Association, 05/20/13 More »

Cedars-Sinai stands out for steep pricing

Cedars-Sinai stands out for steep pricing

When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Be it a cardiac stent, a hip replacement or a pacemaker, Cedars-Sinai's list prices for these routine treatments ranked among the top 5% in the country. —L.A. Times, 05/20/13 More »

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates For Failing to Properly Isolate Potentially Infectious Patients

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates For Failing to Properly Isolate Potentially Infectious Patients

California’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety has slapped Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland with multiple fines totaling $142,970 – including two “willful serious” safety violations at the maximum penalty of $70,000 each for failure to properly isolate patients that threatened to expose other patients, visitors, and staff to major diseases such as tuberculosis (TB). Nurses will discuss the safety violations at a 12:15 rally, at the hospital, 350 Hawthorne, Oakland —California Nurses Association, 05/20/13 More »

Dept. of Public Health to Hold Public Hearing May 21 On Proposed Closure of a 13-bed Pediatric Unit

Dept. of Public Health to Hold Public Hearing May 21 On Proposed Closure of a 13-bed Pediatric Unit

Opponents to the closing will present testimony detailing the devastating impact the loss of this service will have on the vulnerable children of greater Taunton. Steward’s decision violates its promise to the community to maintain all services at Morton Hospital, and will mean sick children will be boarded in the busy emergency department or shipped to Boston, Providence or Fall River for care. More »

Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin. Not only is the problem not solved by the Affordable Care Act, but it is a likely reason many will continue to demand more effective reform, as in expanding and extending Medicare to cover everyone. —by Deborah Burger. First appeared in The Huffington Post, 05/17/13 More »

RNs to Begin Strike Friday at 5 East Bay Sutter Hospitals

RNs to Begin Strike Friday at 5 East Bay Sutter Hospitals

Registered Nurses at Sutter hospitals in Alameda and Contra Costa counties will hold a seven-day strike beginning on May 17 and ending at 7 a.m. May 24 in an effort to step up the message to the hard line East Bay Sutter region to follow the lead of other Sutter facilities and end its attacks on nurses and patients. —California Nurses Association, 05/16/13 More »

Marin General Hospital nurses warn that new computer system is causing errors, call for time out

Marin General Hospital nurses warn that new computer system is causing errors, call for time out

Nurses at Marin General Hospital have asked administrators to put implementation of a new computerized physician order entry system on hold until glitches can be worked out and more training provided to nurses and doctors who use it. —Marin Independent Journal, 05/15/13 More »

Billing charges that hospitals say are meaningless stir controversy

Billing charges that hospitals say are meaningless stir controversy

Hospitals in Ventura County used billing charges in 2011 that exceeded their actual costs by a range of 339 to 598 percent, according to data from the California Nurses Association. —Pharmacy Choice. First appeared in Ventura County Star, CA, 05/15/13 More »

UMass Memorial sets one-day strike

UMass Memorial sets one-day strike

If the strike plans go through, it would be the largest nurses strike in the state’s history, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The strike would see more than 2,000 nurses walk off the job to protest cuts in nursing and support staff in the past two years, which they insist will greatly affect patient care. —Examiner.com, 05/15/13 More »

San Jose Nurses Set Two-Day Strike May 23 to 24

San Jose Nurses Set Two-Day Strike May 23 to 24

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have scheduled a two-day strike May 23 and May 24 to protest the refusal of hospital officials to move forward in efforts to end the contract dispute with nurses which centers in large part on proposed elimination of the nurses’ pension plan, and concerns about hospital staffing. East Bay Sutter RNs also set to Strike Beginning May 17. —California Nurses Association, 05/15/13 More »

Holding California private non-profit hospitals accountable for Charity Care

Holding California private non-profit hospitals accountable for Charity Care

ACTION NEEDED by May 24th--AB 975 would clearly define charity care to ensure it is care for the poor, not marketing, cutting of services or other schemes, and redefine genuine community benefit, and assure greater public transparency. Send a messages to the Assembly Appropriations Committee ASAP! —California Nurses Association , 05/15/13 More »

Nurses: Hospital Price Gouging Driving Up Healthcare Costs, Self-Rationing, Medical Bankruptcies

Nurses: Hospital Price Gouging Driving Up Healthcare Costs, Self-Rationing, Medical Bankruptcies

Skyrocketing hospital charges have become a major factor in driving up overall healthcare costs, and exaggerating a healthcare crisis nationally as increasing numbers of Americans are priced out of access to needed medical care or pushed into financial ruin or bankruptcy, say nurses. —National Nurses United / IHSP, 05/15/13 More »

California Hospitals Charges are 4 1/2 Times Their Cost

California Hospitals Charges are 4 1/2 Times Their Cost

California hospitals set their charges at just over 4 and half times their total cost, well beyond the national average with the charges a significant factor in high healthcare costs in the state, according to new data released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/14/13 More »

CNA Establishes Nursing Angels Family Fund: RNs Ask Public to Honor Nurses Week with Aid to Families

CNA Establishes Nursing Angels Family Fund: RNs Ask Public to Honor Nurses Week with Aid to Families

As National Nurses Week draws to a close, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is asking the public to commemorate a week that honors nurses by assisting the families of five women, mostly nurses, who were killed earlier this month in a tragic limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area. —California Nurses Association, 05/13/13 More »

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