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McLaren Northern Michigan MNA Nurses Ratify Contract

McLaren Northern Michigan MNA Nurses Ratify Contract

CHEBOYGAN – The registered nurses of McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus recently ratified a contract that provides economic security and guarantees them a voice in the care they provide. —Michigan Nurses Association, 05/13/13 More »

California Governor Jerry Brown Honors Nurses on Nurses Week

California Governor Jerry Brown Honors Nurses on Nurses Week

Registered nurses form the backbone of an advanced health care system. They spend notoriously long shifts at hard labor, under great risk of work-related injury or disease, while maintaining professional and technical standards as a matter of life and death. Even under these conditions, nurses are also the heart and soul of our hospitals and clinics, providing a human touch and support for the emotional needs of the patients. It's most fitting that we honor their enormous efforts and vital contributions to our collective well-being. —Governor Jerry Brown, 05/10/13 More »

The time has come to expand Medi-Cal

The time has come to expand Medi-Cal

As California grapples with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it’s worth emphasizing that the significant gaps in the federal law call out for stronger action in the states to address a healthcare emergency that is far from over. —Malinda Markowitz commentary, Capitol Weekly, 05/10/13 More »

CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund - Please Donate and Share the Page

CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund - Please Donate and Share the Page

This year’s Nurses Week was sadly darkened by the death of five caregivers in a tragic limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge. To honor them and assist their families, we have established a fund. Please consider making a donation and sharing the link with friends. Thank you. —California Nurses Association, 05/10/13 More »

To Honor National Nurses Week, Help RNs Win Safe Staffing Ratios

To Honor National Nurses Week, Help RNs Win Safe Staffing Ratios

HR 1907, the Safe Nurse Staffing for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act, a bill re-introduction today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, establishes minimum RN ratios for every hospital unit at all times. It also provides whistleblower protection to assure that nurses are free to speak out for enforcement of safe staffing standards. Please add your name to our letter supporting this exciting legislation! —National Nurses United, 05/09/13 More »

RNs Welcome Introduction of House Bill to Set Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

RNs Welcome Introduction of House Bill to Set Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, today greeted the re-introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois – appropriately during Nurses Week – that would set specific limits on the numbers of patients each RN can care for in hospitals throughout the U.S. —National Nurses United, 05/09/13 More »

Affinity nurse takes pleasure in caring for you, your family

Affinity nurse takes pleasure in caring for you, your family

I am a Registered Nurse at Affinity Medical Center and although this is a week to recognize nurses, I would like to thank the people of Massillon and the surrounding area for the privilege of allowing my colleagues and me to care for you and your families. —Bob McKinney, RN, 05/09/13 More »

San Leandro city leaders support hospital charity care bill

San Leandro city leaders support hospital charity care bill

A bill aimed at increasing accountability and charity care provided by California's nonprofit hospitals has gained the support of the City Council. —Inside Bay Area, 05/08/13 More »

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today called on the healthcare industry and elected leaders to provide the best gift of all for nurses as a tribute to Nurses Week by supporting proposals to help nurses provide safer care through enacting nurse to patient ratio laws. —National Nurses United, 05/08/13 More »

Robin Hood Says: If We Can Tax Internet Sales, Why Not Wall Street and the Banks?

Robin Hood Says: If We Can Tax Internet Sales, Why Not Wall Street and the Banks?

With the passage in the U.S. Senate Monday of a new sales tax on internet purchasers, activists in the Robin Hood Tax Campaign today asked, “if we can tax the world wide web, why not the world wide banks?” —Robin Hood Tax USA, 05/07/13 More »

Maine RNs, Community, and Labor Groups Kick Off New Healthcare Campaign on Nurses Week

Maine RNs, Community, and Labor Groups Kick Off New Healthcare Campaign on Nurses Week

More than 130,000 Maine residents have no health coverage and those with insurance are experiencing drastic reductions in vital services. Personal stories pouring in from residents throughout the state who are suffering as a result of insufficient healthcare will be presented to elected leaders as evidence of the need for dramatic change. More »

DPH to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Closure of Child Behavioral Health Unit at Cambridge Hospital

DPH to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Closure of Child Behavioral Health Unit at Cambridge Hospital

The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on May 8 concerning a controversial proposal by Cambridge Health Alliance to close 40 percent of beds in its pediatric behavioral health unit and to stop providing inpatient psychiatric care for children ages three to eight at a time when there is a statewide shortage of beds for young children suffering from serious mental health conditions. More »

Resolutions call for Baystate Health System to Meet Healthcare Needs in Franklin County

Resolutions call for Baystate Health System to Meet Healthcare Needs in Franklin County

MONTAGUE, Mass — Residents of Montague cast an overwhelming vote last night to approve a resolution placed on the warrant for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, which calls upon Baystate Health System to ensure and maintain a broad range of health services at nearby Baystate Franklin Medical Center and to prevent the further erosion of services once available at BFMC that are now only offered in Springfield. The passage of this resolution in Montague follows a similar vote by the residents of Deerfield on April 29. The full text of the resolution can be found at the end of this release. More »

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago nurses will hold a town hall meeting Monday night to call public attention to a state legislation that would dramatically improve patient safety in Illinois hospitals by setting limits on the number of patients per nurse, along with other patient protections. In addition to nurses, patients, community allies and legislators will be present. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/02/13 More »

Queen nurses vote to unionize

Nearly 500 RNs will be part of California Nurses Association. Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Napa Valley Register, 05/01/13 More »

Adequate and Stable Nurse Staffing Is Key to Improving Care for Heart Failure Patients

Adequate and Stable Nurse Staffing Is Key to Improving Care for Heart Failure Patients

New Study Finds Nurse Staffing Plays Important Role in Implementation of Measures That Improve Care for Heart Failure Patients in Rural Hospitals. Ensuring that heart failure patients receive optimal care can be difficult, particularly in rural hospitals. Now a new study suggests that rural hospitals may be better able to ensure high-quality care if they have lower nursing turnover and better practice environments. —Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 05/01/13 More »

Napa Landslide. Queen of the Valley RNs: Vote by 64% to Join California Nurses Association

Napa Landslide. Queen of the Valley RNs: Vote by 64% to Join California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to affiliate with the state’s premiere organization of RNs, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/01/13 More »

Town Meeting Calls on Baystate Health System to Meet Franklin County Health Care Needs

Town Meeting Calls on Baystate Health System to Meet Franklin County Health Care Needs

Residents of Deerfield cast an overwhelming vote last night to approve a resolution placed on the warrant for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, which calls upon Baystate Health System to ensure and maintain a broad range of health services at nearby Baystate Franklin Medical Center and to prevent the further erosion of services once available at BFMC that are now only offered in Springfield. The full text of the resolution can be found at the end of this release. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 04/30/13 More »

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington’s biggest private hospital, Washington Hospital Center, will stand trial in July on charges by the federal government on charges of refusing to disclose critical information regarding patient safety to the union representing hospital nurses. —National Nurses United, 04/30/13 More »

NLRB hearing on firing of Affinity nurse Ann Wayt is Monday

NLRB hearing on firing of Affinity nurse Ann Wayt is Monday

OHIO--Local nurses are showing support for the rights of registered nurses by attending a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Cleveland that begins Monday, and by wearing stickers that read “I Stand with Ann for RNs’ Rights.” —IndeOnline.com, 04/29/13 More »

Dem proposes federal regulation of nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals

Dem proposes federal regulation of nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require hospitals to maintain a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio at all times, and allow the government to audit and penalize hospitals that fail to comply with this rule. —TheHill.com, 04/26/13 More »

Robin Hood Pays DC a Visit - Wants Wall Street to Pay a Tax!

Robin Hood Pays DC a Visit - Wants Wall Street to Pay a Tax!

On April 17th, Congressman Keith Ellison, Chairman of the Progressive Caucus, introduced the Inclusive Prosperity Act (HR 1579), which would generate hundreds of billions of dollars a year through a tiny tax on Wall Street trading. It's the exact kind of bold leadership and legislation our nation needs right now. April 20th, a thousand people rallied in Washington in support of this bill. —Robin Hood Blog, 04/25/13 More »

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Forty-three religious leaders of Washington, DC’s many faith groups announced their support today of the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —NNU / HEAL DC, 04/25/13 More »

National Report Highlights Worker Fatalities, Need for Stronger Workplace Safety Measures

National Report Highlights Worker Fatalities, Need for Stronger Workplace Safety Measures

More than 4,600 workers were killed on the job in 2011 – the latest year for which we have complete data – spanning many ages, industries, and causes of death, an analysis by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has found. —COSHnetwork.org, 04/24/13 More »

Coverage limits are harsh reality for amputees

Coverage limits are harsh reality for amputees

Those who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings now need care to learn to navigate the world in a new way — and navigate a thorny area of health care coverage, too. In the case of the Boston bombings, pledges and offers of support have poured in to help with the health care costs of the 14 people who reportedly lost all or part of a limb. But for some amputees, covering the staggering cost for prosthetics care can be a struggle. —Politico.com, 04/23/13 More »

Chained CPI Proposal Would Cut Social Security Retirement Benefits by About 2 Percent, on Average

Chained CPI Proposal Would Cut Social Security Retirement Benefits by About 2 Percent, on Average

The President’s new budget proposes to use the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) for computing cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and certain other federal benefits, as well as for indexing key parameters of the tax code. —Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 04/23/13 More »

South Side isn’t ready for health emergencies

South Side isn’t ready for health emergencies

CHICAGO--As this is written, everyone wounded in the terror bombings at the Boston Marathon has survived his or her wounds. This remarkable testament to effective medical response stems largely from Boston’s exceptional health-care capacity. —Chicago Sun-Times, By Jesse Jackson, 04/23/13 More »

The Higher Health Insurers’ Claim Denial Rate, the Higher the CEO Pay

The Higher Health Insurers’ Claim Denial Rate, the Higher the CEO Pay

When you're shopping for health insurance, wouldn't it be great if you could find out every insurer's claim denial rate? And how much each one spent on lobbying and advertising -- and how much they paid their CEO? —Huffington Post, By Wendell Potter, 04/23/13 More »

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Registered Nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro, Ca. have ratified a new collective bargaining contract that provides for additional patient care protections, new hospital rules to assure a safer work environment to stem workplace violence, and economic gains. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/13 More »

Texas Plant Explosion Reveals Wide Gaps In Workplace Safety Laws

Texas Plant Explosion Reveals Wide Gaps In Workplace Safety Laws

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary developments in the marathon bombing case, the confirmed deaths of at least 14 people and the injuries of 200 more have been all but lost in the breaking terrorism news. But about 1,800 miles from Boston, rescuers and investigators are sorting through the wreckage of the devastating industrial disaster. —Huffington Post, 04/22/13 More »

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 2,000 people, decked out in Robin Hood hats and with giant puppets of Wall Street bankers descended on DC today to demand President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew stop pursuing austerity and instead support a financial transaction tax on Wall Street, commonly referred to as a “Robin Hood Tax.” —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 04/20/13 More »

Sutter Solano Among the Last to Reach Contract Deal with Nurses Union

Sutter Solano Among the Last to Reach Contract Deal with Nurses Union

Sutter Solano Medical Center remains one of five holdouts in ongoing contract talks between Sutter facilities and their nurses union. That's because a tentative agreement has been reached with Marin County's Sutter Novato Community Hospital, union officials said. —Vallejo Times Herald , 04/19/13 More »

HR 1579—The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

HR 1579—The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

Calling the legislation "remarkable" and "bold," Rep. Barbara Lee told the press conference that HR 1579 would address "out-of-control tactics" on Wall Street and would "lead to critical investments for our future -- in health and development assistance." —National Nurses United, 04/19/13 More »

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Hundreds of registered nurses will participate in a late afternoon rally today to show support for major DC legislation that would require minimum safe staffing in DC hospitals to protect patients. The Patient Protection Act, a bill to set specific limits on the number of patients RNs can safely care for in every district hospital, along with other patient protections, was introduced in early February by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and nine other council members. —Heal DC / National Nurses United, 04/19/13 More »

Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street Financial Transactions

Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street Financial Transactions

The reckless actions of Wall Street institutions led to the collapse of the the U.S. economy and the deep recession of 2008-09. The Wall Street firms looted and gambled trillions in worker pensions and mutual fund savings. The Wall Street traders made billions of dollars in speculative money -- bets on bets -- holding hostage the real economy where money is made by providing goods and services. And the actions of Wall Street resulted in the loss of more than 8 million jobs. —By Ralph Nader, 04/18/13 More »

“A HUGE DAY” Rep. Keith Ellison, on reintroduction of the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579

“A HUGE DAY” Rep. Keith Ellison, on reintroduction of the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579

“The global crisis cost Americans $19 trillion in lost wealth.... American citizens provided the money to stabilize the financial sector….The global financial crisis, along with wars, unabated and unaddressed climate change, unsustainable tax cuts, and a continuing unemployment crisis, if unaddressed, will deprive a generation of a meaningful role in the larger economy.” —Robin Hood Tax Blog, 04/17/13 More »

A Robin Hood Response to the Austerity Lie: Tax Wall Street

A Robin Hood Response to the Austerity Lie: Tax Wall Street

Congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota is reintroducing his Inclusive Prosperity Act, a proposal to add a small “financial transactions tax” on high-volume, high-speed trading by Wall Street speculators. The tax—similar to one that the US imposed until 1966, and to taxes maintained by 40 countries worldwide—would generate roughly $1 trillion in revenue over 10 years. —The Nation, By Jorn n', 04/17/13 More »

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Washington, D.C. - With the Capitol as backdrop, and joined by representatives of organizations comprising the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today reintroduced The Inclusive Prosperity Act, HR 1579, a financial transaction tax that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue annually at a time of great need, and allow the U.S.to join the rest of the world in a growing system of financial transaction taxes. —National Nurses United, 04/17/13 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Association RN Board Member Responds to Boston Bombing Victims

Massachusetts Nurses Association RN Board Member Responds to Boston Bombing Victims

Betty, who was on the ground to help victims after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, was working at the medical tent at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and she was there to respond and care for the victims when the bombs exploded. “I never had to run out to victims before where one of them could have been someone I knew, a member of my family,” she wrote in an email after the event. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/16/13 More »

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter Novato Community

Breakthrough Occurs As Hospital Drops Over 40 Concession Demands. Registered nurses have reached a tentative contract settlement with one more Sutter hospital, Novato Community in northern Marin County, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 04/15/13 More »

Bill Moyers: We Are Living in the United States of Inequality

Bill Moyers: We Are Living in the United States of Inequality

The unprecedented level of economic inequality in America is undeniable. In an extended essay, Bill Moyers shares examples of the striking extremes of wealth and poverty across the country, including a video report on California’s Silicon Valley. There, Facebook, Google, and Apple are minting millionaires, while the area’s homeless — who’ve grown 20 percent in the last two years — are living in tent cities at their virtual doorsteps. —AlterNet, 04/12/13 More »

Minnesota Nurses union reaches deal with St. Luke’s

Minnesota Nurses union reaches deal with St. Luke’s

The Minnesota Nurses Association announced late Tuesday that Duluth nurses came to a tentative contract agreement with St. Luke’s hospital that would raise wages 4.5 percent. The three-year agreement would go into effect in July and run into June 2016. —Duluth News Tribune, 04/12/13 More »

War Memorial Nurses’ Community 5K Will Raise Funds for New ER

War Memorial Nurses’ Community 5K Will Raise Funds for New ER

SAULT STE. MARIE – War Memorial Nurses Association and the Michigan Nurses Association invite the community to participate in their second annual charity race: “Expanding for the Long Run” – a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 4. The nurses are donating proceeds from the family-friendly event to a new WMH Emergency Department to increase the safety and efficiency of patient care. —Michigan Nurses Association, 04/12/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Accountability in Nonprofit Hospitals - AB 975

NURSE TALK RADIO: Accountability in Nonprofit Hospitals - AB 975

Have you ever wondered about what a business or an organization has to provide in order to acquire and keep a not-for-profit (aka nonprofit) status? RN and Director of Government Relations for CNA, Bonnie Castillo talks about a bill, AB 975, that aims to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax-exempt status. —Nurse Talk Radio, 04/12/13 More »

UMass Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a Strike

UMass Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a Strike

WORCESTER, MA – In response to deteriorating patient care conditions, the registered nurses who work at the Worcester-based hospital campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) cast an overwhelming vote tonight to authorize a one-day strike as management continues to refuse to agree to desperately needed improvements in staffing levels at this major tertiary care provider. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/12/13 More »

The New Face of Healthcare: Drone Doctors?

The New Face of Healthcare: Drone Doctors?

VIDEO--"Kaiser's a great model of cutting costs," Bonnie Castillo, legislative director of the California Nurses Association told GRITtv. If current trends at Kaiser are any indication, she says, the future includes fewer, more overworked nurses with less time with patients and more robotic doctors, taking vital signs via remote. —GRITtv, 04/12/13 More »

9 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts They Don’t Want You to Know

9 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts They Don’t Want You to Know

The "chained CPI" proposal in President Obama's budget continues to draw much-deserved fire, which is only likely to increase as more information about it becomes known. Here are nine embarrassing facts about the chained CPI which the White House and its defenders would prefer to see overlooked. —Huffington Post, 04/11/13 More »

National RN Upadate: DC Actions, Stop Social Security Cuts, Charity Care, Massachusetts

National RN Upadate: DC Actions, Stop Social Security Cuts, Charity Care, Massachusetts

TAKE ACTION to stop Social Security Cuts! Join us on April 20 in DC. Robin Hood will be marching from the IMF and World Bank to the US Treasury to demand a Robin Hood Tax in the U.S. We hope you can join us! On April 17 Congressmember Ellison (D-MN) will be holding a press conference to herald the reintroduction of The Inclusive Prosperity Act which calls for a Robin Hood Tax. Get details and see more updates! —National Nurses United, 04/10/13 More »

Consumer Groups Fear Patients Could Be Hit With Large Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Consumer Groups Fear Patients Could Be Hit With Large Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Under the federal law, starting Jan. 1 health plans must include certain benefits, such as hospital care and drug coverage, and must cap the amount consumers can be charged through deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance. That out-of-pocket cap next year is estimated to be about $6,250 for an individual. —Kaiser Health News, 04/10/13 More »

Diminished Patient Protection Forces Steward-Quincy Medical Center Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike

Diminished Patient Protection Forces Steward-Quincy Medical Center Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike

To protest dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital, registered nurses at Cerberus-Steward owned Quincy Medical Center will conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11. The strike will be the first nurses’ strike at a Greater Boston hospital in more than 25 years and it has been sanctioned by the most overwhelming nurses strike vote in Massachusetts history. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/10/13 More »

New Agreement Moves MNA Nurses, Marquette General Forward

New Agreement Moves MNA Nurses, Marquette General Forward

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Nurses Association and Marquette General Hospital recently finalized an agreement that enables the hospital’s 457 registered nurses to keep focusing on providing safe, quality care for patients at the region’s fastest-growing and most prominent medical facility. —Michigan Nurses Association, 04/10/13 More »

Labor Pains, Evergreen

Labor Pains, Evergreen

The battle over the tar sands pipeline among unions has been XL on drama. "For too long we have allowed some corporations to hold a gun to our heads and demand that we choose jobs or choose the earth.” That’s what Terry O’Sullivan, the general president of the Laborers International Union of North America, told green groups and fellow unions at a green-jobs conference in February 2009, just a few months after the union—one of the largest in the country—joined the Blue-Green Alliance, a group organized to advocate for a “clean economy.” —The American Prospect, 04/09/13 More »

CDC: Adults in US Skipping Medicine to Save Money

CDC: Adults in US Skipping Medicine to Save Money

Results from a survey out Tuesday are underscoring the repercussions lack of healthcare insurance and high drug costs have on adults in the US. —Common Dreams, 04/09/13 More »

Time for Hospitals To Act as Good Corporate Citizens

Time for Hospitals To Act as Good Corporate Citizens

Has therapeutic healing and recovery become a vanishing mission among California hospitals? Are California hospitals operating as big corporations more devoted to piling up cash than to assuring the delivery of care? A look at how California's private, not-for-profit hospitals are meeting their responsibilities for providing charity care and community benefit programs suggests many have lost their way. —Malinda Markowitz commentary, California Healthline, 04/09/13 More »

No Grand Bargain; Elderly Women Hit Hardest

No Grand Bargain; Elderly Women Hit Hardest

The largest U.S. organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United (NNU), issued its strongest warning today: Cuts in Social Security and Medicare would do harm to America’s elderly and disabled, vulnerable populations whose resources already place them in the margins. NNU called upon lawmakers to withdraw from all considerations of these cuts. Although Social Security contributes nothing to the federal deficit, Congress could increase revenue for the Social Security trust fund by raising the payroll tax income limit. —National Nurses United, 04/08/13 More »

Two Bay Area lawmakers seek to hold tax-exempt hospitals accountable

Two Bay Area lawmakers seek to hold tax-exempt hospitals accountable

Nonprofit hospitals in California, which take millions of dollars in tax breaks annually, would face greater scrutiny of the charity care and other community benefits they provide under legislation sought by two Bay Area lawmakers. —Mercury News, 04/08/13 More »

Collusion on charity care abuse just the latest

Collusion on charity care abuse just the latest

SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan’s sordid scorecard: ‘We are proud of it and would do it again’ says Regan of his attack on ratios. RNs across California who work side by side with SEIU-UHW members are probably already aware of the sweeping concessions Regan and his coterie have signed with hospital managers. —California Nurses Association, 04/08/13 More »

Nurses, Quincy hospital move to avert strike

Nurses and officials at Quincy Medical Center plan to negotiate Monday morning in an effort to avert a one-day strike planned for next Thursday. Talks between the nurses and the hospital’s parent company, Steward Health Care, were scheduled by a federal mediator and will focus on staffing levels, the main issue in dispute. —The Boston Globe, 04/06/13 More »

Nurses protest for patient care, hospital says paychecks

Nurses protest for patient care, hospital says paychecks

HAVERHILL — Nurses took to the street near Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill yesterday to call attention to what they think is an alarming trend at some local hospitals. —The Eagle Tribune, 04/06/13 More »

Federal Mediator Calls for Negotiations Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses and Cerberus-Steward

Federal Mediator Calls for Negotiations Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses and Cerberus-Steward

QUINCY, MA — A federal mediator has scheduled a meeting between the Quincy Medical Center nurses, and Cerberus-Steward Health Care on Monday, April 8 at 10 a.m. prior to the nurses’ one-day unfair labor practice strike on April 11. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/05/13 More »

JOIN ROBIN HOOD IN DC ON APRIL 20

JOIN ROBIN HOOD IN DC ON APRIL 20

Wall Street banks and corporations are raking in record profits while our communities continue to suffer job losses and cuts to public programs. Instead of lining the pockets of corporate fat cats, this money should go to our children’s Head Start programs, Grandma’s retirement, and fixing our broken healthcare system. JOIN US! —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 04/05/13 More »

RNs Ratify New Pact with Sutter San Francisco Hospitals

RNs Ratify New Pact with Sutter San Francisco Hospitals

Registered nurses at two San Francisco Sutter hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective bargaining contract for the 800 RNs represented by the California Nurses Association who work at the two facilities. —California Nurses Association, 04/05/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Missouri RNs fight for safe lift bill - HB 856

NURSE TALK RADIO: Missouri RNs fight for safe lift bill - HB 856

The statistics regarding back injuries are frightening! Approximately 80% of adults are expected to experience back injuries in their lifetime with 10% re-injuring! When it comes to health care professionals, the facts get are even worse. —Nurse Talk Radio, 04/04/13 More »

MNA/NNU Statement Opposing the Cambridge Health Alliance Plan to Close Needed Child Psychiatric Beds

MNA/NNU Statement Opposing the Cambridge Health Alliance Plan to Close Needed Child Psychiatric Beds

CHA Plans to Close 11 Psychiatric Treatment Beds for Young Children With Acute Mental Illness. The Loss of CHA’s Psychiatric Beds Comes at a Time of a Critical Shortage of Beds for Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness in the State, When Children Languish for Days or Even Weeks in Hospital EDs Waiting for These Beds. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/04/13 More »

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Legislation to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax exempt status passed its first hurdle Tuesday in the California Assembly Health Committee overcoming opposition from California’s biggest hospital corporations and its allies. —California Nurses Association, 04/03/13 More »

Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America

Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America

Ian Rizzio was a 24-year-old mechanical engineering student in Portland, Oregon, managing a sandwich shop to pay his tuition. One day, he woke up sick, but went to work anyway, as he later testified to the Portland City Council. After vomiting in the bathroom, Rizzio spent two hours trying — unsuccessfully — to reach his boss before going home to rest. When Rizzio came into work the next day, he was fired immediately. With $35,000 in student loans, he feared he’d have to withdraw from school. —The Washington Post, 04/03/13 More »

The Tar Sands Disaster

The Tar Sands Disaster

Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Pipelines are the best way to get this resource to market, but existing pipelines to the United States are almost full. So tar sands companies, and the Alberta and Canadian governments, are desperately searching for export routes via new pipelines. —The New York Times, 04/02/13 More »

RN GUEST OPINION: Caring for Morton Hospital’s smallest patients

RN GUEST OPINION: Caring for Morton Hospital’s smallest patients

As I write this letter, I am surrounded by my own young children’s playful laughter and I am both sad and angry for the community I have cared for over the years. This is a dark day for the families of our community. —Taunton Daily Gazette, 04/02/13 More »

SOUTH FLORIDA NURSES WIN FIRST UNION CONTRACTS

SOUTH FLORIDA NURSES WIN FIRST UNION CONTRACTS

South Florida registered nurses this week are celebrating their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Florida Medical Center (FMC) and Palmetto General Hospital, with terms they say will both improve patient care as well as secure economic gains for nurses and their families. —Caribbean Today, 04/02/13 More »

Diminished Patient Protection Forces RNs at Steward Quincy Medical Center to Call For One-Day Strike

Diminished Patient Protection Forces RNs at Steward Quincy Medical Center to Call For One-Day Strike

QUINCY, MA — To protest dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital, today registered nurses at Cerberus-Steward- owned Quincy Medical Center issued a required 10-day notice of their intent to conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11. The strike will be the first nurses’ strike at a Greater Boston hospital in more than 25 years and it has been sanctioned by the most overwhelming nurses strike vote in Massachusetts history. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/02/13 More »

National RN Updates: Florida, Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri

National RN Updates: Florida, Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri

Florida Nurses Welcome First Contract, Illinois Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract, California RNs Reach Agreement with Sutter CPMC & St. Luke, Michigan MNA President, Jeff Breslin on Right To Work, Missouri Nurses Push for “Safe Patient Handling” Law HB 856, and more. —National Nurses United, 04/01/13 More »

Round Two in High-Stakes California Health Care Vote

Round Two in High-Stakes California Health Care Vote

In Antioch, California, Angela Glasper walks through the Kaiser Permanente medical center talking to fellow employees about an upcoming vote between two unions. For years she represented her worksite in negotiations and defended co-workers in grievance meetings. Now she hopes they will listen to her and vote for the National Union of Healthcare Workers. —Labor Notes, 04/01/13 More »

Health Care Employees CNA, Sutter Reach Agreement for California Pacific, St. Luke’s Nurses

Health Care Employees CNA, Sutter Reach Agreement for California Pacific, St. Luke’s Nurses

SAN FRANCISCO—Registered nurses who are members of the California Nurses Association will vote in April on a new 34-month proposed contract with California Pacific Medical Center that includes a 6 percent wage increase and guaranteed meal and rest breaks, the union announced March 27. —BNA, 03/29/13 More »

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

The federal healthcare law will help cause insurance premiums to rise 30% on average for many middle-income Californians next year, but lower-income consumers could save up to 84%, a new government report says. —LAtimes.com, 03/28/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Win for Chicago RNs and National Nurses United!

NURSE TALK RADIO: Win for Chicago RNs and National Nurses United!

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side reached an agreement with hospital officials on their first ever collective bargaining contract that includes significant improvements in patient care protections. —Nurse Talk Radio, 03/28/13 More »

Letter: Hospital staffing needs accountability

Letter: Hospital staffing needs accountability

I'm a registered nurse who actually knows what patients need when they're in the hospital. So I was outraged by The Detroit News' distorted editorial about a bill to require all Michigan hospitals to meet minimal levels of nurse staffing (March 14, "State shouldn't mandate hospital staffing levels"). —The Detroit News by: Julia Morrissey, RN, 03/28/13 More »

Jeff Breslin: Workers’ spirit stronger than Right To Work

Jeff Breslin: Workers’ spirit stronger than Right To Work

The undemocratic, illegal process used to pass that law was shameful. The bills were rushed through the Legislature in a way Michigan has never seen, without public comment and with citizens locked out of the Capitol at times. —Lansing State Journal, by Jeff Breslin, RN, 03/28/13 More »

Assembly to Consider Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Obligation

Assembly to Consider Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Obligation

The California Assembly Health Committee will hold the first hearings April 2 on two bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association, including one that has already drawn considerable interest on holding hospitals more accountable in meeting their charity care and community benefit obligations. —California Nurses Association, 03/27/13 More »

Nurses Welcome First Contract at Two South Florida Hospitals

Nurses Welcome First Contract at Two South Florida Hospitals

South Florida registered nurses this week are celebrating their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Florida Medical Center (FMC) and Palmetto General Hospital, with terms they say will improve patient care as well as secure economic gains for nurses and their families. —NNOC Florida / NNU, 03/27/13 More »

‘Something’s Fishy at ARMC’ – and Northeast Michigan Knows It!

‘Something’s Fishy at ARMC’ – and Northeast Michigan Knows It!

Northeast Michigan citizens who are worried about potentially devastating changes at Alpena Regional Medical Center can now take action by signing an online petition at ARMCwatch.org. The website details why “Something’s fishy at ARMC” and features a fish chasing a hook baited with a golden dollar sign. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/27/13 More »

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter California Pacific

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter California Pacific

Registered nurses at two San Francisco Sutter hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, have, at long last, reached agreement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining contract for the 800 RNs who work at the two facilities, the California Nurses Association said today. —California Nurses Association , 03/27/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Michael Lighty on the Keystone XL Pipeline and Actions By Nurses

NURSE TALK RADIO: Michael Lighty on the Keystone XL Pipeline and Actions By Nurses

Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association Michael Lighty talks with Casey and Shayne about the health and environmental concerns related to the Keystone XL Pipeline. —Nurse Talk Radio, 03/27/13 More »

Fighting for patients, beyond the bedside

Fighting for patients, beyond the bedside

It's no coincidence that the California Nurses Association has been the most active and effective union in fighting for a broad social and economic justice agenda, one that seeks to give greater value to caring and caregiving. Unlike many unions that fight mostly for their members' interests, CNA is an extension of the nursing ethos itself. —San Francisco Bay Guardian, 03/27/13 More »

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

Still, a report released by the International Federation of Health Plans (i.e., health insurance companies) today provides a striking reminder of just how much more expensive health care is for Americans. —Jeffrey Young on Huffington Post, 03/26/13 More »

“SAFE PATIENT HANDLING” LAW HB 856 CRITICAL TO HOSPITAL SAFETY, MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE, SAY NURSES

“SAFE PATIENT HANDLING” LAW HB 856 CRITICAL TO HOSPITAL SAFETY, MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE, SAY NURSES

Registered Nurses from hospitals in Kansas City and St. Louis, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), will hold a press conference on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30p at the Gallery of the House of Representatives Lounge in Jefferson City to underscore support for the “Safe Lift” bill. The bill puts in place known solutions available to reduce patient and healthcare-giver injuries resulting from lifting. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Missouri, 03/25/13 More »

Union: Haley VA has critical nursing shortage

TAMPA — Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillmann, his spine severely wounded by an explosion in Afghanistan, said his nurses at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center were horribly overworked and short-staffed. —Tampa Bay Times, 03/23/13 More »

Our Voice: Not-for-profit hospitals should provide their fair share of charity

Our Voice: Not-for-profit hospitals should provide their fair share of charity

Until 1969, the federal government required not-for-profit hospitals to meet the 5 percent standard. However, after Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965, hospitals argued that the need for charity care would decline so that hospitals could not meet the IRS standard and that they should be awarded more flexibility. The IRS dropped the 5 percent rule but established a “community benefit standard.” —MyDesert.com, 03/22/13 More »

Stephanie Roberson on Why You Should Care About Health Care and Staffing Legislation

Stephanie Roberson on Why You Should Care About Health Care and Staffing Legislation

AB 975 Charity Care? Check it out. Or maybe SB 631 Observation Study? You don’t want to end up in a hallway at the hospital for over 24 hours do you? Listen as we check in to see what the California Nurses Association has been doing lately to fight for nurses and their patients. More »

Nurses picket for patient care concerns

Nurses picket for patient care concerns

BLUEFIELD — Nurses and their supporters formed a picket line Tuesday evening near the entrance to Bluefield Regional Medical Center and drew attention to what they said were violations of federal law by the facility’s owner, Community Health Systems medical facilities. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 03/20/13 More »

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side late Monday reached agreement with hospital officials on their first ever collective bargaining contract that includes significant improvements in patient care protections. —National Nurses United, 03/19/13 More »

Quincy Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote (94 %) to Strike Over Staffing Conditions

Quincy Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote (94 %) to Strike Over Staffing Conditions

QUINCY, MA — Nurses at Quincy Medical Center cast an overwhelming vote last night to authorize a one-day strike over dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital and a recent decision by Cerberus-Steward, the for-profit owner of the hospital, to close a 40-bed medical-surgical unit and layoff 30 nurses and more than 40 other health care staff who provide care to patients admitted to the hospital. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 03/19/13 More »

Bill seeks nonprofit hospital charity boost, Eisenhower Medical Center on list

Bill seeks nonprofit hospital charity boost, Eisenhower Medical Center on list

RANCHO MIRAGE — A new bill under consideration in Sacramento would require not-for-profit hospitals such as Eisenhower Medical Center to raise charity spending to 5 percent of their net revenue. —Palm Springs Desert Sun, 03/18/13 More »

Apple Valley Nurses Hold Vigil to Address Staffing Concerns

Apple Valley Nurses Hold Vigil to Address Staffing Concerns

APPLE VALLEY-Nurses held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, calling for improved nurse staffing throughout the St. Joseph Health System. —Daily Press, 03/15/13 More »

Homes for All campaign opens in Oakland

Homes for All campaign opens in Oakland

Saying that housing is a basic human right, about 75 protesters gathered in downtown Oakland Wednesday as part of the new Homes for All campaign. The grassroots movement, launched with similar events in 11 cities nationwide, asks President Obama and other elected leaders to develop a plan to expand and protect affordable housing. —SF Chronicle, 03/14/13 More »

RNs to Picket Ohio, West Virginia, and California Community Health Systems Hospitals March 19

RNs to Picket Ohio, West Virginia, and California Community Health Systems Hospitals March 19

Registered nurses at five Community Health Systems hospitals in West Virginia, Ohio, and California will hold a national day of action Tuesday, March 19 to call attention to brazen violations of federal law by CHS-affiliated hospitals and the hospitals’ failure to address rampant patient care problems. —NNOC/CNA, 03/14/13 More »

Hospitals’ abuse of charity care puts communities at risk

Hospitals’ abuse of charity care puts communities at risk

If there’s any label that has lost all meaning it must be “non-profit” hospital. Long gone are the days when hospitals were small institutions, focused on patient care, and run by local boards accountable to their local communities. Today, most “non-profit” hospitals are part of mega corporate chains, operated in secret by corporate executives whose dedication to the bottom line far exceeds their dwindling interest in community service. —Capitol Weekly, 03/12/13 More »

Community Rallies Behind ARMC Nurses As Hospital Demands Huge Cuts

Community Rallies Behind ARMC Nurses As Hospital Demands Huge Cuts

ALPENA – Nearly 100 retirees and other community members held a rally Monday evening in Duck Park with ARMC nurses to speak out against drastic, unnecessary wage and benefit cuts proposed by the hospital that could threaten safe patient care and the local economy. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/12/13 More »

US ‘Corporate Tax Dodgers’ Keeping More Money Overseas

US ‘Corporate Tax Dodgers’ Keeping More Money Overseas

At a time of record corporate profits, U.S. "corporate tax dodgers" are parking more of their profits offshore, taking advantage of tax loopholes to shield billions from U.S. taxes, according to new analyses in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. —Common Dreams, 03/11/13 More »

A Recommitment to the American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights

A Recommitment to the American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights

The makers of We Are Wisconsin—the critically acclaimed documentary about the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising and its aftermath—are sponsoring screenings of the film Monday in communities across the country as part of a National Day of Recommitment to labor rights. —John Nichols, 03/11/13 More »

The doctor is NOT in

The doctor is NOT in

The slippery slope for patients, nurses, and doctors posed by robots in healthcare. For patients needing dialysis or care for acute kidney failure, there’s a new doctor in the nephrology ward at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Calif. Meet the doc on a stick. It’s not a scene from “Star Trek” or the latest X-box video game. And, like the smooth-sounding, but ominous “Hal” computer running the spaceship in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” those side effects might be a killer. —National Nurse Magazine, 03/11/13 More »

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