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Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age. I’m not that selfish. I care that my children and grandchildren have those programs. I care so much that I have devoted my personal and professional energy to improving and expanding a 'Medicare for All for Life' model and making sure Social Security remains the sure and safe program that it has been for decades. —Blog by: Donna Smith, 10/04/12 More »

Why the Future of Health Care May Be on the Line With Prop. 30

Why the Future of Health Care May Be on the Line With Prop. 30

There is a hidden risk buried inside Proposition 30 that goes far beyond cuts to education, according to Hope Richardson, policy analyst for the California Budget Project. If the initiative doesn't pass on Nov. 6, she said, it's true that a series of cuts go into effect that would take billions of dollars out of education funding in California. "Most of the trigger cuts are to education," Richardson said. —California Healthline, 10/04/12 More »

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

Essential social goods – political participation and access to necessary health services - are allocated based on ability to pay. When that happens, it’s easy to see who wins and who loses. The gains go to the top and the rest of us have to fight for what we need. —NNU Blog by: Michael Lighty, 10/04/12 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Greenfield, MA – The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center walked out of the hospital this morning at 7 a.m. to begin a 24 hour unfair labor practice strike, the first nurses’ strike in the history of the Greenfield-based hospital. The action comes at the end of a year of fruitless negotiations. The nurses were joined by community and labor supporters as well as by more than 100 nurses from hospitals across the state who share the nurses’ concerns for patients safety. —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 10/04/12 More »

Proposition 39 Endorsed by California Nurses Association

Proposition 39 Endorsed by California Nurses Association

SACRAMENTO -- The Yes on Proposition 39 campaign announced today that the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA) has endorsed Proposition 39, the November ballot measure that will close an unfair corporate tax loophole that has been costing California $1 billion annually. —Yes on Prop 39, 10/04/12 More »

State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Lead to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction

State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Lead to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction

As mandated by State law, the California Department of Health Services requires acute care hospitals to maintain minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Required ratios vary by unit, ranging from 1:1 in operating rooms to 1:6 on psychiatric units. The legislation also requires that hospitals maintain a patient acuity classification system to guide additional staffing when necessary, assign certain nursing functions only to licensed registered nurses, determine the competency of and provide appropriate orientation to nurses before assigning them to patient care, and keep records of staffing levels. —Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 10/03/12 More »

Nurses urge Pelosi and others to back the Robin Hood tax

Nurses urge Pelosi and others to back the Robin Hood tax

The Inclusive Prosperity Act, or H.R. 6411, would establish a 0.5 percent tax on the trading of stocks, 50 cents on every $100 of trades and lesser rates on bonds, derivatives and currencies. It's being touted as the "Robin Hood tax" because it would generate an estimated $350 billion dollars annually that would go towards growing local economies, taking from the rich to help the poor. —San Francisco Bay Guardian , 10/03/12 More »

Clinton Urged to Support ‘Robin Hood’ Tax to Fund Climate

Clinton Urged to Support ‘Robin Hood’ Tax to Fund Climate

A transaction levy, or “Robin Hood Tax,” could help fund $100 billion of climate change aid that developed countries have pledged by 2020, and extend to health care and education as well, the 63 groups said in a letter yesterday to Clinton that was e-mailed today by Friends of the Earth. —Bloomberg News, 09/28/12 More »

Vote “YES” on 30; Vote “NO” on 32

Vote “YES” on 30; Vote “NO” on 32

Trust me when I say that politics has become very personal this year; I’m a nurse. As nurses we ask our patients to “tell us where it hurts.” There are those who are too young and too medically fragile who don’t have the ability to utter a word; yet we see the result of an eroding social safety net etched on their faces and wreaking havoc on their health. It doesn’t have to be this way. —DeAnn McEwen, RN, CNA Co-President, 09/27/12 More »

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Potential Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s campaign responded to concerns about the Detroit Medical Center CEO’s reputation as a union buster today with an astonishing string of falsehoods. In an interview on “First Shift With Tony Trupiano,” Duggan’s committee chairman Conrad Mallett Jr. made misstatements about multiple aspects of an organizing drive initiated by DMC nurses in 2007. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 09/27/12 More »

Tele-Press Conference to Demand Deceitful New Ad be Taken Off the Air

Tele-Press Conference to Demand Deceitful New Ad be Taken Off the Air

Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution’s latest ad lies to attack Proposal 2. The 30-second ad falsely claims that Proposal 2 will block schools from removing employees with criminal backgrounds and remove safety standards for school bus drivers. “The last thing we need is parents worrying about the lies in this ad,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. “Proposal 2 won’t make it harder to protect our kids. —Protect Working Families, 09/27/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Pledge Sought In 18 Congressional Districts Across U.S.

Robin Hood Tax Pledge Sought In 18 Congressional Districts Across U.S.

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! —NNU Robin Hood Tax Press Release, 09/26/12 More »

California RNs, Make Your Vote Count – Register to Vote, Vote By Mail

California RNs, Make Your Vote Count – Register to Vote, Vote By Mail

Did you ever forget to vote? Were you ever too tired after a long 12 hour shift to make it to the polling place? (And how do you vote when you work a 7am to 7pm shift and that’s only the time the polls are open?) Did a sick child keep you home, or a cranky kid make you too late to vote on the way to work? —CNA Blog, 09/26/12 More »

No on Prop 32

No on Prop 32

If Prop. 32 passes, the California Hospital Association, which already has enormous influence in Sacramento, along with its allies in California Chamber of Commerce, insurance industry, and other corporate interests will be able to take dead aim at RN staffing ratios, meal and rest breaks, limits on forced overtime, oversight on hospital and nursing home abuses, and other workplace and patient safety protections – with little ability for nurses to use our collective voice to challenge them. —CNA Blog, 09/26/12 More »

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! —Robin Hood Tax Blog, 09/26/12 More »

Yes on Prop 30

Yes on Prop 30

CNA strongly supports Proposition 30 to generate critical resources for education, healthcare and public safety mainly through increased taxes on wealthy Californians. —CNA Blog, 09/26/12 More »

The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity

The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity

On the eve of Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary, Congressman Keith Ellison introduced a much-needed common sense bill: HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act. The bill taxes financial transactions to generate revenue for social needs. Amid our consensus-narrowed, deficit-obsessed political debate, it’s a call to arms, and a breath of fresh air. —The Nation, 09/26/12 More »

Nurses Announce Tentative Pact with Sutter Mills-Peninsula

Nurses Announce Tentative Pact with Sutter Mills-Peninsula

Registered nurses have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining contract with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced. —CNA Press Release, 09/26/12 More »

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Almost 30 nations have some form of a financial transaction tax and the U.S. had a similar tax from 1914 until 1966. The United Kingdom has had a tax on stock trades for decades – the same rate proposed in HR 6411 – and their volume of trading has grown robustly. Supporters of a form of financial transactions tax include business leaders such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban, and Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet. —Blog by: Rep. Keith Ellison, 09/26/12 More »

UMass Memorial Health Care to eliminate 140 positions

UMass Memorial Health Care to eliminate 140 positions

WORCESTER — UMass Memorial Health Care said Tuesday it will eliminate 140 positions as it seeks to find $80 million in budget cuts and new revenue for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. —Telegram.com , 09/25/12 More »

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital Nurse Picket— WEDNESDAY

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital Nurse Picket— WEDNESDAY

SAN JOSE— Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose will hold a picket and rally at the facility Wednesday to call public attention to their efforts to stand up for their patients and for the future of their hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —CNA Press Release, 09/25/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Support Proposal 2

Michigan Nurses Support Proposal 2

Proposal 2 would permanently protect collective bargaining rights for all Michigan workers, now and in the future. Making Michigan a state that guarantees workers the basic right to have a voice in the workplace is the most important issue of our time. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Blog, 09/24/12 More »

Endorsement: Proposition 32 power play deserves a ‘no’ vote

Endorsement: Proposition 32 power play deserves a ‘no’ vote

Once again, Californians are being asked to diminish unions' power by restricting their ability to raise campaign money. Once more, initiative promoters are trying to mislead voters by claiming to offer campaign finance reform. But just as they did in 1998 and 2005, voters should reject the deception by voting down Proposition 32, a transparent power grab that purports to "stop special interest money." —Sacramento Bee, 09/24/12 More »

Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires

Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires

On September 14 the Web exploded with news that billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch had donated $4 million in support of Proposition 32. A San Francisco Chronicle editorial noting the donation labeled the brothers “conservative ideologues” – a moniker often applied to the Kochs. This description, however, gives the Kochs far too much credit for their supposed philosophical purity—particularly as it relates to the Prop. 32 battle. —Frying Pan News, 09/24/12 More »

Lawrence General Hospital Announces Layoffs, Service Closures and Patient Care Restructuring…

Lawrence General Hospital Announces Layoffs, Service Closures and Patient Care Restructuring…

LAWRENCE, MA – The nurses of Lawrence General Hospital are outraged by a recent decision from hospital management to lay off staff, close services and restructure how nurses deliver patient care at the facility, particularly at a time when nurses have been struggling with inadequate RN staffing levels that compromise their ability to deliver the care their patients deserve. —Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/24/12 More »

National Nurses United Endorses President Obama

National Nurses United Endorses President Obama

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, has endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term. The 185,000 member organization’s national executive council made the endorsement at a weekend meeting. —NNU Press Release, 09/24/12 More »

Statement from Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President, Mass. Nurses Association on U.S. Senate Debate

Statement from Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President, Mass. Nurses Association on U.S. Senate Debate

Nurses and Health Care Professionals have seen firsthand how the economy has affected our patients, friends and family through the loss of jobs, their homes and their retirement savings. Tonight, we had the opportunity to see for ourselves the stark difference between the two candidates for United States Senate and who will fight for us in Washington. —Healthcare Global, 09/20/12 More »

RNs and their Families Protest Sutter Black-tie Grand Opening Gala at Eden Medical Center Saturday

RNs and their Families Protest Sutter Black-tie Grand Opening Gala at Eden Medical Center Saturday

RNs from Sutter Health hospitals around the Bay Area will be holding a colorful event Saturday evening to protest a gala black-tie event organized by Sutter for the soon-to-be-opened new facility at the Castro Valley campus, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Sutter, who has made over four billion in profit since 2007, has billed its event a fundraiser for the new Eden Medical Center building. —CNA Press Release, 09/20/12 More »

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

For many months, nurses, healthcare, environmental, labor, consumer, faith-based and other community activists have rallied on Wall Street, at banks and legislative offices, and outside the White House and Treasury Department, saying it is time to tax Wall Street to help revive our economy and nation.Robin Tax campaigners rally in New York City on September 17, 2012. —Blog Commentary by NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, 09/19/12 More »

Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. —Los Angeles Times, 09/18/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign today applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across America, as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs. —NNU Press Release, 09/17/12 More »

Menorah Medical Center Contract Win

Menorah Medical Center Contract Win

Nurses in Overland Park, Kansas, were savoring a win this weekend, as they reached agreement with HCA-affiliated Menorah Medical Center. Ratification of the new contract is expected this week in a deal that covers the facility’s 325 RNs. All are members of National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United (NNU). —NNU Blog, 09/10/12 More »

National Nurses United Supports Chicago Teachers

National Nurses United Supports Chicago Teachers

Support Chicago Teachers! Call the head of Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to support the teachers' demands. Tell them that teachers are fighting for the things that really matter in the classroom, like guaranteed limits to class size. TAKE ACTION! CALL NOW! (they're keeping a tally). Chicago Public Schools CEO J.C. Brizard (773) 553-1500 and Mayor Emanuel (312) 744-3300. —NNU Blog, 09/10/12 More »

Victory for TX Nurses

Victory for TX Nurses

In a major win for nurses, patients and three Texas communities, registered nurses in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville gave final approval to contracts yesterday in first-ever collective bargaining agreements. The agreements make significant strides for working conditions for RNs, patient care standards and the quality of care at the four facilities. —NNU Press Release, 09/06/12 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) in Lancaster, California will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest eroding patient care conditions at the hospital and the administration’s hard-line stance in talks for a new contract. Some 900 RNs at the facility are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. RNs cite deteriorating care conditions, especially in safe staffing, at the hospital that they say are consistently putting patients at risk on a daily basis. —CNA Press Release, 09/05/12 More »

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Registered nurses who live and work in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district today asked him to name his price to hold a public town hall so the patients they take care of every day know how much they have to pay to express concerns and publicly ask questions about his plan to end Medicare and make them pay thousands of dollars more for health care each year. Just a week after spending days in Florida generating support for re-election from fellow Republicans, Benishek will head to Grand Rapids on Wednesday for a $1,000-a-person fundraiser with special guest U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/04/12 More »

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Leslie Elder was always a fighter. But in a message to a friend in the waning days of her life, she seemed exhausted. The note, written at a time of spiritual darkness, suggested defeat after a decades-long struggle for medical coverage. "I honestly don't know how much more I can endure," Elder wrote earlier this year in a Facebook message to her friend Liz Jacobs. "I am fighting for (Medicaid) and disability. I can't work I sit in bed I cry a lot. I am still fighting for healthcare and still fighting foreclosure. —CNN, 09/04/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

“We’re glad to see Sparrow officials taking steps to protect staff and patients. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should not have to worry about being attacked while helping others, yet far too often they experience violence on the job. These matters must be taken seriously. The Michigan Nurses Association also continues to push for state legislation that strengthens penalties against those who assault healthcare workers. Everything possible should be done to ensure that our hospitals are safe for all health care professionals and every patient we take care of.” —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

“The nurses at Franklin Medical Center with this vote have said that they will not accept proposals that will cut into their ability to deliver quality patient care, they will not allow Baystate to take away their union rights, and they will stand and fight to protect their community hospital. Most of our members are life time, or long time community members. Franklin Medical Center is our hospital and we will continue our struggle to keep it a community hospital,” said Donna Stern, RN co-chair of the 209 member bargaining unit. —Massachusetts Press Release, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

CHEBOYGAN – As Congress continues its 5-week recess, the Michigan Nurses Association renewed its call today for Congressman Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) to take a break from campaigning and hold public town hall meetings to discuss his votes to end Medicare while giving millionaires additional tax breaks. Michigan Citizen Action and Protect Your Care Michigan joined the nurses in demanding that Benishek, who is in Florida this week for the National Republican Convention, listen to the concerns of his constituents at home. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/30/12 More »

NNU Welcomes 600 New RN Members in West Virginia, Ohio Hospitals

NNU Welcomes 600 New RN Members in West Virginia, Ohio Hospitals

National Nurses United is extremely honored to welcome the decision of 600 Registered Nurses at three hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee/NNU. RNs at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W. Va., Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va., and Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Oh. voted August 30 and 31 to join NNOC/NNU. —NNOC Blog, 08/30/12 More »

RNs at Manhattan VA Spreading the Word on Patient Care

RNs at Manhattan VA Spreading the Word on Patient Care

It started strong on the streets of midtown Manhattan. By 9 am, 30 RNs had distributed 1,000 leaflets outside the Manhattan VA Hospital, part of the New York Harbor Healthcare System, to a very interested and concerned community. —NNU Blog, 08/30/12 More »

Manhattan VA Hospitals Nurses Put Patient Care Issues To Community

Manhattan VA Hospitals Nurses Put Patient Care Issues To Community

Registered nurses at the Manhattan VA Hospital, part of the New York Harbor Healthcare System, are to participate in informational leafleting on Wednesday, August 29, to share with the community details of conditions within the facility that they believe undercut patient care standards. The nurses are members of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country. —NNU Press Release, 08/29/12 More »

NNU Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to Top 100 Most Influential Healthcare List for 11th Straight Year

NNU Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to Top 100 Most Influential Healthcare List for 11th Straight Year

National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has won national recognition once again as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” – the only advocate for nurses or other working people on a list published annually by Modern Healthcare, a prominent national healthcare industry publication. —NNU, 08/27/12 More »

RNs Denounce Sutter’s Devastating Closure of Major Unit for Chronic Severely Ill Patients

RNs Denounce Sutter’s Devastating Closure of Major Unit for Chronic Severely Ill Patients

Registered nurses from throughout the Bay Area will join their Sutter nurse colleagues Thursday in front of Herrick Hospital to protest the large hospital chain’s closure of another vital healthcare service, the pulmonary sub-acute unit (PSAU), the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 08/23/12 More »

Children to Hold Lemonade Stand to Fight to Keep Kaiser Hayward’s Pediatrics Unit Open

Children to Hold Lemonade Stand to Fight to Keep Kaiser Hayward’s Pediatrics Unit Open

HAYWARD-Children, parents, and concerned community members along with RNs will be picketing and selling lemonade Wednesday at noon to protest Kaiser Permanente’s plans to close in 2014 the pediatrics unit in Hayward, for children in need of hospitalization, the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United announced today. Wednesday’s action is part of a growing and heated battle to keep the unit open;in mid-April a spirited protest was attended by more than 400 people. —CNA press release, 08/20/12 More »

Save Our State from the Bungling Billionaires

Save Our State from the Bungling Billionaires

Nurses, Teachers, Scour Yacht Club Tuesday to Expose Secret Wealthy Donors to Anti-Prop. 30 Campaign —CNA press release, 08/20/12 More »

Former Wells Fargo Employee Says Company Fired Him Over Daughter’s Cancer Costs

Former Wells Fargo Employee Says Company Fired Him Over Daughter’s Cancer Costs

According to the suit, his daughter's treatment needs forced Gonzalez to work irregular hours, often away from his office at the company's Palm Beach branch. Between 2009 and 2010, Wells Fargo made several changes to its time records management system, including a new rule prohibiting employees from logging time previously worked. —Crain Communications Inc., 08/17/12 More »

Are nonprofit hospitals scamming patients and communities?

Are nonprofit hospitals scamming patients and communities?

Many private nonprofit California hospitals, especially those that are part of big corporate chains like Sutter and Kaiser Permanente appear to be exploiting their tax-exempt status by accumulating huge profits, and handing top execs massive pay packages while providing scant charity care in return. More »

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Citizens should be allowed to vote on protecting the collective bargaining rights that enable nurses to protect patients and negotiate for safe staffing that saves lives, members of Michigan’s largest association of registered nurses said today. —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/16/12 More »

Nurses’ union: Legislature should set charity care level for nonprofit hospitals

Nurses’ union: Legislature should set charity care level for nonprofit hospitals

A nurses' union urged state lawmakers Wednesday to set a minimum level of charity care for all nonprofit hospitals in exchange for their lucrative, tax-exempt status. "We are calling on state officials to pass legislation to rein in the abuses we have seen," said Michael Lighty, public policy director for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 08/16/12 More »

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

MUSKEGON – The registered nurses at Mercy Health Partners-Hackley Campus have negotiated a new contract that improves patient-to-nurse staffing and creates a safe environment for nurses and patients. “Nurses know how many patients a nurse cares for at one time makes a difference in how well that patient can be treated,” said Cindra Bringedahl, an RN working in the Endoscopy unit. “Having appropriate staffing means that we will have enough nurses to take care of our patients.” —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/15/12 More »

New Report: California Non-Profit Hospitals Save Billions While Providing Little Charity Care

New Report: California Non-Profit Hospitals Save Billions While Providing Little Charity Care

Private, not-for-profit hospitals, which dominate the California hospital landscape, rack up tax exemption benefits of close to $2 billion a year beyond what they return to communities in charity care, according to a new report released today. —IHSP: Institute for Health & Socio-Economic Policy, 08/15/12 More »

Nonprofit hospitals’ charity care under scrutiny

Nonprofit hospitals’ charity care under scrutiny

Nonprofit hospitals in California are facing new scrutiny over whether they are doing enough for the public to justify their tax-exempt status. —Bay Citizen, 08/15/12 More »

Sacramento Hearing, Rally Wednesday: What Do Hospitals Provide in Return for Non-Profit Status?

Sacramento Hearing, Rally Wednesday: What Do Hospitals Provide in Return for Non-Profit Status?

Do California not-for-profit hospitals return an equitable benefit to the state and local communities for the huge tax privileges they receive for their nonprofit status? Do they provide sufficient levels of charity care? Are they publicly accountable? Are their actions adequately measurable and transparent? —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

RNs Oppose Prop. 32

RNs Oppose Prop. 32

Would Erode Voice of Nurses, Further Shift Policy Influence to Corporate Interests. Calling the proposal a “cynical fraud that would silence the voices of nurses and other workers in public policy,” the California Nurses Association today announced it is joining with labor, community, consumer, and good government organizations to oppose Proposition 32 on the state’s November election ballot. —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

California’s Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids

California’s Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids

Conservative activists in California are promoting a deceptive ballot proposition that would increase the ability of business groups and billionaires to dominate state elections. The measure, Proposition 32, claims to be an even-handed effort at campaign finance reform – but nothing could be further from the truth. Prop. 32 (or “Stop Special Interest Money Now,” as its big money supporters prefer to call it) would cripple the ability of unions to participate in politics, but have little or no impact on unlimited spending by corporate executives and other wealthy individuals. —The Hill, 08/14/12 More »

Nation’s Largest Nurses Organization Backs Raul Grijalva

Nation’s Largest Nurses Organization Backs Raul Grijalva

Calling him one of the “premiere advocates for nurses and working people in the U.S. Congress,” National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, today announced its endorsement of Rep. Raul Grijalva for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

Sacramento Hearing, Rally to Shine Spotlight - Aug. 15th

Sacramento Hearing, Rally to Shine Spotlight - Aug. 15th

Do California not-for-profit hospitals return an equitable benefit to the state and local communities for the huge tax privileges they receive for their non-profit status? Do they provide sufficient levels of charity care? Are they publicly accountable? Are their actions adequately measurable and transparent? —CNA Press Release, 08/10/12 More »

Enloe Nurses Cite Gains in Break Relief, Retirement, Compensation in New Contract Agreement

Enloe Nurses Cite Gains in Break Relief, Retirement, Compensation in New Contract Agreement

Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center have approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Chico hospital that they say will strengthen patient care standards, increase access to their retirement plans, and improve compensation that will help with retention and recruitment of RNs. —CNA Press Release, 08/08/12 More »

Nurses protest at Rideout

Nurses protest at Rideout

About 50 registered nurses, nursing assistants and their families demonstrated Monday with picket signs across the street from Rideout-Memorial Hospital in Marysville. —AppealDemocrat.com, 08/07/12 More »

Governor Signs Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Governor Signs Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

BOSTON, MA - Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United were at the State House today to witness Governor Deval Patrick’s signing of a new health care cost containment law that includes a ban on the dangerous practice of utilizing mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe registered nurse staffing levels in the state’s acute care hospitals. —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 08/06/12 More »

California Nurses Endorse Prop. 30

California Nurses Endorse Prop. 30

With Gov. Jerry Brown at their side in an Oakland press conference today, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced its official endorsement of Proposition 30 on the state’s November ballot, the Governor’s initiative to address the state’s budget troubles. —CNA Press Release, 08/02/12 More »

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Earlier this spring, I stood on the steamy streets of Chicago and witnessed a revival that my union brothers and sisters in the Windy City said was a long time coming. I’d been swept into town a day earlier along with hundreds of nurses, union members and others to help National Nurses United (of which MNA is a founding member) launch what quickly became a national movement – the call for a “Robin Hood Tax” on the “Too Big to Fail” banks and Wall Street speculators who created this financial nightmare. —Opinion Editorial by: Walter Frederickson, R.N., 08/01/12 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Association Applauds Passage of Ban on Mandatory Overtime

Massachusetts Nurses Association Applauds Passage of Ban on Mandatory Overtime

BOSTON, MA - The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United applauds the Massachusetts Legislature for its efforts to improve patient care conditions in Massachusetts hospitals by approving a ban on the dangerous practice of utilizing mandatory overtime--forcing nurses to work excessive hours. This measure will protect patients and save money by preventing mistakes, errors and complications resulting from RNs being forced to worked excessive hours. The mandatory overtime ban was included in the much anticipated health care cost containment legislation, which was approved by the House and Senate today. —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 08/01/12 More »

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

The NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective. —the guardian, 07/31/12 More »

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

For years nurses — and their union representatives — have argued that inadequate staffing hurts patients. A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control examines the problem and suggests that burnout drives some common lapses in patient care. —newsworks, 07/31/12 More »

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Heavy patient loads and chronic burnout have long been among the top complaints of nurses at the nation’s hospital bedsides. But a new study shows that those problems affect not only the nurses themselves, but also the number of infections in the people they care for. —NBC News, 07/30/12 More »

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that. Though it might seem clear-cut - fewer caregivers provide poorer care - they maintain the issue is not simply numbers but a bad work environment. And that leads to burnout. —Philidelphia Inquirer, 07/30/12 More »

Celebrate Medicare’s anniversary – extend it to everyone!

Celebrate Medicare’s anniversary – extend it to everyone!

It was 47 years ago today that President Johnson signed the bill creating Medicare, assuring health security for the first time to 40 million Americans, age 65 and older as well as millions more with disabilities. The law also established Medicaid for low income Americans. —NNU Medicare for All Blog, 07/30/12 More »

Gold medal coverage for our athletes? Not for them – or Aurora victims, or so many others

Gold medal coverage for our athletes? Not for them – or Aurora victims, or so many others

It’s been one month, almost exactly, since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. But almost every day provides a fresh reminder of the need to go much farther to permanently fix our broken health care system. —NNU Blog, 07/27/12 More »

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Olympic athletes may perform superhuman feats on the field. But when they buy health insurance, they face a system just as weird and complicated as the rest of us do. —Washington Post, 07/27/12 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

As the Global AIDS Conference brings people from all over the world to Washington, DC, National Nurses United and other groups call for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions to fund healthcare, housing, and a cure for AIDS. —The Real News Network, 07/25/12 More »

ROBIN HOOD ANSWERS CALL FOR AIDS FUNDING

ROBIN HOOD ANSWERS CALL FOR AIDS FUNDING

Attendance reflected the concern – worldwide – and when protesters spilled out of the Washington Convention Center at Mt. Vernon Square at noon yesterday, the mood was one of strong focus and commitment. It was mid-week through the 19th International AIDS Conference and marchers hit the streets sounding this theme: We Can End AIDS. —NNU Robin Hood Blog, 07/25/12 More »

Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS

Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS

Registered nurse from across the U.S. will be joining others as they march through the streets of Washington DC, demanding more funding for HIV/AIDS treatment. One critical way to raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fight AIDS, as well as address other basic needs, is with a small tax on Wall Street financial speculation – the Robin Hood Tax. —NNU Blog, 07/20/12 More »

St. Marys-Corwin RNs Call for Sufficient Food for Patients and Staff

St. Marys-Corwin RNs Call for Sufficient Food for Patients and Staff

Registered nurses are calling on the Centura Office of Compliance and the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, owners of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, to remedy problems related to nutrition services at the hospital, the National Nurses Organizing Committee announced today. More »

Out of Work, Out of Luck

The government has the tools to help remedy the jobs crisis, so why isn't it doing anything? —The American Prospect, 07/19/12 More »

RNs Applaud San Francisco Supervisors’ decision to take closer look at Sutter/CPMC Proposal

RNs Applaud San Francisco Supervisors’ decision to take closer look at Sutter/CPMC Proposal

RNs with California Nurses Association/National Nurses United who attended the San Francisco Supervisors meeting Tuesday night are glad city officials are taking a closer look at the Sutter/California Pacific Medical Center’s controversial building project in the city. —CNA Blog, 07/18/12 More »

The Patient as Profit Center

The Patient as Profit Center

Why would a company pay an estimated $10 million for access to a patient population? Not the brick and mortar of facility building, nor its machines, computers or other hardware? The answer: the billing opportunity. This is the business model of DaVita, Inc., a Colorado-based for-profit healthcare company that owns and operates more than 1,800 clinics across the U.S.—and some in foreign countries, too. —NNU Blog, 07/18/12 More »

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, former insurance company executive Wendell Potter’s appeal to single payer advocates to “bury the hatchet,” recently published in The Nation, is both misdirected and shortsighted. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU/CNA Executive Director —The Nation, By RoseAnn DeMoro, 07/17/12 More »

Mass. Nurses Assoc. Applauds Overrides of Gov’s Vetoes To Save Taunton State Hospital

Mass. Nurses Assoc. Applauds Overrides of Gov’s Vetoes To Save Taunton State Hospital

BOSTON, MA -- Today the Massachusetts Senate cast a unanimous vote to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of funds necessary to keep Taunton State Hospital open, and voted to override his veto of an independent study on the mental health needs of Commonwealth residents. The senate action follows yesterday’s unanimous override votes by the House of Representatives, thereby ensuring the survival of Taunton State Hospital, with 45 beds, while providing the state with an opportunity (through the independent study) to formulate a plan to address the serious and growing mental health crisis in Massachusetts. —Massachusetts Nurses Press Release, 07/12/12 More »

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Today in West Covina, the California Nurses Association summer 2012 Medicare for all bus tour will come to a close. After visiting 18 other California cities since June 19, the nurses will wrap up this run with a bang and with clarity. Three of the subjects of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film SiCKO will be on hand to help lead others in sharing their stories of struggle and frustration with the broken healthcare system. —SiCKO Healthcare Blog, 07/12/12 More »

Why Not Healthcare for the World?  Get On the Bus

Why Not Healthcare for the World?  Get On the Bus

After spending the past month on the California Nurses Association Medicare for all bus tour in California, I am more confident than ever about the prospects of winning guaranteed healthcare for all under an improved Medicare model. Cradle to grave. For life. In California. Everywhere. By Donna Smith —Medicare for All Blog, 07/11/12 More »

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

They weep still for their blue-eyed Nataline. Their tears flow for what they remember: Their daughter in her room, the pink walls decorated with posters of the Jonas Brothers. They see her there sketching in a notebook the dresses and blouses and jackets she would one day like to design. Nataline Sarkisyan died in a UCLA hospital bed on Dec. 20, 2007. She was 17. Her story drew nationwide attention because the liver transplant she needed was denied by her family's health insurer, CIGNA. —Contra Costa Times, 07/11/12 More »

CA Nurses Highlight Ongoing Healthcare Crisis with Free Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings

CA Nurses Highlight Ongoing Healthcare Crisis with Free Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings

County stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—30% of LA County adults uninsured, 18% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/11/12 More »

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

With the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s a good time to look at what the law does (and doesn’t do): —Medicare for All Blog, 07/09/12 More »

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Take a look at the key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012, and where the law falls short. —National Nurses United, 07/09/12 More »

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

Patients find it very difficult to tell in our dysfunctional healthcare system in the U.S. whether we are being cared for as people or being worked over for profit potential. It’s frustrating and painful to hear ourselves referred to as consumers or customers rather than patients. Rest assured that when someone labels us as things rather than human beings, it’s more than a difference in terminology; it’s a big, bold statement on exactly where and how we fit. —Donna Smith, 07/09/12 More »

Nurses to Testify Against For-Profit Takeover of Dialysis Services

Nurses to Testify Against For-Profit Takeover of Dialysis Services

Registered Nurses, members of the Maine State Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee /National Nurses United -- the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 175,000 members -- will hold a press conference in front of Spectacular Events in Bangor on Tuesday, July 10 at 9:30 am, to call attention to the proposed sale of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s dialysis services to DaVita Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit dialysis provider. —Maine Nurses Press Release, 07/09/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Glendale Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Glendale Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—30% of LA County adults uninsured, 18% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/09/12 More »

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

National Nurses United(NNU) took up the cause of Robin Hood at Chicago’s downtown J.P. Morgan Chase building on June 19. With its merry band of tax reforming nurses, the NNU held a lunch hour rally to press for a financial transactions tax (FTT) or as it is more commonly called, a “Robin Hood Tax”. Chicago was among 15 cities where similar rallies were held. Easily recognized by their red scrubs along with their Robin Hood hats and masks, NNU members described the Robin Hood tax in signs that read,”It’s Not a Tax On the People. It’s a Tax For the People.” —Unions.org, 07/06/12 More »

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

Tall, in her 50s and sporting a perfectly coiffed salt-and-pepper pixie cut, the woman was one of the most respected nurses in the hospital. She had nearly three decades of clinical experience, so older nurses and doctors valued her insight, younger ones sought her approval, and those of us in between tried to stand a little straighter in her presence. One morning, however, she arrived at work to find that the hospital was full and her unit understaffed. It wasn’t the first time she had to cover for more patients because of staffing issues, but by the end of this 12-hour shift, she noticed a slight twinge in her lower back — a minor muscle sprain, she thought, from helping one of the other nurses lift a patient. A week later, the slight twinge turned into debilitating back pain. —New York Times, 07/06/12 More »

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

We need single payer health care now! The single payer plan is also called Medicare for All. The Raging Grannies came out in support of the California Nurses Association, saying the best change would be to a system that takes care of everyone in America's health needs. —indybay.org, 07/06/12 More »

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Volunteer nurses, dressed in red medical outfits matching the color of the tour's coach, were distributing fliers downtown, inviting people to get a free blood pressure screening and a blood sugar test. Santa Cruz was the 12th stop on the California Nurses Association Tour. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 07/06/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Luis Obispo Friday With Screenings and Town Hall

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Luis Obispo Friday With Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—20.1% of adults uninsured, 8.7% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/05/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Cruz Thursday With Screenings and Town Hall

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Cruz Thursday With Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—21.3% of adults uninsured, 13% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

Notes from the road in California: I’ve been on the National Nurses United Medicare for All for life bus tour since mid-June, with one break to travel to Philadelphia for the SiCKO 5th reunion. So first let me admit I have a bit of “bus brain” going on. It’s a condition that goes along with being on an advocacy tour, without the restorative comforts of home. Today we head for Santa Cruz. Join us! —Donna Smith, 07/05/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Francisco Wednesday, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Francisco Wednesday, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—16.4% of adults uninsured, 11% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Mayor Ed Lee's deal with California Pacific Medical Center on a $2.5 billion overhaul of its San Francisco medical facilities is in jeopardy after internal financial documents were leaked showing hospital officials considered cutting hundreds of jobs, paying substantially less in charity care than envisioned in the deal, and could close a hospital despite pledging to keep it open. —San Francisco Chronicle, 07/03/12 More »

3,500 Bay Area Sutter Nurses to Strike Tuesday

3,500 Bay Area Sutter Nurses to Strike Tuesday

Registered nurses at seven Alameda and San Mateo county hospitals operated by the Sutter corporation will begin a one-day strike Tuesday morning, once again protesting a long list of concession demands that they say would undermine patient care protections as well as health and living standards for the RNs. The strike will affect 3,500 RNs and also several hundred respiratory, X-ray, and other technicians. More »

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