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Nurses Pretend to Die During Ebola Protest in Las Vegas

Nurses Pretend to Die During Ebola Protest in Las Vegas

Dressed in hazmat costumes and red shirts, roughly 1,000 nurses gathered on the Las Vegas strip to call attention to the United States' level of preparedness in fighting a potential Ebola crisis at home. —Brittany Levine, Mashable, 09/29/14 More »

IMAGES: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

IMAGES: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

Nurses protest along Las Vegas Boulevard Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Las Vegas. Nurses in town for the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee convention protested on the Strip because they say U.S. hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak. —John Locher, Associated Press, 09/29/14 More »

PHOTOS: Nurses Rally Together To Highlight Need For World Care

PHOTOS: Nurses Rally Together To Highlight Need For World Care

Registered nurses with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee marched together and rallied at Planet Hollywood casino-hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Health workers and nurses participated in the action on the Strip to highlight the need for more support to combat infectious diseases around the world such as the Ebola outbreak. —Rik Verduzco, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 09/29/14 More »

Barbara Lee Was Right in 2001. She’s Still Right Now.

Barbara Lee Was Right in 2001. She’s Still Right Now.

It has been thirteen years since Congresswoman Barbara Lee cast her lonely vote against authorizing President Bush to launch what she warned could be an ill-defined and endless war. Days after she cast that vote, the California Democrat appeared before hundreds of students at Mills College in Oakland and was greeted for the first time by the chant, “Barbara Lee speaks for me.” —John Nichols, The Nation, 09/29/14 More »

Nurses march for Ebola awareness in Las Vegas

Nurses march for Ebola awareness in Las Vegas

About 1,000 nurses marched through Las Vegas to raise awareness of the Ebola virus and protest what they describe as a lack of preparation by the United States. —Reuters News, via The Washington Post, 09/24/14 More »

Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

U.S. hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak, according to nurses who staged a "die-in" Wednesday outside a Las Vegas Strip resort where they were holding a union convention. —Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press via the Las Vegas Sun, 09/24/14 More »

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

The Trouble with Kaiser’s Technology

Nurses say the healthcare giant's new Oakland Medical Center is plagued by dangerous equipment malfunctions, ineffective communication systems, and chronic understaffing. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 09/10/14 More »

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses deliver pillows and a petition to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital officials

Nurses from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital delivered new pillows to key figures in upper management on Monday as a message that the medical staff needs more funding to improve patient care. —Arin Mikailian, Glendale News-Press, 09/10/14 More »

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

Guest commentary: West County residents deserve a full-service hospital

As registered nurses who have worked at Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, for 48 years we feel a deep commitment to the health and well-being of our patients and community. That's why DMC registered nurses have joined with other medical professionals and West County residents to insist that DMC remain open as a full-service acute care hospital. Nothing less than the health and safety of tens of thousands of our neighbors is at stake. —Adrian Boyance-Reid and Carol De Young, Contra Costa Times, 09/08/14 More »

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

It’s all about patient care at Queen of the Valley

As dedicated Queen of the Valley Hospital direct-care RNs who work the floors every day caring for our patients the best we can, we are compelled to write a response to the commentary written by Marc Levin, a member of Queen of the Valley Hospital’s administration team. —Christina Capitelli and Benjamin Mineau, Napa Valley Register, 09/08/14 More »

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

Nurses Go on Strike at the Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - More than 200 nurses in Watsonville began a three-day strike Thursday. It's part of a contract dispute with hospital management over safer working conditions and more staff. —Baha Eldin, KION, 08/15/14 More »

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit Claims Service Reductions at San Pablo Hospital Violate Civil Rights Act

Hospital advocates say reducing services to the medical center’s patients, many of whom are poor and uninsured, is a violation of civil rights. On Tuesday, health care providers and community members filed a federal lawsuit to stop the downsizing and potential closure. —Alexandra Garreton, Jon Brooks, and Bay City News via KQED - The California Report, 08/14/14 More »

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Doctors Medical Center advocates sue in federal court to halt closure, ambulance diversions

Nurses, doctors, patients and community members sued in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop the possible closure or downsizing of West Contra Costa's only public hospital, which is deep in the red. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop ambulance diversions from Doctors Medical Center but set an Aug. 27 court date to hear the case. —Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 08/13/14 More »

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Watsonville hospital nurses plan three-day strike Thursday

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital have announced a three-day strike beginning 7 a.m. Thursday and ending 6:59 a.m. Sunday. The nurses are represented by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which says the hospital management is demanding "sharp reductions" in health coverage and not responding to concerns about staffing and safe practices for lifting patients. —Jondi Gumz, San Jose Mercury News, 08/13/14 More »

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

The Death of Doctors Medical Center

Closing the hospital, or significantly cutting its services, will lead to a public health crisis that disproportionately hurts low-income residents, people of color, and senior citizens, according to nurses, doctors, labor groups, and community leaders, who are all pushing for a solution to save DMC. "How can you condemn 250,000 people?" said Laurel Hodgson, a DMC emergency room physician and the hospital's former chief of staff. "We are desperate." —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 08/06/14 More »

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

SACRAMENTO - State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the cost of health care premiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes for more authority to regulate increases. The report released by Jones, a Democrat, says California's four largest insurers raised premiums from 22 percent to 88 percent, depending on factors such as age and location. —Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press, as posted in the Fresno Bee, 07/29/14 More »

Join RNs To Rally And March

Join RNs To Rally And March

Contra Costa County must recognize basic human and civil rights of the people of West Contra Costa County, and accept responsibility for hospital care in West Contra Costa County by integrating Doctors Medical Center San Pablo into Contra Costa Health Services. —National Nurses United, 07/21/14 More »

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

The California Nurses Association is gearing up for what could be contentious contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente. The existing contract expires Aug. 31. It covers 17,000 registered nurses across Northern California, including 3,500 in the Sacramento region. Face-to-face talks begin July 24 and union officials are willing to call a strike if Kaiser proposes cuts considered harmful to nurses or patients. —Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/14 More »

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

What Kaiser is doing to Manteca is indicative of its very lucrative business model: Expand membership while consolidating and reducing services, says Amy Glass, RN in Manteca CA. My colleagues and I who work for Kaiser throughout the region have observed how management manipulates the “census” by denying admissions. They then use the low census to justify cutting services. Voila, less care, more profit! —Amy Glass, Manteca Bulletin, 07/01/14 More »

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

The California Nurses Association has endorsed an important patient and consumer protection measure that will be on the ballot this fall. It’s a measure to rein in the spiraling rates and premiums charged by the health insurance industry by requiring them to justify their price hikes. This Wednesday legislators, that spent the past decade opposing rate regulation legislation, will hold a hearing in Sacramento to discredit the ballot measure. CNA members will be there to rally and participate in the hearing to let them know why the measure is needed. —Deborah Burger, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

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