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How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

Let's make history. The 2016 election offers a rare moment to crack a barrier that can truly transform our nation -- the opportunity to shatter the Class Ceiling. —National Nurses United, 09/22/15 More »

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate Health Care, Hospital Closing

North Adams Mayoral Candidates Debate Health Care, Hospital Closing

In their only debate prior to next week's preliminary, the three candidates for mayor spent more than an hour on Tuesday night answering health care-related questions and trying to slip in elements of their campaign platforms. The forum was sponsored by the North County Cares Coalition, the Tuesday night advocacy group launched with the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in 2014. —Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires, 09/16/15 More »

Opinion: CNA report deserves a serious response from St. Joseph

Opinion: CNA report deserves a serious response from St. Joseph

Like many other contributors to St. Joseph Hospital, I received a letter recently from the president of St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. David O’Brien. The letter is purportedly a response to very specific claims that my union, the California Nurses Association (CNA), has made against St. Joseph Health in general and St. Joseph Hospital in particular. The letter Dr. O’Brien sent is disappointing and filled with generalizations, omissions and unnecessarily accusatory language directed at CNA. —James Ladika, Eureka Times-Standard, 09/14/15 More »

After 9/11, Bernie Sanders Voted Against Iraq. Hillary Clinton Calls Her Vote a ‘Mistake’

After 9/11, Bernie Sanders Voted Against Iraq. Hillary Clinton Calls Her Vote a ‘Mistake’

After 9/11, Americans and the Democratic Party needed someone to stand up to the Bush Administration. We needed a true two-party system that offered a choice between invading Iraq and containing Saddam in the manner we had done for over a decade. Instead, leading Democrats sided with neoconservative Republicans, primarily because 72% of Americans supported the war in 2003. —H. A. Goodman, The Huffington Post, 09/11/15 More »

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Federal health inspectors effectively stopped over 30 unstarted surgeries from proceeding at Huntington Memorial Hospital last Tuesday after they reportedly discovered numerous violations of proper sterilization procedures during a surprise audit, current and former Operating Room nurses allege. —James Macpherson, Pasadena Now, 08/31/15 More »

High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. —Bernie Sanders, via The Huffington Post, 08/31/15 More »

RNs at Marlborough Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement with Management for Three-Year Contract

RNs at Marlborough Hospital Reach Tentative Agreement with Management for Three-Year Contract

The registered nurses at Marlborough Hospital, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and UMass Memorial Health Care reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on a three-year contract that aims to improve RN-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 08/27/15 More »

Nurses accuse Queen of the Valley, St. Joseph Health of profits before people

Nurses accuse Queen of the Valley, St. Joseph Health of profits before people

The California Nurses Association held a press conference in Napa on Wednesday to accuse St. Joseph Health, the parent of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, of degrading patient care in pursuit of profits. Once run by Catholic nuns, the organization is now a large business enterprise that has lost its “moral compass,” the union charged in a report titled “Falling from Grace.” —Jennifer Huffman / Napa Valley Register, 08/20/15 More »

Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks

Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks

Every year, about one million Americans and tens of millions of people worldwide suffer the debilitating effects of salmonella poisoning, episodes sometimes serious enough for hospitalization. Cholera, while rare in the United States, has been increasing steadily in other countries for the last decade, with up to 5 million cases annually, and poses a real threat after natural disasters. —Marlene Cimons, Thingprogress.org, 08/14/15 More »

Why the Nation’s Nurses are Supporting Bernie Sanders for President

Why the Nation’s Nurses are Supporting Bernie Sanders for President

Bernie Sanders aligns perfectly with nurses on the most critical problems facing our nation, from income inequality to guaranteeing healthcare to all to holding Wall Street and corporations to account to opening the doors to college education for everyone to racial justice to the climate crisis. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for The Huffington Post, 08/12/15 More »

Redwood Memorial nurses vote to join California Nurses Association

Redwood Memorial nurses vote to join California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at the Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna voted Monday to join the California Nurses Association. According to a California Nurses Association press release, the union is part of the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United. —The Times-Standard, 08/12/15 More »

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. —Associated Press, via Chicago Tribune, 08/11/15 More »

Bernie Sanders gets endorsement of big nurses union

Bernie Sanders gets endorsement of big nurses union

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday became more than an afterthought to front-runner rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as the 185,000-member National Nurses United, the nation’s largest female-dominated labor union, announced its endorsement. —Carla Marinucci, The San Francisco Chronicle, 08/11/15 More »

Remarks by Bernie Sanders at National Nurses United’s Endorsement

Remarks by Bernie Sanders at National Nurses United’s Endorsement

Let me begin by thanking RoseAnn DeMoro, and the 185,000 members of National Nurses United, for providing high quality healthcare to the American people. I am honored to have the support of the largest nurse’s union in this country! —berniesanders.com, 08/10/15 More »

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

The poll from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the research arm of the consulting firm, finds that 30 percent of people with insurance through ObamaCare’s marketplaces are satisfied with their plans. That compares with 42 percent satisfaction from people with employer-sponsored plans, 48 percent with Medicaid and 58 percent with Medicare. —Peter Sullivan, The Hill, 08/03/15 More »

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

About half the states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have enrolled more people than they expected, generating bigger health coverage gains but also prompting fears among some policymakers that states will thus bear higher-than-expected future costs. —Jesse Cross-Call, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 08/03/15 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Union President Donna Kelly-Williams and several other members are testifying Tuesday at a Massachusetts state hearing on the bill. Elizabeth Dalton, a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, will testify about her experience dealing with the irate father of a dying patient who threatened her with a knife. —Adam Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 07/22/15 More »

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson has agreed to pay the United States $510,000 to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary cardiac procedures over an eight-year period, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. —The Jackson Sun, 07/21/15 More »

Opinion: Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause

Opinion: Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause

Over the last several hundred years, financial panics have repeatedly caused severe economic turmoil. For example, there were financial panics every 10 to 20 years in the late 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s, many of which resulted in severe recessions. —Mark Thoma, The Fiscal Times, 07/20/15 More »

Widespread Understaffing of Nurses Increases Risk to Patients

Widespread Understaffing of Nurses Increases Risk to Patients

Over her 34-year nursing career Martha Kuhl, a pediatric oncology nurse at U.C.S.F. Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in California, has seen her patient load more than double. She recalls one night shift when she was the lone nurse on duty with five patients. “These are all babies that can’t breathe,” she says. “I felt okay at four” but that last patient “sort of tipped it over the edge where I felt unsafe in being able to handle all of these patients.” —Roni Jacobson / Scientific American, 07/14/15 More »

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