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Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined. —Alexia Fernández Campbell writing for The Atlantic, 12/05/16 More »

Bernie Sanders rallies supporters with call for new direction in Democratic party

Bernie Sanders rallies supporters with call for new direction in Democratic party

On a gorgeous fall day and surrounded by changing trees, a group of Bernie Sanders’ most ardent supporters held a political bonfire for the doomed Trans-Pacific Partnership outside the US Capitol building. —Lauren Gambino writing for The Guardian, 11/17/16 More »

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

Why Democrats should put Medicare for all in platform

When Democrats gather in Orlando on Friday to act on their party's platform, they should present a vision for the future beyond just defeating Donald Trump. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Orlando Sentinel, 07/06/16 More »

House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort that could slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post. —Ryan Grim, The Huffington Post, 04/28/16 More »

First Zika-linked birth defects detected in Colombia

First Zika-linked birth defects detected in Colombia

Researchers have found Colombia's first cases of birth defects linked to the Zika virus, Nature has learned — which are likely forerunners of a widely anticipated wave of Zika-related birth defects in the country. —Declan Butler, Nature, 03/04/16 More »

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs,” is claiming 50 hospitals are billing uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care set by Medicare. Jean Ross, Co-President of National Nurses United joins Tamron Hall on NewsNation. —MSNBC, 06/11/15 More »

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. —Sharon Begley, Reuters, 06/08/15 More »

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

A strike during the past two days by 18,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, including three major Sacramento-area hospitals, was the latest salvo by a powerful union that says it is intent on improving the lot of nurses nationwide. —Hudson Sangree and Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee, 11/13/14 More »

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Watch National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger on MSNBC, speaking out on how U.S. nurses are saying they are unprepared for the Ebola virus. —The ED Show, MSNBC, 10/04/14 More »

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RNs and survey results were featured on national media from coast to coast, including an interview with RN Response Network director Bonnie Castillo, RN on CN. —CNN, 10/04/14 More »

U.S. nurses say they are unprepared to handle Ebola patients

U.S. nurses say they are unprepared to handle Ebola patients

Nurses, the frontline care providers in U.S. hospitals, say they are untrained and unprepared to handle patients arriving in their hospital emergency departments infected with Ebola. —Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters, 10/03/14 More »

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

The Ebola outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people in West Africa and is spiraling out of control, with international healthcare providers saying that they are not able to handle the crisis. —RNRN, 08/29/14 More »

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Slow health cost growth has improved Medicare's financial outlook, extending the program's trust fund to last until 2030. If absolutely nothing changes, the trust fund that pays for most of seniors' hospital visits will now last an additional four years beyond the 2013 forecast. —Sarah Kliff, Vox.com, 07/28/14 More »

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

There were undoubtedly justices on the most anti-labor U.S. Supreme Court in modern judicial history who wanted to strip public-sector unions of their ability to collect dues from workers they represent. But they were not quite prepared to strike the devastating blow that labor activists feared would be delivered Monday. —John Nichols, The Capital Times, 07/03/14 More »

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

National Nurses United has launched a media campaign criticizing the effects of what it called “digitalized care.” The mutlipronged campaign specifically criticizes electronic health records and bedside computers, saying they “too often fail” and lead to diagnoses and treatments based on “generic population trends” instead of individualized assessments. —Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare, 05/30/14 More »

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

National Nurses United has been running ads on TV and radio lately about the obvious dangers of a troubling trend in our increasingly corporatized, for-profit healthcare system (consisting of the large hospital chains and health insurance cartels), replacing nurses and doctors with computerized diagnostics and protocols, which must be rigidly followed. —necocopiosus, 05/30/14 More »

How Much 6 Major Hospital Operators Have Received in EHR Incentive Payments

How Much 6 Major Hospital Operators Have Received in EHR Incentive Payments

CMS has paid out more than $23 billion in electronic health record incentive payments since 2011. In their first-quarter financial reports, six of the country's largest hospital operators have disclosed how much they have received in EHR incentive payments during the three months ended March 31. —Becker's Hospital CIO, 05/19/14 More »

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

THOUGH the recent release of Medicare’s physician payments cast a spotlight on the millions of dollars paid to some specialists, there is a startling secret behind America’s health care hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry’s work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack. —New York Times, 05/17/14 More »

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Community Health Systems is converting a Pennsylvania hospital to a walk-in clinic, the second such announcement in a week for the Franklin-based company. Mid-Valley Hospital, in Peckville, Penn., will stop offering inpatient and emergency department services in July, according to a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Earlier this week, The Tennessean reported that Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville would also end inpatient emergency services effective July 31. —Nashville Buisiness Journal, 05/02/14 More »

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Katy Roemer, RN, remembers the fire that took place in 2012 at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., a 12-mile drive from the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, where she works as a maternity nurse. The fire burned out of control for more than five hours, spewing a huge black cloud of toxic chemicals, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, into the air. Bay Area residents were advised to stay inside, close windows and doors, turn off air conditioners and heating units, and have duck tape on hand in case it was needed to further seal the windows and doors. Pets and children were to be kept inside. —The ONC, 03/31/14 More »

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