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Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

Maria Navarro: El Paso must crack down on wage theft

I've noticed that the minimum wage has not kept pace with the cost of life here. That's why as a nurse leader of National Nurses Organizing Committee El Paso I am joining the new Lift Up El Paso Alliance, to fight for a living wage and put an end to wage theft. We've decided to act on this now because El Paso County is one of the poorest in the entire United States. —RN Maria Navarro, El Paso Times , 08/25/14 More »

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

The personal data of about 30.1 million people have been affected by the 944 recorded major health data breaches since federal reporting requirements under the 2009 economic stimulus package went into effect. —California HealthCare Foundation, 08/22/14 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 »

Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Pharmacy errors, hard-to-find clinical alerts, “farcical” training, and potentially life-threatening design flaws: Reading through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s catalog of electronic medical records malfunctions could be hazardous to your mental health. —Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 08/04/14 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 »

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 »

RNs, Veterans Held Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

RNs, Veterans Held Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

Registered nurses at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in San Diego, joined and supported by veteran service members, held a public speak out on Wednesday, July 23 to outline immediate steps the medical center should take to improve patient care at the VA hospital. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

For a while now, algorithms have been making their way into medical care: nurses and doctors enter vital signs and symptoms, and a computer churns out a diagnosis, or recommends a treatment. There are plenty of virtues to data-driven medicine, but also some notable downsides. —Kevin Hartnett, The Boston Globe, 07/21/14 More »

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Gets Low Marks From Staff on Key Safety Issues

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Gets Low Marks From Staff on Key Safety Issues

Staff at the region’s largest private hospital — MedStar Washington Hospital Center — have given it consistently low marks in seven out of 12 patient safety measures in key areas, over the past four years, according to results released Friday. —Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, 07/21/14 More »

Thousands protest Detroit water shutoffs

Thousands protest Detroit water shutoffs

About 2,000 nurses, community activists and others called on Detroit officials Friday to stop shutting off water to thousands of customers who are behind on their bills. Protesters trying to prevent crews from conducting the shutoffs also picketed earlier in the day outside the offices of a private contractor working for the city. —Corey Williams, Associated Press, 07/21/14 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 »

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water

At least 300 demonstrators marched through downtown streets on Friday, protesting a move by the city’s Water Department to force tens of thousands of delinquent customers to pay up or face a cutoff in service. From the Cobo Center to Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit River, protesters chanted, “Fight, fight; water is a human right.” Others carried placards that read “Thirsty for Justice.” —New York Times, 07/19/14 More »

Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

Throngs of progressive activists, union members and Detroit residents streamed through downtown on Friday to protest the controversial water shutoffs that are leaving homes here dry. With chants of "water is a human right" and "no water, no peace," protesters demanded an end to the shutoff of past-due accounts and declared the situation a public health emergency. —Huffington Post, 07/18/14 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 »

Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Detroit Water Shutoffs

Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Detroit Water Shutoffs

As many as one thousand people showed up outside Cobo Center in downtown Detroit Friday, calling for an immediate moratorium on service shutoffs by the city’s water department. Among them was “Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo, who appeared unexpectedly, calling on others to join the demonstration. —CBS Detroit, 07/18/14 More »

VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs

VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs

Here is a glimpse of the huge march and rally to protest the Detroit water shutoffs. It’s an amazing feat of organization, led by National Nurses United. —Eclecta Blog, 07/18/14 More »

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