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Maine Health Care Advocates Press for ‘Medicare for All’

Maine Health Care Advocates Press for ‘Medicare for All’

Before Saiyid Brent stopped in for a free basic health screening in Portland Monday night, his thoughts were on dinner - specifically, comfort food. But that changed after he was examined by a nurse. His prognosis? "Not so well!" he says, with a laugh. "My blood sugar was pretty good, but blood pressure not so great, which is a concern." —Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 10/16/13 More »

Maine nurses say Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, argue for universal coverage

Maine nurses say Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, argue for universal coverage

Liz Faraci, a nurse with Downeast Community Hospital in Machias, gets ready for patients Monday afternoon at Portland's First Parish Church. The Maine State Nurses Association held free health screenings Monday at the historic church to raise awareness for its efforts to push for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans. —Bangor Daily News, 10/15/13 More »

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

One of the country’s largest and most profitable hospital chains has been defeated in its effort to take away its nurses’ sick days, according to the union that mounted nine strikes there over the past two years. “The nurses would’ve come to work sick, and the patients’ health would’ve declined,” said California Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. “Because the nurses would be exposing current patients to the past patients’ illnesses.” While nurses “take the risk of being around very sick people,” DeMoro told Salon, they “are not super-women.” —Salon, 10/14/13 More »

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

FREMONT -- Nurses and engineers at Washington Hospital will get pay raises with the approval of two new labor contracts by the board of directors. The hospital's 683 registered nurses represented by the California Nurses Association will get a 1 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, and another 1 percent raise next July. They will also receive a bonus this month worth 1 percent of their pre-raise pay, and another 1 percent bonus in January. —Contra Costa Times, 10/14/13 More »

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses are pounding the pavement today at Woodbridge at Del Webb to share with the residents their concerns about the state of health services at the West Yosemite Avenue medical facility. California Nurses Association labor representative Kevin Hall said the Kaiser-Manteca nurses will be knocking on doors this morning. The door-to-door foot campaign will begin with a 30-minute group assembly at the Manteca Fire Station No. 4, 1465 W. Lathrop Road west of Union Road before the nurses start walking around the age-restricted neighborhood. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

A grass-root effort to prevent Kaiser Permanente from continuing to eliminate services and possibly save the Manteca hospital from closing its doors appears to be gaining support. That’s based on the strong turnout at the “Keep Manteca Safe: Kaiser, don’t close our hospital” community forum Sunday at the First Christian Church in Manteca coupled with the 400 signatures taken from last week’s Pumpkin Fair. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Union to Hold Meeting on Kaiser Services

MANTECA - The California Nurses Association, which contends that Kaiser Permanente is escalating its reduction of patient services in Manteca, will host a community meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, 1125 N. Union Road, Manteca. —The Record, 10/14/13 More »

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

In this month’s issue of AJN, we report on the formation of a new international organization of nurses and health care workers in June—Global Nurses United (GNU). Under the auspices of the California-based National Nurses United, unions from 14 countries agreed to work together to “stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services.” —American Journal of Nursing, 10/10/13 More »

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

That is the word from Corwin Harper who serves as senior vice president and area manager of the hospital’s Central Valley area. Manteca Kaiser nurses, however, are maintaining that what the health care corporation has been doing in the past several months is tantamount to a gradual closure of the hospital in Manteca. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/09/13 More »

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, picketed a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker last night to step up the call for the DC City Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —Union City, 10/02/13 More »

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

The US spends a higher proportion of GDP on healthcare than any other industrialised country – yet 50 million Americans are uninsured, as Obamacare begins. I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible. —The Guardian by: Bernie Sanders, 10/01/13 More »

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Registered nurses at John Muir Medical Center, Concord have reached a tentative three-year contract nurses say will bring patient care improvements as well as secure nurses' health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 registered nurses who belong to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. A ratification vote is set for Oct. 1. —Contra Costa Times, 09/20/13 More »

Should hospitals be more like Walmart?

We've heard about how healthcare should be more like the airline industry or customer-friendly online retailers such as Amazon or Zappos.com. But a new article in MIT Technology Review argues that after the information technology revolution, medicine will be more like superstore Walmart. —Fierce Health IT, 09/20/13 More »

Workers Take Center Stage in Occupy’s Second Anniversary

Workers Take Center Stage in Occupy’s Second Anniversary

If you're going to have a raucous, costumed march in New York City, Midtown makes for a great setting. Nurses and HIV activists in Robin Hood hats took the streets yesterday, blocking traffic as they called for a financial transaction tax to fully fund healthcare and other public services. Chants of “People, not profits! Medicare for all!” filled rush-hour streets as business-suited professionals dodged through the crowds. —In These Times, 09/18/13 More »

BJC Healthcare to reduce health benefits for part-timers, employees say

BJC Healthcare to reduce health benefits for part-timers, employees say

St. Louis, MO--BJC Healthcare, the largest St. Louis employer, is preparing to cut health insurance benefits for some of its part-time employees. According to two part-time nurses with the BJC system, managers and Human Resources representatives recently began informing certain employees that those who do not work at least 24 hours per week will be ineligible for health benefits. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 09/18/13 More »

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago: A film by Haskell Wexler, ­­­­Andy Davis and Mike Gray (2013). Available for $15 from http://www.fourdaysinchicago.com. Mayor 1% (Rahm Emanuel) invited the G-8 (the Group of 8 most economically powerful countries in the world) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to meet in Chicago in May 2012. Needless to say, this did not go over well with Chicago activists—and a whole lot more other people. —ZNET Communications, 09/17/13 More »

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

One out of every 20 patients who are admitted to a hospital will fall victim to an infection they pick up while there, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections can be serious and even life-threatening, and recent studies have estimated that as many as half of them may be preventable. —HealthDay Reporter, 09/10/13 More »

CNA union seeks to represent 600 RNs at CPMC’s Pacific campus

CNA union seeks to represent 600 RNs at CPMC’s Pacific campus

The California Nurses Association is seeking a secret-ballot union representation election at California Pacific Medical Center's Pacific campus, which it calls "one of the few hospitals in San Francisco where the RNs remain non-union." The Oakland-based union, which represents 85,000 registered nurses in the state, said it asked the National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 5 to schedule an election for the 600 RNs who work on CPMC's Pacific campus in San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights neighborhood. —San Francisco Business Times, 09/06/13 More »

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Who is really behind the doors at your local “community” hospital? In recent weeks you may have seen a billboard near Barstow Community Hospital with a message from registered nurses, “Protect Our Patients, Don’t Silence Nurses,” and a photo of a real RN (that’s me). —By: Deborah Burger, RN and CNA/NNU Co-president, 09/04/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA - August 30, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA - August 30, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: Fast Food Workers On Strike in 60 Cities. Record Bank Profits Reported. Healthcare Systems Ranked Around The World. For-Profit Dialysis Companies Flex Muscle in Congress. —National Nurses United, 08/30/13 More »

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