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UMass Memorial Effort to Cut Services and Staff is Pennywise and Pound Foolish

UMass Memorial Effort to Cut Services and Staff is Pennywise and Pound Foolish

This morning we learned that UMass Memorial Medical Center has announced yet another round of layoffs and service cuts at its Memorial and University campuses in Worcester. More than 80 registered nurses and as many as 90 other employees will be impacted by the layoff announced today, which includes the closing or reduction in a number of services, including the closing of three OR suites, the closing of an entire medical floor and the elimination of the IV therapy team on the Memorial campus. More »

In Rare NLRB Order Fallbrook Hospital Must Pay Costs of Refusing to Bargain with its Nurses

In Rare NLRB Order Fallbrook Hospital Must Pay Costs of Refusing to Bargain with its Nurses

The latest in a two-year series of rulings against Fallbrook Hospital, owned and operated by the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, Community Health Systems, was issued on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upholding a judge’s decision that the hospital repeatedly failed to bargain in good faith with California Nurses Association, representing its RNs who voted for CNA in 2012. —National Nurses United, 04/16/14 More »

San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

San Diego Nurses Issue Public Health Warning. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego are adding their voices to the growing fight against food injustice in the city’s southeast communities, with their endorsement and participation in this year Cesar Chavez tribute, the California Nurses Association announced today. This year’s theme, Food Injustice: Social Consciousness Raising, Remembered, and Revisited, commemorates the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights activist and is being hosted by the San Diego Community College District and Project New Village. —California Nurses Association, 04/09/14 More »

Nurses Say They Will Continue Public Push to Keep Palm Drive Hospital Open for Community

Nurses Say They Will Continue Public Push to Keep Palm Drive Hospital Open for Community

Registered nurses from Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Ca. north of San Francisco will call on the hospital board tonight to keep the hospital open warning that its closure would put tens of thousands of western Sonoma County residents at risk. The Palm Drive Health Care District, which voted to authorize a Chapter 9 bankruptcy for the hospital last week is threatening to shut down the only hospital in the western part of the county despite growing public opposition to its closure. The board is meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Church Memorial Hall, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy North in Sebastopol. —California Nurses Association, 04/07/14 More »

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Nurses to Join Assembly member Marc Levine in Call to Stop Closure of Palm Drive Hospital. Assembly member Marc Levine will join with Palm Drive Hospital registered nurses in a press conference Saturday, April 5 to step up opposition to the threatened closure of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Ca. north of San Francisco. The press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N. High St. —California Nurses Association, 04/04/14 More »

RNs to Picket New Kaiser San Leandro Clinic Note Patient Care Services in Hayward Won’t be Replace

RNs to Picket New Kaiser San Leandro Clinic Note Patient Care Services in Hayward Won’t be Replace

Registered nurses will picket the opening of Kaiser Permanente’s San Leandro clinic Monday, protesting the ongoing loss of pediatric care for Alameda County children with the closure last year of Kaiser’s Hayward children’s services, that will remain unfulfilled in San Leandro. Kaiser RNs will be on hand in large numbers at 12:30 p.m. for a protest outside the San Leandro facility, 2500 Merced St., San Leandro. The RNs are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The San Leandro is intended as a seismic replacement for Kaiser’s Hayward hospital. But, say the RNs, the new facility, even when fully opened in June, will be without the full range of hospital services formerly provided at Hayward. —California Nurses Association, 04/04/14 More »

Vigils at Legislative Offices in San Diego, other cities, April 4

Vigils at Legislative Offices in San Diego, other cities, April 4

Activists to Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice with Tax on Wall Street. Nurses, AIDS activists, students, transit workers, and other community activists will call on Congressional offices in 22 cities – including San Diego – April 4 to step up the call for a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund programs to redress economic inequality and address other basic needs. —California Nurses Association, 04/02/14 More »

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Shutdown Threatens to Abandon Seniors, Thousands of West Sonoma County Residents, Says California Nurses Association. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today condemned the threatened closure of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol saying it threatens to abandon tens of thousands of seniors and western Sonoma County residents to a critical reduction in needed medical care. Registered nurses who work at the hospital are expected to speak out tonight at a meeting of the Palm Drive Hospital District to voice their protest and outrage and the closure threat. —California Nurses Association, 04/01/14 More »

RNs & Activists Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice - Apr. 4 Actions

RNs & Activists Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice - Apr. 4 Actions

Nurses, AIDS activists, students, transit workers, and other community activists will call on Congressional offices in 22 cities from Virginia to California April 4 – and a Washington DC press conference – to step up the call for a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund programs to redress economic inequality and address other basic needs. More »

Nurses Endorse Anita Bonds for District Council At-Large Primary Election

Nurses Endorse Anita Bonds for District Council At-Large Primary Election

WASHINGTON, DC—National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today its endorsement of Anita Bonds for re-election to the District of Columbia Council. Ms. Bonds is running for re-election for an at-large Council seat in the April 1 primary. —National Nurses United, 03/28/14 More »

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Vote by 72 Percent to Join California Nurses Association/NNU

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Vote by 72 Percent to Join California Nurses Association/NNU

By a landslide margin of 72 percent, registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. voted Wednesday night to join California’s largest organization of nurses. In a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations board, the RNs voted 96 to 38, 72 percent, to affiliate with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The 200 Verdugo Hills RNs will now line up with 800 RNs at two other USC acute care hospitals, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Center and Hospital who are already CNA members. —California Nurses Association, 03/27/14 More »

North Adams Regional Hospital Announces it Will Close on March 28 with just Three Days Notice

North Adams Regional Hospital Announces it Will Close on March 28 with just Three Days Notice

Massachusetts--NARH is a community hospital that provides desperately needed emergency and inpatient care to an isolated, rural community in the northwest corner of the state. It is outrageous to close this hospital so abruptly with no plan in place for the patients impacted by this callous decision. More »

Nurses Urge Lawmakers to Pass “Patient Safety Act” and “Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Nurses Urge Lawmakers to Pass “Patient Safety Act” and “Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Hundreds Attend State House Hearing Today to Support Both Bills in the Gardner Auditorium at 11 a.m. Researchers Present Groundbreaking Studies of California vs Massachusetts Hospitals: Mass Patients Receive 30% Less Nursing Care Resulting in Worse Outcomes and Higher Readmissions —Massachusetts Nurses Association / NNU, 03/25/14 More »

RNs at Capital to Protect Missouri Patients—Wednesday

RNs at Capital to Protect Missouri Patients—Wednesday

As part of their annual lobbying day, registered nurses from hospitals in Kansas City and St. Louis, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Missouri, will be seeking support for the ‘Safe Patient Handling and Movement Act’ (HB 2162), and opposing the so-called ‘Right to Work’ (RTW) and ‘Paycheck Protection’ laws, which pose a safety threat to Missouri patients and communities. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 03/25/14 More »

St. Rose Hospital RNs in Hayward Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

St. Rose Hospital RNs in Hayward Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. The RNs voted unanimously this past Friday to authorize their nurse bargaining team to call a strike, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. No strike date has been set at this time. —California Nurses Association, 03/24/14 More »

Patient Advocates & Nurses From Hospitals Across the State Testify Monday at State House Hearing

Patient Advocates & Nurses From Hospitals Across the State Testify Monday at State House Hearing

Health care advocates, citizen groups, and nurses will testify Monday on two critically important issues affecting the health care of every resident in Massachusetts, as the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing holds a hearing on two ballot initiatives that garnered more than 200,000 signatures from Massachusetts voters last fall. —Massachusetts Nurses Association / NNU, 03/20/14 More »

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

Registered nurses who work in the large Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego today announced their request for an election to join the nation’s largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United. California’s largest RN union, the California Nurses Association, is affiliated with NNU. The RNs petitioned the San Francisco regional office of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which oversees collective bargaining for federal employees, to schedule and conduct a secret ballot election for the San Diego VA nurses. NNU will meet with FLRA officials to set the terms and date for a vote. —National Nurses United, 03/20/14 More »

Sen. Boxer Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline, Human Health Impact, and National Nurses United

Sen. Boxer Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline, Human Health Impact, and National Nurses United

In January, the State Department issued the Keystone XL pipeline’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and it was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring the human health impacts. That is why Senator Whitehouse and I wrote to Secretary Kerry two weeks ago asking for a comprehensive human health impacts analysis of the XL pipeline. Since that time, the State Department has received over 2 million comments from the public opposing the pipeline. —Senator Barbara Boxer, 03/13/14 More »

Nurses Demand State Department Certify That Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects

Nurses Demand State Department Certify That Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects

The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today called on Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration to issue a finding that the Keystone XL “will not adversely impact the health and safety of the American people” prior to any final decision on the controversial project. —National Nurses United, 03/13/14 More »

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General Hospital registered nurses will present a patient care report outlining their patient safety concerns to the Marin Healthcare District Board Tuesday evening. The nurses have compiled an extensive list detailing specific incidents of unsafe patient care conditions throughout the hospital over the last 14 months that remain unaddressed by both the hospital board of directors and management. Top nurse management were well aware of the patient safety concerns of the nurses who have documented through assignment despite objection forms (ADOs) every major incident where care was compromised. —California Nurses Association, 03/10/14 More »

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