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Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Registered nurses will host a public forum in Manteca Sunday afternoon to call attention to an escalating reduction of vital patient services at Kaiser Manteca Medical Center, practices they warn are leading to a “slow death” of the critical community hospital. Kaiser has been steadily closing entire units and eliminating vital services, including maternity, pediatric, cardiology, ultrasound, radiology, and more, forcing patients to travel to Modesto or Stockton for care. —California Nurses Association, 10/11/13 More »

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nurses and physicians will provide basic medical screenings and will be joined by local healthcare activists for a public town hall in Portland, October 14 and Bangor, October 15 as part a Health Care is a Human Right Campaign. —Maine State Nurses Association / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

Registered nurses at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. voted Tuesday and Wednesday to ratify a new collective bargaining contract that they say protects patient care standards and provides a safer workplace environment for nurses. It is the first contract that NNOC-Nevada has negotiated with St. Mary's since it was acquired by Prime Healthcare Services from Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) in 2012. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals applauded the movement forward of the DC Patient Protection Act, a bill they say is critical to their ability to provide safe patient care. 57% of District Hospital RNs Cite Inadequate Staffing. New study shows hospitals with higher RN staffing had lower re-admissions. —National Nurses United / Heal DC, 10/10/13 More »

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

As many Californians weigh their options for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center this Friday with a message for consumers: Be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/13 More »

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

OKEMOS – Members of the Michigan Nurses Association, the state’s largest and most effective union and professional association for registered nurses, have elected John Armelagos, RN, as their new president. Armelagos, an Ann Arbor resident, is a longtime nurse who has held multiple leadership positions in the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC), the Michigan labor community, Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and its national affiliate, National Nurses United. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/08/13 More »

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

(MANKATO) – 470 nurses represented by Minnesota Nurses Association at Mayo Health Systems Clinic have agreed to contract terms that address quality of patient care in the hospital. Five months of negotiations, a nurse force galvanized around patient safety concerns and overwhelming community support all contributed to an agreement that lays a new foundation of nurse input into staffing, scheduling and workload. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 10/04/13 More »

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Registered nurses and healthcare workers from throughout Orlando Health’s (OH) eight hospitals will hold a press conference and rally Monday morning to speak about the effects cuts are having on their ability to provide safe patient care, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Florida announced today. The effects, described in more detail below, range from replacing a “sitter” (assigned to ensure a high-risk patient’s safety) with a technician on a different floor monitoring up to 12 cameras on a screen, to blood pressure cuffs not working. —NNOC Florida, 10/04/13 More »

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

In packed membership meetings at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals, registered nurses and techs voted overwhelmingly Wednesday and Thursday to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a two-year fight by defeating a long list of concession demands by one of the nation’s wealthiest hospital chains. The battle – which centered over Sutter’s insistence on implementing sweeping reductions in patient care, workplace protections, and nursing standards – finally concluded after nine strikes over two years when Sutter agreed to withdraw over 200 concession demands. More »

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Registered Nurses at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord voted Tuesday night to ratify a new three-year contract that they say strengthens patient care standards as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. Concurrently, RNs at Sutter hospitals began voting on their tentative agreement at Sutter facilities in Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley, Antioch and Vallejo. Membership meetings on the agreement will continue through Thursday. Results will be announced Friday. —California Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

KALAMAZOO – After standing firm in their demands for new protections for their patients, the nearly 600 registered nurses at Borgess Medical Center have ratified a new contract with the hospital that runs through 2016. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, will picket a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker tonight to step up the call for the District Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —National Nurses United, 10/01/13 More »

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

As the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market exchanges open for business Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente RNs today launched a campaign to advise enrollees to ask tough questions and be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —National Nurses United, 09/30/13 More »

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

It’s over – with a resounding triumph for thousands of registered nurses at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals operated by the large Sutter Health system who have managed to defend patient care protections and nursing standards from an employer insistent on sweeping concessions in a long running dispute. After nine strikes over two years, with multiple days added on by company lockouts, the RNs have won tentative agreements for new collective bargaining agreements premised on elimination of nearly 200 concession demands by Sutter that were the main issue in the confrontation. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/13 More »

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

On the eve of the opening of insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside three Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California Monday with a message for consumers – be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. Kaiser, say RNs, has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured and sending patients home or to other settings when they should still be in the hospital. As part of that shift away from hospital care, Kaiser has been reducing RN staffing in its hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/26/13 More »

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

SAN DIEGO—The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, California’s largest and leading organization of nurses, has endorsed San Diego City Council member David Alvarez for mayor and will join a Thursday press conference with other leading community leaders to support his candidacy. —California Nurses Association, 09/25/13 More »

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

LAPEER – More than 100 registered nurses from McLaren Lapeer Region and community members rallied Monday to demand that hospital CEO Bart Buxton fix the chronic understaffing that can put their patients’ safety at risk. The nurses want to be able to provide safe, quality care to every patient and have been asking the administration to solve serious nurse staffing problems for months. —Michigan Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

On September 18, MNA nurses kicked off the signature campaign to put safe patient limits on the ballot. Packets with petitions and instructions have gone out to all bargaining units. Please see your local bargaining unit committee chair, committee member, or floor rep to get petitions – or you can call the MNA office at 781.821.4625 (and ask for the membership department) to get petitions and instructions. Sign and circulate the petition today! Working together we can make safe staffing the law in Massachusetts! —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 09/23/13 More »

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

The measure responds to efforts by hospital networks to cut needed services in an effort to boost profits even though the DPH has deemed these services to be essential for the communities served by those hospitals. Nurses and other advocates for access to needed health care services will testify, including a nurse from North Adams Regional Hospital, which has announced a plan to shutter the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit, pediatric unit and critical care unit. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

New Pact for Mount Diablo Hospital RNs

New Pact for Mount Diablo Hospital RNs

Registered Nurses who work at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that nurses say will provide for additional patient care improvements as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 RNs who are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The settlement will go before RNs for ratification in membership meetings scheduled for October 1. —California Nurses Association, 09/20/13 More »

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