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Affinity RNs Call for Halt to Flawed Electronic Medical Records System Scheduled to Go Live Friday

Affinity RNs Call for Halt to Flawed Electronic Medical Records System Scheduled to Go Live Friday

Affinity Medical Center RNs in Massillon, Ohio are calling on hospital officials to delay the planned June 21 implementation of the Cerner electronic medical records (EMR) system, until the hospital bargains with the nurses and proceeds in a safe manner. The direct-care RNs, represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) in Ohio, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), say that nurses, the primary users of the complex system, have had insufficient training, which will put patients at risk. —National Nurses United, 06/18/13 More »

St. Louis University Hospital RNs Win First Contract

St. Louis University Hospital RNs Win First Contract

ST. LOUIS –Registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUH) have won their first ever collective bargaining agreement with a new three year contract that provides for significant improvements in patient care protections, compensation, and job protections. —NNOC-Missouri, 06/17/13 More »

Nurses to Host Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 - Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline, Austerity

Nurses to Host Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 - Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline, Austerity

SAN FRANCISCO – Registered nurses from across the U.S., joined by environmental and Bay Area community activists, will step up the call on the Obama administration to reject approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline with a colorful march and rally at the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday, June 20. More »

Resounding Call for Hospital Safety; Pass Patient Protection Act, Say Nurses and Community Leaders

Resounding Call for Hospital Safety; Pass Patient Protection Act, Say Nurses and Community Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC – A gathering of 130 registered nurses and District of Columbia community leaders and residents joined together in the Wilson Building Thursday to express strong support for the Patient Protection Act of 2013. The Act would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. More »

Federal Court Orders Fallbrook Hospital to Return to Talks With Nurses, Rare Court Injunction Issued

Federal Court Orders Fallbrook Hospital to Return to Talks With Nurses, Rare Court Injunction Issued

In a rare legal sanction, a U.S. District Judge in San Diego has issued a federal injunction against Fallbrook Hospital in northern San Diego County, ordering the hospital to immediately return to contract negotiations with its registered nurses, and end its abridgement of the RNs’ legally protected rights. Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued the injunction late Tuesday. It is technically known as a “Section 10(j)” injunction intended to force Fallbrook to comply with federal labor law or face serious penalties that could range from fines to criminal contempt findings if it does not comply. —National Nurses United, 06/12/13 More »

Workplace Violence Legislation Passes Senate

Workplace Violence Legislation Passes Senate

LANSING -- The Michigan Nurses Association is pleased to announce the passage of the Workplace Violence bills, SB 250 and SB 360, out of the Senate today. The bills were sponsored by Senator Goeff Hansen (R-34). —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/12/13 More »

Nurses Take a Stand for 400,000 Patients

Nurses Take a Stand for 400,000 Patients

LANSING -- Members of the Michigan Nurses Association along with patients, community members, labor and supporters today advocated for the 400,000 Michigan citizens who would benefit from Medicaid expansion. The action was held at the Anderson House Building in Lansing prior to the Michigan Competitiveness Committee hearing regarding the proposed waivers to the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Health Care Act federal plan. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/11/13 More »

UMass Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

UMass Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

WORCESTER, MA – The registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann campus voted yesterday to ratify a new three-year contract with UMMMC management that provides the significant staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure that their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/11/13 More »

Nurses to Host Colorful Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 With Call to Stop Keystone XL, Austerity

Nurses to Host Colorful Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 With Call to Stop Keystone XL, Austerity

SAN FRANCISCO – Registered nurses from across the U.S., joined by environmental and Bay Area community activists, will step up the call on the Obama administration to reject approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline with a colorful march and rally at the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday, June 20. The event will be hosted by National Nurses United which cites serious adverse concerns about the Pipeline, a project a prominent NASA scientist warns could mean “game over” on climate change. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC –Registered nurses joined by District of Columbia community leaders and activists will visit DC Council members Thursday to press the case for action on the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and healthcare security for nurses. The agreement between nurse and hospital negotiators, reached late Wednesday night, must still be ratified by the RNs who will vote on the proposals in membership meetings expected to be held next week. The new contracts which cover more than 1,100 RNs expire on May 31, 2016. —California Nurses Association, 06/06/13 More »

NNU and MNU Endorse Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

NNU and MNU Endorse Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

CANTON, Mass — National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States, and its affiliate, the Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, announced today its endorsement of Congressman Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in the June 25 Massachusetts special election. “Congressman Markey is a champion of the issues that matter most to nurses: federal and state legislation to require safe RN-to-patient staffing limits for nurses in acute care hospitals, universal single-payer health care, a robust social insurance program and a financial transaction tax on Wall Street trades that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars every year,” said MNA/NNU President, Donna Kelly-Williams, RN. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

Cokie Giles, RN, president of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) and a working nurse at the endoscopy clinic at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, has been elected as one of the four presidents of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), one of the largest and fastest growing direct-care RN unions in the United States. Maine has been affiliated with the NNOC since 2006. —Maine State Nurses Association/NNOC/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

Federal Government Indicts Sutter Memorial for Violating Labor Law-Trial Set for August 5

The federal agency that oversees labor law has ordered Memorial Medical Center, a Sutter facility located in Modesto, to stand trial on charges that it violated RNs’ right of free speech, guaranteed under federal labor law. An administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct the hearing, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 5 at Region 32 of the NLRB in Oakland. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/13 More »

Rideout Health Group California RNs Ratify New 4-Year Pact

Rideout Health Group California RNs Ratify New 4-Year Pact

It’s a wrap. Registered Nurses at Rideout Health Group facilities in Marysville and Yuba City Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in membership meetings to approve a new four year collective bargaining contract, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. The ratification ends a long effort by the 400 RNs to achieve an agreement that they say will strengthen patient care protections as well as standards for the RNs who work at the Rideout Regional Medical Center in Marysville and Women and Infant Services in Yuba City. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/13 More »

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

The Department of Public Health has just issued its findings regarding the proposed plan by Cambridge Health Alliance to close its nationally recognized child psychiatric unit for the care of young children with acute mental illness (The DPH letter text appears at the end of this release) The DPH finds that this unit provides an essential service that is “necessary for preserving access and health status in the Cambridge Hospital’s service area, which for the children and adolescents it serves extends throughout Eastern Massachusetts.” —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/28/13 More »

RNs, Rideout Health Group Reach Tentative Agreement Nurses Welcome Gains

Registered Nurses who work at Rideout Health Group facilities in Marysville and Yuba City north of Sacramento have reached a tentative agreement on a new four year contract that provides important patient care and economic gains and holds the line on health coverage, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. The settlement will go before RNs for ratification in membership meetings Tuesday, May 28. —California Nurses Association, 05/24/13 More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement-Strike Averted

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement-Strike Averted

After hours of negotiations today the registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University campus reached a tentative agreement with UMMMC management that provides the staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. The settlement averts a strike, which was set to begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/23/13 More »

Big Rallies Today – San Jose and Berkeley

Big Rallies Today – San Jose and Berkeley

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose begin a two-day strike Thursday, May 23 as RNs at five East Bay Sutter hospitals begin the final day of their seven-day walkout. Both walkouts –protests against hospital employer demands for sweeping reductions in RN standards and concerns about patient protections – will feature large mid-day rallies. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/13 More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Strike Update

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Strike Update

Final Round of Talks Scheduled from 2 – 6 p.m. Today at DCU Center. Pre-Strike Rally Tonight at 6 p.m., Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St., Worcester. If Talks Fail, Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike for Safe Patient Care, Thursday, May 23, Beginning at 6 a.m. Nurses Will Picket for 24 hours and will be prepared to re-enter the hospital on May 24 at 6 a.m. to resume care of patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/22/13 More »

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