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Resolutions call for Baystate Health System to Meet Healthcare Needs in Franklin County

Resolutions call for Baystate Health System to Meet Healthcare Needs in Franklin County

MONTAGUE, Mass — Residents of Montague cast an overwhelming vote last night to approve a resolution placed on the warrant for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, which calls upon Baystate Health System to ensure and maintain a broad range of health services at nearby Baystate Franklin Medical Center and to prevent the further erosion of services once available at BFMC that are now only offered in Springfield. The passage of this resolution in Montague follows a similar vote by the residents of Deerfield on April 29. The full text of the resolution can be found at the end of this release. More »

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago nurses will hold a town hall meeting Monday night to call public attention to a state legislation that would dramatically improve patient safety in Illinois hospitals by setting limits on the number of patients per nurse, along with other patient protections. In addition to nurses, patients, community allies and legislators will be present. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/02/13 More »

Adequate and Stable Nurse Staffing Is Key to Improving Care for Heart Failure Patients

Adequate and Stable Nurse Staffing Is Key to Improving Care for Heart Failure Patients

New Study Finds Nurse Staffing Plays Important Role in Implementation of Measures That Improve Care for Heart Failure Patients in Rural Hospitals. Ensuring that heart failure patients receive optimal care can be difficult, particularly in rural hospitals. Now a new study suggests that rural hospitals may be better able to ensure high-quality care if they have lower nursing turnover and better practice environments. —Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 05/01/13 More »

Napa Landslide. Queen of the Valley RNs: Vote by 64% to Join California Nurses Association

Napa Landslide. Queen of the Valley RNs: Vote by 64% to Join California Nurses Association

Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to affiliate with the state’s premiere organization of RNs, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/01/13 More »

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington’s biggest private hospital, Washington Hospital Center, will stand trial in July on charges by the federal government on charges of refusing to disclose critical information regarding patient safety to the union representing hospital nurses. —National Nurses United, 04/30/13 More »

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Forty-three religious leaders of Washington, DC’s many faith groups announced their support today of the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —NNU / HEAL DC, 04/25/13 More »

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Registered Nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro, Ca. have ratified a new collective bargaining contract that provides for additional patient care protections, new hospital rules to assure a safer work environment to stem workplace violence, and economic gains. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/13 More »

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 2,000 people, decked out in Robin Hood hats and with giant puppets of Wall Street bankers descended on DC today to demand President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew stop pursuing austerity and instead support a financial transaction tax on Wall Street, commonly referred to as a “Robin Hood Tax.” —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 04/20/13 More »

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Hundreds of registered nurses will participate in a late afternoon rally today to show support for major DC legislation that would require minimum safe staffing in DC hospitals to protect patients. The Patient Protection Act, a bill to set specific limits on the number of patients RNs can safely care for in every district hospital, along with other patient protections, was introduced in early February by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and nine other council members. —Heal DC / National Nurses United, 04/19/13 More »

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Washington, D.C. - With the Capitol as backdrop, and joined by representatives of organizations comprising the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today reintroduced The Inclusive Prosperity Act, HR 1579, a financial transaction tax that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue annually at a time of great need, and allow the U.S.to join the rest of the world in a growing system of financial transaction taxes. —National Nurses United, 04/17/13 More »

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter Novato Community

Breakthrough Occurs As Hospital Drops Over 40 Concession Demands. Registered nurses have reached a tentative contract settlement with one more Sutter hospital, Novato Community in northern Marin County, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 04/15/13 More »

War Memorial Nurses’ Community 5K Will Raise Funds for New ER

War Memorial Nurses’ Community 5K Will Raise Funds for New ER

SAULT STE. MARIE – War Memorial Nurses Association and the Michigan Nurses Association invite the community to participate in their second annual charity race: “Expanding for the Long Run” – a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 4. The nurses are donating proceeds from the family-friendly event to a new WMH Emergency Department to increase the safety and efficiency of patient care. —Michigan Nurses Association, 04/12/13 More »

UMass Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a Strike

UMass Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a Strike

WORCESTER, MA – In response to deteriorating patient care conditions, the registered nurses who work at the Worcester-based hospital campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) cast an overwhelming vote tonight to authorize a one-day strike as management continues to refuse to agree to desperately needed improvements in staffing levels at this major tertiary care provider. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/12/13 More »

Diminished Patient Protection Forces Steward-Quincy Medical Center Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike

Diminished Patient Protection Forces Steward-Quincy Medical Center Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike

To protest dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital, registered nurses at Cerberus-Steward owned Quincy Medical Center will conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11. The strike will be the first nurses’ strike at a Greater Boston hospital in more than 25 years and it has been sanctioned by the most overwhelming nurses strike vote in Massachusetts history. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/10/13 More »

New Agreement Moves MNA Nurses, Marquette General Forward

New Agreement Moves MNA Nurses, Marquette General Forward

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Nurses Association and Marquette General Hospital recently finalized an agreement that enables the hospital’s 457 registered nurses to keep focusing on providing safe, quality care for patients at the region’s fastest-growing and most prominent medical facility. —Michigan Nurses Association, 04/10/13 More »

No Grand Bargain; Elderly Women Hit Hardest

No Grand Bargain; Elderly Women Hit Hardest

The largest U.S. organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United (NNU), issued its strongest warning today: Cuts in Social Security and Medicare would do harm to America’s elderly and disabled, vulnerable populations whose resources already place them in the margins. NNU called upon lawmakers to withdraw from all considerations of these cuts. Although Social Security contributes nothing to the federal deficit, Congress could increase revenue for the Social Security trust fund by raising the payroll tax income limit. —National Nurses United, 04/08/13 More »

Federal Mediator Calls for Negotiations Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses and Cerberus-Steward

Federal Mediator Calls for Negotiations Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses and Cerberus-Steward

QUINCY, MA — A federal mediator has scheduled a meeting between the Quincy Medical Center nurses, and Cerberus-Steward Health Care on Monday, April 8 at 10 a.m. prior to the nurses’ one-day unfair labor practice strike on April 11. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/05/13 More »

RNs Ratify New Pact with Sutter San Francisco Hospitals

RNs Ratify New Pact with Sutter San Francisco Hospitals

Registered nurses at two San Francisco Sutter hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective bargaining contract for the 800 RNs represented by the California Nurses Association who work at the two facilities. —California Nurses Association, 04/05/13 More »

MNA/NNU Statement Opposing the Cambridge Health Alliance Plan to Close Needed Child Psychiatric Beds

MNA/NNU Statement Opposing the Cambridge Health Alliance Plan to Close Needed Child Psychiatric Beds

CHA Plans to Close 11 Psychiatric Treatment Beds for Young Children With Acute Mental Illness. The Loss of CHA’s Psychiatric Beds Comes at a Time of a Critical Shortage of Beds for Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness in the State, When Children Languish for Days or Even Weeks in Hospital EDs Waiting for These Beds. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/04/13 More »

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Legislation to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax exempt status passed its first hurdle Tuesday in the California Assembly Health Committee overcoming opposition from California’s biggest hospital corporations and its allies. —California Nurses Association, 04/03/13 More »

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