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RNs Urge Tougher Federal Oversight on Unproven Medical Technology on which Hospitals Spend Billions

RNs Urge Tougher Federal Oversight on Unproven Medical Technology on which Hospitals Spend Billions

National Nurses United is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enact meaningful oversight and public protections on the use of unproven medical technology that is rapidly spreading through the nation’s healthcare system. NNU, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, made its appeal in formal comments submitted Monday to the FDA which has just concluded a comment period on its proposed “Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology Report.” —National Nurses United, 07/08/14 More »

Hearing Today- RNs Step Up Call for Effective Curbs on Insurance Price Hikes at Sacramento Rally

Hearing Today- RNs Step Up Call for Effective Curbs on Insurance Price Hikes at Sacramento Rally

Registered nurses, consumers, community health activists, and patients will rally in Sacramento Wednesday, then attend a legislative hearing in which they will call on state lawmakers to support Proposition 45 on the November ballot to provide effective curbs on insurance premium increases. —California Nurses Association, 07/02/14 More »

RNs to Picket Doctors San Pablo Today, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

RNs to Picket Doctors San Pablo Today, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

Following a decision last Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to table a sales tax to, in part, help embattled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, DMC registered nurses today announced plans to hold a picket today to demand the county assume operation of DMC with existing revenues and retain it as a full service hospital. Anything less than a full service hospital would abandon residents of West Contra Costa County and expose hundreds of thousands of area residents to the threat of no emergency and hospital care in their community, RNs said. —California Nurses Association, 07/01/14 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Endorses Patient Safety Advocates

Michigan Nurses Association Endorses Patient Safety Advocates

Leaders of the Michigan Nurses Association, Michigan’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses, have issued their second of two rounds of endorsements in state House and Senate races. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/30/14 More »

RNs: Rulings Continue Corporate Tilt with Further Attacks on Democracy, Women, Worker’s Rights

RNs: Rulings Continue Corporate Tilt with Further Attacks on Democracy, Women, Worker’s Rights

The Supreme Court ruling today limiting the collective voice of Illinois home care workers continues a dangerous pattern of undermining democracy as well as eroding the rights of workers to have a collective voice through their unions, and signals a desire for broader restrictions, said National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. NNU also blasted a second court ruling sharply limiting access to reproductive healthcare for women by allowing corporations to refuse to provide contraceptive care in health coverage. —National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Holding Hospitals to Account on Charity Care Advance in Sac.

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Holding Hospitals to Account on Charity Care Advance in Sac.

Two major bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that would greatly expand patient access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and hold non-profit hospitals to public accountability on what charity care and community benefits they provide passed key tests in the California legislature Wednesday. —California Nurses Association, 06/26/14 More »

Mt. Desert Island RNs Hold Informational Picket Thursday-Noon Rally Concerning Healthcare Technology

Mt. Desert Island RNs Hold Informational Picket Thursday-Noon Rally Concerning Healthcare Technology

Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital (MDIH), in Bar Harbor, ME will hold an informational picket on Thursday June 26, over ongoing concerns about the safe and proper use of healthcare technology. —Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/24/14 More »

RNs to Picket DMC San Pablo July 1, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

RNs to Picket DMC San Pablo July 1, Stepping Up Call for County to Keep West County Hospital Open

Following a decision Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to table a sales tax to, in part, help embattled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, DMC registered nurses today announced plans to hold a picket July 1 to demand the county assume operation of DMC with existing revenues and retain it as a full service hospital. —California Nurses Association, 06/24/14 More »

Lawrence Gen. Hospital RNs to Hold June 26 Informational Picket to Appeal for Safer Patient Care

Lawrence Gen. Hospital RNs to Hold June 26 Informational Picket to Appeal for Safer Patient Care

In response to excessive patient assignments for nurses and the hospital’s refusal to provide safe RN staffing to ensure appropriate patient care, the registered nurses of Lawrence General Hospital plan to conduct an informational picket outside the entrance to the hospital on Thursday, June 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. to take their concerns directly to the public. —Massachusettes Nurses Association - National Nurses United, 06/24/14 More »

Central Valley RNs and Community Leaders Join Hands with Memorial Nurses in Support of CNA

Central Valley RNs and Community Leaders Join Hands with Memorial Nurses in Support of CNA

TUESDAY RALLY—vote yes for a voice in patient care. Sutter Memorial Medical Center Modesto registered nurses will hold a rally Tuesday in a show of support for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), prior to a federally supervised election scheduled for the 900 RNs to take place June 26 and 27. —California Nurses Association, 06/23/14 More »

TV and Radio Ads Launched on Hospital CEOs Excessive Pay and Storing Public Funds in Cayman Islands

TV and Radio Ads Launched on Hospital CEOs Excessive Pay and Storing Public Funds in Cayman Islands

A TV and radio campaign has been launched to highlight spendthrift hospital CEOs stashing millions of tax dollars in offshore accounts and rewarding themselves with extravagant compensation packages. The launch of the statewide TV and radio campaign is timed to focus on the end of the legislative session. It urges residents to call their state legislators and demand greater transparency in hospital finances. The ad shows two hospital CEOs clicking glasses of champagne on a beach in the Cayman Islands and enjoying a lavish taxpayer subsidized lifestyle. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/23/14 More »

Registered Nurses Applaud Cal/OSHA’s Adoption of Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered Nurses Applaud Cal/OSHA’s Adoption of Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted Thursday to adopt new regulations on safe patient handling that are designed to protect registered nurses and other healthcare workers from patient handling injuries and to provide patients with safe and appropriate care. The board also granted a petition, submitted by the California Nurses Association, requesting that the Cal/OSHA Standards Board establish standards for violence prevention in healthcare workplaces. —California Nurses Association, 06/20/14 More »

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at St. Louise in Gilroy Thursday

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at St. Louise in Gilroy Thursday

Registered nurses, joined by local community leaders, will hold a vigil Thursday at St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, to demand the Daughters of Charity Health System be held to its pledge to protect critical hospital services at St. Louise and several other facilities. For more than a year, Daughters of Charity has been actively soliciting a buy-out partner while failing to make any commitments to the communities served by Daughters hospitals that full services will be maintained. —California Nurses Association, 06/20/14 More »

Bill to Strengthen Workplace Violence Prevention in CA Hospitals Advances Again in Legislature

Bill to Strengthen Workplace Violence Prevention in CA Hospitals Advances Again in Legislature

Legislation to assure California hospitals have stronger measures to reduce workplace violence incidents continues to move forward in the California state legislature as it passed its second Assembly test today. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, was approved by the Assembly Health Committee today, and heads next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration, probably later this summer. The bill won approval by the California Senate last month. —California Nurses Association, 06/18/14 More »

50,000 Signatures Gathered For 2 Ballot Initiatives Ensuring That They Go Before the Voters in Nov.

50,000 Signatures Gathered For 2 Ballot Initiatives Ensuring That They Go Before the Voters in Nov.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today that it has collected and will submit the final round of signatures needed for two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts’ hospitals and ensure that tax dollars for health care are used for patient care not excessive CEO compensation or accounts in the Cayman Islands. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/17/14 More »

Nurses Plan Bake Sale to Raise Money for Wheelchairs and Supplies for MedStar Washington Hospital

Nurses Plan Bake Sale to Raise Money for Wheelchairs and Supplies for MedStar Washington Hospital

MedStar Washington Hospital registered nurses, affiliated with National Nurses United, will conduct a bake sale on Monday to raise funds to help the hospital purchase working wheelchairs and other basic supplies. Nurses working at the region’s largest medical center have reported a critical shortage of basic equipment and supplies that are needed to adequately care for patients. —National Nurses United, 06/13/14 More »

Bill to Step Up Violence Prevention in California Hospitals Continues to Advance in Legislature

Bill to Step Up Violence Prevention in California Hospitals Continues to Advance in Legislature

Legislation to assure California hospitals have stronger measures to reduce workplace violence incidents continues to move forward in the California state legislature as it passed its first Assembly test Wednesday. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee Wednesday, and now heads to the Assembly Health Committee next week. The bill won approval by the California Senate last month. —California Nurses Association, 06/12/14 More »

VA Nurses Urge U.S. Senate to Stand Up for Quality Care, Proper Funding for VA Facilities

VA Nurses Urge U.S. Senate to Stand Up for Quality Care, Proper Funding for VA Facilities

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, which also represents thousands of Veterans Affairs RNs, today called for substantial increases in funding at VA hospitals to ensure that veterans get the care they need – and offered qualified support for a proposal announced last week by Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain to address the much discussed problems at VA facilities. National Nurses United also urged management reforms for the VA and a measure to ensure that nurses are empowered to advocate for quality care for patients. NNU said it opposes proposals that might decrease the quality of care by allowing VA funds to be used at private health care corporations. —National Nurses United, 06/10/14 More »

7 in 10 Doctors Favor Pending Legislation to Call for Greater Transparency of Hospital Finances

7 in 10 Doctors Favor Pending Legislation to Call for Greater Transparency of Hospital Finances

Survey findings released as hospital CEOs gather for three days of golf, fine dining and networking at the luxurious chatham bars inn on Cape Cod. As well-heeled hospital CEOs plan to gather for three days of golf, lavish receptions and networking at one the state’s most luxurious resorts on the Cape, a new survey of the state’s doctors finds that most doctors (58%) have seen these executives cut valuable patient care services in order to increase profits, and 7 in 10 believe that greater transparency of hospital finances would help protect funding for needed services. —Massachusettes Nurses Association - National Nurses United, 06/10/14 More »

Registered Nurses Urge Cal/OSHA to Adopt Proposed Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered Nurses Urge Cal/OSHA to Adopt Proposed Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered nurses, affiliated with the California Nurses Association, traveled to Sacramento from throughout the state today to urge the Cal/OSHA Board to adopt new regulations on safe patient handling and to petition regulators to establish standards for workplace violence prevention. The proposed safe patient handling regulations are designed to protect registered nurses and other healthcare workers from patient handling injuries and to provide patients with safe and appropriate care. The regulations were developed over the past year to enforce Assembly Bill 1136, the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act. —California Nurses Association, 06/10/14 More »

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