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Victory for TX Nurses

Victory for TX Nurses

In a major win for nurses, patients and three Texas communities, registered nurses in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville gave final approval to contracts yesterday in first-ever collective bargaining agreements. The agreements make significant strides for working conditions for RNs, patient care standards and the quality of care at the four facilities. —NNU Press Release, 09/06/12 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) in Lancaster, California will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest eroding patient care conditions at the hospital and the administration’s hard-line stance in talks for a new contract. Some 900 RNs at the facility are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. RNs cite deteriorating care conditions, especially in safe staffing, at the hospital that they say are consistently putting patients at risk on a daily basis. —CNA Press Release, 09/05/12 More »

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Registered nurses who live and work in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district today asked him to name his price to hold a public town hall so the patients they take care of every day know how much they have to pay to express concerns and publicly ask questions about his plan to end Medicare and make them pay thousands of dollars more for health care each year. Just a week after spending days in Florida generating support for re-election from fellow Republicans, Benishek will head to Grand Rapids on Wednesday for a $1,000-a-person fundraiser with special guest U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/04/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

“We’re glad to see Sparrow officials taking steps to protect staff and patients. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should not have to worry about being attacked while helping others, yet far too often they experience violence on the job. These matters must be taken seriously. The Michigan Nurses Association also continues to push for state legislation that strengthens penalties against those who assault healthcare workers. Everything possible should be done to ensure that our hospitals are safe for all health care professionals and every patient we take care of.” —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

“The nurses at Franklin Medical Center with this vote have said that they will not accept proposals that will cut into their ability to deliver quality patient care, they will not allow Baystate to take away their union rights, and they will stand and fight to protect their community hospital. Most of our members are life time, or long time community members. Franklin Medical Center is our hospital and we will continue our struggle to keep it a community hospital,” said Donna Stern, RN co-chair of the 209 member bargaining unit. —Massachusetts Press Release, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

CHEBOYGAN – As Congress continues its 5-week recess, the Michigan Nurses Association renewed its call today for Congressman Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) to take a break from campaigning and hold public town hall meetings to discuss his votes to end Medicare while giving millionaires additional tax breaks. Michigan Citizen Action and Protect Your Care Michigan joined the nurses in demanding that Benishek, who is in Florida this week for the National Republican Convention, listen to the concerns of his constituents at home. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/30/12 More »

Manhattan VA Hospitals Nurses Put Patient Care Issues To Community

Manhattan VA Hospitals Nurses Put Patient Care Issues To Community

Registered nurses at the Manhattan VA Hospital, part of the New York Harbor Healthcare System, are to participate in informational leafleting on Wednesday, August 29, to share with the community details of conditions within the facility that they believe undercut patient care standards. The nurses are members of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country. —NNU Press Release, 08/29/12 More »

NNU Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to Top 100 Most Influential Healthcare List for 11th Straight Year

NNU Director RoseAnn DeMoro Named to Top 100 Most Influential Healthcare List for 11th Straight Year

National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has won national recognition once again as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” – the only advocate for nurses or other working people on a list published annually by Modern Healthcare, a prominent national healthcare industry publication. —NNU, 08/27/12 More »

RNs Denounce Sutter’s Devastating Closure of Major Unit for Chronic Severely Ill Patients

RNs Denounce Sutter’s Devastating Closure of Major Unit for Chronic Severely Ill Patients

Registered nurses from throughout the Bay Area will join their Sutter nurse colleagues Thursday in front of Herrick Hospital to protest the large hospital chain’s closure of another vital healthcare service, the pulmonary sub-acute unit (PSAU), the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 08/23/12 More »

Children to Hold Lemonade Stand to Fight to Keep Kaiser Hayward’s Pediatrics Unit Open

Children to Hold Lemonade Stand to Fight to Keep Kaiser Hayward’s Pediatrics Unit Open

HAYWARD-Children, parents, and concerned community members along with RNs will be picketing and selling lemonade Wednesday at noon to protest Kaiser Permanente’s plans to close in 2014 the pediatrics unit in Hayward, for children in need of hospitalization, the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United announced today. Wednesday’s action is part of a growing and heated battle to keep the unit open;in mid-April a spirited protest was attended by more than 400 people. —CNA press release, 08/20/12 More »

Save Our State from the Bungling Billionaires

Save Our State from the Bungling Billionaires

Nurses, Teachers, Scour Yacht Club Tuesday to Expose Secret Wealthy Donors to Anti-Prop. 30 Campaign —CNA press release, 08/20/12 More »

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Citizens should be allowed to vote on protecting the collective bargaining rights that enable nurses to protect patients and negotiate for safe staffing that saves lives, members of Michigan’s largest association of registered nurses said today. —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/16/12 More »

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

MUSKEGON – The registered nurses at Mercy Health Partners-Hackley Campus have negotiated a new contract that improves patient-to-nurse staffing and creates a safe environment for nurses and patients. “Nurses know how many patients a nurse cares for at one time makes a difference in how well that patient can be treated,” said Cindra Bringedahl, an RN working in the Endoscopy unit. “Having appropriate staffing means that we will have enough nurses to take care of our patients.” —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/15/12 More »

New Report: California Non-Profit Hospitals Save Billions While Providing Little Charity Care

New Report: California Non-Profit Hospitals Save Billions While Providing Little Charity Care

Private, not-for-profit hospitals, which dominate the California hospital landscape, rack up tax exemption benefits of close to $2 billion a year beyond what they return to communities in charity care, according to a new report released today. —IHSP: Institute for Health & Socio-Economic Policy, 08/15/12 More »

Sacramento Hearing, Rally Wednesday: What Do Hospitals Provide in Return for Non-Profit Status?

Sacramento Hearing, Rally Wednesday: What Do Hospitals Provide in Return for Non-Profit Status?

Do California not-for-profit hospitals return an equitable benefit to the state and local communities for the huge tax privileges they receive for their nonprofit status? Do they provide sufficient levels of charity care? Are they publicly accountable? Are their actions adequately measurable and transparent? —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

RNs Oppose Prop. 32

RNs Oppose Prop. 32

Would Erode Voice of Nurses, Further Shift Policy Influence to Corporate Interests. Calling the proposal a “cynical fraud that would silence the voices of nurses and other workers in public policy,” the California Nurses Association today announced it is joining with labor, community, consumer, and good government organizations to oppose Proposition 32 on the state’s November election ballot. —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

Nation’s Largest Nurses Organization Backs Raul Grijalva

Nation’s Largest Nurses Organization Backs Raul Grijalva

Calling him one of the “premiere advocates for nurses and working people in the U.S. Congress,” National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, today announced its endorsement of Rep. Raul Grijalva for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

Sacramento Hearing, Rally to Shine Spotlight - Aug. 15th

Sacramento Hearing, Rally to Shine Spotlight - Aug. 15th

Do California not-for-profit hospitals return an equitable benefit to the state and local communities for the huge tax privileges they receive for their non-profit status? Do they provide sufficient levels of charity care? Are they publicly accountable? Are their actions adequately measurable and transparent? —CNA Press Release, 08/10/12 More »

Enloe Nurses Cite Gains in Break Relief, Retirement, Compensation in New Contract Agreement

Enloe Nurses Cite Gains in Break Relief, Retirement, Compensation in New Contract Agreement

Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center have approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Chico hospital that they say will strengthen patient care standards, increase access to their retirement plans, and improve compensation that will help with retention and recruitment of RNs. —CNA Press Release, 08/08/12 More »

Governor Signs Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Governor Signs Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

BOSTON, MA - Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United were at the State House today to witness Governor Deval Patrick’s signing of a new health care cost containment law that includes a ban on the dangerous practice of utilizing mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe registered nurse staffing levels in the state’s acute care hospitals. —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 08/06/12 More »

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