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1,000 Nurses Call on Congress to Act Now on Patient Safety

More than 1,000 registered nurses from across the country rallied in Washington DC Wednesday, raising an unprecedented, unified voice for patient safety reforms and new, national standards for patient care conditions and standards for nurses. —Press Release, 05/13/10 More »

Beyond Insurance: Ensuring Quality Care - 1,000 Nurses to Gather in DC

Up to 1,000 registered nurses from Maine to California will gather in Washington, DC for National Nurses Week this Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11 and 12 to press the case for moving beyond insurance reform to improving the quality of care in U.S. hospitals and other healthcare settings. The two day event, hosted by the nation's largest nurses' union and professional association, National Nurses United, will feature a march rally a of RNs who will press for landmark patient safety legislation now in Congress, including a bill that would establish national standards based on a California law that a major new academic study documents has dramatically reduced hospital patient deaths. —Press Release, 05/10/10 More »

RNs at Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital Vote to Reaffirm Membership in National Nurses United

RNs at Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital Vote to Reaffirm Membership in National Nurses United

In a dramatic expression of support for the aspirations of Texas registered nurses to have a stronger voice to speak out for patients and themselves, RNs at Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital in Houston voted today to remain members of National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas, the state’s affiliate of National Nurses United, the national union and professional association for RNs. —Press Release, 04/28/10 More »

Temple Unions Ratify New Contracts, Declare Victory after Strike

After 28 days on strike, the members of PASNAP, the union that represents 1500 nurses, professionals and technical employees at Temple University Hospital, voted overwhelmingly to accept the new contract agreements. After three ratification votes held throughout the day, the total members voting was 1075 with 97% in favor —Press Release, 04/28/10 More »

Nurses Call on Governor to Take Immediate, Common-Sense Steps to Improve Board of Registered Nursing

Following the defeat of a misguided bill to deal with problems at the healing arts boards, including the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), the California Nurses Association today called for Governor Schwarzenegger to take immediate common-sense steps to address the problems. —Press Release, 04/22/10 More »

Queen Meg to Make Appearance April 22 at Beverly Hills Fundraiser

Beverly Hills will be graced with a new kind of royalty this Thursday, April 22 as Queen Meg of California makes her first triumphant appearance before her adoring subjects. Queen Meg will headline a fundraising event featuring some of the wealthiest names in the national Republican court, including Sen. John McCain and Governors Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. —Press Release, 04/21/10 More »

The Evidence is In - California RN-to-Patient Ratios Save Lives

A major new study led by one of the nation's most eminent nurse researchers provides compelling new evidence that California's landmark RN-to-patient staffing law reduces patient mortality, assures nurses more time to spend with patients, and substantially promotes retention of experienced RNs. —Press Release, 04/20/10 More »

Bill to Protect Taxpayer-Backed District Hospital Assets Advances in State Senate

A bill to assist communities struggling to protect district hospital services in the face of the erosion of care by corporate hospital chains like Sutter Health advanced in the California Senate today. SB1240, introduced by Senator Ellen Corbett and sponsored by the California Nurses Association, passed the Senate Local Government Committee on a 3-2 vote. It now heads to the Senate Health Committee. —Press Release, 04/07/10 More »

Saint John’s Nurses Launch Website to Support Campaign for RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Registered Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center today launched a website, www.SaintJohnsNurses.org, detailing their campaign to organize with the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United for collective patient-advocacy rights. —Press Release, 04/07/10 More »

After the cameras have gone home…National RN Relief Group Kicks off Next Round in Haiti Deployment

A team of registered nurse volunteers from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas will depart for Haiti Friday morning for a nine-day deployment at Hopital Sacre Coeur, the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United (NNU), announced today. —Press Release, 04/06/10 More »

St. John’s RNs Say Harassment of Nurses Continues Following Trial

Registered nurses at Santa Monica’s St. John’s Health Center said today hospital officials are continuing harassment of nurse activists even after being put on trial by the federal government for charges that it violated RN rights. —Press Release, 03/26/10 More »

Lifesaving Bills Filed in Florida Legislature to Guarantee Patient Safety Improvements

Lifesaving Bills Filed in Florida Legislature to Guarantee Patient Safety Improvements

National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida and National Nurses United today announce that the Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2010 has been filed in the state legislature by authors Rep. Oscar Braynon and Sen. Tony Hill and will be known as HB 1283 and S 2316 —Press Release, 03/10/10 More »

Nurses, Fair Elections Advocates to Deliver “Prop. 15 Disinfectant Cleanser” to Lobbyists

Registered Nurses and advocates for fair elections will deliver a case of “Prop. 15 disinfectant cleanser” to a group sworn to defeating the campaign-finance initiative. The “lobbyists for lobbyists” have promised to spend “millions of dollars”* to block this effort to clean up money in politics, and have even sued to knock the initiative off the ballot and deny voters their say. —Press Release, 03/09/10 More »

St. Johns Hospital on Trial for Attacking RNs’ Rights

The federal agency that oversees labor law has ordered St. Johns Health Center, located in Santa Monica and a part of the Catholic chain, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, to stand trial on charges that it violated the rights of its registered nurses. The National Labor Relations Board is prosecuting the hospital for unlawful harassment of nurse leaders, engaging in illicit spying of RNs, and interrogating nurses about union activity, among other serious violations. —Press Release, 03/05/10 More »

RNs Reach Settlement at St. Joseph, Eureka Hospital Cite Gains for Patients, Security for RNs

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say bring significant improvements in patient care protections and economic gains for the RNs. —Press Release, 03/04/10 More »

California Nurses Association Cheers Eden District Board for Courage to Overturn Sutter Decision

Malinda Markowitz, RN, co-President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee issued the following statement in the wake of this week’s vote by the Eden Township District Health Board to sue Sutter Health over conflicts of interest and cancel the Memorandum of Understanding that is the basis of Sutter’s attempts to close down San Leandro Hospital. —Press Release, 02/28/10 More »

California Insurers Denied Over 26% of All Claims in 2009

Seven of California’s biggest insurance companies rejected more on average more than one-fourth of all payment claims in the second half of 2009, according to new data just released by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee and its national arm, National Nurses United. —Press Release, 02/25/10 More »

Nurses from Across Texas to March in Corpus Christi in Support of Patient Advocacy Protections

Nurses from across Texas will march and rally in Corpus Christi Tuesday February 23rd to demand hospitals across the state recognize their democratic rights to associate and advocate individually and collectively for their patients - rights that were recently affirmed locally when the Christus Spohn hospital system agreed to end retaliation and intimidation of nurses who had spoken up on behalf of their patients. The nurses are leaders in NNOC-Texas (the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas), which counts over 10,000 nurse activists in the Lone Star State and is affiliated with National Nurses United, the professional association and union for RNs. —Press Release, 02/23/10 More »

Florida Nurses Unite Feb. 17 in Tallahassee to Demand Lifesaving Patient Safety Improvements

Hundreds of registered nurses from across Florida will travel to Tallahassee this Feb. 16 and 17 to march, rally, and advocate for the new Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2010, introduced by Rep. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens) and Sen. Tony Hill (D- Jacksonville). —Press Release, 02/16/10 More »

Nurses Blast 39% Anthem Blue Cross Rate Hike “Stronger Medicine Needed to End Insurance Abuses”

The nation's largest union and professional organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United, today joined the national condemnation of Anthem Blue Cross for imposing rate hikes of up to 39 percent for Californians with individual policies, but said the outrage must "go beyond words to action to end insurance abuses once and for all." —Press Release, 02/09/10 More »

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