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Kaiser RNs to Press Patient Care Concerns As Talks on New Contract Open Thursday

Kaiser RNs to Press Patient Care Concerns As Talks on New Contract Open Thursday

Representing 18,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners, the Kaiser RN nurse negotiating team will open talks Thursday with Kaiser Permanente on a new collective bargaining agreement affecting 21 Kaiser hospitals and 66 clinics throughout Northern and Central California. —National Nurses United, 07/30/14 More »

On Medicare’s 49th Birthday Statewide Actions Call to: Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare for All

On Medicare’s 49th Birthday Statewide Actions Call to: Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare for All

On Medicare's 49th birthday, Wednesday, July 30, the Campaign for a Healthy California plans actions in 14 cities throughout California to celebrate Medicare's successful provision of guaranteed health care to millions of elderly senior and disabled Americans for nearly half a century. —National Nurses United, 07/29/14 More »

The Nurses’ Solution to Save DMC—County Must Run DMC and Chevron Must Pay its Fair Share

The Nurses’ Solution to Save DMC—County Must Run DMC and Chevron Must Pay its Fair Share

SAN PABLO—Registered nurses from throughout Contra Costa County will be joined by a broad and expanding number of organizations and individuals in a march and rally Wednesday calling for Chevron and the County to step in to keep Doctors Medical Center open. —National Nurses United, 07/28/14 More »

A New Sign And Fresh Paint Isn’t Enough

A New Sign And Fresh Paint Isn’t Enough

Nurses at Verdugo Hills Hospital will rally tomorrow in protest the University of Southern California’s failure to sufficiently improve patient care and labor standards since acquiring the hospital one year ago. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

Kaiser RNs Set to Open Contract Talks -Voice Concern About Erosion of Patient Care Standards

Kaiser RNs Set to Open Contract Talks -Voice Concern About Erosion of Patient Care Standards

With contract talks affecting more than 18,000 Kaiser Permanente registered nurses who work in 86 Kaiser hospitals and clinics throughout Northern and Central California set to open next week, RNs today renewed their call to press the HMO/hospital giant to put the breaks on the growing erosion of care standards nurses say put patients at risk. —National Nurses United, 07/24/14 More »

RNs, Veterans to Hold Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

RNs, Veterans to Hold Speak Out at San Diego VA with Call for Action to Improve Patient Care

Registered nurses at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in San Diego, joined and supported by veteran service members, will hold a public speak out Wed. to outline immediate steps the medical center should take to improve patient care at the VA hospital. More »

No More Excuses: Contra Costa County Property Tax Windfall Can Save DMC

No More Excuses: Contra Costa County Property Tax Windfall Can Save DMC

Registered nurses, joined by community leaders and residents announced today that since the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors now knows the county will receive a $19 million increase in property tax revenue over last year, they have no excuse but to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo operating as a full service hospital. —California Nurses Association, 07/08/14 More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Fight to Save Doctors San Pablo Moves to Pleasant Hill Town Hall Forum-Thursday

Fight to Save Doctors San Pablo Moves to Pleasant Hill Town Hall Forum-Thursday

RNs, public say sales tax proposal good step towards fulfilling County’s obligation to provide care for indigent. Registered nurses, joined by community residents repeatedly urged the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors at their monthly meeting yesterday, to prevent the threatened closure of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo by taking over operation of the troubled facility. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

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