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Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General RNs Blast Misguided Priorities of Charges over Care

Marin General Hospital registered nurses will present a patient care report outlining their patient safety concerns to the Marin Healthcare District Board Tuesday evening. The nurses have compiled an extensive list detailing specific incidents of unsafe patient care conditions throughout the hospital over the last 14 months that remain unaddressed by both the hospital board of directors and management. Top nurse management were well aware of the patient safety concerns of the nurses who have documented through assignment despite objection forms (ADOs) every major incident where care was compromised. —California Nurses Association, 03/10/14 More »

RNs Welcome Updated Legislation to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

RNs Welcome Updated Legislation to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today welcomed the 2014 introduction of legislation to hold non-profit hospitals more accountable on meeting their charity care and community benefit obligations. AB 503, jointly authored by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski of Fremont and Assembly member Rob Bonta of Oakland, addresses what CNA calls a rampant abuse of what the hospitals report in how they provide charity care and community benefit programs in exchange for maintaining their tax exempt status. CNA/NNU is the sponsor of the bill. The Greenlining Institute and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation are initial co-sponsors. —California Nurses Association, 03/04/14 More »

Federal Court Blocks Sutter Alta Bates Summit Bid to Roll Back RN Jobs, Health Coverage

Federal Court Blocks Sutter Alta Bates Summit Bid to Roll Back RN Jobs, Health Coverage

A U.S. federal court judge late Friday blocked an attempt by Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to unilaterally impose sweeping cuts on its entire registered nurse workforce that threatened job rights and health coverage for 1,700 RNs in Oakland and Berkeley. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg issued a temporary restraining order finding that the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which brought the request, “has shown that its member nurses are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief,” and that a TRO “is in the public interest.” —California Nurses Association, 03/03/14 More »

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Proposes Nurses Accept Short-Staffing and Deteriorating Conditions

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Proposes Nurses Accept Short-Staffing and Deteriorating Conditions

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket on Thursday to protest management's continued refusal to take serious action on substantive contract issues after over twenty months at the bargaining table. Safe patient care has been a key focus in contract negotiations between Sutter management and the nurses who voted in March 2012 to affiliate with the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. Management continues to thwart the bargaining progress and stifle RNs efforts to improve conditions at the hospital, nurses say. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser Permanente registered nurses will be holding a vigil Thursday to denounce major patient care reductions proposed for the new Oakland facility which is currently under construction and expected to open this summer, the California Nurses Association announced today. Kaiser is attempting to cut 75 nursing positions in the move to the new hospital. But nurses across all units said that they are responsible for more patients per shift than ever before. The reduction in direct-care RNs comes at a time when six out of 10 insured Californians have Kaiser, a number that is expected to increase significantly under the Affordable Care Act. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

As a national march convenes Saturday morning in Los Angeles for action to address the growing crisis of climate change, registered nurses will be on hand to highlight the human toll of the climate crisis. A 9 a.m. rally at Wilmington Waterfront Park in Wilmington, Ca, adjacent to C Street near the port will be followed by a march, which is the first leg of a national series of actions intended to build public demand for real solutions to address the worsening climate crisis. —CNA/ NNU, 02/25/14 More »

Nurses Call on California Board to Adopt Strong Standards to Stem Hospital Workplace Violence

Nurses Call on California Board to Adopt Strong Standards to Stem Hospital Workplace Violence

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will step up the call today for tougher state standards to stem a growing problem of workplace violence in California hospitals. At a Sacramento hearing this morning before the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, CNA RNs will describe how too many hospitals have lax standards and protocols for responding to workplace violence. The hearing was set for this morning at the State Resources Building Auditorium. —California Nurses Association, 02/20/14 More »

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

It’s official. The federal government has upheld the vote by registered nurses at San Francisco’s largest private hospital, and largest non-union facility, Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus with 800 RNs, to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.Federal Board Upholds Vote by Sutter California Pacific, SF’s Largest Hospital, to Join CNA —California Nurses Assoctiation / NNU, 02/14/14 More »

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Message to Kaiser—“Stop Breaking Our Hearts!” Denial of care is the theme this Valentine's Day in Manteca as senior citizens and registered nurses from Kaiser Manteca and Modesto prepare to protest the loss of vital services at the hospital with a candle light vigil Friday, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association / NNU, 02/13/14 More »

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Registered nurses at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will hold a press conference Thursday outside the hospital’s Oakland facility to alert the public to an escalating crisis in safe patient care because of chronic short staffing that RNs say is ignored by hospital management. More »

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Over the past year alone, Alta Bates Summit RNs have submitted to hospital managers some 500 reports of what they say are unsafe assignments required of the RNs. Yet hospital officials routinely ignore the problems and fail to fix the problems that are now widespread affecting units throughout the Oakland and Berkeley hospitals, RNs note. —California Nurses Association / NNU, 02/12/14 More »

Vigil in Hayward Today, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Nurses Support a Healthy Future for St. Rose Hospital

Vigil in Hayward Today, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Nurses Support a Healthy Future for St. Rose Hospital

The Registered Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward will conduct a candlelight vigil today to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. In December 2012, after several years of mismanagement at St. Rose, the RNs voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association. Since that time, RNs have actively sought to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves some of their existing standards, and also improves them so that RNs can provide the best patient care. —California Nurses Association, 02/06/14 More »

California RNs Hold Protest Vigils Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers

California RNs Hold Protest Vigils Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers

Vigil Tonight 5 pm - 7 pm outside Watsonville Community Hospital, 75 Neilson St. Watsonville, CA. Registered nurses will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Watsonville Community Hospital, in Watsonville, CA to protest the firing of a registered nurse whistleblower by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week. —California Nurses Association, 01/31/14 More »

Protest Vigils Set Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers on Patient Safety

Protest Vigils Set Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers on Patient Safety

Registered nurses will hold candlelight vigils tonight and tomorrow night to protest the firing of two registered nurse whistleblowers by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week. The vigils will be held tonight outside Fallbrook Community Hospital near San Diego and tomorrow night at Watsonville, Ca. Community Hospital. More »

Fallbrook RN Candlelight Vigil Protest Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. San Diego RNs Decry Fallbrook Firing of RN

Fallbrook RN Candlelight Vigil Protest Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. San Diego RNs Decry Fallbrook Firing of RN

Hospital chain CHS defies court orders to end illegal retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego County are holding a candlelight vigil protest on Thursday evening in support of Veronica Poss, the Fallbrook Hospital nurse who was unjustly fired on Monday by her hospital’s corporate owner, Community Health Systems, (CHS), the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), reported today. The union immediately filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Fallbrook for the termination of Poss. —California Nurses Association, 01/29/14 More »

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

CHS Defies Court Orders to End Illegal Retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Just weeks after speaking out at a national press conference about rampant patient safety problems at the nation’s largest hospital chain, two registered nurse leaders have been targeted for termination by Community Health Systems, National Nurses United (NNU) reported today. —National Nurses United, 01/28/14 More »

Fed. Judge Orders CHS Ohio Hospital to Bargain With RNs & End Illegal Retaliation for Union Activity

Fed. Judge Orders CHS Ohio Hospital to Bargain With RNs & End Illegal Retaliation for Union Activity

Rare Third Court Order in a Year Against Major Hospital Chain. A U.S. District Court Judge has delivered a sweeping cease and desist injunction requiring Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh to end its lawless behavior in refusing to bargain with its registered nurses and engaging in repeated illegal discipline and harassment of its RNs. The ruling, issued January 22 by U.S. District Court Judge John Adams of the Northern Ohio District, is the third injunction within a year against affiliates of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, now the nation’s largest hospital chain, for rampant violations of federal labor law. —NNOC/NNU, 01/24/14 More »

RNs Rally Today at Berkeley Hospital to Protest Cuts

RNs Rally Today at Berkeley Hospital to Protest Cuts

Registered nurses at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will hold a large protest today to protest what they say are wildly misplaced priorities as the hospital hands out huge pay increases for top executives and sets hospital charges at well beyond their cost while pushing major cuts for patients and registered nurses. Sutter’s East Bay Regional President David Bradley received pay increases of 64 percent, 43 percent and 19 percent the last three years, 2010 through 2012, and now draws a salary of just under $2 million a year, according to Sutter IRS filings. —California Nurses Association, 01/15/14 More »

Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

They say the hospital is understaffed and is releasing patients prematurely to save on costs. Wait times for women in labor have become increasingly long at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. That's according to Jenna Dran, a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit, who said that it's not uncommon for mothers preparing to give birth to spend hours in the waiting room and in triage before they are admitted to their own rooms. —East Bay Express, 01/15/14 More »

California 3rd in Nation in High Hospital Charges

California 3rd in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Nurses Warn of Ongoing Harm for Patients Needing Care. New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that California hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. California ranks third nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 451 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average California hospital charges $451 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. —National Nurses United, 01/13/14 More »

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