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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 »

Sacramento Nurse Heads to the Philippines Part of National Nurses’ Ongoing Typhoon Relief Effort

Sacramento Nurse Heads to the Philippines Part of National Nurses’ Ongoing Typhoon Relief Effort

Part of National Nurses' Ongoing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Effort. While many are settling back into regular routines after the holiday break, registered nurse Diane McClure, an RN at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center in Sacramento, CA is starting the new year by traveling to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 01/13/14 More »

Nurses to Protest Sutter Alta Bates Summit’s Latest Cuts

Nurses to Protest Sutter Alta Bates Summit’s Latest Cuts

Care Austerity Contrasted with Big Exec Pay Increases. Registered Nurses will picket Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Berkeley hospital on Wednesday, January 15 to protest Sutter corporation’s latest announced cuts of patient services and nurses and other caregivers. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/14 More »

Alarming New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

Alarming New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

California Hospitals on Average Third Highest in U.S. With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation’s largest nurses organization today showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/14 More »

USC Nurses Approve New Pact

USC Nurses Approve New Pact

Registered nurses at Keck Hospital of USC and Norris Cancer Hospital rang in the New Year with a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. The new pact, which expires at the end of April 2017, and covers 800 RNs protects the health coverage for their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains. Nurses voted to accept the contract last Friday. —California Nurses Association, 01/03/14 More »

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

As Next Delegation Set to Deploy to Philippines. The latest group of registered nurse volunteers, who have been at working providing medical care to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, return tonight and Saturday. But the disaster relief program established by National Nurses United is far from over – another group is already in formation with plans to head to the Philippines in early January. —RNRN/NNU, 12/20/13 More »

500 RNs March on Kaiser Permanente Headquarters Say ‘Don’t Be Reason for Unsafe Holiday Season’

500 RNs March on Kaiser Permanente Headquarters Say ‘Don’t Be Reason for Unsafe Holiday Season’

Nurses Protest Closures, Cuts in Hospital Care. More than 500 registered nurses from Kaiser facilities throughout Northern California, joined by patients, other hospital workers, and community supporters, marched on Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland, Ca. headquarters with a call to on the HMO giant to stop the reductions in hospital care. Singing holiday-themed carols – “Kaiser better watch out, better not cut, better not reduce our RN staff, the California nurses are in town,” and echoing chants like, “we want justice for our patients,” the RNs stepped up what has been a fall campaign of protest. —California Nurses Association, 12/19/13 More »

Nurses to HMO Giant Kaiser: Nurses and Patients Shall Not Be Scrooged!

Nurses to HMO Giant Kaiser: Nurses and Patients Shall Not Be Scrooged!

Nurses Celebrate Holidays with Protest at HMO Kaiser Headquarters. Registered Nurses from Kaiser facilities throughout Northern California will gather in downtown Oakland Thursday to celebrate the holiday season with a protest rally outside Kaiser Headquarters. The celebration begins with with caroling and a toy and food drive at the headquarters of the California Nurses Association, followed by a march to Kaiser Headquarters for a protest rally. —California Nurses Association, 12/18/13 More »

California Pacific, San Francisco, RNs Say ‘Yes’ to CNA

California Pacific, San Francisco, RNs Say ‘Yes’ to CNA

Resisting a heavy-handed pressure campaign by their employer and frontline managers, registered nurses at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus, Sutter Health’s largest hospital in San Francisco, have voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 12/16/13 More »

Nurses Again #1 in Honesty, Ethics, 14 of 15 Years in Gallup Poll

Nurses Again #1 in Honesty, Ethics, 14 of 15 Years in Gallup Poll

In what has become a holiday tradition, nurses are once again viewed as the most trusted profession in the U.S., according to an annual Gallup survey conducted December 5 to 8. —National Nurses United, 12/16/13 More »

Two Northern California RNs Return from Disaster Relief Mission to Philippines as NNU Effort Goes On

Two Northern California RNs Return from Disaster Relief Mission to Philippines as NNU Effort Goes On

Two Northern California registered are returning from a medical relief mission to a typhoon-ravaged region of the Philippines, even as more RNs this week left to continue a volunteer effort sponsored by the Registered Nurse Response Network of National Nurses United. Jane Sandoval, an RN community activist who works at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, returns tonight. Lyn Tirona, a Kaiser Sacramento RN, returned earlier this week. Both spent about two weeks on the ground, mostly on Panay, an island in the direct path of the storm. —California Nurses Association, 12/13/13 More »

Nurses Postpone Dignity Health Protests Friday  as Dignity Requests Talks to Resolve Dispute

Nurses Postpone Dignity Health Protests Friday as Dignity Requests Talks to Resolve Dispute

Candelight rallies planned at Dignity Health hospitals across California and Nevada this Friday to protest a threatened rollback in retirement benefits were put on hold late Wednesday after company officials agreed to meet over any potential changes in the Dignity retiree health plan. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses Protest Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s Refusal To Bargain in Good Faith

Nurses Protest Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s Refusal To Bargain in Good Faith

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket and rally on Thursday to protest management's continued unwillingness to take serious action at the bargaining table. Sutter Tracy RNs held a candlelight vigil two weeks ago to alert the public to conditions in the hospital and to unacceptable positions by management at the bargaining table. —California Nurses Association, 12/11/13 More »

Today-Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical

Today-Keep Manteca Safe Committee Welcomes “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical

The seniors and nurses of the Keep Manteca Safe Committee are applauding the announcement by the California Alliance for Retired Americans that the senior advocacy group will host the “Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center” today, Dec. 11th, from 1-3 p.m., at the Manteca Transit Center, Moffat Blvd. at S. Main St. “We welcome the opportunity to be heard,” said committee member Jackie Rudy, a resident of the Woodbridge by Del Webb retirement community in Manteca. “These cuts and closures are causing real harm to seniors and people throughout the area.” —California Nurses Association, 12/11/13 More »

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