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Nurses Urge Federal Court to Grant TRO to Prevent Doctors San Pablo Closures

Nurses Urge Federal Court to Grant TRO to Prevent Doctors San Pablo Closures

The United States District Court, Northern District of California today set a hearing for 3:00 p.m. today to determine whether to grant a temporary restraining order to halt the closure of Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo. —California Nurses Association, 08/12/14 More »

CAAA and California Nurses Association Fight Gender Bias in Workers’ Compensation Insurance

CAAA and California Nurses Association Fight Gender Bias in Workers’ Compensation Insurance

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians hurt at work, today joined the California Nurses Association (C.N.A.) in calling for elimination of gender bias against female first responders through passage of AB 2616 (Skinner). —California Nurses Association and California Applicants' Attorneys Association, 08/12/14 More »

Press Conference TODAY—Keep Seton a Full Service Hospital

Press Conference TODAY—Keep Seton a Full Service Hospital

Daly City Mayor David Canepa, registered nurses, represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, and local residents, will hold a press conference today outside Seton Medical Center to demand that the facility remains a full-service acute care hospital. It is believed the Daughters of Charity Health System will make a decision on a buyer for their seven hospitals in California sometime in the next two months. —California Nurses Association, 08/11/14 More »

Nurses Demand Immediate Halt to Doctors San Pablo Ambulance Diversions and Bed Closures

Nurses Demand Immediate Halt to Doctors San Pablo Ambulance Diversions and Bed Closures

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United condemned Contra Costa County officials for its lackluster response to keeping Doctors Medical Center (DMC) open as a full-service hospital today, after an announcement that the hospital will no longer be accepting ambulances, and beds would be capped at fifty. —California Nurses Association, 08/07/14 More »

Kaiser Still Avoiding Contract Talks with RNs As Nurses Outline Widespread Patient Care Concerns

Kaiser Still Avoiding Contract Talks with RNs As Nurses Outline Widespread Patient Care Concerns

With Kaiser Permanente registered nurses stepping up their alarm about the erosion of patient care standards, Kaiser officials Thursday once again failed to attend a planned collective bargaining session with RN nurse negotiators. Kaiser refused to join talks today even though the RNs went to a site for negotiations, at an Oakland hotel, that Kaiser had proposed, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United, which represents 18,000 Kaiser RNs at 21 hospitals and 66 clinics announced. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/07/14 More »

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16 in California

RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16 in California

Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville, Ca. will hold a three-day strike beginning Thursday, August 14 in the latest protest against demands by hospital executive for sharp reductions in health coverage, and the hospital’s refusal to address concerns about patient care conditions, especially safe staffing. Nurses say relations with local hospital officials have been aggravated by a hard line pushed by corporate executives at Tennessee-based Community Health Systems which now operates the former locally owned and operated hospital in Watsonville. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 08/06/14 More »

RNs to Strike August 14 at Three Bay Area Hospitals. Safe Staffing, Patient Care Key Concerns

RNs to Strike August 14 at Three Bay Area Hospitals. Safe Staffing, Patient Care Key Concerns

Registered nurses at three Bay Area hospitals, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Watsonville Community Hospital will strike on Thursday, August 14 citing common concerns about safe staffing and other patient care needs. Watsonville RNs will strike for three days; Queen of the Valley and Sutter Tracy RNs will strike for one day. —California Nurses Association, 08/04/14 More »

RNs Voice Patient Care Concerns as Kaiser Officials Fail to Show Up for First Day of Contract Talks

RNs Voice Patient Care Concerns as Kaiser Officials Fail to Show Up for First Day of Contract Talks

Several hundred Registered Nurses joined an impromptu speak out Thursday warning “the model of care at Kaiser is leading to more harm and less care for our patients” on what was expected to be the first day of contract talks with Kaiser Permanente officials. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

Fight to Save DMC Heightens with Spirited March Followed by Unanimous Richmond Council Vote

Fight to Save DMC Heightens with Spirited March Followed by Unanimous Richmond Council Vote

SAN PABLO—Several hundred nurses, patients (many in wheelchairs), religious and community leaders, and elected officials marched yesterday from Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo to West Contra Costa Health Clinic, where an energetic rally followed. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

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 »

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