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RNs at Saint John’s in Santa Monica File to Join CNA, Seek Safer Staffing, Improved Standards

Registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica have petitioned the federal labor board for an election to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Press Release, 04/12/11 More »

Nurses to Present Community Protest Petition Tonight

Palomar Pomerado Health District registered nurses will present a community protest petition to the PPH Healthcare District Board of Trustees tonight with a petition signed by hundreds of area residents sharply criticizing priorities by the hospital district that have undermined public trust in the district, eroded safety, and exposed the district to public ridicule. —Press Release, 04/11/11 More »

Despite Reserves, San Mateo County Proposes Crippling 15% Healthcare Budget Cut

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association will join local patients this Tuesday, March 29 to protest as the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meets to consider a 15 percent healthcare budget cut that would devastate the county’s healthcare safety net. —Press Release, 03/28/11 More »

California Nurses to Testify for Hospital Workplace Violence Bill, A.B. 30 (Hayashi)

Tomorrow, Deborah Burger, RN, and co-president of the California Nurses Association (CNA) will testify, before the Assembly Health Committee in support of A.B. 30 – legislation that aims to prevent the escalating tide of workplace violence occurring throughout California’s hospitals. The law will hold hospitals accountable for implementing more effective policies to protect nurses and patients alike in healthcare settings. —Press Release, 03/21/11 More »

Children’s Hospital Oakland RNs Say No to Management Plans to Slash Healthcare Benefits

Registered nurses from Children’s Hospital Oakland will rally outside the Oakland facility Thursday, March 17 to protest management’s efforts to sharply reduce current healthcare coverage for nurses and their families. The hospital has indicated that they also intend to cut health benefits for other hospital workers as well. —Press Release, 03/16/11 More »

California Nurses Association Endorses Leland Yee for San Francisco Mayor

California Nurses Association Endorses Leland Yee for San Francisco Mayor

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association have endorsed State Senator Leland Yee for mayor of San Francisco. —Press Release, 03/15/11 More »

State of California Fines Children’s Hospital Oakland for “Serious” Safety Violations

Registered nurses from Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO) will hold a media availability to discuss citations issued today by CalOSHA, citing the medical center’s failure to comply with mandated security regulations that have put staff and patients in danger over a three-year period. —Press Release, 02/22/11 More »

New Bill Would Boost Patient Safety in California Hospitals

SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced today by State Sen. Leland Yee and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United would strengthen California’s landmark safe hospital staffing law by stepping up enforcement to enhance patient protections. —Press Release, 02/18/11 More »

California Bill Would Protect Nurses, End Gender Bias in Current State Law

If nurses get injured on the job, shouldn’t they be eligible for workers compensation? Presumably yes—but not according to the law in California. —Press Release, 02/14/11 More »

New Pact Approved for 17,000 Kaiser California RNs

Thousands of registered nurses and nurse practitioners at more than 60 hospitals and medical offices in Northern and Central California have voted nearly unanimously to approve a new three-year contract with Kaiser Permanente, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —Press Release, 02/10/11 More »

Nurse, Patients, Consumer Protest Prompts Blue Shield to Delay Massive Rate Hike

Blue Shield’s announcement today that it would agree to a short, 60-day delay in a gargantuan rate hike was the direct outcome of a protest in front of the insurance giant’s corporate offices in San Francisco, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United which called the protest. —Press Release, 02/01/11 More »

Patients and RNs to March on Blue Shield HQ to Protest Rate Hike Outrage

(SAN FRANCISCO) California patients hurt by Blue Shield’s efforts to sharply hike rates will join members of the California Nurses Association and local healthcare advocates at a major protest against Blue Shield’s actions. —Press Release, 01/28/11 More »

Hundreds To Protest as Billionaires Gather to Plan 2011-2 National Political Agenda in Palm Springs

Rancho Mirage: Led by the Courage Campaign, Common Cause and the California Nurses Association, a diverse coalition of good government advocates will gather in Rancho Mirage, CA on Sunday, January 30 to protest a gathering convened by the Koch Brothers, secretive far-right billionaires whose corporate agenda has brought harm to America’s economy and undermined the middle class. —Press Release, 01/28/11 More »

New Three-Year Pact Means Important Improvements For 17,000 California Kaiser RNs in 61 Facilities

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and Kaiser Permanente have tentatively agreed to a new three-year contract with significant improvements for 17,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in 21 hospitals and 40 medical office buildings across Northern and Central California, CNA/NNU announced today. —Press Release, 01/11/11 More »

Watsonville RNs Hold Holiday Picket for Safer Patient Care

Dozens of Registered Nurses from Watsonville Community Hospital joined a holiday picket December 23 to protest patient care problems throughout the facility. —Press Release, 12/23/10 More »

San Francisco Passes Nationally Significant Legislation Advancing Healthcare via Planning Process

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association, along with their patients and community healthcare advocates, cheered yesterday when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed historic legislation to allow the City to consider the impact on access and equity to healthcare when deciding whether to approve planning proposals for medical facilities. The program calls for a Healthcare Services Master Plan to be drafted to better coordinate care across the city, and restores the mission of the long-defunct West Bay Health Systems Agency to regional healthcare planning to increase access. After the master plan is completed through a public process, medical institutions seeking entitlements from the Planning Department would need to demonstrate that their services meet city needs for healthcare or offer other significant public benefits. —Press Release, 11/17/10 More »

Nurses Gather to Honor Fallen Hero Cynthia Palomata, RN on Wed. Nov. 10

The California Nurses Association is inviting friends, neighbors, patients, and community leaders to a special vigil this Wednesday, Nov. 10 to honor the life and bravery of RN Cynthia Palomata, who was killed by a patient she was caring for last month. CNA will hold the vigil Wednesday in Martinez, Calif. near the Contra Costa jail where Palomata was killed. —Press Release, 11/09/10 More »

Calif. Nurses Congratulate Gov.-Elect Brown & Sen. Boxer

The California Nurses Association today offered congratulations to Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and returning U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer for their impressive, double-digit election wins, and to California voters for providing a national alternative to the conservative, corporate-oriented economic program that won so many other races nationwide. —Press Release, 11/03/10 More »

Following the Death of a RN Killed on the Job - CA Nurses Call For Better Protections

In the wake of the reported death of a registered nurse, who was assaulted Monday by an inmate at Contra Costa County's correctional facility in Martinez, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called for urgent reforms to crack down on a disturbing trend of violence in all facilities where medical care is provided. Assembly member Mary Hayashi has pledged to sponsor new legislation to be introduced as early as December. —Press Release, 10/28/10 More »

Watsonville Hospital Seeks to Prolong Dispute with RNs By Imposing Lockout Following One-Day Strike

Watsonville Community Hospital registered nurses today said the former community hospital, now part of a mega national for-profit chain, is threatening to prolong the dispute with its RNs by imposing a lockout following Tuesday's one-day strike. Watsonville RNs held the strike to call attention to the hospital's refusal to address the nurses' concerns about serious staffing shortages and the risk it poses to patient safety. The 300 Watsonville RNs are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Press Release, 10/26/10 More »

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