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National Nurse Protest in Support of Univ. of Calif. RNs’ Right to Strike for Patient Safety

Registered nurses from throughout California and the nation will join their University of California Medical Center colleagues Friday to protest UC’s attempt to silence nurses by blocking their right to strike for patient safety. In recent weeks, thousands of registered nurses across the country fighting for safe patient staffing have taken similar actions. —Press Release, 06/16/10 More »

RNs Blast Six Months of Inaction by California Health Dept. on Unsafe Care

Six months after registered nurses filed a complaint with the California Department of Public Health regarding sweeping and pervasive patient care problems at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, state officials have yet to act, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. —Press Release, 06/15/10 More »

Queen Meg Makes Major “Wealthcare Not Healthcare” Policy Proposal Before Hundreds of Nurses: Tue

Queen Meg of California will kick off her fall campaign this Tuesday by unveiling her “wealthcare not healthcare” policy proposal at an appearance before hundreds of nurses and other working Californians, who will be protesting outside the Goldman Sachs 31st Annual Global Conference on Healthcare in Century City Tuesday. —Press Release, 06/14/10 More »

Little Company of Mary San Pedro Hospital Unlawfully Locks out its Nurses

12,000 California RNs Continue to Push for Safe Staffing Around the State Today. Little Company of Mary San Pedro Hospital has unlawfully locked out is registered nurses for five days Thursday morning, despite the fact that its union, the California Nurses Association rescinded its one-day strike notice on Wednesday. The center of the dispute is safe nurse-to-patient staffing, which is critical to both patient safety and retention of experienced RNs and recruitment of new nurses. —Press Release, 06/10/10 More »

Univ. of Calif. Medical Center RNs Continue to Push for Safe Staffing with Rallies Around the State

Registered nurses at University of California medical centers today blasted university administration for attacking the right of nurses to strike to correct on-going staffing problems at UC by obtaining a court restraining order barring a walkout planned for Thursday, and said they will continue to take whatever steps necessary to resolve the serious staffing problems at the hospitals. The nurses, who are represented by the California Nurses Association, will hold rallies at UC medical centers Thursday to press their on-going case for safe staffing. —Press Release, 06/09/10 More »

University of California RNs Head to Court to Defend Right to Strike for Safer Patient Staffing, Jun

University of California registered nurses will be in court Tuesday to defend their democratic right to strike over their concerns about eroding patient care conditions in UC medical centers. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday at 11 a.m. in San Francisco Superior Court, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, on efforts by the UC administration and the Gov. Schwarzenegger-dominated Public Employee Relations Board to block the right of nurses to strike. —Press Release, 06/07/10 More »

Nurses Call on Governor to Take Immediate, Common-Sense Steps to Improve Board of Registered Nursing

Following the defeat of a misguided bill to deal with problems at the healing arts boards, including the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), the California Nurses Association today called for Governor Schwarzenegger to take immediate common-sense steps to address the problems. —Press Release, 04/22/10 More »

Queen Meg to Make Appearance April 22 at Beverly Hills Fundraiser

Beverly Hills will be graced with a new kind of royalty this Thursday, April 22 as Queen Meg of California makes her first triumphant appearance before her adoring subjects. Queen Meg will headline a fundraising event featuring some of the wealthiest names in the national Republican court, including Sen. John McCain and Governors Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. —Press Release, 04/21/10 More »

The Evidence is In - California RN-to-Patient Ratios Save Lives

A major new study led by one of the nation's most eminent nurse researchers provides compelling new evidence that California's landmark RN-to-patient staffing law reduces patient mortality, assures nurses more time to spend with patients, and substantially promotes retention of experienced RNs. —Press Release, 04/20/10 More »

Bill to Protect Taxpayer-Backed District Hospital Assets Advances in State Senate

A bill to assist communities struggling to protect district hospital services in the face of the erosion of care by corporate hospital chains like Sutter Health advanced in the California Senate today. SB1240, introduced by Senator Ellen Corbett and sponsored by the California Nurses Association, passed the Senate Local Government Committee on a 3-2 vote. It now heads to the Senate Health Committee. —Press Release, 04/07/10 More »

Saint John’s Nurses Launch Website to Support Campaign for RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Registered Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center today launched a website, www.SaintJohnsNurses.org, detailing their campaign to organize with the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United for collective patient-advocacy rights. —Press Release, 04/07/10 More »

St. John’s RNs Say Harassment of Nurses Continues Following Trial

Registered nurses at Santa Monica’s St. John’s Health Center said today hospital officials are continuing harassment of nurse activists even after being put on trial by the federal government for charges that it violated RN rights. —Press Release, 03/26/10 More »

Nurses, Fair Elections Advocates to Deliver “Prop. 15 Disinfectant Cleanser” to Lobbyists

Registered Nurses and advocates for fair elections will deliver a case of “Prop. 15 disinfectant cleanser” to a group sworn to defeating the campaign-finance initiative. The “lobbyists for lobbyists” have promised to spend “millions of dollars”* to block this effort to clean up money in politics, and have even sued to knock the initiative off the ballot and deny voters their say. —Press Release, 03/09/10 More »

St. Johns Hospital on Trial for Attacking RNs’ Rights

The federal agency that oversees labor law has ordered St. Johns Health Center, located in Santa Monica and a part of the Catholic chain, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, to stand trial on charges that it violated the rights of its registered nurses. The National Labor Relations Board is prosecuting the hospital for unlawful harassment of nurse leaders, engaging in illicit spying of RNs, and interrogating nurses about union activity, among other serious violations. —Press Release, 03/05/10 More »

RNs Reach Settlement at St. Joseph, Eureka Hospital Cite Gains for Patients, Security for RNs

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say bring significant improvements in patient care protections and economic gains for the RNs. —Press Release, 03/04/10 More »

California Nurses Association Cheers Eden District Board for Courage to Overturn Sutter Decision

Malinda Markowitz, RN, co-President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee issued the following statement in the wake of this week’s vote by the Eden Township District Health Board to sue Sutter Health over conflicts of interest and cancel the Memorandum of Understanding that is the basis of Sutter’s attempts to close down San Leandro Hospital. —Press Release, 02/28/10 More »

California Insurers Denied Over 26% of All Claims in 2009

Seven of California’s biggest insurance companies rejected more on average more than one-fourth of all payment claims in the second half of 2009, according to new data just released by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee and its national arm, National Nurses United. —Press Release, 02/25/10 More »

California’s Leading Reform Organizations to Chair California Fair Elections Campaign

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Fair Elections campaign today announced that the League of Women Voters of California, the California Clean Money Action Fund, California Common Cause, and the California Nurses Association will co-chair the campaign to pass the California Fair Elections Act on the June 8, 2010 ballot. Authored by Loni Hancock and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ballot measure would establish a voluntary pilot public financing program for the 2014 and 2018 Secretary of State races. —Press Release, 01/11/10 More »

California Senate Approves RN-Sponsored Bill To Reduce Workplace Violence in Hospitals

California Senate Approves RN-Sponsored Bill To Reduce Workplace Violence in Hospitals

The California Senate late Monday approved a bill intended to reduce a growing number of incidents of workplace violence in hospitals. SB 718 is authored by Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The bill next hears to the Assembly Health Committee. —California Nurses Association More »

RNs to Unveil New Findings on California Hospital Charges

RNs to Unveil New Findings on California Hospital Charges

In the wake of Medicare data just released on individual hospital charges, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will unveil new findings on how much hospitals jack up their charges on total costs in a Tuesday press conference in Sacramento. —California Nurses Association More »

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