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Bill to Strengthen Workplace Violence Prevention in CA Hospitals Advances Again in Legislature

Bill to Strengthen Workplace Violence Prevention in CA Hospitals Advances Again in Legislature

Legislation to assure California hospitals have stronger measures to reduce workplace violence incidents continues to move forward in the California state legislature as it passed its second Assembly test today. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, was approved by the Assembly Health Committee today, and heads next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration, probably later this summer. The bill won approval by the California Senate last month. —California Nurses Association, 06/18/14 More »

Bill to Step Up Violence Prevention in California Hospitals Continues to Advance in Legislature

Bill to Step Up Violence Prevention in California Hospitals Continues to Advance in Legislature

Legislation to assure California hospitals have stronger measures to reduce workplace violence incidents continues to move forward in the California state legislature as it passed its first Assembly test Wednesday. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, and sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee Wednesday, and now heads to the Assembly Health Committee next week. The bill won approval by the California Senate last month. —California Nurses Association, 06/12/14 More »

Registered Nurses Urge Cal/OSHA to Adopt Proposed Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered Nurses Urge Cal/OSHA to Adopt Proposed Stronger Safe Patient Handling Regulations

Registered nurses, affiliated with the California Nurses Association, traveled to Sacramento from throughout the state today to urge the Cal/OSHA Board to adopt new regulations on safe patient handling and to petition regulators to establish standards for workplace violence prevention. The proposed safe patient handling regulations are designed to protect registered nurses and other healthcare workers from patient handling injuries and to provide patients with safe and appropriate care. The regulations were developed over the past year to enforce Assembly Bill 1136, the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act. —California Nurses Association, 06/10/14 More »

Fight to Save Doctors San Pablo Moves to Pleasant Hill Town Hall Forum-Thursday

Fight to Save Doctors San Pablo Moves to Pleasant Hill Town Hall Forum-Thursday

RNs, public say sales tax proposal good step towards fulfilling County’s obligation to provide care for indigent. Registered nurses, joined by community residents repeatedly urged the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors at their monthly meeting yesterday, to prevent the threatened closure of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo by taking over operation of the troubled facility. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Federal Agency Seeks Court Order to Require Sutter Memorial to Stop Illegal Actions vs. RNs

Federal Agency Seeks Court Order to Require Sutter Memorial to Stop Illegal Actions vs. RNs

RNs to vote on joining CNA as employer steps up anti-democratic tactics against nurses’ rights. The National Labor Relations Board Wednesday morning petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to order Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Modesto to properly post federal notices informing employees that it is required to stop engaging in illegal harassment and other pressure tactics to coerce registered nurses to vote against their right to form a union. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Public Pressure Builds to Restore Services to Kaiser Manteca Picket and Rally Tuesday

Public Pressure Builds to Restore Services to Kaiser Manteca Picket and Rally Tuesday

Seniors, nurses push city council to adopt resolution at meeting following rally. A growing coalition of seniors, registered nurses, religious leaders, and community members are holding a series of actions on Tuesday in their campaign to restore Kaiser Manteca to a full-service, acute-care hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 06/02/14 More »

RNs to Contra Costa Supervisors: Act Now to Stop Closure of Doctors San Pablo Hospital

RNs to Contra Costa Supervisors: Act Now to Stop Closure of Doctors San Pablo Hospital

The RNs, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United have been calling on the County to step up to the plate and assume responsibility for management and operation of the hospital and its emergency room as a full service hospital. The facility could close as soon as July. The Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the county administration building, 651 Pine St. in Martinez. CNA RNs have stepped up a widespread community effort to keep the hospital open and have it run by the county as essential to protecting access to critical hospital and emergency services in West Country Costa County. RNs note that DMC provides 60 percent of the emergency care in the region, some 40,000 patients a year and has 79 percent of the hospital beds. —California Nurses Association, 06/02/14 More »

RN-Backed Bill to Step Up Hospital Violence Prevention Takes Big Step in Passing Senate

RN-Backed Bill to Step Up Hospital Violence Prevention Takes Big Step in Passing Senate

A bill to step up efforts to prevent workplace violence in California hospitals took a major step forward today by winning approval in the California State Senate, making it the third significant legislation sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United to win approval over the last two days. SB 1299, the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act introduced by Senator Alex Padilla, would require that hospitals establish workplace violence prevention plans including strong personnel education and planning programs and systems to assess and mitigate factors that contribute to violence in the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/14 More »

RN-Sponsored Bill to Expand Patient Choice on Access to Care Wins Approval in California Assembly

RN-Sponsored Bill to Expand Patient Choice on Access to Care Wins Approval in California Assembly

Landmark legislation to break insurance network restrictions passes key vote. A major bill that sets a new national standard for breaking through rigid restrictions on patient choice of doctors, hospitals and other medical providers set by insurance companies won approval in the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/14 More »

Pressure Builds to Save Doctors San Pablo-Town Hall #2-Thursday-Hercules

Pressure Builds to Save Doctors San Pablo-Town Hall #2-Thursday-Hercules

Public demands on county to save vital hospital grows at packed Richmond town hall. Campaign to access funds from 6.5 % increase in tax revenue builds for June 3 Supervisor meeting. As West Contra Costa residents gear up for the second of three town hall meetings this Thursday in Hercules. —California Nurses Association, 05/28/14 More »

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at Seton Thursday

RNs, Community Leaders to Hold Vigil at Seton Thursday

RNs Call to Keep Full Services Open As Daughters of Charity Chain Seeks Buyer Without Commitment to Community. Registered nurses, joined by local community leaders, will hold a vigil Thursday at Seton Medical Center in Daly City to demand the Daughters of Charity Health System be held to its pledge to protect critical hospital services at Seton and several other facilities. For more than a year, Daughters of Charity has been actively soliciting a buy-out partner while failing to make any commitments to the communities served by Daughters hospitals that full services will be maintained. —California Nurses Association, 05/27/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil at St. Vincent Med Center Thursday

RNs to Hold Vigil at St. Vincent Med Center Thursday

RNs call to keep full services open as daughters of charity chain seeks buyer without commitment to community. Registered nurses, joined by local community leaders, are calling on public officials to demand the Daughters of Charity Health System be held to its pledge to protect critical hospital services at St. Vincent Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles and several other facilities. For more than a year, Daughters of Charity has been actively soliciting a buy-out partner while failing to make any commitments to the communities served by Daughters hospitals that full services will be maintained. —California Nurses Association, 05/27/14 More »

RNs Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

RNs Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

More than 150 registered nurses and community members held a somber candlelight vigil May 22 night in honor of Jenevieve Dagatan, a 6-month old infant who died in April after being discharged after an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. “Kaiser failed my family and daughter when they sent us home from the emergency room telling us to just give her Pedialyte and over the counter medicine. It was only when we came back for the second time and demanded treatment that they caught her meningitis. But it was too late and now our little Jenevieve is gone,” Jenevieve’s mother, Andrea Olguin, told CNA/NNU. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting

RICHMOND- Some 300 West Contra Costa County registered nurses, seniors, religious leaders and community members packed the first of three town hall meetings May 22 that are intended to step up efforts to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC), and its emergency room open as a full service hospital. The next Town Hall meeting will be May 29 in Hercules, the California/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced. The May 29 and June 5 town hall meetings will be held in Districts IV and V, where the highest proportions of working class, African American and/or senior residents who stand to be most affected by a closure reside. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have overwhelmingly approved their first collective bargaining agreement, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United announced today. The new two-year pact includes gains on economic security, staffing and workplace violence prevention, and also rejects what had been management demands for reductions in the existing standards for nurses. St. Rose RNs ratified the agreement in membership meetings Thursday. "When we overwhelmingly voted for CNA, we knew it was the best thing for all of us, but winning an excellent first contract is just as powerful,” said Tricia Munoz, Telemetry RN and nurse negotiator. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting Closure Would Result in Major Healthcare Crisis

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting Closure Would Result in Major Healthcare Crisis

CA Nurses file charges with Office of Civil Rights, citing medical redlining, call on federal authorities to intervene. West Contra Costa County registered nurses, seniors, religious leaders and community groups are stepping up efforts to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC), and its emergency open as a full service hospital as they go door to door to advertise the first of three town hall meetings to be held Thursday at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, the California/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

RNs to Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

Registered nurses will hold a somber candlelight vigil Thursday night in honor of a 6-month old infant who died in April after being discharged after an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. Kaiser closed the Hayward pediatrics unit in November leaving over 100,000 families in southern and central Alameda County without access to hospitalization for children under 18 in their own communities. The in-patient pediatric facility saw 1,800 families every year who must now travel to Oakland, San Jose or even Roseville on congested freeways for needed care. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/14 More »

Sutter Modesto RNs File for Election to Join CA Nurses Assn. and Gain Voice in Patient Care

Sutter Modesto RNs File for Election to Join CA Nurses Assn. and Gain Voice in Patient Care

Registered nurses at Sutter Modesto Memorial Medical Center filed for an election today with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). Modesto Memorial RNs began organizing after seeing the gains made by thousands of other CNA/NNU represented Sutter RNs throughout Northern California. The NLRB will now determine a date to hold a federally supervised secret ballot election for the 850 RNs that will be held at the facility in Modesto. Key issues cited by the nurses are inadequate RN-to patient staffing and requirements that RNs work in clinical areas without the appropriate clinical expertise and orientation, both of which are a risk to patient safety, and hospital respect for RNs and their voice in patient care decisions. —California Nurses Association, 05/16/14 More »

St. Rose RNs, Hayward Reach Agreement on First Contract

St. Rose RNs, Hayward Reach Agreement on First Contract

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have reached tentative agreement with hospital officials on their first collective bargaining agreement that includes important gains on economic security, staffing and workplace violence prevent, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United announced today. St. Rose was one of the last remaining non-union hospitals for RNs in the Bay Area – until St. Rose RNs voted by 91 percent to join CNA in December, 2012. CNA represents 300 RNs at St. Rose. —California Nurses Association, 05/14/14 More »

Thursday- Seniors Host Lemonade Stand in Fight to Restore Critical Services at Kaiser Manteca

Thursday- Seniors Host Lemonade Stand in Fight to Restore Critical Services at Kaiser Manteca

Community questions need for cuts when HMO reports $12 million a day in profits in 2014 first quarter. Seniors from the Manteca area will be selling lemonade in front of Kaiser Permanente Manteca Thursday at 11:00 a.m. to protest the escalation of cuts in patient care services at the facility, the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United announced today. “We have paid a lifetime of premiums to Kaiser and for them to abandon us as we get older and need hospital care is appalling,” said Rich Paul, a local resident. “Many of us chose to retire in Manteca and bought homes in this area because there was a full-service hospital here. Kaiser charges us thousands of dollars a year in premiums and they want more. So we’re selling lemonade to help restore services.” —California Nurses Association, 05/14/14 More »

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