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National Nurses United Endorses Orange & May for Re-Election to the DC Council

National Nurses United Endorses Orange & May for Re-Election to the DC Council

WASHINGTON, DC-- National Nurses United, the nation's largest organization of registered nurses, today endorsed At-large Councilmember Vincent Orange and Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May for re-election to the District of Columbia Council. More »

Nurses to Join Protest Monday Outside the Supreme Court

Nurses to Join Protest Monday Outside the Supreme Court

Nurses from Washington to California will gather on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning to warn that a controversial case targeting worker and union rights poses a significant threat to public health, safety and quality of life, warned National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/08/16 More »

Nurses Urge Council to Pass Legislation to  Ensure Hospital Safety

Nurses Urge Council to Pass Legislation to Ensure Hospital Safety

Washington, D.C. -- Registered nurses today urged the District of Columbia Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services to promptly pass legislation to ensure that hospitals create plans and take necessary action to protect patients, health care workers, and others from violence in hospitals. More »

Today- Nurse Fired for Union, Patient Advocacy Joins White House Summit on Worker Voice

Today- Nurse Fired for Union, Patient Advocacy Joins White House Summit on Worker Voice

A California registered nurse, fired by a major Los Angeles area hospital for speaking out for union representation and patient protections, will be in the White House Wednesday, is participating in a White House Worker Voice Summit. —National Nurses United, 10/07/15 More »

DC Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

DC Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a rally and lobby day in Washington DC. The celebration is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The overall theme is "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie," i.e. to Protect, Improve and Expand (PIE) Medicare to cover everyone. —National Nurses United, 07/23/15 More »

DC Council Committee Passes Key Bill to Protect Hospital Patients with Safe RN Staffing

DC Council Committee Passes Key Bill to Protect Hospital Patients with Safe RN Staffing

Registered nurses who work in hospitals across the District of Columbia applauded a vote today by the District Council’s Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs to approve safe hospital staffing legislation that would improve public safety and protect vulnerable hospital patients. The BCRA committee approved the bill by a vote of 4 to 1. —National Nurses United - Heal DC, 07/07/15 More »

Tentative Pact for Registered Nurses at DC’s Biggest Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Tentative Pact for Registered Nurses at DC’s Biggest Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Registered nurses at Washington DC’s largest hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials Monday on a new collective bargaining contract that achieves significant patient care as well as economic improvements that nurses say will promote RN recruitment and retention. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Washington DC, 06/01/15 More »

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Registered nurses will mark International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —Global Nurses United/National Nurses United, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses Join Rep. DeLauro to Oppose Fast-Track Authority

Nurses Join Rep. DeLauro to Oppose Fast-Track Authority

Dozens of registered nurses from around the U.S. will join Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), for a news conference Thursday, Feb 26 at noon, to oppose “fast track” authority for the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that nurses say pose a significant threat to public health and democracy. —National Nurses United, 02/24/15 More »

Today Nurses Hold Vigil, Urge MWHC Execs to Work With Them to Address Problems

Today Nurses Hold Vigil, Urge MWHC Execs to Work With Them to Address Problems

The RNs' strike, and the hospital's subsequent lockout, were preceded by management's refusal to bargain in good faith and continued actions to undermine discussion. In November, hospital executives acted unilaterally, and illegally, in implementing their most recent position and declared an impasse, despite the fact that the registered nurses were ready and willing to continue negotiations with hospital executives to protect quality patient care and safe working conditions. —National Nurses United, 12/30/14 More »

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center to Hold One-Day Strike December 22

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center to Hold One-Day Strike December 22

Registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), part of the Medstar Health hospital chain,will hold a one-day strike commencing Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. and ending Tuesday, Dec. 23. at 6:59 a.m. —National Nurses United, 12/19/14 More »

Senate Asked to Oppose CROmnibus Unless Wall Street Gifts, Wealthy Donors, Pension Attacks Removed

Senate Asked to Oppose CROmnibus Unless Wall Street Gifts, Wealthy Donors, Pension Attacks Removed

Citing fatal flaws in new handouts to Wall Street, wealthy donors, and an attack on the living standards of pensioners, National Nurses United today called on U.S. Senators to oppose the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (CROmnibus) unless those provisions are removed. —National Nurses United, 12/12/14 More »

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center Set One-Day Strike for December 22

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center Set One-Day Strike for December 22

Registered nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in the District of Columbia announced today that they plan a one-day strike on December 22. The strike has been announced due to unfair labor practices committed by hospital executives and refusal to fairly address matters of health, safety and equity for patients and nurses. —National Nurses United, 12/11/14 More »

Providence Hospital RNs Cite Patient Care, Economic Gains in First Ever Union Contract

Providence Hospital RNs Cite Patient Care, Economic Gains in First Ever Union Contract

Registered nurses at Providence Hospital have won their first ever collective bargaining agreement in a tentative settlement late Monday night. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 12/02/14 More »

100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes

100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes

From California to Florida, from the Philippines to Ireland, 100,000 registered nurses are expected to join a wave of actions to call attention to eroding patient care standards in the U.S. and globally that are symbolized by inadequate preparedness for fighting the Ebola virus. —National Nurses United, 11/11/14 More »

Talks Stall as Strike Nears for 18,000 Kaiser RNs

Talks Stall as Strike Nears for 18,000 Kaiser RNs

With strikes and other protest actions fast approaching, talks between registered nurses and one of the nation’s biggest hospital and insurance chains Kaiser Permanente stalled Thursday setting the stage for a strike by 18,000 Kaiser RNs Tuesday November 11 kicking off a historic international day of actions on Wednesday, November 12. More »

Today — Get Healthy! Get Checked!

Today — Get Healthy! Get Checked!

Today, Registered Nurses from the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) will offer a free health screening to community members, including glucose and blood pressure checks, at the Dorothy Height/Benning Library. —National Nurses United, 07/31/14 More »

Nurses Plan Bake Sale to Raise Money for Wheelchairs and Supplies for MedStar Washington Hospital

Nurses Plan Bake Sale to Raise Money for Wheelchairs and Supplies for MedStar Washington Hospital

MedStar Washington Hospital registered nurses, affiliated with National Nurses United, will conduct a bake sale on Monday to raise funds to help the hospital purchase working wheelchairs and other basic supplies. Nurses working at the region’s largest medical center have reported a critical shortage of basic equipment and supplies that are needed to adequately care for patients. —National Nurses United, 06/13/14 More »

VA Nurses Urge U.S. Senate to Stand Up for Quality Care, Proper Funding for VA Facilities

VA Nurses Urge U.S. Senate to Stand Up for Quality Care, Proper Funding for VA Facilities

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, which also represents thousands of Veterans Affairs RNs, today called for substantial increases in funding at VA hospitals to ensure that veterans get the care they need – and offered qualified support for a proposal announced last week by Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain to address the much discussed problems at VA facilities. National Nurses United also urged management reforms for the VA and a measure to ensure that nurses are empowered to advocate for quality care for patients. NNU said it opposes proposals that might decrease the quality of care by allowing VA funds to be used at private health care corporations. —National Nurses United, 06/10/14 More »

Nurses Endorse Anita Bonds for District Council At-Large Primary Election

Nurses Endorse Anita Bonds for District Council At-Large Primary Election

WASHINGTON, DC—National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today its endorsement of Anita Bonds for re-election to the District of Columbia Council. Ms. Bonds is running for re-election for an at-large Council seat in the April 1 primary. —National Nurses United, 03/28/14 More »

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