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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 »

Sen. Boxer Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline, Human Health Impact, and National Nurses United

Sen. Boxer Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline, Human Health Impact, and National Nurses United

In January, the State Department issued the Keystone XL pipeline’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and it was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring the human health impacts. That is why Senator Whitehouse and I wrote to Secretary Kerry two weeks ago asking for a comprehensive human health impacts analysis of the XL pipeline. Since that time, the State Department has received over 2 million comments from the public opposing the pipeline. —Senator Barbara Boxer, 03/13/14 More »

Nurses Endorse Vincent Orange for DC Mayor

Nurses Endorse Vincent Orange for DC Mayor

WASHINGTON, DC-- National Nurses United, the nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today its endorsement of Council Member Vincent Orange in the District of Columbia for the April 1 Democratic mayoral primary. —National Nurses United, 03/06/14 More »

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Washington, DC registered nurses today called on the District of Columbia Council to pass an emergency bill to immediately improve patient care with minimum standards for safe nurse staffing in DC hospitals – and end a delay on the bill that has been fiercely opposed by a hospital industry that the nurses say has been putting their focus on budget goals and profits ahead of patient safety. —National Nurses United, 03/03/14 More »

Providence DC RNs Vote by 78% to Unionize - First DC Non-Union Hospital Win in Decades

Providence DC RNs Vote by 78% to Unionize - First DC Non-Union Hospital Win in Decades

Braving freezing rain and snow that shut down parts of the federal government, registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC Tuesday night became the first non-union hospital in decades to vote to join a union. —NNOC/NNU, 12/11/13 More »

Nurses, Patients, Community Line Up With Message for DC Council – Pass the Patient Protetion Act

Nurses, Patients, Community Line Up With Message for DC Council – Pass the Patient Protetion Act

Washington, DC--More than 150 Washington DC nurses, joined by patients and community leaders are filling the District of Columbia Council chambers today to demand the Council act to improve public safety and protect vulnerable hospital patients by enacting the Patient Protection Act. —National Nurses United, 11/08/13 More »

DC Council Health Committee Hearing Friday on Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

DC Council Health Committee Hearing Friday on Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

The Health Committee of the District of Columbia City Council will hold a hearing Friday on proposed legislation to require safer staffing for patients in District of Columbia hospitals. DC nurses and community leaders will be on hand urging the Council to act on a bill, the Patient Protection Act, introduced earlier this year by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson with 10 of the 13 council members as co-sponsors. —National Nurses United, 11/06/13 More »

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, European Parliament VP Anni Podimata to speak with Congress Oct. 30

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, European Parliament VP Anni Podimata to speak with Congress Oct. 30

Washington, D.C. – With the latest showdown over the government shutdown and debt limit finally over and the next budget fight beginning, a coalition of health care, community, faith-based, and labor activists will call on Congress members Wednesday, October 30 to shift the tone from austerity budget cuts to expanding revenues with a small tax on Wall Street speculation that can bring hundreds of billions of dollars into the budget to help rebuild our economy. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 10/30/13 More »

Federal Budget Crisis Illustrates Need for New Revenue

Federal Budget Crisis Illustrates Need for New Revenue

Washington, D.C. – With the latest showdown over the government shutdown and debt limit finally over and the next budget fight beginning, a coalition of health care, community, faith-based, and labor activists will call on Congress members Wednesday, October 30 to shift the tone from austerity budget cuts to expanding revenues with a small tax on Wall Street speculation that can bring hundreds of billions of dollars into the budget to help rebuild our economy. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 10/18/13 More »

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals applauded the movement forward of the DC Patient Protection Act, a bill they say is critical to their ability to provide safe patient care. 57% of District Hospital RNs Cite Inadequate Staffing. New study shows hospitals with higher RN staffing had lower re-admissions. —National Nurses United / Heal DC, 10/10/13 More »

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, will picket a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker tonight to step up the call for the District Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —National Nurses United, 10/01/13 More »

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