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Orlando Health to Face Federal Labor Board Trial On Charges of Harassment, Violations of RN Rights

Orlando Health to Face Federal Labor Board Trial On Charges of Harassment, Violations of RN Rights

For the past several months, Orlando Health RNs have in discussion about seeking collective representation to improve patient care conditions and protect their economic standards through the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs. But in an attempt to suppress that effort, Orlando Health has responded, say RNs and NNOC-Florida, with a campaign of harassment against nurses. More »

Nurses Criticize State Dept Keystone XL Pipeline Report

Nurses Criticize State Dept Keystone XL Pipeline Report

Nurses Warn of Escalating Effects of Climate Change on Public Health. The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today criticized the new State Department report on the Keystone XL Pipeline, presumably intended to encourage a green light on construction of the controversial project, for paying inadequate attention to the serious consequences on public health. “There is broad concern about the harmful health effects linked to both the extraction and transport of tar sands, as well as how the Pipeline will accelerate the steadily worsening erosion of health we see every day as a result of climate change,” said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 01/31/14 More »

St. Rose Nurses To Protest Layoffs, Attacks on RNs

St. Rose Nurses To Protest Layoffs, Attacks on RNs

Registered nurses at St. Rose Dominican hospitals around Las Vegas will hold a picket Tuesday evening to protest demands by hospital officials for cuts in RN positions, and other concerns that they say is having an adverse effect on nurses and the healing environment in St. Rose hospitals. —NNOC-Nevada / NNU, 01/31/14 More »

California RNs Hold Protest Vigils Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers

California RNs Hold Protest Vigils Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers

Vigil Tonight 5 pm - 7 pm outside Watsonville Community Hospital, 75 Neilson St. Watsonville, CA. Registered nurses will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Watsonville Community Hospital, in Watsonville, CA to protest the firing of a registered nurse whistleblower by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week. —California Nurses Association, 01/31/14 More »

Protest Vigils Set Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers on Patient Safety

Protest Vigils Set Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers on Patient Safety

Registered nurses will hold candlelight vigils tonight and tomorrow night to protest the firing of two registered nurse whistleblowers by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week. The vigils will be held tonight outside Fallbrook Community Hospital near San Diego and tomorrow night at Watsonville, Ca. Community Hospital. More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Announce Plan to Conduct a One-day Strike Feb. 10

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Announce Plan to Conduct a One-day Strike Feb. 10

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) have announced their plan to conduct a one-day unfair labor practice strike on Monday, Feb. 10, in direct response to Baystate Health’s illegal declaration of impasse last week in its negotiations for a new contract with the nurses and its plan to implement its last offer, which would eliminate a key nursing standard that serves to protect nurses from working prolonged shifts. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 01/29/14 More »

Fifth Team of Registered Nurses Returns from the Philippines

Fifth Team of Registered Nurses Returns from the Philippines

This week the fifth team of registered nurses, part of the Registered Nurse Response Network, are returning from the Philippines after providing basic medical care at a city health clinic in Roxas City, near the northern end of the island of Panay which was in the direct path of the storm. The team includes RNs from New York, Minnesota, Texas, and California. They are among the 3,000 RNs from all 50 states and 19 nations who volunteered in the days after the deadly storm to assist with the relief project for Haiyan/Yolanda. More »

Fallbrook RN Candlelight Vigil Protest Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. San Diego RNs Decry Fallbrook Firing of RN

Fallbrook RN Candlelight Vigil Protest Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. San Diego RNs Decry Fallbrook Firing of RN

Hospital chain CHS defies court orders to end illegal retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego County are holding a candlelight vigil protest on Thursday evening in support of Veronica Poss, the Fallbrook Hospital nurse who was unjustly fired on Monday by her hospital’s corporate owner, Community Health Systems, (CHS), the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), reported today. The union immediately filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Fallbrook for the termination of Poss. —California Nurses Association, 01/29/14 More »

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

Giant Hospital Chain Fires Nurse Leaders at Forefront of Fight for Safe Care

CHS Defies Court Orders to End Illegal Retaliation against RNs in its hospitals nationwide. Just weeks after speaking out at a national press conference about rampant patient safety problems at the nation’s largest hospital chain, two registered nurse leaders have been targeted for termination by Community Health Systems, National Nurses United (NNU) reported today. —National Nurses United, 01/28/14 More »

Nurses to President Obama: Steps to Fight Inequality…

Nurses to President Obama: Steps to Fight Inequality…

With growing public alarm over widening income disparity – and the broad effect on American families – the nation’s largest organization of nurses today called on President Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday to lead the charge on fighting the income gap and poverty with two big initial steps. —National Nurses United, 01/27/14 More »

Fed. Judge Orders CHS Ohio Hospital to Bargain With RNs & End Illegal Retaliation for Union Activity

Fed. Judge Orders CHS Ohio Hospital to Bargain With RNs & End Illegal Retaliation for Union Activity

Rare Third Court Order in a Year Against Major Hospital Chain. A U.S. District Court Judge has delivered a sweeping cease and desist injunction requiring Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh to end its lawless behavior in refusing to bargain with its registered nurses and engaging in repeated illegal discipline and harassment of its RNs. The ruling, issued January 22 by U.S. District Court Judge John Adams of the Northern Ohio District, is the third injunction within a year against affiliates of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, now the nation’s largest hospital chain, for rampant violations of federal labor law. —NNOC/NNU, 01/24/14 More »

Greenbrier RNs Step up Campaign for Patient Safety

Greenbrier RNs Step up Campaign for Patient Safety

Nurses challenge new CHS/HMA monopoly’s misplaced priorities of high charges, cuts in care. Registered nurses from Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC), in Ronceverte, W. Va. are stepping up their campaign to make the public aware of their growing concerns about patient safety in their hospital in the wake of a recent merger, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) announced today. Community Health Systems’ refusal to address nurses’ widespread concerns about patient safety was the driving force that galvanized GVMC RNs to organize and win representation with the NNOC in August of 2012. —National Nurses United, 01/23/14 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center RNs File Complaint Against Baystate Health

Baystate Franklin Medical Center RNs File Complaint Against Baystate Health

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) are outraged by the latest in a series of illegal actions by the Western Mass health care corporation to flaunt federal labor law, with its announcement today that it was declaring impasse in its negotiations for a new contract with the nurses and its plan to implement its last offer, which would eliminate a key nursing standard that serves to protect nurses from working prolonged shifts. —Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. / NNU, 01/21/14 More »

Chicago RNs, Community Supporters to Call on Rep. Danny Davis to Support Wall Street Tax

Chicago RNs, Community Supporters to Call on Rep. Danny Davis to Support Wall Street Tax

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, supporters of the Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1579), also known as the Robin Hood Tax, will hold a rally outside U.S. Congressman Danny Davis's district office on Friday, January 17. Participants are urging Davis to help realize Dr. King's dream of economic justice by reaffirming his support for the Robin Hood Tax bill. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 01/16/14 More »

RNs Rally Today at Berkeley Hospital to Protest Cuts

RNs Rally Today at Berkeley Hospital to Protest Cuts

Registered nurses at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will hold a large protest today to protest what they say are wildly misplaced priorities as the hospital hands out huge pay increases for top executives and sets hospital charges at well beyond their cost while pushing major cuts for patients and registered nurses. Sutter’s East Bay Regional President David Bradley received pay increases of 64 percent, 43 percent and 19 percent the last three years, 2010 through 2012, and now draws a salary of just under $2 million a year, according to Sutter IRS filings. —California Nurses Association, 01/15/14 More »

Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

They say the hospital is understaffed and is releasing patients prematurely to save on costs. Wait times for women in labor have become increasingly long at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. That's according to Jenna Dran, a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit, who said that it's not uncommon for mothers preparing to give birth to spend hours in the waiting room and in triage before they are admitted to their own rooms. —East Bay Express, 01/15/14 More »

Tennessee 5th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Tennessee 5th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that Tennessee hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. Tennessee ranks fifth nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 430 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average Tennessee hospital charges $430 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. More »

California 3rd in Nation in High Hospital Charges

California 3rd in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Nurses Warn of Ongoing Harm for Patients Needing Care. New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that California hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. California ranks third nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 451 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average California hospital charges $451 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. —National Nurses United, 01/13/14 More »

Sacramento Nurse Heads to the Philippines Part of National Nurses’ Ongoing Typhoon Relief Effort

Sacramento Nurse Heads to the Philippines Part of National Nurses’ Ongoing Typhoon Relief Effort

Part of National Nurses' Ongoing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Effort. While many are settling back into regular routines after the holiday break, registered nurse Diane McClure, an RN at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center in Sacramento, CA is starting the new year by traveling to the Philippines to provide medical support for those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. —California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 01/13/14 More »

Nevada Ranks 4th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

Nevada Ranks 4th in Nation in High Hospital Charges

New data released by the nation’s largest nurses’ organization reveals that Nevada hospitals are among the most costly in the nation, helping fuel a growing scandal of high hospital charges and costs. Nevada ranks fourth nationally in how high it sets its charges over its costs, with a statewide average charge of 448 percent as a percent of total costs. In other words, the average Nevada hospital charges $448 for every $100 of its total costs. That’s well above the national average of 331 percent. —National Nurses United / IHSP, 01/13/14 More »

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