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Nurses Charge Hospital Giant Censors Public Right to Know About Price Gouging As Billboards Pulled

Nurses Charge Hospital Giant Censors Public Right to Know About Price Gouging As Billboards Pulled

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today accused corporate hospital giant Community Health Systems (CHS) with suppressing free speech and censoring patients’ right to know about its pricing practices by pressuring a billboard company to pull down billboards warning the public about high charges at CHS hospitals. —National Nurses United, 05/16/14 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 »

Hundreds of Massachusetts RNs to Rally for Patient Safety Outside the State House May 21

Hundreds of Massachusetts RNs to Rally for Patient Safety Outside the State House May 21

Hundreds of nurses, joined by other health care advocates and policy makers, will hold a rally outside the State House on two critically important issues affecting the health care of every resident in Massachusetts, as the deadline for legislative action draws near for two ballot initiatives that garnered more than 200,000 signatures from Massachusetts voters last fall. In addition to calling for legislative action, the nurses are using the event to launch the final round of signature gathering needed to place the issues on the ballot in November. —Massachusetts Nurses Association / National Nurses United , 05/15/14 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 »

Chicago Nurses Sound Alarm to Save Cook County Health and Hospital System

Chicago Nurses Sound Alarm to Save Cook County Health and Hospital System

National Nurses United, representing 1300 registered nurses throughout the Cook County Health and Hospital System and 6000 nurses in Chicago, call on Cook County President Toni Preckwrinkle to stop her destructive plan to cut pensions. The plan will exacerbate the county's fiscal crisis and ruin the county's safety net hospital system, nurses say. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/14/14 More »

Nurses Launch New Campaign to Alert Public to Dangers of Medical Technology and More

Nurses Launch New Campaign to Alert Public to Dangers of Medical Technology and More

‘When It Matters Most, Insist on a Registered Nurse! Sweeping changes underway in the nation’s health care delivery system that expose hundreds of thousands of patients to severe risk of harm are the focus of a major new national campaign by the nation’s largest organization of nurses announced today. An unchecked proliferation of unproven medical technology and sharp erosion of care standards are rapidly spreading through the health care system, far outside the media spotlight but frighteningly apparent to nurses and patients, says National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 05/13/14 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark ‘Nurses Week’

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark ‘Nurses Week’

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 11 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe are holding coordinated actions marking international “Nurses Week” with a call to step up efforts to promote patient safety, protect health care services, and ensure access to health care for all with a common theme of “Health Care is a Human Right.” —Global Nurses United, 05/11/14 More »

RNs, Hospital Workers, and Community Meet to Save Doctors San Pablo

RNs, Hospital Workers, and Community Meet to Save Doctors San Pablo

RNs Demand County Take Charge Public meeting Saturday 10:00 a.m. at hospital. Registered nurses, hospital workers and community members are holding a public meeting at the hospital this Saturday to plan the next steps in their effort to keep Doctors Medical Center San Pablo (DMC) and its emergency department open. The nurses say that closure of DMC would create a dire public health crisis in the West Contra Costa County and are urging Contra Costa County to assume authority to ensure the continued operation of the facility as an acute care hospital with a fully staffed Emergency Room and ICU. —California Nurses Association, 05/10/14 More »

Nurses, Community Activists to Call on City to Enact Moratorium on Dangerous Petcoke Piles Exposure

Nurses, Community Activists to Call on City to Enact Moratorium on Dangerous Petcoke Piles Exposure

CHICAGO – Registered nurses and other community activists will take a bus tour of polluting petcoke sites Monday, May 12, and then hold a noon press conference at City Hall to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council stop the delays and declare an immediate moratorium on petcoke to protect city residents. —National Nurses United, 05/09/14 More »

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Up to 500 California registered nurses will gather in Sacramento Monday, May 12 to press the call for passage in Sacramento of essential legislation that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention and other safety measures. The RNs, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, will convene at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center, after which the RNs will hold a colorful march to the State Capitol before going to meet with individual legislators. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/14 More »

Marlborough Hospital Nurses to Deliver Safer Staffing Petition

Marlborough Hospital Nurses to Deliver Safer Staffing Petition

Marlborough, Mass--In the wake of ill-advised staffing cuts in the emergency department and unsafe patient assignments on other hospital units, the registered nurses of Marlborough Hospital have decided to appeal directly to the facility’s CEO for support in addressing what nurses characterize as a growing patient safety crisis. On Thursday, a delegation of nurses will hand deliver a petition signed by more than 85 percent of the nurses at the hospital, to CEO Steven Roach. More »

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

RNs warn of major public health crisis if hospital and its busy ER close. Registered nurses from Doctors San Pablo Medical Center (DMC) and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center will hold media availabilities at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the facility, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced this evening upon hearing the news that Measure C, the parcel tax initiative that would have provided the funds to keep the hospital open, failed to pass. The RNs will attend today’s 4:00 p.m. West County District Healthcare Board meeting and demand that the closure be addressed and put on the agenda. —California Nurses Association, 05/07/14 More »

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Oakland, CA – At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion – 1626 percent – more than required by the state, while cutting patient care services and raising premiums on consumers. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which has 85,000 California members, also announced its endorsement of a measure that will appear on this November’s ballot to regulate health insurance rates in California, just as the state already regulates auto insurance rates. The initiative can force refunds to consumers based on such excessive amounts held in reserve. —California Nurses Association, 05/06/14 More »

Nurses Applaud Rep. Adam Schiff for Standing Up for VA Nurses & Veterans

Nurses Applaud Rep. Adam Schiff for Standing Up for VA Nurses & Veterans

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of a bill that would improve patient care, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 05/06/14 More »

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

NAPA-Queen of the Valley (QVH) registered nurses in Napa, will hold an informational picket, Tuesday, May 7 in an effort to raise patient care standards to the same level as area hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, (CNA/NNU), who represents the 440 nurses announced today. The RNs won an election to join CNA/NNU last May and began contract negotiations in September. The nurses say patient safety at the hospital is being compromised by management’s refusal to follow California’s lifesaving safe nurse-to-patient ratio law, with patients not receiving appropriate coverage when nurses take their meals and breaks. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Condemn Care Cuts, Premium Hikes; Endorse Rate Regulation Initiative. Kaiser Permanente nurses, joined by consumer advocates, will hold a press conference Tuesday, May 6 to expose that Kaiser Permanente has held $21.7 billion more than the state required amount in reserve (1626% more than required) and to protest contributions Kaiser has made to an initiative to rein in excessive premium hikes. All those funds, say Kaiser RNs, are diverted from the bedside at a time when Kaiser has been cutting patient care services. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Candlelight vigil Wednesday May 7. Mt. Desert Island Hospital (MDI) registered nurses will be holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest ongoing cuts to patient safety and services in their facility and throughout the state, announced the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. MSNA/NNU represents the RNs. “The recent failure to expand Medicaid and pass health care as a human right legislation in Maine, has resulted in far fewer resources for patients in our state’s hospitals, said Terrylyn Bradbury, an RN who works in the emergency department at Millinocket Regional Hospital. —MSNA/NNU, 05/05/14 More »

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Registered nurses and healthcare workers in Ventura County health facilities have approved a new tentative collective bargaining agreement that they call a first step to help retain experienced RNs and recruit new nurses that is essential to tackling a persistent nursing shortage for county health facilities. —California Nurses Association, 05/02/14 More »

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Will also cover accidents and Injuries. A landmark program to provide supplemental insurance protection for registered nurses injured in workplace assaults or injuries went live this week for 12,000 RNs who work in 28 California and Nevada hospitals that are a part of one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Dignity Health. —National Nurses United / CNA, 05/02/14 More »

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