By a landslide margin of 72 percent, registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. voted Wednesday night to join California’s largest organization of nurses. In a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations board, the RNs voted 96 to 38, 72 percent, to affiliate with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The 200 Verdugo Hills RNs will now line up with 800 RNs at two other USC acute care hospitals, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Center and Hospital who are already CNA members. More »
See a complete list of recent organizing victories for registered nurses who voted yes to join the National Nurses United, National Nurses Organizing Committee, and/or the California Nurses Association.
Katy Roemer, RN, remembers the fire that took place in 2012 at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., a 12-mile drive from the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, where she works as a maternity nurse. The fire burned out of control for more than five hours, spewing a huge black cloud of toxic chemicals, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, into the air. Bay Area residents were advised to stay inside, close windows and doors, turn off air conditioners and heating units, and have duck tape on hand in case it was needed to further seal the windows and doors. Pets and children were to be kept inside. More »
After three arbitration decisions by two separate arbitrators and a federal judge’s order, hospital management has entered into a settlement agreement with nurses represented by National Nurses United to repay nurses for nearly all increases in out-of-pocket costs and premium increases for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The reimbursements will be applicable to NNU members at Washington Hospital Center who enroll in the company’s Care First healthcare plan. More »
National Nurse magazine not only covers the activities of National Nurses United but also strives to produce hard-hitting news features and thoughtful analyses about nursing and the real ills plaguing the U.S. healthcare system. You?ll find true stories from the front lines of care given by the nation?s 2.5 million registered nurses, as well as articles about nursing practice, public health, healthcare policy, and the healthcare industry. Through our reporting, we hope to inspire a movement toward a humane and just healthcare system for all. The magazine is published 10 times per year by NNU, with combined issues in summer and winter. (Online Publication ISSN# 2153-0394) Download »
RNs across the United States are actively working with CNA/NNU to win their own mandated direct-care RN-to-patient staffing ratios. RNs in other countries have also been fighting to win RN-to-patient staffing ratios to improve conditions for their patients. Safe RN-to-patient staffing ratios have been proven to save lives, yet under-staffing is a major issue that RNs struggle with every day. We are ready to change that. Join us! More »