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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 »

News

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

The 185,000-member National Nurses United labor union last month claimed that management at two California hospitals owned by Franklin-based Community Health Systems wrongfully terminated nurses who also were union members and had been outspoken on labor issues. More »

Blog

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

It’s 2014, which means the bulk of the Affordable Care Act is now in effect. While most of the mainstream media has focused on whether patients will finally be able to find affordable health insurance through the programs it creates (or not), very little attention has been paid to discussing how the wide-ranging law is being capitalized upon by healthcare corporations, and how some of its other incentives and provisions change the registered nurse’s scope of practice, speed up the computerization of healthcare, and encourage fundamental changes to healthcare delivery and systems. More »

Publications

National Nurse Magazine

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 »

Issues

National Campaign for Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios

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 »

Legislation

Legislative Agenda

See a list of issues NNU and CNA are pushing forward in California and nationally. More »