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How a nurse rallied her union to fight for gender-affirming care

To honor International Transgender Day of Visibility, National Nurses United is proud to share this story from nurse-member Dara Tep, RN, and her colleagues.

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Nurses at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, Kansas vote overwhelmingly to join nation’s largest RN union

Nurses at St. Joseph pursued union affiliation to strengthen their capacity to advocate for much-needed change at the hospital and improve the recruitment and retention of RNs.

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National Nurses United Covid-19 timeline

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, NNU has led the way in advocating for and winning protections for nurses and other health care workers across the country. Learn more by following our full Covid-19 advocacy timeline.

Press releases

RNs at Tri-City Medical Center will hold a protest on Friday, March 31, to demand district officials and administrators cease any plans to close or terminate public women’s and reproductive health services at the hospital.
Federal legislation, which will be introduced at a Thursday, March 30 press conference, would set limits on the numbers of patients each RN can care for in hospitals, a necessary measure for saving patients’ lives and stemming the exodus of nurses from the bedside.
RNs at MarinHealth Medical Center in Greenbrae, Calif., voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract yesterday, March 27, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention.
RNs at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will hold an info picket on Thurs., March 30, to inform the public about management’s demand that nurses waive their bargaining rights over policies on education benefits, paid time off, leave of absence, and holidays.

Organize with National Nurses United to improve workplace standards through collective bargaining, reform national health care legislation, and make a difference for you and your patients.

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What Nurses Need to Know »» Preventing the Long Covid Health Crisis

A large proportion of people who get Covid-19 experience long-term symptoms and health impacts, known as “long Covid.” Hospitals and other health care employers have a duty to ensure a safe environment for staff and patients. Read our flyer to learn about what measures are necessary to prevent spread of Covid-19 within health care facilities and to protect staff and patients from long Covid.

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Ten Things That Nurses Need To Know About Long Covid

Following initial Covid-19 infection, a significant proportion of people continue to experience new, recurring, or ongoing symptoms and health problems that persist from several weeks or months to years. It is a multifaceted syndrome that can affect nearly every organ system and can disrupt people’s ability to work or participate in their daily lives. Learn more by reading our flyer.

Quad-demic: RSV, Influenza, Covid-19, and Crisis Standards of Care

Rates of influenza, RSV, and Covid-19 are climbing across the U.S. The hospital industry’s embrace of crisis standards of care has set the stage for the respiratory viral surge to be another crisis. Learn more about what nurses and other health care workers need to know.

When Work Hurts: Advocating for Safe and Just Jobs for Nurses

Nurses and other health care workers face some of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses of all occupations in the US. This CE class will explore the sources of and the connections between the high rates of on-the-job injuries, illnesses, and pain experienced by nurses and the impacts on patient care, discuss the prevention measures that employers should put in place to protect nurses, and explore tools that nurses can use to effectively advocate for safer patient care conditions.

National Nurse Magazine

The Staffing of Life

NYC nurses strike and win historic contract

Nurses at Mount Sinai and Montefiore in New York City win historic contracts that include enforceable nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

Thousands of nurses rally nationwide for safe staffing

Registered nurse members of NNU held actions on Jan. 26 to demand the hospital industry end their profession’s staffing crisis by providing safe numbers of nurses to care for patients.

Born Leader

NYSNA President Nancy Hagans, RN, brings natural leadership abilities and a drive for justice to her role as newest member of NNU Council of Presidents.


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RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios

Registered nurses across the United States understand the need to set a minimum number of nurses to safely care for a given number of patients, with adjustments to increase nurse staffing based on patient acuity.

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Workplace Violence Prevention

Violence against nurses and other health care workers in hospitals and other health care facilities is a growing epidemic across the United States. Learn more about NNU's national campaign to prevent workplace violence.

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Medicare for All

Medicare for All would expand the cost-effective and administratively efficient Medicare program to finance comprehensive, high-quality health care for everybody in the United States. Most importantly, a Medicare for All single-payer system would provide health care based on patient need, not on profit.

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Social Justice and Equity

NNU’s Social Justice and Equity division works to build and deploy nurses’ collective power toward the transformation of systems, institutions, policies, and practices that perpetuate social, health, and workplace inequity and injustice.

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Gig Nursing

Health care investors and employers want to eliminate nurses’ rights and benefits by pushing nurses toward gig work and misclassifying us as independent contractors.

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Home All Alone

The hospital industry peddling programs to treat acute-care patients in their homes. Home All Alone programs are directly opposed to the hands-on human to human approach to nursing.