Research & Reports

Submitted by amyjune on September 21, 2017

Deadly Shame: Redressing the Devaluation of Registered Nurse Labor Through Pandemic Equity

“Deadly Shame” provides contextualization and history for why moral distress and moral injury are happening to the most trusted profession in the United States. The white paper discusses how the “care work” of registered nurses, a woman-dominated profession, is devalued by employers and government. In our capitalist system, which treats health care as a market commodity, “employers have taken advantage of every opportunity presented during the pandemic to maximize profits,” stated “Deadly Shame.” Immorally, the corporate health system treats nurses and other health care workers as expendable.

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Fleecing Patients: Hospitals Charge Patients More Than Four Times the Cost of Care

With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to explode across the country, a NNU's new study documents that hospitals jack up charges by as much as 18 times over their costs, a substantial contributor to the growing health care crisis for patients and families.

Overall, the 100 most expensive U.S. hospitals charge from $1,129 to $1,808 for every $100 of their costs. Nationally, U.S. hospitals average $417 for every $100 of their costs, a markup that has more than doubled over the past 20 years.

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Sins of Omission: How Government Failures to Track Covid-19 Data Have Led to More Than 1,700 Health Care Worker Deaths and Jeopardize Public Health

Since the beginning of the pandemic, NNU has been tracking the deaths of U.S. registered nurses as well as the Covid-19 infections and deaths of health care workers because no one was reporting this information. The Sins of Omission report has researched and confirmed the deaths of more than 1,700 health care workers. The report includes a list of the known names of 213 registered nurses who died of Covid-19 as of Sept. 16, as well as the known names of 617 additional health care workers.

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Retaining Effective and Sound Programs for Excellent Care and Treatment (RESPECT) for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) faces a dilemma between its mission, “Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being,” and the limits that appropriated funding levels impose on its work. This paper compares care provided by the VHA with care available in the private sector based on the assessments and reports required by the Choice Act as well as scientific studies and medical literature.


Taking Neighbors To Court: Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Debt Lawsuits

This report presents findings on Johns Hopkins Hospital’s practices in suing its patients for medical debt. Many of these lawsuits seek to recover only the amount outstanding after insurance coverage is applied, including Medicare and Medicaid.


Johns Hopkins Hospital: Reality vs. Reputation

On his deathbed, Johns Hopkins set forth instructions and funds for the creation of a hospital that would serve this purpose: "to treat the poor without charge" no matter the patient’s "age, sex, or color."


Foundations of Care: Upholding the Legacy of Hopkins’ Nurse Pioneers

Direct-care nurses who practice at Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in East Baltimore, Md. have written this report to bring attention to patient safety concerns that they and their patients face every day.


Nurses at Risk: Insufficient Protections at Johns Hopkins Hospital Compromise Nurse and Patient Health and Safety

During the summer and fall of 2018, nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) surveyed their colleagues about health and safety in their units. This report outlines the results of the survey and draws on the scientific literature to underline the impact and importance of nurses’ health and safety.


Breaking the Promise of Patient Care: How Johns Hopkins Hospital Management Shortchanges Baltimore and Puts Patients and the Community at Risk

This report, looks specifically at Johns Hopkins Hospital, asks whether Johns Hopkins Hospital is doing enough for Baltimore and its citizens, and the state of Maryland more broadly, when compared to the rich array of tax exemptions Johns Hopkins Hospital receives as a not-for-profit organization.