Research & Reports
Protecting Our Front Line: Ending the Shortage of Good Nursing Jobs and the Industry-created Unsafe Staffing Crisis
In this report, National Nurses United describes how the hospital industry has driven registered nurses from the bedside. As the largest union and professional association of registered nurses with more than 175,000 members working at the bedside in nearly every state in the nation, NNU proposes steps that Congress and the executive branch must take to keep RNs at the bedside, encourage licensed RNs not currently providing direct patient care to return to the bedside, and improve patient care in U.S. hospitals.
This report details stark evidence gathered by National Nurses United of how the dual failures of health care employers to protect nurses and patients from Covid-19 and workplace violence synergistically interact to amplify the harms caused by each individually. Data are presented and analyzed from seven surveys conducted by NNU in 2020 and 2021 with collectively more than 83,000 responses from nurses and other health care workers in every state.
“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.
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.
Sins of Omission: How Government Failures to Track Covid-19 Data Have Led to More Than 3,200 Health Care Worker Deaths and Jeopardize Public Health
National Nurses United’s (NNU) updated report Sins of Omission, reveals continued failures by local, state, and federal governments to track and report data on the Covid-19 deaths and infections of nurses and other health care workers as well as widespread resistance by the hospital and health care industry to provide this critical information. The March report, Sins of Omission: How Government Failures to Track Covid-19 Data Have Led to More Than 3,200 Health Care Worker Deaths and Jeopardize Public Health, is an update to NNU’s September 2020 report of the same name.
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.
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.
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."
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.