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NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

NNU, AFT Urge Stronger Patient–Worker Protections in Ebola Treatments

In a letter to President Barack Obama about the growing concern over Ebola in the United States, the National Nurses United (NNU) urged the president to “invoke his executive authority” to order all U.S. hospitals to meet the highest “uniform, national standards and protocols” in order to “safely protect patients, all health care workers and the public.”

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Nurses Stage Massive Protest on Las Vegas Strip, Highlighting Need for Ebola Readiness

Photo via California Nurses/Twitter

Nurses and members of National Nurses United (NNU) staged a massive protest on the Las Vegas strip yesterday, raising concerns that U.S. hospitals are not equipped to handle an Ebola outbreak. 

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Ruffalo and a Cast of 1,000 Look to Smash Back Against Republican Attacks on Poor in Detroit

Photo courtesy of National Nurses United

Actor Mark Ruffalo, most famous for playing the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Comics movie "The Avengers," led a crowd of 1,000 through the streets of Detroit in protest of Republican policies that have led to water being shut off for thousands of the city's residents. National Nurses United (NNU) organized the rally. The United Nations and others have called the city's actions a violation of human rights, and demands that the water be turned back on have come from across the political landscape. Hundreds of different organizations and their members showed up at the march, which began outside Detroit's Cobo Center, where the annual Netroots Nation convention is being held. Protesters marched passed the city's Water and Sewerage offices before ending at Hart Plaza.

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Detroit Rally Aims to Turn the Water Back On

Photo by www.socialistalternatuve.com

Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of city residents with outstanding debts, even if their debt was incurred by previous owners or is only 60 days late. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of union members from local, state and national unions, community members and activists from the groups at the Netroots Nation conference will hold a march and rally to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs and restoration of water service to those who have had their water cut off.

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Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

NNU photo

California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

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Nurses Hold Bake Sale to Buy Wheelchairs

Metro DC Council photo

Kenneth A. Samet, the CEO of the 10-hospital MedStar Health system, brought in $6.3 million in FY 2011, but Stephen Frum, an RN at the chain’s largest hospital—MedStar Washington Hospital Center—says, “Patients are routinely transported in broken wheelchairs, if we can find a wheelchair at all.” That’s why this week they held a bake sale to raise funds to buy wheelchairs and other basic supplies.

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Nurses Have a Busy Week

Members of National Nurses United (NNU) have had a busy week fighting to improve patient safety both inside and outside hospitals. First up is a new campaign to call upon hospitals coast to coast to reject replacing registered nurses with technology that lowers the quality of patient care and oppose efforts to cut costs at the expense of patient care. Working on the theme “when it matters most, insist on a registered nurse,” the campaign includes radio ads, videos like the one above, social media, in-person rallies and a legislative push. 

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Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Everybody knows about exorbitant hospital prices, but data compiled by National Nurses United (NNU) shows that many hospitals, especially the for-profit ones, are price gouging their patients. Many for-profit hospitals, according to NNU, actually charge patients more than 10 times what it costs to provide care.

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D.C. RNs Vote Union for Patient Care

D.C. RNs Vote Union for Patient Care

Registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night voted 232 to 66–a 78% margin–to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). They became the first nonunion D.C. hospital workers in decades to vote to join a union. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the secret ballot election. 

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What Does Community Health Systems Care About? Not Patients or Nurses, It Seems

What Does Community Health Systems Care About? Not Patients or Nurses, It Seems

Seeking to improve patient-care and work conditions at Community Health Systems (CHS) hospitals in four states, registered nurses held a national day of action at seven locations. According to a press release from National Nurses United (NNU), workers at the CHS-owned hospitals engaged in strikes, informational pickets and other events on Tuesday. The CHS hospitals repeatedly have been found to have violated the rights of their employees in ways that have endangered patients.

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