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We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare

We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare

With liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace the Affordable Care Act, all is good again with healthcare in America. Right? More »

18,000 Kaiser Nurses Begin Bargaining by Joining Forces With Patients Across California

18,000 Kaiser Nurses Begin Bargaining by Joining Forces With Patients Across California

From the first cry of a newborn child, to the last breath of a dying patient, there’s a constant foundation on which Kaiser patients can always rely: Kaiser nurses. Nurses are the hand-holding, life-saving thread woven throughout their patients' entire healthcare experience. More »

Caring Fiercely: Nurses Tell Dems Why They Won’t Sit Down, Be Quiet in Fight for Single Payer

Caring Fiercely: Nurses Tell Dems Why They Won’t Sit Down, Be Quiet in Fight for Single Payer

As California’s single payer bill, S.B. 562, continues to occupy its parking space in the California Assembly — courtesy of Speaker Anthony Rendon’s decision last month to table the bill — nurses in California have noticed a familiar trend. More »

Since When Is It Not Okay to Play Hardball With the Democrats?

Since When Is It Not Okay to Play Hardball With the Democrats?

Despite efforts by the political establishment to shut it down, the quest for a state-based, Medicare-for-all type system in California, based on patient need, not corporate profits, rolls on. More »

Nurses Scolded: Not OKAY to Play Hardball with Democrats

Nurses Scolded: Not OKAY to Play Hardball with Democrats

The seminal fight for single-payer healthcare in California reflects a national struggle for the movement for social change. So, no, organized nurses and our allies will not wait. And we will not back down. More »

Update on SB 562 with Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for CNA

Update on SB 562 with Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for CNA

SB 562 needs you! Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for California Nurses Association joins Nurse Talk Radio for an update on SB 562 the Healthy California Act. There is still time to call your California Assembly Members and tell them to support the bill. More »

Open Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Healthcare

Open Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Healthcare

Mark A. Hirshfeld, LCSW - I believed that you would work on behalf of the people of California. Californians need your help now. My wife has a terminal illness. She requires frequent doctor visits and expensive medication in order to stay out of the hospital. As she is not yet 65, she stands to lose all health coverage, if our Republican Congress wins their war against the nation's health. So the political is now personal. More »

Help Us Stop The Dangerous Attempt to Eliminate T.B. Testing in California!

Help Us Stop The Dangerous Attempt to Eliminate T.B. Testing in California!

RNs are on the front lines of the struggle for healthcare as a human right; Part and parcel of that is fighting for and enforcing pro-active public health like tuberculosis (TB) testing! More »

Inspired By Her Union Activism RN Dotty Nygard Runs For Congress In California

Inspired By Her Union Activism RN Dotty Nygard Runs For Congress In California

Dotty Nygard is an Emergency Room RN and she's running for Congress in California's 10th district. Nurse Talk Radio visits with Dotty this week. More »

Nurses, Activists Converge in Sacramento to Transform Democratic Party, Press Case for Single Payer

Nurses, Activists Converge in Sacramento to Transform Democratic Party, Press Case for Single Payer

More than 1,000 registered nurses and grassroots activists from across California converged on the state capital Friday for three days of action to challenge the status quo trend of the Democratic Party nationally and in California, and to press the call for the CNA-sponsored single-payer bill, the Healthy California Act, S.B. 562. More »

A Nurses Week Retrospective on the Hard Work of NNU’s Mighty, Mighty Nurses

A Nurses Week Retrospective on the Hard Work of NNU’s Mighty, Mighty Nurses

On the final day of Nurses Week 2017, we’re proud to look back at five major accomplishments by NNU nurses between Nurses Week 2016 and today. More »

NNU Nurses Across America March for Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients

NNU Nurses Across America March for Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients

A toxic environment leads to illnesses that become a nurse’s job to heal. That’s why 70 National Nurses United (NNU) RNs stood together with 300,000 other marchers to demand environmental justice at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. More »

Over 1000 Supporters Converge on Capital to Rally and March for SB 562 the Healthy California Act

Over 1000 Supporters Converge on Capital to Rally and March for SB 562 the Healthy California Act

Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are celebrating the California Senate Health Committee's passage this week of SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. More »

On Workers Memorial Day, April 28, Nurses Vow to Keep Fighting for The Highest Level of Protections

On Workers Memorial Day, April 28, Nurses Vow to Keep Fighting for The Highest Level of Protections

On Workers Memorial Day, we pay homage to all of the nurses and other workers whose stories highlight the importance of standing up—strong, loud, and as long as necessary—to secure the highest level of protections to keep workers safe. More »

Video: Nurses for Healthy California Act, California Senate Bill 562

Video: Nurses for Healthy California Act, California Senate Bill 562

Nurses believe healthcare is a human right and urge Californians to support the Healthy California Act, SB 562 which has been proposed in the state legislature. More »

Inhaling Toxic Smoke From Surgical Procedures Threatens Everyone in the Room

Inhaling Toxic Smoke From Surgical Procedures Threatens Everyone in the Room

Would you prefer to have surgery in an environment with sterile air — or in a room with air that may contain dangerous chemicals, cellular material, viruses, or bacteria? More »

Council Nurses Urge San Francisco To Divest from DAPL

Council Nurses Urge San Francisco To Divest from DAPL

Nurses from the San Francisco Metro Council attended an San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting to urge the city to divest from any banks and financial institutions who have investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. More »

Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 - Healthcare for all California Residents

Rally launches Healthy California Campaign to Win S.B. 562 - Healthcare for all California Residents

Nearly 500 registered nurses, healthcare activists, seniors, workers, immigrants, and business leaders converged on Sacramento today in a spirited rally to kick off a seminal campaign to win passage of S.B. 562, state legislation that would establish a Medicare-style healthcare system for all residents in California, the world’s fifth-largest economy. More »

Nurses Join “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” National Day of Action Jan. 15th

Nurses Join “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” National Day of Action Jan. 15th

Registered nurses will join actions in over 40 U.S. cities Jan. 15th to demand that the new administration and Congress protect and expand millions of Americans access to healthcare, not cut it. More »

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

During the last two years alone, nurses represented by California Nurses Association and National Nurses United fought to author and pass state and national legislation that includes Safe RN-to Patient Staffing Ratio’s and California’s Ballot Proposition 61, also known as the Drug Price Relief Act. More »

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