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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 »

New National ‘Ratios’ Bills Set Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to Nurses

New National ‘Ratios’ Bills Set Safety Limits on Number of Patients Assigned to Nurses

In 49 states, there are no limits on how many patients hospital corporations can assign to nurses at one time. National Nurses United-sponsored legislation fights back. 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 »

What are Safe Staffing Ratios and why are they so important to all of us?

What are Safe Staffing Ratios and why are they so important to all of us?

Many Americans may be surprised to know that California is the only state in the country with mandatory limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned at one time. Now nurses across the country are pushing for national legislation. 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 »

Celebrate 15 Years of California’s Nurse to Patient Ratios!

Celebrate 15 Years of California’s Nurse to Patient Ratios!

Nurses fought long and hard for nurse to patient ratios because nurses care for their patients. Listen as RNs who were directly involved in the struggle for ratios talk about the fight, and the excitement of winning one of the landmark patient gains in the country…and the ONLY patient ratios law in the United States. More »

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Global Day of Action 2014 - Nurses and Healthcare Workers Proclaim “Healthcare is a Human Right”

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 12 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe held coordinated actions marking international “Nurses Week” (May 6-12) with a call to step up efforts to promote patient safety, protect health care services, and ensure access to health care for all with a common theme of “Health Care is a Human Right.” See and share photos and videos from around the globe. More »

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

Federal Government Orders MedStar Washington Hospital Center to Provide Critical Data to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency, has found that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated federal law by refusing to provide nurses and our representatives with copies of the 2012 AHRQ Survey on Patient Safety Culture, copies of the current staffing plans for each unit, and daily deviation from the established staffing plans. Rather than work with nurses collaboratively to improve staffing and patient safety at the hospital, management claimed confidentiality and wasted thousands of dollars to wage a failing legal battle to withhold the information. More »

Washington Nurses, Patients, Community Step Up the Fight for Safe Patient Care in DC Hospitals

Washington Nurses, Patients, Community Step Up the Fight for Safe Patient Care in DC Hospitals

In the face of heavy-handed opposition by the $1.2 billion District of Columbia hospital industry, a broad cross section of DC registered nurses, patients, and other community leaders today made a compelling case for safer care in DC hospitals. More »