National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine October-November-December 2023

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Contents O C T O B E R | N O V E M B E R | D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 3 W W W . N A T I O N A L N U R S E S U N I T E D . O R G N A T I O N A L N U R S E 3 20 11 4 News Briefs Michigan nurses show solidarity and fight corporate health care 5 | St. Louis RNs strike for first time ever 6 | Nurse union leaders worldwide demand government action on health impacts of climate crisis 7 | Baltimore RNs win historic vote to unionize 8 | U.S. Senate holds first-ever hearing on ratios 9 | HCA nurses from across the country rally in Florida; Illinois nurses fight for state safe staffing law 10 | CDC's HICPAC betrays nurses and patients. 11 | New Orleans nurses make history by unionizing 12 | Ascension nurses strike in Kansas and Texas 14 | VA nurses keep up the fight for patient safety 16 | Hazel Hawkins nurses fight to keep hospital open 17 | George Washington University Hospital nurses vote to unionize 18 | Nurses at Carondelet St. Mary's and St. Joseph's hospitals ratify new contracts; RNs and health care workers at nine California hospitals ratify new agreements, including first contracts; nurses at Jackson Park Hospital ratify new pact; RNs at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital ratify a new contract; National Nurses United and our affiliates stood in solidarity with striking SAG-AFTRA and WGA members. 19 A Guiding Light As 2023 draws to a close, we are grateful for NNU leadership. By Bonnie Castillo, RN 20 Unconventional Times CNA/NNOC celebrated 120 years of advocacy and laid groundwork for decades more. By Michelle Morris 24 Leading From the Front Lines NYSNA nurses celebrated an incredible year at their 2023 convention. By Diana Moreno 26 Meeting of the Minds Minnesota Nurses Association members gather for annual convention. By Lauren Bloomquist 27 Holy Hypocrites Ascension betrays its Catholic mission by dramatically slashing services for pregnant patients and babies. By Lucia Hwang 29 2023 Editorial Index The year always flies by. Check out this handy index of everything we published in 2023, sorted by subject, to find out all the news we covered or to find that certain article you're searching for. Contents 8 ON THE COVER: National Nurses United RNs are constantly on the move, fighting collectively to protect their patients, themselves, and the public. The five NNU affiliates shown here are celebrating an incredible year of historic organ- izing victories, successful bargaining fights and strikes, and countless actions for safe staffing and patient advocacy.

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