By Dahlia Tayag

Dahlia Tayag, is a San Diego registered nurse and board member of the California Nurses Association.

The ground starts shaking; the building begins to sway. An elevator carrying a patient headed for emergency surgery suddenly freezes between floors. Oxygen to a Covid-19 patient’s ventilator stops working. Lights in intensive care go dark just as a physician is putting in an emergency stent.

Anesthesia in an operating room stops flowing to a patient receiving brain surgery. Feeding tubes for coma patients stop operating. An unprotected gas line sparks a fire in the basement. Laboring mothers are unable to be admitted to hospitals. …

NNU nurses fight for LGBTQ+ health, in the world and in our own nursing practice

As Pride month comes to a close, we recognize a critical aspect of the work that registered nurses do throughout the year to support LGBTQ+ health: allowing patients to wholly be themselves.

“We can measure in stress hormones, in illnesses that result from having chronically elevated fight or flight responses, that people’s health suffers physically from not being able to be themselves,” said registered nurse Guy Vandenberg. “That constant stress affects people emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It literally makes people sick.”

While working as a…

Harriet Tubman

As nurses dare to imagine a world where care is the guiding principle, where we don’t have to fight the greed of our employers at every turn, and where no one is turned away for lack of ability to pay, we’re called to action by the legacy of the movement for the abolition of slavery. We are especially humbled and encouraged by abolitionist nurses who were critical to that movement — and who proved that a more just and healthy world is possible, even while challenging an entire national economy built on slavery.

Today is Juneteenth, an annual holiday marking…

This month we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the tens of thousands of APA registered nurses across the country who care for their patients every day. As fierce patients advocates, APA nurses fight for their patients to ensure they get the care they deserve. They are deeply concerned about their community’s health and well-being. As nurses who are immigrants, refuges, or who are intimately familiar with the immigrant experience, they are especially sensitive to the needs of their APA patients and other patients of color. Some Asian RNs speak English as a second language and can communicate with…

It was always “others first” with Celia Yap-Banago, RN (holding dog). Photo courtesy Jhulan Banago.

Losing even one registered nurse impacts countless lives. Losing more than 400 of them to Covid-19 — many of them mothers, in our women-dominated profession — changes families and communities across the country forever. This Mother’s Day, the children of three RN mothers who died of Covid-19 are looking back at their moms’ incredible contributions to the world, and speaking out for nurse protections so no more families have to stand in their shoes.

“One is too many”

Rebecca Gbodi and her mother Helen, a registered nurse in the ICU at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C, …

by Cathy Kennedy, RN

Whenever my husband walks out the door, I cannot really relax. I am on edge until he’s home again. This is the reality for Black people in America. As a Black and Japanese nurse and mother married to a Black man, I am intimately familiar with racism in this country. George Floyd could have been my nephew. Daunte Wright could have been my son. Adam Toledo could have been my grandchild.

When my four sons were growing up, I constantly worried about their safety. They no longer live at home but I still worry about them.

An Asian American nurse’s reflections on the murders in Atlanta

By Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN

I am them. They are us.

When I first saw the names of the eight people murdered last week in Atlanta, I knew immediately in my gut that this was a crime motivated by racism.

As a registered nurse, I devote myself to valuing life, to upholding human dignity, to seeing and caring for each patient as an individual human being. The huge surge in racially motivated attacks on people of Asian descent and this most recent massacre, which killed six Asian working-class, immigrant women, is the complete opposite of everything we nurses stand for. The…

By Marisa Lozano, RN

Striking San Joaquin County registered nurses in front of San Joaquin General Hospital

Everyone in San Joaquin County needs to know why the county’s nurses are striking.

The county has $95.5 million in reserves yet the board of supervisors refuses to settle our contract. For nearly two years, county health administrators have failed to bargain in good faith and they have ignored our concerns about staffing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and safe patient care. All of this hurts the quality of medical care that you and your loved ones can expect to receive in our county facilities!

We feel undervalued and disrespected. That’s why nearly 100 nurses have left…

Striking nurses at Alameda Hospital on October 7, 2020

By Lisa LaFave, RN

During the most devastating pandemic of our lifetimes, Alameda Health Systems (AHS) is willfully attacking its own frontline nurses and jeopardizing patient health and safety. For nearly two years, nurses have called on the Alameda Board of Supervisors (BOS) to intervene on behalf of the residents of our county, the very people who elected them to office.

However, the BOS has shirked its responsibility, refusing to take measurable action. This complicity has led this public health system into complete dysfunction and chaos. …

National Nurses United backs Biden.

They washed her hair, talked to her, prayed for her, but the registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, Calif. couldn’t save their beloved coworker Sandra Oldfield, RN. After she and her colleagues cared for patients without safe personal protective equipment (PPE), Oldfield lost her life to COVID-19 in May, 2020.

We’d like to think the deaths of Oldfield; 9 other members of my union, National Nurses United (NNU); and more than 1200 other nurses and health care workers across the country during this pandemic were not in vain. …

National Nurses United

National Nurses United, with close to 150,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history.

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