Brandy Welch, a pediatric registered nurse in Southern California, is counting down the days until she expects all hell to break loose.

That’s because Welch, and thousands of other nurses who care for children in our nation’s hospitals, is dreading an unprecedented and huge surge of pediatric patients with Covid-19…


By Mawata Kamara, RN

Vaccines have been around for decades. As a registered nurse, I know how vaccines work. When you are vaccinated, your body can then create antibodies and fight the disease or virus. So my decision to get the Covid-19 vaccine in December was a very easy choice…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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. …


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…


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…


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…

National Nurses United

National Nurses United, with more than 175,000 members nationwide, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history.

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