Tag Archives: California Nurses Association

California Nurses Praise RN-to-Patient Ratios

California Nurses Praise RN-to-Patient Ratios

California Nurses know that higher RN to patient ratios make a difference for their patients and for their practice. These nurses encourage RNs across the country to fight for ratios in their state, and support efforts to pass national ratio legislation.


Summer Vacay!…A Moving Tribute. Keystone XL. ObamaCare: Good, Bad or Both?

YES, we have officially declared summer vacation here at the Nurse Talk studio. But, we are not just eating potato salad, barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and jello salad with banana’s in it. No, we are hard at work retooling our show, our website, and our figures. When our new shows return in September you will hear some great new features. Nurse Talk takes on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the good, the bad and the ugly…and yes, there is a between, too. There is so much information out there that is mythical at best and crazy in its worst form. With our expert panel and our healthcare partners, each week we will discuss issues related to the ACA. Oh, and for our listeners who may be hoping ‘Obamacare’ will go away…we’ll let you know if that happens too.

Also, health and fitness expert Joanie Greggains will join us for a series of interviews with well-known health and wellness practitioners, authors and cutting edge holistic leaders.

Humor is always in the equation and that won’t change, and our new website will have interactive features so that you can chat with our hosts as we live stream the show.

So while we are away at our picnic, please enjoy a Best Of. Be safe, be happy, be healthy and keep laughing!

Read more…Continue Reading

Golden Sisters or Louis C. K.? A Moving Tribute. Keystone XL. ObamaCare: Good, Bad or Both?


OK, so this has nothing to do with health…well other than the laughter, but this week the Golden Sisters (new show on Oprah Winfrey Netword) start the show with a brand of humor only a mother could love? They are living proof that laughter makes you healthier and maybe even a little wealthier! Now, just because the sisters are in their 70′s and 80′s doesn’t mean they aren’t “hip.” However, Shayne is not convinced they’re “hip” enough, so he throws his favorite comedian into the ring, Louis C.K.

So now we have a contest! Check out these links and then vote in the poll.

Golden Sisters

Louis C.K.


Try as we might to stay away from polarizing issues on our show, it seems you can’t talk about health and healthcare without touching on these controversial topics. The Keystone XL Pipeline is one of those issues. It could have a significant impact on the health of communities in the tar sands production areas along its route and refinery fence-line communities where the heavy sour crude will be processed. Read more…

Zenei Cortez on the California Nursing Angels Family Fund


Casey and Joanie visit with RN and CNA President’s Council member, Zenei Cortez about the CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund established by the California Nurses Association for the victims of the horrible limousine fire that occurred on the San Mateo Bridge here in Northern California. The news of the death of two RNs and three other caregivers in the tragic limousine fire brought deep sadness to everyone. Zenei will talk about the fund and how people can donate. * For more information about this topic visit calnurses.org. Read more…

Weight Loss vs Health Concerns, North Korea’s Healthcare “System” and Holding the Non-profits Accountable.


Bay Area health and fitness expert Joanie Greggains joins Casey and Shayne this week on Nurse Talk. Joanie is now a regular on Nurse Talk with her weekly segment “Fit Happens” and her monthly house calls to the Nurse Talk studio to answer listener questions. Wow, does she know what she’s talking about! In just the 45 minutes she was with us I learned so much, including that if I don’t trim down it’s not only bad for my health (of course we all know that), but soon my airline tickets will cost more because they are starting to charge by the pound! Can you imagine?
“Well, sister, I am so sorry I can’t make it to the family reunion this year but my airfare would be over $5k one-way!”

And….a little combination of world news with an oh-so-slight medical twist. While Kim Jong Un, the 28-year-old petulant third generation dictator of North Korea, struggles to find his “inner and outer” power, our crack research team at Nurse Talk decided to check into his country’s healthcare system. Read more…

AB 975 – Accountability in Nonprofit Hospitals


Have you ever wondered about what a business or an organization has to provide in order to acquire and keep a not-for-profit (aka nonprofit) status? Well the truth is most of us don’t really think about it…but we should because some of those nonprofit entities, such as hospitals, are not really held to account with respect to their end of the bargain. Now, we are not saying any of these businesses are not doing a good job and are not operating above board, but a recent study (conducted by California Nurses Association) shows some major hospitals may not be providing enough “charity” care to the communities they are suppose to serve.

California Nurses Association

Our guest, RN and Director of Government Relations for CNA, Bonnie Castillo will talk about a new bill, AB 975 that aims to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax-exempt status. Read more…

Nurse Talk Short | Accountability for Nonprofits, Facial Fat Transfers


Our guest, RN and Director of Government Relations for CNA, Bonnie Castillo talks about a new bill, AB 975 that aims to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax-exempt status. It  passed its first hurdle last Tuesday in the California Assembly Health Committee, overcoming opposition from California’s biggest hospital corporations and its allies. The bill won broad support in the committee hearing from nurse members of the California Nurses Association who attended the hearing in a sea of red scrubs.

And Bay Area health and fitness expert Joanie Greggains joins Casey and Shayne this week for her monthly house calls to the Nurse Talk studio to answer listener questions…including this one about facial fat transfers… Read more…

Stephanie Roberson on Why You Should Care About Health Care and Staffing Legislation


Why should anyone care about legislative bills that have to do with healthcare and staffing? Sounds boring? Not so fast! AB 975 Charity Care? Check it out. Or maybe SB 631 Observation Study? You don’t want to end up in a hallway at the hospital for over 24 hours do you? Listen as we check in to see what the California Nurses Association has been doing lately to fight for nurses and their patients.

We have with us Stephanie Roberson the lead lobbyist for CNA working in the Governmental Relations department in Sacramento, Calif. Stephanie has been working with the nurses since 2007. Read more…