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Deborah Burger
Deborah Burger is a Registered Nurse and President of the California Nurses Association (CNA). CNA is a growing, progressive, female-dominated union dedicated to achieving a single standard of healthcare for all Americans. Over the past year, Burger has led the CNA through a wide-ranging confrontation with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over his attack on patient safety laws, his unpopular special election, and his record-setting corporate fundraising. Burger has been nursing for over thirty years, in almost every hospital unit, and currently specializes in diabetes care management in Santa Rosa, California.

Entries by Deborah Burger

Climate Crisis a Public-Health Emergency Too: Why Nurses Will Join Climate March Sept. 21

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:04 PM

Early last November Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda slammed into the Philippines, leaving more than 6,000 people dead, tens of thousands injured, and many more bereft of their homes and livelihoods. The storm was called the most powerful tropical cyclone ever to make landfall.

Few of the international media who flew in to...

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Computers Not a Panacea for Health Care Troubles

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:11 PM

If you listen to the lobbyists for medical device manufacturers and many of their best friends forever in the health care industry and Washington, health IT is the answer to our biggest health care troubles, from medical errors to the high costs of care.

America's registered nurses, who interact with...

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Nurses Demand Secretary Kerry Prove No Health Harm From KXL, 'Don't Pipeline My Patients'

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Registered nurses from coast to coast are stepping up the challenge to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline with a demand that Secretary of State John Kerry provide proof that Keystone will not harm the health and safety of Americans prior to any final decision on the project.

In addition, National...

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'This is Not a Fast Food Business' -- Kaiser RNs Rally to Protest Downgrading of Care

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:22 PM

More than 200 Kaiser Permanente RNs rallied outside the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center February 27 to sound a public alarm about patient care reductions the HMO giant is proposing for its new Oakland facility which is expected to open this summer.

Waving signs reading, "Kaiser executives: Our patients should...

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National Nurses Mobilize for Philippines Relief Effort

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:45 AM

Public Can Help Support Nurses Relief Effort

In the aftermath of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines, one of the worst storms on record, the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United, has put out a call for volunteers and donations through its...

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For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 4:42 PM

In a week in which we honored the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, this year's Labor Day is a good time to reflect on the broader vision of what it means to be a union member and a working class American.

The hundreds of thousands who...

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Let's Talk About Health Care and I Don't Mean the ACA

(17) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 7:02 PM

Let's talk about health care. I don't mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean health care, as in: If everyone needs health care, guarantee that everybody gets it.

I know, when it comes to health care, it's easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we...

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Nurses, Environmentalists to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

(8) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 7:43 PM

Nurses and environmental activists from across the U.S. are joining hands this week to step up the message that there is still time to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline before it stops all of us.

Join us for a march across the Golden Bate Bridge in San Francisco Thursday, June...

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Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 10:19 AM

If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin.

Not only is the problem not solved by the Affordable Care...

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HR 1579 -- The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:09 AM

This is a huge day," Rep. Keith Ellison announced April 17 at a press conference within view of the Capitol, referring to legislation he reintroduced for a Wall Street speculation tax with huge purpose.

Take, for example, this passage from the bill's "Findings."

"The global crisis cost Americans $19 trillion...

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Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline - and All of Labor Should Too

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Noticeably absent from President Obama's "fix-it-first" program for rebuilding America's crumbling infrastructure, highlighted in his State of the Union speech, is, so far, the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Let's keep it that way.

There's heavy pressure from the fossil fuel industry, the politicians they influence, conservative Canadian interests, and...

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Nurses' Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

(39) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 5:48 PM

Mister Cellophane
'Cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I'm there... -- Chicago (the musical)

In every city and town across America today there is a "Mr. Cellophane," as the musical Chicago put it, and other men, women, and children...

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The War on Women's Health

(25) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 6:28 PM

The far right and their representatives in Congress and many state houses sure have a unique way of celebrating the centennial anniversary of International Women's Day.

News that the Texas House of Representatives last week approved a bill, already passed by the state Senate, to force women seeking an abortion...

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What They Could Be Saying to the Joe Miller Republicans

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 8:50 PM

Republican candidates from coast to coast are fond of branding their opponents the Nancy Pelosi Democrats. Maybe it's time to talk about the Joe Miller Republicans.

Miller is the Sarah Palin-backed Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alaska who toppled incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski because she was not conservative enough....

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"You Are Not to Hire Any Filipinos"

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 6:32 PM

Here's how things work all too often in our "post-racial" society: one of California's largest medical systems, Sutter Health/CPMC, has apparently enacted a ban on the hiring of Filipino registered nurses at a major San Francisco hospital.

As noted journalist Emil Guillermo put it, this is 'Just like...

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Jovani's Tale: Nurses and Patients in Haiti

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 6:48 PM

When the terrible earthquake struck Haiti, followed by a flood of media attention and global concern, RNs in America knew one thing: nurses would be in Haiti long after the TV cameras left.

And this is exactly what has come to be. A team of registered nurse volunteers with National...

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Nurse Notes: Taxing Healthcare Benefits Will Harm My Patients

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 12:01 PM

We Need Other Reforms to Protect Patients and Families in Final Talks on Healthcare Reform

The nation's largest union and professional organization of registered nurses -- National Nurses United (NNU) -- is today calling on House members to hold the line in opposing a tax on...

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Follow the Money on Health Care Reform

(24) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 3:27 PM

"What Happened to Single Payer?," asks the Washington Independent in a recent article.

One answer, the Independent suggests, comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. John Conyers, authors of the single payer bills in the Senate, S 703, and House, HR 676:

Both lawmakers argue that private insurers,...
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America's RNs Call for Much Broader Response to Swine Flu

(8) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 2:08 PM

After years of shredding our public health infrastructure and ill-advised minimal preparations for the next great global pandemic, the spreading swine flu threat is at last making clear the very real calamity that could be just around the corner. If not today, surely from the next epidemic.

The Obama administration's...

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Tell the Insurers and Congress We Need Real Reform

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 1:29 PM

With the final White House Forum on healthcare scheduled Monday, April 6 in downtown Los Angeles, advocates of single payer/guaranteed healthcare have one more opportunity to shake up what has become a dreary conventional wisdom about the presumed acceptable parameters of the debate.

Hundreds of nurses, doctors, healthcare and...

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