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National Nurse Magazine September 2012

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14 5 Contents 4 13 News Briefs West Virginia and Ohio RNs unionize 5 | Michigan RNs work to pass Proposal 2; Menorah RNs in Kansas win first contract 6 | NNU federal endorsements 7 | RNs at four Texas hospitals win first contracts 8 | Massachusetts nurses win mandatory overtime ban 9 | Minnesota RNs prepare for November election 10 | Bill to tax Wall Street introduced 11 | Public health RN Laarni San Juan shares what makes her proud to be Filipina American; NNU director makes top 100 influential people in healthcare 12 | Filipino nurses in Central Valley settle language discrimination suit; Pennsylvania RNs testify for workplace violence bill; Texas RNs secure sponsor for ratios bill, also prepare to submit lift legislation Exposing ���Right to Work��� Laws How corporate interests promote so-called ���right to work��� laws and undermine our ability to work together. By RoseAnn DeMoro 1 1 14 Rotten to the Core 19 Collective Patient Advocacy Trailblazers: The Road to Ratios Oral health is a key factor in overall health, yet millions more Americans suffer from lack of dental care than even medical care. Only an improved Medicare for all would solve our country's dental crisis. By Heather Boerner In the first part of this two-part CE homestudy, learn about the pioneering nurses whose advocacy laid the foundation for modern nursing practice acts and safe RN-to-patient staffing ratios. Submitted by the Joint Nursing Practice Commission, DeAnn McEwen, RN, and Hedy Dumpel, RN, JD SEPTEMBER 2012 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 AT I O N A L N U R S E 3

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