National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine April-May-June 2020

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4 News Briefs Minnesotans step up with PPE donations 5 | Maryland patients win charity care reforms 6 | California nurses premiere educational collaboration and film 7 | Nurses at two Tenet hospitals win new contracts 8 | MarinHealth nurses ratify new contract; Stanford Valleycare RNs ratify their first contract; Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital nurses approve a new contract 9 Don't call us heroes. Call for safe COVID-19 protections. Nurses signed up to care for patients, not put themselves needlessly at risk. By Bonnie Castillo, RN 10 Battling a Pandemic NNU nurses wage an unprecedented fight to protect their patients, themselves from COVID-19. By Lucia Hwang 22 In the Trenches When New York City surged with COVID-19 cases, NNU RNs working at veterans facilities were among hardest hit. By Rachel Berger 26 Spreading Solidarity NNU nurses around the world join to fight for COVID-19 protections. By Kari Jones 28 Not Without a Fight NNU nurses have won COVID improvements through their own collective power. By Chuleenan Svetvilas 34 Silence Kills During COVID-19, employers have withheld information about exposure risks from nurses. By Kari Jones 36 Isolation Protocol Without safe COVID-19 protections, nurses are making the sacrifice of living separated from their families. By Kari Jones 38 In Memoriam Honoring our NNU members who died on the front lines of COVID-19 Contents A P R I L | M AY | J U N E 2 0 2 0 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 A T I O N A L N U R S E 3 COVER PHOTO: Rick Reinhard 10 28 4

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