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Edit Index_FINAL copy 2/14/12 1:49 PM Page 23 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Michigan RNs put Wall Street politicians in hot seat. November p. 6. PROFILES Rising to the Occasion. Michigan RN Diane Goddeeris takes her responsibility as a nurse seriously, whether it's helping lead the national nurses' movement or serving on her city council. January/February p. 14. Squeezed to Death. Jonica Brooks, RN is fighting to save SNF services in her community. May p. 15. Talking About Where it Hurts. RNs share comments on the hardships and suffering they have witnessed due to the dysfunctional economy. June p. 5. A Life of Service. Bunny Engeldorf, RN believes the nation's nurses must take charge of patient care on all levels, and has worked tirelessly to help build their power to do just that. June p. 12. Life Support. During this economic crisis, nurses are often the ones keeping their households afloat. July/August p. 17. Preoccupied. Registered nurse Doug Connor loves his country. That's why he's busy backing the Occupy movement and NNU's tax on Wall Street. December p. 10. PUBLIC HEALTH Going Public. Nurses working for the public sector meet to discuss challenges, explain what they do to community. March p. 13. University of Chicago RNs stand vigil over ER access. April p. 9. What are we waiting for? To have access to a free medical clinic, patients camp out overnight in the bitter cold. May p. 6. RNs at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester organize a "flash mob" for safe staffing. March p. 8. Florida NNU members confront Governor Rick Scott during rally for state staffing ratio bill. April p. 10. Massachusetts RNs score huge staffing gains in new contracts. May p. 4. Range Regional RNs strike over staffing. July/August p. 6. CNA's safe staffing law mandating ratios has improved nursing care, studies show. July/August p. 8. Pennsylvania State Representatives joined RNs to introduce ratio bills. October p. 8. Massachusetts RNs organize big turnout to state hearing on ratio bills. December p. 8. STRIKES See Bargaining IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII —[T]— TECHNOLOGY Taking Media into Our Own Hands. NNU nurses are not waiting around for mainstream news organization to tell our stories. Instead, we're creating our own outlets for informing, educating, and entertaining. January/February p. 11. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII —[R]— —[V]— VETERANS AFFAIRS RATIOS See Staffing IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII —[S]— SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE NNU supports federal bill to create national healthcare system. May p. 6. Moving Mountains. Vermont forges a path toward state-based single-payer. September p. 16. NNU-VA completed a 45-day project to put together proposals for a new national contract. April p. 10. RNs at the Manhattan VA scored a victory in collectively confronting administrators over issues of workplace violence. March p. 10. NNU-VA negotiating team headed to Pittsburg to start master contract negotiations. June p. 8. NNU-VA team visited Occupy Pittsburgh to listen to protesters and their stories. October p. 8. NNU-VA mobilizes nurses to attend Make Wall Street Pay rally in DC. November p. 8. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Nurses pivotal to "one payer states" collaboration. September p. 17. —[W]— STAFFING Massachusetts RNs launch campaign for safe staffing ratios. WORKPLACE January/February p. 4. The more teeth a law has for enforcement, the better. The CNA has sponsored new legislation that would stiffen penalties for hospitals breaking the safe RN-to-patient staffing ratios. March p. 8. Substandard Care. Despite being valued and essential members of the American RN workforce, Filipino nurses must still often challenge and overcome bias and discrimination. October p. 15. Orange County RNs win $12 million against hospital for overtime dispute. December p. 8. DECEMBER 2011 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 23

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