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National Nurse magazine July-August-September 2021

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It's always a good time to earn CE credits! Sign up today for one of our national continuing education courses. Free for all members of National Nurses United. Visit for all dates, more information, and how to register. The State of the Science on SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19 When the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, little was known about the novel coronavirus. During the course of the pandemic, scientific knowledge about the coronavirus has expanded. This CE class will review the state of the science regarding SARS-CoV-2 and infection control measures. We will focus on the scientific findings important for nurses and their advocacy for safe working conditions and safe patient care. Fighting the Monopoly Epidemic From hospitals to health insurance to pharmaceuticals, today's health care industries are increasingly dominated by monopolies. This class will explore the causes and effects of corporate consolidation and market concentration; how monopoly power in health care and other parts of the economy threatens the health and well-being of nurses, patients, and our communities; and what nurses can do to fight the monopoly epidemic. Covid-19 and the Crisis of Care Work Covid-19 has revealed how care work is both essential to our society and yet severely devalued under capitalism. This course will explore the central role of care work in our society, how and why this work is gendered and racialized, and the ways in which care work and care provisions, particularly health care, have been cheapened and dismantled. We will consider how the devaluation of care magnified the impact of Covid-19 and how the pandemic is being exploited to expand this devaluation and further erode public health. Finally, we will consider the opportunities the current crisis offers for envisioning and creating a world based on care rather than profit.

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