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National Nurse magazine June 2013 update

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12 4 6 Contents 4 News Briefs Nurses, activists lobby for D.C. ratios 5 | Michigan RNs push real Medicaid expansion 6 | Minnesota bargaining roundup 7 | RN organizing puts pediatric closure on hold 8 | St. Louis University RNs win first contract 9 | RNs fight Kaiser restructuring 10 | St. Joseph RNs settle contract; CNA president emeritus wins consumer award; UMass RNs win new contract; Ohio RNs warn against new electronic medical records system; VA RNs win grievance for uniform allowances. 11 No Longer a Dream NNU, with international nurses, forms global nursing group. By RoseAnn DeMoro 12 It's a Small World A report from the 2013 NNU Staff Nurse Assembly, in which RN attendees learned about how nurses around the world are working to protect their patients, their environment, and their union rights. 16 Bad Medicine The Affordable Care Act is a disaster. Not only does it fail to rein in healthcare corporations and insurers, it shifts more costs onto workers and threatens nursing practice in the process. By Charles Idelson 20 Narrative Documentation, Part 2: Protecting your patients, practice, and license in the information age Besides giving direct care to your patients, documentation is probably the next-most important thing you do as a registered nurse. In this home study, learn the principles of accurate and responsible recordkeeping, particularly as more of the medical record goes electronic. Submitted by the Joint Nursing Practice Commission, DeAnn McEwen, RN, and Hedy Dumpel, RN, JD ON THE COVER: Members of the NNU Council of Presidents and other RN leaders spearhead a march across the Golden Gate Bridge to oppose the health and environmental damage construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would wreak. Photo by Jaclyn Higgs. JUNE 2013 W W W. N AT 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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