National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine June 2011

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TOC_Layout 1 6/30/11 1:58 PM Page 3 The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United conventions will be held from September 14 to 17, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. at the San Francisco Marriott. 10 4 Contents 4 9 News Briefs Nurses brought the Main Street Contract campaign to Washington, D.C. during their 2011 Staff Nurse Assembly 6 | University of Chicago RNs win new contract 7 | Nurses protest Wall Street 8 | USC RNs settle new contract; Wilkes-Barre General Hospital RNs win great contract after long struggle; Texas nurses come to support of fired ICU RNs; VA nurses start bargaining master contract. 12 Stay connected with National Nurses United Making Wall Street Pay FACEBOOK: Nurses are on a campaign to make Wall Street pay for the damage it's done to Main Street. TWITTER: @RNmagazine, @NationalNurses YOUTUBE: By RoseAnn DeMoro 10 12 Cutting to the Bone Unprofitable units are on the chopping block as hospitals across the country use the poor economy as a reason to downsize. How nurses can fight back. A Life of Service Bunny Engeldorf, RN has worked tirelessly to expand the power of registered nurses to take charge of patient care. By Lucia Hwang 14 CE HOME STUDY Rapid Response Teams: Another "Safety" Scheme? Hospitals everywhere are rapidly adopting Rapid Response Teams to bring critical care expertise to patients' bedsides, but do they really work? Take this home study CE to learn what the research says about Rapid Response Teams and their relationship to safe staffing levels. Submitted by the Joint Nursing Practice Commission, DeAnn McEwen, RN, and Hedy Dumpel, RN, JD JUNE 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 3

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