National Nurses United

National Nurse Magazine Jan-Feb 2011

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TOC_Layout 1 2/24/11 10:05 PM Page 3 10 4 Contents 4 News Briefs 9 If President Obama Were a Nurse Massachusetts RNs introduce ratios bill 6 | WilkesBarre nurses strike; Insurance companies profit from Medicaid reform 7 | Despite recession, Kaiser RNs win stellar contract 8 | Nurses picket Blue Shield over rate hikes, increases delayed; Texas RNs push for ratios in contract talks as well as state bills; VA nurses hold quarterly meeting and win first national grievance 14 Healthcare reform would have focused on patients, not corporations. By Rose Ann DeMoro 10 14 Taking Media into Our Own Hands Why don't we ever see direct-care registered nurses on television or radio? Learn how NNU is creating its own nurse media to inform, educate, and entertain. FINALLY! The whole country is protesting attacks on the working people of America. Get updates at and through our @protestintheusa 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. By Lucia Hwang Kaiser Permanente RNs celebrate ratification of a new three-year contract. Photo by Lauren Reid. ON THE COVER: Twitter feed. Join us by sending in your reports and actions! JANUARY | FEBRUARY 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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