National Nurses United

Registered Nurse June 2009

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Contents FEATURES 11 Not-So-Golden Years For far too long, pensions were not standard for registered nurses even though they filled a public service as teachers, firefighters, and police officers do. In California, all that changed after CNA/NNOC began winning pensions for members. Too many RNs across the country, however, still retire without the financial security they deserve. By Heather Boerner 16 Whiners Need Not Apply The professional practice committee at Kaiser South San Francisco is known for its teamwork and results. But it wasn't always this way. Learn how RNs there built their PPC from the ground up. By Lucia Hwang 18 The Spark Meet RN Debbie Cuaresma, who helped spark the widespread unionization of registered nurses in Southern California. By Lucia Hwang 11 DEPARTMENTS 4 News Briefs Sutter pushes business strategy at expense of community health; Election at Saint Agnes a poster child for EFCA; CNA/NNOC testifies before Congress on single-payer merits; Two new TV shows featuring RN characters provide opening to talk about nursing in America; Geriatric care RNs in Pennsylvania unionize; Arizonan RNs support single-payer; Chicago RNs meet with colleagues on public-sector challenges; Maine RNs settle contract; Ohio RNs turn to organizing; metro councils in Texas gather to discuss ratios 10 A Uniquely American Mess President Obama seems to understand what's wrong with insurance companies, but lacks the political will for genuine, single-payer healthcare reform. By Rose Ann DeMoro 4 JUNE 2009 W W W. C A L N U R S E S . O R G REGISTERED NURSE 3

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