National Nurses United

Registered Nurse May 2009

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Contents FEATURES 12 Slice and Dice Hospitals are using the recession as an opportunity to plead poverty and cut patient services, departments, and staff. By Lucia Hwang 16 The Accidental Teacher Board member Cathy Kennedy went into nursing instead of education, not realizing that she'd be doing both as an RN leader. By Lucia Hwang DEPARTMENTS 4 News Briefs RNs take over nation's capital during national day of action; Maine RNs pass MRSA screening law; What model of nursing are you?; RNs fight to save San Leandro Hospital; Ohio RNs lobby the state Legislature; Pennsylvania RNs share personal testimony in favor of single-payer; Texas RNs influence legislation. 12 11 Making History The national nurses movement staged unprecedented actions and introduced a groundbreaking national ratios bill in May. By Rose Ann DeMoro 4 on the cover: Nearly 500 registered nurses from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C. this May to introduce a national ratios bill and rally for guaranteed healthcare by expanding Medicare for all. Photo by Jaclyn Higgs. M AY 2 0 0 9 W W W. C A L N U R S E S . O R G REGISTERED NURSE 3

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