National Nurses United

Registered Nurse March 2009

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Contents FEATURES 10 By the Numbers It's been five years since mandatory RN-to-patient staffing ratios were implemented in California. Registered nurses talk about what's different and what still has to change. By Lucia Hwang DEPARTMENTS 4 News Briefs RNs in Texas and Nevada rally for ratios the same week; The story of two Arizona nurses shows why RN ratios are sorely needed; Nashville RNs deal blow to HCA; Panel of healthcare experts says extending Massachusetts-style reform to the nation would be mistake; Agent Orange still killing in Vietnam; Maine RNs protest insurance rate hikes; Ohio RNs talk single-payer; Las Vegas RNs network and unite against discrimination at Valentine's ball. 10 9 Ratio Reflections How the safe staffing movement started, and where it's going. By Rose Ann DeMoro 4 MARCH 2009 W W W. C A L N U R S E S . O R G REGISTERED NURSE 3

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