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Registered Nurse July-August 2007

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TOC:2 8/15/07 2:43 PM Page 3 Contents FEATURES 10 Hanging onto Life Healthcare in California prisons is so bad that a federal judge has placed the entire medical system under the control of a third-party receiver to institute radical reforms. Pat and Nikki, who each served more than 20 years in California prisons and now advocate for humane treatment of inmates, provide an inside view of just what's happening inside prison walls. By Erin FitzGerald 16 Reading into Things Want to read books but can never find the time? To dig a little deeper than the six o'clock news headlines and ponder some big thoughts about medicine, politics, history, and race, just sit down with our summer book reviews. You'll come out that much smarter. 22 Marathon Man As a long-distance bicyclist and runner, RN board member David Welch knows that some goals are attained only after great perseverance. He applies the same approach to convince nurses to use their inherent power in transforming the U.S. healthcare system. By Lucia Hwang 16 DEPARTMENTS 4 News Briefs In response to stalled bargaining, CHW RNs staged pickets in July to step up pressure on the hospital chain; Frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations, Sutter nurses get ready to show they are ready to back up their position with a possible strike; Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs begin bargaining; Previewing the 2007 House of Delegates convention; In pursuit of single-payer universal healthcare, CNA/ NNOC joins forces with AFL-CIO; A new study documents how much the American medical industry spends to maintain the status quo; Chicago nurses file injunction to stop layoffs, Fremont-Rideout RNs authorize strikes, and Texas RNs organizing for patient care. 9 Nurses in the House The 2007 House of Delegates convention is a time to learn, laugh, and lead. By Rose Ann DeMoro J U LY | A U G U S T 2 0 0 7 W W W. C A L N U R S E S . O R G 4 REGISTERED NURSE 3

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