National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine July-August 2011

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4 News Briefs Holy Family RNs in Massachusetts unionize 5 | Michi gan nurses stage soup kitchen and donate school supplies 6 | Minnesota RNs strike over staffing; Massa chusetts RN leaders arrested defend - ing workers' rights 7 | Sutter nurses prepare for tough con tract fight 8 | California RNs hold candle - light vigils for patient care; Florida nurses protest understaffing and push for more training; Maine RNs win work place violence law; New ratios study says California's law improves nursing care; Texas RN leaders hold statewide meeting to discuss Main Street Contract campaign 9 Live to Tell Nurses across the country are struggling in this economy, and calling for a Main Street contract. By RoseAnn DeMoro 10 Getting a Good Read on Things As a busy nurse, you may not sit down with a book as much as you'd like. Don't worry. Simply check out our annual book review special. 17 Life Support During this economic crisis, nurses are often the ones keeping their households afloat. By Lucia Hwang 20 CE HOME STUDY HIPAA—The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act If the privacy laws under HIPAA have got you confused, take this home study CE to sort out what you need to know. Submitted by the Joint Nursing Practice Commission, DeAnn McEwen, RN, and Hedy Dumpel, RN, JD ON THE COVER: Michigan Nurses Association RNs hold a soup kitchen on Lansing Capitol grounds to protest their governor's policies and promote the Main Street contract. 17 Contents 10 4 J U LY | A U G U S T 2 0 1 1 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 A T I O N A L N U R S E 3 TOC_Layout 1 8/16/11 5:11 PM Page 3

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