National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine September 2011

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4 News Briefs Nurses held historic events Sept. 1 to call for Wall Street Transaction Tax 7 | University of Michigan RNs step up fight for fair contract 8 | 23,000 nurses jolt California with massive strike; 9 | NNU director named influential in healthcare; 10 | Florida RNs picket for safe staffing; Minnesota RNs at Bemidji settle contract; Texas nurses make progress in contract talks; VA RNs convene to strategize and learn about workplace violence 11 Unity is Key Solidarity among nurses is critical to the profession. By RoseAnn DeMoro 12 Unconventional Methods At our 2011 gathering, nurses learned they have the power, the vision, and the know-how they need to win a Main Street Contract for the American People. 16 Moving Mountains Showing it can be done, Vermont is the first state in the country to decisively move toward building a single-payer method of healthcare financing. By Donna Smith 18 CE HOME STUDY HIPAA—The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Part 2 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: Washington, D.C. RN Sandra Falwell (in red NNU scrub top) holds hands with other nurses and labor leaders during a Sept. 1 sit-in protest in front of Rep. Eric Cantor's office in Virginia. 12 Contents 4 16 S E P T E M B E R 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 10/11/11 9:24 PM Page 3

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