National Nurses United

California Nurse magazine January-February 2006

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C A L I F O R N I A N U R S E J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 0 6 3 Contents Departments 4 News Briefs Study shows U.S. hospital charges keep rising; a lawsuit filed by CNA and other labor groups forces the state to stop making propaganda disguised as news; RNs ranked most ethical, again; roundup of latest bargaining and organizing news; RNs finally strike new deal with UC 8 Cleaning House California is ready for clean money elections, and here's why. By Rose Ann DeMoro 21 Critical Patient Advocacy Issues Facing Correctional RNs in California, Part II RNs working in California's correctional facilities face serious threats to their practice and their ability to advocate for patients. Submitted by Hedy Dumpel, RN, JD, the California Nurses Association Statewide Correctional Nursing Advocacy Group, and the Joint Nursing Practice Commission Cover Story 9 Missing and Inaction Both the Red Cross and government couldn't or wouldn't provide the medical care needed after Hurricane Katrina. Just who is in charge of handling our medical response to disasters? By Lucia Hwang Features 14 Out of Our Hands U.S. healthcare industry turns to outsourcing medical services. By Conn Hallinan 19 The Lifer Malinda Markowitz, RN is dedicated to CNA because she's grateful for the role it played in helping her become the person she is. By Lucia Hwang January/February 2006 PLEASE CONTACT US WITH YOUR STORY IDEAS They can be about practice or management trends you've observed, or simply some- thing new you've encountered in the profession. They can be about one nurse, unit, or hospital, or about the wider landscape of healthcare policy from an RN's perspective. They can be humorous, or a matter of life and death. If you're a writer and would like to contribute an article, please let us know. Our contact information is in the masthead. 4 | Ethical RNs 9 | Medical disaster response 14 | Outsourcing health 19 | On board

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