National Nurses United

California Nurse magazine March 2006

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C A L I F O R N I A N U R S E W W W . C A L N U R S E S . O R G M A R C H 2 0 0 6 3 Contents Departments 4 News Briefs A new book on avian flu explains how corporate practices and the breakdown of global public health systems have left us exposed; 2006 will be another big bargaining year; Citrus Valley RNs vote to join CNA; Daughters of Charity RNs with four hospitals for the first time bargained and settled their contracts jointly; Washington Hospital RNs Say Yes to New Contract; NNOC/CNA cosponsors Illinois ratio bill. 7 Don't Get Sick in America Bush's big idea for healthcare reform is to shift all the risk and burden for healthcare onto those who need it most, and can't afford it already. By Rose Ann DeMoro 22 Critical Patient Advocacy Issues Facing Correctional RNs in California, Part III Conclusions and recommendations for improving prison medical care and strengthening patient advocacy roles of California correctional RNs. Submitted by Hedy Dumpel, RN, JD, the California Nurses Association Statewide Correctional Nursing Advocacy Group, and the Joint Nursing Practice Commission Cover Story 8 Nursing Democracy CNA launches initiative push for clean money elections, with a long-term goal of winning single-payer healthcare. Features 12 Behind the Redwood Curtain Who cares for the rural poor in isolated Northern California? By Erin FitzGerald 20 A Different Kind of Angel Board member Leslie Hawkins is known today as one of the go-to nurses for CNA's toughest organizing campaigns. But three years ago, she says she wasn't even a political activist. By Lucia Hwang March 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 | Who's afraid of avian flu? 8 | Politicians coming clean 12 | Rural healthcare 20 | On board

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