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National Nurse magazine July-August-September 2016

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NATIONAL NURSE,™ (USPS publication permit number 0807-560/ISSN 2153-0386 print/ISSN 2153-0394 online) The Voice of National Nurses United, July-August-Sep- tember 2016 (Volume 112/4) is published by National Nurses United, 155 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612-2908. It provides news of or ganizational activities and reports on developments of concern to all registered nurses across the nation. It also carries gen- eral coverage and commen tary on matters of nursing practice, community and public health, and healthcare policy. It is published five times per year, with combined issues in January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August-September, and October- November-December. Periodicals postage paid at Oakland, California. POSTMASTER: send address changes to National Nurse, ™ 155 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612-2908. To send a media release or announce- ment, fax (510) 663-0629. National Nurse™ is carried on the NNU website at For permission to reprint articles, write to Editorial Office. To subscribe, send $40 ($45 foreign) to Subscription Department. Please contact us with your story ideas They can be about practice or manage- ment trends you've observed, or simply something 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. You can reach us at EXECUTIVE EDITOR RoseAnn DeMoro EDITOR Lucia Hwang GRAPHIC DESIGN Jonathan Wieder COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Charles Idelson CONTRIBUTORS Barb Brady, Gerard Brogan, RN, PHOTOGRAPHY Jaclyn Higgs, Tad Keyes, Choppy Oshiro, Kate Usher what can we say? It's been an interesting and historic year, to say the least. We know the election results were unprecedented, but given our understanding of the state of the country, not surprising. What we have learned is that educating, agitating, and organizing gets results. We must not and must never stop organizing toward that vision of the world and society in which we would want to live, and that we'd like to leave for our children, and their children. Our work has not changed, only intensified. For example, our national collective resistance in two major fights—against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—scored big victories this fall. President Obama announced in November that it would not pursue the TPP and the Army Corps of Engineers announced in early December that it would not grant the permits Energy Transfer Partners needed to lay pipeline through sacred Native lands, endan- gering fresh water sources for millions of people. Bernie summed it up so succinctly at our big People's Rally on Nov. 17 when he said, "Brothers and sisters, there is a lot of anguish across the land. But if you look at history, you learn that when ordinary people stand up by the mil- lions, when we don't let demagogues divide us up by race or sex, or men or women, born here or born abroad, when we stand together and focus on economic, social, racial, and environmental justice—nobody, nobody is going to stop us." Please check out our NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro's column in this issue for a good overview of the challenges and new environment we face. Power concedes nothing without a fight, and we nurses will always keep fighting—for our patients, for our commu- nities, for the entire planet. It's what we've always done and always will do. Deborah Burger, RN | Jean Ross, RN National Nurses United Council of Presidents Letter from the Council of Presidents Stay connected FACEBOOK: TWITTER: @RNmagazine, @NationalNurses FLICKR: YOUTUBE: DIGITAL MAGAZINE:

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