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Big Pharma, Inequality, and the Future of American Healthcare

PART 1: Pharmakosis: What’s Wrong With Pharma, and How to Fix It

Today, skyrocketing drug prices are bankrupting patients and taxpayers and keeping lifesaving treatments from the people who need them. This class will explain what is driving this trend and what can be done to reverse it. We will also explore other worrying features of the healthcare-pharmaceutical complex, such as the pursuit of “blockbuster” lifestyle drugs instead of breakthrough cures, the use of patent law to delay or restrict access to generics, and the intensive use of sophisticated marketing techniques aimed at clinicians and patients. Special attention will be given to the ways in which these recent trends are undermining clinical judgment and transforming the nurse-patient relationship. The class will culminate in a discussion of what can be done to remedy these problems.

PART 2: The Inequality Epidemic

The United States is currently experiencing its worst epidemic of inequality in nearly a century. In recent years, an increasing share of total income and wealth has become concentrated at the top of the economic spectrum, while more and more people find themselves either unemployed or settling for lower pay and less secure jobs. This class will give a detailed overview of the factors contributing to this current trend — with a particular focus on technological change and the growing role of finance in the wider economy — as well as the social, political, and health consequences of inequality. Participants will gain an understanding of why runaway inequality constitutes an unprecedented public health crisis and will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to create a care plan for the nation that can heal the economy and save lives.

Walnut Creek — Thursday, September 1
Walnut Creek Marriott
2355 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek CA 94596
Santa Clara — Friday, September 16
Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara CA 95054
Sacramento — Monday, September 19
Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814
San Mateo — Wednesday, September 21
San Mateo Marriott
1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo CA 94402
Modesto — Friday, September 23
Clarion Inn Conference Center
1612 Sisk Road, Modesto CA 95350
New York — Tuesday, September 27
Courtyard by Marriott Manhattan/Midtown East
866 3rd Avenue, New York NY 10022
Silver Spring — Thursday, September 29
DoubleTree
8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD 20910
Chicago — Friday, October 7
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
733 W Madison Street, Chicago IL 60661
Pasadena — Tuesday, October 11
Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena
180 North Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena CA 91103
Chico — Friday, October 14
Courtyard by Marriott
2481 Carmichael Drive, Chico CA 95928
Las Vegas — Monday, October 17
Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino
3700 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV 89103
Costa Mesa — Thursday, October 20
Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach
881 Baker Street, Costa Mesa CA 92626
Roseville/Granite Bay — Wednesday, October 26
Granite Bay Golf Club
9600 Golf Club Drive, Granite Bay CA 95746
Oakland — Friday, October 28
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612
Los Angeles — Friday, November 11
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90015
Orange — Tuesday, November 29
Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County
100 The City Drive, Orange CA 92868-3204
La Jolla — Thursday, December 1
Sheraton La Jolla
3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla CA 92037
San Francisco — Friday, December 9
Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street, San Francisco CA 94115
Long Beach — Thursday, December 15
Courtyard Long Beach Downtown
500 E 1st Street, Long Beach CA 90815

The Future Of Nursing, Whose Hands Is It In? Maintaining RN Autonomy and Patient Advocacy

The healthcare industry and some professional organizations are attempting to restructure healthcare in ways that erode and fragment nursing practice and, in so doing, undermine patient care.

This course will consider two scenarios, one based on restructuring healthcare in order to maximize the industry’s revenue and the other based on professional judgment and autonomy to provide high quality, individualized patient care.

This will include examining the current threats to RN practice based on models that emphasize “occupational prestige” rather than professional autonomy. Finally, it will consider strategies to defend against those threats and further enhance the historic role of nurses as advocates for a healthy society.

Las Vegas, Nevada
August 24, 2016


Collective Patient Advocacy: Strategies to Secure Safe Staffing Standards and RN Patient Advocacy Rights

This course examines the impact of external forces on RN professional practice and patient advocacy role; it also addresses mechanisms through which RNs can build stronger organizations to secure RN control over safe staffing ratios and professional practice in Ohio acute-care settings; and identifies comprehensive strategies to build an RN social advocacy movement to achieve strong hospital patient and RN whistle-blower protection mandates.

Independence — Monday, June 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtyard Cleveland Independence
5051 W Creek Rd, Independence, OH 44131
Dayton — Friday, July 1, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dayton Marriott
1414 South Patterson Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409
Columbus — Wednesday, June 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtyard Columbus Downtown
35 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

Health & Safety Series: Understanding and Enforcing Regulations to Improve Your Health and Safety at Work

Patient handling is part and parcel of direct-care nursing. But each manual lift or mobilization causes microinjuries, which can suddenly turn into a severe back, shoulder, or other injury. These injuries can be career-ending, chronic pain-causing, debilitating injuries. And they are entirely preventable. CNA won the strongest regulations on safe patient handling in the nation in 2012. The law and regulations require the replacement of all manual patient handling with equipment and available, trained staff.

Workplace violence is increasingly a cause for concern for nurses. It is not just “part of the job;” there are clear steps that employers can take to prevent violent incidents from occurring or escalating. To that end, CNA won first-in-the-nation legislation mandating workplace violence prevention plans in all hospitals and many other healthcare settings.

This class describes the structure of the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA), including how to make health and safety complaints, how inspections happen, and what injuries get reported to Cal/OSHA. Then, we will discuss the safe patient handling and workplace violence regulations, drawing on participants’ experiences to lead the discussions. Finally, we will discuss how regulations get enforced— by Cal/OSHA, other enforcement agencies, and by nurses.

Garden Grove — July 13, 2016   Class Full 
Anaheim Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove CA 92840
San Luis Obispo — Friday, August 5, 2016
Embassy Suites-SLO
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Sacramento — Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento CA 95814
Eureka — Thursday, August 11, 2016
Red Lion Hotel
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
San Mateo — Monday, August 15, 2016
Marriott San Mateo
1770 South Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo CA 94402
Santa Clara — Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara CA 95054
Oakland — Friday, August 19, 2016
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland CA 94607
Marina del Rey — Monday, August 22, 2016
Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey CA 90292
San Diego — Wednesday, August 24, 2016
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego CA 92108