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TWO CLASSES:

- Paying with Our Lives: The Human Cost of Inadequate Health and Safety Protections in the RN Workplace

- Dynamic Patient Advocacy: RN Leadership in the Changing World of Healthcare

Paying with Our Lives: Nurses prioritize the health and safety of their patients and community every single day while their own health and safety is often at risk. From the moment we enter the workplace, nurses face numerous hazards ranging from career-ending back injuries to infectious diseases to physical and verbal assaults. Threats to the health and safety of nurses are ultimately threats to the entire community. As nurses, taking care of ourselves is essential to our ability to care for others.

Dynamic Patient Advocacy: Healthcare in America is in the process of dynamic change.
This course will review the core challenges facing the nursing profession today and prepare RNs to continue to be effective patient advocates within the changing healthcare industry.
Topics will include healthcare reform, the impact of the recession and advanced collective advocacy techniques.

Paying with Our Lives
Des Moines, IA

October 29, 2015
9am - 11am

Dynamic Patient Advocacy
Des Moines, IA

October 29, 2015
11am - 1pm


Health and Safety: Paying With Our Lives

The Human Cost of Inadequate Health and Safety Protections in the RN Workplace

Nurses prioritize the health and safety of their patients and community every single day while their own health and safety is often at risk. This course discusses workplace violence prevention, safe patient handling, and the role of nurses in effective infectious disease safety practices and planning, particularly during disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics. The course will examine underlying social, political, and economic issues including insufficient staffing, the lack of public health services and infrastructure, and healthcare restructuring that inappropriately shifts healthcare into the home and onto family members.

The course examines the impediments to RN health and safety in the workplace including insufficient staffing, lack of equipment, and inadequate employer health and safety training. Finally, we examine strategies for improving health and safety in the RN workplace including RN staffing ratios, the elements of strong injury and illness prevention programs, effective advocacy on the job and in the community, and how to engage with government health and safety agencies.

San Mateo, CA
October 9, 2015

Walnut Creek, CA
October 13, 2015

Newark, CA
October 15, 2015

Oakland, CA
October 26, 2015

San Luis Obispo, CA
October 30, 2015

Santa Clara, CA
November 9, 2015

Garden Grove, CA
November 17, 2015

Sacramento, CA
November 19, 2015

San Diego, CA
November 30, 2015

Marina Del Rey, CA
December 7, 2015

La Jolla, CA
December 9, 2015

Roseville, CA
December 15, 2015


RN Patient Advocacy at Home and Abroad: Resuscitating Public Health in a Globalized World

RNs and many of their most vulnerable patients understand that a comprehensive definition of health encompasses the social, ecological, and economic contexts in which individuals and communities live. This course examines the role of social and economic inequality on health globally and as part of our broader context typified by austerity measures and the privatization of healthcare. The current global health governance structure, led by the World Bank, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and increasingly philanthropic donors and public-private partnerships, has augmented health inequalities. Against this backdrop, the course explores the dismantling of public health systems globally, with particular attention paid also to the retrenchment of the social safety net and the public sector U.S. hospital system. By highlighting the symptoms of a weakened public health system, the class outlines the connections among globalization, disease proliferation, the international migration of healthcare workers, and increased militarization in the United States and abroad. It examines, in particular, how austerity and privatization affect women in especially devastating ways and create the context for unequal public health access. Through this course, nurses will develop comprehensive definitions of public health and healthcare advocacy that will strengthen RN leadership in the global fight against austerity and its aftermath.

Sacramento, CA
October 2, 2015

Baldwin Park, CA
October 6, 2015

Los Angeles, CA
October 8, 2015

Burlingame, CA
October 27, 2015

San Bernardino, CA
October 29, 2015

Newark, CA
December 8, 2015

Santa Clara, CA
December 10, 2015


Vulnerable Places: Health Inequality and the Ethics of Nursing

How does where people live impact their health? Why are some patients more susceptible to sicknesses caused by environmental disaster and economic inequality than others? Do nurses have an ethical role to respond to health disparity? Where can nurses intervene to protect human rights, promote health, and reduce geographically concentrated illnesses? Should nurse advocates take on the challenge of mapping new landscapes for healthy communities?

This class assesses why where people live makes a difference for whether they are vulnerable to illness and early morbidity. It considers the historical, social, and economic circumstances that make some patients vulnerable to higher rates of sickness, malnutrition, chronic conditions, and toxic environmental exposures. The class will explore myriad ways that geographic health disparity puts pressures on hospitals—especially safety-net facilities—and how the current model of corporate healthcare limits nurses’ ability to treat and care for vulnerable patients. The course will offer historical perspectives on how geographic health disparities impact different scales of health intervention. In exploring local, national, and global differences, the course will highlight common symptoms of economic, environmental, and social injustice that consistently contribute to geographically disparate poor health outcomes. It will culminate in a discussion of the importance of creating social movements to improve human health.

San Francisco, CA
September 17, 2015

Stockton, CA
September 22, 2015

Vallejo, CA
September 25, 2015

San Ramon, CA
October 1, 2015

La Jolla, CA
October 13, 2015

Granite Bay, CA
October 20, 2015

Sacramento, CA
October 22, 2015

Bakersfield, CA
October 28, 2015

Santa Monica, CA
October 30, 2015

Long Beach, CA
November 3, 2015

Palm Springs, CA
November 5, 2015

San Luis Obispo, CA
November 17, 2015

Santa Cruz, CA
December 8, 2015

Oakland, CA
December 10, 2015