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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

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.

Special Note: The class on the 24th has moved to the
St. Louis office  
11628 Old Ballas Rd.
Conference Room
St Louis, MO 63141

Las Vegas, Nevada
March 16, 2016

Kansas City, Missouri
March 22, 2016

St. Louis, Missouri
March 24, 2016

Washington DC
March 29, 2016

Chicago, Illinois
April 5, 2016

Tampa, Florida
April 12, 2016

Miami, Florida
April 14, 2016
Reno, Nevada
April 20, 2016

Lexington, Kentucky
April 26, 2016

El Paso, Texas
April 28, 2016

Bar Harbor, Maine
Friday, May 13, 2016

New York City, New York Class Full 
May 17, 2016

Corpus Christi, Texas
May 25, 2016