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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


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

Medicare Turns Fifty: Celebrating Our Past, Protecting Our Legacy, Fighting for Our Future

Fifty years ago the passage of Medicare marked the beginning of a movement for healthcare justice in the United States. Single-payer, which extends the benefits of Medicare to everyone, is the next step in that movement. This class will give a brief overview of the political and economic history of Medicare and then explore in depth how single-payer would build on its achievements and improve many of its deficiencies. Participants will also learn why, in order to expand the legacy of Medicare and fulfill the promise of single-payer, patient advocates and community activists will need to work to safeguard not only the financing but also the provision of care from corporate interests. Finally, the class will discuss how an improved Medicare for All will not only assure the health security of all Americans but also their economic security, and how, in this way, single-payer is a crucial piece of the broader social movement to guarantee the wellbeing of everyday people in the face of our nation’s increasing health disparities and socio-economic inequality.

Special Note: The CE class is from 9am until 4pm and is combined with a midday Medicare Anniversary Celebration at Heritage Green Park from 12 to 2pm. The CE class offers 4 contact hours (CEHs).

Chicago, IL
July 30, 2015