NURSING: CNA Launches Bimonthly Journal
California nurses Tuesday "unveiled" a new forum they hope will "improve their own political health," the Sacramento Bee reports. At Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club, representatives of the 30,000-member California Nurses Association launched a 40-page first issue of a bimonthly journal designed to convey nurses' viewpoints of the medical field. The magazine, RevolutioN: the Journal for RNs and Patient Advocacy, will "often convey an explicitly political or economic message" consistent with the association's labor organizing efforts. Jill Furillo, CNA lobbyist, said, "We want the magazine to be a voice for nurses," adding that the journal targets the "decimation of [the] health care system in California" by managed care. While the journal enters a crowded magazine market, national surveys commissioned by CNA indicated that registered nurses were excited by the prospect of a publication "devoted to the advocacy role of hands-on nurses." In addition, the surveys found that 66% of respondents believed staffing levels at their place of employment were "inadequate." "There's really no publication out there right now that speaks to the needs of bedside nurses," Chuck Idelson, CNA communications director, said (Doyle, 3/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.