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National RN Union Launches Multi-State Drive for Healthcare Voters With Road Show in Nevada, October 13 Through 17

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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LAS VEGAS, Oct. 14 This week, registered nurse activistsfrom the state of Nevada and around the country launched a drive to make surevoters in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, and elsewhere havethe information they need to be informed healthcare voters. The Nevada leg ofthis tour will be coordinated by NNOC Nevada, the state affiliate of theNational Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association, thenation's largest RN union.

The centerpiece of the Nevada drive is a statewide bus tour Monday Oct. 13through Friday Oct. 17, visiting Sparks, Carson City, Reno, Incline Village,Gardnerville, Lovelock, Elko, Ely, the Shoshone Reservation, Las Vegas, andHenderson.

The tour will feature a unique, wrapped bus -- a striking visual -- thatincludes the nurses' report cards on the candidates and their healthcarestances. Riding the bus will be local nurses, physicians, patients,healthcare activists, and Donna Smith, a star of the movie SiCKO.

NNOC is also reaching out to voters through a mail piece featuring thehealthcare report card that is going out to swing voters across the state,especially unaffiliated women; with a broad phone banking campaign with nursescalling these same voters; and with print advertising.

"As an RN right here in Nevada, what you call voters, I call my patients.My colleagues and I will make sure they have the information they need to makegood decisions about the healthcare proposals of the leading presidentialcandidates," said Michael Collins, an RN in Las Vegas.

"RNs know that patients and voters need specific and independentinformation about the healthcare records and proposals of politicians.Healthcare is an issue that touches the lives of every single American, and wehave seen significant debates in this campaign about its future. We arecommitted to getting this important information into the hands of every Nevadavoter," said Malinda Markowitz, RN, a co-president of NNOC/CNA.

Following the Nevada leg of this tour, NNOC plans to continue the Octoberroad show with stops throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as inManchester, New Hampshire and Bangor, Maine.

The Nevada Nurses Organizing Committee is the state affiliate of theNational Nurses Organizing Committee, which was founded by the CaliforniaNurses Association in 2005, and today represents 80,000 RNs in 50 states,making it the largest and fastest-growing association of direct-care RNs inthe nation. Learn more at http://www.calnurses.org.WHAT: Nevada Nurses Drive for Healthcare Voters -- Las Vegas WHEN: Friday Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Las Vegas Senior Center, 5700 Missouri Ave.

SOURCE National Nurses Organizing Committee
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