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Nurses rally for national law mandating ratios for patient care in hospitals

Hospital care suffers because overworked nurses are assigned too many patients and are unable to voice their concerns out of fear of reprisals from administrators, members of a nurses union said Dec. 8. About 300 nurses from across the country demonstrated outside the offices of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, a group that advocates for hospitals and health care systems, in support of legislation that would, among other things, cap nurse-to-patient ratios.

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Stricter regs needed for medical pot

Supporters of an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona have taken steps to avoid some of the problems that have riddled California since voters there passed Proposition 215 in 1996. Californians approved a seven-paragraph initiative that protects physicians, caregivers and medical marijuana patients from prosecution. But it led to a massive outgrowth of doctors who prescribe the drug for just about any malady.

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‘I have the best job in the world’; Doctor offers mobile medicine to homeless kids

A little girl laughs in an exam room and then, feeling the prick of a needle, buries her face in her mother's shoulder and cries as she's vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain. She and 14 other children might not have been unanimously enthusiastic about the flu clinic Dr. Randy Christensen offered recently at the UMOM New Day Shelter. But Darlene Newsom, the shelter's CEO, said the care Christensen provides youth through the Crews'n Healthmobile program is essential.

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1,000s of patients depend on state for life itself

During the past 34 years, nearly 10,000 infants, children and teens have received care necessary to sustain their lives. Hacienda HealthCare touches the lives of more than 1,200 developmentally disabled Arizona residents and their families. A very high percentage of our patients are medically fragile and require constant care by doctors, nurses, therapists and aides.

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