Nursing a Grudge

The Governator's decision to allow bigger hospital work loads has ignited a bitter battle in California

Perhaps someone should have warned Arnold Schwarzenegger that nurses are no pushovers. For weeks, California's famously tough Governor has been locked in a furious feud with the state's R.N.s over his decision to suspend new state rules that would limit the number of patients a nurse must care for. The tiff took off at a statewide women's conference in Long Beach last December, when the Governor ridiculed a group of nurses who were there to protest. To be sure, the R.N.s were provocative, unfurling a banner that read HANDS OFF OUR RATIOS--a not-so-subtle reference to allegations of female groping by Schwarzenegger...

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