Nurses take staffing fight to Legislature

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 28, 2012 - 11:02 PM

Standoff over staffing ratios prompted one-day strike in 2010.

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jcinmnFeb. 28, 12 1:15 PM

It's good to get this before the public in an election year knowing that it won't get much traction from this legislature. Get it out there, publicize it and crucify the legislators for their stand on this issue. One more reason to vote them out.

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jcinmnFeb. 28, 12 1:16 PM

In fact! Let's bring more skeletons out of their closet. Anybody remember any?

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buthead2Feb. 28, 12 1:30 PM

If the promises the hospitals made were so important to the union, why weren't they included in the contract?

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wyzeguyFeb. 28, 12 1:35 PM

LOL, here we go!

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zxserdfgtFeb. 28, 12 1:47 PM

Same union that wants to import more cheap foreign nurses..but neglects to address the safety issues associated with not fluently speaking English.

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obamaswakeFeb. 28, 12 2:19 PM

When you chose to walk out for a day to protest for Safe Staffing, how many patients did you neglect? Strike, and the sooner the better. You can go bowling with the Crystal Sugar workers. You people have absolutely how fragile your union premise is. Take a look around. Be glad you have a job, because I would bet a large number of Union nurses have jobs despite their poor records and performance.

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nursemanFeb. 28, 12 2:51 PM

From zxserdfgt: "same union that wants to import more cheap foreign nurses..." Um, it's the hospitals that want to import more cheap foreign nurses since it would more benefit the hospital administrators to have less expensive labor costs. Maybe you should do a little research on the subject before you spout off inaccuracies.

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deneencFeb. 28, 12 3:10 PM

Rigid staffing ratios will not make things safer. Critically thinking nurses who can determine patient acuity and make nursing assignments that reflect the proper ratio for those given patients are what we want. During a day where you start with 4 patients and end up with 4 different patients you may need another hand to help with that activity level. However at night if your patients are stable and no one comes or goes you can probably handle 5 or 6 patients in a general med surg unit. Some patients on a general med surg unit may be too sick and a nurse may need to only have 3 patients, but rigid ratios mean that nurse gets 4.

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bldgmaintFeb. 28, 12 3:13 PM

the union wants all control so no one can afford to go to the hospital. No wait we can get medicaid and free care through Obamacare.

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deneencFeb. 28, 12 3:28 PM

Rigid staffing ratios will not make things safer. Critically thinking nurses who can determine patient acuity and make nursing assignments that reflect the proper ratio for those given patients are what we want. During a day where you start with 4 patients and end up with 4 different patients you may need another hand to help with that activity level.

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