Nurses' union reaches compromise with Twin Cities hospitals over staffing legislation

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 11:52 PM

Health Department will study staff ratios and patient care.

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supervon2Mar. 15, 13 8:36 PM

You really have to ask yourself who is running the henhouse? This is just another example of heavy handed unions taking advantage of the general public. I won't even mention how the nurses brag how few hours they put in-they even get paid when they are home. I sure don't get that.

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sibes6Mar. 15, 13 9:10 PM

Disclosure: my s.o. is an RN. How many people do you want YOUR nurse caring for when it's you needing more than urgent care? I do mean really, too, not just in your right wing blah blah blah "let's cut costs and unions" blubber that is great until it comes down to YOUR care? Ugh! Care about the right things in life, not just your all important corporate "bottom line" philosophy the Radicals have taught you is important

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drichmnMar. 15, 13 9:20 PM

"I won't even mention how the nurses brag how few hours they put in-they even get paid when they are home." .... Obviously you don't get that. Nurses and other staff do get paid when they are "on call" at home which is part of their regular compensation. They carry pagers and can be called in at any time of the night or day during their "on call" time which is part of their scheduled work hours.

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mchristiMar. 15, 1311:46 PM

Another good and important proposal that should have gone through the legislature this year nixed by "business" or, in this case, hospital manager interests. Setting minimal standards for how many patients a nurse can cover and care for just makes sense, and is good for patients and all of us who want to get well and be cared for when we're in the hospital.

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sassifilliMar. 16, 1312:30 AM

Staffing should be based on patient acuity, not just numbers. Not all patients require the same level of care-some are more acutely ill, have multiple medications, IVs, or receive blood products. Some are fresh out of surgery with increased needs. Some patients receive a couple of medications, no intense monitoring, and may or may not have an IV. I do not want mandated staffing numbers.

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perronjpMar. 16, 13 6:18 AM

I have to concur with supervon2; how is it that legislation can be argued last week by our elected officials and shelved this week because a union says so? It doesn't sound like the hospitals had a say in it, heck, they have been arguing all along the politicians shouldn't be involved. Aren't the lives that were at stake last week still at stake? We're not in Kansas anymore Toto, but even as I think back to the Wizard of Oz, I get the creepy feeling that if I peeked behind the curtain, Dayton would be wildly pulling the levers.

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marcymmbMar. 16, 13 6:24 AM

Why wasn't this addressed when the nurses went on strike this was their number one priority but they opt for raises instead so now they waste alot of time and money because they didn't want to stick in there and fight for this.

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supervon2Mar. 16, 13 7:43 AM

drichmn-I know many other workers that are "on call" and they don't get $8-10/hour for wearing a pager. The ones I know get called in 1 in 20 days when their available. Does that not sound like a good deal and then some?

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jackpinesavMar. 16, 13 8:00 AM

These are the 1st line care-givers, folks. Dedicated and caring. Putting a label on them and making them the enemy.....not a reaL smart move. And labelers are those who use a term to equate someone with a child sex abuser...not too subtle and real ugly. Education and skill should equate to a middle class life...nothing wrong with that.

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CarolynKMar. 16, 13 9:10 AM

When focusing on nurse - patient ratios, NON-direct-care nurses' numbers need to be taken into consideration. Most (if not all) hospitals hire nurses whose roles are geared to ensure the hospital's financial success, not to provide direct patient care. It's the ratio of DIRECT-care nurses to patients that's vital for good staffing.

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