Minnesota responds sensibly on nurse staffing ratios

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: March 28, 2013 - 8:46 PM

State sensibly avoids dictating nurse staffing levels.

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stplooklistnMar. 29, 13 7:26 AM

Of course the Hospital Assoc is going to show there is no need. They are being saved by the nurses. Nurses are working double shifts because they care about their patients and don't want them to suffer the consequences of administrators not providing enough staff. Ask a nurse's family how many times the phone is ringing at all hours of the day begging them to come in and work extra. Sad state of affairs when hospitals pride themselves on beautiful facilities but won't provide the critical bedside care.

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briechersMar. 29, 13 7:43 AM

It appears to me that more time and analysis is being narrowly focused on nursing ratios and the role of government in establishing those ratios in this one state of Minnesota than was given to the Affordable Health Care Act with its broad scope, uncertain funding and related mandates. It will be no surprise that this law that was poorly conceived, recklessly legislated and sloppily implemented will produce just the kind of results one would expect from such a process. I understand that the administration has set the bar pretty high…and hopes that the exchanges will not be a 3rd world experience. Good grief.

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capsule2Mar. 29, 1311:11 AM

Ask a nurse's family how many times the phone is ringing at all hours of the day begging them to come in and work extra. Sad state of affairs when hospitals pride themselves on beautiful facilities but won't provide the critical bedside care. - Yes. We've been hearing ever since the last strike that "we will hire more nurses." Pure lip service. The people really don't understand how at risk they are when they are in the hospitals.

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marcymmbMar. 29, 1312:04 PM

When the nurses went on strike the last time nurse/patient ratio was one of the agendas in their contract but they opted for raises instead of fighting for this, so now its goes to the legislator, what a waste of money and time, sorry but I don't feel one bit sorry for them. If they have to work so much overtime maybe its time to hire more nurses.

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schristeMar. 29, 13 1:47 PM

marcymmb - That's what was promised them but the hospitals have yet to hire more nurses. It is obvious when you go to the hospital, how long the wait time is for emergency and other care. I know - been at the hospital 5 times since Jan 1 due to major illness. The lack of nurses can get scary on some floors.

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martin64Mar. 29, 13 2:11 PM

marcymmb: While the nurses gave ground on wage increases, and didn't get the fixed staffing levels they wanted -- the tentative contract agreement announced last week preserved the nurses' pension plan as is.

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jdlellis1Mar. 29, 13 4:02 PM

The nurses association failed in their negotiations with hospitals then choose to utilize the "force of government" to implement this initiative. This again was a feel good peice of legistation becuase there was no hard evidence of a problem. Only statastics from other states.

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jkrom68Mar. 29, 13 9:36 PM

The nurses deserver their pension and raises like anyone else would want(and if you don't get a pension/raise- go find another job and stop with the hate). It's not like they are getting rich off a 1 to 2 precent raise. The staffing levels are really bad- I should know as my wife works in the ER and she is constantly getting called in cause they are short staffed all the time...There definitely should be some type of nurse/patient ratio and it's better to go through the legislature than a 3 year contract that hospitals would threaten to get rid of every time...Cheers....

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capsule2Apr. 1, 13 7:25 PM

jkrom68: I should know as my wife works in the ER and she is constantly getting called in cause they are short staffed all the time. = Sounds like she works at Unity........

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