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Recent news and updates from the Minnesota Nurses Association.

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(St. Paul) – January 19, 2022 – This week, 672 nurse members of the Minnesota Nurses Association filed a petition with hospital management at six Mayo Clinic facilities, demanding action to curtail the worsening staffing crisis and recognize nurses’ sacrifices throughout the pandemic.

“Nurses continue to work under extremely difficult circumstances to care for our patients while Mayo CEOs make millions off our hard work,” said Kelly Rosevold, RN at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato.
… Read more about: Hundreds of Mayo Nurses Demand Action on Staffing Crisis  »

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Lauren Nielsen
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Ahead of Legislative Session, nurses come together to demand action

(St. Paul) – January 11, 2022 – On Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at 10 a.m., nurse members of the Minnesota Nurses Association will host a tele-town hall with members of the Minnesota Legislature to demand action on the crisis of nursing in Minnesota hospitals.

Last month, nurses held a press conference to highlight the dangerous and unsustainable conditions inside Minnesota hospitals.
… Read more about: Nurses to Host Tele-Town Hall with Legislators on Nursing Crisis  »

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Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – December 28, 2021 – Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary C. Turner, RN, today released the following statement in response to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines which slash recommended isolation periods and do not require a negative test to end isolation. The new guidelines also no longer require health care workers who are exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine if they are vaccinated and boosted. These new policies come as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Minnesota and nationwide, including infections from the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
… Read more about: Statement from MNA President Turner on Dangerous CDC COVID Guidelines  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Nurses call for action to protect patient and worker safety

(St. Paul) – December 20, 2021 – Today, nurse members of the Minnesota Nurses Association shared their experience of the current crisis in Minnesota hospitals. [Click here to watch the press conference.] The nurses described the unsustainable conditions in their workplaces and called on hospital CEOs and public officials to take action to ensure hospitals are safe and welcoming to patients and workers.
… Read more about: Ahead of the holiday, nurses detail crisis in Minnesota hospitals  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
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(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Ahead of the holiday, nurses will share details on crushing conditions they’re experiencing

(St. Paul) – December 16, 2021 – On Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., nurse members of the Minnesota Nurses Association will share their stories of the current crisis in Minnesota hospitals. The nurses will describe the unsustainable conditions in their workplaces and what they need from employers and legislators to ensure hospitals are safe and welcoming to patients and nurses.
… Read more about: Nurses to hold briefing on crisis in Minnesota hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

First-of-its-kind public hearing is the result of a new law championed by MNA

(St. Paul) – November 18, 2021 – This evening, Minnesota Nurses Association members joined more than 60 participants in a virtual public hearing on Allina Health’s plan to close labor and delivery services at Regina Hospital in Hastings. This cost-cutting move by Allina will negatively impact patient care and the community, as people going into labor will now need to travel an additional 23 miles to St.
… Read more about: Nurses, community object to Allina consolidation plan which will negatively impact patient care, nurse staffing  »

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Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – November 17, 2021 – State officials today announced that two emergency medical teams from the United States Department of Defense will travel here to provide staffing support to Minnesota hospitals. The following is a statement from Mary C. Turner, RN, Minnesota Nurses Association President and a COVID ICU nurse.

“There is no shortage of Minnesota nurses who want to work at the bedside and care for patients.
… Read more about: Statement from Minnesota Nurses Association on Emergency Federal Medical Teams  »

Frazier recognized alongside MNA nurse members honored for their outstanding efforts 

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(St. Paul) – November 12, 2021 – Last evening, State Representative Cedrick Frazier was honored by nurse members of the Minnesota Nurses Association with MNA’s 2021 Public Official Award. Rep. Frazier was recognized at a virtual ceremony alongside six nurse members honored with awards for their outstanding service over the last year. 

In nominating Rep. Frazier for the award, one MNA nurse member wrote: “His passion and advocacy for workers – especially essential workers coming out of this pandemic – has only grown as we have worked together to pass our priority legislation…Rep.
… Read more about: Rep. Cedrick Frazier Honored with 2021 Public Official Award by Minnesota Nurses Association   »

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Lauren Nielsen
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(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – November 10, 2021 – MNA President Mary C. Turner, RN, one of twelve members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, today praised the group’s final recommendations and report.

“As an ICU nurse on a Covid unit since the start of the pandemic, I am thrilled that the task force is calling for a permanent OSHA Covid-19 standard that includes protections against aerosol and airborne transmission for nurses and other workers,” said Turner, the only frontline worker and registered nurse appointed to the task force.
… Read more about: MNA President Turner Praises Final Recommendations of Biden-Harris COVID-19 Task Force  »

By Marcia Swanson, RN, Essentia Health Duluth/MDMC

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the 2021 MNA Convention went virtual. With a very full agenda for the House of Delegates, we knew we had our work cut out for us.

Sunday included education in the morning, and the afternoon brought us the Legislative Forum and a session for questions on proposed Bylaws and Resolutions.

Spirited conversations were had in the educations that included Commitment to Antiracism, Moral Suffering, and White Privilege and Racism as well as three NNU talks on Endangerment of Nurses & Patients, Queering Care and an update on COVID-19.
… Read more about: 2021 MNA Convention Recap  »