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Recent news and updates from the Minnesota Nurses Association.

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(St. Paul) – May 2, 2022 – Minnesota nurses will gather at the State Capitol tomorrow as the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act comes to a vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives as part of the House Health & Human Services omnibus bill.

Nurses will encourage and cheer on passage of the act, which would retain nurses and protect patient care by establishing local, flexible, hospital-based committees of nurses and managers to set staffing levels on a unit-by-unit basis, including a limit on the number of patients for which any one nurse can safely care.
… Read more about: Nurses to Gather at Capitol Tomorrow as House Votes on Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in Omnibus Bill  »

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(St. Paul) – April 27, 2022 – A coalition representing labor, faith, and community organizations – including the Minnesota Nurses Association – released the below statement today regarding the passage of Frontline Worker Pay.  

“For two years, frontline workers have shown up, even when we didn’t have adequate PPE, hazard pay, retention bonuses, or paid COVID leave. I am thankful the Minnesota Legislature has finally shown up for nurses and other frontline workers,” said Mary C.
… Read more about: MNA, Frontline Worker Coalition Welcome Overdue Passage of Frontline Worker Pay as an Important Step in Recognizing the Sacrifices of Essential Workers  »

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Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Bill clears final committee as part of House Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill

(St. Paul) – April 27, 2022 – After clearing a vote in the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee today, Minnesota nurses celebrated as the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act heads to a vote on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The act, designed to retain nurses and protect patient care, is included in the combined House Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill as priority legislation for the Minnesota House Majority.
… Read more about: Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act Headed to House Vote  »

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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

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

(St. Paul) – April 22, 2022 – Nurses of the Minnesota Nurses Association today announced their first four endorsements of the 2022 election cycle for candidates in open races for the Minnesota Legislature. MNA endorsements follow screening interviews and recommendations of member nurses based on candidates’ pledged support for MNA priority issues. All endorsed candidates have affirmed their commitment to support the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act; oppose the Outsourcing Care Compact; and defend workers’ collective bargaining rights and oppose so-called “right-to-work” laws.
… Read more about: MNA Nurses Announce First Endorsements of 2022 Election  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig(o) 651-414-2863(c) 612-741-0662sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Nielsen(o) 651-414-2862(c) 651-376-9709lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

(Marshall, MN) – April 15, 2022 – Nurses at Avera Regional Medical Center in Marshall will hold an informational picket outside the facility on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, to inform the public of the need for Avera executives to put patients before profits to address the understaffing and retention issues at the hospital and to prioritize safe and high-quality patient care. The picket comes as nurses at the facility represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association bargain for a fair new contract with the health system.
… Read more about: Marshall nurses to picket on need to put patients before profits at Avera Medical Center  »

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

Act to retain nurses and protect patient care included in omnibus released today, bringing it closer to vote in the Minnesota House

(St. Paul) – April 6, 2022 – Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association applauded the inclusion of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in the Minnesota House Health Omnibus Bill released today (sec. 27, line 38.12). The act would address the short-staffing and retention crisis to protect patient care in Minnesota by establishing local, flexible, hospital-based committees of nurses and managers who would work together to set staffing levels on a unit-by-unit basis, including a limit on the number of patients for which any one nurse is responsible.
… Read more about: Nurses applaud inclusion of Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in House Health Omnibus Bill  »

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(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(o) 651-414-2862
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – March 31, 2022 – Minnesota nurses released a new report today – “Why We Left: 2022 Nursing Workforce Report” – which identifies poor hospital management and chronic short staffing as the top issues driving nurses away from bedside care. In a roundtable discussion at the State Capitol today, nurses who retired early or left full-time bedside care positions shared stories of their experiences, including why they left and what it would have taken for them to stay.
… Read more about: Minnesota nurses share ‘Why We Left’ the bedside in new report, call for solutions to staffing and retention crisis  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(o) 651-414-2862
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

(Duluth) – March 25, 2022 – At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022, Duluth nurses will be joined by area labor leaders and elected officials to call on Essentia to do right by workers at their new outpatient surgical center at Miller Hill Health Plaza.  

At the event, Duluth nurses will share their concerns about the effect of Essentia’s corporate healthcare policies on employees and patient care as the health system prepares to open the new surgical facility.
… Read more about: Duluth nurses, elected officials, labor leaders to call on Essentia to do right by workers at new facility  »