Legislative Policy

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Nielsen
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Endorsees include those recognized for their leadership and partnership with nurses on key issues like the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act 

(St. Paul) – June 23, 2022 – Nurses of the Minnesota Nurses Association today endorsed 27 incumbent members of the Minnesota Legislature for reelection in 2022, including 15 MNA Advocates and 10 MNA Supporters. These endorsement levels, like the “MNA Champions” announced earlier this week, recognize leadership and partnership with nurses to make progress on issues important to nurses and patients.
… Read more about: Nurses Endorse 27 Advocates, Supporters, Candidates for Reelection in 2022 State Legislative Races  »

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

Candidates pledge to support Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act, put patients and healthcare workers before profits 

(St. Paul) – June 17, 2022 – Nurses of the Minnesota Nurses Association today announced seven new endorsements for the 2022 election cycle for candidates in open races for the Minnesota Legislature. These endorsements, like those previously announced by MNA, are based on screening interviews and recommendations of member nurses based on candidates’ pledged support for MNA priority issues.
… Read more about: MNA Nurses Announce Seven Endorsements for Open Races in 2022 Election  »

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

(St. Paul) – May 2, 2022 – Minnesota nurses celebrated passage of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act by the Minnesota House of Representatives today. The act, designed to retain nurses and protect patient care, passed the House as part of the Health & Human Services omnibus bill. While Minnesota nurses raised the alarm about chronic understaffing by hospital CEOs for years, today’s action is the first-ever vote by a body of the Minnesota Legislature to hold hospital executives accountable to provide safe staffing levels for patients and nurses in our hospitals.
… Read more about: Nurses celebrate historic passage of Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in Minnesota House, urge Senate action  »

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

Lauren Nielsen
(o) 651-414-2862
(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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Contact: Sam Fettig
(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

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

Bill laid over for inclusion in the House Omnibus Health Bill, marking it a top-priority health issue for the House Majority Caucus

LISTEN: Audio of this afternoon’s committee hearing, with discussion on this topic beginning at 39:15, can be found at this link.

WATCH: Once it is available, video from this afternoon’s committee hearing will be available at this link.
… Read more about: Nurses testify to need for Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act to retain nurses and protect patient care in first committee hearing  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

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

In virtual meetings next week, hundreds of Minnesota nurses will push legislators to put ‘Patients Before Profits’

(St. Paul) – February 11, 2022 – At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) will come together for a kickoff event for their Virtual Week on the Hill.

During the kickoff event, nurses will share their stories and discuss the need for legislative action to put patients before profits.
… Read more about: Governor Walz, Legislators to join nurses to kick off Virtual Week on the Hill  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

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

Legislation aims to retain nurses, prioritize patient care and hold hospital CEOs accountable

Introduced today by Sen. Erin Murphy and Rep. Liz Olson, bill a legislative priority for Senate Minority Caucus

WATCH: Click here to watch this morning’s press conference.
LISTEN: Click here for audio of this morning’s press conference.

(St. Paul) – February 3, 2022 – Minnesota nurses today joined Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St.
… Read more about: Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act will put patients before profits  »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

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

(St. Paul) – February 2, 2022 – At 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, Minnesota nurses will join Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen (DFL-Edina), Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) and Representative Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth) to announce new legislation to address the hospital short-staffing and retention crisis.

In recent weeks, hundreds of nurses spoke out about the conditions in Minnesota hospitals. Minnesota nurses are overwhelmed and overworked, hospitals are understaffed, and patients are overcharged by hospital executives trying to boost their bottom lines.
… Read more about: Nurses, legislators to announce legislation to combat nurse staffing crisis  »