Mary Turner

This weekend marks the second anniversary of our peacetime emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two years, we have lost over 12,000 Minnesotans and over 6 million worldwide. Among those lost are family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other loved ones. Among those lost are some of our own—nurses and healthcare professionals.

We have suffered through the unthinkable. We have dealt with inadequate PPE, unsafe staffing levels, moral injury, and lip-service from those who have the power to solve these problems. But through it all, we’ve continued to do what we’ve always done—care for our patients.

We are tired and we are heartbroken, yes.
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(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.
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By Mary C. Turner, RN

MNA President


Mayo Clinic released its 2019 annual financial report at the end of February, and it surely made more than one person’s mouth fall open. A lot of those people, by the way, probably also work on the top floor, management offices of hospitals—not just Mayo.


First, here’s the numbers.  Mayo reported the company earned more than $13.8 billion in 2019. That’s money for everything from patient care to Mayo-branded backpacks ($39.95 in the Mayo marketplace store). Out of that, Mayo spent $12.8 billion. This means Mayo’s “operating revenue” is 1 billion dollars! 
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