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(Bismarck, N.D.) – March 6, 2019 – An overwhelming majority of registered nurses at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center chose to be represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association during two days of voting this week.

“St. Alexius nurses want to provide top quality care to all our patients by having a voice in our workplace,” said Margo Maxon, an RN at the hospital. “Nurses believe coming together and speaking with one voice is the best way to advocate for our patients.”

“MNA members welcome St. Alexius nurses to our union family,” said MNA President Mary C.
… Read more about: Press Release: St. Alexius nurses in North Dakota vote to affiliate with Minnesota Nurses Association  »

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(St. Paul) – March 6, 2019 –  An analysis of hospital prices shows Minnesota hospitals are charging an average of 212 percent more than it costs them to care for patients, according to the study by National Nurses United and the Minnesota Nurses Association.  The study also shows that hospital prices have risen threefold over 20 years when compared to other goods and services in the consumer price index.

“By looking at what it costs to care for patients and comparing that to what hospitals actually charge patients, it shows that hospital prices haven’t just gone up exponentially,” said Tara Fugate, researcher for the Minnesota Nurses Association, “They’ve gone up faster than the prices of other goods and services in the economy.”

The study compares chargemaster prices for 111 acute-care facilities in Minnesota with the costs for care for each hospital as listed in the Medicare Cost Reports (MCR). 
… Read more about: Press Release: Study Shows Minnesota Hospital Prices Rising Faster than Economy  »

 

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(St. Paul) –   February 8, 2019 –  Minnesota Nurses Association nurses and healthcare advocates will call for legislators and businesses to put patients before profits and support expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare for all, including initiatives currently before the Legislature at a 2 p.m. rally in the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda on February 12. Representatives from MNA, ISAIAH, the Land Stewardship Project, the Main Street Alliance, the Minnesota AFL-CIO, and TakeAction Minnesota will share stories in support of expanding MinnesotaCare, removing the sunset of the provider tax that funds MinnesotaCare, reducing prescription drug costs, strengthening workplace safety, and improving hospital staffing levels.
… Read more about: Media Advisory: Minnesota Nurses, Healthcare Advocates Rally on Feb. 12  »

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Contact:  Rick Fuentes
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Contact:  Barbara Brady
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(St. Paul) –   January 16, 2019 –  The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Nurses Association has endorsed Stu Lourey for the vacant Minnesota Senate seat of District 11 to represent Carlton, Pine, St. Louis, and Kanabec counties.  Nurse leaders made the decision after he submitted to a screening and questionnaire that detailed his commitment to expanding access to healthcare for more Minnesotans.

“We’re proud to work for Stu Lourey,” said MNA President Mary C.
… Read more about: Press Release: Minnesota Nurses Endorse Stu Lourey for Minnesota Senate District 11  »

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Contact: Rick Fuentes
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(St. Paul) –   September 6, 2018 – An arbitrator ruled on September 5 that Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul violated MNA nurses’ contracts in 2017 by unilaterally requiring part-time nurses to pay high a higher percentage of health insurance premiums than full-time nurses.

“Nurses did not stand for Children’s blatant attempts to divide our membership on a critical issue like health insurance,” MNA President Mary C.
… Read more about: Press Release: MNA nurses win major arbitration decision over health insurance  »

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Rick Fuentes
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(St. Paul) –   September 5, 2018 –  The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Nurses Association has voted to endorse Congressman Tim Walz in his bid to be Minnesota’s next Governor and Representative Peggy Flanagan as the next Lieutenant Governor.  Nurses based their decision on screening sessions before and after the primary that demonstrated Walz and Flanagan’s dedication to expanding access to healthcare for all Minnesotans and the protection of union rights for all workers.
… Read more about: Press Release: Nurses endorse Tim Walz for Governor and Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor  »

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Rick Fuentes
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(cell) 612-741-0662
rick.fuentes@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – August 24, 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Nurses Association has voted to endorse Congress member Keith Ellison in his bid to be Minnesota’s next Attorney General. Nurses based their decision on Ellison’s years of continued support for healthcare and justice policies and confidence that Ellison would use the Attorney General’s office to act as the consumer advocate that fights to increase Minnesotans’ access to affordable and accessible health care.
… Read more about: Press Release: Nurses endorse Keith Ellison for Attorney General  »

Please attribute the following statement to Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary C. Turner:

Nurses in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin who are members of the Minnesota Nurses Association stand with community residents, hospital staff, and patients affected by yesterday’s destructive tornado in Marshalltown, IA.

As the union representing nurses at UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown, MNA nurses recognize and thank area nurses and other healthcare professionals for their dedicated, hard work during this difficult time and for the tough job they’ll continue to do in the coming weeks as the community continues to recover.

Nurses thank the EMTs, firefighters, police, and all the emergency workers who responded so quickly to help keep people and property safe during and after the storm.
… Read more about: Press Release: MNA statement on Marshalltown, IA, tornado  »

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Barbara Brady
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(St. Paul) – July 12, 2018 – Short staffing is an “epidemic with no end,” according to an annual report published by the Minnesota Nurses Association.  MNA analyzed more than 3,000 Concern for Safe Staffing reports filed by registered nurses in 2017 and found a continuing incidence of hospital staffing where nurses had to take care of too many patients at one time.  Nurses reported that, as a result of short staffing, hospital patients didn’t receive medications, assessments, and discharge instructions, among other needs.
… Read more about: Press Release: MNA Nurses Report Short Staffing Pervasive in Minnesota Hospitals  »

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Contact:  Rick Fuentes
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Contact:  Shannon Cunningham
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shannon.cunningham@mnnurses.org
… Read more about: Press Release: Nurses applaud Erin Murphy’s healthcare plan  »
(St. Paul) –   July 10, 2018 –  Minnesota nurses are excited about the bold healthcare plan released today by gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy that will make Minnesota the first state in the nation to provide guaranteed, affordable healthcare to everyone.  The “Pathway to Single Payer” plan is a strong blueprint for guaranteeing all Minnesotans affordable, quality healthcare, according to the Minnesota Nurses Association members.

The “Pathway to Single Payer” plan will simplify and strengthen the state’s existing healthcare system by expanding access to MinnesotaCare as it’s currently structured, requiring the state to contract directly with healthcare providers, and making medications affordable and available to all state residents.”Nurses believe a system that treats healthcare as a basic human need, not a luxury, is a necessity,” said MNA  President Mary C.