Minnesota Nurses at St. Paul’s United Hospital are leading the way in the fight to pressure hospitals and the government to provide healthcare workers with the protection they deserve while fighting COVID-19. On Wednesday, May 20, nurses will picket the hospital and march to the State Capitol, while implementing strict social distance procedures.
Why? Because PPE is so short, nurses have had to take leftover surgical scrubs rather than bring home possibly contaminated scrubs. Because nurses have been disciplined, even terminated from United Hospital, for violations of the “dress code policy” just for trying to protect themselves and their families.
We are demanding:
-Involve nurses and hospital workers in decision making at EVERY LEVEL
-Supply readily available PPE to provide maximum precaution to prevent the spread of COVID
-Environmental preparation of all areas slated to become COVID+
-Stop retaliation and immediate reversal of ALL retaliatory measures
How can you help?
Call Allina Health CEO, Dr. Penny Wheeler, and demand safety and security for nurses we need for union nurses, nurses’ families, and especially nurses’ patients. We need nurses to get us through this pandemic.
Your MNA United Chairs,
Suggested Script to use on the phone:
Allina CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler Number: (612) 262-0605
Dr Wheeler, this is _____, I am an RN at _____ in ______.
I heard about the situation at United Hospital in St Paul, and it is imperative that you stop treating your healthcare workers as expendable resources. It is time to stop disciplining people for wearing hospital provided scrubs or for following your governor’s stay at home order by asserting that they should be able to take their electronic education from home rather than at the hospital. All that the RNs at United are asking for is that they be allowed to participate in making their hospital safe for employees and the community. It is unacceptable that the administration would respond by disciplining them and denigrating their reasonable requests.
Social media messages:
Hashtags: #FreethePPE #DialDrWheeler #WeNeedPPE
.@mnnurses are here to demand that @UnitedHospital and other hospitals, as well the @mnhealth, address nurses’ demands for equipment, training, staffing, and transparency to provide safety and protection for patients and healthcare workers during this pandemic! #FreethePPE
Hospital management has been unresponsive to nurses’ concerns. Nurses have asked, pleaded, and finally just grabbed scrubs to protect themselves and their families from this horrible virus and now our nurses are being disciplined for it. #DialDrWheeler #FreethePPE
All over Minnesota, nurses are being forced to utilize unsafe practices. They are re-using gowns and masks, that until recently, they threw away. This shouldn’t happen in a state where we pride ourselves on delivering the best care. #FreethePPE #ProtectNurses #OneMinnesota
.@mnnurses demand hospitals: Involve nurses/hospital workers in decision making @ EVERY LEVEL. Supply readily available PPE to prevent the spread of COVID. Environmental preparation of all areas to become COVID+. Stop retaliation & immediate reversal of ALL retaliatory measures!
Why are @mnnurses marching? Because PPE is so short, they have to take leftover surgical scrubs rather than bring home possibly contaminated scrubs. Because they have been disciplined, even terminated from just for trying to protect themselves and their families! #FreethePPE
How can you help? #DialDrWheeler and demand safety and security for nurses we need for union nurses, nurses’ families, and especially nurses’ patients. We need nurses to get us through this pandemic. #FreethePPE
#DialDrWheeler and tell her to #FreethePPE!