Author Archives: MN Nurses

Medical errors and short staffing by hospitals: Is there a link?

A study by John Hopkins University says that hospital medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, with only heart…[ Read More ]

Why are Minnesota nurses striking?

By Carrie Mortrud, RN  Some people might be asking the question: Why are Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) nurses on strike at five…[ Read More ]

Report: Nearly half of Minnesota patients don’t understand discharge instructions

BREAKING NEWS! Most patients don’t understand their self-care post hospital stay. Except that’s not news to nurses. Last week, the the CMS…[ Read More ]

Hospital discharge: Why it’s getting more dangerous for patients

Rushed through discharge? You’re not alone. In hospitals across the country, federal data reveals that fewer than half of patients say they…[ Read More ]

Safe staffing saves lives. So why aren’t lawmakers listening?

It’s National Nurses Week, but instead of being honored for their service and dedication, many nurses across the country are rallying for…[ Read More ]

Safe staffing: What nurses really want

By Carrie Mortrud, RN  How will most nurses be honored during National Nurses Week, which begins May 6? Unfortunately, the scenario looks…[ Read More ]

Is Anybody Out There? When Call Lights Go Unanswered

By Carrie Motrud, RN If you or a loved one are scheduled for surgery at a Minnesota hospital, it’s important to know…[ Read More ]

“My Brains” Told Me When Medications Were Due

By Carrie Mortrud, RN “MY BRAINS” or what I used to call my Assignment Sheets. Oh, how I wish I would have…[ Read More ]

Again, Research Shows More Nurses Means Greater Patient Safety

By Carrie Mortrud, RN MNA Policy Project Specialist   Last week there was an article, “Nurse staff levels draw hot debate” in…[ Read More ]

By the numbers: Nurses are being understaffed by hospitals

Across the country, including in Minnesota, nurses say they are being increasingly short staffed by hospitals. In Michigan, a recent survey of…[ Read More ]