For Nurses

Have you worked a shift that was short staffed? Was patient care compromised due to your hospital not scheduling enough nurses for duty?

Fill out a Concern for Safe Staffing form and help us advocate for safe nurse-to-patient ratios.

These forms are used to:

  • Track and identify trends in threats to patient safety that Registered Nurses have reported as a result of short staffing situations.
  • Provide Minnesota Nurses Association the information to identify and address these trends with hospital management.
  • Document the actions you took to advocate on the behalf of your patients.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to document your nursing advocacy!

Nurse Story

Notes from the Frontline

Reports submitted by nurses paint a concerning picture of patient safety behind hospital walls. From being inadequately prepared with enough staff to handle crises, to providing little or no help when nurses call for it, patient lives are too often at risk in a system without a Standard of Care.   Patient required a stay of over 9 hours in the hospital and had a blood reaction that was provided minimal observation due to lack of staff. During shift hospital was working with our skeleton staffing and had a compliment of ED patients. Code Blue in another building required hospital staff  to respond. This left a full hospital of patients, including a new mother and newborn baby, ER patient, and an incoming ambulance to be managed by one RN and one aide. At 3:00 p.m, patient's discharge paperwork was mostly done and personal arrangements made for pick up. Yet she…
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