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

Unresolved: Nurse Warnings of Patient Risks Get Ineffective Responses

Reports submitted by nurses portray a harrowing situation occurring too frequently in Minnesota hospitals today.  In a snapshot of 1000 reports submitted by members of the Minnesota Nurses Association over the course of six months, the statistics show that when nurses seek help under the most distressing circumstances, a solution is not met 91 percent of the time.     “We have nearly 1,000 incidents where our patients suffered and in some instances even had their lives put at risk because we don't have a minimum standard for patient safety,” says Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Hamilton, RN. “What’s even more disturbing is that in nearly 900 of these incidents, hospital management did not – in the professional opinion of our Registered Nurses – take adequate steps to remedy the situation. That means hospital administrators failed patients and nurses more than 90 percent of the time whenever patient safety issues…
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