Protecting Patient Safety

There is no minimum standard of care in Minnesota

Today in Minnesota there are no standards for the number of patients a nurse can be assigned to take care of at one time.

There are significant health care effects of cutting corners by increasing the number of patients nurses care for at one time:
Nurses become stretched too thin; nurses are assigned to care for too many patients; nurses become overloaded and hurried as they care for patients.

Close calls, mistakes, and real medical errors increase. Patient safety is put at risk. Quality of care suffers. Patients and nurses are put in difficult and, at times, dangerous situations.

The nurses of the Minnesota Nurse Association have asked hospitals, their CEOs and administrators to agree to baseline, minimum staffing standards that protect patient safety since 2005. But hospitals have refused to take action.
Because the hospitals have not acted and some continue to assign nurses more patients than they can safely care for, the Minnesota Nurses Association supports a minimum standard of care in Minnesota, which would:

  • Protect the safety of patients and the quality of care they receive by setting minimum standards for the number of patients a nurse can take care of at one time;
  • Give hospitals the flexibility to exceed the minimum standards set at any time;
  • Empower patients by giving them the right to know and easily see the actual patient to nurse ratio in every hospital in Minnesota; and creates more competition among hospitals and rewards those who are doing the best job of serving patients.

Join us and help protect patient safety in Minnesota by supporting a minimum standard of care.


Patient Story

Your Patient Stories Over the past few weeks, you've been sending us stories about your experiences in Minnesota hospitals.  We've heard them, and we think others should, too.  By sharing your patient experience with us, you can help us promote a safe nurse-to-patient ratio at all Minnesota hospitals.
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