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In Minnesota, there are standards for the number of children per daycare provider, the number of firefighters on duty, and the number of EMTs in an ambulance. Yet there are no standards for the number of patients a nurse can be assigned to at one time.

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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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