Minnesota hospitals release their staffing plans

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The Minnesota Nurses Association fought for and successfully passed a law at the Capitol to push hospitals to reveal their nurse staffing plans and their real staffing figures each quarter.  The Nurse Staffing Plan Disclosure Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Atkins and Sen. Jeff Hayden, requires hospitals to be transparent about their staffing and to publish their nurse staffing on a website available to all patients, families and consumers of healthcare.

It’s the first step to a minimum standard of care in Minnesota’s hospitals.  They must be transparent to consumers if patients are to have any idea if they’ll be safe in hospitals or at least receive a minimum standard of care where there are enough nurses to take care of them and deliver quality care.

The hospital reporting data can be found here:  http://www.mnhospitalquality.org/NSFacility.aspx

How transparent are the hospitals?   How much does the data help consumers?  Check out the figures for local hospitals in Minnesota and share this link with your comments.  Patients have a right to know that they’ll be safe, receive quality care, and experience a minimum standard of care no matter what hospital they may be visiting.  Every patient deserves good care.

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