Our Work

Every day, Minnesota nurses are committed to their patients, working to ensure they receive the care they deserve. That’s why nurses are advocating for policy changes that support the health of all Minnesotans.

When you support our efforts, you help promote safe, quality care.

Your support has helped us:

  • Develop the first contract in the nation to permit closure of units when nurses can not safely care for patients due to short staffing.
  • Call for a constitutional amendment to secure healthcare as a right for all Minnesotans.
  • Restore funding for medical assistance to Minnesota’s most vulnerable populations by expanding Medicaid

By supporting our efforts to advocate for safe nurse-to-patient ratios, you can help us save lives.

Nurse Story

Nurses promise patients quality care

Nurse story: nurses are disappointed with hospital care too

In this month's American Journal of Nursing, Maureen Shawn Kennedy reports there's a gap between what nurses know is quality patient care and what they see on a day-to-day basis.  She says: "There are far too many instances in which nursing practice is substandard."And that's even in magnet hospitals.  Some nurses say they'd never leave their own family members alone in a hospital.  A survey of 7500 nurses showed that two-fifths or 40 percent said they wouldn't want their family members to be a patient in a hospital where they worked. Kennedy cites the reasons as insufficient staffing and resources-a lack of a minimum standard of care.  Doing too much with too little, including scheduling patterns that don't allow nurses to monitor patients continuously; and  inexperienced nurses who are forced into making life or death decisions. Nurses want to keep the promise to patients of delivering the care they know…
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