Battle brews in Minn. over hospital nurse staffing
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota nurses are forging ahead with a call for state lawmakers to enact standards that dictate how hospitals staff their units.
The Minnesota Nurses Association planned Wednesday to outline its legislative proposal. The nurses union, which staged a brief strike at some Minnesota hospitals in 2010, has been making a case for mandatory staffing ratios based on the number of patients and type of unit.
Their proposal would establish a system of record keeping for hospitals and potential punishments for those that fall short of the standards.
With Democrats fully in charge of the Minnesota Capitol, the staffing proposal has a strong shot.
But hospitals have been building a resistance effort. The Minnesota Hospital Association argues that medical staffing decisions are best dealt with by professionals not lawmakers.