In the news: Staff ratios arguments prevail between Twin City hospital, nurses

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, May 17, 2010

Nurses at Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and Minneapolis want hospitals to agree to limit nurse-to-patient ratios, but the hospital says the limits aren't necessary, reports MPR News.

The hospital says the facility already provides some of the safest care in the nation—MPR News reports that the chief nursing officer, Ginger Malone, says the hospital has better than expected mortality rates and ranks third best out of 42 children's hospitals in the nation.

On Wednesday, May 19, nurses will vote on accepting the contract. Nurse leaders said they are willing to walk off the job over the staffing issue. Nellie Munn, a registered nurse at the hospital, says she has witnessed patients suffer because nurses are too busy to address needs or notice changes in patient conditions.

Source: MPR News

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