In the news: Minnesota nurses reject proposed contract, leaving hospital officials "disappointed"

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, July 5, 2010

Minnesota Twin Cities hospital officials are disappointed at the Minnesota Nurses Union’s rejection of its most recent contract proposal. The proposal included compromises on pension and staffing ratios, which were the issues that resulted in the one-day walkout back on June 10.

The hospitals rejected the nurses' proposal of solidifying nurse-to-patient ratios in the nurses' contracts, saying they have no hard evidence whether this step will help the quality of patient care.

Since May 1, as many as 4,400 out-of-state nurses have applied for licensure in Minnesota, including 825 applicants since Friday, June 25.

Source: Star Tribune

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