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In the news: MN nurses settle with two local hospitals

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 13, 2010

After a long labor dispute, Duluth, MN, nurses and two local hospitals have reached an agreement, reports MPR News. Representatives of the 900 nurses and SMDC/Essentia Health tentatively agreed to a new contract, averting a planned one-day strike.

That agreement comes one week after an agreement with 400 nurses and St. Luke's Hospital, also in Duluth. The SMDC/Essentia Health contract includes language that allows nurses to close a unit to admissions if the unit is too busy. Nurses can also refuse to take on new patients if they believe it threatens patient safety. The agreement with St. Luke's Hospital contains similar language.

Source: MPR News.

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