Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to Rebalance Nurse Staffing

(Becker’s Hospital Review) Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul announced plans to change nurse staffing across units and shifts, including the addition of roughly 20 nurse full-time equivalents.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota reviewed nurse staffing by unit and shift as well as patient volumes and patient acuity at both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The system determined a need to shift the nursing balance to improve the quality of care, provide more support to nurses working off-hour shifts and reduce unnecessary costs linked to overtime hours.

To accomplish this shift while upholding its contract with the union Minnesota Nurses Association, the health system will need to eliminate some positions, offering nurses the opportunity to rebid for another position, take early retirement if eligible, take a temporary leave of absence or reduce their hours, according to the release. Overall, however, the number of nursing positions will increase by 20 FTEs.

The nurse scheduling changes will begin in July.