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. [Read more…]

Nurses take staffing fight to Minnesota Legislature

(Star Tribune) The Minnesota Nurses Association, which made “safe staffing” its rallying cry during a one-day strike in 2010, is calling for legislation to set a limit on how many patients may be assigned to hospital nurses.

At a press conference in St. Paul Tuesday, union leaders accused hospital officials of breaking promises made after the strike to work with nurses to address staffing questions. They also said they collected nearly 1,000 reports in the last half of 2011 from nurses who said patients were endangered by inadequate staffing levels. [Read more…]