Unsafe Staffing – Today’s Story

10 Aug

MNA Nurses fill out hundreds of Concern For Safe Staffing forms online each month. The story below is just one example of how unsafe staffing conditions inside Minnesota hospitals continue to have negative – and sometimes even deadly – consequences for patients and nurses. (Note: Due to HIPAA privacy laws for patients and concerns for potential workplace retaliation by employers against RNs, we do not identify the specific nurse and/or patient(s) involved in each story in this space.)

“The charge nurse was assigned a patient with an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device, a machine that helps the patient’s heart keep pumping while he or she waits for a heart transplant) – which is unacceptable with the degree of nursing work that is to be done with these type of patients. The remainder of the staff were stretched too far, with extremely high acuity (i.e. very sick) patients (with everyone assigned at least 6 patients), so we were unable to support one another.”

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