Unsafe Staffing Story: New mom needs 1:1 care, can’t get it due to staffing levels

31 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.)

Today’s Story: The day shift started out with 1 RN assigned to 4 post-delivery moms and babies, 1 of which was a fresh delivery with hemorrhaging, (that mom almost required surgery to stop the bleeding!) This patient was 1:1 and the nurse was with her alone for at least the first 2 hours of the shift. The second RN had 3 postpartum (post delivery) and the third RN had 2 post delivery and a fresh c-section that again just arrived from post anesthesia care unit. The  fresh C-section should have been a 1:1 until frequent vital signs were done being assessed. We did have one support staff, but needed another RN.  We did pull the Another RN from the  office and she helped with the first RN’s assignment.

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