Unsafe Staffing Story: Kids’ ICU Dangerously Thin on RN Staffing

1 Feb

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: (From a hospital unit dealing exclusively with infants) – Working three nurses short in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is very unsafe. We have 17 vents [patients with ventilators, or machines that essentially breathe for patients and require continuous monitoring] and 21 acutely ill patients.

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