Bemidji Nurses Say Sanford Sick Policy is a Bad Remedy

10 Mar

Bemidji-soupBemidji nurses served up chicken soup Sun., Mar. 9 in front of the town’s iconic Paul Bunyan statue to highlight the dangers of a sick policy imposed by Sanford Bemidji Hospital management.

Nurses face discipline if they use more than three sick days in a row or 40 hours of sick time within a year.  The “sick in” helped warn  community members that the attendance policy could force nurses to be compromised when giving care.  If nurses must work while sick, it could impact recovery if one is hospitalized.

The nurses served chicken noodle soup to all nurses and residents who come by.  They also be collected cans of soup to donate to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

Click here or click on the picture below for a video of the action.

Bemidji nurses

9 Responses to “Bemidji Nurses Say Sanford Sick Policy is a Bad Remedy”

  1. Deb Meyer March 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    That is just awful!! Good for you to fight it! A recently retired RN from Sanford Worthington

  2. Linda Hamilton March 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Way to go Bemidj nursesi!!! It is time the public knows Sandford and many Minnesota employers are telling us come to care for them when we are ill. That is when our patients are most at risk for an infection and least able to advocate for themselves.

    Our patients depend on nurses to do what is in the best interest interest of those we care for. However, when faced with illness our Sandford and others believes we must come to work sick or face discipline. Do they believe our germs are sterile and cannot reproduce in our patients? Do they believe we are always able to work and make able to make good decisions when we are ill?

    Thank you Bemidji nurses for standing up for our patients. You are awesome.

    Linda Hamilton RN, President MNA

    • Barbara Blomquist March 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

      I just returned to work from a 3 month medical LOA to find a new sick time policy being used at Methodist Hospital in St Louis Park. Nurses are getting written up if they use 3% sick time in a year. This amounts to a little over 1/2 day per month, we earn 1 day per month of sick leave. We need to do something here to bring this to the public’s attention.

      Barb Blomquist RN, Methodist Hospital

  3. Mary Kirsling March 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Sometimes one is speechless when an employer uses a cookie cutter approach to managing sick time. No thinking required…just cut and dried rules. One thing is certain. Sanford just did MNA a favor….internally organized and galvanized the nurses.

  4. Russell Tufvander March 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    I am glad to see the nurses fighting this short-sighted and dangerous policy! I get disgusted when I go into a business and see an employee obviously too sick to be there, but present because of employer conditions. There, I can leave! Not so in a hospital!!!!!!

  5. Sanny Worker March 11, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Its also against Sanford policy to say anything negative about them. Thank You for your fight though. If they dont try and fire you one way they will try and get ya another. Oh Merit Care why did you have to leave us 😦

  6. Lisa Jo Jackson March 11, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Way to go Bemidji Nurses… Stanford is wrong in coming up with this kind of policy that can be detrimental to Nursing Care… when a person is sick the last thing they need is a sick Nurse taking care of them. If a Nurse stays home when they are sick its in the best interests of their patients. When you are ill it is not safe to work and make good decisions. Sanford is out of line in their thinking when it comes to what is safe for their clients and staff.

  7. Charles Rubashg March 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Do we have IDIOTS that make these policies, you know what they should spend there 8 to 12 hour a day shifts at the Hospitals in the emergence rooms exposed to the sick and dying and see how many sick days they can not use! Pardon my French but they are f—ing Retarded and do not need to be part of the Gene pool.

  8. Kathleen Karp March 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Too bad this is the nearest hospital to us! They have screwed up more than once. That being said my husband and I have always had excellent care from the nurses at Bemidji Sanford. The trouble lies elsewhere!

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