Minnesota hospitals’ income soars

18 Sep

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By Mathew Keller RN JD, Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist

In yet another sign that Minnesota Hospitals are using the myth of a Minnesota “nursing shortage” in order to avoid appropriate nurse staffing, the Star Tribune recently reported that our 10 largest hospital systems “saw operating income jump by 38 percent in fiscal 2014 compared with the previous year.”

These healthcare systems reported sparking income growth by “putting the brakes on hiring.”

In particular, North Memorial Medical Center saw its highest net profit margin since 2006 (and yet is currently laying off RNs); the Mayo system reported a 1 percent decline in salary and benefit costs while experiencing a 36 percent increase in revenue (complaining of a nursing shortage and cutting pensions the whole time); Sanford reported eliminating positions through attrition (while also reportedly purposefully staffing 10 percent under grid in order to cut costs); and HCMC, a 472-bed facility, added the equivalent of only 38 full-time positions.

Meanwhile, nurses continue to report unsafe nurse staffing in record numbers.

Since August of last year, MNA nurses have submitted 2,802 Concern for Safe Staffing forms, indicating situations in which staffing is so bad patient safety is at risk.

Minnesota Hospitals: bragging about enormous jumps in profit obtained through unsafe staffing all the while jeopardizing the safety of our patients.

The time for a Safe Patient Standard law is now.

4 Responses to “Minnesota hospitals’ income soars”

  1. Diane Scott September 18, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Sanford has hired several non-nurses to handle patient complaints about the lack of nursing care. What’s wrong with that picture?

  2. Diane Scott September 18, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Sanford’s nurse turnover rate is sky high. What’s wrong with that picture?

  3. Diane Scott September 18, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Sanford schedules surgery when there aren’t enough nurses to care for the patients after surgery. What’ wrong with that picture?

  4. Diane Scott September 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Low or inadequate staffing is related to many adverse outcomes such as increased patient assaults on nurses and poor patient outcomes.

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