the changes at mercy and unity hospitals are meant to improve care, but unions say the remaining nurses will be stretched too thin.
all 90 licensed practical nursing jobs at mercy and unity hospitals in the northern suburbs are being eliminated by next year, drawing criticism from unions that say the move is based more on saving money than improving quality.
the coon rapids and fridley hospitals, which operate as one business, said the move to remove the licensed practical nurses (lpns) was part of a plan to put more care-giving directly in the hands of the more highly trained registered nurses (rns).
full story: 2 hospitals to drop licensed practical nurses
[minneapolis star tribune,mn]
Nov 22, '05
"They have been essential members of the patient care team," O'Connell said. "We look forward to continuing to work with them in other parts of our organization."
Oh, yes, nothing says "essential member" like elimination.
And i find it pretty pathetic that the RNs weren't given a voice in this decision, either.
Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Nov 22, '05