Duluth News Tribune Weighs In On Mandatory Staffing Bill

  1. Let's call this what it seems to be, this proposal weaving its way through the Legislature in St. Paul to leave it up to state government to dictate how many nurses are on duty at any given time in Minnesota hospitals and health-care facilities.

  2. Visit DoGoodThenGo profile page

    About DoGoodThenGo

    Joined: Jul '09; Posts: 4,301; Likes: 5,702
    Entrepreneur - Business Owner; from US


  3. by   Altra
    My response: I, as an ER nurse, will volunteer to work at the delivery of the child of any member of the Duluth News Tribune editorial board who wrote that editorial. After all -- hospitals should just shift nurses here and there to maintain *quality care* as they see fit. Maybe the provider also involved in that delivery should be a dermatologist ... same analogy, no? Together, the dermatologist and I will provide great quality care in a labor & delivery environment ...

    You can't fix stupid, but perhaps we could enlighten the editorial board:

    email to letters@duluthnews.com
    Last edit by Altra on Mar 18, '13
  4. by   bebbercorn
    Are there any nurses here that can speak for mandated nurse/patient ratios? How do you like it?
  5. by   trueblue2000
    Floating an L&D nurse to the ER? These people have no idea what they are talking about.
  6. by   DoGoodThenGo
    There was an episode on the television programme "ER" where they floated a "maternity" nurse down to the unit. IIRC it was when the ER nurses were staging a job action. The replacement nurse showed up in whites and a cap (apparently she hadn't gotten the memo...) and it was a hoot seeing a floor nurse supposedly adjust to that unit.

    Being as all this may the whomever wrote that hit piece needs to be schooled. It is obvious they too are stuck in the "caps and whites" era where a nurse, is a nurse, is a nurse and can be floated to any unit/floor in a hospital. This regardless whether or not she has seen clinical activity on said floor beyond nursing school years before.
  7. by   wooh
    Ahh yes, let's leave it in the hands of for-profit hospitals to make that determination. Because they are ALWAYS thinking in the best interests of their bottom-line, oops, I meant patients.