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Nurses bring ‘passionate commitment’ to 2015 Day on the Hill

12 Feb MNA DOH at MNDH web (2)


MNA DOH at MNDH web (2)

Inspiring, empowering, and energizing. Those are some of the words MNA members used to describe Day on the Hill 2015.

About 150 RNs from throughout Minnesota stood up for their patients, their profession, and their communities at the February 9-10 event in St. Paul.

Members sat down with their legislators to share their experiences as bedside RNs to show why a Safe Patient Standard and workplace violence prevention legislation are needed. They told their personal stories of instances where patient safety was threatened because of understaffing; and times when they were subjected to workplace violence themselves.

They crowded into a room at the Minnesota Department of Health to deliver more than 2,000 ‘valentines’ – Concern for Safe Staffing Forms filed in 2014, documenting situations where patients were at risk due to low staffing levels.

Dozens of RNs lined up to share their stories at an emotional meeting with Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger.

Some teared up telling their stories and as they identified with other nurses’ concerns.

“We are bringing these valentines from nurses on day shift, night shift, holiday shift, weekends, holidays,” said MNA President Linda Hamilton. “Here’s proof that we need more nurses. We want to do what’s best for our patients.”

Nurses document unsafe staffing in their hospitals by filling out Concern for Safe Staffing Forms and sharing them with their supervisors and the Minnesota Nurses Association.

“The hospitals aren’t giving you the information you need, so we will,” said oncology nurse Theresa Peterson, RN at North Memorial Hospital. “When (cancer) patients need medications, it’s an hourly thing. So if you have five other patients, they don’t get seen.”

Commissioner Ehlinger promised that he and his staff would read the forms and use them to inform their policy discussions.

Other highlights of Day on the Hill:

  •  National Nurses United Public Policy Director Michael Lighty brought the national perspective in his remarks during the February 9 kickoff. He urged MNA members to use their NNU Public Policy Director Michael Lighty “passionate commitment” for their patients when advocating for change at the state and national levels to “transform our country.”
  • St. John’s Hospital nurse Amy Schmidt spoke publicly for the first time about the patient attack on nurses on her unit last November. She described how the attack unfolded and how it changed the lives of everyone involved. St johns nurseSchmidt said every hospital should have a plan to deal with crises. “I urge all nurses to get involved and stop thinking that workplace violence is part of our jobs. It is not.”
  • Rep. Joe Atkins told members their voices do make a difference. “There’s not a legislator who doesn’t respect what you do. You have a case to make.”
    He promised to fight for safe patientjoe a staffing and workplace violence prevention legislation.

Breaking News: Dayton to headline DOTH!

28 Feb

Gov. Mark Dayton

Media Contact: John Nemo, MNA, 651-442-7176 (cell) or john.nemo@mnnurses.org

ST. PAUL (February 28, 2011) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will speak to hundreds of Minnesota Nurses on Tuesday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. inside the State Capitol Rotunda as part of the Minnesota Nurses Association’s (MNA) annual “Day on the Hill” event.

Tuesday marks the first day Minnesota can begin opting in to Federal Medical Assistance (MA) funds that are expected to bring the state $1.2 billion in federal money for hospitals and clinics while providing healthcare for 95,000 Minnesota residents who are unable to obtain healthcare coverage on their own.

Dayton will speak on his decision to accept the MA expansion funds and also comment on the latest developments out of Madison, Wisconsin, where thousands of working families have been rallying for the past two weeks in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to bust the state’s public employee unions.

Speaking to several hundred nurses gathered inside the State Capitol Rotunda, Dayton will be joined onstage at 12:30 pm by DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, MNA President Linda Hamilton, State Rep. Paul Thissen and Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson.

The press conference, which runs from 12:30-1:00 pm, will be streamed live on the MNA’s Web site at http://www.mnnurses.org/Livestream

WHO: Gov. Mark Dayton, DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, MN AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, State Rep. Paul Thissen and MNA President Linda Hamilton

WHAT: Minnesota Nurses Association’s “Day on the Hill”

WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1 from 12:30-1:00 p.m.

WHY: Dayton and others will speak about the state officially opting into to federal MA funding and the latest developments out of Madison, Wisconsin.


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