Minnesota Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes, July 15, 2011 Nurses in Minnesota’s northern Iron Range wrapped a three-day strike Thursday, pushing their hospital administrators to staff up. Robin Etter, an eight-year ob/gyn nurse, said Range Regional Health Services routinely relies on overtime, which burns nurses out. Almost half the nurses in her unit have less than a year’s experience, and she understands why many leave. During a recent week, Etter pulled three shifts in a 48-hour period, getting only four hours sleep. When she finally got home at 1 AM, the hospital called at 1:08 AM to ask if she would come back in, Etter said. After she declined, the hospital tried back at 4:30 AM ... Minnesota