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February 26, 2016

MN Nurses Association rejects elimination of health care plans

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(St. Paul) – Press release from MNA: February 25, 2016 – Minnesota Nurses Association nurses from Unity, United, Abbott Northwestern/Phillips Eye Institute, and Mercy hospitals overwhelmingly rejected Allina Health’s offer to eliminate MNA health plans during all-day voting today.

The offer would have ended four different health insurance plans for nurses, which have been part of the MNA contracts for 20 years.  Allina offered to keep one of those plans for one year.

“I have very good insurance now.  I don’t want to lose that insurance,” said Valerie Johnson, RN at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  “I would have to spend so much on my healthcare if I got injured on the job, it wouldn’t be worth it for me to continue being a nurse.” (Emphasis made by SMYS’ editor.)

Nurses voted from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. at MNA offices.  The employer’s offer came as a result of negotiations that took place on February 10, 17, and 19 of this year.  The two sides left the bargaining table without any agreement.  The nurses’ negotiating team recommended MNA members reject the offer by Allina.

For more info:

Contact:  Rick Fuentes

(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
rick.fuentes@mnnurses.org

Barbara Brady

(o) 651-414-2849
(c) 651-202-0845
barbara.brady@mnnurses.org
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We do not Practice Nursing in a Vacuum. Are you a member of your profession or not?

By | Advocacy, Nursing, Workplace Safety | One Comment

Remember what I said about trips to DC, local safe staffing rallies at your State Capital and such things?

They are important.  For real.  This is what you need to be doing.  You complain a LOT about your working conditions.  I read the message boards.  And for that matter, I have never once in my life met a nurse, CNA, MA, ETC who did not complain about their staffing.  Never.  243c095760309bf3fa5da26efe52056d

So, essentially if you sit there and scowl….and do nothing… You are a whiner.

If you become involved and make a difference, you are an advocate.

Advocate is a harder title to achieve than whiner, but it looks better on a resume.  I am just saying.

So, tell me what it is going to take to get you involved. Are you willing to travel to your State Capital? Are you going to DC on May 12? Are you tweeting for safe staffing on February 27? <-click

OR are you going to sit there and complain, while healthcare organizations use and abuse you? Do you not realize that you hold ALL of the cards here? We are numerous, intelligent, responsible, trusted and DRIVEN.  So drive yourself to the location you need to attend on May 12.

If you live anywhere near DC, that is where I want you.  I will be there, and I will fight for you.  You have to show up to fight for me.  We do not operate in a vacuum.  Everything we do impacts the rest of our profession.  Bring your nurse coworkers, CNA’s, MA’s, imagesNURSING STUDENTS, and all interested parties with you.  We need change, nurses.  Advocate for your patients by advocating for yourselves.  Bring your enthusiasm, your brain, your organization, your passion….

And Your Stethoscope.  

We are here because at the bottom of it all, nurses stand up for other nurses.  We fight like siblings, have awfully strong personalities, and opinions as large as all outdoors.  But we know we only have each other, don’t we? We will never change our working conditions and the dangerous staffing situation our patients are living with every single day unless we stand together.

So, come out on May 12, 2016.  Show the world your Stethoscope.

Show ME Your Stethoscope.

I think you may be surprised how important your voice is.  You matter so much.

Love,

Janie

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Twitter Party Instructions

By | Advocacy, Healthcare Policy | No Comments
**********Twitter Party 2/27/16*************
Nurses Across America are pushing back against unsafe staffing. We invite you to join them, for a 24 hour Twitter Party, 2/27/16 to bring awareness to this movement. Starting 2/27/16 8am – 2/28/16 8am If you decide to Tweet @ to your local state reps Go here
 
https://twitter.com/gov/lists/us-house/members?lang=en
 
https://twitter.com/gov/lists/us-senate/members?lang=en
 
for a list of your local Twitter state reps and their twitter contacts.
Suggested Tweets to join Twitter party:
1. @INAAction Thank you for taking a stand and supporting your nurses & safe staffing Safe staffing rally 5/12/16 Please retweet TY #NursesTakeDC #SMYSOfficial
 
2. Thank you Nurse Champion and author Sandy Jacobs Summers for speaking at safe Staffing rally 5/12/16 Please retweet TY #NursesTakeDC #SMYSOfficial
 
3. @(insert your state rep twitter handle) safe staffing saves lives. Washington DC & State Capitol Rallies 5/12/16 Please retweet TY #NursesTakeDC #SMYSOfficial
 
4. @ (insert your professional organization twitter name) Support your nurses & safe staffing Safe staffing rally 5/12/16 Please retweet TY #NursesTakeDC #SMYS Official
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