Mayo Clinic Health System Nurses Call for Action on Staffing Issues

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More than 670 Nurses Association of Minnesota members at six facilities in the Mayo Clinic health system are demanding pay equity and retention bonuses to address staffing issues and recognize workers, according to a statement from union press.

The petition, which was filed with the hospital management and shared with Becker’s on January 19, states, “We, the MNA nurses of the Mayo Clinic Health System, have worked under extremely difficult circumstances for the past 23 months. We are exhausted, we are traumatized and we are morally wounded. Despite what we believe is an unsafe work environment, high patient volume and acuity, and a lack of action on these issues from senior management, we continue to provide quality care to our patients and to support our fellow nurses and colleagues. »

Union members from six Mayo Clinic Health System facilities in Albert Lea, Austin, Fairmont, Lake City, Mankato and Red Wing signed the petition.

The workers’ demands focus on supporting nurses and call for pay equity and retention bonuses, which they argue the health care system can afford.

Specifically, nurses seek to be paid triple time for hours worked while travelers are used to supplement staff. They are also asking that, every three months, nurses who keep their jobs receive a bonus of $4,000, to be distributed quarterly over a period of 12 months.

In a statement shared with Becker’sMayo Clinic health system spokesman Rick Thiesse said the health system values ​​its nurses and offers very competitive compensation. Still, he acknowledged the staffing issues that nurses face.

“Like other hospitals, our medical-surgical units and intensive care units at Mayo Clinic hospitals continue to be full and staffing issues persist, exacerbated by higher volumes of staff absences due to high rates of COVID-19 transmission in our communities,” said Thiesse.

Amid the challenges, he said the health system was working hard to help, including offering bonuses and financial incentives, using agency nurses and redeploying staff from outpatient areas to ease inpatient stresses. . He said the organization also sometimes evaluates surgical lists and adjusts schedules as needed for patients “whose health or quality of life will not be affected by the wait.”

The Minnesota Nurses Association has more than 22,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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