Hospitals and nurses share the
same goal — delivering safe patient care
pharmacists, therapists and staff from all disciplines work together as a team
to support a culture of safety. Minnesota’s hospitals value the important and
trusted role our nurses play in providing high-quality care. Every day, nurse
leaders work with bedside and charge nurses to appropriately staff units based
on individual patient needs and on the training, experience and capabilities of
the care team.
View MHA’s fact sheet on nurse staffing.
View FAQs on nurse staffing.
Nurse staffing plan resources
Legislators, hospitals and the
nurses’ union worked hard in 2013 develop a lasting compromise that would
provide for greater transparency and reporting of nurse staffing levels in
Under the Nurse Staffing Plan
Disclosure Act, staffing plans are shared with key hospital employees and
annual nurse staffing plans are publicly posted on MHA’s quality website, www.mnhospitalquality.org.
Hospitals are required to
report on a quarterly basis how their actual nurse staffing levels and patient
census compared to their nurse staffing plans. This information has been posted
online since July 1, 2014, and is updated quarterly.
The following information is
available on the website:
- Each unit within each
hospital and the name of the unit (such as 3 West); the type of unit (for
example, medical or ICU). A list of types of units was developed using the
descriptions of the Labor Management Institute as a guideline, while also
allowing a hospital to write in a name of a unit if it is not on the list.
In addition, a “Critical Access Hospital mixed unit” was included.
- Today’s health care is
delivered by a team to meet the needs of the patient. Though not required
by law, MHA has included a list of other members of the patient care team
who are available on the unit.
- Full time
equivalent/hours worked per 24-hour period, split by nurses and other
- Average number of
patients per 24-hour period.
- Worked hours per
patient day (calculated).