Nurses across Minnesota had a mass zoom call to tell reporters about the staffing crunch in Minnesota hospitals, which they say has been long-term and made even worse by COVID.   Nurse Ali Marcanti:

“These patients that are on my unit are sicker than they ever have been, and yet the focus still from the moment a patient enters a hospital is, how can we get this patient discharged?  It is a constant revolving door, and staff and patients are treated as numbers and dollar signs.”

Shannon Cunningham with the Minnesota Nurses Association says she doesn’t think nurses will resent that Governor Tim Walz plans to bring in extra nurses for 60 days — but Cunningham says Minnesota has over 118 thousand nurses registered with the state board and…

“There are a lot of them who are not working right now because of the conditions in hospitals.”