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Minnesota Nurses Association say they have concerns with Walz's new order

Minnesota Nurses Association say they have concerns with Walz's new order Photo: MNA Facebook page.

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Created: April 25, 2020 07:28 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) released a statement on Saturday saying they have "serious concerns" about Governor Tim Walz's new Executive Order 20-46,  which allows hospitals and care facilities to be able to hire out-of-state medical professionals to addresss shortage of nurses in the state. 

The MNA says hundreds of registered nurses in the state will soon receive unemployment checks because of their jobs being furloughed. They say efforts were made to negotiate with Minnesota hospitals to allow Minnesota nurses whose jobs were furloughed to work in a different facility where they are needed. But MNA say that hospitals refused that proposal.  MNA also says that "hospitals are forcing healthcare facilities to bring in health professionals from other parts of the country who will not only do work that could be done by Minnesota’s skilled nursing workforce, but they will also make significantly higher salaries."

The group calls the move "irresponsible of Minnesota hospitals to prefer that skilled nurses receive unemployment over working to create a simple solution that provides needed care for Minnesotans."

MNA says they are calling on Walz, legislators and hospitals to work together to create a statewide labor pool made up of furloughed, unemployed and retired Minnesota nurses to meet the need of medical professionals in healthcare facilities. 


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