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Some 25,000 registered nurses in California and Minnesota will conduct a one-day strike June 10 over patient care issues in contract negotiations at 15 health systems and hospitals.
The nurses are members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Minnesota Nurses Association(MNA), both affiliated with National Nurses United (NNU). The 13,000 California nurses work at five University of California medical centers and four other hospitals. The 12,000 Minnesota RNs come from six hospital systems that are a part of the Twin Cities hospital systems.
Both CNA and MNA say the key issue is safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Short staffing has become the hospital industry standard across the country, leaving serious patient care issues unaddressed, according to CNA. continue reading

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