Nurses file petition with Mayo to address staffing crisis – Austin Daily Herald
More than 600 nurses at Mayo Clinic facilities in southeastern Minnesota have filed a petition with hospital management demanding a response to the staffing crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest surge, driven by the omicron variant, has not only pushed hospital resources to the brink, but staff as well. In a press release earlier in the week from the Minnesota Nurses Association, 672 MNA nurses from facilities in Austin, Albert Lea, Fairmount, Lake City, Mankato and Red Wing signed the petition demanding the Mayo Act.
“Nurses continue to work in extremely difficult circumstances to care for our patients while Mayo CEOs earn millions through our hard work,” said Kelly Rosevold, RN at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato. “As nurses continue to deal with a pandemic, a seemingly unsafe work environment and unresponsive management, these requests will help support nurses who provide quality patient care at the bedside.”
The request focused on two specific areas:
• Pay Equity: To ensure fair wages are paid to local and traveling nurses, nurses at Mayo MNA demand to be paid triple time for all hours worked while traveling nurses are employed.
• Retention bonuses: To honor the sacrifice of nurses who continue to work during the current hospital crisis, nurses at Mayo MNA are asking for a bonus of $4,000 to be paid for every three months that nurses stay on the job.
The Mayo Clinic released a statement Wednesday in response to the requests.
“Mayo Clinic values its nursing staff and offers very competitive compensation,” the statement said. “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 transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. We are working diligently to address staffing issues, including offering salary bonuses and financial incentives, using agency nurses, redeploying staff from outpatient areas to ease inpatient stresses, and in some cases, evaluating surgical lists and adjusting schedules if necessary for patients whose health or quality of life will not be negatively affected by the wait.
The current surge, which some say could peak soon enough in Minnesota, has taken a terrible toll on hospitals, with many nurses quitting their jobs at an accelerated rate brought on by the conconditions in hospitals.
The MNA statement claims that these conditions were driven by CEOs who put profits before patient care.