Nurses go on strike at Twin Cities, Duluth area hospitals
September 13, 2022
Picket signs and strike chants rose precisely at 7 a.m. Monday outside 15 Twin Cities and Duluth hospitals, where as many as 15,000 nurses walked off their jobs for three days in protest over pay and staffing levels.
Early risers at the M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina were joined on picket lines by tired nurses in scrubs rotating off overnight shifts. Transition plans to separate the striking nurses fell apart in some cases, leaving them doing face-to-face handoffs of patients with their temporary replacements.
Veteran intensive care nurse Deb Shirley said it was unnerving, because her replacement was caring but didn't do a neurological assessment of a patient properly.