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Departing nurses are a concern for Minnesota hospitals amid contract talks

Union contends better pay, working conditions would bring back burned-out nurses, but some are done with hospitals


September 26, 2022

Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Rachel Hanemann wrestled with her children Jack and Mia at home Thursday, Sept. 22, in Savage. Hanneman left HCMC because inflexible scheduling made it impossible to be a single mother.

Aubree Jackson wanted to be an inpatient nurse ever since she took care of a mother who suffered a traumatic brain injury. But after one day at a Twin Cities hospital, in the middle of the pandemic, she started looking elsewhere for work.

Training had been hands-off during the pandemic and hadn't prepared her for the overwhelming caseloads, severely ill patients and feeling of guilt if she asked for help. In the middle of chaos, Jackson felt alone. It took a move to a laser hair removal clinic before the 26-year-old could breathe easy.

"I get a break" at my new job, she said. "That is super nice. I don't have to hold in my pee anymore."


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