Two port nurses picket outside Lake View Hospital

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TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Healthcare workers and community members took signs to picket outside Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors to raise awareness of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

It was not a strike, but an information picket. It comes after nurses at Two Harbor and the Minnesota Nurses Association union said they began to see an increase in issues such as healthcare workers being overworked and understaffed.

“For two and a half years we no longer call it burnout but rather moral prejudice, and the moral prejudice comes from our employers who are trying more and more to make us take on more patients, with less means”, declared Minnesota Nurses Association president Mary Tuner said.

These nurses say they are fighting for the resources and recognition they need to do their job well, especially coming out of the pandemic. They say they want to be able to take care of their patients and their community.

“We don’t get anything for this. All of this comes from the goodness of our hearts. It’s what we do for each other. This is what we are doing for our community, and Lake View does not appreciate it,” said Lake View Hospital nurse Bambi Dechantal.

The union says that in addition to the challenges they continue to face, hospitals continue to see a drop in the number of young nurses staying in healthcare due to the high-stress work environment.

“They’re going to work in the hospital for a year or two, and I had these nurses literally crying on my shoulder. “Mary, this isn’t what I dreamed of when I was a little girl, or this isn’t what I thought it would be, and I can’t do this”, and they are heartbroken , and they’ I’m disillusioned and they’re crying on my shoulder,” said Mary

We have contacted Lake View Hospital and are awaiting a response.

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