SAINT PAUL — The Minnesota Nurses Association is advocating for new regulations to hold hospital executives accountable for patient and worker well-being amidst widespread burnout and staffing shortages. Registered Nurse Chelsea Scafter highlights the dilemma faced by healthcare workers, torn between risking patient safety and their own livelihood due to unsafe assignments.  

“Do I accept this unsafe assignment, risk patient harm, and my nursing license, or do I risk being given a scarlet letter, per se, by my employer, which could lead to me being retaliated against in a multitude of ways up to termination, thus affecting my livelihood.”    

The Healing Greed Agenda, backed by nurses, seeks to prioritize patient care over corporate interests through proposed legislation in the House and Senate.