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DFL state Sen. Erin Murphy on nursing shortage legislation

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A file photo of Minnesota state Sen. Erin Murphy.

The Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in the Minnesota Senate addresses insufficient staffing

Earlier in February, Minnesota lawmakers and nurse union leaders unveiled legislation to address insufficient nursing and staff numbers.

If passed into law, it would create staffing committees to create sufficient nurse-patient staffing levels, eliminate the boarding of patients in ERs, and publicly report their performance against staffing benchmarks.

We talked withDFL Senator Erin Murphy, a nurse herself, about why she has authored the legislation.
What's your experience with staffing with medical care in rural Minnesota?

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Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
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