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Nurses use YouTube as forum to air concerns

They say they are concerned about staffing, patient safety, in recent post on video sharing site

June 14, 2014

MARSHALL — A group of Marshall area nurses have taken to the Internet to express their concerns about staffing at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center....

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BigDon

Jun-23-14 12:53 PM

Horsesfirst----The Worthington Hospital is Sanford owned. So in my estimation the Avera Marshall Hospital is the only hospital in the Avera system with a Nurses Union. Most all clinics don't have unions. No need. They work a 8 hr day, no 3 shifts, no patients to care for, not weekends, holidays etc.

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farmkid

Jun-18-14 9:08 PM

It says Avera all over the place over there. There's an affiliation with them.

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FactsOnly

Jun-18-14 9:19 AM

Tyler Healthcare is not union. They are not owned, managed, or leased by Avera. They are city owned.

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TWIMC1

Jun-17-14 1:31 PM

Most nurses are unionized. This is a bad tactic by the staff and union. Don't do garbage in public. Use appropriate channels. I agree with bucketfoot.

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Horsesfirst

Jun-17-14 2:34 AM

Tyler, worthington and pipestone all have Avera in some way. I think some are managed, some are owned and some are leased with Avera. But I think all three have unions.

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BigDon

Jun-16-14 4:09 PM

Thank God Avera Marshall has a Union because if they didn't they wouldn't have any Nurse who would stay. That is about as close to the truth as one could get.

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BigDon

Jun-16-14 4:08 PM

Horsesfirst-Could you name Union Avera Hospitals in Minnesota other than Marshall. Please so I will know in the future.

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Horsesfirst

Jun-16-14 2:11 PM

This is meant respectfully....avera Marshall is not the only Union hospital in the Avera system. Several Avera Hospitals in Minnesota are. Since majority of Avera hospitals are in South Dakota, a right to work state, there are no avera hospitals in south dakota that are union. Many, many minnesota hospitals are union...Wilmar, Mankato, Rochester and majority of Msp/St Paul. From the things I am hearing...its a good thing Marshall hospital has a union for protection!!

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Horsesfirst

Jun-16-14 2:11 PM

This is meant respectfully....avera Marshall is not the only Union hospital in the Avera system. Several Avera Hospitals in Minnesota are. Since majority of Avera hospitals are in South Dakota, a right to work state, there are no avera hospitals in south dakota that are union. Many, many minnesota hospitals are union...Wilmar, Mankato, Rochester and majority of Msp/St Paul. From the things I am hearing...its a good thing Marshall hospital has a union for protection!!

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frt1230

Jun-16-14 11:18 AM

Worked at Avera for quite a few years. Watched them walk good employees and doctors out the door for no reason. Watched them walk a nun out the door for who knows what reason. People take a look at the help wanted for Avera Marshall vs. ACMC. Avera has a list constantly a mile long and ACMC maybe has one opening. THERE IS A REASON!!! For some reason Avera is constantly in the paper for something negative. ACMC isn't? It amazes me that John Porter the big man at Avera Sioux Falls hasn't come down and cleaned house at that facility. That is exactly what needs to happen there with their administration.

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BigDon

Jun-16-14 9:34 AM

I might add that Avera Marshall hospital in the Avera system is the only hospital with a union.

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BigDon

Jun-16-14 9:30 AM

Its always about the union when employees complain. Avera Marshall is the only hospital with a union and they want to break it I believe at any cost. PERIOD Nurses are leaving by droves and many are now at the new ACMC facility at much lower pay. They are not union there and have made the choice because of work conditions at Avera Marshall. You just can't replace a good nurse and by my counts they have lost at least 10 good ones lately.

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Horsesfirst

Jun-16-14 2:56 AM

I find your comments related to this article very interesting. I know some of the nurses that work for this organization and repeatedly nurses are working 12 hour shifts with no breaks. Taking 7-8 patients per nurse.I am Wondering if, God Forbid, one of you, your mother, or your child would have an emergency...do you want a nurse caring for yourself or your loved one when she has 5 or 6 other patients, has not been able to eat drink or use the rest room for 12 hours? Errors, infections, falls, and deaths happen frequently in hospitals when there is not enough staff, that is a proven fact. That is one place in this nation people should feel safe and cared for...in the hospital! This video probably would have never been made, let alone released if management had been listening to the employees? Wonder how many of you who feel this isnt a problem work weekly for 12 plus hours with a double work load, and never get to sit once, eat, use the restroom? Hooray for you Marshall nurses!

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InMyOpinion

Jun-14-14 5:14 PM

It's too bad a good employer in the community, like Avera Marshall, has to put up with the likes of a labor union. As stated in the article, Buysse says the timing of the video was "probably not perfect". I'm guessing the timing of the video was exactly when the labor union thought it would get the most impact.

Like I read a few days ago, there's always two sides to every story!

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bucketfoot

Jun-14-14 3:20 PM

the video seems like an end around to real discussion with administration. While there may be concerns about staffing and patient care, the video, including its ominous title and music was clearly aimed to cause some fear. Maertens, a viper. No. She is a CEO leading a health care facility in rural Minnesota with incredible challenges. As with any CEO, people won't always agree with decisions by CEO, other leaders and the board. Also, nurses are, and, have raised similar concerns about staffing and patient care at health care facilities around the nation. If only people took more time to consider the insurance, i.e. Medicaid, reimbursement rates, the costs of providing care and other issues that dramatically impact staffing and operations at health care facilities.

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barelyhere

Jun-14-14 12:32 PM

well honestly, what did Avera Marshall expect. You can not cut staffing and expect it to go over without a stink. After watching the video, i agree with the nurses. Was it the most appropriate forum, probably not, but you know what, if you had a viper like Mary Maertens as a CEO, what other choice do you have. If the board doesn't see a leadership change is needed, then guess what, you will continue to have problems. CEOs are a dime a dozen, they should have got rid of the leadership team a long time ago.

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