12,000 Nurses in Minnesota Walked Out, California Averted Strike
A Superior Court Judge was successful at preventing a nursing strike in his state of California, by issuing a restraining order yesterday. However, it was too late to save the University of California system of hospitals much money on replacement nurses, as many had already been hired and reported to the sites for work. The order postpones the strike of California nurses for at least two weeks while the court system determines the legality of a nursing strike, which some authorities say is a danger to the public.
In Minnesota, the walk-out did take place as planned, with about 12,000 nurses leaving their posts and reporting to picket lines. Their concerns are over public safety, which the nurses say is endangered by understaffing. No major problems were reported at any of the sites, where temporary nurses filled in.
Many experts and nursing organizations feel that such strikes will become more common if nothing is accomplished to improve nurse staffing ratios, which could prove challenging given the nursing shortages predicted for much of the country in coming years.