BREAKING NEWS

MNA FB just posted an announcement that a settlement agreement has been reached.

Statement posted on MNA Facebook by the MNA staff

The registered nurses and the hospitals believe a settlement of the labor agreement at this time is in the best interests of patients and our community.

The Minnesota Nurses Association and the fourteen hospitals that have been engaged in negotiations since March have reached agreement with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and … See MoreConciliation Service on the terms for new collective bargaining agreements. The contract settlement is subject to ratification by the registered nurses represented by the Union, but the Union’s negotiating committees covering all fourteen hospitals have agreed to favorably recommend the settlement for ratification.

The Minnesota Nurses Association and the hospitals have agreed to a renewed commitment to working through both parties’ staffing issues through the existing committee systems at the various hospitals.

The affected hospitals are Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Bethesda Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Mercy Hospital, North Memorial Medical Center, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Phillips Eye Institute, St. John’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, United Hospital, Unity Hospital, and the Riverside Campus of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. This also includes a recommended ratification for the Pension Contract at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee

From Star Tribune:

Nurses, hospitals reach agreement, averting strike

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268 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by relocatedrn on July 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    This is great news…now everyone can get on with their lives….

    • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

      It’s too bad most of you cannot even vote to ratify the contract. Like anything worthwhile, you can’t just bail because it got tough for a while. I’m proud of the negotiation team and all the nurses willing to walk the line.

      • Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

        to see what the nurses here did as bailing is one way to look at it. Some people, maybe more than you know, see it differently. The nurses were voting with their feet because the negotiating team wasn’t allowing them to vote on the new contract offers made on Tuesday.

        As I see it, it wasn’t bailing it was a “no confidence” vote in the decision of their negotiating team. It obviously had an impact. They were making sure they were heard and it was their only recourse at this point.

  2. Posted by anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    praise GOD!!!!

  3. Posted by relocatedrn on July 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Minnesota Nurses Association UPDATE 3:15 pm: The short version summary of this agreement is that all the hospitals’ takebacks and concessions are GONE, the pension is untouched and all the benefits of your current contract (including MNA Health Insurance, etc.) remain in place as they always have been. In essence your entire contract has been completely protected and preserved

  4. Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Don’t think for a second that this blog didn’t help MNA see the writing on the wall – congrats, a true grassroots victory has been won today!

    • Posted by LoveMyJob on July 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

      Absolutely agree, RN Husband! This site helped to consolidate those that had issues with the NNU’s approach and it all began to unravel. Great work to those that set up and ran this site! You were change agents!!!

    • Posted by babyrn on July 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Another big thank you to all who stood up for what they believed was right. Healthcare is such a complicated issue, especially now. We need respectful, open dialogue; not vitriol and emotional fervor to guide us.

    • Posted by starrynurse on July 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      couldn’t agree more!

  5. Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    WAHOO!!!!

    • Posted by goodnurse19 on July 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Indeed this blog was extremely instrumental in making this happen. Had it not been for this forum, our voices would not have been heard and an agreement would not have been reached. We have much to be proud of!

      • Posted by ChIldITRN on July 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

        This website has been inspirational, supportive and affirmative of why I am proud to be a nurse. Thank you for being such a positive place to go for information and as a place I could go to see the other voices like mine. You should all be very proud of your impact on Patient Care and on Care giver support. I know in my heart that this wonderful site had an influence on the recent agreement that was reached.

      • Posted by RN4ptcare on July 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

        Goodnurse19,
        I hope you truly see what impact this site has had on nurses like me and around the metro. This was a safe place to voice our dismay with MNA and the strike. A lot of nurses in my hospital once spike of such a blog, but quickly became a place where we could become informed. I have tears in my eyes when I think of how much this site helped our fellow nurses. This blog will live in history as the first site where nurses could have an impact against a union that had an agenda not with the nurses best interest. I will never be able to express how grateful I am for this blog and all of the contributors!
        RN4ptcare

        • RN4ptcare, we are so grateful for the help that Goodnurse19 put into this….she had a passion for not striking so it was an easy choice in finding someone to help with what we were trying to accomplish. We are all glad this site helped get everyone through the rough time….and we hope we don’t go through this rough time again. Again, thank you to Goodnurse19!!

    • Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Does not have details yet but it will as the information comes in.

  6. Posted by proudtobeRN on July 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Great Job, I agree this blog helped. I must say though will they finally admit this was not about Patient Safety, otherwise they would not have agreed to the contract and dropped all their patient care issues.

  7. Posted by relocatedrn on July 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Maybe the hospitals can get back to hiring into the positions that were open before the strike talks…at least I am hoping. I want to start working…

  8. Posted by angrypatient on July 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I’m worried this is just a tactic to slow the loss of MNA members….I hope I’m wrong.

  9. Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    YEAH!!!!!! Thank you to ALL of the people who posted on this site! I agree with the above comments, this blog HELPED reach the current settlement! MNA had to have been worried with all the resignations coming their way! Way to fight the good fight everyone!

    • Posted by goodnurse19 on July 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      I love free speech, it moves mountains. Thanks to everyone who posted, we owe you guys big time. Never stop letting your voices be heard!

  10. Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    QUESTION TO ALL: with no strike, will you continue being a member of MNA or still resign? Just wondering what the consensus was.

    • Posted by Lori on July 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      I mailed my resignation yesterday, and I have no regrets. My decision has not changed.

    • Posted by RN'S Husband on July 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      I know my wife will also remain resigned. The disrespect received from the MNA will not soon be forgotten. Settlement or not.

    • Posted by starrynurse on July 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      I’ll stay resigned; and will not forget

    • Posted by wyzeguy on July 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      If all of you stay resigned then who will change the leadership? It’s not my fight but you all have done a wonderful job standing up for what you believe. Who will change things if not for you? MNA is run by a few for a few. It doesn’t represent any of you.

      • I think that is a very good point wyzeguy…although I am doubting they will want me back….LOL.

        • Posted by WillyRN on July 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

          Ditto!
          I’ve been treated so poorly by these pro union nurses that I don’t feel like I have anything in common with them.
          I too will remain resigned.

          • Posted by professionalRN on July 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

            I plan to stay resigned as well. Until I see that the union changes their tactics and truly looks to its members to represent them, they will only get what is required to send to them. I am so thrilled that there will be no strike but am quite disheartened that nursing has been portrayed in such a negative light. MNA has sent our profession back decades and it will take much to rebuild our image in the eyes of the public.
            Thank you to all for your support these past couple of weeks! I have looked to this blog for a voice of sanity and am so grateful to have found it here!!
            God bless all of you!

            • I am glad it helped.

            • Posted by iresigned on July 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

              I plan to stay resigned also. I felt so good when I turned in my note to them, I know in my heart it was the best thing. I don’t want to ever be in a place again that forces me to do something as wrong as that strike again!!

            • Posted by Serenity on July 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

              I will stay resigned because the tactics of pushing unsafe staffing forms will still be with us and the “Union against Management” will still be prevalent. I want to work with people to bring about positive change, that means letting go of all the bitterness of the past and embracing the current time. I am so grateful that I have had this site to draw inspiration…there are so many who have stayed true to themselves as a nurse. Thank you all.

  11. Posted by angrypatient on July 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    [sarcasm] Yeah, what possible effect could almost 100,000 views in less than a week have? [/sarcasm]

  12. Posted by Lori on July 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Wow!! What a relief. Thank you to all on this site for being supportive and open-minded. I owe a lot of my sanity the last few days to you all!!!

    • Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      I AGREE! This blog has helped keep what was left of my sanity too!

  13. Posted by RN Husband2 on July 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Everyone here needs to shake up the MNA so this never happens again. Make sure when they want to strike it is for the Nurses and not the NNU.

    • Posted by Voice of Reason on July 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice work to all who posted and kept the fight going. I am not a nurse, but have family very close to the whole thing! I am very proud of the nurses who stood up for what they knew to be true! I just hope for the sake of all nurses, MNA has heard you LOUD AND CLEAR! Again! Nicely done!

  14. Posted by marygracern on July 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    YEAH!! never doubt that a small committed group of individuals can change the world..indeed it is the only thing that ever has!

  15. Posted by iresigned on July 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Praise the Lord!! This is the best news. Now we can finally get our lives back. And the pt’s will continue to have the quality care we have all been committed to providing!! Such a great outcome.

  16. Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Statement from the hospitals includes: Minnesota Nurses Association and the hospitals have agreed to a renewed commitment to working through both parties’ staffing issues through the existing committee systems at the various hospitals.
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/statement-from-twin-cities-hospitals-and-minnesota-nurses-association-97613464.html

    So MNA clearly did not have the support from a long-term strike based on the ginned up staffing rations issue. This is a win against aggressive union power.

  17. Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    email sent from FV CEO to all employees with same statement as on MNA FB page.

  18. Posted by anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I have not resigned yet but will now!!!!

  19. Posted by Linda R Larson on July 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Thankful the strike does not need to happen but don’t think for a minute that MNA came through for you. It is all of you on this site who planned on working through the strike that made them move off the staffing demands. So apparently this has not been about patient safety. The emotional toll that this has taken is huge. We can be glad there is not a strike but I still feel a lot of anger against MNA for what they have done to their members, the hospitals, patients and families. MNA RN’s who have been bashing their workplace and its leaders will have to step up to actually be professional and act appropriately in this respectful workplace environment. Guess I was looking forward to seeing all the green on tuesday. Let’s still do that!!! Thank you all so much. I hope the support on this site can continue as the recovery period now begins.

  20. Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I was talking about Linda Larson! You took the words right out of many of our mouths!

  21. Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    What a huge relief for ALL nurses and our communities. Prayers do get answered. There is where the power lies! Thank you for this wonderful site. It was a harbor during a storm where we could all feel safe during this turbulent ordeal. I feel like the munchkins…the wicked witch is dead…

  22. Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    To All of you who were willing to challenge what the union was doing you are to be applauded. And to all those who told their story to the media, and to Michelle for putting a public face on the voices that were speaking out, and to “anurse” for recognizing the need and stepping up to build a safe haven for all to speak out, and to those of you who were flooding MNA with resignations and ringing the hospitals phones off the hook–I admire your courage and strength through some very difficult and trying weeks.

    You all have renewed my faith in our profession and in the generations of nurses who are following behind my generation.

    I’m deeply honored to be associated with this blog. Thank you all!

    • Posted by NoncontractRN on July 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      I absolutely agree!!! MNA will try and spin this as a win for them but they clearly caved! And its because of all of you wonderful nurses…willing to speak up and support each other. i completely believe the Union got the message..the nurses here made it known they will do whats right and cross..MNA had no choice..Im so proud of all of you!

  23. Posted by blessedRN on July 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Psalm 3:3-4
    But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.

    I cried aloud to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy hill.

  24. Woo Hoo! Nice job you guys! Now you can relax a bit and enjoy the weekend. Seriously- as a blogger I am thrilled with the awareness you have been able to bring with this little site- fantastic.

  25. Posted by zzzzzzx6 on July 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Subject: Contract Settlement Reached with MNA; No Strike July 6

    I am pleased to announce that Twin Cities hospitals and the Minnesota Nurses Association have reached a contract settlement. The registered nurses and the hospitals both believe a settlement of the labor agreement is in the best interest of patients and our communities.

    We reached an agreement on the terms of the new contract with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The contract settlement is subject to ratification by the nurses represented by MNA. The union bargaining team has agreed to favorably recommend the settlement for ratification.

    Going forward, the hospitals and MNA have agreed to a renewed commitment to using our existing hospital committee systems to work through both parties’ staffing issues.

    No additional details about the terms of the settlement or the ratification process can be shared at this time. The union will communicate directly with its members.

    As part of this process, the union has revoked all strike notices, so strike contingency efforts at ______ will stop immediately.

    While the union conducts its ratification process, we will not be communicating any further details regarding the settlement. I will update you once we know the outcome of the vote.

    Thank you to every member of the ___________ for your ongoing commitment and dedication to our patients, families and the communities we serve.

  26. Posted by Victory4patients only on July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    So basically, MNA accepted the proposal that they dismissed on Tuesday night? It is amazing how attitudes change when you’re watching yourself self-destruct. Fortunately, the patients are the winners in this ugly mess….mna/nnu, not so much.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      no name calling please. I edited it out. And no, this isn’t the same contract as Tuesday night it’s the same as the previous contract that expired.

  27. Posted by relocatedrn on July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    According to the quotes in the Star, This was agreed on last night but chose to announce after 3 pm today. The union made the modifications the way it sounded in the updated article.

  28. Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for this forum it has been a god send during trying times!!

  29. Posted by SaneRN on July 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    What a relief!! I believe we made a difference and sent the union a strong message! However-reading the MNA blog, they are also claiming victory!! It will be interesting to see where things go from here.
    I am so thankful for this site and the tranquilty I found with others in the midst of the storm. Thanks 🙂

  30. Posted by AllinaITGeek on July 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS NURSES!!

    All of you here on this blog are the heroes that made this happen – not the MNA. I’m envious of your health and pension plans, but you know what? I think you all deserve what the *ANA* fought for. I am humbled and honored to be a part of health care with such dedicated, passionate, and caring people. I am also humbled by the fact that I was rather biter and jaded when I thought of how insignificant our voices are in this day and age… now I have an example of what voices raised in unity can accomplish.

    I work in IT… I could make far more money in the for-profit sector. THIS is why I work in healthcare.

  31. Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    The die hard pro strike members will do whatever MNA tells them to without question.

    Funny thing is though….that this whole entire time they have been screaming that it was all about staffing and “patient care” but had NOTHING to do with $$$$…….

    Well it seems as if they are getting the exact same contract that they already had with NO mention about staffing…..hmmm wasn’t that the whole reason why they were going to strike in the first place?????

    And people are praising MNA on their Facebook page….they didn’t “win” anything! You just continue to work on the contract already in place.

    Does this have anything to do with the hundreds and hundreds of MNA resignations that they were receiving and will continue to receive in the mail that were already sent out?? Nah…..couldn’t be! 😉

  32. Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    All I said was the truth…..a lot of people have been saying that it was about money from the beginning. If it wasn’t then how come nothing was done about staffing? Several people are asking the exact same question on the MNA Facebook page right now….and even mentioned voting NO next week since staffing was “resolved”.

    • Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      meant to say “since staffing was NOT resolved”

    • Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      I’m not much one for ‘I told you so’s’. It’s not really about who gets credit or who is “right”, it’s that a compromise was reached and what would have been a disastrous strike has been averted. Let go of your hard feelings and rise above the pettiness that was shown you and show your co-workers the high road. You will be more at peace in the long run by doing so and you will grow into a stronger person.

      • Posted by AllinaITGeek on July 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

        All of you know which hospitals have staffing ratios in need of attention. TCH and MNA are both stating they will work on it… HOLD THEM TO IT. Hold EVERYONE to it. They are stating it in writing.

        If this was REALLY the issue… if the nurses here that TRULY believe in patient care was the real catalyst… then you ALL know the power you have 🙂 – in reality it was YOU that made this agreement possible. Hold it close to your heart, and when you feel that your hospital isn’t doing the right thing HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Advise your patients they have the right to complain about their quality of care – their voice is important too! The TCH may have been the reasonable voice through this but they are NOT always the reasonable voice. You still have the power – you are fierce and formidable and this blog has shown the strength of your voice in unity. USE that power.

        Perhaps you should follow labor law and decertify MNA’s alliance with NNU… and realign yourself with ANA or another union that believes in your voice. Nurses NEED a union. But not a union with an agenda that does not reflect the state of care you deliver in such amazing grace every day.

        Within the last year and a half I have lost both my parents and my father-in-law to terminal cancer. With my father it was an RN that held his hand as he passed, with my father in law it gentle voice from an RN to help us accept his passing, with my mother it was a hospice RN that helped us guide her on her journey in the home she wanted to die in. I love you all.

        You are and will always remain my heroes…

      • Posted by PJ on July 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

        I agree that we now have to carry our victory with dignity. There cannot be “I told you so’s” and “see what we did’s” being thrown around. I know that there are some nurses I work with who will continue to hold a grudge against me for crossing on June 10th. But I have said and now repeat that their behavior will not define me. Let’s take the high road, treat our co-workers with respect and conduct ourselves with integrity regardless of their choosing to harbor bad feelings. Let us be grateful for the outcome and move forward in our lives knowing that our ultimate goal of caring for our patients without interruption has been met. Praise God.

  33. Posted by radonc nurse on July 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    This is my first posting, but I have been following for awhile. It was wonderful to hear other like minded people who believed in sticking with our patients and our non rn coworkers. Whether management, therapist, MD, or linen person, we all affect our patients and have a role in their health and safety. After looking at the strike from upside down and inside out, I knew it was nothing I could support morally or ethically even if it meant losing friends or having my car keyed. It reinforces how important it is to be authentic and to do what you believe. I was looking forward to proudly going to work on Tuesday during the strike. And I still will. Thanks for this website – I truly believe it made an impact on MNA and their coming to an agreement.
    PS Can we still resign from MNA? (I’d do a happy face, but don’t know how)

    • Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      you could still resign or you could stay a member and work to change things. And those who resigned can rejoin and work to change things. What almost happened here shouldn’t be allowed to come this close to happening again.

    • You can do whatever is in your heart!

  34. Posted by Sorry on July 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Yes, MNA is claiming victory, but it is the “nostrikefornurses” that are VICTORIOUS. I believe it is because of your dedication and authentic care regarding your patients that has helped others see the agenda that was putting everyone at risk.

    As I have read all the negotiation updates from various hospital sites, it was apparent that the hospitals kept thier professionalism regarding all this, but MNA on the other hand showed nothing but bad behavior and name calling. I find it hard to believe that they will now continue to work and have professionalism at the bedside when they could not show it to thier fellow co-workers or employers.

    If ever I need to be in a hospital needing care – I only hope that I see a RN dressed in green coming to care for me, I will know that it was one of the fellow bloggers on this site.

    Thank you for displaying wonderful professionalism during this difficult time. May you be chosen to work with the hospitals on the proposal for staffing. It would be welcome breath of fresh air.

    • Sorry….this is a victory for us and our patients!!

      • Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

        The victors in this are the patients. Like I said in my post, they will continue to see the same faces of ALL of the nurses that they have come to trust and know and love. That is where the victory lies. I am happy for all of us, and I am grateful that both the hospitals and the MNA teams were willing to give on all sides, and make this work for everybody. The blog was never about winning or losing…the blog was about support for those of us who were making an incredibly difficult and painful choice, and being able to see that we were not alone in our thoughts and feelings.

  35. Posted by Floatie on July 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I’m going to buy a green shirt or two, or three. It might be my new work color,( but does it have to be lime green??) So please give me a sign if you can so I can still feel the support from fellow nurses who believe in a just, moral and ethical way to treat our patients, employers, coworkers and especially those involved in this grassroots movement! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Also, there are a few special people here in this community that are awesome mentors and leaders. WE as nurses, need to take greater part in mentoring our new nurses and instilling these values into the next generation of nurses.

  36. Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    The high # of resignations and folks communicating a willingness to cross most likely played a strong role. Do not begrudge MNA for communicating it whatever way they want, a harmful strike was avoided and the nurses here played a significant role. Treat everyone with respect and honor, even if they do not return it. Work on changing MNA for the better and away from what had transpired.
    Only downside is missing checking in on the latest info here. But it is for the good.
    God bless.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      Very well said. couldn’t agree more.

    • I am still completely in awe…..this is a woderful victory for our patients, co-workers, and us. I want to thank you all so much for having such tremendous courage and standing up for what you believe! We are all incredible people and we all care for the patients…not only nurses but the whole team.

    • Posted by WhyIsItSo hard on July 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      MNA starting losing power with the resignations, which I believe made them sit up and take notice. I would like to see the final tally of resignations, though I do think some people were holding off till tomorrow, so it won’t be the full count.

      Whether or not you stay with the union, I sincerely hope that it becomes better, and more representative.

      Thank you anurse and drichman for providing this place where people can congregate, even non nurses to talk through what this means to them. A respectful place

      I am wearing green today and will be on Tues. Best of luck to all of you

      • Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

        you’re welcome. This affected all of us who work in the hospital, patients, families, our profession and our communities. We all had a stake in the outcome.

  37. Posted by Leyla on July 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Because for us, this really WAS about caring for our patients. We recognize that the real winners here are our community members who won’t have their care disrupted unnecessarily by the strike.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

      it’s too bad that some people can’t let go of the vitriol. They are poorer because of it.

    • Posted by RNspouse on July 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      As a Christian I recognize that my colleagues who voted for a strike in good conscious have a right to their view. You should respect that.

    • Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      Amen… We loved our blog, crossing was always a bit easy for me because most of my unit was crossing. For some this was the one place they could go for support.

  38. Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    We care because this means continuity of care for our patients and their families. The children and families in our hospital will see the faces of ALL of the nurses who care for them and love them. That is why we care, and that is why I was willing to cross and work.

  39. Thanks to all of you for being so open to discussion and so brave to give answers. In the words of Eleanor Roosevolt, “no one can take your power unless you give it to them”. We have seen the underbelly of the beast – let us make sure NO ONE tries to usurp our power again. So, what are we going to call this blog now???

  40. I am so happy for our pts and all our fellow coworkers that comprise out teams. This site made a difference. I only hope we can band together to make changes happen with the MNA so we never are put through such angst again. This already has torn us apart–it felt like a war zone some days. We need to heal and hopefully make some sense out of all that has happened. Will we ever be the same? Only God knows and we can only pray the scarring is minimal from all the wounds created by this mess. Let’s move on…and upward…:)

    • Posted by AllinaITGeek on July 2, 2010 at 1:49 am

      Start a movement to decertify the MNA/NNU and realign yourselves with the ANA . Nurses deserve a union – one that recognizes their desire to preserve the rights of the people we serve. If the ANA does not serve nurses properly than form your own union. You have the power!

      • AllinaITGeek, you are so right and now we need to think about how we are going to change things. We do deserve a union but one that is going to represent us and work together to solve the issues.

      • Yes, how do we go about getting ourselves back with ANA ? I hate to think of doing this in three years again. Let’s get some committee working on that.

  41. Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you God, and thank you hospitals, and thank you MNA. Thank you to both sides for giving and for being open minded to each other. I heard a comment on the news, I’m not sure who initially said this, but the comment was “that nobody wins here.” But that is so not true…our patients win!!! Come next Tuesday morning, they will see the same familiar faces that they saw on Monday. As nurses–both those who were going to cross and those who weren’t–we all win, because the far reaching effects of this looming strike have been averted. The damage of this strike would have had fall out for years to come. And the hospitals win too because again, the fallout would have damaged them as well. We nurses win too, if we can all put this behind us, and become the teams that we were before on our units. In this, there is victory for all of us.
    Thank you “anurse” and thank you drichmn for all that you have done for us here. I really hope that we can all still have some kind of get together for anybody who wants to be there. It could be a celebration of the friends we have made here and the support we found in the midst of our storm.
    I am still willing to wear my green shirt next Tuesday if you guys are. If there is worry about that, then I understand.
    I had just mailed my letter to MNA today to resign. Not quite sure what I will do yet in regards to seeking to rejoin. I resigned so that I could continue to take care of our patients.
    It is with a grateful heart that I sign off for right now. I hope that we all continue to come here in the days and weeks ahead and stay in touch through this wonderful blog.

  42. Posted by Nurses Who Care on July 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I believe this blog had an influence with the new settlement for Twin City Nurses. There was a movement not to honor the picket line with mistrust in MNA representatives. I urge MNA members on this blog to review the past decade in how MNA has become affilated with NNU. I believe the association with NNU will bring another round of contract stress in three years without change in the MNA bargaining team. It is your union who you pay (millions) dues to represent you. Also, I would question how they are spending your dues.

    Here is a link of the Mass. Nursing Union Facebook who have seen negative issues with NNU.
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139536660519#!/group.php?gid=139536660519&v=wall

  43. Posted by RNspouse on July 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I think everyone on this site should donate the extra $$$$ the union got them to the charity of their choice. That’ll show em.

  44. Posted by Susie Q on July 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    anurse & drichmn with all my heart I firmly believe this blog and the brave souls who banded together created a forum and team that was the tipping point. Do NOT minimize the contribution this blog made – all of your respectful thoughtful posts for what you believe in and requiring other to be respectful made a difference. As I said earlier this blog helped renew my faith and hope. There are days I cried because the posts on this page made me realize that all was not lost which is how the MNA FB page made me feel.

    To all – I really hope the contract is ratified. When it is our really hard work begins. We, all of us in health care, will need to work together again as a team to care for our patients. Alot has been said and done that can not be undone and will not be forgotten. Ratifying the contract will not be equivalent to flipping a switch back to normal. Many of you have recognized that damage has been done to relationships between nurses, nurses and ancillary staff, nurses and contract staff…… Rebuilding the team will take time, patience, and forgiveness. I hope you can help by now taking the courage you showed in this blog to be leaders in the rebuilding. It will be an honor to work with you.

    My motivation is this and only this – our patients. It is what has kept me in health care for almost 30 years. I am devastated by how much of our collective “dirty” laundry has been aired. I want to renew our patient’s and their families’ faith in us as a team who’s primary focus is on healing them mind, body and soul or creating a safe journey when we cannot.

    Have a wonderful weekend and God’s blessings on you all.

  45. Posted by Confused on July 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    “The settlement was for a wage-only proposal” I thought it was never about the money?????

  46. Posted by notwalking on July 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This blog was the source that empowered us. I almost can understand how people in communist/fascist countries must feel when they are standing up to the powerful, intimidating giants and they go online to find their comaraderie. I devoured all the knowledge and information that was so generously posted here and spread the message.
    I believe this blog saved our city and only God knows, maybe even our country, from catastrophe.
    Amazing. All b/c somebody replied to a newspaper article.

    • Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      I totally agree… I wasn’t trying to minimize the importance of this blog and these wonderful ladies who have given us this gift in my above post…sorry if that is how it looked. I would not have made it through these past days without this blog and the strength and courage you have all given me…

      • MNChildrensNurse, you did not minimize this blog…we appreciate your comments and are so glad you found support here…keep up the wonderful care we are so proud of at Children’s. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization. All of you gave us courage as well.

        • Posted by notwalking on July 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

          MNChildrensNurse, Hee! Hee! I was typing mine at the time yours posted..No foul, sister! I have gleaned so much encouragement from your posts over the last 3 days. And I thank you.

  47. Posted by wildfox on July 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you anurse and drich for keeping this forum up and running. I truly believe this blog had an effect on MNA settleing the contract. It was reported at Allina that there phones went out trying to accomodate all the nurses calling in and trying to find out what they needed to do to work and not strike. In the end TCH was the victor and MNA the loser. Lets hope we can get new people in MNA with the heart of anurse to step in and talk about patient care and meaningful union responsibility to members and pensioneers .

    • Thank you wildfox….we definitely need a change.

    • We just helped everyone speak up and have a loud voice..and gave strength and courage.

    • Posted by nurseon alert on July 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      yes thats true I called in to Allina at 11 am yesterday, it took until 12 noon today before they called back…..I spokw with my mgr who told me the phones rang non stop, with RNs wanting to Cross. This made. … the difference.

  48. Posted by UTD-RN on July 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I proudly wore green scrubs to the MNA meeting yesterday and I lost count of how many evil glares I got. I’m glad those of us with some common sense and compassion have prevailed. Each of us had our own reasons for planning to cross the line… personally I felt guilty walking out on patients when I didn’t believe in how “my” union was handling things. I’ll be glad to walk into work next week and feel like the right thing has been done, those other RNs who saw me in green at the meeting can think and say what they want, I know in my heart that I was doing the right thing.

    • UTD-RN, thank you for standing up for what you believe! I too will be proud to go to work and do what I love. Yes there are those who know who I am and are not happy with me for standing up for what I believe….which is what they too were doing. We all have to follow our heart.

  49. Posted by pharmone on July 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I’m so proud of all of you! You read information; you learned; and you took action, and supported each other in a respectful fashion. I hope you will consider changing your union to one that is more thoughtful, and embraces what all of you believe in. Your thoughtful consideration is what will make a truly great healthcare system of tomorrow. I would love to work on committees with any of you because you think through the issues. Congratulations! Keep working towards a better tomorrow….

    • Thank you pharmone! Drichmn, goodnurse19 and myself all felt passionate about not striking which is what brought us together…and now we have to figure out where to go to next. We didn’t like the process so now we have to figure out a way to change it.

  50. Posted by Steaming on July 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Today, as I planned to provide health care for OUR patients for a period of time, that looked GRIM at best, I was shocked to learn of the negotiation efforts. I am personally in a state of shock. I am so disappointed to learn that ultimately MNA was not willing to stick to their ” Safe patient ration demands”.

    I truly believe based on their filing of unsafe patient claims and National Labor Boards claims that this body, that makes up a piece of my profession , Ill represented the true motivation of their demands. I feel sick to really recognize this was truly about Pension, Health Care and Members ( Thank you to this site)who completely disagree with the Union National efforts to maintain a Union presence in the struggling working economy facing Health Care Reform. I am so proud of Minnesota, for their forward thinking and recognition of, grass root efforts that was stopped today. I am so happy our patients will not have to be subject to this threat any longer. And I am thrilled PINK DeMoro was yet again blocked for her radical ideas. California health care does not reflect Minnesota health care and that was made clear TODAY.

    I am disappointed that when TCH moved forward with financial gain for a body of workers, that truly receives something that NO ONE ELSE employed at their facilities gets, including the Physicians, MNA settled. Clearly today’s decision was not about you, their PROTECTED patient. Thank you TCH for grabbing this opportunity to protect our patients. I was today prepared based on your amazing LEADERSHIP and if ever again needed, truly available to advocate for my city. I would have worked 70 days in a row without overtime, double pay etc. You have truly lead a righteous battle for the PATIENT.

  51. Posted by MNPharmGal on July 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    While I am glad that an agreement was reached, I’m actually a little disappointed in TCH – for allowing yourselves to be bullied into catering to the demands of MNA. Even though no changes were made to the contract, I’m a little worried. My own department (a union group) goes into negotiations later this year. I really don’t know what will be on the table for us, as I’m not a member of the bargaining team, I believe that any financial requests we might put out there will be negated as a result of no changes made to the RN contract. As one of the nurses on the floor I work on put it a few days ago, why should RNs get a different (and potentially better) health plan than the rest of the hospital employees? The costs the RNs incur with their health plan are much higher than employees on the “other” plan, and those costs will prevent our group from negotiating changes to our contract. I’ll be interested to see how this all plays out. I’m cautiously optomistic, and will wait for July 6th with bated breath.

    On another note, I want to again say a HUGE thank you to all of you who were willing to be the dissenters and pave the way for those who did not wish to strike. Thank you for rejecting the “group think” of MNA. Thank you for being willing to cross the picket line and continue to work in jobs you obviously love. I still support you, and will be wearing green under my scrubs on Tuesday!

  52. Posted by Replacement nurse who cares on July 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Dear anurse,drichman,and all my other new friends here,

    I am happy for you and sad that I will not be getting to come up there and finally meet you all. Best of luck and thanks for a peaceful place to blog and obtain information and insight. You should be proud of what you have done here.

    God Bless!

    • thank you for being willing to come up here and help us out!! But I am sooo glad you do not need to. Thank you for caring for the patients when they need you..but I truely wish we would not be allowed to strike so there would be no need for replacement nurses (no offense!).

      • Posted by Replacement nurse who cares on July 2, 2010 at 8:05 am

        no offense taken. I live in a state where we do not have health care unions and we do not strike and I have never been as unhappy with any job or administration as the MNA nurses seem to be and I think that is because the union incites that. I pray things are peaceful for you all at work in the wake of this. Thanks again for your kindness!

    • Posted by acsofs on July 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      Many sincere thanks go to Replacement nurse who cares and all the other nurses from around the country who were willing to pack up and put up with us Minnesotans!! I was looking forward to meeting you all and sharing big hugs. I truly appreciate all your insightful comments here, your dedication to patients, your ability to lend your professional skills wherever needed, and your tenacity when ill behaviors surface around you.

      I wish you all the best in your lives at home and whenever you are next called into action. Take care and thank you, thank you, thank you!!

      • Posted by Replacement nurse who cares on July 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

        Thank you. You all made me proud of our nursing profession with your professional behavior through all this ugliness.

    • Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

      @cares How about a job up here in the North? Good luck to you and God Bless.

      • Posted by Replacement nurse who cares on July 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

        @anurse Who knows? While I still have my job here which is basically full- time even though I went PRN, I am looking into travel assignments now so if your hospital needs an OR traveler for a while, let me know. Then we would get to meet.:-)

  53. Posted by Supporter on July 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Can’t say it enough – you guys are awesome! Congrats. This is a victory for everyone and we all have you to thank. If you get a count of the resignations that result, please post that!

  54. Posted by Mercy RN on July 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you to the RN’s who started this blog. God Bless you. I’m a little nervous about the contract vote. I am now a non MNA member so I cannot get me 2 cents in on this one. MNA FB page is seething with anger and why did this happen posts. Well we all know why this happened and MNA still will get a huge pile of certified letters tomorrow. God Bless you all. I will stay a non MNA member, that is less money in their pockets and in 3 years I will not go through half of the stress I did this time because I know I am not alone.

  55. I cannot express the relief I felt hearing the news today! In the big picture of how things could have transpired, the union and the hospitals along with everyone involved are all the winners here!
    This blog, and those of us who were strong enough to speak up, must have made a huge difference.
    I cannot help but be very curious at how many resignations the MNA will have received by next week. Is that public info?

  56. It still amazes me that I still have to delete comments by people who are coming on this blog and are rude/swearing etc. Why is it so hard to believe that some nurses do not feel our profession should be striking? Think about it….why is that so hard to grasp? We need to figure out a better way!

    • Posted by andersen on July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      Please don’t delete me, I have been behind the no strike nurses as a non-union healthcare worker however on MNA FB they are showing computer forensics on this blog and it appears that it is being traced back to hospital personnell who are NOT nurses. I would hate to think this is possibly true. I for one would feel duped and needs to be addressed if untrue.

      • I assure you andersen if they truely had computer forensics (is there such a thing) then they would know who I am then they could easily find out that I am indeed a nurse at Children’s.

        • Posted by andersen on July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

          Believe me I am not impugning your identity but just wanted to let you know that this is something they are touting on the MNA FB and will be now spouting by your comrades as fact.

        • Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

          Are you an MNA nurse or are you in management? I really do not care because this blog was great. But it is a bummer, Is DR in IT at Fairview they have home phones and everything on you guys. Whatever it is all over and you helped avoid a terrible disruption to our community. I will always respect you, but if you led us to believe you were and MNA nurse thats just well whatever. Thank you!

          • anurse20….I am an MNA nurse…well sort of because have resigned my full membership. We are hoping for a get together soon so we all could meet….and I will bring my Children’s ID with me.

        • Posted by Citizen on July 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

          Wow. They have posted full names, titles, work location, HOME addresses, work and cell phone numbers, email addresses, etc… on the FB site. Supposedly of the people who started this blog. Wow, talk about invading people’s privacy. I sure hope those three people aren’t getting harassed right now.

          • Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

            I know right because when all is said and done they are amazing for doing this for us. I know their motives served many purposes, but it sure helped me.

          • I just saw it….I don’t know those people and now I did a screen shot so those who are putting out these people’s private information will get to deal with the lawyers that offered free legal services for our nurses.

          • Lawyers will be looking at this and those people whose information was posted will be notified so they can file the appropriate charges.

  57. Posted by followthemoney on July 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I just got off a 12 hour shift and am beat, but wanted to throw in my thanks for the courage to all who stand up for their convictions. I know that those on the opposite side , can say the same thing, they were truly standing up for their principles, . That is why I love America . Now I can get back to work on many political issues that need to be dealt with immediately. This is a huge mid term election and there is soooo much work to be done for those who have stepped up to the plate to run. Sorry, that was a side note! Thanks again for everyone who stepped out of their comfort zone to make this happen. Everyone had an influence in different ways and it all came together. I honestly did not see this coming, and I too believe it was from the pushing back the Union was receiving especially after refusing the proposals offered by TCH on Tuesday. People were upset about that, so I think the union sort of boxed themselves in when they refused that offer. I will not be resigning , I do not feel like I want to give up my vote, I will stay in there and have a small voice.

  58. Posted by andersen on July 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    ON FB MNA they supposedly did computer forensics on this blog and are saying that this is not really a nurses blog but computer programmers in the hospital. I really hope that someone could come forward and either confirm or deny these charges because it makes this whole blog bogus.

    • Posted by congrats nurses on July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      First of all, how do you know if they are telling the truth? And who cares anyway? Even if the blog was started by IT staff, it is clear that nurses are writing the bulk of the entries. It doesn’t make the blog bogus. I also believe this blog was instrumental in preventing what would have been a disastrous lose-lose situation for the community.

    • Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      This blog was not started by any IT staff. drichmn is computer savvy and was helping “anurse” with the blog organization and the general upkeep of the blog. I have spent hours on the phone with drichmn and she is who she says she is. The very first time I talked to her, she told me what she does as her career, but that has nothing to do with this blog.
      This blog is not bogus, and it has provided many of us with support and comfort over these past days. It brought together a group of nurses who may have never met otherwise, and it gave us a voice. Do not throw drichmn and anurse under the bus now.
      What that woman did over on the fb site is disgusting. She should lose her nursing license over this–that is absolutely not professional behavior. In this day and age it is dangerous to post someone’s name and address all over the internet. She needs to be reported to the board of nursing!!!!

  59. Posted by healthcareoldtimer on July 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    This blog was started on a site called http://www.wordpress.com. You too could start a blog because the site is free. With all due respect, my take is that the computer forensics story is a continued attempt to discredit the nurses on this blog who disagreed, took a stand, and had an impact.

  60. Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    They just exposed your names, phone numbers, adresses on the MNA facebook page. Even though you were not who we thought you were…. Thank you. I would get that taken off their site, to much personal info. Even if this was a flog, you helped alot of us. For that I will always thank you.

    • That is not my name or information….so I have screen shotted it so lawyers will take care of it.

    • Posted by congrats nurses on July 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

      You have no idea that they correctly traced this blog. You would probably have to hire a private detective with expertise in computer forensics, and this would be very expensive.

      • Posted by congrats nurses on July 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

        If even possible I should add. I doubt that wordpress would freely give out information.

      • If they had truely traced it they would have found me instead of these people. I am taking screen shots so we can provide information for the lawyers.

        • Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm

          I have just taken a ton of pictures too.

        • Posted by congrats nurses on July 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm

          I just read the wordpress privacy policy. They are not going to reveal any information unless required by law (e.g. a subpoena). There is no other way to trace it. The facebook post is almost certainly false.

          • The only reason I am keeping my identity private is because they only need to know it is to harrass and threaten me.

          • Posted by notwalking on July 2, 2010 at 12:05 am

            I really don’t care who started the blog either. Drichman, anurse and Mnchildrensnurse (?) only facilitated a desperate needed discussion and their comments were minimal. Their comments reflected their roles more as a room monitors than vote swayers. But I am really feeling sorry for those nurses on FB. They are feeling scammed and deceived by their own hospital. And these are the nurses who REALLY wanted the staffing ratios. Can someone please go on and alleviate some of their frustration so they can get some sleep tonight?

            • Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 2, 2010 at 12:10 am

              I don’t know how to stay anonymous on facebook, and I think any of us would be too easy to be found there. I don’t know what else to tell them except that we are not administration, and we have done nothing to deceive anybody on this blog. I am upset to think that anyone who has come here for support is now thinking this blog is not real.

            • This blog was started by myself, I am a nurse at Children’s. The hospitals were not involved in setting up this blog or editing it. In the “hello nurses” thread you can see drichmn volunteered to help me as I have never blogged before.

          • Posted by healthcareoldtimer on July 2, 2010 at 6:42 am

            Okay – Allina IT Geek if you are out there – please step in. You are correct – they would have to have cooperation from the wordpress or they hacked the site. For posters, what identifies us is our posting Name and an IP address. Like they can trace an IP address – NOT!

            Good luck with the lawyers. The posting of that level of private information on a public facebbook page is a new low. I stand by my belief that this is an attempt to discredit the SIGNIFICANT IMPACT this blog and the nurses had. You showed MNA that the nurses can still think (critically by the way) for themselves and will act.

            • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm

              actually, don’t think the IT guy made any reference to it. The chronic annoy poster is not an IT guy. 😉

            • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm

              heh, that anonymous, I spelled annoy and meant anony.

  61. Lets all remember in the days and months ahead, how some of the spokespersons for MNA carried themselves as they represented us. This is a democratic process and with all due respect to the process and the many good people (our co-workers) who negotiate for us; it may be time to elect new PAID MNA leadership. Please pay attention and vote for future representation.

    We now move forward into many unknowns the future of healthcare holds. It has never been more important to expect of ourselves and our fellow nurses, utmost professionalism, teamwork, problem solving, and the top notch healthcare we are proudly provide to our patients.

    The days of contentious relationships with the hospitals which we represent could be over. WE determine the relationship we have with our employers. I believe that by working TOGETHER, we could develop an efficient model of community healthcare for the future. Our country needs leaders to emerge, and provide a working model. Our community has in its list of assets, 14 hospitals who are now joined forever in history for AVERTING the biggest strike in history!!!

    The future of our hospitals is what we make them to be.
    I am imagining a bright future for the hospitals and nurses in the Twin Cities.

  62. Posted by lovenursing on July 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    i wish we could all meet each other, we have become so close through this important yet very emotional cause of ours!!

  63. Posted by ConcernedNurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    HUGE thank you to anurse and drichmn for starting and maintaining this blog! I passed it on to everyone I knew that needed support during this time.

    Today was my last day working at a contract hospital and I am so glad I was there when the announcement was made. One of my co-workers (who is one of the nicest people you could ever meet) crossed in the 1984 strike. She told me that even though she did not agree with the current strike, she simply could not go through that again. I will never forget the look on her face and the tears of joy she cried today when she realized she would be able to continue at work without any interruption in patient care. Our unit supervisor (a non-contract position) who worked 30 hours during the 1 day strike couldn’t stop smiling because she would be able to continue working with her beloved staff.

    I truly hope you keep this blog up and running. Even though I am moving to a non-contract facility, I am interested to see where things go from here and hope that patient care really does come first in the future. My husband (the wordpress developer) is happy to continue to help if you need. 🙂

    • Please thank your husband for his help…..although MNA is right now claiming a nurse could not have started this blog…they must not have been reading when you husband helped me when I could not even get the time stamp right!

      • Posted by ConcernedNurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

        It’s interesting to me that they truly can’t believe some people might be opposed to the strike.

        We got a kick out of the title “WordPress Blog Expert”. And yes, he said it was pretty clear you were not a computer programmer. 😉

        • And I would have to ask what this group of professionals that are also my colleagues are going to do to me for having my own opinion? this is another sad day for me…this all started because I did not support a strike and wanted a chat room to talk to others who felt the same way.

          • Posted by TC on July 2, 2010 at 1:11 am

            Well I am grateful you started this site. Thank you!!

          • Posted by ConcernedNurse on July 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

            I still cannot believe that nasty way people treated each other over this. Since I am no longer on the inside of a contract hospital, I do wonder what people are saying about the proposed contract.

            We are all grateful you are here. I hope you were able to enjoy the holiday weekend despite all the craziness.

  64. Posted by TC on July 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I have to say that I am really disgusted that a MNA nurse posted personal information about three individuals who they say started this website. If they wanted to post their names and that they were not nurses, that’s fine, but I feel MNA crossed a line when they posted these individual’s PRIVATE/ PERSONAL information. Shame on MNA for doing that. The only motive I can think of for an MNA member to post that kind of information would be for bullying. SHAME on MNA FB for allowing that info to be posted. I expected more from a nurse. Makes me loose respect for the union.

    To whomever started this site whether you are a nurse or not…THANK YOU! I am grateful to have a place where I can safely voice an opinion.

  65. The FB MNA page says this site is run by hospital admin?! Is this true? I am not sure if I should thanks you ar be upset that I was deceived….

    • l&D RN….no this is not run by admin…this is yet another ploy by MNA. I removed your post with those people’s information because I screen shot it from FB and will turn over to a lawyer and don’t want you to get in trouble also.

      • Posted by anurse20 on July 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm

        Wait on a funny note I forgot to tell you two of my friends went to the post office today. Apple valley had her and another nurse in line. Guess what they ran out of certified envelopes. WOW! St paul was out to and one of my friends that sent her letter said the post office worker told her that was a popular adress.

        • that is too funny!

        • Posted by Mercy RN on July 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

          the post office in Blaine knew exactly what I was doing, “so your going to cross the line huh?” “well everybody eles wants this part mailed back to them so you better do the same” ” I’d walk the line also if I were in your shoes”

          • Posted by iresigned on July 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

            When I went to the post office off Lake Street near Abbott, I gave the postal clerk my letter and the letters from three other nurses. She said” I have a pretty good idea what this is about, good luck to all of you”. There was a clear majority in my department for crossing the picket line, many also have resigned from the MNA. Everyone is praying the the vote on tuesday puts this stike in a black hole , never to return.
            This site has been a God send! And because of it the strike was averted. Thank you to the wonderful nurses , who knew how to get it up and running. You folks fantastic.

    • Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 2, 2010 at 12:00 am

      It really is not true!!!! I absolutely cannot believe what is happening right now.

  66. Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    regardless if this site was a “fake” or not, it allowed a lot of us to voice our opinions in a safe and welcoming place. I know it helped me out A LOT the last few days. The openness, camaraderie, and behavior on this blog was a welcome change from the other sites related to this strike. If the hospitals are behind this, well that is disappointing, but it is what it is! If this site is real, which I am inclined to think so, then thank you to those of you that started it! With the information age upon us, it is really difficult to trust/verify anything these days. So in my opinion, this blog HELPED ME, and to me that is what counts right now!

    • Please remember when I interviewed with May Chen from the Star Tribune she asked to see my credentials to verify that I am a nurse in one of the striking hospitals.

      • Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm

        nostrikefornurses: I am not trying to discredit you, just voicing my opinion. As stated above, this blog helped me and to me, that is what matters! thank you for the blog and safe place to post. it would be fun to all get together soon! I will be wearing green over the next few weeks to show my support! thank you again!

  67. Posted by aconcernedmom on July 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    anurse, drichmn–the vibe on ST is too hostile. I did not want my message to get lost amongst banter. I followed from the beginning in ST and here and always posted there–as this chapter ends and what will be moves forward–I would like to thank you both for your strength and courage. Not knowing where you work in the Childrens hospitals–I will more than likely see some of you someday–I would like to keep my anonymity also. In the words of Oscar Wild “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” and that is my trueinent was to voice from time to time.

  68. Posted by relocatedrn on July 2, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Well after following this board for days now. I am glad to see the kind of people I will be working with. I did have all of my information submitted to help out as a replacement nurse. I sent all that in on Tuesday and now it’s done and settled! Now I hope that job offer comes from North Memorial! I want to get back to work and I am extremely happy this is done with. Hopefully I will see some of you on the floors!

    • Posted by conflictedRN on July 2, 2010 at 12:19 am

      RelocatedRN: I hope you get it too! North is a great place to work!

      • Posted by professionalRN on July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

        RelocatedRN: good luck… agree North is a great place to work! They have been very supportive and informative through all of this.

  69. Posted by notwalking on July 2, 2010 at 12:09 am

    The strikers are the same nurses that break their back helping you on the job. A strike is no time for celebration or to gloat over other’s pain. Please do not delete

    • so what is MNA doing right now to these people?

      • Posted by notwalking on July 2, 2010 at 12:36 am

        Hmm, I am not understanding the sentiment behind that statement, nostrikefornurses. Are you agreeing with Zoe’smom when she can hardly resist waving? I thought us picket crossers were taking the high road. “Rubbing in” another’s failures, which striking is, is unacceptable and unprofessional.

        • I don’t understand what you are talking about…please clarify

          • Posted by notwalking on July 2, 2010 at 12:44 am

            What MNA “does to these people” is not our responsibility. So I cannot answer your question in your post. But it is unacceptable and unprofessional for us nurses who are claiming to be doing what is right in our heart by crossing to WAVE at our co-workers who are picketing. I am quite surprised you didn’t jump all over that.

  70. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 12:32 am

    heh, if there was a wordpress expert sure did a fine job of faking it, lol.

  71. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 12:38 am

    seriously, while you can find out a lot of information on the internet, there is really not the “detailed” computer forensics to come up with that information. THey would have to have a way of hacking into email and or hacking into blog and capturing IP addresses. This is a wordpress.com blog so there is no whois registry. It really shows how big a role this blog played. Also if nostrikefornurses was a con, it was someone seeming rather genuine with the sharing of the devotional material as well. So I don’t believe MN info, just does not fully fit.

  72. Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 2, 2010 at 12:42 am

    ok

  73. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 12:45 am

    FYI, I am saying this because I run and forum and blog, part of why I don’t post with a name, except a one time slip. Easy for them to find out who I am because I pretty much let myself be known. It is really easy to not provide any info. Sorting out who is who is a bit trickier but getting all that complete information as said is not easy. Someone running a free blog can stay pretty annonymous if they so choose. Only thing that would get IP’s is hacking. So again, MNA FB poster is blantantly lying and game playing and would not even have to check to know this. Sad thing is some won’t believe her and no that this is all being done to influence the vote, there are some that are very gungho about the staffing. Just dirty pool.

    • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 12:46 am

      meaning if I posted my name. I have to interact directly with one nurse on negotiation committee from time to time, really did not want any bad feelings thoughts, as I will treat all with respect.

    • Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 2, 2010 at 1:27 am

      It should be ILLEGAL to post personal info like what was done tonight on MNA FB page. I hope all of those involved on the negative end of this take this information to a LAWYER! It is WRONG what they have done….posting personal information like they did….its like a witch hunt.

      This was just posted on the MNA FB page regarding the post about who actually is behind this blog……

      “LISTEN. This is called libel and you can be sued in court for this if it’s not true. I highly suggest you take down this thread and contact an attorney. These people will not appreciate this even if it is true – they can still sue you unless you can back that up 100% And I don’t know where you work, but I hope it’s not Fairview. BE CAREFUL — if it’s true, don’t post it here, give it to the press!! I have a source to contact if need be.”

      • Posted by Linda R Larson on July 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

        I totally agree that all this slander has to be managed and the people who are responsible need to be held accountable. Take this on in a legal arena but don’t let MNA or anyone against what this site has done shift the focus of what this site stands for. Don’t believe the lies. It is the same tactics that have been used on MNA blogs – to put twisted thoughts in the minds of the readers and attempt to make a movement away from the important work, values and missions of professional nursing. Please keep the positive momentum going toward doing the right thing for patients / families. That is what the tipping point was about and will continue to make changes for the future. I totally 100% support ‘anurse’ and ‘drichmn’ for what they have done and praise their efforts. It is common that evil tries to attack good but we can’t let evil win. Stay strong and united for the profession of nursing and patient care.

        • Posted by Linda R Larson on July 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

          All the attacks to this site and its creators clearly shows the power it has had in ending the strike. Be proud of that. Don’t lose sight of what this blog has done for each of us personally and professionally and for the opportunity it has given each of us to share our voice without fear or retaliation. As fear and doubt arise think about the thousands of nurses who will proudly wear green and all the people we work side by side with that will also be in green and in support of nurses who dare to stand up for their patients and their profession.

          • Posted by Linda R Larson on July 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

            I believe this site and all of you standing up for what is right is not just in part but more like 100% responsible for changing the course of this negotiation. I truly hope you all keep the momemtum going to hold MNA accountable for what they have done. For them to jump in now as the being the ones to end the strke is just more lies. YOU all made the difference. ‘anurse’ and ‘drichmn’ answered a call and met a need. Two voices became hundreds to thousands of voices. Take credit for that and realize the power you all have TOGETHER. The NLRB is the group to contact if you want to end the union in MN. I will post more later if there is an interest in that.

            • Posted by listenup123 on July 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm

              I agree with all that has been said. The voice of reason has prevailed, and we all voted with our pens and stamps. I think the premise of the open-ended strike was flawed from the get-go. Many nurses believed the MNA reps when they said there wouldn;t really be a strike, the yes vote would just give them negotiating power. Then when it was getting closer to reality, many of us called foul, and chose to make the decision to cross the picket line in droves. MNA had no other choice but to settle or the union would be broken.
              …….with that said, we have some repair work to do to our profession’s reputation. I had one physician ask me this morning, “So what was that nonsense all about anyways? You all just wanted to keep your pensions, right?” Hopefully, this will all settle down and we can get back to doing what we do best…………take care of our patients.

  74. Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 2, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I am continuing to take screen shots every so often as new comments are added to that post. I am just so sick about this–that these people have taken something that has meant so much to so many of us through these days and are doing what they are now doing. We had no one to turn to ask our questions of for fear of retaliation and tonight is the perfect example of that. I tried to look up the original poster on the MN board of nursing, but her name isn’t there. Another interesting thing is that I don’t remember seeing her posting on the MNA FB at all these past many days until this post tonight. I had been looking at the MNA FB page a few times every day to see what they were all saying but don’t recall seeing her name. Just when I thought I would sleep tonight finally!! drichmn and anurse, I am so sorry that this is happening. What you did was provide a much needed oasis. I guess this just goes to show that mob mentality.

    • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

      It is a reaction out of anger. Realistically there is not really anything they could have done. Again, there is no set IP or domain for the blog to check. They would have to hack into wordpress and even then that can be fairly annoymous info, although may be able to obtain IP’s. Even then finding out specifics of folks via IP is a bit tricky and most who is info comes back with info of the provider and would need court orders for names to be released.

      The other thing is if on their computers someone had a key logger or other spy technology. One other option is the monitoring by IT staff of internet. So that would mean 2 folks allegedly computer IT folks did the work on work computers and someone put their job in jeopordy releasing confidential information. If you examine the facts without the replies of the folks here it does not pass the smell test regarding being truthful. Add in what you discovered about not being a Nurse, ultimately someone just stirring up trouble for whatever reason.

  75. Posted by anotherview on July 2, 2010 at 5:48 am

    There is no doubt in my mind that the unification of the nurses here caused MNA to re-think it’s position on this. With all the resignations coming in, the number of people calling to work the strike and those voices who spoke up at the all nurses meetings, it became clear that you are all willing to take back control from the union. I do hope the momentum will carry forward. Let’s not ever let this happen again. Your commitment to patients is amazing to behold!
    To all the replacement nurses that had their bags packed and ready to get on a plane and work – THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I wish there was someway to hire you all because your dedication to the profession is what health care needs. Again, words are not enough to express the appreciation.

    Let the healing process begin.

  76. Posted by inpatientlywaiting on July 2, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Not sure if this has posted yet, but DO NOT RESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If all of you resign, you no longer have a voice, and they have complete control. This is what they are banking on. If you are a voting member you have the power to decertify MNA. Their partnership with NNU is what got you into this mess, and needs to be stopped. As a future nurse, I am asking you to stand for whats right for the profession.

    • Posted by Inpatientlywaiting on July 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

      Btw, you can still rejoin, take the hand slap. We would need to find a labor lawyer. We can decertify as it stands, require mna leave nnu. They can then become stand alone, or rejoin ana.

  77. Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Holy mackeral! I go to bed early and it hits the fan! What’s going on? Those IT people were not involved in this blog in any way. Neither were any of the hospitals. Smells of desperation to me. I thought they said this blog had no effect on the settlement? With that level of desperation to grasp at straws like that just says to me that it did have an impact.

    I am an RN. I said from the beginning I wasn’t covered by the MNA contract. And it’s clear from the “Hello Nurse’s” topic how I got involved with “anurse” who started the blog. She asked for help and I volunteered. It’s all in black and white on that thread. But those MNA FB posters seem to traffic in conspiracy theories to a level that is both amazing and disgusting at the same time. These people are nurses? Professionals? Not in my book.

    There is no way any IT person could have the kind of understanding of our profession and what we do that I have shown in my comments. They may be good technically but they couldn’t fake that .

    I hope those people they slandered do talk to a lawyer. And if MNA doesn’t want to further that kind of conspiracy theory they should take down that thread and prevent any further comments along those lines. Some lame disclaimer by “MNA Children’s” isn’t enough in my book.

  78. Posted by Inpatientlywaiting on July 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Let’s start a campaign, the starters of this blog to be named as people/time magazine’s most influential people. Resposible for stopping the largest nurses strike in US history.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 9:13 am

      LOL. Time Magazine? eh. Now if you said Oprah….

      And all “anurse” thought she was doing was starting a little anonymous “chat room” so nurses would be able to express how they felt since they weren’t able to do so on MNA’s social media or in their meetings. And when I offered to help her I had no idea it would get over 83,000 page views in 13 days. The vast majority coming after the Star Tribune article 4 days ago.

    • Posted by Linda R Larson on July 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

      I totally support that. These two RN’s totally deserve tons of recognition and appreciation for what they have done. I would love to be a part of that somehow. If ‘anurse’ and ‘drichmn’ want the recognition maybe there is a group that would come together for a planning meeting. I am calling of you on this site my new best friends!!!

      • Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

        We said all along we didn’t do this for any recognition. That’s why we remained anonymous. Honestly, with all the venom being shown we may stay that way. The conspiracy theories on the MNA FB were out of control. They should have moderated those better. Makes me wonder why they didn’t.

      • thanks Linda for all your support! yes we may have that gathering sometime so we can all meet….I will bring my Children’s ID with so all will know!

  79. Posted by lakeJeep on July 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

    wow- nicely done all.. True professionals for all being leaders and doing the right thing i.e. Standing up for what you believe in. This will help everyone going forward in your collaboration with managers and the rest of your colleagues. Impressive! This will make for a fun 4th of July weekend for everyone! Enjoy
    -husband of an RN

  80. Posted by Terribly Uneasy on July 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

    MNA facebook site has lots of angry nurses that will vote no to this agreement. Why?? THe same contract is not a bad deal. We lose nothing. A strike damages our patients and our relationships with the hospital. This needs to be over!!! Thanks to the people of this site for providing a voice of sanity to this whole thing.

  81. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    FYI- Just spoke with other staff I work with and spoke to the ED manager at the I have interactions with, there were 15 nurses that had planned to resign and cross. Numbers may have been smaller or greater elsewhere, but the significant change you can be sure it was on the brave nurses who chose not to go along. The attack on this blog as well is one of the significance of what happened. However, do not sit back and be passive. Stay awake and alert. Now the talk at FB pertains to taking it back to political answers. All an agenda and they are now going to just look for another opportune point to try and bring what they want about.

  82. Posted by happyrn1 on July 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    It just doesn’t feel right this morning to use my old moniker “Sadrn1.” So today I have changed it 🙂 Thank you immensely for starting this blog! So many staff (MNA RNs, RN leaders, Pharmacists, MDs, NAs, etc) I work with needed this place more than I can ever express. You have done amazing things in these past weeks. You’ve helped so many nurses find one another and support one another. You have been a beacon of light in such a dark and difficult time and I truly believe it is because of this blog and the amazing nurses connected with it that this ending is possible.

    I know I am asking so much of you- but please rejoin MNA if you are willing and “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The power of this blog demonstrates so well how if you are willing to fight for something no matter what you really can make a difference. From the moment I came to work at a MNA contract hospital people have told me this is just the way it is, it will never change, and why bother dealing with the union because you’ll never get anywhere. I have always responded to these comments by saying please take a role in the union- you can make a difference. Your nurse colleagues need leadership like you have shown together with both this blog and out in the hospitals. You are the future of our profession and I know that together we really can change the world around us.

    You are and always will be the kind of professionals who inspired me to become a nurse. 🙂 And once again I am so proud to be your colleague!

  83. Posted by Phil on July 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

    This site was indeed a breath of fresh air! The professionalism, as well as the links to facts and figures was to be commended. We are not responsible for others’ anger/unforgiveness toward us, but only our own behavior. (It seems that Nehemiah also had some opposition, yet he kept on building). And that is what we need to do-we need to keep building in a positive light and not focus on the negative behaviors. Thanks so much to the builders & editors of this site. Great work!

  84. Posted by think4myself on July 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Words cannot express my gratitude for this blog site and the chance to hear intelligent and insightful dialogue about the nursing profession and the union. Thank you for keeping alive my view of nursing as a profession whose first and foremost mission is to care.

  85. Posted by Mercy RN on July 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    If the members of MNA vote no on this contract the strike date will be July 10th I guess. This is not done until the vote is in on tuesday. I’m going to leave this in God’s hands. With this blog, I feel reassured and at peace. Thank you.

    • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      God is not going into intervene with will. God is more about changing people and having people enter to relationship with him. True peace is always found in surrender to him, regardless of what is going on. Yes, or no on Tuesday will not change anything regard that matter. Things in this world will get worse in time. And sorry for the “preaching” here but just really felt a need to say that.

    • Mercy RN. I believe there would have to be another intent to strike filed….perhaps a vote to strike might also be needed?

  86. Posted by notwalking on July 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    The post on FB which made illegal assertions as to the creators of this blog has been deleted. It was a thread with 50 comments before I went to bed last night. As a matter of fact, nurses who frequently follow the dialogue there commented they had never seen that nurse on the site previously and now she cannot be located. Whatever side we’re on, it is a horrible feeling to know you’ve been lied to. I am so fortunate to work for one of the hospitals that has NOT lied to us. I was astounded how those nurses simply believed what she said. I could only pity them for spiraling into more deceit.

  87. Posted by listenup123 on July 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I agree with all that has been said. The voice of reason has prevailed, and we all voted with our pens and stamps. I think the premise of the open-ended strike was flawed from the get-go. Many nurses believed the MNA reps when they said there wouldn;t really be a strike, the yes vote would just give them negotiating power. Then when it was getting closer to reality, many of us called foul, and chose to make the decision to cross the picket line in droves. MNA had no other choice but to settle or the union would be broken.
    …….with that said, we have some repair work to do to our profession’s reputation. I had one physician ask me this morning, “So what was that nonsense all about anyways? You all just wanted to keep your pensions, right?” Hopefully, this will all settle down and we can get back to doing what we do best…………take care of our patients.

  88. Posted by integritynurse on July 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I had to laugh out loud today when I woke up and discovered that some really “smart” people think they know who started this blog. Ha Ha. I know who started it, they are two wonderful, really creative RNs, I happen to be friends with both of them. In fact I was an editor on the blog myself (keeping it nice and not mean). Not only are they smart and really creative, they had alot of courage to do what they did. They live by a moral compass which tells them the right thing to do. They weren’t willing to follow the crowd and let other people do their thinking for them. Instead, they stood up for what they felt was right, not abandoning their patients. Then they got their message out. And when other smart nurses found that they now had support and a place to state THEIR views, they took advantage of it. Thus- this amazing blog. Thus- many, many nurses who decided to resign the union and cross the line, in spite of massive amounts of pressure and harassment. They are nurses who don’t live in fear. Fear is not the driving force of their professional lives. People tried to hack in to our emails, change our passwords, & speculate on who we were.They were wringing their hands in frustration because they just couldn’t figure it out. All I can say is that I’m proud to live in America, where free speech, freedom of thought, and courage is still valued, (at least by most Americans). Groupthink is a very scary thing. I know nurses, who were going to picket and not cross because they were afraid to do any differently, afraid of the union, afraid of the reps who went around trying to instill fear into everyone that would listen. How sad. This blog, it is a breath of fresh air. I salute you, RN blog starters. I respect you, admire you and salute you. I am proud to call you my friends and fellow nurses. March on.

    • integritynurse. I am also so proud of the way you stood up to your co-workers to do what you felt as right. I am also so grateful not only for your support when I started the blog but for coming on as an editor when things got hectic. I thank God for your friendship and realize even though some friendships may have been lost…others have gotten stronger.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much. Your words mean a lot to me. I am honored to be called your friend. And I echo “anurse” in thanking you for helping moderate the comments. It did get hectic. We had no idea how the blog views would explode after the Star Tribune story ran. Actually, hectic is an understatement.

      My parents instilled that moral compass into me. They were wonderful role models and although they’ve been gone many years now I miss them daily and wish I could talk to them and get their sage advice like they so freely offered to me without judgment. I strive every day of my adult life to live by what I learned from them and to honor their memories. And I try to instill the same values into my own children.

      And yes, the past three days there have been multiple attempts to reset our passwords to hack into this blog. I contacted wordpress support to make sure all was safe and secure with the blog and to reassure myself that the identity of anybody who posted was not compromised. I was assured by two different wordpress people dealing with security and email support that the blog was not compromised. And from the first attempt we were smart enough not to fall for their ruse. And because nothing was compromised we said nothing.

      As I read the stories of the nurses being intimidated, isolated, and silenced by those individuals who are supposed to be advocating to the union on their behalf I was appalled and sickened. And that just steeled my resolve to do everything in my power to be a fierce advocate for them by making sure this blog fulfilled “anurse’s” vision for it. There was a need as she identified it and the need was bigger than even she imagined it was.

      I am honored by all of you who came here and found the strength and courage to do what you felt in your hearts was the right thing to do but just needed the faintest glimmer of knowledge that you were not alone. It’s been an amazing thing to witness. And I pray you will take that courage forward and take back your union so that it truly represents you as nurses and honors our profession. Our community and our patients deserve nothing less.

  89. Posted by Terribly Uneasy on July 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    When I mailed my letter of resignation in Blaine at 4 PM on June 30th the postal clerk said “They are goin to get alot of mail tomorrow. Every 5th person today is sending them something”. So yesturday July 1st we have a settlement. How many resigned will probaly never be known.
    I am relieved that there won’t be a strike next week. The same contract is not a bad thing. The mud flinging has to stop. We all have to get back to being nurses.
    Thank-you for this blog. It was and still is a light of hope in all the madness.

    • We are all so glad there will not be a strike. I continue to be dumbfounded by the people who do not respect that many of us do not support striking as a way to settle issues. I agree we all need to get back to being nurses…but we must also look ahead and change things so we are not in this situation again in 3 years.

  90. Posted by WorkInIT4Allina on July 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    As posted by someone earlier, it’s next to impossible to successfully identify the creators of this blog unless there was some kind of WAY underhanded method used. It would require for the blog to have been created via a source that is trackable (ie one of the hospital’s computers), then one would need to look at logged internet traffic and be able to definitvely match it to the person invloved, right down to the plain text trasacted. Its a bit more complex than this and is possible to track it under these circumstances, but highly unlikely that this is in fact what happend.

    Aside from that, even if it was TCH (and was’t) that set it up, all it did was point people to the publically available source documents and provide and area for discussion.

    • Posted by goodnurse19 on July 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Are you aware that anyone can start their own blog? It is not rocket science.

    • They did not successfully identify those who created this blog or they would have found me…a nurse at Mpls Children’s. But I found it appalling they would post anyone’s personal information on FB and the venom displayed is disturbing.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm

      And the computer that “anurse” used to create the blog was her own personal laptop on her own personal internet connection. And as she said, if there was any “computer forensics” involved as they claimed it would have lead directly to her.

    • Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks It for the confirmation, I had questioned my self a bit that there might be some sort of way to do it, but from my experience was sure there was not, always good to get “professional” confirmation. 🙂

      • Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2010 at 12:20 am

        Goodnurse im not sure if your comment regarding wordpress was directed at me or not….It is possible to track down, but it would take time and require court orders for needed information to be released, or some sneaky “social engineering”. Long story short, if correct identities were to be “discovered” its much more likely to be the result of plain-old person to person comms than “computer forensics”, especially if all of the content was posted via a consumer/home internet connection.

  91. Posted by Angie on July 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    First, I would just like to say THANK YOU to everyone who posted here with great ideas, support and answering questions. We have made a difference and I am so proud to be associated with all of you!! “anurse” and “drichmn”…I am truly honored to be a nurse in this community with you, I can only hope we may all meet someday. You have led the charge that has made us look deep within ourselves and stand up for what we believe to be true and right, despite the intimidation tactics and bullying which appalls me and will have a lingering effect for some time, I believe. That being said, there is more to be done so this does not happen again in three years!! I hope this blog continues on in some format, many of us are ready and willing to step forward and do what is needed to bring a voice of reason and collaboration back to our profession.

    • Posted by drichmn on July 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      if there are people ready and willing to take back your union then we’ll be right there with you.

      • If we don’t like the process then it is up to us to change it….so we must look ahead. For those of us who have resigned our membership, we may have to rethink that in the future if we are going to do anything about how MNA is representing us. We don’t want to do this again in 3 years.

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