Hundreds of nurses apply to work in Minnesota as Allina strike looms

From Becker’s:

Hundreds of replacement nurses from across the country are ready to step in at Minneapolis-based Allina Health if its regular nurses go through with their planned strike, according to a Star Tribune report.

As many as 4,800 Allina Health nurses plan to strike for one week, beginning at 7 a.m. June 19. However, Allina officials told the Star Tribune just 1,400 replacements are needed to get through the week.

With the replacement nurses, Allina should be able to maintain full schedules of surgeries, baby deliveries, emergency room treatments and all other forms of care at three hospitals — Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn. — said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital, who is leading Allina’s strike planning, according to the report.

The strike is also scheduled to occur at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn. That hospital will operate at a “minimal level” during the strike, Ms. Criger added.

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