Striking nurse opens up about staffing More than 12,000 nurses from 14 Twin Cities area hospitals are on strike today. They walked off the job at 7 this morning. The union says workers want nurse-to-patient ratios set to improve patient safety.8:40 a.m.
Hospital spokesperson emphasizes flexibility The biggest nurses strike in U.S. history is taking place today in the Twin Cities. One of the top issues for the 12,000 nurses walking the picket lines is setting nurse-to-patient ratios.8:45 a.m.
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