MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Striking Twin Cities nurses Thursday said workplace violence turns too many of them into patients.
The nurses walked off the job 11 days ago, unable to strike a new deal with Allina Health. The two sides hit an impasse over health insurance proposals.READ MORE: 'Potentially A Trend Of Things Getting Worse': Omicron Variant Detected In The U.S.
On Thursday, the nurses also accused Allina of not doing enough to protect them from violent patients. Striking workers carried signs that read “Assaulted.”READ MORE: MACV Working To Get Homeless Vets Back Into Homes Of Their Own
One nurse described finding a coworker under attack and intervening well before security arrived.
“The patient was standing up, there was blood everywhere from having ripped out his IVs and he was choking the charge nurse. He had his hands around her neck,” Unity Hospital nurse Laurie Brodersen said. “It took a lot of nurses to get him off. I was one of them. It was terrifying.”MORE NEWS: Man Shot By Law Enforcement In Forest Lake Dies; BCA IDs Officers, Deputy Who Opened Fire
Allina has said it accepted most of the nurse’s safety proposals. More than 4,000 nurses at five hospitals had been working without a contract since June.