PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2021 


Biden revokes permit for Keystone XL Pipeline; Dr. Anthony Fauci expresses relief at being able to speak honestly about COVID-19.


2021Talks - January 22, 2021 


Cabinet appointments moving along: SecDef nominee Lloyd Austin's Senate confirmation may come today. Tribal reaction to Biden's permit cancellation of Keystone XL Pipeline, plus new details on COVID-response.

Some MN Nurses Want to Help on Front Lines, But Can't

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

In states like Minnesota, there is need for health care professionals to help fight COVID-19, but hospitals are losing out on other forms of revenue, which has led to staffing cuts. (Adobe Stock)
In states like Minnesota, there is need for health care professionals to help fight COVID-19, but hospitals are losing out on other forms of revenue, which has led to staffing cuts. (Adobe Stock)
April 27, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Some hospital systems in Minnesota have issued layoffs and furloughs, citing revenue losses in the pandemic. Nurses are among those cut, and a key union says some of its members are limited in seeking other positions.

Over the weekend, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order opening the door for out-of-state health care workers to assist in Minnesota's fight against COVID-19. It said they do not need to obtain a Minnesota license, but do need to have a license in their home state.

Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, said it's frustrating when local nurses who are furloughed can't pick up that extra work because of on-call requirements.

"They can go away on furlough, but they've got to be able to come back within 24 hours," Turner said. "Well, that doesn't give our nurses any chance to go and find another job at one of the nursing homes, where they desperately need help."

The governor's office did not respond by deadline to a request for comment. But the order does call on providers to fully utilize Minnesota's health care workforce during the crisis, and provide flexibility for staff members in employment arrangements.

Turner said she also believes the state and its providers have lagged behind in training local nurses who don't currently work in Intensive Care Units, to prepare them to work in a critical-care setting.

"This past two months, they could have been training up our 'med-surg' nurses, our procedure nurses, to be able to be ICU nurses," she said.

Turner said she fears those ICU jobs also will go to out-of-state workers. In issuing the order, Gov. Walz cited staffing shortages at long-term care facilities, and the possibility of local hospitals and clinics becoming overwhelmed.

Mike Moen, Public News Service - MN