Hundreds of Nurses Gathered at the Capitol Lawn to Demand Help
Hundreds of nurses gathered at the Capitol lawn on Wednesday to again demand that the legislature pass minimum staffing levels, an effort that hasn't worked for at least two legislative terms.
According to the Lansing State Journal, nurses in Michigan and around the country complain that staffing shortages lead to mandatory overtime that is causing nurse fatigue and putting patients at risk.
Legislation that would require hospitals to maintain minimum staffing levels was introduced in both the House and Senate last year, but neither received even a committee hearing.
Jennifer Eyre, an emergency room nurse at Sparrow Hospital, spoke to a crowd of about 500 nurses gathered at the Capitol.