Citing a pressing shortage of nurses, Republican lawmakers are renewing their push for Minnesota to join a “compact” of 39 other states.  It would allow nurses from those states to practice here without obtaining a Minnesota license — and Minnesota nurses could practice in those other states without getting licenses there.  U-of-M Nursing School Dean, Doctor Connie White Delaney disagrees with those who warn that standards will suffer:

“We have national licensure, exactly the same exam for every registered nurse in the United States,… and that’s how you also become a nurse in the state of Minnesota.”

The Minnesota Nurses Association union says there is no shortage of nurses in Minnesota who want to work bedside, but hospital CEOs continue to create conditions which make it impossible for them to do that.

Delaney says the current situation is…

“Most likely the most serious, dire nurse shortage in the history of this state.”