The Michigan Nurses Association is supporting legislation that would require minimum nurse to patient staffing ratios. Nurses say the measure will save lives and help avoid costly mistakes.
The Safe Patient Care Act would require a one-to-one nurse to patient ratio in critical care and surgical units, one to three for non-trauma units and one to four in pediatrics. Supporters say hospitals often purposely fail to meet adequate staffing levels to save money, instead imposing mandatory overtime on their nurses.
Governor Rick Snyder is a step closer to appointing an emergency financial manager for Detroit. He announced today that he agrees with a financial review team’s finding that the city faces a financial emergency.
The Detroit City Council now has 10 days to get a financial plan in place and ask the governor to change his mind.
Snyder expects to appoint someone soon after that.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview of the concert.
Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes. The location was symbolic. In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U.S. Army. The standoff lasted 73 days, and claimed three lives.