Nurses Union: \"Star Tribune\" Running Smear Campaign

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Nurses Association is upset about recent coverage by the "Minneapolis Star Tribune" regarding discipline of nurses in the state. MNA president Linda Hamilton this week sent out a letter to over 20-thousand union members in which she called the coverage a "smear campaign" and said the stories have not been fair to nurses overall. The newspaper has looked through thousands of records from the Minnesota Board of Nursing and reported on some being able to keep their license despite problems with stealing drugs, neglecting patients or being impaired on the job. The first story appeared on October 6, and the "Star Tribune" reports the union declined to give any comment for the story before it was published.