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The strike planned to begin Dec. 11 has been called off, the Minnesota Nurses Association said, as all hospitals except St. Luke's Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors have reached tentative agreements.
Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are pursuing a merger planned for completion by the end of 2023 that would combine the nation's largest rural health provider with a major Twin Cities health system.
The state is projected to be 20K nurses short by 2035.
Rachel Iverson, a registered dietitian with Sanford Health in Bismarck, says heavily processed foods such as boxed macaroni and cheese, canned soup and frozen dinners often contain unhealthy levels of sodium; the reason being that salt is used as a preservative to extend shelf life. Yet, there are high sodium products whose heart stopping saltiness tends to stay under a consumer’s radar.

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No one likes to consider the worst "what ifs" when it comes to their health and mortality, but worst-case scenarios are something people need to be prepared for. Having an advanced care plan in place helps loved ones and health care workers make treatment decisions in an emergency, and guarantees a patient's wishes are fulfilled.
This year's group is smaller and more streamlined than at past events.
Cole Trebesch, new chair of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, has held leadership positions with the state's soybean association for the last decade.
These traveling nurses book their temporary contracts, usually about 13 weeks, through various agencies and can make as much in a week as a regular staff nurse earns in a month, according to one of the travelers. However, a human resources director at Essentia Health said much of the demand is being driven by the pandemic and, once the case numbers recede, many of those contractual positions will no longer be necessary.
Duluth-based Essentia Health announced its employee vaccine mandate in early August.
A breakthrough study by Johns Hopkins University researchers may aid doctors in determining which elderly patients will respond best to antidepressants and which may be at additional risks for memory decline.

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Sanford’s travelling mammography program currently has over 130 mobile mammogram events scheduled through the end of the year.
Masks are still required.
Counties home to or situated near major hospitals lead the pack.

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