Ocean Beach Hospital

Local Unit News

Congratulations Your Contract Was Ratified!  (9/17/2013)

By unanimous vote, the nurses of Ocean Beach have ratified the contract that was diligently negotiated by your dedicated and thoughtful colleagues on the team representing your interests.  Among the many enhancements to your contract is the provision for recognition for years of experience.  As a current RN at Ocean Beach, you have 90 days to have your years of experience evaluated to ensure your current step level matches that number of years.  For the few who were unable to make it to the vote, please be sure to review the summary of contract changes click here

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Your attorney, Laura Anderson and I would like to thank the negotiating team; Brad Bell, Marcey Frame, Mary Lane, and Denise Ross for volunteering their time, hard work, and strong advocacy for all of the nurses at Ocean Beach, the patients and families you all serve, and your practice.

In Solidarity,    
Mara Kieval, RN, BSN
WSNA Nurse Representative
206-276-2018 Ext 3051

Contract Vote  (9/5/2013)

After seven (7) days at the table, your negotiation team has worked diligently to ensure that they negotiated the very best tentative agreement for all of the nurses at Ocean Beach Hospital.  The team is recommending a YES vote on the contract.  Please plan on attending the vote where a summary of the contract changes and enhancements will be provided along with the actual “Redline” of the specific language changes.  

The Vote:
When =  Wednesday, September 11th
Time = 1800 until 2000
Where = Ocean Beach Hospital Cafeteria

In Solidarity,
Mara Kieval, WSNA Nurse Representative
And your negotiating team: Marcey Frame, Brad Bell, Mary Lane, Denise Ross

Negotiation Update  (5/9/2013)

After six (6) days at the table, contract negotiations remain challenging.  While we have made progress on some contract language we are struggling with economic issues.  Our next negotiation sessions are scheduled for May 21st & 22nd. 

What Can I Do?

  • Wear WSNA Blue
  • Wear your WSNA Buttons & Badge Clips
  • Get a Car/Window sign for you, your family, friends & neighbors to show support for the nurses of Ocean Beach.  (Coming soon to your break-room)

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Team:
Marcey Frame
Brad Bell
Mary Lane
Denise Ross

Negotiation Update  (3/20/2013)

Hello Nurses!  Your negotiation team wants you to know that the three negotiation meetings that have been held have been very productive and much progress has been made on non-economic issues.  We are scheduling new dates to meet next month.  Ocean Beach’s negotiations with the Teamsters and other scheduling challenges will not allow us to meet before then.  We appreciate your continued support and ask that you continue to wear your WSNA blue buttons to show your solidarity…There is still more that you can do to help support your team through this process:

  1. First, consider making a donation of PTO to the nurses on the team.  These members volunteer their time and enthusiasm for all of the nurses at Ocean Beach and any donation would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Second, we will be providing car signs for you to display and distribute to friends, family, and community members to show your solidarity and support for the nurses and Teamsters throughout these negotiations.

Thank you all for showing your support for your team and all the employees of Ocean Beach Hospital.

Contract Negotiations Are Under Way  (2/21/2013)

Your negotiations team has met with management for three negotiation sessions with some very positive progress on non-economic issues.  Negotiations can always be challenging and the team appreciates your support and solidarity throughout the process.  Please join us at a Local Unit meeting for more information about current challenges and the forward movement we have made.

What:  Local Unit Meeting for Negotiations Update
When:  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time:  1830-1900  & 1930-2000
Where:  Ocean Beach Hospital - Conference Room A

Your Input is Needed For Negotiations  (1/15/2013)

It is time for WSNA and the negotiations team to hear from you on what issues you would like to be addressed.  Please take just a few moments to answer just a few questions on our online survey to help us better understand what is important to you.  The team uses the information that you provide as a guide in representing your priorities at the negotiation table. 

To access the survey, click here

Your negotiation team appreciates you taking the time to complete this very brief survey.

It's Negotiation Time  (12/17/2012)

Greetings Ocean Beach Nurses.  It is that time again.  Your contract is up for negotiations and we need your participation and input.  WSNA is putting together the negotiations team and we are looking for your help.  Contact your Nurse Representative Mara Kieval @ 206-575-7979, ext. 3051 or mkieval@wsna.org for more information.  After the team has been solidified, we will be sending out a survey and holding a local unit meeting to better understand the issues that are most important to you.  Being actively involved in this process is vital to our strength and success!  

What's New at Ocean Beach Hospital  (3/27/2012)

Greetings, Nurses of Ocean Beach
Spring has sprung, and you have elected new Local Unit Officers!

Your New Officers are:
Mary Sutton, Chair
Denise Ross, Vice-Chair
Marcey Frame, Secretary
Brad Bell, Treasurer
Kathy Nurkowski, Grievance Officer

We at WSNA want to be available and visible to you in 2012, and we are planning more drop-in meetings to make that happen. When meetings occur, come and talk to us about anything you want to know about related to your contract or your working conditions.  We will be there to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. What do you want us to bring up at the Conference Committee?  We welcome your ideas!  A Nurse Practice/Staffing Committee has been established for some time, and we would like to see a Conference Committee happen regularly, too.  Management has agreed to meet with us once a month, on the fourth Thursday of the month.  All of your Local Unit officers will attend, as often as they are available. We want to bring up issues you feel are most important to you, so that WSNA and the management team can work on them collaboratively. Let your Officers know what your issues are!

What is a “Culture of Safety”

A “Culture of Safety” in the workplace exists when you are treated fairly and given the “benefit of the doubt” if you make a mistake. You are innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. A “just culture” workplace employs progressive discipline, and carefully considers the circumstances of a nursing error—was there evidence that the nurse engaged in risky behavior, was he/she careless or neglectful, or was there disregard of a policy that was known?  More often than not, the answer is “no”. Errors occur because we are human, and they are often caused by a faulty system. Statistically, up to 95% of all errors on the job are caused by system failures, and a “just culture” looks at how systems can be improved, not how people should be penalized. There is no evidence that penalizing individuals who make honest mistakes ever leads to a reduction in human errors. Patterns of careless, neglectful, or risky behavior are a concern, but making an honest mistake, or nearly making one, inevitably happens in a nurse’s career. 

Weingarten Rules/Rights

Let’s talk about “Investigatory Meetings.”  Investigatory meetings are when you are asked to attend a meeting with your manager or director about any issue that you are involved in that could possibly lead to disciplinary action for you or someone else. This might include tardiness, overtime, patient complaints, peer complaints, etc.  You can ask at the beginning of the meeting, “Is this a meeting that is disciplinary or that can lead to disciplinary action?”  If they answer “Yes”, then you have the right to ask for representation.  If they say “No” and indicate that you don’t need anyone, listen carefully to what is being discussed.  If it starts to feel like it is an investigation, you still have the right to invoke your Weingarten rights.

WEINGARTEN RULES/RIGHTS – are a Supreme Court law decision, and the following steps apply:

Rule 1 - The employee must make a clear request for union representation before or during the interview. The employee cannot be punished for making this request. (Note: If you ask the employer, “do I need union representation?” The answer may be no. It is up to you to make the statement that you want union representation.) Remember, management is not an appropriate representative, so if they offer you the nursing supervisor or someone else to sit with you, that is not acceptable.

Rule 2 - After the employee makes the request, the employer must choose among three options. The employer must either:

  1. Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives and has a chance to consult privately with the employee; or
  2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
  3. Give the employee a choice of:  1) having the interview without representation, or 2) ending the interview

Rule 3 - If the employer denies the request for union representation and continues to ask questions, they commit an unfair labor practice, and the employee has a right to refuse to answer. The employer may not discipline the employee for such a refusal. So ...if called into a meeting with management, read the following (or present the Weingarten card) to management when the meeting begins. "IF THIS DISCUSSION COULD LEAD TO MY BEING DISCIPLINED OR TERMINATED, OR AFFECT MY PERSONAL WORK RECORD, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT A UNION REPRESENTATIVE BE PRESENT. WITHOUT UNION REPRESENTATION DURING THIS MEETING, I CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY DISCUSSION."  Please contact one of your local unit officers if a situation arises where you think you might need to use your Weingarten rights, or contact your Nurse Representative.

Why do I need representation?
You need to take a representative from WSNA in for meetings that are disciplinary, or that could lead to discipline, because the rep will take notes of what you say and what your manager says, and will become a witness to the interaction. Usually these meetings are emotional for the RN involved. After walking out of the director or manager’s office, the affected RN often doesn’t remember what was really said, how it was said, or what he or she may have agreed to, etc. Having a note taker can prevent “He Said/She Said” situations, and offer an objective witness. The WSNA representative can also help you clarify and answer confusing questions; the best rule is ONLY ANSWER WHAT YOU HONESTLY REMEMBER, AND DO NOT ELABORATE OR HELP BY ADDING INFORMATION NOT REQUESTED. Just as in a court of law, it is acceptable to answer “I do not recall, or I do not know” if you are not really sure.

Local Unit Meeting  (2/14/2012)

Local Unit Meeting on Valentine’s Day!

Come and hear an update about your grievance issues.
Let us know about any new concerns.  We want to hear from you!

Time/Place - February 14th from 11am to 1pm in the Library Conference Room in the municipal building to the right of the hospital.

See you there!

Local Unit Meeting  (9/28/2011)

Nurses of Ocean Beach Hospital
We need to hear from you!
Important Local Unit Meeting Planned
Violation of Low Census and PTO language in your contract!!
Attend the meeting and have a say.  Let us know your concerns! 
Nurses’ Breakroom/Report Rm
October 5, 2011
12:30 to 1:30pm

Cafeteria Meeting Time  (6/7/2011)

Greetings, Nurses of Ocean Beach Hospital!  The purpose of this notification is to announce that WSNA Reps will be in the hospital cafeteria from 4pm to 6pm on June 30, 2011.  We will be available to answer questions about WSNA and hear your concerns - we will be “walking through” the hospital, and meeting you in the cafeteria for a drop-in discussion.  Come and let us know what is new at Ocean Beach Hospital, talk to us about the contract, or hear about upcoming WSNA events.  Find out how your local unit funds can help you travel to WSNA events for needed CEUs!
See you on June 30, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm - Cafeteria Meeting Time.

Celebrate National Nurses Week  (5/3/2011)

Washington State Nurses Association In honor of Ocean Beach Hospital Registered Nurses and National Nurses Week
Hereby invites you to Celebrate our Nursing Profession on
Thursday, May 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the
PACE Dining Hall--Ilwaco Community Center
158 - 1st Avenue North
(behind the hospital)
A light meal will be served!

Vote Results  (4/1/2010)

Nurses of ocean beach, you have a contract!
The vote was overwhelmingly positive.

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