Nurses' Union Pushes For More Paid Leave, PPE


Jayson Dick from the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion issued a public letter on Friday. In it, the union is urging hospi­tals and doctors’ offices to provide nurses more admin­is­tra­tive leave.

Our nurses have been on the front line of the pandemic for the past eight months now and they’re exhausted and they don’t have the PTO, the paid time off, to cover themselves, even though the exposures take place on the job site,” he said.

The union’s founda­tion has an emergency assis­tance grant fund to provide help to nurses who need it. But union officials say there were so many requests that they had to stop taking appli­ca­tions within hours of announcing it.

Dick is also urging hospi­tals and doctors’ offices to continue providing the protec­tive equip­ment needed to protect patients and providers. He says nurses want to avoid the problems of early days of the pandemic when providers often had to reuse gowns and masks.


SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO: Nurses' Union Pushes For More Paid Leave, PPE (11/16/20)