Washington healthcare workers plead with state lawmakers for staffing help


Health­care workers have launched a campaign urging Washington state lawmakers to pass legis­la­tion to address what they describe as a statewide staffing crisis.

New daily COVID-19 hospi­tal­iza­tion rates in Washington have decreased 7 percent over the last two weeks, according to HHS data tracked by The New York Times. 

However, health­care workers — repre­sented by SEIU Health­care 1199NW, the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion and UFCW 21 — said staffing problems persist, and new staffing standards are needed to protect workers from danger­ously high patient loads” as people seek care for all types of issues. Members partic­i­pating in the WA Safe + Healthy” campaign contend that new staffing standards will lead to better safety for workers, better patient care and better staffing. 

Washington has faced a shortage of health­care workers for years, but the pandemic put longstanding staffing problems into a pressure cooker,” their campaign website states. Now we’re at a crisis point. Health­care workers have asked hospital execu­tives for help, but they were ignored. Now, they’re asking state lawmakers to pass safe staffing standards that will let them do their jobs safely and give patients the care they deserve.”


BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW: Washington healthcare workers plead with state lawmakers for staffing help (12/15/21)