Nurses facing abnormally dangerous patient care assignments

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You may have to make a decision about accepting an assign­ment involving abnor­mally dangerous condi­tions that pose an imminent risk to your safety and health, and could poten­tially cause serious injury or death. If you are a WSNA member and you accept an abnor­mally dangerous assign­ment, fill out an ADO to document that you are accepting an assign­ment despite objection.

If you have already accepted the assign­ment, your profes­sional license may be at risk if you fail to continue that assign­ment, unless you have handed off the assign­ment and have been relieved of respon­si­bility for the patient. If you decide to refuse the assign­ment, you should remain at the workplace and offer to perform other work that does not pose an imminent risk to your safety and health (e.g., an assign­ment for which you are provided proper safety equip­ment and training).

A decision to refuse an assign­ment could result in disci­pli­nary action taken against you by the employer. Under collec­tive bargaining agree­ments between employers and WSNA, there must be just cause” for any disci­pline. If you are repre­sented by WSNA for collec­tive bargaining, we would defend you if you are subjected to unjust disci­pline, but resolu­tion of any such disci­pline would likely be delayed and the outcome may be uncer­tain as a result of the current national and state emergency declarations.