COVID-19 #

The World Health Organi­za­tion has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and the United States has declared a national emergency. The situa­tion in our state is extremely fluid and things continue to change rapidly. 

WSNA is working around the clock to advocate for your safety at all levels – with federal leaders and partners, with the Governor, state and local health officials, and directly with health care facil­i­ties. We are also asking businesses and the public to donate unused PPE at supplies​save​liveswa​.org.

We’re doing our best to keep this page updated on an ongoing basis. You’ll find answers to some top questions as well as links to key sources of the most up-to-date information.

Frequently asked questions #

Personal protective equipment (PPE) #

Assignments #

Staffing #

Can my employer require manda­tory overtime? Can employer require me to go to work when I’m not sched­uled citing​“event of an emergency” that is allowed in the CBA or under govern­ment declared​“State of Emergency”? What happens with the new staffing law? Does the employer have to follow it at all, (e.g., breaks, staffing commit­tees, staffing plans)?

Benefits/​Low Census #

What will happen now that my hospital is closing units and stopping elective surgeries? Can I get unemployment?

Illness #

If I am sick with a high fever and my employer tells me I have to go into work, what should I do?

Other
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If I have a COVID related complaint, how do I go about having my voice heard?

Sign the petition! #

Tell Washington state hospi­tals, health care employers, and elected leaders that nurses and health care workers must have the resources to ensure our health and that our families are protected as we fight this pandemic. 

Take the survey! #

Tell Washington state hospi­tals, health care employers, and elected leaders that nurses and health care workers must have the resources to ensure our health and that our families are protected as we fight this pandemic. 

Resources #

Health­care Provider Recommendations/​Resources

WA DOH

https://​www​.doh​.wa​.gov/​E​m​e​r​g​e​n​c​i​e​s​/​N​o​v​e​l​C​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​O​u​t​b​r​e​a​k​2​0​2​0​C​O​V​I​D​1​9​/​H​e​a​l​t​h​c​a​r​eProviders

2019 Novel Coron­avirus Outbreak

WA DOH

https://​www​.doh​.wa​.gov/​E​m​e​r​g​e​n​c​i​e​s​/​C​oronavirus

Corona Virus Response

WA State

https://​www​.coron​avirus​.wa​.gov/

Infor­ma­tion for Health­care Professionals

CDC

https://​www​.cdc​.gov/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​/​2​0​1​9​-​n​C​o​V​/​h​c​p​/​index.html

Coron­avirus Technical Guidance

WHO

https://​www​.who​.int/​e​m​e​r​g​e​n​c​i​e​s​/​d​i​s​e​a​s​e​s​/​n​o​v​e​l​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​2​0​1​9​/​t​e​c​h​n​i​c​a​l​-​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​i​n​f​e​c​t​i​o​n​-​p​r​e​v​e​n​t​i​o​n​-​a​nd-control

Coron­avirus Disease

ANA

https://​www​.nursing​world​.org/​p​r​a​c​t​i​c​e​-​p​o​l​i​c​y​/​w​o​r​k​-​e​n​v​i​r​o​n​m​e​n​t​/​h​e​a​l​t​h​-​s​a​f​e​t​y​/​d​i​s​a​s​t​e​r​-​p​r​e​p​a​r​e​d​n​e​s​s​/​c​o​ronavirus/

Hotline #

1−800−525−0127

The DOH has estab­lished a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the DOH at 1−800−525−0127 and press #.

Volunteer

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting volunteer health practitioners #

The time is now for nurses to do what we do. We get involved. We don’t sit on the sidelines while our commu­ni­ties suffer. We get things done. This pandemic will not subside without the dedica­tion and effort of our nation’s nurses.

Updates #

Now is the time to speak up, because #SilenceKills

"As nurses and health care providers, we should not be expected to face this pandemic without PPE," says Adam Halvorsen, a registered nurse in Washington state and WSNA board member. "Now is the time to speak up, because #SilenceKills."

WSNA demands transparency in COVID-19 response

Nurses, health care workers, and first responders need the right tools to defeat this pandemic—including accurate, transparent information about PPE and testing as well as clear direction on appropriate leave when sick and accommodation for vulnerable workers.

COVID-19 Healthy Workplace Survey

WSNA needs more detail about what registered nurses are facing daily on their units and in their facility during this COVID-19 crisis.

Cloth masks don’t protect nurses

Homemade masks will not meet criteria for the state stockpile and procurement standards – and should not be used by health care providers in lieu of approved PPE.

Health care unions reach agreement with MultiCare

WSNA is working hard with our partners at UFCW21 and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW to keep our members safe. We reached an agreement this weekend with MultiCare that addresses paid time off during COVID-19 as well as floating within and outside of home facilities.

ANA met with President Trump to discuss coronavirus prevention strategies

Today, ANA Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker met with President Donald J. Trump to urge the administration to provide a sufficient supply of appropriate personal protective equipment for nurses and to share the need for creative staffing strategies to sustain the nursing workforce so they can continue to provide care during this pandemic.