COVID-19 #

Union statement on vaccination requirement for health care workers #

The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21 issued a joint state­ment on COVID-19 vacci­na­tion require­ments for health care workers.

WSNA position statement on COVID vaccination #

WSNA is committed to the health and safety of our nurses as well as other front­line caregivers, our families, patients, and commu­ni­ties. In keeping with this commit­ment, we strongly recom­mend that all nurses and other health care providers be vacci­nated against the SARS-CoV‑2 (COVID-19) virus.

Selected resources #


Coron­avirus DiseaseANAhttps://​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/

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

Resources on Coronavirus

AFT

https://​www​.aft​.org/​c​oronavirus

View the full list of resources to find more on topics including:

  • Caregiver
  • Missed work
  • Psychoso­cial

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 #

Washington state health care workers call on hospitals to mitigate the staffing crisis

With increasing volume, hospital administrators across Washington have joined health care workers and the unions that represent them in calling attention to the unprecedented staffing crisis. But today, nurses and other frontline workers are calling on hospitals to use the tools and resources they have available to finally begin…

WSNA responds to Nursing Commission statement

In September, the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission put out a statement on COVID-19 misinformation. WSNA sent a letter to the Commission expressing concerns with the statement.

Washington hospitals on the brink of unprecedented crisis

The reality cannot be overstated: Washington hospitals are on the brink of a crisis, and without immediate and impactful action to retain and attract critical workers the state’s health care system could face an unprecedented collapse in capacity and care.

WSNA responds to governor’s COVID-19 vaccination order

Because Governor Inslee has issued this mandate, health care employers – public and private – have to abide by the mandate. However, all employers still have to bargain with WSNA over the effects of the mandate.

Union statement on vaccination requirement for health care workers

As unions repre­senting nurses and health care workers in Washington state, WSNA, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW21 support science-based public health direc­tives on COVID-19 vacci­na­tion require­ments for front­line health care workers, with medical and religious exemp­tions.

High-risk worker proclamation to be replaced by new law June 28

On June 21, Governor Inslee announced that three coronavirus pandemic-related proclamations would be rescinded in anticipation of Washington state's June 30 reopening date. One of these proclamations, the High-Risk Worker Proclamation, will be rescinded June 28 and transition to the new Health Emergency Labor Standards Act.

COVID-19: Voices from the front lines

In October, as a winter surge of COVID-19 cases loomed ahead, we spoke to five nurses about their experi­ences on the front lines over the past year. Here are their stories.

In the media #