Skagit Regional Health

Schedule your time off now!

The 2016 WSNA Union Leadership Conference in beautiful Lake Chelan is scheduled for Sept 25-27.  Nurses from across the state will convene to get an update on the national and state labor scenes, to learn how to be more effective leaders in our own workplaces, to celebrate our successes and to strategize for what’s coming next. WSNA will be entering contract negotiations with Skagit Regional Health soon.  This conference will energize you, educate you, and make you a more effective participant in your profession and your union.  Who knows - you may even be inspired to join the Contract Negotiating Team!  Last year, attendees received up to 7 CEUs for attending workshops and presentations.

Your Local Unit Officers are sponsoring 3 Skagit nurses to attend the conference.  You are eligible if you are a WSNA member.  The sponsorships will cover registration costs and reimbursement of hotel costs and mileage.  Contact one of your Local Unit Officers or your WSNA Nurse Representative Sue O’Donnell for more information or to reserve your spot at this event.

The town of Chelan is located near the center of Washington State, 180 miles east of Seattle and 160 miles west of Spokane.

Local Unit Meeting Date Correction

Local Unit Meeting Correct Date:

Local Unit Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 5:30PM to 8 PM at Round Table Pizza, Mount Vernon

Sorry for phone message Sunday evening saying it is December 14th – A second phone message was sent with the right date.

Please call 206-575-7979, ext. 3045 if you have any questions.

Local Unit Meeting - Dec 15th

Come to a Local Unit Meeting
Pizza Provided!
When:   Tuesday, December 15, 2015
             5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Round Table Pizza
             115 E. College Way
             Mount Vernon, WA
Drop In - Ask Questions - Get Updated
We hope to see you there!
In Solidarity -Your WSNA Local Unit Officers:
Liz Rainaud          Julie Forkan         Julia Weinberg
April Torrey         Lori Carpenter
WSNA Nurse Representative Sue O’Donnell 206-575-7979, ext. 3045

When nurses speak, we all win!

Don't miss this upcoming event. This is your opportunity to meet with district legislators and describe a day in the life of a nursing professional, the challenges and highlights. Send a clear message that nurses are passionate about quality care and patient safety and are speaking up.

More information

Changes in Your Working Conditions, Wages, and Hours of Work are Protected By Your Contract!

It has come to the attention of your WSNA leaders at Skagit Regional Health that Skagit Management proposed changes in the oncology clinic that may have resulted in the Reduction of FTEs and the Elimination of at least one position.

Members informed us that management requested that these clinic RNs agree to a voluntary restructure of their FTEs and hours. Some of the Nurses were NOT in agreement – and knew to notify WSNA before agreeing to any changes.

Reducing Hours - Layoffs
Eliminating Positions = Layoffs

Your Collective Bargaining Agreement [contract] protects you in layoffs. It has a clearly defined process in place agreed on by Skagit RNs and Management.


  • You are Not required to voluntarily agree to any changes;
  • Management should not pressure you to agree to changes;
  • Notify your WSNA Representative or Officers if you have any questions or concerns about any proposed changes;
  • WSNA = All RNs standing together

WSNA Nurses Celebration - June 23rd

WSNA Nurses Celebration

Skagit Nurses – Come celebrate our recently ratified contract and the power of pulling together to get things done!
Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Skagit Brewery

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5-9 pm

or 206-575-7979, ext. ‘0’

Your 2014-2017 Contract is Available

Your 2014-2017 Contract is now available to download. CDs will not be sent.

You can download a copy of the Contract onto all of your personal electronic devices that have PDF capabilities: Laptop, Desktop, Tablet, and Smartphone.

If you have any questions or are in need of a printed copy, please contact WSNA at 1-800-231-8482 or via email at

Sue O’Donnell, WSNA Nurse Representative: 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3045 /

Changing of the WSNA Nurse Reps

Please join me in welcoming Sue O’Donnell as your new WSNA Nurse Representative!

Sue is a knowledgeable professional that I enjoy working with and am sure you will appreciate, too. She can be contacted at:

Sue O’Donnell, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
(206) 575-7979, Ext. 3045

I have enjoyed working with all of you!

In Solidarity,
Barbara Friesen, RN

Your Contract Was Ratified

On March 17th, 2015, Skagit Registered Nurses approved the new contract.

Thanks to ALL of you who worked so hard and stood strong during negotiations. By standing together we were able to show SRH management that we are dedicated professionals who demand that our voices be heard.

The contract will be available soon. We will notify you when it is available. If you have any questions, please contact your Local Unit Officers or Nurse Representatives.

In Solidarity,
Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team: Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep 800-231-8482, ext. 3056
Sue O’Donnell, Nurse Rep 800-231-8482, ext. 3045

Skagit Regional Health RN Contract General Summary

Your Bargaining Team Recommends a "YES" Vote!

We Thank The Nurses At Skagit Regional Health For Standing Up And Supporting Your Bargaining Team So That We Could Achieve A Fair Contract After 19 Hard-Fought Bargaining Sessions.

March 17, 2015

TERM: Contract will expire on May 31, 2017.


  • 12/8/14: Retain base wage increases to Acute Care (4%), Hospice (4%) and Clinic (8%).
  • Ratification Date: Effective first full pay period after ratification all Urgent Care Nurses (current and newly hired) will be paid at the Acute Care wage rates, and the $4.00/hr. premium will cease.
  • 6/1/15: All nurses receive a 2.0% base wage increase. Plus, all non-urgent care clinic nurses (current and newly hired) will be paid at 95% of the Acute Care wage rates.
  • 6/1/16: All nurses receive a 2.0% base wage increase. Plus, all non-urgent care clinic nurses (current and newly hired) will be paid at 100% of the Acute Care wage rates.
  • Signing Bonus: After ratification of the Agreement, nurses will receive a payment of $1,000 for a 1.0 FTE, prorated by FTE, with a minimum payment of $200. Per Diems shall receive $200.
  • Through this wage agreement, we accomplished the important goal of securing good wage increases for all nurses and having all nurses at SRH on the same wage scale by next year. We secured a signing bonus to help offset the delay of the first wage increase. We also completely fought off Management’s dangerous proposal to condition wage increases on the Hospital meeting certain goals.


  • BSN Premium: Increased from $1.00 to $1.50 per hour.
  • Retirement Plan: New language requiring the Hospital to maintain its level of matching contributions for the life of the Agreement.


  • Conference Committee: WSNA can now have 5 members on the Committee, instead of 3, including the WSNA Nursing Representative. Other individuals may attend with the agreement of the Hospital and WSNA. New language requiring more frequent meetings in 2015 than was required by contract before.
  • Low Census: New language stating that volunteers will be low censused before those nurses working overtime.
  • Information Requests by WSNA: We removed language from the contract that limited WSNA’s access to Employer information only to when there was a filed grievance or when it was related to the bargaining process.
  • Training Positions: New language stating that the Hospital may post training positions in IV Therapy, Oncology and Hospice.
  • Floating: New language stating that no nurse will be required to float more than twice per shift.
  • Association Access to Premises: New language requiring the Hospital to designate a contact person for WSNA to notify when accessing the premises.
  • Work Day: New language clarifying that the normal work day is either 8, 10 or 12 hours and that any change from an individual nurse’s normal work day to another normal work day and any change to a nurse’s starting or end time must have the mutual agreement of the nurse. If the Hospital wishes to change from one normal work day to another normal work day for a whole unit, the Hospital must use the layoff process which gives nurses bumping rights within the unit and outside the unit based on seniority.
  • Clinical Care Groups: The groups have been clarified to clearly show the bumping rights that each nurse has in the event of a layoff.
  • Recognition for Previous Experience: New language ensuring that newly hired acute care nurses get full credit for previous acute care experience, that newly hired hospice nurses get full credit for hospice experience and that newly hired clinic nurses get full credit for previous clinic experience. New language also clarifying the credit a nurse would receive for experience in a different care setting than the setting into which he or she is hired.
  • Staffing: New language requiring that the Hospital maintain a staffing committee, that WSNA determine how the nurse members of the committee are selected and that nurses attending the meetings are on paid time. Also, we have developed a Nurse Staffing Concern Form that will be attached to the contract and will require the Hospital to state what measures were taken in response to nurses’ staffing concerns.
  • Hospice Nurses: New language stating that all nurses, not just per diems, will be oriented to telepage duties and procedures and that nurses who are regularly scheduled to work weekends cannot be forced to take relief telepage duty on a weekend, but can request to work it, if agreeable to the Employer.
  • Skagit Regional Clinic Nurses: New language clarifying that clinic nurses receive an unpaid meal period of one hour and that nurses required to work during the meal period shall be compensated for such work at the appropriate rate.


  • Pay for Performance. Management proposed to condition some of the nurses’ future wage increases on the Hospital meeting certain goals relating to: whether patients would recommend the Hospital; communication with nurses; responsiveness of hospital staff; and pain management. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL. Nurses’ wages are guaranteed as they are at other area Hospitals.
  • Per Diem and Premium in Lieu of Benefits Reduction: Management proposed to reduce the premiums from 15% to 10%. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL.
  • Work Day: Management also proposed that a 6-hour shift be considered a “normal” shift and that Management be allowed to change the start and end time of a nurse’s shift without the nurse’s consent. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL.
  • Grievance Procedure: Management proposed to restrict WSNA’s ability to choose who can represent nurses during grievance hearings. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL.
  • Access to Premises: Management proposed to put additional burdens on WSNA before we can access the premises. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL.
  • Job Posting: Management proposed that nurses with written disciplines within the last 12 months would not receive consideration when applying for a job. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL.
  • Bereavement Leave: Management proposed to reduce the amount of bereavement leave. WE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OFF THIS PROPOSAL.
This election, support the candidates who support you

Please consider making a donation to the WSNA-PAC.

Founded in 1908, WSNA is the professional organization representing more than 17,000 registered nurses in Washington State. WSNA effectively advocates for the improvement of health standards and availability of quality health care for all people; promotes high standards for the nursing profession; and advances the professional and economic development of nurses.

More Information...

© 2005-2016.   All rights reserved.    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

Washington State Nurses Association CNEPP (OH-231, 9/1/2018) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.