Ed Zercher, BSN, RN Send email 206-575-7979, ext. 3022
WSNA Nurses Unite for Safe Staffing!
Nurses at the bedside know that staffing levels have reached crisis levels due to burnout, moral injury and hospitals’ failure to take action to retain nurses. But even before the pandemic, so many of us were stretched to the limit, forced to take too many patients and work long shifts without a break. We need more than a quick fix – we need action to ensure safe staffing now and in the future.
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On Oct. 19, a team of your RN colleagues met to review the recent bargaining surveys we received as well as consider all priorities for our upcoming negotiations.
Your current WSNA contract with AMR expires on Dec. 31, 2021.
We are looking at dates for bargaining with the employer in both November and December with the goal of reaching a tentative agreement and conducting a ratification vote prior to the expiration date of Dec. 31.
Your WSNA team of registered nurses includes: Chris Marshall, RN, David McClure, RN and Heidi Odupitan, RN.
We are meeting again as a team on Monday Oct. 25 and then again with the WSNA attorney prior to beginning our scheduled bargaining sessions.
We appreciate everyone who took the time to complete the surveys and offer up your suggestions for this year’s bargaining.
Stay tuned for more updates around bargaining and log on to wsna.org to find out what is going on at AMR and around the state.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.