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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We have heard of rumors that there is a planned sick out for this Monday. This is not endorsed by WSNA. This would be a violation of our contract:
18.1 It is recognized that the Hospital is engaged in a public service requiring continuous operation and it is agreed that recognition of such obligation of continuous service is imposed upon both the nurse and the Association. Neither the Association nor its members, agents, representatives, nurses or persons acting in concert with them shall incite, encourage or participate in any strike, walkout, slowdown, or other work stoppage of any nature whatsoever for the life of this Agreement. In the event of any strike, walkout, slowdown, or work stoppage, or a threat thereof, in violation of this section, the Association and its officers will make all reasonable efforts to end or avert such action.
WSNA will not be able to help anyone who plans to call in on Monday or any organized sick out as long as our current contract is in effect.
Now more than ever nurses need to fill out hospital incident reports and ADOs (Assignment Despite Objection) forms. We are hearing from many nurses about how stressed they are and how demoralizing it is to not be able to care for even basic patient care needs. There aren’t enough CNAs to manage the patient assignments. Please take a minute to complete the ADO form online at https://www.wsna.org/union/ado. This is imperative for all nurses to document occurrences and events that could cause bad patient outcomes or put nurses in unsafe nursing practice.
Nurses have been team players and have gone the extra mile to take care of your community. We know you have been placed in unsafe situations. We need to hear your stories. Please contact Carmen Garrison, WSNA Nurse Representative.
Dr. Rutherford announced his intent to only have vaccinated employees working at CWH and all of Confluence Health. Your WSNA Nurse Representative has communicated our disagreement to this approach, but they are claiming this would be an undue hardship for the hospital. He is sticking with his plan.
Non-vaccinated nurses who have gone through the accommodation process
If you have complied with the accommodation process please contact Carmen Garrison, WSNA Nurse Representative. Email email@example.com or phone 206 – 491-9424 ASAP.
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.