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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Unity is always something to smile about, especially in these times
The Day of Action on Sept. 14 began when Evergreen nurses stickered up in unity with their union coworkers from WSNA, UFCW 21 and SEIU 1199NW for safe staffing and incentives to retain healthcare staff of all job classes. It continued around the clock. So many nurses stickered up with their peers and sent in fabulous pictures. Thank you! The ability to pull together for the common good is clear. Below are just a few of the many wonderful images.
Next, our WSNA EHCS staffing committee had a boost in RN turnout to bring their voice as Home Health and Home Hospice RNs into staffing. Way to go! Let’s get even more participation next month.
In the afternoon, several Evergreen RNs continued in coalition on a virtual meeting with Rep Goodman, to bring the experiences of the staff and the community right to the legislator.
Please let us know if one of these dates and times allow you to participate in a call so you can get the information and confirm (firstname.lastname@example.org) Evergreen resides in the districts these legislators represent. We will continue to provide and facilitate opportunities for WSNA nurses.
Overlake/Evergreen (this is a fluid list and if no nurses sign up, the calls will be cancelled. All are on Microsoft Teams)
Private Facebook Group for WSNA members at Evergreen
We have created a private local unit Facebook group for Evergreen nurses who are WSNA members, only. This will be a space to get updates on the contract bargaining, see videos of your elected officers and the team, ask questions, post union strong photos, and share stories.
If you would like to join our private local unit Facebook group, please provide your name and personal email (not Evergreen, please) address using https://forms.office.com/r/ad6UtX3Ax4 Providing this information gives WSNA permission to add you to the pre-approval list for the private group before you join. Next week, we’ll follow up with a link to the group where you can click “Join Group.”
If you ready to be more engaged in your union, contact Tara Barnes, WSNA Nurse Organizer for Evergreen Health union RNs, at 206 – 713-2241. Your bargaining team and officers are preparing to start negotiations next month. Please stay tuned to your emails from WSNA for specifics and updates, as well as checking out the WSNA webpage for Evergreen RN’s at https://www.wsna.org/union/evergreen-healthcare You can access the current contract, your local unit officers and Nurse Representative Bret Percival email@example.com.
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.