Providence Holy Family Hospital

What are your concerns coming into negotiations

The current contract between WSNA and HFH expires Feb. 15, 2020. This survey is the first step in our preparation for contract negotiations.

Your input is critical in determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of negotiations. Please take a moment to complete this survey. Give time and thoughtful consideration to your answers. This is your livelihood and your working conditions.

Remember, we would like to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the table. Strength comes from unity--the power of representation comes from the willingness of registered nurses to unite and show support through membership in WSNA. In order to have voting privileges on the upcoming contract, you must be a member prior to ratification or present your completed application with three months dues at the time of the vote.

The survey will be available until Nov. 22, 2019. Contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer at or at (206) 575-7979 ext 3112 if you have questions.

Local unit rep meeting

Come join us for a local unit rep meeting!

We will go over local unit rep expectations and would like to hear what is happening on your unit.

Date: Oct. 3, 2019

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Thai Bamboo Restaurant

5406 N. Division St

*We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Local Unit Rep for their floor to join us*


Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer at or 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112.

Local unit rep meeting

When: July 15th, 2019

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Thai Bamboo Restaurant - 5406 North Division St.

*We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Local Unit Rep for their floor to join us.*

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer at

Important upcoming events

At WSNA, we don’t want you to miss out on important upcoming events. Much is happening with our Coalition work. Read below to find out how you can offer your support.


UFCW Informational Picket:
June 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the corner of 8th and McClellan.

The workers of UFCW are in difficult contract negotiations at SHMC and are facing the same proposals at the table that the nurses have already received. They are holding an Informational Picket and can use your help. Come on June 27 to the informational picket and show support for your fellow union brothers and sisters!

Renton Rally:
It’s time to stand together and rally for fairness!

When: July 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Providence Headquarters at
1801 Lind Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

Buses will be available for transport to and from Spokane for a $10 fee. Buses will leave at 6:30 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.

Hot dogs/snacks will be served!


Action alert!

Please come out, on your time off, and support the nurses at Sacred Heart as they fight for a fair contract.

Informational Picketing:
May 9, 2019
2-5 p.m.

We will meet at Sacred Heart on the intersection of McClellan and 8th.

“An Injury to one is an injury to all”

Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer at or (206) 575-7979, ext. 3112.

Newly appointed local unit officers

Please congratulate the following nurses who have consented to serve as your local unit officers:

Secretary/Treasurer: Heidi Wedekind

Grievance Officer: Kellen Byrne

Grievance Officer: Tobi Bryan

Member- at- large: Ross Beier

Please show your support and thank your new local unit officers for their commitment and dedication.

Debi Bessmer, WSNA Nurse Rep

News alert: WSNA has been busy in Spokane!

Quote of the quarter

​“To be free, the workers must have choice. To have choice they must retain in their own hands the right to determine under what conditions they will work.”
– Samuel Gompers, "The Worker and the Eight-hour Workday," American Federationist: Official Magazine of the American Federation of Labor
In this issue:
  1. Officer of the Quarter
  2. Spokane Leadership Summit
  3. Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane you are a member of the Spokane Alliance?
  4. Negotiation updates
  5. We are on Facebook! Upcoming events

Officer of the Quarter: Stevie Krone, RN, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Local Unit Co-Chair

“My name is Stevie Lynne Krone. I am a Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center and the current WSNA Co-Chair representing the nurses in the SHMC/WSNA bargaining unit. I have been a member of WSNA for over five years and have been an energetic participant in my local unit activities including pickets, walks and petitions. I am now serving my first term in office as we head into contract negotiations for 2018, utilizing both voice and action from my experience working alongside a powerful and strong brigade of nurses. I have practiced on nearly all the units of my hospital as a Float Pool nurse and now I can dedicate more time in supporting my occupational brothers and sisters as a supplemental on the Cardiac Medical Unit.

I have also utilized my skills as a music artist to benefit and promote a sense of unity, especially with the release of my song “We Are the People.”

It is my passion to serve my community with wholesome medical care as well as focus my allegiance to protect and promote the safety of the nurses that serve beside me.”

If you are a local unit rep or a local unit officer, please contact to be featured in the next regional newsletter. We are constantly looking for leaders to feature!

Spokane Leadership Summit, success!

Thanks to those of you who attended the Spokane Leadership Summit on April 14, 2018, at the Red Lion. Not only was it a great opportunity to network with fellow nurses in your area, all nurses walked away with 6 CNEs. Nurses from Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane Regional Health District and St. Luke’s Rehab were all there. Topics that were covered: Janus vs AFSME, workplace violence and the new Staffing Law.

Thank you for your participation!

In case you missed it, there are more Summits to come! Go to to find out more. Registration incentives are being offered by the WSNA cabinet including a $50 reimbursement credit for one night’s stay. The next Summit is at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Registration is open now

Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane, you’re a member of the Spokane Alliance?

Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find them working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.

For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. They are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. The Alliance is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

At Spokane Alliance, they believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. And they do more than just sign petitions and protest; together, they take action. If you’re interested in helping with the Spokane Alliance as a WSNA nurse, please contact WSNA is actively partnering to create opportunities to help improve the community through access to medical care for patients. Visit to find out more about what is currently being worked on. We can direct you on how you can help!

Negotiation updates

Lots of work is being done by your WSNA staff and officers in the region. Get the bigger scoop:

  • St. Luke’s Rehab – 7 sessions complete. Lots of issues still on the table and we are disappointed at the amount of progress. There are still a lot of items to work through including wages, benefits, staffing, rest breaks and layoff language. Next day to bargain is Sept. 7. The negotiating team of nurses is: Fran Castillo (CVA), Linda Spurgeon (CVA) and Jonelle Polley (Infection Control RN).
  • Spokane Regional Health District – currently gathering a team of nurses and prepping the contract. Surveys are complete. First day of negotiations is Sept. 6. Negotiating team of nurses is: Jan Yoder, RN, Melissa Charbonneau, RN, Amy Cross, RN and Deborah Taylor, RN.
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center – preparations and bargaining will begin fall of 2018. The negotiating team members are: Stevie Lynn Krone (9N), KT Raley-Jones (CICU), Clint Wallace (ICU), LaDonna Reel (MB), Nonie Kingma (AGPU), Debbie Cameron (5S), Linda Clanton (IV Therapy), David Emerson (7N), Darryl Johnson (Cath Lab), Lee Ayres (PACU), Abigail Berry (OR), Vicki Benson (Radiology) and Inga Matheson (CICU).
  • Providence Holy Family Hospital – recent grievance settlement for vacation/sick accrual for FT 12-hour nurses.
  • Pullman Regional Health District – organizing local unit reps for each unit.
  • Providence Visiting Nurses Association – a Tentative Agreement has been reached. Vote is upcoming.

Have you found us on Facebook?

Some of the WSNA local units in Spokane have Facebook pages which are kept up to date on happenings in labor, or within the local unit. Please take the time to “like” them and check them out! This is a great way to show solidarity for your labor brothers and sisters within your region.

Upcoming events

WSNA Coug Football Night – save the date!

The Washington State University Cougars take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sept. 15! WSNA nurses will receive a discounted rate on tickets, don’t miss out.

2019 Washington State Nurses Convention

Come join us on May 1-3, 2019 for Washington’s only statewide convention dedicated to nurses and the issues we face. We are focused on transforming health care through the power of nursing.

Memorandum of Understanding: Vacation/Sick Leave Accrual

Please read the Memorandum of Understanding, link below, which came about as a resolution to a grievance filed concerning accrual of vacation and sick leave for nurses who work a budgeted FTE of 0.9-0.99.

If you have any questions or concerns please notify:

Debi Bessmer BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112

Newly elected local unit officers

Please congratulate the following nurses who have consented to serve as your local unit officers: 

ChairMartha Goodall
Co-ChairPeggy Smith
TreasurerVenetta Peterson
SecretaryMichelle Thompson
GrievanceDiana Dodson
Member-at-LargeKellen Byrne

Please show your support and thank your new local unit officers for their commitment and dedication.