COVID update: #

What crazy times we are living in! First of all your local leader­ship team at Island sends out a HUGE thank you to everyone for working through this new time we live in. Manage­ment has reported that they have adequate supplies currently and they are reporting daily to the depart­ment of health. They acknowl­edged that the quality of the supplies has dimin­ished since the COVID pandemic but that their supplies depart­ment staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that supplies are obtained. 

Leader­ship reported that they have done over 3,000 tests already with approx. 50 positive results. Currently all criti­cally ill patients are trans­ferred to another facility. It was also noted that the Emergency Depart­ment is doing the majority of testing at this time.


We had a lengthy discus­sion about the Pyxis medica­tion process here at Island. We relayed the concerns we had been hearing from all of you about the inability to obtain meds when you need them, the variability in over-ride capabil­i­ties, the time and patient care delay caused by the cumber­some process of having meds entered and approved for dispensing. Manage­ment was surprised to hear that these issues were being encoun­tered at the level they are and also as widespread as this is occur­ring. It was pointed out that multiple depart­ments are having multiple issues with this. We have assur­ance from upper leader­ship that they will inves­ti­gate further and work to improve this situa­tion rapidly.

We will ask for an update from manage­ment at our next meeting. However, in the meantime, it is very helpful to know the incidences that are occur­ring. Please feel free to email your concerns to any of the officers or your nurse repre­sen­ta­tive Sue Dunlap. An easier and quicker way to document issues is via the online WSNA ADO form (found at www​.wsna​.org/ado ).

Remote school learning #

Are you one of the many parents who will be impacted with the poten­tial for on-line learning for children? We have heard from many that this is a huge stress and concern for multiple employees. We raised this concern at the confer­ence committee meeting as well and were pleased to learn manage­ment is also deeply concerned. We all recog­nize the impact this will make on everyone. We want to let everyone know we are absolutely committed to working together to do what we can to help in this situa­tion. In the meantime however, managers are being asked to reach out to staff individ­u­ally and check in on how things will be impacted should the schools have to resort to remote learning. Of course our goal is to retain employees and work together to arrive at solutions that will enable continued work and home life balance. If you are impacted please talk with your manager.

ICU and Telemetry #

There was some additional discus­sion regarding the situa­tion with the ICU and the need for telemetry monitoring. Issues have been raised about break coverage for ICU nurses and comments have been made about the C.N.A. being pulled to do floor C.N.A. work leaving the ICU down staff to monitor. It was acknowl­edged that non nursing staff can be trained to monitor telemetry and manage­ment is looking into this. Your team noted that the telemetry monitor needs to be a fairly dedicated position and that the coordi­nator will need to be mindful of how many telemetry units there are and adjust the staffing accord­ingly. We will be asking for an update on this at the next confer­ence committee meeting. In the meantime, please continue to identify concerns and bring them to the atten­tion of your team.

Contract Negotiations #

Thank you to everyone who partic­i­pated in the town hall meetings held last week. We had some fantastic input and were able to identify the additional items we need to focus on at the negoti­ating table. We are officially opening the contract and will be starting active negoti­a­tions very shortly! The official notifi­ca­tion letter has gone out to manage­ment and we will be setting dates soon,

What can you do? Well the first thing to know is that you cannot vote on the contract if you are not a member of WSNA. So if you have any questions about your member­ship status, feel free to email and don’t forget to include your facility name.

Secondly, consider being a unit rep for your shift and depart­ment in the hospital. This role involves very little time outside of work and mainly is a commit­ment to check your email and commu­ni­cate between your co-workers and your team at the table. You will have direct access to the team and be the first to know what’s happening at the table! If you are inter­ested at all, please contact Annie Mansfield WSNA Organizer at and again let her know your facility and department.

Please make sure your home email and your cell phone are current and up to date as this is how we will be sending infor­ma­tion out and updates.

ADO (Assignment Despite Objection) #

Did you know these are more than just a staffing concern form? There are other things that can be documented on this form including issues with supplies and equip­ment and insuf­fi­cient support staff etc. Did you also know that the ADO forms automat­i­cally get distrib­uted to multiple people including your WSNA local unit chair, staffing committee co-chairs and your nurse rep at WSNA. That allows us to follow up.

Did you also know you can complete the form anywhere? You can download the link to the form on your phone and fill it out after you are home from your busy shift. You can list multiple nurses if the effect was widespread and avoid everyone having to fill out a form. You can scan a QR code to access the form immedi­ately as well – stickers of the code can be provided upon request so you can put it on the back of your badge. Best of all however is you protect your nursing license by reporting issues that you have identi­fied and documenting that in a format that is discoverable.

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy !

Kimberly A. McClure RN — Chair
Adrian Fewing BSN, RN — Vice Chair
Jeanne Chudy RN — Secre­tary
Stefanie Meyer BSN, RN — Treasurer
Kate Scherer BSN, RN, CEN– Griev­ance Officer

Questions? Contact Sue Dunlap at