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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If you were employed as of August 26, 2021, you have received the 1st in your paycheck today. If you did not receive your retention bonus pay, address this with your manager in an email and cc email@example.com I have spoken with Kris Gauntt in HR, and she is aware of some problems with this. It needs to be rectified so that you will receive your bonus in March 2021 without a hitch.
Good news! Kadlec requested to add an additional shift to the LOU. Immediate implementation of $240 bonus (12-hour shift), $160 bonus (8‑hour shift), or $120 bonus (6‑hour shift) for nurses who work an incentive shift during the period covering August 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021.
Please remember to take of yourself. Often as nurses we start to become part of the “work” and feel guilty or necessity to work extra or come in on our days off. It is okay to turn off to cut off the contact with work. Dedicate time for you. You deserve it.
Time is running out to meet the Oct. 18 deadline in the Governor’s vaccination requirement for health care workers. We encourage you to plan to ensure you meet this requirement or follow your facility’s process and deadlines for obtaining a medical or religious exemption.
These deadlines vary by the type of vaccine. Please note that Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccines are in short supply in Washington state and may not be available.
Here are the deadlines you need to know to meet the “fully vaccinated” requirements:
Sept. 6 — Last day you can receive the Moderna vaccine and still be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 (because of the waiting period). This assumes you will get your second dose exactly four weeks after Sept. 6, which may not be possible.
Sept. 13 — Last day you can receive the Pfizer vaccine and still be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 (because of the waiting period). This assumes you will get your second dose exactly three weeks after Sept. 13, which may not be possible.
Oct 4 - Last day for J&J vaccine (if available) or second shot of Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine (because of the 14-day waiting period to be considered fully vaccinated).
Oct 18 — Date by which health care workers are required to be fully vaccinated under the Governor’s order.
Nurses may be told that if they refuse an assignment, they may lose their license for abandonment of the patients. Abandonment occurs only when the nurse willfully leaves an assignment, he or she has accepted without transferring responsibilities to appropriate personnel. The consequences if a disciplinary action is taken against an individual’s license range from a letter of reprimand to license revocation, including probation, limitations, or a fine. At no time is revocation of one’s license an automatic consequence of disciplinary action. Nurses should always utilize appropriate judgment when considering the refusal of an assignment. A possible alternative to refusal would be to accept that part of the assignment that the nurse feels competent to perform and assist with those activities for which the nurse does not feel competent to accept total responsibility and accountability.
We encourage RNs to submit ADO/Staffing Complaint forms anytime your experience short staffing. This establishes patterns and creates traceable documentation of your short staffing, protecting your nursing license along the way. The online link to the Short Staffing/ADO form can be found below.
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.