WSNA's annual Lobby Day event in Olympia will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Registration is required to attend and is now open! This event is for WSNA members only and registration will close by midnight on December 29. If you know you would like to attend WSNA Lobby Day don't wait! Register now to save your place and keep in communication with us as details are formed leading up to this very important day to talk to legislators’ face to face about the issues impacting nurses and labor.
With a short legislative session ahead of just 60 days, a lot will need to be accomplished in that amount of time. WSNA is still developing our legislative agenda for the 2024 session. You can find information on how that agenda is formed here on our website.
Stay tuned for more information on WSNA Lobby Day and the 2024 WSNA legislative agenda over the coming weeks leading up to the start of session on Monday, January 8. For questions, please contact Jessica Hauffe, Political Advocacy Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar: Scope of Practice and Delegation Basics
November 8, 2023, 11am-12:15pm |Scope of Practice and Delegation Basics (1.25 hour)
Given the emerging advancements in health care, nurses need to practice to their full scope of practice. Nursing practice is grounded in Washington’s state statute and rules that provide a framework for competent nursing practice required for professional nurses.
Join The Washington State Nurses Association and The Washington State Board of Nursing for an overview of Delegation and Scope of Practice for Nurses.
This case will focus solely on the legal aspects of scope of practice and delegation. Questions regarding collective bargaining agreements, facility-specific policies, or other labor issues are outside the scope of this presentation. We encourage those questions and concerns to be directed to the appropriate WSNA Nurse Representative or Organizer.
Once again, we’re encouraging folks to sign up even if they know they can’t make it, as the webinar will be recorded and made available to participants for 30 days post-event for CNE contact hours. This webinar will be hosted through the WSNA Learning Management System via Zoom, so no separate Zoom link will be sent.
This meeting meets monthly and is co-chaired by Meri Bukovinsky and Kirk Harper.It is mandated by law and described within the collective bargaining agreement. (See 15.3-15.3 in the Collective Bargaining Agreement)
The Staff nurse committee members:
Meri Bukovinsky-CDU, Jamie Woodall-FSED, Anita Dennis-PAU, Melissa Morris- KCHO, Brent Knutzen-CCU, Nikki May-CCU and Tim Davis-PAU
This committee reviews Assignment Despite Objection (ADOs) submissions. Every time a nurse submits, it is sent to WSNA and Nurse Rep. It then is emailed to Kirk Harper, Meri Bukovinsky, and the Unit Manager. It is the responsibility of the manager to have a verbal conversation about the ADO as well as submit a written response to the nurse and the committee. If this is not happening to you, we want to know.
If there is any patient harm or safety concern, this includes staff safety, please file a QRR in addition to an ADO.
The committee to review or in the process of reviewing:
ADO topics - TR Band training to all units who receive patients post procedure with a one-page hand out, High Risk C-Section scheduling, PACU holding patients, Post- Op joint criteria for staying overnight, SANE trained RNs between ED and FSED total. This is not adequate to ensure a SANE trained RN is available. A 5-day SANE course is scheduled for early December at Kadlec, ASPAN Standards for pediatric population under age 8 reviewed. 2:1 if patient is critical or unstable, otherwise 1:1 with another RN available.
The committee reports current open positions:
1. Does your unit have a schedule or shift process for break and lunch planning?
Yes- 66.67% No-33.33% (117 responded)
2. Does your unit process include scheduling breaks and lunches? (if answered yes to the first question) Yes-58.88% No-41.12% (107 responded)
3. Does your unit use another process to ensure breaks and lunches? 57 answered and 67 skipped.
4. Do you feel you can ask for a break or lunch? Yes- 93.28% No-6.72% (119 responded)
5. Do you feel comfortable clocking no breaks if you did not receive your breaks? Yes-84.87% No-15.13% (119 responded)
We are happy to see the majority of the RNs responded positively, however, we recognize that you may not be receiving your breaks and lunch as expected. We should uphold a culture that encourages and recognizes breaks and lunches. If this remains an issue, please reach out to an Officer or Laurie Robinson, Nurse representative.
The Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee met this week on Tuesday, October 24. As a reminder, this is the advisory committee formed under the passing of E2SSB 5236 earlier this year.
This month the Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee began discussions around the timeline of the bill requirements, including the uniform staffing plan form to be created as a result of this new law, among other things. Approved meeting minutes will be published at the Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee web page.
The next Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21. Registration is required to attend. Click here to see the list of future meetings and to register to attend any of those meetings. The last 30 minutes of each meeting is reserved for public comment for those who register to attend in advance and wish to add public comment.
This committee meets monthly with the Officers, Kirk Harper, and HR. The many topics that we have been discussing:
If you are notified by you manager that you must attend an investigatory meeting, please invoke your Weingarten Rights (On the other side of your badge buddy) You have the right to have your Grievance Officer (Anita Dennis) or your Nurse Representative (Laurie Robinson) to attend. If there is an outcome meeting with any corrective action, a grievance may be filed, it MUST be done so within 14 days.
Currently there are 6 active grievances and 5 that have moved to arbitration. Our Grievance Officer, Anita Dennis, PACU RN attends investigatory meetings and grievance meetings whenever possible. Her work is imperative in seeking out information related to what we are seeing as current problems. Some issues are only in one unit and others are throughout the facility. If we are able to resolve this through discussion at the Conference Committee this alleviates the need for the grievance process.
SANE RNs are being denied further training beyond the initial training and denied the bonus when performing a non-fatal strangulation examination. This grievance was settled at Step 3 with the employer agreeing to pay the SANE bonus when caring for a patient with a NFS examination. The employer was unwilling to pay for any additional training for SANE. We will revisit this during our next contract negotiations.
OR RNs are being told that they must float to Sterile Process Department before they can take Low Census. The SPD is not a nursing unit within the float cluster for the OR RNs, This should be an ask, not a demand. This grievance was withdrawn. The employer may float RNs to other areas to task that are non-nursing.
Rate of Pay/Wage Step placement-Review of service hours and the inability for Per Diem RNs to view lifetime hours. This grievance has moved to arbitration.
Regular Rate of Pay- The CBA defines the RN’s regular rate of pay as base, education, and certification premiums, per diem premium. This is how rates of OT should be calculated, not separate. It makes a difference when OT is calculated! This has been moved to arbitration.
Payroll Discrepancies- This has been filed for All Affected as a result of RNs finding their July 21st paycheck with large numbers of retro OT and DT that is extremely difficult in determining accuracies. We have asked for a full audit of each RNs pay for the past year. This grievance has been placed in abeyance until we have been able to receive the information for review. The employer held Payroll Workshops for both staff and core leaders. This information was valuable, and a PDF of the presentation has been attached to review. This grievance will be withdrawn if we do not hear back from the RNs who were impacted by this.
We are still looking for Unit Reps. The training is free. If you are interested in keeping your unit quickly informed sign up for a class today!
If you have questions, contact Ryan Rosenkranz our Nurse Organizer email@example.com or 206-867-4627.
We say goodbye to Yaamen Aldaas as he has stepped down from his position as Member at Large. Yaamen worked tirelessly in his role on boarding new RNs. We wish him the very best and we will miss him dearly.
We need two office positions to be filled. Grievance Officer and Member at Large. This is a great opportunity to help your entire bargaining unit. The Grievance Officer role will be to help process grievances, represent during investigatory meetings, attend Conference and Staffing Committee meetings. The Member at Large role is to help onboard new RNs during new employment orientation,
For any questions or concerns please contact one of the Officers or Nurse Rep
Meri Bukovinsky (CDU) Chair Cell: 208-739-3439 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Woodall (FSED) Co-Chair Cell: 509-572-1091 email@example.com
Vanessa Douglas (ICU) Secretary/Treasurer Cell: 352-682-0342 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Dennis (PAU) Grievance Officer Cell: 509-781-3011 email@example.com
Zak Gagnon (ICU) Member At Large Cell: 509-551-5264 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Robinson Nurse Representative
If you are not a WSNA member please consider completing a membership application today! Just click on the link!
WSNA members, stand up in Olympia for nurses and speak with legislators about the issues.
The TA comes after 19 bargaining sessions, an informational picket, and a complaint filed with Labor and Industries over workplace safety.
November 9, 2023
Attacks occurring more frequently than what WSNA has seen at other hospitals
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WSNA files an unfair labor practice over threats to withhold health insurance
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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.
As a union member, you have the right to have a representative present in any meetings with management that could potentially lead to disciplinary action against you.
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.
Find out more about this crucial right and how to exercise it to ensure your fair treatment and protection.
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