After negotiations on Monday, Marianne Sturtevant, Jacob Garcia, Vanessa Douglas and Carmen Garrison met with Washington State Senator Sharon Brown to discuss the recent incidents of workplace violence at Kadlec. Senator Brown was interested to hear directly from nurses about what is needed to help prevent and respond to workplace violence.
Hearing information about the lack of security guards, physical features of patient rooms that are potentially unsafe and the lack of adequate training made an impression on the Senator, whose mom was a nurse. Senator Brown is interested in sponsoring legislation to address workplace violence in the 2019 legislative session.
Meet with Legislators TONIGHT #
As demonstrated by the meeting with Senator Brown, now is the best time to meet with legislators to get support for workplace violence legislation in the 2019 session. Right now, legislators can spend 30 – 60 minutes with us, totally focused on nursing issues. During session, we are lucky to get 10 – 15 minutes of their time, during which distractions are likely to arise.
You can make a difference TODAY by showing up to the Nurses Speak event tonight. This event will show legislators and candidates why they need to address workplace violence this coming legislative session. Your voice, your stories, and most importantly, your ideas for solutions are critically important at this phase in the process.
Please join us tonight — you are welcome to participate even if you have not registered for the event:
Nurses Speak — Kennewick
Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 — 6:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel Kennewick Columbia Center (1101 N Columbia Center Blvd Kennewick, WA 99336)