Our nurses deserve the appropriate PPE to safely care for our patients in this pandemic.
The Washington State Nurses Association filed a complaint to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) of Labor and Industries (L&I) based on credible reports that nurses did not have access to PPE including N‑95 respirators and face masks. It was also reported that instructions were give allowing only one mask per nurse per shift.
Several nurses have been chosen at random to be interviewed by the investigator. Should you be chosen to participate in the investigation, please remember you have the right for union representation and can contact Jayson Dick at 206−858−2139.
It is important that everyone’s concern on appropriate PPEs is heard! Please take the time to fill out this very important intake form prior to 5 p.m. on March 26 so we can submit the results to the DOSH investigator.
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.