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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WSNA is seeking a RN to represent WSNA on the hospital safety committee. The committee meets quarterly and the meetings are paid time.
Safety committee member duties include but aren’t limited to: reviewing safety and health inspection reports to help correct safety hazards, evaluating the accident investigations conducted since the previous meeting to determine if the cause(s) of the unsafe situation was identified and corrected, evaluating the workplace accident and illness prevention program and discussing recommendations for improvement, if needed.
Please contact WSNA Rep Travis Elmore @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 – 575-7979 ext. 3117 if you are willing to help your fellow RN’s and make the hospital a safer place to work.
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.