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Yesterday was cloudy and bit rainy, but it was a fine day for Overlake nurses and healthcare workers. It was a day where workers from all around Overlake finally felt like they were being cared for, not by their employer, but by their union colleagues from around the country.
WSNA spent yesterday across the street from Overlake distributing face masks provided by AFT, our national union. AFT is stepping up to help fill the void caused by a national shortage of protective equipment and the lack of effective federal action to secure and produce more.
This event was about taking care of those who care for us all in so many ways. It goes beyond the bedside and the individual. It’s about community. It’s about unity. Regardless of Overlake’s determination of the suitability of these masks for clinical use based on their everchanging standards, you know you can still provide your family and yourself a tool for protection in the community, all the while hoping Overlake finds a way to ensure you have proper protective equipment at the bedside every unit … every shift … every day.
WSNA understands you may not have stopped by to get masks because of the confusing email sent by Overlake yesterday morning. WSNA did in fact comply with Overlake’s process for donating masks by providing a package to the supply chain staff to be vetted for clinical use even though these masks were not a donation to Overlake’s supply closet, but to you.
We have yet to receive a response.
We are certain that you will find many uses for these masks outside of the clinical setting at Overlake. We’d love to see pictures of you and your family wearing these masks. Please send photos to email@example.com or post with the hashtag #GetUsPPE. If you did not receive masks and you are in need of them, please contact WSNA organizer Zach Siekel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have other questions or concerns, please contact your WSNA nurse representative Sydne James, email@example.com.
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.