Union

Seattle Children's Hospital


Announcing changes in WSNA nurse representative


Please welcome WSNA Nurse Representative Sara Frey, JD, BSN, RN. Beginning Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, Sara will be taking over all new issues as they arise at Seattle Children's Hospital. I will finish up most outstanding matters to their conclusion and assist Sara in the coming months as needed.

Sara can be reached at sfrey@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3039.

It has been a pleasure working with all of the Seattle Children's RNs for the past three years. I am continuing my work here at WSNA in public affairs. I will miss the Seattle Children's nurses but know you will be in good hands with Sara.

All my best to you,

Travis Elmore, BSN, RN, RN-BC
WSNA Public Affairs Associate Director
206-575-7979, ext. 3117
telmore@wsna.org


Its not too late to RSVP!


Celebrate Nurses Week with a free WSNA dinner!

May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.


On May 7, 2018, your WSNA leaders here at Children's Hospital are hosting a free dinner for the nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 5-8 p.m. The dinner will once again be at Ray's Boat House at Shilshole and nearly 200 Children’s nurses are expected to attend this year! This will be a celebration for the nurses at Children’s as well as a time to answer other questions and hear your concerns. There will be door prizes, great food and more!

Ray’s Boat House is located at 6049 Seaview Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

Space is limited so contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or call 206-387-6748 if you wish to RSVP or help with the dinner!


We recommend a YES vote on May 2!


Proposed Memorandum on Expanded Representation Rights


Last year, an Arbitrator ruled that Seattle Children’s improperly denied a nurse WSNA representation during a meeting at which management discussed accommodation of the nurse’s medical condition. The Arbitrator ruled that the right of nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital to the assistance of a WSNA representative in meetings with management was not limited to investigatory meetings that could lead to disciplinary action. However, the Employer refused to comply with the Arbitrator’s ruling, and filed a lawsuit to nullify it – even though the collective bargaining agreement specifically states that the Arbitrator’s decision “shall be final and binding on all parties.”

WSNA has now succeeded in negotiating a proposed Memorandum of Understanding that will guarantee nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital the right to request that a WSNA representative be present not only at investigatory meetings that could lead to disciplinary action, but also:

• Meetings scheduled for the purpose of discussing reasonable accommodations under the interactive process (such as discussions concerning reasonable accommodation of a nurse’s disability).
• Meetings scheduled for the purpose of delivering disciplinary action to the nurse.
• Meetings scheduled for the purpose of discussing changes to a nurse’s regular schedule.
• Any meeting a nurse is asked to attend with both a manager and a Human Resources representative, except (a) meetings with multiple nurses such as training, departmental, and educational meetings, and (b) witness investigation interviews in which the nurse’s own conduct is not at issue, the nurse is given assurance that she or he will not be disciplined as a result of the meeting, and the nurse is informed of the general subject matter of the meeting.
• If a nurse with at least one year of employment at Seattle Children’s Hospital receives a “nonperformer” or “developing performer” rating on an evaluation, the nurse may request a follow-up meeting with the manager to discuss the evaluation and may request the presence of a WSNA representative.

The proposed Memorandum of Understanding also provides that, as long as the need to meet is not urgent, the nurse will be allowed a reasonable amount of time (typically five business days) to arrange for union representation before continuing the discussion.

WSNA recommends a YES vote on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding, which will strengthen nurses’ rights to representation. When you get called into the manager’s office, you don’t have to face the boss alone!

If you any questions, feel free to contact Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 206-575-7979, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org.

VOTE TO BE HELD ON MAY 2, 2018 FROM 1530-1930 IN MAIN Private OA.9.340

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In Solidarity, Edna Cortez, Chairperson - Auditing; Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 1 800 231-8482, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org

We recommend a YES Vote!
You must be a member in good standing to vote.


Thank you to all of the RN’s who participated in the Independent Transport Team Memorandum of Understanding vote


That proposal has been ratified by nurses. Thanks to all of you for your support and engagement!

Together we win!

You are WSNA!

Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore at 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org.


We recommend a 'yes' vote!


Proposed Memorandum of Understanding regarding an independent transport team

During our last contract negotiations, we agreed that we would bargain over the terms of an independent transport team should Children’s decide to create such a team. Children’s informed WSNA that they intended to create an independent transport team and we are pleased to announce that, after four hard days of bargaining, we have reached an agreement on a proposed MOU which:

  1. Establishes an independent transport team.
  2. Creates a $4.00 per hour premium for all members of the independent transport team.
  3. Requires that independent transport team members receive training and orientation so that they are able to perform the assigned duties safely and independently. The orientation and training components will be dependent on the nurse’s previous experience and will include rotations in various critical care units depending on the nurse’s prior experience..
  4. Establishes monthly meetings between WSNA and Children’s for a period of one year to review and update the transport program and to discuss issues affecting nurse members of the transport team and other concerns related to transport, including orientation, training, quality of care and recruitment and retention.

Children’s intends to phase out the current transport team model whereby NICU nurses who perform transports receive $100 per day for each day they perform one or more transports. During the transition period such nurses will continue to receive the $100 per day stipend for transports, but are not eligible for the $4.00 per hour premium. Nurses who are hired into the independent transport team will receive a $4.00 per hour premium, but not the $100 per day stipend. Feel free to contact Travis Elmore, WSNA nurse representative, at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org if you have questions.

In Solidarity,

Edna Cortez, Chairperson - Auditing; Lindsey Kirsch – ED; Cyndie Juarez – ALNW; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport; Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org


Ballots must be received by Feb. 12, 2018!

We recommend a 'yes' vote!


Ground transport tentative agreement!


On Jan. 25, 2018, a group of WSNA Children’s nurses had our fourth meeting with Children’s management to bargain over the terms of employment for an independent transport team. We are happy to announce that WSNA and Children’s management have reached a tentative agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


The vote for the MOU will be conducted by mail. Please watch your home mailbox for ballots in the coming days.

Feel free to contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or 206-387-6748 or WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@wsna.org.

In Solidarity,

Edna Cortez, Chairperson - Auditing; Lindsey Kirsch – ED; Cyndie Juarez – ALNW; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport

Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 1 (206) 575-7979, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org


Urgent Care Registered Nurses


We want you to know that we hear the concerns about the high amount of low census, low morale and working conditions at the urgent care clinics. We want you to know that WSNA is advocating for you and is working to ensure that changes are made that will make Urgent Care a unit in which Children’s nurses will want to stay and work. In recent weeks, WSNA has taken the following actions as part of this work:

  • On Dec. 4, 2017, WSNA reported concerns of harassment and retaliation of urgent care RNs to CNO Mady Murrey. WSNA also requested that Mady Murrey touch base with urgent care RNs.
  • On Dec. 13, 2017, WSNA filed a grievance on behalf of one of the many urgent care RNs who have reached out to WSNA concerning the staffing/scheduling crisis in urgent care. WSNA is scheduled to meet with hospital management on Jan. 18, 2108 to discuss this grievance at Step 1 of the grievance process.
  • On Jan. 2, 2018, WSNA met with representatives from hospital management and discussed the inclusion of urgent care in the No Pay Protection Plan in the contract. By the end of the meeting, WSNA reached an agreement with hospital management to extend the No Pay Protection Plan to RNs on a trial basis from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018. We hope this will be a positive step toward reducing the excessive loss of wages and time off due to low census. Additionally, in this meeting, management committed to allowing RNs time to work on projects in lieu of low census.
  • Also on Jan. 2, 2018, WSNA discussed urgent care with hospital management at our Nurse Conference Committee meeting. WSNA expressed concern with the amount of turnover in Urgent Care. WSNA also expressed concern with the functionality of the Urgent Care Unit Based Staffing Committee. WSNA encouraged hospital management to give the UBSC the data that it needs and empower the UBSC to explore staffing and how the designated amount of FTE are allocated. Management agreed that urgent care managers should attend UBSC meetings as a guest and not a voting party. Management also stated that managers should be bringing forth data to the UBSC and set principles.

WSNA is committed to doing the work with you to improve the working conditions and morale in urgent care. In the coming weeks, Seattle Children’s Hospital will be visited by a Magnet Site Surveyor as a part of Children’s effort to achieve Magnet status again. WSNA is currently working with the American Nurses Credentialing Center to set up a meeting with the site surveyor and urgent care nurses. We will let you know when we have confirmed a meeting time and location. In the past management has agreed that RNs will be allowed time to check their emails as long as the time spent checking emails does not send RNs into overtime. If you feel you are being harassed for not leaving when the last patient leaves and there is project work to be done or emails that you need to check, please contact a WSNA representative. Please continue to fill out ADO forms, your feedback is important!

If you have any questions, comments or would like to share information that may prove to be helpful, please contact me at telmore@wsna.org or call me at 206-575-7979, ext. 3117.

In unity,

Travis L. Elmore, RN, BSN, RN-BC
Nurse Representative
Washington State Nurses Association
206-575-7979 x3117
telmore@wsna.org


More updates on Children's ground transport talks


On Jan. 16, 2018 a group of WSNA Children’s nurses had our third meeting with Children’s management to bargain over the terms of employment for an independent transport team. WSNA and Children’s management continue to engage in discussions surrounding appropriate training, differential and support for independent transport nurses. We meet with Children’s Management next on January 25, 2018 and hope that Children’s will come prepared to engage in productive bargaining.

Feel free to contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or 206-387-6748 or WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org.

In Solidarity,

Edna Cortez – Auditing; Lindsay Kirsch – ED; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport; Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org


Children's ground transport talks update!


On Dec. 19, 2017 a group of WSNA Children’s nurses had our second sit down with Children’s management to negotiate the establishment of an independent transport team. WSNA and Children’s management exchanged proposals, but have not yet come to agreement. We are doing our best to ensure that the transport team will deliver the same high level of care in the future. Additionally, we are fighting to ensure that transport nurses have the training and support necessary to continue to do excellent work.

We meet with Children’s management next on Jan. 16.

Feel free to contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or 206-387-6748 or WSNA Nurse Rep Travis Elmore at 206-575-7979, ext. 3117 or telmore@WSNA.org.

In Solidarity,

Edna Cortez, Chairperson - Auditing; Lindsey Kirsch – ED; Cyndie Juarez – ALNW; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport

Travis Elmore

WSNA Nurse Representative
206-575-7979, ext. 3117
telmore@WSNA.org


Keeping you informed: Children’s ground transport talks


On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, a group of WSNA Children’s nurses sat down with management to talk about the future of ground transport at the request of the hospital. We had a general discussion about the ground transport team and Children’s desire to expand ground transport to pediatrics. We have not received a proposal thus far. Management says that they will have a proposal for the nurses when we meet next on Dec. 19, 2017.

Feel free to contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or call 206-387-6748 or WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org.

In Solidarity,

Edna Cortez, Chairperson – Auditing; Lindsay Kirsch – ED; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport;

Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org


Keeping you informed


Children’s ground transport talks

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, a group of WSNA Children’s nurses sat down with management to talk about the future of ground transport at the request of the hospital. We had a general discussion about the ground transport team and Children’s desire to expand ground transport to pediatrics. We have not received a proposal thus far. Management says that they will have a proposal for the nurses when we meet next on Dec. 19, 2017.

Feel free to contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or call 206-387-6748 or WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org.

In Solidarity,
Edna Cortez, Chairperson – Auditing; Lindsay Kirsch – ED; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport; Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 206-575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org


You can make a difference!


Are you an advocate for nursing or know a colleague who is? Do you want to make a difference in the working conditions for RN’s at Children’s?

Your elected WSNA team here at Seattle Children’s is in need of an RN willing to step up into the position of Grievance Officer. Your co-workers could use your advocacy skills!

The typical time commitment is only 2-6 hours a month (on average) and WSNA provides the training.

Contact Nurse Rep Travis Elmore at 206-575-7979, ext. 3114 / telmore@wsna.org or contact Local Unit Chair Edna Cortez at 206-387-6748 / epcortez920@comcast.net if you would like additional information regarding the duties of an officer.


Local unit dinner - space is limited!


Come celebrate nurses!
5 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11

On October 11, your WSNA leaders from Seattle Children's Hospital are hosting a free dinner for the nurses from 5 to 8:30 p.m.! The dinner will be at Ray's Boat House at Shilshole. This will be a celebration for the nurses at Children’s as well as a time to answer other questions and hear your concerns! There will be drawings, great food and more!

Ray’s Boat House is located at:
6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Space is limited.

Contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or call 206-387-6748 if you wish to RSVP or help with the dinner!

You are WSNA!


Arbitration decision update!


In a recent grievance arbitration decision, an Arbitrator has ruled that Seattle Children's Hospital "will extend an invitation to the Union to send a representative to assist bargaining unit members in discussions of matters covered by the Agreement, including issues covered by federal and state laws".

The decision is related to a matter in which an RN requested a union representative to discuss a medical accommodation issue and was denied.

If you need assistance in discussing matters related to the contract or state and federal laws with management, please contact your WSNA Officers or Representatives.

In solidarity,
WSNA Chair Edna Cortez


Save the date for nurses unity dinner


Free local unit dinner!
5 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11

Come celebrate nurses!

On October 11, your WSNA leaders from Children's Hospital are hosting a free dinner for the nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 1700-2030! The dinner will be at Ray's Boat House at Shilshole. This will be a celebration for the nurses at Children’s as well as a time to answer other questions and hear your concerns! There will be drawings, great food and more!

Ray’s Boat House is located at:
6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Space is limited so contact WSNA Co-Chair Edna Cortez at epcortez920@comcast.net or call 206-387-6748 if you wish to RSVP or help with the dinner!


Memorandum of Understanding


Thank you to all of the RNs who participated in the Eastern Washington RN Memorandum of Understanding vote. That proposal has been ratified by the nurses. Thanks to all of you for your support and engagement!

YOU ARE WSNA!

Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at (800) 231-8482, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org “Like us on Facebook” facebook.com/NursingStrongSeattleChildrensRNs/