Posted Jun 24, 2022
Diane Gates is a PICU nurse at SCH. She currently serves as a grievance officer and is a member of the bargaining team.
Diane Gates is a PICU nurse at SCH. She currently serves as a grievance officer and is a member of the bargaining team. She has this message to share with you:
“I've been a nurse for 37 years, all of which have been at
Seattle Children's. The other night in the PICU, we had 30 nurses...
other than the 3 Charge Nurses, I was one of 4 core; the rest were
travelers. This is not a rare occurrence and happens more often than
not. There have been nights where there were only 2 or 3 core. I believe
that safety is being compromised and the standard of care is
decreasing. Not because we don't have good travelers - most are, but
what has been lost is that synergistic energy that comes from a group of
people who have a history, who know and trust each other and have a
shared commitment; where our whole is much greater than the sum of our
Your negotiating team: Co-Chair Edna Cortez, PACU; Co-Chair Kara Yates, Medical Unit; Grievance Officer Diane Gates, PICU; Secretary/Treasurer Lindsey Kirsch, Urgent Care; Grievance Officer Erin Doyle, PATCH; Grievance Officer Samantha Lake, Operating Room; Katie Podobnik, Ambulatory; Sarah Munro, Bellevue Surgery Center; Shaina Lawson, NICU; Stefanie Chandos, ED; Annika Hoogesteraat, CVICU
Please contact Travis Elmore Nelson, WSNA Nurse Rep at telmore@WSNA.org or 206-575-7979 ext. 3117 with questions or to find out what you can do to get a fair contract!