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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Your WSNA officers are negotiating with King County to bargain the effects of the King County Executive’s mandate on vaccine requirements. This mandate is not dissimilar to the Governor’s statewide proclamation. While we continue to bargain, we want to share important dates and information.
Sept. 6 is the last day you can receive the Moderna vaccine and still be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 (because of the waiting period). This assumes you will get your second dose exactly four weeks after Sept. 6, which may not be possible.
Sept. 13 is the last day you can receive the Pfizer vaccine and still be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 (because of the waiting period). This assumes you will get your second dose exactly three weeks after Sept. 13, which may not be possible.
Sept. 18 is the date by which King County would like employees to have submitted their requests for religious or medical accommodation exemptions. Getting them in early is important as they will be reviewed by a committee and this will take time.
If or when you become fully vaccinated, do not assume that your employer has this information. Getting the vaccine at a public health location does not mean that those who are keeping track are aware of this. You should take action to ensure that you have provided required proof of vaccination for verification. You have several options for doing so:
Initiating the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through your NEOGOV Dashboard Click on Dashboard > Forms > COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration and attach a copy of an official document, OR
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.