WSNA leader­ship, staff and your Local Unit Officers are in active discus­sions with the county about the COVID crisis and its impact on nurses. Our primary concerns are the protec­tions of nurses’ safety and liveli­hoods during this crisis.

As you may be aware, the county is proposing redeploying nurses to do COVID work at other facil­i­ties. We are actively discussing the county’s proposal and have another discus­sion sched­uled for this after­noon. If you have already volun­teered, please ensure you have been properly oriented and are compe­tent to perform the nursing care you are providing. This is a require­ment under your license and is not waived during this crisis. Some of these links may be helpful as you make decisions about your practice.

https://​www​.doh​.wa​.gov/​p​o​r​t​a​l​s​/​1​/​D​o​c​u​m​e​n​t​s​/​6​0​0​0​/​Q​s​O​f​Assign.pdf
https://​fortress​.wa​.gov/​d​o​h​/​o​p​i​n​i​o​/​s​?​s​=​D​e​cisionTree
https://​www​.doh​.wa​.gov/​p​o​r​t​a​l​s​/​1​/​D​o​c​u​m​e​n​t​s​/​6​0​0​0​/​J​o​b​Titles.pdf

We are working with the county to reach an agree­ment regarding compen­sa­tion for nurses who are at high risk for COVID, have been exposed to COVID, or are ill from COVID-19.
We are also in discus­sion with jail health services regarding inmate trans­fers between facil­i­ties, staffing, and safety needs.

Some nurses are asking about condi­tions that place them at serious risk. Please review this infor­ma­tion:

https://​www​.wsna​.org/​n​e​w​s​/​2​0​2​0​/​n​u​r​s​e​s​-​f​a​c​i​n​g​-​a​b​n​o​r​m​a​l​l​y​-​d​a​n​g​e​r​o​u​s​-​p​a​t​i​e​n​t​-​c​a​r​e​-​a​ssignments

Please let us know what you are experi­encing, what you need us to know and how we can help you get through this increas­ingly challenging pandemic.

Please contact your nurse rep at sfrey@wsna.org or 206.575.7979 ext. 3039.

Thank you all for the work you do.

In Solidarity,
Your local unit officers Sean Dumas, Lois Schipper and Nurse Rep Sara Frey