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.
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:
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.