While WSNA as an organization encourages nurses to receive influenza vaccinations you are not required to receive one. Our contract explicitly delineates that you do not need a medical or religious declination. While PeaceHealth is trying to implement this new policy system wide, Southwest is immune from their policy as we have clear contract language. That being said, do know that WSNA is fighting for the nurses statewide on this new policy and mandate for the other hospitals.
Here is our contract language:
15.1 Employee Health Tests: RNs will be subject to the Medical Center’s Employee Health requirements and testing programs (for example, for tuberculosis) in accordance with the Medical Center’s policies as applicable to a majority of the Medical Center’s employees who are not in a bargaining unit. All RNs will be encouraged to receive flu vaccine at no charge, as provided by Employee Health at designated times, places and hours. If an RN declines the flu vaccination, the RN will sign a declination form that will only be used to track the total number and percentage of RN s who decline the vaccine.
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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.