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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In response to our local meeting your officers have requested more frequent meetings with administration to address issues surrounding staffing, workplace culture concerns, nursing practice and how we can more effectively work together in order to address issues as they arise.
We have a commitment from administration for meetings, ideally monthly, where we will be discussing issues that have been identified.
We are looking for dedicated members who wish to attend on a regular basis. If you are interested in participating on Thursday June 17 from 1300 – 1400, please contact your local unit officers.
Jihan Herring – RN Evening Shift Hardish S. Khinda – RN Day Shift
Questions? Please email your WSNA representative Shawn Reed at email@example.com.
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.