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Laura Bayes

4 South - Day Shift

(360) 543-3529

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Robin Cully

Patient Care Support - Evening

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Co-Secretary

Jenn Engelhart

Emergency - Day

360-319-5650

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Treasurer

Tracy Pullar

PCU - Evening

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Grievance Officer

Rhonda Tull

SSU Out Patient - Day Shift

(360) 319-2912

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Grievance Officer

Amber Pouley

ED - Nights

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Membership Officer

Sage Jones

Observation - Nights

360-727-1646

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Membership Officer

Jennifer Hampton

Labor and Delivery

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Communications Officer

Kristin Malmo

Labor Delivery - Day

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Occupational Health & Safety

Darlyce Jerde

PCU

Occupational Health & Safety

Kelly Carroll

Emergency Department

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PRACTICE ALERT:
Do not start an IV without an order!

Throughout the years and across the country, nurses and nursing students have practiced their IV insertions skills on each other as a way to build confidence before attempting to do so on a patient. Leadership at PeaceHealth have made it abundantly clear in the last year that they are enforcing Washington State Code that prohibits nurses from inserting an IV without an order. The hospital will subject nurses to the disciplinary process if they are made aware that they have participated in practicing IV skills on anyone who is not currently a patient at the hospital with a current order for an IV. That means both the person starting the IV and the person who allows one to be started on them can face discipline, which depending on the circumstances, may result in termination of their employment. The hospital has declined to notify nurses of the change in policy despite repeated requests from your officers, so we're taking this in our own hands to ensure our members are not caught unaware. The bottom-line is don't start IVs on anyone who is not a patient (or a simulation arm in an educational setting).

Insurance Issues: What You Can Do

We are still hearing about issues with the coverage provided by PeaceHealth's Third Party Administrator, United Medical Resources (UMR). There is a Health Benefits Team in HR that is available to assist you with any difficulties you are facing based on the employer-provided insurance. You can reach them by sending a message via AskHR on MyHR and you will be directed to the HR person who can provide you with resources and options. It will also ensure they are aware of any ongoing issues affecting multiple staff, so please let them know! We are fast approaching the time of year when the hospital must make a final selection for the insurance provider they will use for 2025 and onward, so make sure they understand what it's like to use UMR!

Cafeteria Time:
Tuesday, June 4, 1130-1500

Join us at the hospital cafeteria to meet with your WSNA Nurse Rep as well as your amazing officers on Tuesday, June 4, from 1130 to 1500! We will be available to answer questions, discuss issues and hand out WSNA swag, and you can sign up to win a Fred Meyer gift card!

Contact Grace Chesterman, WSNA Nurse Representative (gchesterman@wsna.org) or your local unit officers if you have questions.

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Document unsafe conditions

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.

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Representation rights

As a union member, you have the right to have a representative present in any meetings with management that could potentially lead to disciplinary action against you.

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.

Find out more about this crucial right and how to exercise it to ensure your fair treatment and protection.

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Continuing education offerings

Enhance your professional competency with WSNA's free online courses.

Earn CNE contact hours through topics like Cultural Humility, Telehealth Assessment, Workplace Violence Prevention, and more. Convenient and self-paced, our courses provide practical knowledge for your daily work. Expand your skills and stay up-to-date with the latest nursing practices.

Visit cne.wsna.org