Hospice Commu­nity Program:
WSNA entered into a Memorandum of Under­standing with Hospice manage­ment in July 2020 to continue a pilot project with some changes in shifts and hours for After-Hours RNs. Because the pilot project was tempo­rary and slated to last for six months, we talked with Members to find out if it would be accept­able to make the shifts perma­nent. They were in agree­ment and the positions will now be posted. There will be a 0.8 FTE and 0.6 FTE each for evening and night shift. Making the positions perma­nent offers protec­tion for the nurses and security in their jobs.

Working condi­tions on the COVID units:
Your WSNA Officers and three ICU RNs met with manage­ment on April 1. The nurses, Lindsay Taylor, Stephanie Davis, and Amanda Huynh, shared lots of impor­tant infor­ma­tion regarding three key points: patient safety, staff safety, and nurse burnout. It was heart­felt, and we hope this had a huge impact on manage­ment. All of the nurses that have worked on the COVID units have faced an unprece­dented year, caring for these very sick patients. All the while, they have had to wear PAPRs the entire shift, take care of the entire unit, and have managed with few ancil­lary staff and support. WSNA has sent a proposal to manage­ment to insti­tute a COVID premium for these hard-working RNs. The ball is now in management’s court. They have indicated that they should have a response to us by April 23, 2021. We will keep you posted. 

Personal travel and new CDC guidelines:

WSNA received notice from manage­ment that they had updated their Personal Travel Policy on April 1, 2021. However, on April 2, the CDC issued updated guide­lines regarding travel, quaran­tine require­ments, and impor­tant infor­ma­tion regarding its impact on those who were vacci­nated. We have requested that Peace­Health include the updated CDC guide­lines in their policy. The Peace­Health policy issued on April 1 has buried” the following infor­ma­tion in the fine print: HCWs who have received any COVID-19 vaccine approval for use at Peace­Health are exempt from this policy ten (14) days after the comple­tion of all required doses as outlined by the FDA autho­rized vacci­na­tion schedule. HCWs who have received COVID vacci­na­tions at locations other than Peace­Health will be required to provide documented proof to Employee Health.” 

Please note that the require­ment is ten (10) days, not fourteen (14). Click for more infor­ma­tion regarding the CDC guide­lines and travel: https://​www​.cdc​.gov/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​/​2​0​1​9​-​n​c​o​v​/​t​r​a​v​e​l​e​r​s​/​index.html.

What is an inves­ti­ga­tory inter­view?
If you are asked by your manager to attend an inves­ti­ga­tory inter­view, please contact one of your WSNA Officers. It is impor­tant to have a union repre­sen­ta­tive to be your witness and take notes on your behalf. Because meetings like this can be extremely anxiety provoking, it becomes even more impor­tant to have someone there to support you. You are also entitled to have adequate time to arrange for repre­sen­ta­tion. If you are given meeting options with dates and times, you are allowed to request additional dates and times if they do not work for your union repre­sen­ta­tive.

The purpose of inves­ti­ga­tory inter­views is to find out facts. Manage­ment is required to conduct inter­views with all involved parties. Once your meeting has taken place, it may be days and sometimes weeks before you learn the outcome of the investigation.

Are you inter­ested in attending the 2021 Washington State Nurses Conven­tion for free?

It’s not too late. We still have a few spaces avail­able! This year, your Local Unit leaders are sponsoring eight (8) nurses to attend the virtual conven­tion April 28 – 29. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so hurry and get in touch! 

If you have never been able to fit the conven­tion into your schedule or budget, this is your oppor­tu­nity. This year, we’ll have a fantastic lineup of speakers presenting on impor­tant topics relevant to your practice, including how to achieve patient and workforce safety and how to create a culture of anti-racism in health care. Earn up to 8.25 CNEs!

For more infor­ma­tion and to request sponsor­ship, contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, Hanna Welander, at hwelander@wsna.org. Hanna will provide all the details on regis­tra­tion and reimbursement. 

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org.