If you are consid­ering volun­teering for the Peace­Health Sabbat­ical program, please be aware that you will NOT be eligible for unemploy­ment under the current volun­tary sabbat­ical program, and that once you sign on, you will be unable to revoke it.

WSNA is working hard to secure an agree­ment with admin­is­tra­tion to clarify that nurses volun­teering for the sabbat­ical” is equiv­a­lent to standby unemploy­ment, aka a furlough or a short-term layoff, and are eligible for unemploy­ment. We are sched­uled to meet with Peace­Health on Tuesday and will be aggres­sively following up on this issue. Please stay tuned for update and contact your WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive with any questions.

Real-time data on elective surgery/​procedure readi­ness

As facil­i­ties reopen elective proce­dures and surgeries, the Governor has outlined specific prereq­ui­sites that employers meet infec­tion preven­tion and control standards, maintain appro­priate personal protec­tive equip­ment supplies, as well as following Depart­ment of Health (DOH)issued guidance on use of personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE).”

Please fill out this quick survey for WSNA to collect real time data to assess whether your health care facility has met the required threshold to perform elective proce­dures and surgeries.