If you are asked to float, please refer to the contract language in article 8.6 below.

Please note specif­i­cally the section about what work nurses will and will not be expected to perform. If you find that you are being expected to take on patient care or proce­dures and you have not received appro­priate training and orien­ta­tion, you must discuss it with your super­vi­sion. Your orien­ta­tion and training must be appro­priate to the assign­ment. Any orien­ta­tion and training is to occur on paid time! If you have been instructed to stop by after work” on a unit to which you might float, please know that you are no longer on the hospital’s paid time and should not go to other units!

We ask you to please highlight your concerns for patient safety. We want to remind you to complete an ADO every time you feel unsafe. Use the proper chain of command first, but follow that up with an ADO. The Nurse Staffing Committee will review these and an ADO documents what happened in real time so that you have full recall of that shift and assign­ment.
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6.8 Floating. The Employer retains the right to change the nurses daily work assign­ment to meet patient care needs. Reason­able efforts will be made to limit floating assign­ments to desig­nated clinical group­ings (as defined in Section 7.6.1) or to care for patients which would have been other­wise typically located within the nurses clinical group. Floating assign­ments will be made based on matching the skills of the nurse to her/​his assigned unit/​patients. Nurses will be expected to perform all basic nursing functions but will not be required to perform tasks or proce­dures specif­i­cally applic­able to the nursing unit for which they are not quali­fied or trained to perform. If during the floating assign­ment a nurse is asked to perform a task or proce­dure for which the nurse does not feel quali­fied or trained to perform, the nurse should immedi­ately discuss the matter with super­vi­sion. Nurses required to float must be properly trained and oriented and will receive orien­ta­tion appro­priate to the assign­ment. Orien­ta­tion will be depen­dent upon the nurse’s previous experi­ence and famil­iarity with the nursing unit to which such nurse is assigned. Nursing managers in consul­ta­tion with staff nurses regularly assigned to the unit will develop unit specific orien­ta­tion tools (including but not limited to examples of charting, a map of the unit, specific proto­cols, special proce­dures and the assign­ment of a resources person) to be used by staff nurses floated to the unit. Floating shall be assigned on an equitable basis taking into consid­er­a­tion patient care needs and the skill and compe­tence of the individual nurse. The Employer will make a good faith effort not to float a nurse to a different unit more than once per shift. The Employer may include travelers, and supple­mental part-time employees in the rotation. A nurse that feels they are not properly trained and quali­fied to care for patients to whom they are assigned should follow the protocol listed in Article 6.12 and Article 15.4.

Article 6.12 is regarding Staffing Concerns. It is impor­tant to protect your patients and your practice by completing a staffing concern form/​ADO.

Article 15.4 is regarding Nurse Staffing Committee and its function and scope. The committee reviews Staffing Concern Forms/​ADOs.

ADO (Assign­ment Despite Objec­tion) forms are to be completed on-line and can be found at https://​www​.wsna​.org/​u​n​i​o​n/ado.

Don’t forget to complete the Staffing Survey before February 21st, which will be compiled by Sally Budack, WSNA Secre­tary: https://www​.survey​monkey​.com/​r​/​M​3​ZWRH5.


WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Change
Barbara Friesen, WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, will be taking over St. Joseph Medical Center effec­tive immedi­ately. Barbara can be reached at (206) 5757979, Ext. 3056 or bfriesen@​wsna.​org.