In the past few weeks we have been working around the clock to address your concerns about staffing and patient safety. We are working closely with the Depart­ment of Health and the National Labor Relations Board to encourage manage­ment to make changes that will benefit nurses.

Depart­ment of Health

The Depart­ment of Health launched their inves­ti­ga­tion into patient safety last week. They are looking into reports of risks to patients which may include an inability to complete timely care or unsafe practices that put patients at risk. We have not been provided with a time line but we will provide you with updates as we receive them.

You play a very impor­tant role in this inves­ti­ga­tion! Your reports and ADO’s demon­strate your concerns in real time and provide a window into what is really happening on the floor. We want to hear from you about what you are experiencing.

https://​www​.wsna​.org/union/ado

Unfair Labor Practices

Inves­ti­ga­tion into TG manage­ment regarding unfair labor practices continues this week. We currently have 4 sched­uled affidavit inter­views sched­uled to discuss concerns about how manage­ment is cooper­ating with Union partic­i­pa­tion. We will provide updates for this as well.

Involve­ment with your Union is protected activity and you should not be coerced, intim­i­dated, or face retal­i­a­tion for your partic­i­pa­tion. If you feel that you are receiving negative conse­quences for your involve­ment, please contact your nurse rep to discuss these concerns at Bbalogh@wsna.org.

Outbreak at TG

Tacoma General had a recent COVID-19 exposure related to three patients that were not tested in a timely manner. Although Multi­care has not provided us with official numbers for the outbreak, the number of nurses who have been infected is suspected to be over 23.

We are also aware that there may be a second outbreak in a second unit with as many as 16 infected staff. Tacoma General has stated that they have not completed their inves­ti­ga­tion and cannot deter­mine if this an outbreak yet.

WSNA contacted the Tacoma Pierce County Health Depart­ment, who had been notified of the first outbreak. An inves­ti­ga­tion was launched 1/5/2021 into TG’s response to this crisis and whether their actions were appro­priate for the level of risk this posed to staff, patients, and the community.

Survey

You are our top priority and we need to hear from you about the concerns in your facility. Please take the short survey below about working condi­tions at TG so we can hear from you directly. The survey is anony­mous, but if you would like to discuss anything from the survey in greater detail, you are welcome to reach out to Brenda Balogh, your WSNA Nurse Rep. bbalogh@wsna.org.