Nurses at the bedside know that staffing levels have reached crisis levels due to burnout, moral injury and hospitals’ failure to take action to retain nurses. But even before the pandemic, so many of us were stretched to the limit, forced to take too many patients and work long shifts without a break. We need more than a quick fix – we need action to ensure safe staffing now and in the future.
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WSNA has completed the bargaining process for retention and appreciation bonuses for staff nurses. See the Letter of Understanding (LOU) which can be opened from either local unit web page or by clicking the button below:
We have reviewed the retention bonus agreement and do not oppose it, as it is straight forward. Please be thoughtful before signing a year commitment, as you will be required to pay back the FULL amount received if you resign and fall short of the 12 months.
WSNA appreciates your hard work and dedication. For additional questions or clarifications, contact your manager or HP department or feel free to contact your WSNA Nurse Representative.
In Unity, your Local Unit Officers and WSNA Nurse Representative
Janet Stewart, WSNA Nurse Representative for Good Samaritan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Balogh, WSNA Nurse Representative for Tacoma General, email@example.com
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.
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.