VIRGINIA MASON — CHI FRANCISCAN JOINT OPERATING COMPANY
Sign the open letter to Gary Kaplan, CEO of Virginia Mason, expressing your concerns about the proposed Joint Operating Company between CHI and VM. Let him know that cutting essential services to our patients will have a detrimental effect on our community, particularly for the elderly, POC, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
As an RN at Virginia Mason, you have a right to sign this open letter without fear of retaliation. In fact your decision to join with your colleagues in taking this action is protected under federal labor law. It’s time to take this action together and support the culture of care our patients deserve and the community has come to expect of VM. Let’s take this stand together!
CHRONIC SHORT STAFFING
Nurses recognize the importance of proper nurse to patient ratios in order to provide safe care. WSNA has received many complaints from our members about chronic short staffing issues at Virginia Mason. We know this is not safe for you or your patients.
Advocate for yourselves and for your patients by filling out an Assignment Despite Objection form every time you or your unit is suffering from short staffing issues. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and is your only legal protection against unsafe working environments.
Always fill out the form online to ensure a record is sent to your union reps as well as leadership. As always, reach out to your unit rep, officers or WSNA Nurse Rep if you have any questions or concerns.
Jane Hill Little-John, RN, Local Unit Chair Kari Benning, RN, Local Unit Co-Chair Arlene Alba, RN, Local Unit Secretary Suzanne Baek, RN, Local Unit Secretary Susan Dunn, RN, Grievance Officer Jamie Williams, Grievance Officer
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.