This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can be found on pages 43-46 of the current collective bargaining agreement. The primary objective of this MOU is to address staffing issues immediately as they occur.
If patient safety is an issue, the “RN Staffing Concern Process” diagram (p. 44-45) calls for a PSA to be completed. If the patient safety issue continues, the RN should escalate the issue to the Nursing Flow Supervisor. In the past, the PSA has not been used regularly for “staffing issues.”
In addition to the PSA, WSNA strongly suggests that nurses continue to complete the Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) form regarding these issues. These are utilized for real-time tracking efforts, in addition to discussing them with management at both the Conference Committee and the Staffing Committee. The PSA forms are not shared with WSNA, only a “recap” of the PSA is shared with us.
The PSA remains confidential and, in the event of an adverse outcome with a patient for which you write a PSA, that PSA would not be admissible in court (to demonstrate your Nursing Judgment was a catalyst for completing the form). An ADO IS admissible in court. Therefore, this form is designed to help you cover your license!
RNs are very busy and patient care is our priority. If you have an issue that requires you to complete an ADO, nd feel it’s just “one more thing” to add to your list, now the PSA is a another! The PSAs have not been utilized by the Staffing Committee in the past to track Staffing Issues, the ADOs were!
Management is now wanting to have you fill out PSAs, too. They cite the updated law (House Bill 1714) regarding Nurse Staffing Plans and patient safety as their catalyst. The new language states the RN must have a way to report staffing issues to the Staffing Committee and to make complaints to the committee.
It was originally agreed (in 20170 that the ADOs would continue to be the manner in which nurses report their staffing issues. The Employer now wants to utilize this MOU language, having nurses complete the PSA, in addition to the ADOs. We strongly suggest you continue reporting these STAFFING issues on the ADO, as well!!! Remember, you can CALL in your PSAs rather than fill out PSA form, which will save you time!
If you do not have ADO forms on your unit, let us know. We will be sure you receive a new supply. You can also print these ADO forms from your computer – at work! Click this link to find the ADO form online. Print and fill out the ADO form, give a copy to your Charge Nurse or Manager; keep a copy for yourself and scan or fax a copy to Terri Williams, MS, RN; WSNA Nurse Rep.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this.
Your Local Unit Officers:
Suzanne I. Baek, MSN, RN CNOR; Secretary/Treasurer; OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan L. Dunn, MS, RN; Grievance Officer & Acting Chair; Hyperbaric email@example.com
Samuel E. Asencio, RN; Membership Officer; OR firstname.lastname@example.org
And, Terri Williams, MS, RN; WSNA Nurse Rep; email@example.com; Fax: 206-575-1908