The nurses continuing to voice concerns about staffing is helping. Continue to submit the ADO/PSA in regards to staffing. This has helped Virginia Mason to offer this temporary weekend incentive to help to bring in more staffing. This incentive would be used only when needed to avoid diverts or avoid canceling procedures. This incentive would not be offered every weekend or on every unit.
Yesterday we met with Virginia Mason briefly. WSNA presented another proposal to them. We are waiting for Virginia Mason to respond. As stated in earlier communication this week, if you have not completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Survey, do this ASAP, even if you are fully vaccinated. Nurses who have been fully vaccinated need to send verification to Employee Central with the dates of the vaccination and a photo. If you are needing to submit for a medical or religious exemption, do not wait to get this information turned in. Virginia Mason was not able to give us a timeline for how long these will take to process the exemptions. We were told the medical and religious exemptions that they have received to this point are still being processed and no decisions have been sent out.
Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michelle Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.