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Spring 2024 Newsletter

Nurses Day Celebration

May 7 from 2:30-3:30 in the Education Room. All nurses are invited to celebrate. Please extend this invitation to your LPN colleagues.

New Nurse Representative at WWVH

 In order to better balance our workload at WSNA, we occasionally need to change our nurse rep assignments. It has been an absolute honor to work with all of you and to help facilitate change. I will continue to participate in contract negotiations and Carmen Garrison will be your nurse representative. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Carmen can be contacted at cgarrison@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, Ext. 3113 (office).

Officer Elections

Look for the election ballot in your mail. Please complete and mail back promptly (self-addressed/stamped envelopes are provided with the ballot).

Contract Negotiations

The yellow highlighted days are bargaining days. These are by ZOOM. If you would like to attend, let Laurie Robinson know for a link.
  
Confirmed Dates:
 May 23 Union presentation of initial proposal
June 18, 20 State initial proposal and bargaining.
July 9. –
July 23 full session
July 24 MMP if necessary
August 28, 29
September 10, 12, 17

LMCC

June 4, 2024, 2:30-3:30 (Location TBA)
Contact Renee Clark, Adrienne Harris, Mary Jennings or Carmen Garrison Nurse Representative if you are interested in attending and have agenda items. Below are the minutes from 3/5/24:

1.      Approval of Meeting Minutes from last meeting: 12/04/2023 Meeting minutes reviewed.

2.      Safety/ Workplace Violence:

a.      Laurie asked, are the Workplace Violence Signs working? Response, not working with certain resident’s guests/relatives. Lewisia is meeting with one resident relative on 3/6/24.

b.      There is coworker discord in Hudson/Kirkman. It is being addressed.

c.       Concerns over care plan wording were discussed. RCM has updated and corrected this concern.

d.      Fresh water for residents; RCMs to follow up on water being refreshed at the beginning of shifts. Per Lewisia.

e.      Can the facility buses, cart, vehicle, etc. be parked in the lower employee parking lot? Per Policy they will remain in the top employee parking lot. UPDATE 4/3/2024: Facility vehicles are now parked in the lower-level (gravel) parking lot, providing more availability for employees.

f.        When the future storage building construction happens, overhead lights will be installed in the lower employee parking lot.

3.      Staffing Update:

a.      Open FTE: RN2 1 on-call, LPN2 1 on-call.

b.      Number of nurses on FMLA, RA and L&I Light Duty is 10:
FMLA Intermittent 7 , FMLA continuous 1, Reasonable Accommodations 1, L&I 1.

c.       Agency utilization- number of shifts filled for last quarter: see below.

d.      OC utilization- number of shifts filled for last quarter: see below.

e.      Mandatory OT occurrences: see below.

f.        Mandatory OT occurrences required for RCM to fill shifts: see below.

December
VOT – 10.5
MOT – 2
On-call – 73.5
Agency – 17
RN3 VOT – 4

January
VOT – 5
MOT – 3.5
On-call – 45.5
Agency – 4.5
RN3 VOT – 0.5

February
VOT – 7.5
MOT – 0.5
On-call – 50.5
Agency – 1
RN3 VOT – 4

4.      RCM/MDS new model update by Lewisia: We are ready to move forward once the Supervisor/Location changes are completed (which are with Central Office for processing now). Checklist is done, and training has and will continue to happen. Mary mentioned that the MDS portion is going well.

5.      ADOs: Reviewed December 31, 2023.

6.      Open Forum:

1)      Questions surfaced around shift differential when RCM’s work as a nurse on weekends. Do RCMs get shift differential, and OT if worked? Yes, Saturday and Sunday work is paid at $4 per hour as weekend shift differential, and OT is paid if the RCM is over 40-hours for the week.

2)      *RN2 vacation approval. Lewisia will work with Renee and Adrienne individually on their questions.

UMCC

May 2, 2024, 2 – 4 p.m.
We will post these minutes as soon as we receive them from the head office. This is on Teams if you would like to attend. See link below:

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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to:
Renee Clark-Chair
Adrienne Harris-Vice Chair

Thank you again for the honor to represent you!

Laurie Robinson- WNSA Nurse Rep. lrobinson@wsna.org or 206-620-4136

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