Gwen S. Parrick, BSN, RN
Your WSNA staff nurse representatives from the Staffing Committee at Whidbey Health would like to reach out and ask for your input on the 2024 staffing plan. Per law the hospital must have staffing plans in place for each unit. These plans are discussed and agreed upon by nurses and management annually in Staffing Committee. We are beginning the process of the annual review. We would like to hear from you if you think your unit’s staffing plan is adequate or is in need of adjustment.
We would also like to remind you that each unit needs to be represented by one of their nurses at the Staffing Committee. The current nursing members of the staffing committee are Luka Cobb (Hospice), Steven Caporgno (ED), Gwen Parrick (Pharmacy RN), Helen Paraiso (Med Surge), Ellen Giles (ICU), and Laura Black (also Med Surge). If you do not see a representative from your unit and would like to be a part of these discussions please let one of your WSNA officers or nurse rep know and we will be sure to add you. Your manager must provide release time to attend and this is a paid committee.
Your WSNA officers – Luka Cobb, Gwen Parrick, Laura Black
WSNA Nurse Rep Sara Frey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
As a union member, you have the right to have a representative present in any meetings with management that could potentially lead to disciplinary action against you.
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.
Find out more about this crucial right and how to exercise it to ensure your fair treatment and protection.
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