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Standing together for real staffing solutions

Staffing has been a top issue for WSNA members for many years. In 2021, with the delta variant of COVID-19 bringing yet another wave of infec­tions and hospi­tal­iza­tions, WSNA began working with the other two primary health care unions in the state, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21, to fight for real solutions for safe staffing.

We know this is a fight that will take all of us working together — and our members across the state have been stepping up by speaking to legis­la­tors, partic­i­pating in sticker-up actions, sharing your stories and videos, and taking our message to the media. The evidence is clear that safe staffing saves lives, and the public recog­nizes the value of nurses like never before. This is our moment.

Meet David Keepnews

David Keepnews has a long track record and distinguished career as a nurse, labor proponent, professor, policy specialist and advocate for our practice. He joins WSNA at a critical time for our members, our union and our profession. David is already bringing his experience, skills and passion to the job.

Union solidarity and perseverance win fair contracts

WSNA members are raising their voices and standing together to win the contracts they deserve. Congratulations to these local units who recently won at the bargaining table (as of November 2021).

Letter from Lynnette Vehrs, WSNA president

The profession of nursing has always been challenging, but now it has become dangerous as well. The COVID-19 virus has changed the landscape altogether. We continue to see surge after surge of increased cases and deaths. Nurses are facing severe burnout and fatigue as the pandemic rages on.

Disaster preparedness: Start the new year prepared

The start of a new year is the perfect time to ensure your disaster supplies are up to date. While disaster planning isn’t usually at the top of everyone’s to-do list, a small amount of planning now can make a big difference when you’re faced with a natural disaster or emergency.