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.
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.
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.
Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization (MMPNO) was established in 1949 to provide community services and education to student nurses. The history of the organization surrounds Mary Mahoney, who was the first Black professional nurse in the United States.
In the last 18 years, nurse techs have been welcomed into many health care facilities in Washington — although some nurses may have never worked with a nurse tech. So, what does a nurse need to know when working with a nurse tech?
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.