Attention all Evergreen Health Registered Nurses #

You are on the front lines in the treat­ment and contain­ment of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. We appre­ciate your hard work and dedica­tion in this effort to support your commu­nity.

Report from Evergreen nurses
WSNA has received over 100 survey responses and dozens of phone calls from RNs sharing their experi­ences and concerns. Here’s what you have reported to us:

  • Concerns regarding avail­ability and use of appro­priate Personal Protec­tive Equip­ment (PPE)s in this most uncer­tain environment.
  • Experi­encing known exposures from days ago and not hearing from the employer as to what to do next.
  • Concerns about exposure and trans­mis­sion to other patients, your family and the larger community.
  • Worries of missed pay and uncer­tain­ties regarding quaran­tine and testing for COVID-19.

If you haven’t filled out our COVID-19 survey, we want to hear from you!

Follow up with manage­ment
In response to the outcry from nursing staff, WSNA arranged a confer­ence call on Wednesday, March 4 with CNO Mary Shepler and HR direc­tors to share concerns and attempt to get answers to many of the questions that our members have expressed. Hospital admin­is­tra­tion has relayed:

  • The landscape of detec­tion, treat­ment and exposure are changing daily.
  • They have been inundated with inquiries and efforts to notify staff that have been poten­tially exposed.
  • They are working closely with the CDC to deter­mine appro­priate actions multiple times per day.
  • They are devoting all avail­able resources to this effort.
  • While they are currently experi­encing delays in contacting employees, they are working to put systems in place to notify poten­tial exposures asap.
  • They agree to place nurses on paid leave if quaran­tined due to exposure.

Special Tele Townhall on COVID-19, Friday, March 6 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
As a union nurse on the front lines of this crisis you deserve to have the latest and most perti­nent infor­ma­tion at your finger­tips. WSNA, SEIU1199NW, and UFCW21 have arranged for one such oppor­tu­nity.

Join us for a union health­care worker tele-townhall to exchange infor­ma­tion, hear updates from state and local public health officials, and under­stand our unions’ role in ensuring workplace safety.

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 419 635 168

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WSNA wants you to know that we are dedicated to the safety of our regis­tered nurses and all staff providing care for these patients and the greater commu­nity. We are working along­side the other unions repre­senting staff to maximize our efforts and be the catalyst for the safest working environ­ment possible at Evergreen­Health.

In case you missed it: KUOW coverageHospital at the center of U.S. coron­avirus deaths hasn’t been upfront about staff risk, nurses claim.”

WSNA continues to work with local and national author­i­ties in an effort to pass along the most up to date and applic­able infor­ma­tion: Check our website for the key links.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org or 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3022.