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It’s that time again! Are you ready? #

Our negoti­a­tion team is in place and ready to meet with the employer to make sure we continue to have a strong contract with all of the rights and benefits we deserve. The team has taken part in two prep sessions, one of them with WSNA Attorney Mike Sanderson, who will be our spokesperson at the table.

Our prior­i­ties have been set by your responses to the negoti­a­tions survey and ongoing feedback regarding issues and concerns about our current contract. We will continue to work for a safe working environ­ment and condi­tions that allow RNs to deliver the safest and effec­tive patient care.

Our first session at the table is Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Stay tuned for updates as each session continues. The following is a list of our fellow RNs who have volun­teered to repre­sent us all on the negoti­a­tion team:


7 Silver – Ortho/​Spine/​Neuro: Linda Snyder
6 Silver – ONC: Jessica Taylor
5 Silver – Cardio­vasc. & 4 Silver – PCU: Neelam Kaur
ED – Kirkland: Holly Baker, Lexi Overa
OR: Beth Selander
PACU: Debbie Pronk, Charina Alvarez
FMC: Theresa Blazer, Jomay Ruiz
NICU/PEDS: Kathy Silvas
CCU: Clarise Mahler, Ryan O’Neill-Hawkins
Hospice Care Center: Alicia O’Neal
Home Health: Rebecca Roop-Kharasch
Hospice: Val Artamonova
Float Pool: Caine Ballew

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Who is CAT? #

Contributed by WSNA Nurse Organizer Sue Dunlap, MS, RN

The answer simply is every one of us! CAT is an acronym for Contract Action Team. Every nurse at Evergreen is repre­sented at the negoti­a­tions table by a team of co-workers. CAT makes commu­ni­ca­tion between the negoti­a­tions table, and each of us, timely and seamless. Which allows all of us to be involved and support our team. 

Each unit has key people who have volun­teered to relay messages from the negoti­a­tions team to all nurses. Think of this like a phone tree. You should antic­i­pate hearing from CAT and plan on sharing infor­ma­tion and partic­i­pating in activ­i­ties. For example, CAT may ask everyone to wear a button one day at work to show support for the team. You may be asked to sign a petition or show up to support our team at a board meeting.

Likewise, you can share concerns and/​or encour­age­ment with CAT and it will be passed on to the negoti­a­tion team.
We are all in this together to obtain the best contract, provide the best patient care and make Evergreen the place to work. Stay tuned for commu­ni­ca­tion from CAT!

The following RNs have volun­teered to for the CAT:

8 Silver – Med Surg: Manju Ghimire, Nancy Wilkie
7 Silver – Ortho/​Spine/​Neuro: Anissa Byers, Mike Raymond, Lindsay Dandridge, Louisa Babadilla
6 Silver – ONC: Ashley Speece, Sheila Lanuza, Rebecca Woo
Float Pool: Natasha Schultz, Caine Ballew, Jessie McCann
4 Silver – PCU: Balla Sarr, Jessa Labasan, Karin Ng, Sheryl Olsen, Sandy Fleming
ED – Kirkland: Cathy Belusci, Karen Sloan
ED – Redmond: Carol Flaming
CCU: Ryan O’Neill-Hawkins, Jennifer Copeland
Hospice Care Center: Lisa Atwell
Home Health: Bea Abbott, Kevin Gleed, Joni Scott, Susan Wainer, Becky Brandt
Home Hospice: Karen Lasota, Kim Keithley, Misty Touglas, Andrew Ehlers, Carol Hile, Thomas Sanguino
HH/HO Admin: Kay Broadgate, Cate Royston
PACU: Julie Harder

We are strong! #

If you are not already a member of WSNA, when was the last time you consid­ered joining our union and profes­sional nurses associ­a­tion? Our member­ship numbers are already high. Close to 75% of Evergreen­Health nurses are proud members of our local unit. Many of those who aren’t members are often unsure what labor unions do, why someone would join or simply don’t want to pay dues, i.e. fair share. A strong and united member­ship is never more impor­tant than when you are in contract negoti­a­tions!

The reasons why nurses join their union cannot be reduced to any single, uncom­pli­cated state­ment. Union­ized workers have more power as a cohesive group than by acting individ­u­ally. Through collec­tive bargaining, nurses negotiate wages, staffing ratios, health and safety issues, benefits and working condi­tions with manage­ment via our union. Another impor­tant reason workers join a union is to ensure fair treat­ment in the workplace.
The nature of nursing is changing. Employers are trying to shed respon­si­bility for many benefits for their employees. As a union member, you have a strong collec­tive voice for negoti­ating with employers regarding pay and wages, work hours, benefits –including retire­ment plans, health insur­ance, vacation and sick leave, tuition reimburse­ment, etc. The higher the number of paying members, the better we as nurses fair in our contract negoti­a­tions.

If you are a paying member in good standing and in solidarity with our colleagues –great! If you are not, please take this chance to join now at wsna​.org/​m​e​m​b​e​r​s​h​i​p​/​a​pplication. You will be glad you became a proud member of our Evergreen­Health local unit.

The rights of members in good standing include, but are not be limited to:

  1. The right to attend member­ship meetings and partic­i­pate in the business;
  2. The right to be a candi­date for office;
  3. The right to vote for contract ratifi­ca­tions, in refer­en­dums, and in the elections of Officers.

Questions? Contact one of the local unit officers or our WSNA Nurse Rep Terri Williams at twilliams@wsna.org.

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Fun facts #

Clarise Mahler, CCU – Local Unit Chair

  1. I feel very fortu­nate to be a nurse, I love helping people and as such I want to help us all have the best working condi­tions possible; that always equates to our patients best healing conditions.
  2. I passion­ately enjoy my days off; gardening, hiking running, knitting, traveling, being polit­i­cally active.
  3. I have a voice: I am able to speak the truth, and with age its clearer, stronger and willing to risk.

Debbie Pronk, RN – Local Unit Griev­ance Officer

  1. My husband of 40 years and I have enjoyed cruises in recent years. 9 cruises including the Panama Canal and the Mediter­ranean Sea.
  2. My first 4‑year degree was in Sociology at UCLA 41 years ago. Went into nursing as a second career 15 years later.
  3. I am an avid reader and enjoy mysteries and action adven­tures. A nice break from work!
  4. I’ve been a Griev­ance Officer for several years and have seen first-hand what the union does to solve problems and issues in our working condi­tions. WSNA gives us a strong voice when commu­ni­cating and working with management.

Val Artamonova , RN ­– Local Unit Member­ship Officer

  1. One daughter, 3 years old
  2. Reiki master/​teacher
  3. Favorite hobby is camping/​hiking/​being out in nature


Jomay Ruiz, BSN, RN – Local Unit Secretary/​Treasurer

  1. Dog mom to the cutest pup with special needs.
  2. I’m passionate about food and my plants.
  3. I love watching basket­ball, especially Kevin Durant!

Linda Snyder, RN – Local Unit Member­ship Officer

  1. I bake a lot of pies.
  2. I’m an avid hiker and cofounded a backpacking company Cascade Trekking Co.” this year.
  3. I went to school in Pennsylvania.

Tara Barnes, RN – WSNA Organizer

  1. I knew I wanted to be a nurse in first grade and told my mother.
  2. I competed as an Irish dancer until the age of 15.
  3. I was a Rainbow girl and learned many skills about working as a team in the community.
  4. I have kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland and survived!
  5. I worked at Evergreen for 12 years and served as an officer and on bargaining team 3 times.
  6. Now I follow my passion to help build unity and strength with Nurses as staff. It is such an honor.

Sue Dunlap, MSN, RN, COS‑C – WSNA Organizer

  1. I’m the token alien as I’m a Canadian citizen.
  2. I’ve been a nurse for 33 years in almost every area possible.
  3. I just left Evergreen this year after 15 years of service because I have a passion for improving the profes­sion for all nurses and felt WSNA would provide the oppor­tu­nity to leave a lasting impact on the profession.
  4. I am happily married x 15 years with 1 daughter and 2 stepsons plus 2 very spoiled feline and 1 fish who actively supports and watches the Seahawks.

Terri Williams, MS, RN – WSNA Nurse Representative

  1. I became an RN at age 49 (4th career).
  2. I’ve offici­ated over 200 weddings since 2001.
  3. I’m a Healing Touch practitioner.
  4. I was a WSNA unit repre­sen­ta­tive at Virginia Mason before becoming a WSNA nurse representative.

Update on staffing issues #

Origi­nally posted on Evergreen webpage on March 28, 2018

Nursing care requires contin­uous patient assess­ment, critical thinking, expert nursing judgment, advocating on behalf of our patients and educating patients and their families. These activ­i­ties are the essence of nursing care and are critical factors in avoiding preventable compli­ca­tions, injuries and avoid­able deaths.

When staffing levels are too low, RNs are frequently forced to compro­mise the care they give to their patients. Unsafe nurse staffing (including support staff) is a dangerous practice that leads to medical errors, poorer patient outcomes, nursing injuriesand burnout. Ensuring safe nurse staffing must continue to be a top priority for all nurses.

In 2017, the Washington state legis­la­ture passed the Patient Safety Act, addressing this top issue of safe staffing. The bill creates greater trans­parency and account­ability for nurse staffing plans and the work of nurse staffing commit­tees in hospi­tals. The new bill holds hospi­tals more account­able for staffing in order for you to deliver safe, high-quality care to our patients.

Among other amend­ments and additions to the law, the following additions require the RNs to take part in this account­ability. The law now requires the Employer to:

  • Allow a nurse to report to, and file a complaint with, the staffing committee any time the nurse personnel assign­ment is not in accor­dance with the adopted staffing plan;
  • Allow nurses who may disagree with the shift-to-shift adjust­ments in staffing levels to submit a complaint to the staffing committee;
  • Require staffing commit­tees to develop a process to examine and respond to submitted complaints, and to deter­mine if a complaint is resolved or dismissed based on unsub­stan­ti­ated data.

The Assign­ment Despite Objec­tion (ADO) form (wsna​.to/ADOForm) is the accepted form for the process” mentioned above. We strongly suggest that you complete an (ADO) form regarding any staffing concerns and issues. These are utilized for real-time tracking efforts by WSNA and the Employer. ADOs are discussed with manage­ment at both the monthly Staffing Committee and Confer­ence Committee.
To read more regarding other aspects of the new Staffing Law that affect you, visit wsna​.org/​n​u​r​s​i​n​g​-​p​r​a​c​t​i​c​e​/​s​a​f​e​-​n​u​r​s​e-staffing.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the local unit officers or our WSNA Nurse Rep Terri Williams at twilliams@wsna.org.