Our nursing Code of Ethics calls upon nurses to promote and advocate for the protection of health, safety and right of our patients. #

This means advocacy at the bedside for the individual patient as well as advocacy in Olympia and Washington, D.C., for public policy that promote safe and quality care. 

Uninter­rupted meal and rest breaks and limiting manda­tory overtime means you can provide the highest quality patient care. 

In addition to working to ensure that Multi­Care provides real rest breaks to our nurses at Tacoma General and Good Samar­itan Hospital, WSNA is also advocating for #breaks4nurses legis­la­tion in Olympia (House Bill 1715).

WSNA is aware that Multi­Care and Bill Robertson released a letter to employees on Jan. 16, 2018 titled, Multi­Care Govern­ment Relations and Profes­sional Advocacy.” In this letter, Mr. Robertson stated that prior to contacting legis­la­tors, employees must, coordi­nate any poten­tial contacts with elected official directly with Ingrid Mungia, Director of Govern­ment Relations for Multi­Care Health System.” In addition, the letter instructs nurses to inform Ingrid anytime one of these groups asks you to make contact with policymakers.” 

Direct commu­ni­ca­tion with your elected officials is consid­ered by the Supreme Court to be protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act. 

Let us be clear: 

  • Nurses have the right to appeal to lawmakers and to advocate on specific issues/​legislation such as our rest breaks bill. 
  • Employers cannot require nurses to notify employers or coordi­nate response when contacting legislators. 
  • Employers cannot prohibit or discrim­i­nate against nurses for advocating on issues and appealing to lawmakers. 
  • Nurses cannot be required to divulge their union activ­i­ties and commu­ni­ca­tion to an employer. 

Please contact WSNA immedi­ately should you face any inves­ti­ga­tion or retal­i­a­tion related to your protected activities. 

Latest update on #breaks4nurses legis­la­tion: House passed HB 1715 which would guarantee uninter­rupted meal and rest breaks, and close the manda­tory overtime loophole. The bill passed 56 – 42 with bipar­tisan support.

It’s not too late, join us in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 22, for Nurse Legisla­tive Day and meet with your lawmakers face-to-face!

Michele Rose, RN
Good Samar­itan Nurse Rep
206 – 575-7979 x3012
mrose@wsna.org