PPE


Your officers have had almost daily discus­sions about PPE with various concerns expressed by all the nurses at Island. Your own Island commu­nity has stepped up to donate what supplies they have avail­able and your leader­ship has access to requesting supplies via the federal stock­pile through your own health depart­ment. As you all know this is a HUGE issue within the health care commu­nity. After discus­sion yesterday with your leader­ship as well as providing state­ments from governing officials such as Joint Commis­sion, your leader­ship has relaxed its position on wearing masks at all times. Health care workers are now permitted to wear masks – including masks from home – at all times to help preserve the health of everyone. Your leader­ship was also given this article to reference.

https://​www​.joint​com​mis​sion​.org/​-​/​m​e​d​i​a​/​t​j​c​/​d​o​c​u​m​e​n​t​s​/​r​e​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​/​p​a​t​i​e​n​t​-​s​a​f​e​t​y​-​t​o​p​i​c​s​/​i​n​f​e​c​t​i​o​n​-​p​r​e​v​e​n​t​i​o​n​-​a​n​d​-​h​a​i​/​c​o​v​i​d​1​9​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​_​s​t​a​t​e​m​e​n​t​_​o​n​_​m​a​s​k​s​_​f​r​o​m_home.pdf

We have reassur­ances from your upper leader­ship that the correct PPE for the correct precau­tion is avail­able to nurses upon request. Those are for items such as PAPR and CAPR and N95. They have also estab­lished that they are following the most current CDC recom­men­da­tions so if there are issues or problems please bring them to your local unit leaders atten­tion or your nurse rep atten­tion immedi­ately. A quick and easy way to do that is to complete the online WSNA ADO form. (see below) 

SURGE PLAN

Hospital leader­ship have been working on surge plan and have daily huddles to deter­mine where they are in the process. Part of that plan includes utilizing the short stay as an ICU once again due to the avail­ability of the two reverse air flow rooms located down there. They have reported an ability to convert the entire area to a reverse airflow but that creates its own unique challenges of itself. Their hope is to not have to do that. The good news is that the much talked about surge has not happened. Your leader­ship has been asked to commu­ni­cate about this with all the staff and update regularly.

TESTING

We have a commit­ment to place nurses at the top of the priority for any Covid19 testing that is indicated. Leader­ship is aware that there was a signif­i­cant notifi­ca­tion delay initially as they strug­gled to find a testing source that would provide a quick results. They have reported they are now receiving results in 2 days and are committed to alerting employees for follow up. Your leader­ship apolo­gized for the delay and indicated they believe now with systems in place the response will be much quicker.

WHAT NOW?

Your local unit team and WSNA are working with manage­ment right now to finalize a proposal that will provide extra protec­tion and benefits around the nursing staff. We recog­nize that all health­care staff on the front lines are equally Impor­tant and indis­pens­able at this time. Your officers and WSNA are working hard to secure benefits for the nurses. There will be more coming on that. But know that you are all valued and we are seeking to have that acknowl­edge­ment from your leader­ship in the form of an agreement. 

Please stay tuned for updates from your officers and WSNA. We will be hosting an ALL MEMBER CALL IN TOWN hall next week open to all members across the state. This will be the BEST oppor­tu­nity to hear what we are doing on a big scale as well as share in the challenges and victo­ries of your nurse co-workers from around the state. 

ADO (Assign­ment Despite Objec­tion) forms and Staffing concern forms

Please note that the online WSNA ADO forms come directly to your local chair Kim and your nurse rep. The minute you hit send it arrives in the inbox. We are utilizing this format to get infor­ma­tion quickly to us so we can address this with leader­ship in as close to real time as we can. We have the ability to have at least daily conver­sa­tions with your leader­ship to bring these concerns up. I have received reassur­ances that there are NO reper­cus­sions to filling these out. You can access the form from your smart phone and complete it easily as well as on desktop computer. That form can be found on www​.wsna​.org/ado .

INFOR­MA­TION

There are so many changes going on right now its hard to keep up! Fortu­nately, we have the BEST team at WSNA on top of all things and they have a web page full of resources and infor­ma­tion on www​.wsna​.org . This will include infor­ma­tion and resources for families as well as nurses and has some very valuable resources for finan­cial assis­tance during this time. 

As always, reach out to one of your officers or directly to your nurse rep. we are here for you! And together we are stronger! 

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

Chair: Kimberly McClure, Labor and Delivery

Vice Chair: Heather Bush, ICU

Treasurer: Stefanie Meyer, Acute Care

Sue Dunlap sdunlap@wsna.org