We did not achieve any tentative agreements.
Our team came prepared to discuss staffing to help management fully understand what staff nurses are facing in their work every day. We came with real stories as well as Staffing Concern Forms. We wanted them to recognize how our proposals will improve patient care by addressing significant staffing shortcomings. We were shocked when management told us they feel that hearing the nurses concerns would not be productive since they had already come up with a remedy for the Emergency Department. Management told us that they would increase the float pool by 4.8 FTEs to address staffing issues in the ED.
After a great deal of pressing by WSNA, management listened to the negotiating team nurses tell what has been reported to them by their colleagues. They told of understaffing that prevented nurses from getting rest breaks and meal periods in the ED as well as the med/surg units, the need for the triage nurse to be reinstated in the ED and the need for STAT nurses for the house. They also shared information from Staffing Concern Forms which also revealed inadequate staffing.
Your negotiating team is continuing to press hard to get real long-term improvements to our staffing, but we cannot do this alone. We need your help!
What you can do to help:
- Fill out Staffing Concern Forms every time there are staffing concerns including missed breaks.
- Put car signs in your cars; share them broadly with community members and businesses so they can post them in support of the nurses too.
- Donate Annual Leave to the nurses on the negotiating team. They are doing this important work on unpaid time for you, the patients and the community.
- You can get an Annual Leave Donation form from your negotiating team members or download a form to print yourself. Then return the form to a negotiating team member or mail it to WSNA.
Your WSNA nurse negotiation team:
Peter Moore (MPC), Alyssa Stirpe (Stanwood), Randi Dykstra (Case Management), Rachel Yates (MPC), Liz Rainaud (FBC), Alice Riddle (IV Therapy) and Jessica Knutzen (Float Pool)