PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

Cafeteria Time

PeaceHealth United nurses and WSNA invite you to a drop-in cafeteria time!

Come share with your WSNA Nurse Representative what's important to YOU as we prepare for contract negotiations this year.

Feb 13, 2020
7 - 9 a.m.
Hospital Cafeteria

Stop by, sign in and enter for a chance to win a gift card!

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sue Dunlap at

Last chance for staffing committee nominations!

Every unit needs TWO nurses on the committee to share the duties. Did you know this committee is legally required? (This is not a WSNA committee nor is it strictly a management committee.) Did you know this is paid time? Did you know your management and leadership is committed to having you attend this meeting?

The staffing committee is responsible for reviewing the staffing concern forms and working to find a solution to staffing issues. The staffing committee prepares the staffing matrix and ratio together with leadership. There is new legislation regarding mandatory overtime and rest breaks that go into effect January 1 that will impact staffing.

Currently the time required is one meeting every other month and your manager will find you coverage if you are working that day. Training is provided. Come be a part of the change you want to see! Nominate yourself and submit by Nov. 30. It can be scanned and emailed to Sue Dunlap at or alternatively faxed to the main office at 206-575-1908.

If you have questions, Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sue Dunlap at 206-575-7979, ext. 3005.

Staffing committee needs you!

Would you like to be a part of the committee that determines how staffing works on your unit? Do you like to problem solve or have ideas on how staffing problems can be resolved? Did you know that your hospital staffing committee is required by law to review staffing concerns and work to reach solutions that impact how you provide care to your patients?

We are accepting nominations for the staffing committee at this time. We would like to have two people PER UNIT on the staffing committee – many hands make light work! This is PAID time and your manager will work to find you coverage if the meeting falls on a day you are working. Training is provided!

Please see, complete and return the nomination form as soon as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to be a part of the solution! Deadline for nominations is November 30, 2019.

Download the nomination form and fill it out. You can mail it to Sue Dunlap at:

Washington State Nurses Association
575 Andover Park West, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98188

Send it by email to or fax to (206) 575-1908.

New officers!

We are so happy to welcome the following new officers to your local WSNA local unit leadership team! Please say a special “thank you” to each of them for helping to make United the BEST place to work and the best place to receive nursing care!

Zak Thatcher, BSN, RN - Local Unit Chair
Theresa “TERI” Huizenga RN OCN - Grievance Officer
Dyana Mitchell, RN – Interim Treasurer

Questions? Please contact Sue Dunlap MSN , RN, COS-C, at

Your team:
Robyn G. Tilton, RN
Lacen K. Potter, RN
Theresa A. Huizenga, RN OCN
Zak M. Thatcher, BSN, RN
Dyana Mitchell, RN
Shannon Lauder RN

Newsletter - Fall 2019

Conference committee

Conference committee is the venue to discuss all manner of things which affect your working conditions. We will tackle issues such as protocols, processes, policies and equipment issues. We receive updates about each single unit within United at this meeting. We hold the staffing committee accountable for reaching solutions to staffing issues. This committee is bound by the contract and reflects an agreement between management and you – the nurse as the caregiver – to ensure that you have everything you need to take great care of the community you serve.

If you have ideas or concerns, please make sure you contact one of your local unit team officers to bring this to our attention. This way we can act quickly to address items and bring you an answer. Please take a moment and let HR and your Nurse Manager know that you would like to have the conference committee meeting minutes posted on the intranet for all to review as needed. It is in the best interest of all and in the spirit of transparency to have these available to all nurses.

Safe Staffing Committee update

Staffing concern forms are ALL reviewed in this committee. Ideally each department should have a representative on the committee. This member works with their manager to investigate all concern forms and arrive at a solution to resolve the issue that was identified. This committee is a legal requirement of the hospital and MUST have 50% bedside nurses as participants. In addition, there are new regulations going into effect January 1 which will impact staffing as it talks about rest breaks. Please see the flyer and attend the FREE Dinner and CEU event at Skagit Casino on October 24! If you are interested in being a staffing committee member, we have need of two representatives from each department. You may fill out the self-nomination form at the link below.

Calling all Unit Reps!

What is a Unit Representative?

A unit rep is the contact person between your local elected union team and the co-workers on your unit. The unit rep ideally is the first person to meet and greet new hire nurses and extend a welcome on behalf of the nurses at your facility. The unit rep is in contact with the union team leaders and will be the communication liaison between the team and your co-workers. At times, the unit rep may be asked to share communications with co-workers, circulate flyers and/or petitions, report on the working conditions and relay important information between the team and your co-workers. The role involves little to no time away from work except to watch for emails but is a critical role in making sure the issues of YOUR unit are heard by all. We are powerful and strong together and together we can make a difference.

We are also looking for any interested person(s) to become membership officers. This would entail participating in New employee Orientation (NEO) to meet with new hires about WSNA to help keep up active membership.

Grievance update

We currently have NO active grievances! We have had some informal discussions and resolution of issues regarding the Kronos pay system and accurate pay without even having to file a grievance. This speaks volumes to the collaborative way United leadership and your local unit leadership team work together.

If solving problems and advocating for nurses is a passion for you then please consider helping your local unit team by participating as a grievance officer. Full description and responsibilities is included in the link below. You may self-nominate. Full training and support is provided.

Survey preparation for contract negotiations

It's almost that time! 2019 is already more than half over and with 2020 around the corner you know what that means? Contract negotiations! Coming soon, a survey will be put out that we hope all nurses take the time to think about and participate in. It's so important because this survey will help guide your executive team during negotiations. Let us know what issues are most important to you and your coworkers.

Speaking of negotiations...

We need you!

We have vacancies on our local unit board team and are actively looking for volunteers to fill the positions of co-chairs and grievance officers. All education, resources and training is provided.

The whole team participates in negotiations and works to secure the best contract for the nurses at United. If you are passionate about the working conditions of your co-workers and want to make a difference in your fellow nurses' careers then please nominate yourself! We have a super great group of people on the team and would love to include more members. Please get these attached forms to Sue Dunlap as soon as possible either by email, fax, scan or mail to the office.

Are we able to get in touch with you?

Do we have your current contact information? Please make sure your cell phone number and personal email is current with WSNA, as the communication via these avenues will be used more frequently. You don't want to miss out on important updates regarding YOUR union. You should make sure the web address is in your address book so that communication doesn’t go to your spam or junk folder. Also, it is critical to note that if you at ANY time opt out or unsubscribe, you will not be added back to the distribution list and you will miss out on all the important information! We utilize the email system a LOT during negotiations and you don’t want to miss the updates. If you need to make changes or re subscribe to emails, please call the WSNA office and speak to someone in Membership!

Online ADO

Not getting all your breaks? Working short staffed or staying late? Feel like you are taking an unsafe patient assignment? Denied earned PTO?

Yes, there is something you can do about this. Fill out a Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) form today. Did you know this can be done online and even from your phone? It's quick & simple.
Copies of the submitted online form will automatically be sent to you, your local unit chair, co/vice chair, staffing committee co-chairs, WSNA nurse rep and manager (if you designate).

You can find the online form at

Notes from your nurse representative, Sue Dunlap

Just a personal note from me to you! First, welcome to the nurses of Kindred rehab! I look forward to meeting you all and want to say how much respect and admiration I have for rehab nurses in general.

WSNA and your fellow nurses at St Josephs in Bellingham have just completed their contract negotiations and we had some very significant wins for the nurses. All contracts for WSNA facilities are located on the website and can be reviewed at any time. This website should be bookmarked as it contains the BEST information on what is currently going on at your hospital, in your district, across the state and nation as well!

Did you know your WSNA membership also includes a membership to ANA and AFT? There are some terrific perks to these additional memberships. Please contact me if you have any questions but I encourage you strongly to take the time to look at all the things that come with your professional membership to WSNA.

We face some difficult times in the world of healthcare but united we are strong. 😊 I am excited to advocate for all the nurses at PeaceHealth United and help make this the best place to work and the best place to receive care. Please feel free to contact me directly at any time for any reason – I am here for each of YOU!

Sue Dunlap MSN, RN, COS-C
WSNA Nurse Representative
206-575-79799, ext. 3005 /

Executive Committee Members:
Vice Chair: Shannon Lauder, RN
Secretary: Robyn G. Tilton, RN
Treasurer: Lacen K. Potter, RN – sabbatical. Dyana Mitchell, RN – Interim Treasurer
Grievance Officer:
Membership Officer:

Welcome our new officers

Please welcome our new local unit officers

Kayleigh Banks, RNChair
Shannon Lauder, RNCo-Chair and Membership Officer
Robyn Tilton, RNSecretary
Lacen Potter, RNTreasurer (currently on sabbatical)
Dyana Mitchell, RNInterim Treasurer
Lynnet Tomaso, BSN, RNGrievance Officer

Thanks to all of them for stepping up for the benefit of all of us. Many thanks as well to our outgoing officers for their dedication and service.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sue Dunlap, MSN, RN, COS-C at

New online Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) forms are here

Not getting all of your breaks? Working short staffed or staying late? Feel like you are taking an unsafe patient assignment? Denied earned PTO?

Yes, there is something you can do about this. Fill out a Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection form today.

  • Nurses are standing together for safe staffing and completing a Staffing Complaint/ADO form is the first step.
  • These forms can help make things better NOW and can help gather needed data as we prepare for contract negotiations.
  • This new online form can be accessed through your phone making it simple and quick.
  • Copies of the submitted online form will automatically be sent to you, your local unit chair, co/vice chair, staffing committee co-chairs, WSNA nurse rep and manager (if you designate).

You can find the online form at For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Sue Dunlap, RN at or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3005.

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Please welcome our new local unit chair, Zak Thatcher!

Megan Hill has resigned from United and is pursuing her career elsewhere. We wish her all the best and thank her for her service. Upon her resignation, we are excited to welcome Zak Thatcher into the role of local unit chair. Please give her a warm welcome into this role.

In other local unit news, Teresa Huizenga has stepped down as a grievance officer as she is retiring. Join me in thanking her for her service and dedication!

Your local unit officers:

Zak M. Thatcher, BSN, RN - Chair

Kayleigh Banks, RN - Co-Chair

Robyn G. Tilton, RN - Secretary

Lacen K. Potter, RN – Treasurer

Lynnette Tomaso, RN – Grievance Officer

Shannon Lauder, RN – Grievance Officer

Questions? Contact a local unit officer or WSNA Nurse Rep Sue Dunlap at or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3005.

WSNA nurse representative change

Dear United General WSNA nurses,

Please welcome WSNA Nurse Representative Sue Dunlap, MN, RN, COS-C!

Beginning Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, Sue will be taking over all issues as they arise at PeaceHealth United General Medical Center. I will be assisting Sue with this transition in the coming months as needed.

Sue can be reached at or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3005.

It has been a pleasure working with you over the past several years. I am continuing my work here at WSNA as a nurse representative with new assignments. I will miss you all but know you will be in good hands with Sue.

All my best to you,

Barbara Friesen, MS, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

ACU/ICU/Float nurse restructure meeting

WSNA is holding a drop-in meeting regarding the upcoming ACU/ICU/Float nurse restructure:

Date: Oct. 30, 2018
noon to 2 p.m.
Corner Conference Room

Please drop by with any questions or concerns. It is a drop-in meeting and all United General nurses are welcome to attend.

See you there!

Your WSNA Local Unit Officers: Megan Hill, Kayleigh Banks, Lacen Potter, Robin Tilton, Terri Huizenga and Zak Thatcher

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at or at (206) 575-7979, ext. 3056.

Your new contract was ratified!

Thank you all for coming in to vote on the new contract. We hope to have the final copies online in the next few weeks, but most likely it may be after the holidays. We believe retro pay will be paid out on your Dec. 29th check, although payroll hasn’t yet confirmed if that can be accomplished.

We want to thank the nurses who generously donated their PTO to help offset the loss of income for taking time off to negotiate the contract. We are sincerely touched by your donations.

For those who did not get the opportunity to donate, you still can do so. You can either print the PTO donation form found here and return it to any of the negotiating team members listed below, or you can get a form from one of the members and return it to them.

Please consider donating an hour or two of PTO to this team that worked hard getting you a great contract.

Thank you,

Megan Hill, RN
Surgical Services - Days

Dyana Mitchell, RN
ICU – Days

Robyn Tilton, RN
General Surgery - Days

Lacen Potter, RN
ACU - Evenings

Teri Huizenga, RN
Grievance Officer
Oncology – Days

Zak Thatcher, BSN, RN
Grievance Officer
Emergency - Days