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In this Update:

  • Negoti­a­tions
  • ADO/​staffing complaints vs PSA
  • Low census
  • Child­care
  • Housing
  • Parking

Negoti­a­tions update- Today, March 27, 2020, we were supposed to meet for our 7th day of negoti­a­tions. The contract bargaining session was cancelled. Due to the public health emergency, we are no longer able to conduct in-person contract bargaining.

It is not easy to focus on contract bargaining during this time when we are overwhelmed with concerns for our own health and safety, that of our families, our work colleagues, and of course continue to provide the best patient care that we can. We will keep you posted.


I’m being placed at risk — Nurses are contin­uing to inquire about condi­tions that place them at serious risk. Please review this information:

https://​www​.wsna​.org/​n​e​w​s​/​2​0​2​0​/​n​u​r​s​e​s​-​f​a​c​i​n​g​-​a​b​n​o​r​m​a​l​l​y​-​d​a​n​g​e​r​o​u​s​-​p​a​t​i​e​n​t​-​c​a​r​e​-​a​ssignments

https://​www​.wsna​.org/​n​e​w​s​/​2​0​2​0​/​s​a​f​e​-​a​n​d​-​a​c​c​e​p​t​e​d​-​u​s​e​-​o​f​-​d​i​s​p​osable-ppe

https://​www​.cdc​.gov/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​/​2​0​1​9​-​n​c​o​v​/​h​c​p​/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​-​r​i​s​k​-​a​s​s​e​s​m​e​n​t-hcp.html

https://​www​.cdc​.gov/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​/​2​0​1​9​-​n​c​o​v​/​h​c​p​/​p​p​e​-​s​t​r​a​t​e​g​y​/​f​a​c​e​-​masks.html


Differ­ence between ADO and PSA

ADO/ Staffing Complaint form If you find yourself in a situa­tion that you believe creates unsafe condi­tions for patients or for you, complete the Staffing Complaint / ADO form as soon as possible. Comple­tion of ADO forms are vital in ensuring that your unit has appro­priate staffing and is a safe place to work! We have seen an increase in ADO filings recently. At the same time, we know that many of you are experi­encing unsafe condi­tions that need to be documented.
By completing the form, you are helping to make the problem known to manage­ment, which creates an oppor­tu­nity for the problem to be addressed. In addition, you are documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.

It only takes a couple of minutes to complete a form. Go to https://​www​.wsna​.org/union/ado for more information!

PSA (Patient Safety Alert) — This is a Quality Assur­ance appli­ca­tion that Virginia Mason uses for tracking quality issues. The union does not have access to these because they are confidential.

Language from contract page 45 All such reports are created for purposes of the Hospital’s quality assur­ance program or the Patient Safety Alert process and shall be consid­ered confi­den­tial under RCW 70.41.200. Report at the next Confer­ence Committee meeting to discuss the follow-up and options for resolu­tion to ensure that an appro­priate level of care is provided. Nursing admin­is­tra­tion will report the PSA infor­ma­tion to the Confer­ence Committee. A copy of the report will be given to the Local Unit Chair.

Pro Tip -

  • Copy & paste ADO to PSA
  • ADOs are discov­er­able in court vs. PSA which will not protect you, are confi­den­tial and used for Quality assurance

Low Census / No Pays –WSNA seeking to engage with Virginia Mason on the MOU, which would provide other work or admin­is­tra­tive pay if there is no other work. Please review this infor­ma­tion for state benefits that you might be eligible for and apply as soon as possible as we antic­i­pate that many workers around the state will be in the same position. It will likely take some time to process claims. If you have questions about the various state benefits, you should ask the state for assis­tance in deter­mining what you are eligible for.

https://​esd​.wa​.gov/​n​e​w​s​r​o​o​m/covid-19

https://​www​.wsna​.org/​n​e​w​s​/​2​0​2​0​/​s​t​a​t​e​-​r​e​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​-​f​o​r​-​w​o​r​k​e​r​s​-​m​i​s​s​i​n​g​-​w​o​r​k​-​d​u​e​-​t​o-covid-19


Child Care Avail­able for Health Care Workers — WSNA continues to work with state and local govern­ment leaders on providing child care to health care providers during this declared emergency.

Thank you to those of you who completed WSNA’s child care survey – we have shared results with the Governor’s Office, King County Executive’s Office, and Seattle Mayor’s Office. Having direct infor­ma­tion about your child care needs helps inform everyone working together to find solutions.

Child care for health care workers is avail­able through a network of providers being coordi­nated by Seattle Public Schools. Avail­able slots are currently full, although the Office of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has told WSNA that more slots will be opening later this week – they encourage you to get on the waiting list now if you might want to take advan­tage of this option. While these child care options currently require payment by individual families, the Mayor’s Office is working on poten­tial funding options so this child care may be subsi­dized at some point in the near future. We will keep you informed of progress on those efforts.


Compli­men­tary hotel accom­mo­da­tions for team members caring for COVID-19 patients

If you are a house­keeper, RN or provider and are caring for COVID-19 patients, you may qualify for compli­men­tary hotel accom­mo­da­tions at the Inn at Virginia Mason or the Baroness Hotel. 

You must provide direct or supportive care for COVID-19 patients (confirmed positive and waiting for test results) AND you need to remain close to work or choose not to return home to limit your family’s exposure. 

Accom­mo­da­tion is avail­able for up to 7 consec­u­tive nights. Rooms are single occupancy and no guests (colleagues, friends, family members) are allowed.


Parking- We have heard the concerns about parking. Just last night it was announced by City of Settle, health­care workers will get access to free parking near hospi­tals and coron­avirus testing sites as part of a new permit program. 


Please let us know what you are experi­encing, what you need us to know and how we can help you get through this increas­ingly challenging pandemic.

Please contact your nurse rep at mmoore@wsna.org or 206.575.7979 ext. 3019.

We thank you for your dedica­tion and flexi­bility in these uncer­tain times.


In Solidarity,
Your local unit officers Suzanna Avery, Natasza Marchak, Susan Dunn, Sam Asencio, and Suzanne Baek

Michelle Moore BSN RN – 206.575.7979 ext. 3019

Michelle Moore, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive

mmoore@wsna.org