WSNA Union-provided mask and face shield distribution happening on Thursday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to noon #

WSNA will be distrib­uting surgical masks donated by our national union the American Feder­a­tion of Teachers (AFT) at the parking lot of Madison House, 12215 NE 128th Street, located directly across from the central entrance of Evergreen health.

In May, Gov. Inslee issued a procla­ma­tion providing guidance on how and when facil­i­ties can safely resume certain surgeries and proce­dures. WSNA worked closely with the governor to shape this guidance, bringing forward your concerns about PPE and safe working condi­tions. WSNA Execu­tive Director Sally Watkins served on the Gover­nor’s task force and ensured that strong language about PPE was included.

WSNA will continue to monitor compli­ance closely and hold employers account­able if they do not adhere to the new proclamation/​directive. We will need to remain vigilant — report to your Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, Bret Percival, at bpercival@wsna.org or call 206 – 575-7979 ext. 3063 if you feel Evergreen is not following guidance.

Also, submit an online ADO in just minutes to document each occurence — https://​www​.wsna​.org/union/ado.

WSNA has issued a state­ment calling for monitoring of current PPE and a return to conven­tional guide­lines so that our members and patients are safe. No nurse should have to reuse soiled or broken masks! WSNA has secured these thousands of masks and face shields through AFT so they can be used by you and your family out in the community.

We will be distrib­uting masks outside of Madison House from 8 a.m. to noon, or as supplies last, on Thursday, August 27. Please observe social distancing and wear a mask per public health guide­lines. We look forward to seeing and talking with you!

Please spread the word to your co-workers, including non-RN employees. We know techs, HUCs, mainte­nance, service and other staff have also been forced to reuse masks for too long. Stay strong through these challenging times. For questions regarding this distri­b­u­tion event, contact Nurse Organizer Tara Barnes at 206 – 713-2241.