PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center


We are having a meeting on Nov. 6.

Please plan to drop in to a union meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 anytime between 4:30 - 8 p.m. in conference rooms A/B.

Your voice is important and needed. St. John plans to combine medical and telemetry into one unit and we want to hear your views. We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval, BSN, RN at mkieval@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, Ext. 3051.

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 representative and manager.

You can find the online form at wsna.org/ADO. For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Mara Kieval, RN BSN at mkieval@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3051.

Dialysis and kidney services update

WSNA is aware of the decision by PeaceHealth St. John to transition dialysis and kidney services to Fresenius. We are focused on the interests of our members and any impact the move to Fresenius may have on them and the high quality care they provide to patients every day.

We will be holding a meeting with the affected nurses this week and are addressing this directly with the employer. If you have any questions, please call me at 206-276-2018.

Mara Kieval, BSN, RN
Nurse Representative
Washington State Nurses Association
mkieval@wsna.org
206-575-7979 Ext. 3051

Congratulations to the 2019 newly elected WSNA officers!

Chair: Karla Fowler

Vice Chair: Jennifer Fallon

Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Sanford

Grievance Officer:

Jennifer Sanford
Heather Gilliam
Talia Hamer

    Member at Large:

    Mike Rogen
    Jennifer Buckhalter
    Robin McConnell

    Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval at mkieval@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3051.

      Calling all nurse leaders – we need your help!

      You will be receiving a nomination form in the mail for local unit officer elections soon. The nomination must be postmarked by Nov. 12. You can also fill out the electronic form and email it to WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval at mkieval@wsna.org.

      It's that time – local unit elections!

      Elections and Call for Nominations:

      We need your help! In order to strengthen our local unit, we need leaders to step up and become a local unit officer. Being a local unit officer is not hard, nor is it particularly time-consuming. Training will be provided. Being a local unit officer can be an advantage because it will increase your working knowledge of our Employer/WSNA contract. When we know our contract, we become acutely aware of proposed changes or issues that might conflict with what our contract affords us.

      You’ll be receiving a call for nominations form in the mail as well as by email. Please complete and return the form as soon as possible.

      The last date for postmark is Nov. 12. You can nominate yourself or anyone who has shown an interest in being more involved. It is time for more nurses to step up and become new WSNA nurse leaders. This is a great opportunity to advocate for your practice, your profession and your fellow nurse colleagues.

      Your current officers:

      For the past 3 years (and many more, thank you Jeanne Avey!) your local unit leaders have been there for you. Please thank your current officers for their dedication and service over the years.

      All of the current officers have decided to not run again. Having been your leaders for many years, they are looking at the possibility of retirement and engagement in other committees.

      If you have any questions, please email WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval at mkieval@wsna.org or call 1-206-575-7979, ext. 3051.

      Summary of 2017 tentative agreement

      Your Bargaining Team proudly recommends this agreement for ratification by the membership

      Wage increases: 10/1/2017 – 3.25%, 10/1/2018 – 3%, 10/1/2019 – 3.25%

      New Step 32 added 1.5% above the current top step (Step 30)

      Staffing: The agreement includes language to bolster the Nurse Staffing Committee to enable nurses to better advocate for our patients’ care with safe staffing. In addition, the bargaining team secured a contractual commitment requiring the hospital to staff at a level to ensure (1) nurses will receive meal and rest breaks, (2) nurses can utilize our accrued PTO, (3) nurses will not receive patient assignments above the established matrix except in emergent circumstances and (4) charge nurses will not carry full patient assignments whenever possible.

      Health Insurance: The bargaining team heard your concerns regarding PeaceHealth insurance. We worked very hard to make improvements to the health care at SJMC. Unfortunately, we could not move our employer on this issue. We encourage members to continue to raise problems and concerns regarding health care to us so that we can continue to look for solutions.

      Additional Improvements and changes:

      • Strengthen the non-discrimination clause by adding gender to the list of protected classes.
      • The Medical Center can only remove a charge nurse from her/his position for just cause. In addition, charge nurses will no longer have to use their education funds to attend mandatory annual leadership classes.
      • Work schedules will be 6 week cycles to allow nurses to better plan their time outside of work.
      • Changes in relief nurse scheduling - relief nurses do not have to provide their availability until 14 days before the posting of the schedule. In a six-week work cycle, relief nurses will have to give 8 available shifts (2 weekends) and work 4 shifts (1 weekend).
      • Increase the relief nurse differential in lieu of benefits to 15%.
      • Improvement in low census language – hours will count toward the low census maximum even if the nurse is offered another work opportunity.
      • Designated charge nurses in the OB unit will be included in the low census equitable rotation.
      • Increase designated charge nurse pay to $2.50 and then to $3.00 on 7/1/18. Increase relief charge nurse pay to $2.50 effective 7/1/18.
      • Nurses can use the Medical Center internet to access the contract on the WSNA website.
      • Hours worked in a call back situation will count as a shift for the purpose of the Rest Between Shifts premium.
      • Nurses are eligible for mileage reimbursement for driving within the city of Longview.
      • Increase the preceptor pay to $2.00 for precepting nurses and $1.00 for precepting nurse students.
      • Introductory (probationary) Period is 120 days but time spent in unit orientation counts towards that 120 days.
      • Expansion of bereavement leave – a nurse may use bereavement leave for the death of a “significant person in the family life of the nurse.”
      • Removal of on call language for Float Pool and ICU.
      • PTO – Earlier request and approval of PTO requests. The bargaining team fought off the Medical Center’s attempts to reduce PTO accrual caps.

      Your bargaining team listened to your concerns and interests. We worked hard to represent your needs to the hospital at the bargaining table. We strongly believe that this contract recognizes our contributions to this hospital while giving us an ongoing voice to speak on behalf of our patients, our community and ourselves. Therefore, we recommend that you join us in voting to ratify this agreement.

      Your WSNA Bargaining Team,

      Jeanne Avey Sarah Rice
      Evelyn Schill Laura Jensen
      Mike Rogen Annie Johnson
      Mary Hegnes Amy Boultinghouse
      Tami Wheeldon