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We have heard from nurses working in various departments, in regard to recent practices such as furloughs, low censusing, hourly reductions, benefit accruals, and more. Concerns have been voiced regarding RNs being told varying information and/or contract concerns. In an effort to clarify any misconceptions, your local WSNA officers met with the CNO Jeannie Eylar along with nursing management on Monday May 4. We would like to share with you some clarifying information.
As of Monday May 4, nurses who are furloughing will be allowed to draw from their sick time (versus annual leave) to cover expenses such as medical insurance. RNs may also choose to continue drawing from their annual leave if they prefer.
Mandatory low census caps according to our contract continue to apply. Nursing management is keeping track of low census. Low census hours marked as “voluntary” will still count towards mandatory caps.
Profiled part-time and full-time nurses will be given priority for working available shifts. PRN nurses may be used to cover holes that profiled nurses choose not to work, to keep a profiled nurse out of overtime status, or to cover unwanted call shifts.
N95 masks are being reprocessed through a Sterrad processor which is FDA approved. This is not a chemical sterilization and does not include Ethylene Oxide, a known carcinogen. If you have more questions about this process, please let us know your questions and/or reach out to your unit director.
A video is available for nurses who feel that their N95 mask does not fit properly, which demonstrates how to make it fit properly. Please reach out to us and/or your unit director if you would like more information on this.
Management has stated RNs who have furloughed and or low census will continue to accrue benefits such as paid sick leave and annual leave.
Please reach out to any of your local WSNA officers or your regional representative if you have any questions.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.