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.

Sincerely,

Natalie Walsborn — Chair
Stephanie Maccu­loch – Co-Chair
Trina Partain – Griev­ance Officer
Wendy Delzer – Secretary/​Treasurer
Debi Bessmer – WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, dbessmer@wsna.org or 1 – 800-231‑8482 ext. 3112