WSNA will be distributing surgical masks donated by our national union the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at the drive through testing site at Skagit Valley College. Look for us in the East parking lot on the east side of McIntyre Hall.
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, Sue Dunlap, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel the facility is not following guidance.
Also, submit an online ADO in just minutes to document each occurrence — 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 at the Health Distrct’s drive through testing site at Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way in Mount Vernon in the East parking lot. 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.