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 sdunlap@wsna.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.