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Welcome to the first of hopefully many updates to all you Peace Island nurses! 

Your team is here and working on your behalf to help make this the best place to work. Here’s just a sample of what we are working on.


Confer­ence Committee

Confer­ence committee is the venue to discuss all manner of things which affect your working condi­tions. We will tackle issues such as proto­cols, processes, policies and equip­ment issues. We receive updates about each single unit within Peace­Health Friday Harbor at this meeting. We hold the staffing committee account­able for reaching solutions to staffing issues. This committee is bound by the contract and reflects an agree­ment between manage­ment and you – the nurse as the caregiver – to ensure that you have every­thing you need to take great care of the commu­nity you serve.

If you have ideas or concerns, please make sure you contact one of your local unit team officers to bring this to our atten­tion. This way we can act quickly to address items and bring you an answer.


Staffing Committee

Staffing concern forms are all reviewed in this committee. Ideally each depart­ment should have a repre­sen­ta­tive on the committee. This member works with their manager to inves­ti­gate all concern forms and arrive at a solution to resolve the issue that was identi­fied. This committee is a legal require­ment of the hospital and must have 50% bedside nurses as participants.

Comple­tion of the WSNA ADO form (also known as the staffing concern form or the assign­ment despite objec­tion form) is critical to the work that this committee does. The online form has check boxes for things like no equip­ment or equip­ment malfunc­tion or not enough support staff or patient acuity was too high etc. It covers all manner of issues and concerns. If it is not a staffing issue directly, the same form is used in the Confer­ence Committee to be addressed there. So, every concern is addressed at one committee or the other.

Did you know you can actually complete the form on your cell phone? You do not need to be at work to complete it. In fact, often you think of things that would have helped the situa­tion after the fact. You can be at home in your fuzzy slippers sipping your chardonnay and fill out the form. Sugges­tions for improve­ment are greatly encour­aged. The form can be found at www​.wsna​.org/ado and the minute you click submit it automat­i­cally sends a copy to yourself, your manager, the two co-chairs of the staffing committee, your local unit chair (Melissa) and your nurse repre­sen­ta­tive (Sue).

Please note. The ADO form is not to be used for disci­pli­nary action. There will be no reper­cus­sions for completing this. This is designed to open honest discus­sion on real life situa­tions you all face each and every day. This is not a negative grade against your manager.


Clinics

Clinics

We are super lucky to have the clinic nurses as part of our bargaining unit. Clinic nurses right now are playing an even bigger
role in the community’s lives and contributing to the health of the commu­nity. Did you know that all surrounding counties have their health depart­ment doing commu­nity COVID testing but in Friday Harbor that role/​task falls to the nurses at the clinic? They are doing this duty on top of their regular duties.

Your team took this situa­tion to the confer­ence committee and because of this, additional atten­tion is being focused on appro­priate staffing as well as prepa­ra­tion for inclement weather. The hospital has committed to addressing these concerns and will be taking action to protect nurses while they under­take this critical task. Your WSNA officers also became aware that the clinic nurses who are on the front­line of COVID, were not being afforded the same benefit of hospital laundered scrubs and the additional protec­tion that this offers. Again, this was taken to the confer­ence committee and discussed with manage­ment and your team is very pleased to report that the nurses are now afforded the same access to hospital scrubs that the rest of our caregivers have.


Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Update

I am so blessed to be working with all of you at Friday Harbor and just want to say a personal note that WSNA and myself are committed to working for every nurse. While I may not be able to magically trans­port myself to your location instan­ta­neously, I am committed to responding to each of you. Please feel free to email me directly at sdunlap@wsna.org or call me at 206 – 575-7979 ext. 3005.

Thank you for all that you do to care for the commu­nity and to care for each other. Please stay safe and stay healthy!

I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know you personally.

Sue Dunlap MSN, RN, COS‑C


Remember you can always contact one of your WSNA local unit officers for any questions or concerns! 

Melissa Aylward, BSN, RN, CNOR – Local Unit Chair
Larry Wall, BSN, RN, CEN — Local Unit Co-Chair
Eliza­beth Schal­tenbrand, BSN, RN, CMSRN – Local Unit Secretary
Julie Bielau, RN – Local Unit Treasurer
Zanna Cochran, RN – Local Unit Griev­ance Officer
Auralee Jameson, BSN, RN – Local Unit Griev­ance Officer
Arna Robins, MSN, RN, CFRN, CEN – Local Unit Griev­ance Officer
Cari Williams, RN – Local Unit Griev­ance Officer