Navigation Links
Registered Nurses at UW Medical Center Hold Candlelight Vigil to Highlight Concerns for Quality and Safe Patient Care
Date:9/14/2008

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), representing more than 1,200 nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), held a candlelight vigil to demonstrate the nurses' concerns for safe patient care over stalled contract negotiations. The last mediation session is scheduled on September 15th. The outstanding issues include:

-- Rest between Shifts - The Hospital's proposal to reduce the time of rest between shifts places both patient care and RN safety in jeopardy. Research studies confirm that the amount of time nurses receive between shifts is directly linked to an increase in negative patient outcomes. Any attempt to reduce the time of rest between shifts for RNs is simply irresponsible.

-- Economic Package - In order to recruit and retain qualified nurses in this time of a shortage of nurses, we must have a competitive economic package that is consistent with hospitals throughout the region and the State. UWMC's current wages are 8% below other Seattle area hospitals.

-- Changes in Benefits - Proposed changes by the Hospital will greatly reduce the nurses' ability to take time off including time off to care for sick family members. Nurses simply want to maintain the current level of benefits and are not demanding anything additional.

"During these negotiations, the Hospital has not demonstrated a willingness to address the nurses' concerns. This lack of willingness is evidenced by the Hospital's repeated attempts to take away every advantage contained in the current contract which ensures safe patient care and protects nurses from exhaustion and burnout. While UWMC is a State organization, no direct funds are allocated by the State for wage increases for the nursing staff. According to the UWMC, the Hospital funds all nursing wage increases. Therefore, unlike other State employee negotiations that are taking place, the state budget deficit is not a consideration for these negotiations," said Linda Machia, JD, Chief Spokesperson for WSNA UWMC Negotiating Team.

"Less rest between shifts is not safe and not acceptable. Any reductions in our benefits are not acceptable. Relying on temporary nurses instead of investing in our own permanent nursing staff is not acceptable. The RNs at UWMC are united in our goal of outstanding patient care, safe working conditions and a good quality of life for the nurses and patients at UWMC. We want to reach a fair agreement so we can continue to provide the best care for our patients," said Steve Krauss, RN, CNOR, WSNA Local Unit Chair for UWMC Registered Nurses.

The flame of the candlelight has long been a symbol for nursing since the days of Florence Nightingale. It represents the unity of nurses and the proud tradition of the profession that they exemplify every day. "We are gathered for this vigil tonight to reflect on the impact that these proposals could have on the welfare of the patients and nurses at this great hospital and the larger community. Just as these candles will light our steps when we walk this evening, we hope that this vigil will illuminate the issues facing UWMC nurses and puts us on a path towards a safe, fair, and rapid resolution," said Kim Armstrong, BSN, RN, President of WSNA.

Founded in 1908, WSNA is the professional organization representing more than 15,000 registered nurses in Washington State. WSNA effectively advocates for the improvement of health standards and availability of quality health care for all people; promotes high standards for the nursing profession; and advances the professional and economic development of nurses.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA)
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Genelabs Technologies Announces Commitments to Raise $23.7 Million in a Registered Direct Financing
2. Genelabs Technologies Announces Completion of $23.7 Million Registered Direct Financing
3. Phoenix Health Systems Project Management Office Service Line is Recognized by the Project Management Institute as a Registered Education Provider
4. Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Colleges and Universities in 2007 Despite Calls for More Registered Nurses
5. Minnesota Registered Nurses Promote Law to Improve Patient Care and Address Health Care Costs
6. Who is Your RD? To Mark First Registered Dietitian Day, American Dietetic Association Urges Everyone to Start Having an Annual Nutrition Checkup
7. Court Orders Service Union and Its President Andy Stern: Stop Stalking and Harassing Registered Nurse Leaders and Staff of California Nurses Assn/NNOC
8. SEIU Claims Right of Free Speech to Stalk, Harass, and Threaten Registered Nurses According to the California Nurses Association
9. New Clorox disinfectant is EPA registered to kill both known types of MRSA
10. Conseco Shareholders Re-Elect 10 Directors, Approve Two Amendments To Certificate Of Incorporation And Ratify Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
11. MultiVu Video Feed: FREE NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (NRT) TO BE OFFERED TO REGISTERED PILOTS INTERESTED IN QUITTING RELIEF IN LIGHT OF RECENT FAA RULINGS
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... , ... Maury Regional Health has announced a large-scale adoption of AccuVein vein ... Maury Regional Medical Center is making vein visualization part of their standard of care. ... more importantly, helps our staff members locate a vein that will provide good access ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... With a new PD ... ultimately, a cure. , The grants are awarded through a competitive application process ... a wide array of backgrounds and expertise in all areas relevant to PD research. ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 ... ... ($10.99, paperback, 9781498499613; $5.99, eBook, 9781498499620    ) shares that during the time of a ... as reminding Strawn of God's love, and all the many ways God shows ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Women’s Excellence in ... pain. In addition to oncology services, the new center will specialize in ... heavy bleeding during menstruation), uterine fibroids, and uterine and pelvic adhesions (scar tissue). ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... ... pain afflicting 8 of 10 Americans at some point in their lives, some of us ... equally vexing condition stems from a variety of causes that can be effectively targeted by ... president of Atlantic Spine Center. , Nestled between your neck and lower back, the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/11/2017)... 11, 2017 DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a ... big data solutions, today announced that it will release ... and host a conference call at 9:00am ET. The ... financial results and its strategy and outlook for the ... Erez Raphael , Chief Executive Officer, and ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ... its Board of Directors has approved the payment of a ... 2017. The cash dividend ... October 27, 2017 to stockholders of record as of the ... dividends are subject to approval of the Board of Directors ...
(Date:8/4/2017)... , Aug. 3, 2017  Agragen, LLC, ... company active in the biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and aquacultural ... development of its lead drug candidates, AGR131.  This ... proinflammatory cytokine from the blood of patients suffering ... and inflammatory bowel disease. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: