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Registered Nurses from Public Health - Seattle & King County Hold Informational Picket to Highlight Public Safety Concerns
Date:2/19/2010

ulations, the health and safety of everyone in Seattle and King County is jeopardized. The administration must make access to services a priority," said Tina Maestas, a public health nurse working out of the White Center Public Health Center.

The public health department has already begun to transition all staff to a standard set of hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. depending on their location. Previously, nurses could work earlier or later in the day or work four 10 hours days to accommodate appointments or off-site visits to clients.  WSNA estimates that up to 60 nurses could be affected by the change in work schedules with an impact on hundreds of clients.  For example, the Nurse Family Partnership which assists young mothers, many of whom are attending high school, will be affected because now a nurse will only be able to schedule one after-school visit per day before the end of the work day. Public health nurses are also reporting that the new shorter hours at clinics have already impacted the number of patients and clients who are able to come in for appointments for services like family planning and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

"We know this is a difficult time for funding, and that's why these nurses aren't fighting for a pay raise. They're standing up for their clients and asking this administration to join them. Public health nurses simpl
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