Our work to improve safety and staffing for our patients doesn’t just happen inside our hospitals, it also happens in our communities, at the bargaining table, and at the ballot box when we elect leaders who will stand with us.
We advanced this work with nurses from across the state at our Nurse Alliance Leadership meeting where we shared, networked, and planned for our ongoing work.
We shared our most recent nurse staffing victories:
As nurses, we also recognize the importance of electing healthcare champions to our legislature in order to pass safe staffing and other patient safety legislation. We’re joining together to elect one of our own nurse leaders, Rep. Tami Green, to the Senate in the 28th District. Tami is formerly a state nurse at Western State Hospital and now works at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. She understands the work we do on the frontlines, and is one of our most powerful voices in the legislature for our patients and safe staffing legislation.
Mark your calendar and join us: we’ll be walking to help elect Tami Green at our nurse day of action on Saturday, October 18, as well as phone banking and talking with voters.
In addition to helping to elect nurse champions, we’re already working together, as more than 10,000 nurses and healthcare workers across Puget Sound will be standing up for patients as we negotiate new contracts in 2015. Our bargaining campaign launches with our bargaining conference on Saturday, October 11.
“It was great to gather together with other RNs from across the state and across our union. It was inspiring to learn of concrete examples of how our unity and power is working at other hospitals.” Anne Cline RN, Valley Hospital, Spokane
“We work at different hospitals, but we have the most power when we join together across our hospitals and chapters to make a difference statewide. Whether we work in Seattle or Spokane, we see the same issues and we’re fighting the same fight.” Zeynab Jama, RN, Harborview Medical Center
juliep September 26th, 2014