COVID-19 #

As Washington state confronts the ongoing coron­avirus pandemic, WSNA is working around the clock to advocate for your safety at all levels – with federal leaders and partners, with the Governor, state and local health officials, and directly with health care facilities.

Frequently asked questions #

Personal protective equipment (PPE) #

Assignments #

Staffing #

Can my employer require manda­tory overtime? Can employer require me to go to work when I’m not sched­uled citing​“event of an emergency” that is allowed in the CBA or under govern­ment declared​“State of Emergency”? What happens with the new staffing law? Does the employer have to follow it at all, (e.g., breaks, staffing commit­tees, staffing plans)?

Benefits/​Low Census #

Illness #

If I am sick with a high fever and my employer tells me I have to go into work, what should I do?

Other
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If I have a COVID related complaint, how do I go about having my voice heard?

Resources #

General resources #

Health­care Provider Recommendations/​Resources

WA DOH

https://​www​.doh​.wa​.gov/​E​m​e​r​g​e​n​c​i​e​s​/​N​o​v​e​l​C​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​O​u​t​b​r​e​a​k​2​0​2​0​C​O​V​I​D​1​9​/​H​e​a​l​t​h​c​a​r​eProviders

2019 Novel Coron­avirus Outbreak

WA DOH

https://​www​.doh​.wa​.gov/​E​m​e​r​g​e​n​c​i​e​s​/​C​oronavirus

Corona Virus Response

WA State

https://​www​.coron​avirus​.wa​.gov/

Infor­ma­tion for Health­care Professionals

CDC

https://​www​.cdc​.gov/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​/​2​0​1​9​-​n​C​o​V​/​h​c​p​/​index.html

Coron­avirus Technical Guidance

WHO

https://​www​.who​.int/​e​m​e​r​g​e​n​c​i​e​s​/​d​i​s​e​a​s​e​s​/​n​o​v​e​l​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​2​0​1​9​/​t​e​c​h​n​i​c​a​l​-​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​i​n​f​e​c​t​i​o​n​-​p​r​e​v​e​n​t​i​o​n​-​a​nd-control

Coron­avirus Disease

ANA

https://​www​.nursing​world​.org/​p​r​a​c​t​i​c​e​-​p​o​l​i​c​y​/​w​o​r​k​-​e​n​v​i​r​o​n​m​e​n​t​/​h​e​a​l​t​h​-​s​a​f​e​t​y​/​d​i​s​a​s​t​e​r​-​p​r​e​p​a​r​e​d​n​e​s​s​/​c​o​ronavirus/

Resources on Coronavirus

AFT

https://​www​.aft​.org/​c​oronavirus

HEAL-WA Liter­a­ture Search Engine

WA RN Library

https://​heal​-wa​.org

HCP: Current Medical Information

WA RN Library

Dynamed​.com; Assis­tance avail­able: Kathryn.lebo@wsu.edu.

Hotline #

1−800−525−0127

The DOH has estab­lished a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the DOH at 1−800−525−0127 and press #.

Volunteer

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting volunteer health practitioners #

The time is now for nurses to do what we do. We get involved. We don’t sit on the sidelines while our commu­ni­ties suffer. We get things done. This pandemic will not subside without the dedica­tion and effort of our nation’s nurses.

Updates #

COVID-19: Voices from the front lines

In October, as a winter surge of COVID-19 cases loomed ahead, we spoke to five nurses about their experi­ences on the front lines over the past year. Here are their stories.

WSNA statement on COVID vaccine

We believe that healthcare workers should be prioritized to receive the vaccination and strongly recommend that registered nurses be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a key component of a comprehensive prevention effort.

WSNA statement on COVID surge and frontline nurses

Nurses will continue to step up and take care of patients through this pandemic; state health officials and hospitals need to step up and make sure nurses have what they need to stay safe and healthy

Governor updates vulnerable worker protections

On July 29, Governor Jay Inslee updated the proclamation that provides protections for vulnerable workers in Washington state and extended it through the duration of the current state of emergency.

Don’t call me hero … call me scientist

The world we live in today is forever changed. That’s a good thing in some ways. Historically, nurses have been framed as the caring ones or the angels at the bedside. These aren’t bad descriptors, but they don’t accurately describe today’s nurse. Today’s nurses are scientists, too.

In the media #