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2020 Legislative Session Week 1

2020 Legislative Session Week 1 update The 2020 legislative session kicked off on Monday. It’s the second year of the biennium which means that it is a “short” 60-day session. New House Speaker Laurie Jinkins was sworn in on Monday – she is the first woman and first out lesbian Speaker of House. She is a strong advocate for access to health care, public health, as well as nursing and patient safety issues. Former Speaker Frank Chopp remains a member of the House of Representatives and is now sitting on several committees including House Health Care.


WSNA, UFCW 21 Support Providence Swedish workers

The Washington State Nurses Association and UFCW 21 fully support Swedish workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW as they serve 10-day notice to the hospital of their intention to strike for patient care and safety at multiple campuses.












The truth about Providence Sacred Heart

When you see stories about Sacred Heart, we want you to ask yourself a simple question: “Who should I trust—the nurses in my community or a corporate PR department in Seattle?”



Kadlec nurses ratify contract

By an overwhelming majority, the WSNA-represented registered nurses at Providence Kadlec Regional Medical Center have ratified a new 3-year contract.




Why I changed to a 'yes' vote on the TA at Kadlec

After the local union meeting and further reflection, I’m moving my vote from “no” to “yes” for the current Tentative Agreement. This is a mixture of good counter-arguments to my concerns, further elaboration of opinions of our negotiation team, and a healthy dose of “mental chess” looking at strike strategy.


Nightingale musical announces 2020 performances

In celebration of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, HEARTS: Health & Arts is pleased to announce the Bicentennial Tour 2020 of Nightingale: A Musical Regarding the Life & Passion of Miss Florence Nightingale by Pamela Gerke.




In Memoriam: Barbara Frye, BSN, RN

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Barbara Frye today, Thursday, November 21. A consummate nurse and union leader, who believed that nurses must represent nurses, Barbara served on the staff of the Washington State Nurses Association for 20 years, guiding us through the union raids that devastated our association and leading us toward a stronger future.




Letter from a NICU Nanny to Providence executives

I have been a NICU Nanny for five years at Sacred Heart. I feel privileged to witness such a caring atmosphere in my retirement years. Please take a good hard look at what your nurses are doing. Listen to them and start to run a kinder and more humane benefits program.


Fighting for my coworkers and my patients

Our patients deserve us at our best. If Providence wishes to continue delivering its promise of “quality, compassionate health care for everyone,” they should want us at our best, too.


Our patients deserve us at our best

We deserve to be appreciated. We deserve to be able to take a “mental health day”, or to stay home with our sick kids if they need us. We deserve to feel safe when we go to work. We deserve safe staffing, to be able to provide the very best care possible for our patients. We deserve these things, but most importantly, our patients deserve us at our very best, on what could be one of the worst days of their life.



The Heart of Providence, Sierra Little, RN

We don’t enter each negotiation with a list of demands, but rather the gut-wrenching question of “what will they take from us this time?” That reality is the saddest of all.