Health care workers know one of the best tools in their protective arsenal are Assignment Despite Objection forms.
They protect licenses and careers.
Whenever, in your professional opinion, conditions on the floors are unsafe for patients and employees, an ADO form should be filled out, submitted to a supervisor and faxed to the Union.
This could protect you if a mistake or sentinel event occurs while working in those conditions. Over time, ADO forms illustrate the broad frequency of sub-optimal conditions. They illustrate the need for Staffing Ratios! That’s why on March 4, SEIU members from Valley, Desert Springs, UMC and St. Rose hospitals submitted hundreds of ADOs to Nevada’s Bureau of Health Care and Quality Compliance. Separately, SEIU members at Sunrise, Mountain View and Southern Hills hospitals have begun moving staffing issues through the HCA-SEIU Labor Accord process.
With the SEIU Safe Staffing and Patient Protection bill sponsored by state Sen. Patricia Spearman and moving through the Nevada Legislature, We Are On The Move to WIN Staffing Ratios in Nevada!
Katrina Alvarez-Hyman, an RN at Desert Springs, said the detail on ADO forms offer clear protection for health care workers. “We need to keep filling them out,” she said. “Our licenses and patients’ lives are in jeopardy.”
The Bureau of Health Care and Quality Compliance is entrusted with protecting the safety and welfare of the public through the promotion and advocacy of quality health care through licensing, regulation, enforcement and education. Sparked by our ADOs, the agency began its review of Valley, Desert Springs, UMC and St. Rose hospitals on March 4.
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