Desert Springs Hospital

Vice President:

  • Sheri Hauser

Chief  Stewards:

  • Scott Armstrong (Nursing)
  • Michelle Clouthier (Ancillary)

Stewards:

  • Mary Graves
  • Carla Johnson
  • Susan (Sue) Kubrich
  • Deborah LaFave
  • April Marsh
  • Patricia (Pat) Souffrant
  • Thomas (Tom) Spenard

The Results are in: 94% of UHS Votes Yes for a Stronger Contract

The results are in from our SEIU Contract vote — we did it!

For months, SEIU members at UHS facilities stood together as we worked our way through the bargaining process. You didn’t give up even though we kept hearing “no” from management when we sat down to work out a fair contract.

We didn’t give up and we didn’t take no for an answer. Last night the ballots were counted and we ratified our 2013 SEIU contract — the vote was overwhelming.

Ninety-four percent of us said YES to:

  • Wage increases in each year of the contract
  • progressive discipline and cleansing period for discipline
  • improved job transfer and severance package
  • an education bonus
  • extra hours for per diem
  • a 2 minute time clock change
  • attendance committee
  • L&D, endoscopy classification upgrade
  • Relief charge pay 5% base pay and employee orientation without management

Through our contract, we have a unique opportunity for us to improve our work conditions, contribute in a way that allows us to advocate for our patients and secure benefits that are appropriate for our families’ needs.

We are proud to provide the best care to our patients. We finished strong and won a stronger contract but our jobs are not done. We need to make sure our union is strong, growing and ready to take on future challenges. If you are interested in getting involved in your union, please let us know.

Congratulations and thank you,

SEIU Local 1107 Vice President:  Sherri Hauser   (Desert Springs Hospital)

SEIU Local 1107 Vice President: MIchelle Phillips  (Valley Medical Hospital)

Chief Nursing Steward:   Scott Armstrong  (Desert Springs Hodpital)

Chief Ancillary Steward:  Michelle Clouthier  (Desert Springs Hospital)

Chief Nursing Steward:  Lynda Wilcox  (Valley Medical Hospital)

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Governor Signs Groundbreaking Patient Protection Bill, SB 362!

SEIU Nevada unites healthcare workers in our commitment to provide the safest and highest quality of care for our patients and the public we serve. Our history in defending our bedside staff and protecting our patients has been at the very principal of our organizing the healthcare systems throughout the state. As well, we have built a Healthcare Committee that not only brings together nurses but all the ancillary staff throughout the hospitals and from around the Silver State.

We conducted Statewide Healthcare Summits to address the current healthcare crisis in our state.  Last year, in our Healthcare Workers 2012 Summit, we reviewed our universal frustration with staffing levels within our facilities and our lack of enforcement power. We put forward a staffing bill that we felt would address both issues.  We renewed our efforts to implement state-wide minimum staffing ratios to address the staffing level and the protection of our patients.  We kicked things off by collecting hundreds of Assignment Despite Objection forms which supported our cause for a great need for legislative change.

Senate Bill 362

In our efforts to ensure patients receive quality care, we sought sponsorship and support for a Minimum Nurse Staffing Ratios Bill. Staffing Ratios has been a long standing battle between SEIU Nurses and hospital administrations not only in Nevada but throughout the country. A Safe Staffing Bill would  have required hospitals to create an acuity system and annual staffing plan, including minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, and provide for penalties if such ratios are not met. In Nevada, we have submitted Staffing Bills in 2003, 2007 and in 2009.

We still believe staffing is the right solution. Although we were able to make tremendous gains and secure groundbreaking legislation, unfortunately, we did not win Senate Bill 362 in its original format. However, after a long drawn out debate, Senator Spearman found a common interest with all parties to increased protection of the patients and the staff who cares for them.

SB 362 Will:

·         Establish the power within the Staffing Committees for health care workers to set the matrixes for all the units in order to provide quality patient care.

·         Develop the necessary policies to ensure the hospitals adhere to the established matrixes.

·         Identify how Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants ARE PROTECTED from retaliation if they exercise their right to refuse an assignment.

·         Reiterates provisions already in Nevada Administrative Code NAC 632 that authorizes RNs and CNAs the right to refuse an assignment.

·         Establishes investigations, penalties and fines for medical facilities that do not develop and implement staffing plans.

·         SB 362 authorizes the Health Division to oversee at the Staffing committees, policies, and patient ratios as part of the medical facilities licensing process.

·         Note RNs and CNAs who are in labor unions already have additional provisions in their negotiated contract to utilize Acceptance Despite Objection Forms – Now SB 362 gives that right to everyone whether they are in a Union or not!

•           Under SB 362, we will have a neutral entity, the Nevada Division of Health, overseeing and logging the complaints.  We increased our powers within our Staffing Committees, hospitals will have to develop appropriate matrixes  and nursing care requirements for each unit and tie these provisions to the licensing processes of our facilities in Clark and Washoe County.

A big thank you to our President Al Martinez and the many RN and healthcare leaders and professionals who advocated on behalf of this bill. We are pleased the Governor has signed this groundbreaking legislation and look forward to being part of the implementation and part of the solution!

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Important Safe Staffing & Patient Protection Legislative Update

SEIU members have shown strong support for Senate Bill 362, SEIU’s Patient Protection and Safe Staffing Bill. Members testified speaking directly of the challenges they encounter when they are forced to treat too many patients at once. We provided testimony about hospital readmissions and how our hospitals will continue to be penalized for providing poor quality care. We spoke from the heart and from our profession to get lawmakers to understand just how critical having patient protections in place is. We submitted a petition with over 1,400 supporters. We submitted studies and research and stats.

OUR HARD WORK IS PAYING OFF! With the help and dedication of Senator Spearman, we passed Senate Bill 362 out of the Senate Finance Committee.  We expect by the end of the week for the bill to pass the Senate floor. The next hurdle will be a hearing in the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee. Though the bill does not contain specific ratio, groundbreaking additions have been made that will significantly strengthen current statute and add statute that applies to both to RNs and CNAs.

  • SB 362 requires our facilities to provide detailed staffing plans including the number, skill mix, and classification of the RNs and CNAs per unit to be determined by Staffing Committee, which must consist of bed-side staff and administrators, jointly.
  • CNAs will be officially recognized by being added to the State mandated Staffing Committees by having representatives added to the hospital Staffing Committees for the work they contribute to the nursing team.
  • Via Staffing Committees, an official written policy must be enacted for refusing a work assignment. this  includes facilities without union contracts.
  • This legislation lays out the process to file an official complaint with the Nevada Health Division, who will also log all complaints, including violations of staffing plans. Additionally, it empowers the Nevada Health Division to move an investigation and if need be penalize the facility.

Call to Action! Call or email your State Legislators. Let them know this legislation is a crucial step towards better Staffing Levels  and not only good for bedside hospital staff but for our entire community. Send an email.  Go to http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/legislators/  to find email addresses of your representatives.  Be sure to include the bill number, SB 362, or topic of your comments in the subject line.  Be brief and be clear about what you like or don’t like. Or call,  Northern Nevada:  1-775-684-6800 OR 1-775-684-6789  – Southern Nevada:  1-702-486-2626

Toll Free : 1-800-978-2878 OR 1-800-995-9080 OR 1-800-992-0973

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UHS Bargaining Begins

100_7301Bargaining began March 14 for Desert Springs and Valley hospitals with management from UHS.

SEIU members expressed the need for change in the two hospitals to improve patient care. Specifically, three proposals were unveiled:

  1.  1. Shared Vision and Responsibility: This would be a new article that seeks to create a partnership between the Union and hospital management in the effort to provide the highest quality care to the communities we serve by restoring the values of Courtesy, Kindness and Respect in every relationship and interaction in our hospital.
  2.  2. Disciplinary Action: Our proposal would renovate this article by ensuring that Counselings and Warnings have a shelf-life of 12 months and Final Written Warnings 18 months with regards to being used against you for discipline. A mistake you made 10 years ago shouldn’t be held against you today. Our proposal also speaks to Union representation at investigatory/discipline meetings.
  3. Safe Staffing Ratios: to provide safe working conditions and to improve our quality of care, we propose the following ratios:

Surgical ICU            1:2            Critical Care Unit 1:2

Medical ICU           1:2                 Intensive Care Unit 1:2

ER                              1:3            Clinical Decision Unit:1:5

Critical Care           1:2            Labor & Delivery              1:2

Well Baby Nursery  1:6 Gero Psych 1:7

Stress Lab              1:1 Med-Surg:   1:5

Intermediate Care   1:3 NICU 1:2

Antepartum 1:3 OB, GYN  1:5

Outpatient Surgery   1:2    Pre-op 1:3

Rehabilitation 1:5

Discharge Unit / Chest Pain Center 1:4

Endoscopy  1:2 (Procedural) 1:1

Postpartum 1:8 (1:4 couplets) 1:6 (mothers only)

Post Anesthesia Care Unit   Unstable 1:1 Stable 1:2

Discharge Unit / Chest Pain Center 1:4

OR General 1:1 CVOR 2:1

Neuro 2:1 Holding 1:3

Cath Lab & EP Lab      Procedural 2:1

 Holding 1:1

Special Procedures    Procedural: 2:1  Holding 1:1

Respiratory Therapist  1:5   Treatment  1:32

 

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Planning Session for Bargaining 2013

To Desert and Valley RNs and Technolists:

Mark your calendars.

We are quickly approaching bargaining in 2013. Our planning session will be held on Tuesday Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information: Contact Aurora at 210-3269, Dolores at 210-6469 or Lanita at 738-3968.

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