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Our deepest prayers, thoughts, and condolences go out to the friends, family and coworkers of Eljahn Balon who was tragically killed early last Tuesday morning. The loss, grief and sadness that accompany fatal and tragic incidents like these leave us in utter shock and mourning. Our hearts break and there are no words or explanation to justify this loss of life. The loss of our colleague is devastating; we will miss him.
He Was There When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, he was there. In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, he was there. When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member or friend, he was there. At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained, he was there. When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind, he was there. When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed, he was there. In choosing the best one from a family’s“Thank You” box of chocolates, he was there. To witness humanity — its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, he was there. To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope, he was there. And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side, he is there.
Respectfully, Washington State Nurses Association
For questions or concerns please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.