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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.





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.






My journey to becoming an active member in WSNA

Sadly, I believe the moral decline and proposed unethical treatment of employees by Providence violates my religious convictions, and I can no longer remain neutral. While I still do not agree with some of the tactics and philosophies of unions on a global scale, I am now ready to be an active member with a voting voice through WSNA.


Joyce McMurphy, RN: An Open Letter to Providence Executives

After almost 20 years of service to Kadlec, Providence now wants to “reward” me by decreasing my PTO accrual hours, cutting nearly two weeks per year... It makes me sad to think that all you are looking at is the bottom line, and not how you are affecting my life and how you don’t think I am worthy of the PTO that I am earning after giving Kadlec 20 years of service.



Kelsi Duncan, RN: I'll strike if I have to

"Our goal is not a strike - our goal is a fair and just contract." We had a recent union meeting, and that phrase was said a few times, and for me it really hit home.With strike assessment and preparation now in full swing at Kadlec, the threat becomes more and more real.Make no mistake: I will strike if I have to, without hesitation. But that is a scary thought.





Rally for patients before profits at Providence headquarters

WSNA members from Sacred Heart and Kadlec joined hundreds of outraged nurses, health care workers, state labor leaders, public officials and union activists from across Washington on July 26 to hold a “Rally for Patients Before Profits” at Providence corporate headquarters.






St. Joseph’s Tacoma nurses fight for themselves and their patients

As nurses across the country unite and advocate for their profession, St. Joseph’s Tacoma nurses are doing the same for themselves and their patients as they fight the good fight for safe staffing – and against incredibly unsafe, management mandated “alternative staffing.”