By Whittney Powers
RN, Swedish Edmonds 

Health-care workers like me need new commitment from Swedish | Guest View


Last updated 8/30/2019 at 10:17am

Whittney Powers is an RN at Swedish Edmonds. She lives in Seattle.

Whittney Powers

On Aug. 15, health-care workers at Swedish Edmonds and across the Swedish system, all members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, collectively picketed outside of seven Swedish-Providence campuses to demand patients be prioritized over profits.

As health-care workers, we come to work each day with the Swedish mission in mind – to "improve the health and well-being of each person we serve." Yet we are often left without the resources to provide that excellent care due to chronic understaffing and overwork.

Research has shown that nurse staffing has a direct effect on patient outcomes. Higher pati...

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