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Swedish Edmonds nurse: 'The morale is poor'

Health-care workers launch campaign for safe staffing legislation


Last updated 12/22/2021 at 9:24am

Brian Soergel

Swedish Edmonds hospital

A coalition of health-care workers on Dec. 13 launched the WA Safe + Healthy campaign calling on Washington state legislators to pass safe staffing standards that protect health-care workers from dangerously high patient loads.

"For the past several months, we've been constantly understaffed," said RN Sabina Okeke, charge nurse at Swedish Edmonds and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union.

"The staffing numbers that our matrix calls for are constantly not respected. It's very unsafe for the patients and the staff members. Our hospital recently opened up a new unit without plans to hire extra any sta...

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