At the June 20th Membership Meeting, the following issues were discussed:
Staffing & DOH Violations, Voluntary On-Call, BU Work, Workplace Violence, Policies.
The following issues were discussed at the April Labor Management Meeting:
CANCER CENTER DATA INPUT: EPIC should integrate current patient data. MD preference cards may require input. Data entry will not require weekend or mandatory overtime work.
SDS DYSRHYTHMIA COURSE: LVH-P no longer has the resources to provide the Dysrhythmia Course on site. RNs who require this course must travel to Lehigh Valley to complete it.
DOSAGE CALCULATIONS-ANTIBIOTICS: No antibiotic dose calculations will be done by an RN. The pharmacy will continue to provide MDs with appropriate dosages. Insulin carbohydrate counting is the best practice, not sliding scales. EPIC will have a calculator. RNs & MDs will be trained. However insulin dose is not RN dependent.
SDS MEDICATION RECONCILIATION: RNs will only document electronically [no paper]. MD completes the official reconciliation. CHG WIPES: CHG baths done in the hospital, even for out-patients, is proven to be more effective. An RN or Tech can perform this work.
MEASLES, MUMPS, MMR VACCINE: Several nurses will receive an email regarding measles immunity. Summer camps open soon; management is mitigating potential exposure. Infection Control and Employee Health are checking all employee records for immunity documentation. Management will send an email to RNs who were: tested and not immune and never screened for immunity. Management recommends you receive the vaccine, free of charge to all employees if you are not immune. If you are not sure your titer is on record, call Employee Health. JNESO has requested any RN may provide confirmation of immunity from their personal
MD. VOLUNTARY ON-CALL BONUS: Management is requesting to return to the Negotiating Table.
EPIC TRAINING: Transportation to the Mack Building in Lehigh Valley will be provided. Any RN driving their own vehicle will not be reimbursed for travel. Travel time will be counted as work time. RNs choosing to do training on their days off will be paid, including overtime if eligible. Go live is scheduled for October 1, 2019.
WHY IS GUARANTEED TIME IMPORTANT?
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