UNOCH and the hospital meet the third Wednesday of every other month for the Labor Management Committee (LMC). In this meeting, UNOCH and the hospital discuss issues that the membership has brought to our attention.Our last meeting was January 17, 2018.
The following issues were discussed:
1) Team Meetings via ZOOM – UNOCH voiced to RCHSD the desire of the staff to be able to remotely access team meetings from home. UNOCH asked why ZOOM was not used by departments to make this possible. RCHSD stated that there were multiple reasons why staff cannot access ZOOM from home. Two of those reasons were the potential for HIPAA violations and Hospital liability for injury, if you hurt yourself while clocked in at home. UNOCH and RCHSD encourage staff to bring up Team Meeting attendance at unit PPC meetings to discuss ways that would make attendance easier, such as a “Meeting Day” where multiple unit meetings/Skills labs can happen on one day.
2) Catastrophic leave bank- Per the RN Contract, within a year of ratification, RCHSD must establish a catastrophic leave bank. The hospital has been actively working on this and will begin meeting with UNOCH to discuss the terms and implementation.
3) RT Staffing – UNOCH expressed concern over staffing and workloads in the RT department. RCHSD is looking to hire more travelers for the winter season to help address this issue. The hospital is in the process of revamping the acuity tool through EPIC for the RNs. Once this is complete, RCHSD is willing to look and see if it can be applied to other departments.
4) RN Feedback regarding Preceptor bonus – UNOCH shared feedback it has received about the preceptor bonus, such as RNs precepting multiple New Grads and not meeting the 16 shift requirement. UNOCH pointed out that night shift is having a hard time qualifying for the bonus, due to the fact that many New Grads spend less time orienting to nights. RCHSD was open to the discussion and tracking the concerns that were brought up.