Whidbey General Hospital Cited for Violating State Staffing Law
Whidbey News-Times reports that the Whidbey General Hospital (WGH) was cited by the Washington state Department of Health for violating a state staffing law. The report states that law that WGH, “didn’t implement a committee to develop and monitor a staffing plan, the chief executive officer didn’t review the plan, and staff didn’t have a chance to present and discuss staffing issues, according to a state investigator’s report”. Whidbey News-Times states that the state’s investigation was in response to the Washington State Nurses Association’s (WSNA’s) complaint in May during contract negotiations with WGH. WSNA spokeswoman Ruth Schubert is quoted, ““Nurses, who are at the bedside caring for patients, have to be part of the conversation about what patients need — and that includes how many nurses need to be on the floor to ensure their patients get quality nursing care”. The hospital is required to have a “plan of correction” within 60 days, according to the report.