Washington state healthcare workers are petitioning for hazard pay as they continue to navigate working with coronavirus patients, reports KREM2.
The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) released a statement that reads, in part: “Nurses and other health care workers are using and re-using protective equipment under crisis guidelines that would never be acceptable in normal circumstances….That is the heroism and dedication we are seeking to recognize through hazard pay for our workers on the frontlines.”
Healthcare workers in Washington report being provided with only one protective mask for each twelve hour shift, and being asked to reuse and share surgical masks, face shields, and goggles.
WSNA is also calling on federal, state, and local government entities to provide “transparent, updated information on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Read more about the WSNA and Washington state healthcare workers’ concerns and demand for hazard pay here.