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Nurse: We are understaffed and overworked


Last updated 8/17/2022 at 10:28am

I am a registered nurse at the emergency department at Swedish Edmonds. Our medical center today was so understaffed we had 10 patients to one nurse.

The floors for admitted patients had placed caps on how many patients can go upstairs for beds. We are overworked, understaffed, and these issues have been present for too long. Safety issues are my concern.

Patients are not getting proper care due to this poor management. We have no support from our management, and no plans in place to resolve the problem. The community will hurt terribly if this continues because staff will leave.

The joint commission has done nothing after being notified, the Washington state Department of Health has done nothing, and yet we are having worse and worse working environments.

Most days I’m lucky to get a 30-minute break working a 12½- hour shift. Why is the Edmonds City Council not involved? What can you do? What can the mayor do?

We serve this community and are left with no solution. I’m asking you to step up and do something for us. Get involved.

Make this an agenda for your members.

Jacob Berg


(Written public comment to

Edmonds City Council)


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