Nominations are Open for the Registered Nurse Advisory Committees (RNAC)
What is the RNAC?
The Registered Nurse Advisory Committee (RNAC) gives Sharp RNs a direct voice in patient care decisions at Sharp. It provides a forum for Sharp Professional Nurses Network (SPNN) RNs to meet face-to-face as equals with nursing management to engage in joint problem solving and planning regarding patient care and nursing issues. It meets monthly at each facility and consists of 4 or 5 SPNN RNs, chosen by SPNN, and an equal number of nursing management members. It’s chaired jointly by a SPNN RN and the CNO.
It has wide latitude to review, discuss and address patient and staff safety issues, staffing objections, floating, use of registry and travelers, patient classification, policies and procedures, and more.
The RNAC is described in detail in Article 4 of the SPNN contract, which establishes a separate local RN Advisory Committee for each hospital, plus one each for Home Health, Hospice, and Non-Hospital Groups.
- Be a SPNN union member in good standing.
- Regularly attend a 2-3 hour monthly meeting at your facility. These are a set day and time and your unit should be able to schedule you around this. Sharp pays you a minimum of 2 hours for these meetings.
- Be willing to speak openly and honestly with management.
- Be willing to engage other RNs on your unit, as well as other units, in gathering information about possible issues that need to be addressed, as well as sharing what has been worked on in RNAC.
If you, or someone you know, are interested and can meet these requirements, please consider nominating yourself or a colleague. If you have questions or would like to discuss this with someone, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go online at unacuhcp.org/RNAC to nominate yourself or a colleague to the RNAC. The deadline to submit your nomination is 11:59pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
You may contact the UNAC/UHCP state office at (909) 599-8622 to request a hard copy of the nomination form if you experience any difficulties submitting an electronic nomination. Must be a member in good standing and eligible to nominate candidates and run for office.
All candidates determined to be eligible for office will be posted (in alphabetical order) at unacuhcp.org/RNACcandidates no later than 12pm on Monday, March 2, 2020.
All pre-election protests must be submitted in writing to Elizabeth.Hawkins@unacuhcp.org no later than 12pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. For further information regarding pre-election protests, please contact 909-599-8622.