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WGU’s senior strategic partnerships manager Will Gable delivers boxes to nurses at Providence St. Peter Hospital.

While some of us got to sleep in an extra hour Sunday while clocks fell backward during the annual daylight saving time shift, many frontline staff throughout the state wound up working an additional hour.

As a way to show gratitude, Western Governors University (WGU Washington) organized an initiative to deliver care packages to more than 3,160 hospital staff members working in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah. 

Workers were treated items like lip balm, cocoa, coffee, and a number of goodies in honor of their continued dedication and hard work, a release said. 

Care Packages made their way to the following medical facilities around the Puget Sound region:

  • Bellingham (St. Joseph Medical Center)
  • Burien (St. Anne Hospital)
  • Centralia (Providence Centralia Hospital)
  • Enumclaw (St. Elizabeth Hospital)
  • Everett (Swedish Mill Creek)
  • Federal Way (St. Francis Hospital)
  • Gig Harbor (St. Anthony Hospital)
  • Lakewood (St. Clare Hospital)
  • Olympia (Providence St. Peters Hospital)
  • Renton (University of Washington Valley Medical Center)
  • Seattle (Virginia Mason Medical Center)
  • Silverdale (St. Michael Medical Center)
  • Tacoma (St. Joseph Medical Center) 

"We are thrilled to honor our night shift nurses as we roll back the clock and they work an extra hour," said WGU Washington Chancellor and Regional Vice President Tonya Drake in a release. “Our health professionals have helped us all through the pandemic, and this our small way of expressing our gratitude. They are our local heroes, and we applaud them for all they do for us."

WGU also has a scholarship for up to $4,000 specifically open to night shift workers.

Visit here to find out more about eligibility.