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RED ALERT! Call Congress now to protect health care!

The Senate is taking another shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill is even worse than its predecessors. It would increase uninsured by millions, cost state governments billions more, and eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions. And the Senate aims to pass this bill in the next two weeks.Nurses need to call members of Congress right now and voice strong opposition to this bill. Health care for millions of Americans is at stake – and patients’ lives are on the line.

WSNA member Jessica Esparza speaks out for DACA

Jessica Esparza says she’s here to stay. She wants to keep working as a registered nurse on the medical oncology unit at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She wants to continue helping patients get through chemo, speaking with vulnerable patients in their native language and advocating for the needs of her community. Without DACA, though, Jessica may not be able to continue doing the work she loves.

Join the 10 Days of Safety Challenge!

Today, Sept. 18, marks the beginning of the Health Nurse Healthy Nation 10 Days of Safety Challenge, in which nurses who sign up will receive daily actionable tips to keep them mindful of ways to prevent injury in the workplace and how to best incorporate SPHM standards into daily practice.

Help Nurses Deal with Disaster Relief

With more disasters such as Hurricane Irma affecting our communities this fall, the American Nurses Foundation has now created a broader ‘Disaster Relief’ fund. This fund will support nurses in their disaster response and recovery efforts in southeastern Texas, the Virgin Islands, Florida and other states affected by the recent disasters.

Updated POLST released

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form has been revised, based on months of discussion. The POLST is the medical order form that allows any individual with a serious illness or frailty to summarize their wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment.

WSNA statement in support of DACA

Here in Washington state, many nursing students and working nurses are training and caring for patients thanks to their DACA status. We value what these students and nurses contribute to creating better health outcomes for everyone. The research on this is clear: Patients tend to receive better quality care when health professionals mirror the ethnic, racial and linguistic backgrounds of their patients. We join the American Nurses Association in calling on Congress to work together to find a compassionate, bipartisan solution that respects the humanity of every individual affected by the President’s recent decision to rescind the executive action for those with DACA status.

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