Affiliations and partners #


American Nurses Association #

The American Nurses Associ­a­tion (ANA) is the only full-service profes­sional organi­za­tion repre­senting the inter­ests of the nation’s 3.6 million regis­tered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associ­a­tions and its organi­za­tional affil­i­ates, making ANA the strongest voice for the nursing profession.

Dedicated to ensuring that an adequate supply of highly-skilled and well-educated nurses is avail­able, ANA is committed to meeting the needs of nurses as well as health care consumers. ANA advances the nursing profes­sion by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing and by lobbying the Congress and regula­tory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the general public.


AFT Nurses and Health Professionals #

AFT Nurses and Health Profes­sionals was created in 1978 when the AFTs consti­tu­tion was amended to allow organizing and affil­i­a­tion of health care workers.

In 2013, WSNA’s Board of Direc­tors and Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare voted to affil­iate with AFT, giving WSNA member­ship in the AFL-CIO and enhancing the power of nurses to advocate for quality patient care, profes­sional standards and improved working condi­tions for nurses. Affil­i­a­tion with AFT and the AFL-CIO also brings WSNA protec­tion from raids and other preda­tory actions. 

AFT Nurses and Health Profes­sionals has engaged in several multi-union initia­tives on issues of impor­tance to members, including advocating for safe staffing and safe lifting, addressing the growing problem of workplace violence and ensuring that school children have enough nurses to adequately care for their needs.


Washington State Labor Council #

Widely consid­ered to be the voice of labor” in our state, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, repre­sents and provides services for hundreds of local unions throughout Washington state.

The WSLC’s core programs are legisla­tive advocacy, polit­ical action, commu­ni­ca­tions and media relations, plus assis­tance with organizing campaigns.

Currently, there more than 600 local unions affil­i­ated with the WSLC, repre­senting approx­i­mately 550,000 rank-and-file union members working in our state. The WSLC is the largest labor organi­za­tion in our state and is the only organi­za­tion repre­senting all AFL-CIO unions in the state.



The American Feder­a­tion of Labor and Congress of Indus­trial Organi­za­tions (AFL-CIO) is the democ­ratic, volun­tary feder­a­tion of 55 national and inter­na­tional labor unions that repre­sent 12.5 million working men and women.

The AFL-CIO works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people, including ensuring all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity and equal opportunities. 

The AFL-CIO advances legis­la­tion to create good jobs and advocates for strength­ening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, afford­able health care avail­able to all.

They help make safe, equitable workplaces and give working people a collec­tive voice to address workplace injus­tices without the fear of retal­i­a­tion. And, the AFL-CIO fights for social and economic justice and strives to vanquish oppres­sion in all its forms.


Washington Center for Nursing #

The Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) is the nonprofit statewide nursing organi­za­tion whose goal is building a diverse, highly qualifi­ed nursing workforce to support a healthier Washington. WSNA Execu­tive Director Sally Watkins, PhD, MS, RN sits on WCN’s Board of Directors.


Nursing Students of Washington State #

NSWS is the only statewide student nursing associ­a­tion in Washington state, dedicated to the advance­ment of nursing educa­tion in order to promote the highest standards and best practices for nursing students in the state of Washington.

Nursing Students of Washington State is the state chapter of the National Student Nurses Associ­a­tion and an indepen­dent organi­za­tion supported in part by the Washington State Nurses Association.

Organizational affiliates #

The WSNA Board of Direc­tors created the organi­za­tional affil­iate program to bring together the exper­tise and voices of nursing. Together, we more effec­tively advocate for the varied needs of nurses and the future of the profession.

The WSNA Board grants organi­za­tional affil­iate status to organi­za­tions of regis­tered nurses that meet certain criteria, including having a formal organi­za­tional struc­ture and estab­lished formal goals. Our organi­za­tional affil­i­ates are repre­sented in the WSNA General Assembly, have a voting seat on the Profes­sional Nursing and Health Care Council, and are entitled to submit the names of quali­fied regis­tered nurse repre­sen­ta­tives for appoint­ment to ad hoc groups and task forces.

School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW) #

SNOW supports school nurses in the delivery of health services designed to improve the health and academic success of students.

Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization #

MMPHO’s mission is to provide finan­cial aid and schol­ar­ships to students of African heritage who pursue studies leading to careers in profes­sional nursing.

ARNPs United of Washington State #

ARNPs United is a non-profit organi­za­tion dedicated to promoting ARNP practice by coordi­nating legisla­tive, educa­tional, and networking activ­i­ties of Nurse Practi­tioners throughout Washington state.

Pacific-Northwest Chinese Nurses Association #

PCNA’s aim is to estab­lish a platform for members to make connec­tions and exchange career resources with one and another. Their mission is to diver­sify future nursing workforce with the hope to improve minority health status.