The American Nurses Association is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.
advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing
practice; promoting a safe and ethical work environment; bolstering
the health and wellness of nurses; and advocating on health care issues
that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving
the quality of health care for all.
Founded in 1896, and with members in all 50 states and U.S. territories, ANA is the strongest voice for the profession of nursing.
WSNA’s affiliation with AFT Nurses and Health Professionals enhances the power of nurses to advocate for quality patient care, professional standards and improved working conditions. It also gives WSNA national AFL-CIO affiliation.
AFT Nurses and Health Professionals represents nearly 200,000 health professionals and is he second-largest nurses union in the AFL-CIO. AFT 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.
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.
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 David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN sits on WCN’s Board of Directors.
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.
The Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) supports the nursing profession in Washington state by funding nursing scholarships and providing financial assistance to nurses in need.
Since its inception in 1982, WSNF has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to nurses and nursing students enrolled in community colleges, baccalaureate and advanced degree programs in all corners of Washington state. By helping nurses advance their education, WSNF donors help encourage nurse recruitment, diversify the nursing profession, and improve nursing care and the health of our communities.
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.
SNOW supports school nurses in the delivery of health services designed to improve the health and academic success of students.
MMPNO’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 is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting ARNP practice by coordinating legislative, educational, and networking activities of Nurse Practitioners throughout Washington state.
PCNA’s aim is to establish a platform for members to make connections and exchange career resources with one another. Their mission is to diversify the future nursing workforce with the hope of improving minority health status.