Jan Bussert Headshot

Jan Bussert, BN, RN
President

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Julia Barcott, RN
Chair, Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare

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Sally Watkins, PhD, RN
Executive Director

Leadership organizational chart

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    Get an overview of all the various groups and organizations within WSNA and their relationships to each other.

Board of Directors

2017–2019

WSNA Board of Directors, 2017-2019

Janice E. Bussert
President
Vashon Island
WSNA District 2

Renata L. Bowlden
Vice-President
University Place
WSNA District 3

Verlee M. Sutherlin
Secretary / Treasurer
Nine Mile Falls
WSNA District 4

Julia R. Barcott
Chair, Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare
Yakima
WSNA District 6

Lynnette K. Vehrs
Chair, Legislative & Health Policy Council
Spokane
WSNA District 4

Pamela Pasquale
Chair, Professional Nursing & Health Care Council
Wenatchee
WSNA District 7

Susan Glass
Member, At-Large
Spokane
WSNA District 4

Evelyn L. Street
Member, At-Large
Olympia
WSNA District 3

Ann M. Whitley
Member, At-Large
Yakima
WSNA District 6

Jordan Pai Palimar
Member, At-Large, Staff Nurse
Seattle
WSNA District 2

Rosa D. Young
Member, At-Large, Staff Nurse
Seattle
WSNA District 2

Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare

The Cabinet sets priorities for functions and activities of WSNA labor relations, including developing and reviewing policies and procedures related to the conduct of the economic and general welfare program.


Professional Nursing & Health Care Council

The Professional Nursing & Health Care Council is responsible for addressing issues of nursing practice that have been identified by members of the nursing profession and the public. Primary focus is given to the adherence to ethical, professional and legal standards of nursing practice.


Legislative & Health Policy Council

The Legislative & Health Policy Council sets the annual health policy and legislative agenda for the Washington State Nurses Association and plays an active role in reviewing and advancing WSNA's legislative priorities. It also helps set the agenda for WSNA's annual Advocacy Camp and Lobby Day.


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Districts

In 2018, the WSNA Board of Directors approved a plan to create Regional Nurses Association, combining multiple existing WSNA Districts to better meet the needs of members.

District Nurses Associations have been a part of WSNA from the beginning. Districts are unrelated to Local Units and are not involved in collective bargaining (union) activities. All members of WSNA are also members of their District or Regional Nurses Association. They are supported by a portion of membership dues and are intended to provide educational offerings, scholarship fundraising and networking on a local level. While larger Districts have successfully fulfilled that mission, most of the county-based districts are too small to effectively manage a program of local offerings.

The combined resources of Regional Nurses Associations will offer members more opportunities and, we trust, result in more vibrant organizations. Two regional associations have been formed, with more on the way in 2019:

Northwest Region Nurses Association

In late January 2018, members of three WSNA districts voted to join together as the Northwest Region Nurses Association. The new region encompasses WSNA members in Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

Expanded Pierce County Nurses Association

In December 2018, boundaries for PCNA were expanded to form a regional association that spans seven counties: Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam. PCNA, which has served members for 100 years, will now support 3,187 nurses across the Olympic Peninsula.

Bylaws

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    Read the full bylaws of The Washington State Nurses Association