Patty Longstreet Hayes, MSN, RN has had the distinc­tion of working for nursing in both Washington State and the other” Washington, Washington, DC. She has held positions in govern­ment agencies as well as in the private sector.

Patty earned her BSN and MN from the Univer­sity of Washington. She started her nursing career as a staff nurse at West Seattle Hospital. After finishing her masters degree in stress manage­ment and psychoso­cial nursing, Patty began working for the Depart­ment of Social and Health Services in their Commu­nity Nurse Program. This position was only the begin­ning of other positions with the state.

A longtime WSNA member, in 1984, Patty left DSHS to begin employ­ment with WSNA as the Govern­ment Relations Specialist. In her 7.5 years with WSNA, Patty served as the Govern­ment Relations Specialist, the Director of Nursing Practice and Govern­ment Relations and finally as the Execu­tive Director from 1989 – 1992.

Patty was instru­mental in guiding WSNA through one of its most challenging periods early in her term as Execu­tive Director – the union raids of 1989. Patty was always the cheer­leader who kept people’s spirits high and kept them from despair when the outlook seemed so bleak.

As one of her former staffers put it, The most memorable Patty story for me, was a terrible day in 1989 when WSNA overwhelm­ingly lost the election to repre­sent nurses at Provi­dence Medical Center. I was the half-time organizer, outnum­bered over 12 to one by the non-nurse unions who staffed that campaign and when after the election, devas­tated and in tears, I returned to the office to the celebra­tion of the new WSNA” and was unable to face a party in full swing, Patty grabbed me, took me into her office and let me sit and sob while she took calls from live radio and extolled the virtue and future of WSNA!

I completely credit the team of Patty Hayes as Execu­tive Director and Joanna Boatman as Presi­dent, for saving WSNA and launching the new tough respon­sive organi­za­tion to repre­sent nurses in the state of Washington and to continue to be a bell-weather state associ­a­tion for ANA.” When Patty announced her resig­na­tion in 1992 and her intent to move across the country to the other Washington, there were many tears shed in Washington State.

While in Washington DC, Patty served as the Associate Director of Federal Govern­ment Affairs for the American Associ­a­tion of Nurse Anesthetists. She also served as a consul­tant to the American Nurses Associ­a­tion and was respon­sible for devel­op­ment of stress manage­ment strate­gies. It is no secret that she practiced many of those stress manage­ment strate­gies while at WSNA!

In 1994, Patty returned from the other side of the country. Here, she was active as a Govern­ment Relations Consul­tant for nursing and health related groups such as the advanced regis­tered nurse practi­tioners, the nurse anesthetists, the advanced practice psychi­atric nurses, and others. In 1995, Patty assumed the role of Execu­tive Director of the Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion ; formerly known as the Board of Nursing.” Patty worked for the welfare of all nurses and consumers of nursing services as well as continued to be a supporter of WSNA.

During her spare time, Patty served as an assis­tant professor at St. Martins College in Olympia. She was part of the team with Bobbie Berkowitz respon­sible for the curriculum devel­op­ment and instruc­tion in the master’s program in Leader­ship and Public Policy. During this time, she was also respon­sible for a class in health care policy for Gonzaga Univer­sity in Spokane as well as holding an adjunct faculty appoint­ment at Seattle University.

In 1997, Patty became the Director of Policy, Legisla­tive and Constituent Relations for the Washington State Depart­ment of Health. There she coordi­nates and directs the policy office and legisla­tive program for the Depart­ment of Health. All of Patty’s experi­ence in leader­ship, govern­ment relations and health care policy are called into play every day in this challenging and impor­tant position. Patty has expressed her commit­ment to serve the citizens of this state by providing the depart­ment with the essen­tial leader­ship needed to convey impor­tant public health issues and solutions. Along with nursing concerns such as nurse delega­tion and scope of practice, Patty also has worked on special projects concerning immuniza­tion policy review, school health initia­tives and other topics.

Patty has received many state appoint­ments in both nursing and health-related areas. These include committee member of the Statewide Arthritis Advisory Committee; member of the Univer­sity of Washington Commu­nity Nurse Practi­tioner Program Advisory Committee; member of the advisory committee for the UW Tacoma Leader­ship Collab­o­ra­tive; member of Gonzaga Univer­sity School of Nursing Advisory Board; member of the Higher Educa­tion Coordi­nating Board Nursing Schol­ar­ship Oversight Committee and Nursing Artic­u­la­tion Advisory Committee; member of the Washington State Board of Nursing Chemical Depen­dency Task Force; member of the health and steering committee of the Statewide Steering Committee on Adoles­cent Pregnancy, Pregnancy Preven­tion and Parenting; and a member of the Gover­nor’s Office Compa­rable Worth Advisory Committee.

Patty has been able to share her vast knowl­edge through publi­ca­tions and presen­ta­tions. She has presented programs for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and at a National Confer­ence on Nurses and Prescrip­tive Authority. She has had articles in various nursing publi­ca­tions, including The Washington Nurse, the Depart­ment of Health Legisla­tive Newsletter, the Nursing Commis­sion Newsletter and others.

There have been many awards and honors bestowed on Patty from her profes­sion and her peers. Patty received a special award from WSNA in 1993 in Recog­ni­tion for Outstanding Service. In 1992, the Washington Associ­ated of Nurse Anesthetists gave her their Honorary Recog­ni­tion Award. The North­west Society of Clinical Special­ists in Psychoso­cial Nursing awarded Patty their 1990 Nurse of the Year award. Patty also received the Presi­dent’s Recog­ni­tion from the Washington Health Care Associ­a­tion in 1989.

Patty’s influ­ence and legacy reaches from this state, across the country, and back again. She has demon­strated excel­lence in nursing, leader­ship, educa­tion, and nurse advocacy that has affected the health and social history of Washington State.