Jan bussert

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN

Jan Bussert has been a consis­tent, steady leader for five decades, building and rebuilding the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion through many challenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties. Throughout her career, Bussert has been a tireless and committed champion for WSNA, the American Nurses Associ­a­tion, regis­tered nurses and the nursing profes­sion. She has consis­tently worked to build the power of nurses across Washington state to speak up for themselves and their patients in their workplaces, in the state legis­la­ture and in Washington, D.C.

Bussert received her nursing diploma in 1969 from St. Eliza­beth School of Nursing in Yakima and later her BSN from Gonzaga Univer­sity. She has more than 40 years of nursing experi­ence in both inpatient and outpa­tient settings as a staff nurse in psychi­atric nursing at Harborview Medical Center, critical care at St. Eliza­beth Hospital, cardiac rehabil­i­ta­tion and cardi­ology preven­tion and treat­ment at Yakima Heart Center and outpa­tient primary care at Vashon Health Clinic on Vashon Island. Bussert also worked for WSNA as a Labor Specialist and Nurse Organizer from 2006 until she retired in 2014.

Bussert has served WSNA and ANA in numerous positions over the years, devoting count­less hours to these associ­a­tions and the members they serve. She served four two-year terms as WSNA Board Presi­dent (1997 – 2001 and 2015 – 2019) and four two-year terms as WSNA First Vice Presi­dent (1979 – 1983 and 1993 – 1997).

In 2000, Bussert was elected to a four-year term on the ANA Board of Direc­tors and was appointed ANA Treasurer to fill a vacancy in 2002. She then success­fully ran for the position, serving as Treasurer from 2004 through 2006. She also served as Treasurer of the American Nurses Founda­tion and held several other national offices in ANA, including as a member of the ANA Finance Committee, Chair of the ANA Appoint­ments Committee and Vice-chair of the Constituent Assembly. She was a member of the Advisory Committee on the ANA Code of Ethics, the Task Force on Workplace Advocacy, the ANA Futures Task Force and the ANA Board Task Force on Affil­i­a­tion. Bussert has also served as an ANA delegate from WSNA for many years.

Bussert has always been active in legisla­tive and polit­ical action on behalf of nursing and has testi­fied on many nursing and health care issues before the state legis­la­ture and state agencies. Bussert also has presented at many state and national educa­tional sessions.

WSNA has twice awarded Bussert the coveted ANA Honorary Recog­ni­tion Pin Award, first in 2001 and again in 2019, for her outstanding leader­ship and contri­bu­tions to nurses and nursing in Washington state. WSNA members and student nurses have consis­tently described her as a tireless advocate, leader, mentor, teacher and true inspiration.

Bussert’s long service has had an enormous impact on WSNA and ANA, shaping what they are today. This impact will be felt by regis­tered nurses and the nursing profes­sion far into the future.