Legislation That Impacts Nurses In 2023, State and National List

Published by NURSE.ORG on 8/18/23 (Source)


SB 5236
The legislation focuses on establishing the necessary measures to meet the goals of creating safe staffing standards in the state of Washington. The bill was introduced earlier this year and signed into law on April 20th, 2023.

SB 5454 
Washington Nurses Association is requesting Senate Bill 5454 to amend the existing standards on workers’ compensation for nurses with PTSD. According to the association, the law only allowed nurses to seek workers' comp after experiencing one traumatic event. However, the association argues that trauma builds in the nurse's work and requests the legislation to permit nurses to seek mental health resources at any time. The bill was signed into law on May 9th, 2023.