David Keepnews, executive director of the Washington State Nurses Association, said a lack of nurses means they struggle to provide the care patients need. He thinks the bill is needed to stop the hemorrhaging within the profession, and could even reverse it.
“We’ve heard from many nurses who have left that if conditions were different, especially in terms of adequate staffing, that they would come back to nursing,” Keepnews pointed out. “But we are losing people. We’re losing talented, experienced nurses every day.”