Support nurses around the state as we call for meaningful raises to encourage nurses to stay in or return to the profession. Many of us became nurses because it is a calling. Many of us have left because — as nursing currently stands — we are devalued as humans.
Kara Yates has been a registered nurse for 12 years at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is co-chair of the Washington State Nurses Association at her hospital. She works as a pediatric certified charge nurse caring for patients in the pulmonary and craniofacial unit. Opinions in this Op-Ed are her own.