Each year there are hundreds of proposed regulations and legislative bills introduced in Olympia with potential to greatly impact nurses, nursing, patient advocacy and your ability to deliver exceptional care. As an individual nurse, it’s nearly impossible to monitor and track all of the issues that affect your practice and livelihood.
As the largest association of registered nurses in the state, WSNA is there to ensure your interests are fully addressed. In fact, our legislative and regulatory staff of lobbyists, attorneys, labor, practice and health and safety specialists are dedicated to exclusively representing the interests of registered nurses.
The state Department of Labor and Industries on April 11 cited and fined St. Joseph Medical Center Tacoma for safety violations related to a series of attacks on nurses at the hospital. L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health launched an investigation at the request of WSNA after a patient in the psychiatric unit assaulted numerous nurses in October 2018.
As nurses across the country unite and advocate for their profession, St. Joseph’s Tacoma nurses are doing the same for themselves and their patients as they fight the good fight for safe staffing – and against incredibly unsafe, management mandated “alternative staffing.”
The collective voice of 4 million nurses have spoken, and they have been heard: the Washington state breaks and overtime protections bill has passed, without the bad amendments, and is on its way to the Governor. But we are not finished. We invite you to join us in our Facebook group #Beyondthecards in order to continue the momentum and nurse advocacy that has sustained the passage of our breaks and overtime protections bill.
As nurses around the country watch to see if Washington’s legislature will pass urgently needed breaks and overtime protections, we are reminded of the power nurses have owning our profession.
Washington state legislative session
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