Legislative priorities

January marks the beginning of the 2019 legislative session. During this session, WSNA is focused on school nurse funding, nurse education funding, public health funding, securing uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, ending surprise medical billing, addressing the opioid epidemic and expanding access to mental health services.

Our top priority

Meal and rest breaks bill

Meal And Rest Breaks

Protect patients by ensuring nurses receive uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, so that they can provide the highest quality patient care.

Budget priorities

School nurse funding


Improve the health and safety of K-12 students across Washington by increasing state support for the Prototypical School Funding Model to place more nurses in Class One school districts and for the School Nurse Corps which funds nurses in Class Two school districts.

Nursing education funding

Nursing Education Funding

Increase state funding for nursing education faculty salaries to recruit and retain well-qualified educators to train the next generation of nurses. Provide scholarship and loan repayment funding that has a significant impact for nurses, allowing them financial stability while working with underserved communities.

Foundational public health services

Public Health is Essential

Protect the health and safety of our communities by ensuring that standards for communicable disease prevention and environmental health are met across the state.

Policy priorities

Surprise medical billing

Surprise Medical Billing

Safeguard patients and their families against surprise medical bills when treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility under emergency or surgical circumstances.

Address the opioid crisis

Opioids Secure Medicine Return

Address the opioid epidemic through prevention and treatment in every community in Washington state.

Access to mental health services

Access To Mental Health Services

Support patient access to mental/behavioral health treatment by community providers, such as psychiatric nurse practitioners, as inappropriate boarding of patients in health care facilities often leads to workplace violence experienced by nurses and other frontline health care workers.