January marks the beginning of the 2017 – 19 biennium and the start of the 2017 legislative session. In this first year of the biennium, the legislature will pass the two-year operating budget with continued pressure to fund K‑12 education per the McCleary decision.
- WSNA's Priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session (pdf; 627.2 KB)
Our top issues #
WSNA continues to focus on staffing as a top priority. We are working closely with the Washington State Health Care Authority on the implementation of hospital incentive payments based on select nursing quality outcome measures, and we continue to monitor compliance with the current nurse staffing law.
WSNA is continuing our efforts on behalf of nurses and patients in the courts and with the Department of Labor &Industries to ensure that nurses and other health care workers receive uninterrupted rest breaks.
Budget priorities #
- Public health funding 1-pager (pdf; 1.4 MB)
- Loan Repayment 1-pager (pdf; 251.7 KB)
Policy priorities #
School nurse supervision
Clarifies what acts are considered registered nurse practice to be solely determined and carried out by a licensed registered nurse as defined by Washington law, such as the administration of medication as required by a treatment order or summoning emergency medical assistance. This does not prohibit a non-nurse from supervising a licensed registered nurse in a school with respect to matters other than the practice of nursing.
- School Nurse Supervision 1-pager (pdf; 186.4 KB)
Nurse Licensure Compact
WSNA remains concerned with major provisions of the compact. See WSNA Policy Paper on NLC for full details.
Balanced Billing (medical debt)
Have you or your family had an experience with a surprise medical bill, based on treatment by an out-of-network provider in an in-network facility? If so, please share your story with us!
- Secure Medicine Take-Back for Our Communities brochure (pdf; 792.7 KB)