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; 627.204 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.
Public health funding
Support a new $60 million investment to fill critical gaps in core public health services, such as disease prevention and response – and support the design and implementation of shared services to modernize our state’s public health system. Find out more.
- Public health funding 1-pager (pdf; 1.416 MB)
Student loan repayment program
Support an additional $9 million to the health profession loan repayment and scholarship program. Support additional funding for nurse educator salaries and nursing enrollment slots. Find out more.
- Loan Repayment 1-pager (pdf; 251.663 kB)
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. Find out more.
- School Nurse Supervision 1-pager (pdf; 186.363 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)
Ensure that consumers receiving care at an in-network facility are charged the in-network rate for out-of-network providers working in that facility. Find out more.
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!
Address the opioid crisis
Support a statewide secure medicine return program and other efforts to address the opioid crisis, such as enhancements to the prescription drug monitoring program. Find out more.
- Secure Medicine Take-Back for Our Communities brochure (pdf; 792.707 kB)