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WSNA votes on endorsements at WSLC COPE Convention

The Washington State Nurses Association was well represented at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO’s 2022 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Endorsing Convention on Saturday, May 21.




Donate blood. Save a life. Thank a nurse!

One week is not long enough to honor our nurses and their life-saving contributions, so Bloodworks Northwest is having a “Thank a Nurse” Blood Drive for the entire month of May.


Governor Jay Inslee proclaims May as Nurses Month in Washington state

“I encourage all people in our state to join me in honoring the nurses of Washington, especially recog­nizing the critical and live-saving role that regis­tered nurses have filled around our state, country, and world through the current coron­avirus pandemic.”


Nurses Month 2022 - You deserve more than "thanks"

You make a difference. Every day. You deserve more than just “thank you.” As the leading voice and advocate for nurses in Washington, WSNA is working to show our appreciation throughout the year.


2022 Union Leadership Conference - RESPECT!

WSNA nurses from across the state flexed their union strength and represented their bargaining units with pride at the biennial Union Leadership Conference April 24 - 26 in Lake Chelan.



Joint statement on the conviction of RaDonda Vaught

Focusing on blame and punishment solves nothing. It can only discourage reporting and drive errors underground. It not only undermines patient safety; it fosters an environment of fear and lack of respect for health care workers.



Photos: 2022 Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame gala

On Thursday, March 17, 2022, WSNA honored the dedication and achievement of six Washington RNs who have changed the practice, research, educational opportunities and governing policies of nursing in our state.



WSNA in Olympia – Major wins of the 2022 session

The Legislature adjourned Sine Die yesterday, March 10, marking the end of the 2022 Washington State Legislative session. Stay tuned for a full end of session report next, but until then, take a look at some of the major wins of the 2022 session.



WSNA in Olympia – Legislative Session Week 8

Yesterday, the Legislature reached the final cutoff for policy bills. All bills that did not make it past this deadline and are not necessary to implement the budget are no longer viable. Unfortunately, WSNA's number one priority, safe staffing legislation, didn't make it past this week's deadlines.


The Senate failed us, but we’re not done

The Senate Ways and Means Committee did not pass our safe staffing bill out of committee by the deadline, meaning HB 1868 is very unlikely to pass this legislative cycle. We are deeply disappointed, but this is a delay, not defeat.



WSNA in Olympia – Legislative Session Week 7

Both legislative budgets were released this week on Monday. We were excited to see funding for WSNA priorities, including school nurse funding, sexual assault nurse examiner training and workforce development. The Legislature also reached the second policy cutoff of the year on Thursday.


WSNA in Olympia – Legislative Session Week 6

On Monday, the Legislature reached the house of origin cutoff. Most of our priority bills made is past this crucial deadline. Because most of our bills started in the House, we will now be working on moving those bills through the Senate.


Nursing commission seeks members

The Office of the Governor is recruiting to fill vacancies on Washington state's Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.


WSNA in Olympia – Legislative Session Week 5

On Monday, the Legislature reached fiscal cut off for the house of origin. The rest of the week was spent on the Legislature caucusing and voting bills off the House and Senate floors. We are expecting the safe staffing bill to be voted on by the house any day now.