Run for WSNA Office

Did you ever wish you had a greater say in WSNA’s priorities and programs? #

WSNA offers myriad oppor­tu­ni­ties for members to get involved in consid­ering issues, making decisions and repre­senting the work of the associ­a­tion. You are WSNA, and your volun­teer elected leaders are essen­tial to keeping members’ voices at the forefront.

At this time, the WSNA and Economic & General Welfare search commit­tees are seeking nomina­tions for elected offices. You can nominate yourself by filling out a Consent to Serve” form, avail­able online at https://​wsna​.to/​C​o​n​s​entToServe. Also send us a short candi­date state­ment and photo for publi­ca­tion in the winter issue of The Washington Nurse, where we will intro­duce the candidates.

Completed Consent to Serve forms can be submitted electron­i­cally at http://​wsna​.org/serve or on paper. Paper forms should be mailed to: Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, 575 Andover Park West, Suite 101, Seattle, WA. 98188.

Please note that the Consent to Serve also includes the oppor­tu­nity to express interest in appointed positions. 

Except as noted, terms for all offices are two years.

The deadline for receipt of nominations for printing in the Washington Nurse is Friday, Nov. 2. #

All members in good standing are eligible for office; however, only those members repre­sented for collec­tive bargaining by WSNA and who meet the WSNA Bylaws defin­i­tion of Staff Nurse may be candi­dates for the following offices:

  • Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare
  • Economic & General Welfare Nominating/​Search Committee
  • Delegates and Alter­nates to the 2020 AFT convention

Nominations after Nov. 2 #

Members may declare their own candi­dacy by submit­ting a Consent to Serve form to the WSNA Secre­tary no later than sixty (60) days prior to the first meeting of the WSNA General Assembly (deadline is March 3, 2019) or by being nominated from the floor at the General Assembly (May 2, 2019). However, these nomina­tions will not be printed in the winter 2019 issue of The Washington Nurse due to advance time required for printing.

The names of all candi­dates, regard­less of time and method of nomina­tion, will appear on the mailed election ballot, to be sent out following the May 2, 2019 General Assembly. Addition­ally, write-in candi­dates are allowed.

WSNA Board of Directors #

Board members are elected to repre­sent the member­ship of the WSNA. Board members have the legal, ethical and fiduciary respon­si­bility for all Associ­a­tion activ­i­ties and act as trustees of the organi­za­tion on behalf of all Associ­a­tion members.

11 members:

  • Presi­dent (1)
  • Vice Presi­dent (1)
  • Secre­tary / Treasurer (1)
  • Direc­tors At-Large (3)
  • Direc­tors At-Large Staff Nurse (2) non-manage­rial, non-super­vi­sory, direct patient care provider, repre­sented by WSNA for collec­tive bargaining
  • Chair of the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (1)*
  • Chair of the Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council (1)*
  • Chair of the Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council (1)*

Three to four one-day meetings per year; may also be appointed to other work groups such as the WSNF board of trustees, etc.

* Note: the chairs of the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare, Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council, and Profes­sional Nursing & Health Care Council are elected separately and also serve as full members of the WSNA Board of Direc­tors by virtue of their offices.

WSNA Nominations / Search Committee #

Nomina­tions / Search Committee members request nomina­tions for office and review all completed Consent to Serve forms. They prepare the slate of quali­fied candi­dates and recom­mend chair and members for special committees.

Six members (four elected, two appointed)

  • Members (4)

Two to three one-day meetings per biennium (every other year).

Professional Nursing & Health Care Council #

The PNHCC forecasts trends, promotes contin­uing educa­tion programs, addresses issue of nursing practice, collab­o­rates with other nursing and specialty organi­za­tions, and develops resources on issues relating to nursing practice, educa­tion, human rights and access to health care.

11 members (seven elected, four appointed):

  • Chair (1) — also serves on WSNA Board of Directors
  • Members (6)

Three one-day meetings per year; some committee work outside of meetings is also typical.

Legislative & Health Policy Council #

Council members serve in a polit­i­cally non-partisan capacity to recom­mend a state legisla­tive agenda to the WSNA Board of Direc­tors, review proposed legis­la­tion and recom­mend response, educate and assist the WSNA member­ship in under­standing WSNA’s legisla­tive prior­i­ties and assist in providing infor­ma­tion to legis­la­tors and the public.

Seven members (four elected, three appointed):

  • Chair (1) — also serves on WSNA Board of Directors
  • Members (3)

Three one-day meetings per year, with the addition of Advocacy Camp and Nurse Legisla­tive Day; weekly phone confer­ence calls while the Washington State Legis­la­ture is in session (usually Jan. through March or April).

ANA Membership Assembly #

(One is the Presi­dent; others elected) 

  • Delegates (13)

The following offices are restricted to members repre­sented by WSNA for collec­tive bargaining:

Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (E&GW) #

The Cabinet sets prior­i­ties for WSNA labor relations functions and activ­i­ties and is charged with devel­oping and reviewing policies and proce­dures for the conduct of the E&GW program and collec­tive bargaining. The Cabinet also estab­lishes standards and rules for Local Units.

10 members:

  • Chair (1) — Also serves on WSNA Board of Directors 
  • Vice Chair (1)
  • Secre­tary / Treasurer (1)
  • At-Large Members (7)

Four to six one-day meetings and six to eight confer­ence calls per year; additional work outside of meetings.

E&GW Nominating / Search Committee #

Researches and requests names of candi­dates and prepares slate for election to Cabinet, Nominating/​Search Committee, and delegates and alter­nates to the governing body of any national or inter­na­tional labor organi­za­tion with which WSNA is affiliated.

Three members:

  • Members (3) Candi­date receiving the highest number of votes serves as Chair

Two to three one-day meetings per biennium.

2020 AFT Convention #

Must be a member in good standing of WSNA and AFT. Delegates attend and partic­i­pate in AFT’s four-day conven­tion. All expenses paid by WSNA.

  • Delegates (up to 20) 

View the WSNA Handbook for Cabinet, Council & Committee Members here. #