In this week’s update:

  • Week two recap
  • Rest Breaks hearings
  • Advocacy Camp is next week!
  • WSNA Lobby Day

For more on WSNA’s 2019 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties click here.

Week two recap #

The second week of the legisla­tive session got off to a fast start! On Monday, both the House and Senate Labor Commit­tees held hearings on our Rest Break bills, SB 5190 (Senate) and HB 1155 (House). WSNA member Martha Galvez testi­fied in both the House and Senate, sharing why this impor­tant legis­la­tion is needed to keep nurses and patients safe – see Martha’s testi­mony below.

WSNA also testi­fied before the House Health Care Committee on legis­la­tion related to surprise medical billing, HB 1065. This article in The Columbian has a good overview of the issue and this week’s hearing.

Addition­ally, your WSNA team has been hard at work this week preparing for Advocacy Camp on Monday! WSNA is looking forward to welcoming nearly 500 nurses and nursing students as we engage in discus­sion and activity about how to effec­tively advocate for nurses and patients when meeting with legislators.

Rest Breaks Bill hearings #

On Monday, Jan. 21, both the Senate and House Labor Commit­tees held hearings on our Rest Breaks bill (SB 5190 / HB 1155). Longtime WSNA member Martha Galvez traveled to Olympia from the Tri-Cities to share her experi­ence with lawmakers. She did a fantastic job in advocating for nurses with her testi­mony before both commit­tees!

See Martha’s Senate Labor Committee testi­mony click by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing these bills move out of these Commit­tees, but we need your help. We know that when nurses speak, lawmakers listen! If you haven’t done so already, click here to tell your legis­la­tors to support rest breaks for nurses.

Advocacy Camp is next week! #

This year WSNA’s Advocacy Camp is the desig­nated activity for schools and students, with a revamped struc­ture to facil­i­tate learning. Enjoy a morning keynote from Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, a buffet-style hot lunch and discus­sion with a panel of profes­sionals with experi­ence in advocating in the legis­la­ture. This year there is a flat rate regis­tra­tion fee of $25 for all partic­i­pants – and parking is free.

Haven’t regis­tered yet? You can still register onsite Monday morning. Follow this link for details.

WSNA Lobby Day - Feb. 28 #

The goal of WSNA’s Lobby Day is to advance our legisla­tive prior­i­ties that support nurses and patient safety. This event will include a morning briefing session to help partic­i­pants get up-to-speed on key issues before the legis­la­ture. A few legis­la­tors will be invited to speak at this event, and WSNA’s Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council will present the Association’s 2019 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties.

Time will also be spent role-playing to prepare for after­noon appoint­ments with your legis­la­tors. After lunch, you will head up to the hill to attend meetings with your legis­la­tors. This is a great oppor­tu­nity for nurses to talk with their lawmakers about key issues, such as the need for uninter­rupted rest breaks, as well as funding for school nurses, nursing educa­tion faculty and public health.

For more on WSNA’s 2019 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties, click here.

We are happy to offer 2.75 CNE contact hours this year! Visit the wsna​.org for more infor­ma­tion and Lobby Day regis­tra­tion.

Action alerts! #

As news about our legisla­tive prior­i­ties develop, watch for Action Alerts from WSNA regarding when to weigh in. Of course, one of the best oppor­tu­ni­ties to take action is by joining your fellow nurses in Olympia for WSNA Lobby Dayand meet with your legis­la­tors face-to-face!

Please look for regular email updates on legisla­tive action as the legisla­tive session gets underway – we look forward to your partic­i­pa­tion in the process!