In this week’s update:

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

Week three recap #

On Monday, nursing strength was on full display as more than 400 nurses and nursing students from around the state spent the day engaging in discus­sions, listening to speakers and learning from nurse advocates about the power of building relation­ships with your legislators!

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On Thursday, the Senate Labor Committee voted our Rest Breaks bill, SB 5190, out of committee. It now heads to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. WSNA also gave testi­mony to the House Educa­tion Committee about the impor­tance of funding school nurses and public health. WSNA members and staff also joined the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Legisla­tive Confer­ence in Olympia.

Advocacy camp #

We were excited to welcome more than 400 nurses and nursing students this year to Olympia for our revamped Advocacy Camp this week! The morning was packed with a variety of infor­ma­tion and presen­ta­tions: an infor­ma­tive Legisla­tive 101 presen­ta­tion, a thoughtful keynote address from Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, a humorous presen­ta­tion from Scott Palmer and a discus­sion with a panel of nurse advocates.

We look forward to building on this new format in 2020!

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Rest Breaks Bill update #

Now that our Rest Breaks bills (SB 5190 / HB 1155) have made it out of both the Senate and House Labor Commit­tees, these bills move on to the fiscal commit­tees in each chamber.

Click here to watch the house labor committee vote our Rest Break Bill out of the Labor Committee.

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In an effort to derail the success of this legis­la­tion, industry has intro­duced an alter­na­tive” that would under­mine worker and patient safety. SB 5344 adds language about rest breaks into an existing law, but this language simply maintains the status quo. Other language in this bill rolls back worker protec­tions that exist under current law and sets a max working week for nurses at 60 hours. Tell legis­la­tors to protect patient safety and oppose SB 5344 and nurses working to exhaus­tion while they care for us and to support HB 1155 and SB 5190.

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 after­noon meetings with legis­la­tors in their offices at the Capitol.

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

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