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Every two years, WSNA welcomes a new class of inductees into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame. This year, the coron­avirus pandemic meant that we could not hold our usual induc­tion gala dinner and ceremony. Instead, our six legendary inductees were honored in a small virtual ceremony.

In this article, we present the achieve­ments, vision and deter­mi­na­tion of our 2020 class of Hall of Fame inductees. They join 71 nurses and leaders inducted into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame since its incep­tion in 1996.

WSNA created its Hall of Fame to recog­nize the dedica­tion and achieve­ments of Washington state regis­tered nurses who have made signif­i­cant lifetime contri­bu­tions to the profes­sion of nursing.

Each inductee has demon­strated excel­lence in the areas of patient care, leader­ship, educa­tion, public service, nurse advocacy, heroism, patient advocacy or clinical practice.

Their contri­bu­tions have value to nursing beyond the inductee’s lifetime, and their demon­strated excel­lence has made a differ­ence in the health and social history of Washington

Congratulations to all of the 2020 inductees! #

Jan bussert

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN #

Throughout her career spanning five decades, Bussert has been a tireless and committed champion for WSNA, the American Nurses Associ­a­tion, regis­tered nurses and the nursing profes­sion. She has consis­tently worked to build the power of nurses across Washington state to speak up for themselves and their patients in their workplaces, in the state legis­la­ture and in Washington, D.C. Read more…

Darrell owens

Darrell Owens, MSN, MSHSA, DNP

Darrell Owens, MSN, MSHSA, DNP

Owens is a nurse pioneer who has changed the face of pallia­tive care in Washington state. He has been working to change patient care and the systems that allow for patient-centered care for more than 20 years, including devel­oping and building the inpatient pallia­tive care service and the outpa­tient primary pallia­tive care program within the UW Medicine system. Read more…

Donna poole


Donna Poole, MSN, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC #

Poole has long been a nursing leader in Washington state, and she has led in so many different capac­i­ties: as presi­dent of WSNA, as a founding member and leader of the Associ­a­tion of Advanced Practice Psychi­atric Nurses, as a 30-year affil­iate faculty member at the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing and as an appointed member of the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion. Read more…

Kristen swanson

Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN #

Swanson has has had an incred­ible impact on patient care, leader­ship, educa­tion, public service and clinical practice through her contri­bu­tions to nursing science and nursing educa­tion. Her Theory of Caring has provided the founda­tion for hundreds of scien­tific studies as well as a theoret­ical frame­work for the nursing care provided at clinical insti­tu­tions world­wide. Read more…

Linda Tieman

Linda Tieman, RN, MN, FACHE

Linda Tieman, RN, MN, FACHE #

In 2004, after a long career in nursing and manage­ment, Tieman was named execu­tive director of the newly-formed Washington Center for Nursing, a nonprofit created by state nursing leaders in the face of a looming shortage of nurses. WCN was to focus on nursing resources, educa­tion and workforce issues in Washington state. Tieman took charge and for the next 11 years tirelessly advocated for Washington’s nursing workforce and built a state nursing center that is a leader in the nation. Read more…

Nancy fugate woods

Nancy Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN #

Woods is a legend in nursing – locally, nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally. In fact, she was named a​“Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing in 2017. The recog­ni­tion came after decades of research, teaching and leader­ship that have shaped not only the practice of nursing, but also the educa­tion and careers of legions of nurses. Read more…