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Our strength comes from each other

During this year’s Washington State Nurses Convention, we hope nurses across Washington state will feel connected to and supported by others who have also felt the heavy weight of the pandemic on their shoulders.

This story was published in the Spring-Summer 2021 issue of The Washington Nurse magazine.

In 2019, the World Health Organization named 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife — meant to celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and highlight the importance of nurses and midwives. But 2020 widely became known as the Year of the Nurse for other reasons: the innumerable and enormous sacrifices nurses have made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses do what nobody else will do, in ways nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through. We are strong, but we need each other to help us keep going. During this year’s Washington State Nurses Convention, we hope nurses across Washington state will feel connected to and supported by others who have also felt the heavy weight of the pandemic on their shoulders.

By attending this year’s convention, we hope you will feel better equipped to lead change, improve health and just keep going in 2021.

Visit nurseconventionwa.org to view the full agenda, learn about speakers and more.

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The WSNA Nominations / Search Committee and the Economic and General Welfare (E&GW) Nominating / Search Committee thank all of the nurses who have chosen to run for elected office this year. WSNA is a member-driven organization; YOU are WSNA, and volunteer, elected leaders like you are essential to keeping members’ voices at the forefront.

Have you moved in the past two years? Your ballot for WSNA elections will go out directly after the Washington State Nurses Convention April 28-29 to the mailing address we have on file. Make sure you get your ballot by updating your membership information.

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The WSNA Board of Directors and Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare (Cabinet) recognize that discrimination in any form is harmful to society as a whole and in opposition to the values and ethical code of the nursing profession. The WSNA Board of Directors and Cabinet are committed to address issues of social and health disparities and racial justice.

The purpose of this Resolution is to reiterate the significance of a nondiscriminatory stance and provide guidance in creating inclusive strategies for the provision of nursing care for individuals of all ages and from all populations.