Congratulations to these WSNA members elected by their peers to serve in positions of leadership during our 2021 – 2023 biennium!
Names of election winners are followed by their regional nurses association and home city.
The Board has many responsibilities, including ensuring the priorities adopted by the WSNA General Assembly are incorporated in the strategic plan for each biennium. The Board also approves the budget for WSNA and appoints and reviews the executive director. Board members act as ambassadors for WSNA, representing the association to the membership and other organizations as appropriate.
The chairs of the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, Legislative and Health Policy Council, and Professional Nursing and Health Care Council are elected separately and serve as full members of the Board by virtue of their offices. Two of the director-at-large positions must be filled by non-managerial, non-supervisory, direct patient care providers represented by WSNA for collective bargaining.
The Cabinet is the governing body for WSNA’s union work. The Cabinet develops and reviews policies and procedures relating to collective bargaining contract administration, contract enforcement, organizing and other WSNA labor relations activities. Members of the Cabinet must be represented for collective bargaining by WSNA.
The Cabinet will appoint 1-2 additional members this fall.
The PNHCC forecasts trends, promotes continuing education programs, addresses issues on nursing practice and collaborates with other nursing and specialty organizations. The council also develops resources on issues relating to nursing practice, education, human rights and access to health care.
Four additional members were appointed by the Board of Directors on Aug. 20, 2021.
The Legislative and Health Policy Council sets the annual health policy and legislative agenda for WSNA and plays an active role in reviewing and advancing WSNA’s legislative priorities. The council also reviews proposed legislation and makes decisions on WSNA’s stance and actions based on recommendations from staff, contract lobbyists and members. Council members represent the membership by serving in a politically non-partisan capacity
Three additional members were appointed by the Board of Directors on Aug. 20, 2021.
During WSNA elections, the committee requests nominations for office and reviews all completed Consent to Serve forms. Committee members prepare the slate of qualified candidates and recommend chairpersons and members for special committees.
During WSNA elections, the committee requests nominations and prepares the slate of candidates for election to the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, delegates to the biennial American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Convention, and the committee itself. This committee is restricted to members represented by WSNA for collective bargaining.
An additional appointment may be made by the Cabinet in the fall.
Because WSNA is an affiliate of AFT, a national union, WSNA sends delegates to AFT’s national convention every biennium. These delegates bring the Washington state voice to the national table. As of July 2021, the 2022 AFT Convention is scheduled to take place in person July 14-17, 2022, in Boston. All delegate expenses are paid by WSNA. Delegates are restricted to members represented by WSNA for collective bargaining.
1st Alternate: Karen Banks
The ANA Membership Assembly is the governing and official voting body of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Because WSNA members are also members of ANA, WSNA sends delegates to the annual assembly to ensure that priority nursing issues are addressed on a national level. The 2022 ANA Membership Assembly will take place June 10-11, 2022. As of July 2021, the location of the event has not yet been announced (in Washington, D.C., or virtual).
If WSNA is allotted more than 13 representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly, or one cannot go, additional elected alternate representatives are chosen to attend. The first five elected alternates in order of votes are:
May 25, 2022