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2022 Union Leadership Conference

Attendees connected with other WSNA leaders around the state, learned about current issues facing unions and nursing practice, and engaged in group workshops.

This story was published in the Spring-Summer 2022 issue of The Washington Nurse magazine.

April 24-26, WSNA hosted the Union Leadership Conference, drawing more than 100 nurses representing 25 facilities around the state. The two-day event, held at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan, gave attendees the opportunity to connect with other WSNA leaders around the state, learn about current issues facing unions and nursing practice and engage in small group workshops on topics like political advocacy; diversity, equity and inclusion; and building power in the workplace.

Featured speakers included AFT president Randi Weingarten on the national landscape for labor; Washington State Labor Council secretary treasurer April Sims on how unions can respond to inequities in health care and racism in the professional practice environment; WSNA director of nursing practice Gloria Brigham and WSNA labor attorney Pamela Chandran on the criminalization of medical errors; and WSNA executive director David Keepnews on the state of the WSNA union.

This year’s theme, “RESPECT!” inspired nurses and staff to dress up and show us what it means to them at the reception held before the Local Unit Awards Banquet. Learn more about the award winners.