Call for self-nominations for appointments

Join a WSNA council or committee.

This story was published in the Spring-Summer 2023 issue of The Washington Nurse.

The WSNA Board of Directors seeks volunteers for appointment to the following WSNA councils and committees. The Board will be making appointments this summer. Appointments will be for two years, starting September 1, 2023.

If you or your colleagues are interested in serving on any of these councils or committees, please go to the Application for Appointment form (also known as the “Consent to Serve”) at https://bit.ly/WSNAappts23. The form must be completed and submitted no later than July 15, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mainville, WSNA executive assistant.

Appointments will be made to these WSNA Councils and Committees:

Professional Nursing and Health Care Council

Responsibilities of the council are defined by the WSNA Board of Directors, but may include forecasting workforce and work environment trends, and promoting nursing continuing education, research, and evidence-based nursing practice.

4 appointees, who will serve with 7 elected Council members.

Legislative and Health Policy Council

Based on WSNA’s identified priorities, this council recommends to the Board of Directors a state legislative agenda, reviews proposed legislation and makes recommendations for WSNA’s response and activity level. The council also educates the WSNA membership in understanding the legislative priorities and presents the annual Legislative Day in Olympia.

3 appointees, who will serve with 4 elected Council members.

Bylaws Committee

The committee reviews the WSNA Bylaws and proposes amendments or other changes. The committee also receives, reviews, and prepares resolutions for presentation to the General Assembly.

Between 3 and 7 appointees.

WSNA Nominations/Search Committee

The committee prepares the initial ballot for election of WSNA officers, directors, councils, and representatives to ANA Membership Assembly.

2 appointees, who will serve with 4 elected members.

WSNA Political Action Committee (WSNA-PAC) Board of Trustees

The committee plans and implements political endorsements, fundraising, candidate support activities, and political education. The committee also oversees questionnaires sent to candidates for state offices.

11 appointees. Every effort shall be made to appoint from each congressional district and 1 representative of the state at-large.

Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) Board of Trustees

WSNF helps to advance the nursing profession and facilitate nursing’s contribution to the health of the community by distributing funds for nursing educational scholarships and grants for special projects. The Board of Trustees oversees use of these funds and supports fundraising for the Foundation.

Between 5 and 9 appointees (a majority of whom shall be members of the WSNA Board of Directors at time of appointment).

Finance Committee

Responsibilities of the committee include presenting the annual WSNA budget to the Board of Directors for approval; monitoring the budget throughout the year; recommending changes in finance policies and dues structure; and serving as the audit committee.

Up to 3 appointees, who will serve with the WSNA Secretary/Treasurer (who serves as Chair), President, Vice-president, and a representative selected by the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare.

Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Committee

The committee identifies workplace and environmental health and safety concerns of the nursing profession and develops strategies to effectively address them.

2 appointees, who will serve with 1 representative each from the Board of Directors, Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, Legislative and Health Policy Council, and Professional Nursing and Health Care Council.

Community and Long-Term Care Committee

The Community and Long-Term Care Committee identifies and addresses issues of importance to nurses working in community and long-term care settings; increases awareness within WSNA and the broader nursing community about viable employment opportunities in these settings; and strengthens transitional care processes between these settings and acute care.

7 appointees, 4 of whom either work or have recent experience in community and/or long-term care and 3 of whom will have a demonstrated interest in supporting community and long-term care nurses, as well as improving care transitions between acute and long-term care.

WSNA staff nurse representative to the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) Board of Directors

The WCN is a nonprofit, statewide nursing organization that addresses nursing supply, demand, and building a robust and diverse nursing workforce to support a healthier Washington. WSNA is one of several organizations with representation on the Board of Directors. WSNA is represented by the Executive Director and 1 staff nurse member. The Board meets at least quarterly. Board members are encouraged to participate on various committees or subcommittees.

1 appointee.