Presented to an individual recognized for outstanding leadership, participation in, and contributions to the purposes of WSNA and ANA.
Lynnette Vehrs has served as president of WSNA since 2019.
During this time, she has guided WSNA through the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She brought her policy experience and acumen to bear as WSNA increased its advocacy efforts for safe staffing and brought her passion to efforts to achieve universal health care.
She has advanced the development of WSNA’s regional associations and spearheaded the transition to a new WSNA executive director.
Lynnette is an experienced registered nurse who has worked in psychiatric nursing and as a home health nurse. She taught nursing students at Washington State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing and her certification as a nurse educator.
Serving as president is the culmination of decades of service at all levels. She was on the board of directors and then president of the Inland Empire Nurses Association. She also served for many years on WSNA’s Legislative and Health Policy Council, including serving as chair.
As head of WSNA’s delegation to the 2022 ANA Membership Assembly, she introduced a motion for ANA to support nurse staffing ratios—a motion that passed with 95% of the vote.
Lynnette has worked tirelessly to advance the nursing profession in Washington state and beyond.