News: Advocacy and policy



Five Senate races we're watching

As nurses, we know it’s important to elect candidates who support patient safety and who will help makes gains for our profession.


WSNA nurses run for State Senate

This year, we are proud to support two WSNA members running for office in the 34th legislative district, which covers West Seattle, Vashon Island and Burien.




2018 WSNA-PAC primary endorsements

The WSNA-PAC has endorsed candidates running for election to the Washington State Legislature. The 2018 Washington state primary election is August 7.








Legislative Session Week 8

After the last week of floor action, many good pieces of legislation passed and are headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.


Legislative Session Week 7

This week, both the Senate and House released their budget proposals. Several WSNA priority bills moved out of the policy committee in the opposite chamber this week.


Legislative Session Week 6

Today is the 40th day of the 60-day session – and this week marked the house of origin cutoff, with all bills needing to be voted out of the chamber in which they originated by Feb. 14 to continue moving this session.




Legislative Session Week 5

This week marked the house of origin fiscal committee cutoff, and legislators are now on the floor voting on bills.




Why are nurses suing the EPA?

For over a decade, nurses have been working with a wide range of partners, including other health professionals, environmentalists and health-affected groups, to update the nation’s chemical safety policy.



Legislative Session Week 2

In this week’s update: See how your Reps voted, testimony on Community Health Workers bill and Nurse Legislative Day!



Legislative Session Week 1

In this week’s update: Advocacy Camp & WSNA’s Legislative Reception, Rest Breaks Bill passes House! and Upcoming events






Welcome WSNA’s new Director of Nursing Practice & Health Policy

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joelle Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, to the position of Director of Nursing Practice and Health Policy for WSNA. We are fortunate to have a nurse of Joelle’s caliber and experience to lead the association forward in our nursing practice and health policy work. Her demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, nursing leadership and education, and health care policy advocacy are an incredible asset for nurses in Washington state and beyond.


Court tees up right-wing assault on unions

The U.S. Supreme Court announced last month that it will reconsider whether public sector unions can require workers who receive the benefits of a collective bargaining agreement to pay a fee for services. If the court rules as expected, paying union fees will soon become optional for all state, city, county and municipal employees. The union will still be required to provide services to all non-payers – but for free.