News: Nursing Practice


DOH adds third option to birth certificate

The Department of Health has announced that beginning Jan. 27, people will be allowed to change their sex designation on Washington birth certificates to “X,” adding a third option to birth certificates.



Year of the Healthy Nurse – December 2017

As the Year of the Healthy Nurse comes to a close this December, it doesn't mean that the effort has to stop! This month, we are celebrating healthy eating and healthy holidays.



Opioids patient fact sheet available in 22 languages

The Washington Health Alliance and Bree Collaborative teamed up to produce two info sheets on Opioids, one for providers, the other directed at patients. Public Health – Seattle & King County translated the patient sheet into 21 additional languages.





​Nurses required to enroll in Nursys

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Nursing Commission is requiring all nurses enroll with Nursys at the time of application for a new nursing license or licensure renewal.









Health Care Authority limits quantity of opioids

​In the spirit of preventing misuse and addiction to opioids and taking control of the opioid crisis, Washington state's Medicaid health plan, Apple Health, has set limits in the quantity of opioids that may be prescribed.



Operation Agua

AFT launched this operation to provide purifiers to the people in Puerto Rico whose island has been devastated by Hurricane Maria and left without safe water.



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.


Washington state screenings of "Defining Hope" on Nov. 1

WSNA is pleased to announce screenings of the new documentary, "Defining Hope," on Nov. 1. Defining Hope follows eight patients with life-threatening illness and the nurses who guide them. The film is being released in select theaters nationwide for special screenings on Nov. 1 in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.


Join the 10 Days of Safety Challenge!

Today, Sept. 18, marks the beginning of the Health Nurse Healthy Nation 10 Days of Safety Challenge, in which nurses who sign up will receive daily actionable tips to keep them mindful of ways to prevent injury in the workplace and how to best incorporate SPHM standards into daily practice.



Help Nurses Deal with Disaster Relief

With more disasters such as Hurricane Irma affecting our communities this fall, the American Nurses Foundation has now created a broader ‘Disaster Relief’ fund. This fund will support nurses in their disaster response and recovery efforts in southeastern Texas, the Virgin Islands, Florida and other states affected by the recent disasters.


Updated POLST released

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form has been revised, based on months of discussion. The POLST is the medical order form that allows any individual with a serious illness or frailty to summarize their wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment.


ANA white paper on antiobiotic stewardship

​The American Nurses Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to inform registered nurses in the United States about the problem of antibiotic resistance and facilitate their expanded and clearly recognized role in hospital antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) and activities. Just out: a new white paper on the topic.



WSNA statement on arrest of Utah nurse

The Washington State Nurses Association joins the American Nurses Association, the Utah Nurses Association and registered nurses across the country in expressing outrage over the treatment of a registered nurse in Utah who was handcuffed and arrested by a police officer for following her hospital’s policy and the law.


Nurses helping nurses affected by Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts are with the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. We especially recognize the dedication and efforts of the registered nurses providing care in the disaster zone under catastrophic circumstances.


Volunteering to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

Nurses who wish to volunteer in Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief can register through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry. The registry has set up a “2017 Hurricane Harvey” option under the “organization” category. The American Red Cross is seeking health and mental health professionals to volunteer.