Washington Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May 6-12 Nurses Week in our state! The theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate—a nod to nurses’ sheer numbers. Here in Washington state, we have more than 100,000 reasons to celebrate!
The latest report on the Rest Break settlement with St. Joseph Medical Center - Tacoma
The state Department of Labor and Industries on April 11 cited and fined St. Joseph Medical Center Tacoma for safety violations related to a series of attacks on nurses at the hospital. L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health launched an investigation at the request of WSNA after a patient in the psychiatric unit assaulted numerous nurses in October 2018.
As nurses across the country unite and advocate for their profession, St. Joseph’s Tacoma nurses are doing the same for themselves and their patients as they fight the good fight for safe staffing – and against incredibly unsafe, management mandated “alternative staffing.”
The collective voice of 4 million nurses have spoken, and they have been heard: the Washington state breaks and overtime protections bill has passed, without the bad amendments, and is on its way to the Governor. But we are not finished. We invite you to join us in our Facebook group #Beyondthecards in order to continue the momentum and nurse advocacy that has sustained the passage of our breaks and overtime protections bill.
As nurses around the country watch to see if Washington’s legislature will pass urgently needed breaks and overtime protections, we are reminded of the power nurses have owning our profession.
Senator states that nurses “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day” in amending rest breaks bill
In perhaps one of the most demeaning statements on the nursing profession since Joy Behar’s 2015 “doctor’s stethoscope” comments on The View, Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh proclaimed on the Senate floor that Critical Access Hospital nurses should be exempt from protections in mandatory overtime because they sit around and play cards most of the day.
Margarita López Prentice, former state legislator, longtime WSNA member and inductee in the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame, passed away quietly in her sleep of natural causes at her home in Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Washington on April 2, 2019. She was 88 years old.
Trade in your scrubs for your favorite Mariners gear during Nurses Appreciation Night, May 16.
It’s a situation most nurses can relate to. You’re standing up for your patients, your license, your job – and you’re overruled by a physician. An administrator. A pharmacist. What do you do?
Join us Wednesday, May 15 for Nurses Appreciation Night!
Ms. Smith was actively involved with WSNA for more than 55 years, and was a highly respected leader, speaker and mentor to generations of Washington nurses. She was 92.
On Tuesday, the Senate released its budget.
As part of the Nursing Now three-year global campaign to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide, Nursing Now USA will be launched on April 9, 2019 at the National Press Club with live streaming of the event.
The week started off with a flurry of activity as the House of Representatives released its biennial budget on Monday.
Nurses House, Inc. is launching its eighth annual Dolphins for Nurses campaign to raise funds for registered nurses in need from April 12 to May 12.
Our bills continue to move through the legislative process – and this week one of those bills was highlighted on TVW’s Legislative Review.
It would seem self-evident that nursing professors are important, especially in the day and age of looming nursing shortages. Yet, in our state, nearly every community and technical college with a nursing program has faculty vacancies.
We are officially halfway through the 2019 legislative session!
Active in professional nursing activities and associations throughout her career, Betty served on the Washington State Board of Nursing, the Board of Directors of the Washington State Nurses Association, and the Inland Empire Nurses Association. In 1996, Betty was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame.
Building on the work of the landmark report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, an ad hoc committee will extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030. Attend March 20, 2019 Public Session for the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 in person or online.
It is irrefutable that when nurses do not get their breaks, patient care suffers. If you think nurses receiving the rest breaks they are entitled to is important to patient care, please: take action and send a note to your senator.
Congratulations for the recent union representation election win!
WSNA recognizes the need to provide nursing care across state lines; however, we have a number of concerns about the Nurse Licensure Compact as currently written.