WSNA joins the prominent individuals and groups who have expressed concern and support for Dr. Benjamin Danielson in his recent resignation from Seattle Children’s and the Odessa Brown Clinic over ongoing racist and discriminatory practices at Seattle Children’s.
WSNA is seeking an executive director to take over leadership of the organization after Executive Director Sally Watkins retires in the fall. Watkins announced her upcoming retirement in November 2020, with the intention of supporting the transition of the new executive director and retiring by October 2021.
"I strongly encourage you to work closely with the health care workers and their unions in your facilities as you are developing your COVID vaccine distribution and prioritization plan," wrote Governor Jay Inslee in a letter to hospital administrators on Dec. 15.
We believe that healthcare workers should be prioritized to receive the vaccination and strongly recommend that registered nurses be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a key component of a comprehensive prevention effort.
Representing more than 64,000 nurses and frontline health care workers, the Washington State Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and UFCW 21 applaud Governor Jay Inslee for listening to and addressing the concerns of our members.
I am writing to let you know that, after much thought and many sleepless nights, I have decided to retire and resign my position as WSNA’s Executive Director by the beginning of October 2021. I am very proud of all we have accomplished and sincerely look forward to being able to stay involved in different capacities.
WSNA has long opposed the Nurse Licensure Compact for a variety of reasons — and in 2019, WSNA spent nearly 20 hours meeting with the members of the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to discuss those concerns. In the end, many of our key concerns remained.
The Washington State Nurses Foundation is thrilled to announce the scholarship winners for the 2020-2021 academic year. Twelve were selected to receive scholarships from the Foundation, receiving a total of $25,000 which was disbursed to their respective colleges in July.
The leaders of WSNA and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW today called on state officials to address the serious shortcomings in oversight and transparency that we believe contributed to the severe outbreak of COVID-19 among staff and patients at St. Michael Hospital in Bremerton.
To allow healthcare professionals the ability to focus on patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Washngton Secretary of Health extended expiration dates for licenses due for renewal between April 1 and Sept. 30. All late fees were waived during this period.