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Governor Inslee proclaims May 6-12 Nurses Week in Washington state

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!



State cites and fines St. Joseph Medical Center Tacoma for serious safety violations

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.



St. Joseph’s Tacoma nurses fight for themselves and their patients

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.”


It's on us to continue #BeyondTheCards

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.


It’s about nurses’ voices

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.




Margarita López Prentice, RN 1931 - 2019

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.









Join April 9 livestream of Nursing Now USA launch

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.


Legislative session week 11

The week started off with a flurry of activity as the House of Representatives released its biennial budget on Monday.




Legislative session week 10

Our bills continue to move through the legislative process – and this week one of those bills was highlighted on TVW’s Legislative Review.


Washington nurses fight for faculty

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.




In memoriam: Betty Jule Harrington

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.


Committee begins work on new Future of Nursing

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.



The lunacy of the rest breaks bill

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.