We know, and research confirms, that inadequate nurse staffing leads to medical errors, poorer patient outcomes, nurse burnout and injuries to nurses. Our approach to improving nurse staffing is multifaceted, encompassing legislation and policy, staffing committee tools, education and the latest research.
In 2023, WSNA worked closely with our partners in the WA Safe + Healthy Coalition to help pass a more effective safe staffing bill, SB 5236.
Frequently asked questions
See answers to frequently asked questions about the 2023 staffing law.
The 2017 Staffing Transparency and Accountability Act, which amends the 2008 staffing law to hold hospitals accountable for nurse staffing plans the work of the staffing committee.
Research consistently confirms that safe nurse staffing is critical to quality of care and patient safety.
We’ve compiled the most significant research supporting safe staffing that you can use to make the case for safe staffing in your hospital and with policymakers.
What’s in your charter?
To comply with the hospital staffing committee law, charters are detailed and thorough, addressing over a dozen committee functions related to roles, responsibilities, and processes.
February 1, 2024
Hospital Staffing Committees 101
Everything you need to know about staffing committees and the new staffing law
December 6, 2023
Nurses4All study opens after delay
This is the first study of its kind in Washington, and we expect the results to provide important evidence that can help guide policy efforts on staffing.
November 16, 2023
ANA announces support for federal staffing ratios bill
Appropriate nurse staffing is achievable and necessary, but it requires a national response with solutions, standards, and policy.
November 1, 2023
The good fight at Good Sam
Good Samaritan Hospital nurses’ six-month struggle leads to historic contract win, ensuring safer staffing and fair compensation.
October 20, 2023
New Oregon law establishes safe staffing ratios
The new law makes Oregon the second state in the nation to adopt mandatory nurse staffing ratios and the first state to put ratios into statute.
October 20, 2023
Virginia Mason nurses to picket outside hospital Oct. 10
Picket comes after 15 bargaining sessions
October 9, 2023