Ensuring safe nurse staffing is a top priority for WSNA. #

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.

Legislation and policy #

We work with the State Legis­la­ture, regula­tory agencies and the Governor’s Office to advance stronger laws and policies on safe nurse staffing. 

Recent achieve­ments include:

The 2017 Staffing Trans­parency & Account­ability Act, which amends the 2008 staffing law to hold hospi­tals account­able for nurse staffing plans the work of the staffing committee.

Research #

Research consis­tently confirms that safe nurse staffing is critical to quality of care and patient safety.

We’ve compiled the most signif­i­cant research findings that support safe staffing and that you can use to make the case for safe staffing in your hospital and with policymakers.

Resources #

Staffing commit­tees only work well when nurses get involved and under­stand their role and responsibilities.


Explore this toolkit with infor­ma­tion and work samples to help regis­tered nurses serving on staffing committees.

Latest news #

Washington state health care workers call on hospitals to mitigate the staffing crisis

With increasing volume, hospital administrators across Washington have joined health care workers and the unions that represent them in calling attention to the unprecedented staffing crisis. But today, nurses and other frontline workers are calling on hospitals to use the tools and resources they have available to finally begin…

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center nurses rally for safe staffing

Nurses say PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center needs to do more to attract new nurses and retain the nurses it has after a brutal year on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 10, hundreds of registered nurses and supporters rallied at the Vancouver Waterfront to call for safe nurse staffing at Southwest.

Staffing bill passage a major step forward in ensuring safe staffing

HB1714 ensures transparency and accountability for hospital nurse staffing plans The Washington State Nurses Association applauds the legislature for passing the Patient Safety Act today, addressing WSNA’s top issue of safe staffing. The bill creates greater transparency and accountability for nurse staffing plans and the work…

Nurse Staffing - A Step Forward

WSNA is pleased to announce that the Health Care Authority, through its State Innovation Plan, has broadened their “Starter Set” of Performance Measures to now include three Nursing Sensitive Measures in their Medicaid Quality Incentive program. Achievement of measure benchmark goals is tied to the incentive payments to hospitals…