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
2023 staffing law
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.
Staffing committees only work well when nurses get involved and understand their role and responsibilities.
Get information and work samples to help registered nurses serving on staffing committees.
Responses to commonly asked questions on the 2023 staffing law
WSNA will educate our members and staff on the new staffing law. We will also be working with our coalition partners to provide joint education through the Washington Safe+Healthy coalition.
September 21, 2023
WSNA names members to state staffing advisory committee
The advisory committee on hospital staffing will start by advising DOH on its development of the uniform hospital staffing plan form.
August 10, 2023
Open positions on new DOH / L&I Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee
Washington State creates a Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee to advise on new staffing law, including diverse representation and public engagement.
July 10, 2023
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital nurses vote to strike over staffing and dedicated break nurses
MultiCare Good Samaritan nurses overwhelmingly voted by 95% to strike Wednesday night. The main issues for the 750 nurses represented by WSNA are staffing and dedicated break nurses.
June 21, 2023
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital nurses hold strike vote June 20 and 21
Good Sam nurses are seeking safe staffing measures in their contract that will ensure they are able to give their patients the care they need and deserve.
June 20, 2023
MultiCare Good Samaritan nurses rally for better staffing | ‘I have become mentally, emotionally, and morally exhausted.’
Nurses are being driven to the brink. They love their jobs. They love their colleagues and their patients. But they cannot take the escalating patient loads.
May 1, 2023
Safe nurse staffing bill officially signed into law
Gov. Inslee signed a safe staffing bill that will improve working conditions for nurses and healthcare workers throughout the state.
April 21, 2023