The 2017 Nurse Staffing Law (Patient Safety Act, HB 1714) includes new provisions to strengthen the role of nurses and hospital accountability for staffing plans. WSNA is committed supporting nurses on staffing committees and ensuring the new law is effectively implemented across Washington.

As part of that work, WSNA joined with the Washington State Hospital Association, SEIU 1199NW and UFCW 21 to form the Nurse Staffing Coalition in early 2018, with the aim of supporting implementation of the Nurse Staffing Law.


The Nurse Staffing Coalition’s tool kit includes information, recommendations, draft forms and work samples to support the work of nurse staffing committees in all hospitals in Washington.

Forming the Staffing Committee

  • 2017 Nurse Staffing Law (pdf; 100.197 kB)
    Full text of the final bill as signed into law.
  • Sample Nurse Staffing Committee Charter (word; 1.305 MB)
    We recommend that all hospitals have a Nurse Staffing Committee charter describing the roles, responsibilities and processes by which nurse staffing plans are developed and used.
  • Nurse Staffing Committee Checklist (word; 66.729 kB)
    Key elements of nurse staffing committees under the 2017 law, including composition, primary responsibilities, staffing plan development and implementation of the plan.

Developing and submitting the nurse staffing plan

  • Nurse Staffing Plan Minimum Criteria (word; 65.644 kB)
    Core elements of the nurse staffing plan (matrix by unit and shift) recommended for submission to the Department of Health beginning January 1, 2019.
  • Sample Attestation Form (word; 61.736 kB)
    To be signed by hospital CEO attesting that the staffing plan submitted to the Department of Health was developed in accordance with the law.

Submitting, evaluating and tracking complaints

  • Staffing Complaint Form (word; 98.304 kB)
    The 2017 Staffing Law includes a process for staff nurses to raise staffing-related complaints. Our recommended complaint form will help track complaints and data coming to the nurse staffing committee.
  • Assessing and Evaluating Complaints (word; 85.954 kB)
    ool to help nurse staffing committees assess and evaluate complaints, including a decision tree outlining the process.
  • Complaint Tracking Tool (excel; 12.267 kB)
    Excel form to help the nurse staffing committee track complaints, the resolution and the time frame by which complaints were received and resolved.

WSNA Contact
Anne Tan Piazza, WSNA Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives,


WSNA offers opportunities to learn about the law and implementation.

This webinar is a joint presentation by WSNA, Washington State Hospital Association, SEIU 1199NW, and UFCW 21.

The Coalition hosted a webinar on September 25, 2018. The webinar provided an overview of the Coalition’s work, the existing nurse staffing law, requirements under the new nurse staffing law, the Coalition’s tool kit and the State Department of Health’s role under the new law. Slides from the webinar can be accessed here. A video recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

WSNA contact
Gloria Brigham, WSNA Education Director,