National Drug Take Back Day

The 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28. National Take Back Day serves to protect family and friends through safe disposal. You can take your unused prescription drugs to designated law enforcement and other agencies for free, safe disposal.

Presidential executive actions undermine ACA

The Trump administration took two actions on Thursday, Oct. 12, designed to weaken the Affordable Care Act: Trump signed an Executive Order directing government agencies to expand access to Association Health Plans and to expand Short-term Limited Duration Insurance to last up to a year. The Trump administration also announced an immediate halt to subsidies the federal government pays to health insurers to help cover the cost of individual insurance for lower-income Americans.

Welcome WSNA’s new Director of Nursing Practice & Health Policy

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Joelle Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, to the position of Director of Nursing Practice and Health Policy for WSNA. We are fortunate to have a nurse of Joelle’s caliber and experience to lead the association forward in our nursing practice and health policy work. Her demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, nursing leadership and education, and health care policy advocacy are an incredible asset for nurses in Washington state and beyond.

Court tees up right-wing assault on unions

The U.S. Supreme Court announced last month that it will reconsider whether public sector unions can require workers who receive the benefits of a collective bargaining agreement to pay a fee for services. If the court rules as expected, paying union fees will soon become optional for all state, city, county and municipal employees. The union will still be required to provide services to all non-payers – but for free.

Washington state screenings of "Defining Hope" on Nov. 1

WSNA is pleased to announce screenings of the new documentary, "Defining Hope," on Nov. 1. Defining Hope follows eight patients with life-threatening illness and the nurses who guide them. The film is being released in select theaters nationwide for special screenings on Nov. 1 in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

How do we decide? Decoding WSNA-PAC’s endorsement process

Each election cycle, the Washington State Nurses Association Political Action Committee (WSNA-PAC) receives dozens of requests for endorsement. Why? Because candidates value the support of nurses, and WSNA-PAC’s endorsement sends a strong message to voters.

RED ALERT! Call Congress now to protect health care!

The Senate is taking another shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill is even worse than its predecessors. It would increase uninsured by millions, cost state governments billions more, and eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions. And the Senate aims to pass this bill in the next two weeks.Nurses need to call members of Congress right now and voice strong opposition to this bill. Health care for millions of Americans is at stake – and patients’ lives are on the line.

WSNA member Jessica Esparza speaks out for DACA

Jessica Esparza says she’s here to stay. She wants to keep working as a registered nurse on the medical oncology unit at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She wants to continue helping patients get through chemo, speaking with vulnerable patients in their native language and advocating for the needs of her community. Without DACA, though, Jessica may not be able to continue doing the work she loves.