Fall 2020

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WSNA President's letter

Letter from Lynnette Vehrs, WSNA President

Advocating: it’s what each of us is doing when we educate ourselves and the candidates running for office about health policy and issues affecting the scope of our nursing practice. We are advocates for our patients and each other. We need to take the next step and VOTE!

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Ongoing work on racial justice

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police on May 25 prompted protests around the country that continue to this day, bringing racism and anti-Black­ness to the forefront. Floyd’s death followed that of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and subse­quent shoot­ings of Black people by police include the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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One strong voice: WSNA members are stepping up in uncertain times

In the midst of a pandemic, systemic racism and West Coast wildfires, WSNA members are still lending their strong, collective voices to the need for workplace safety, transparency and equity.

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Asking for an upgrade

WSNA has long opposed the Nurse Licen­sure Compact for a variety of reasons — and in 2019, WSNA repre­sen­ta­tives spent nearly 20 hours meeting with the members of the Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion (NCQAC) to discuss those concerns. In the end, many of our key concerns remained.

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Presenting the 2020 inductees into the WSNA Hall of Fame

Every two years, WSNA welcomes a new class of inductees into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame. This year, the coron­avirus pandemic meant that we could not hold our usual induc­tion gala dinner and ceremony. Instead, our six legendary inductees were honored in a small virtual ceremony.

In this article, we present the achieve­ments, vision and deter­mi­na­tion of our 2020 class of Hall of Fame inductees. They join 71 nurses and leaders inducted into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame since its incep­tion in 1996.

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Run for WSNA office

WSNA offers many opportunities for members to get involved in considering issues, making decisions and representing the work of the association.