The Washington Nurse magazine (ISSN# 0734 – 5666) is the official publi­ca­tion of the Washington State Nurses Association.
WSNA President's letter

Letter from Lynnette Vehrs, WSNA President

I attended my first WSNA convention in Seattle in 1981. At the time, I was working in Tacoma in an inpatient psychiatric unit — my first job out of nursing school. I heard about the convention because my facility was represented by WSNA for collective bargaining. It was from that gathering that I knew I wanted to be a part of this…


Our strength comes from each other

Nurses do what nobody else will do, in ways nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through. We are strong, but we need each other to help us keep going. During this year’s Washington State Nurses Conven­tion, we hope nurses across Washington state will feel connected to and supported by others who have also felt the heavy weight of the pandemic on their shoulders.


Biennial Report of Achievements

As for so many people and organi­za­tions, WSNA’s work over the past two years can be effec­tively divided into ​“Before COVID” and ​“After COVID.” We entered the 2019 – 2021 Biennium with a robust list of activ­i­ties to support the strategic prior­i­ties of WSNA. Then COVID-19 hit, overwhelming our nurses, hospi­tals and commu­ni­ties, and much of WSNA’s focus quickly shifted to supporting our members facing a historic pandemic. Before and throughout the pandemic, WSNA continued our work on the Strategic Priorities approved by our Board of Directors in 2019. More...


Kyla Arama delivers live-saving care in West Africa

As a volunteer for the nonprofit organization The Bridge of Hope, Kyla Arama has helped create a self-sustainable medical system in Sierra Leone, a developing country on the southwest coast of West Africa.

Pearls for practice: accepting constructive criticism

The mention of the word “criticism” can instantly bring up feelings of dread, failure and defensiveness. However, criticism can be an important opportunity for growth, self-reflection and self-awareness for the professional nurse.