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

Nurses’ strongest power is our ability to communicate with our families and patients about their health care and protection. It is up to us to reinforce the need to wear a mask, and practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.


COVID-19: Voices from the front lines

In October, as a winter surge of COVID-19 cases loomed ahead, we spoke to five nurses about their experi­ences on the front lines over the past year. Here are their stories.

Advocating for nurses - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, WSNA remains committed to fighting for your rights.

COVID-19 and long-term care: Nurse perspectives - WSNA checked in with two long-term care nurses in Washington state to find out what they have learned throughout the pandemic and how they are taking care of themselves as it continues.


WSNA’s priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session

Budget: Nurse educa­tion funding, public health funding, school nurse funding.

Policy: health system transparency, worker protec­tions and workplace safety, racial equity and justice. Learn more...

WSNA is working to improve enforcement of the Nurse Staffing Law - WSNA, along with SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21, has been working to ensure that a DOH report on the Nurse Staffing Law addresses key concerns from nurses about staffing commit­tees and hospital compli­ance with the law.

Your voice is more essential than ever - Nurses are the most trusted profes­sion, and your voice carries much credi­bility and weight with lawmakers.


Climate change and nurses

I looked out my window and saw the burnt orange sun rise over the Cascades, but the mountain range was hidden by the smoke. Is this our new normal?

Filling the nurse faculty gap

To graduate the number of nurses needed to meet the demand, Washington state needs more nurse faculty. In 2016, the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) began efforts to examine whether there was a nurse faculty shortage.

Congratulations 2020 Leadership Award winners!

The WSNA Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare recognized this year’s award winners during our virtual WSNA Nurses Unite! event on Nov. 9, 2020. We applaud these incredible WSNA union leaders.

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.