Washington State Nurses Foundation

Currently, nursing is experiencing a shortage that is predicted to continue for several years to come.

Thus, we need to recruit quality students. Now, in these turbulent times of health care, nursing has an opportunity to gain much for the profession and for the health of the community. We need your support.

  • WSNF Brochure (pdf; 275.113 KiB)
    Please download and print our brochure, which contains more information about the Foundation as well as a donation form.

What is the goal of the WSNF?

The primary goal of the Foundation is to advance the nursing profession and facilitate nursing’s contribution to the health of the community.

  • Distribute funds to increase public and professional knowledge and understanding of professional nursing, its science and its art
  • Provide an educational and charitable organization for individuals and groups dedicated to the support of the profession of nursing
  • Provide a means for soliciting, receiving and making financial and other contributions to the profession of nursing
  • To support and assist the profession of nursing in maintaining and improving the quality of its services to the public

How are funds used?

The Foundation provides grants and scholarships which:

  • Provide financial assistance to qualified students currently enrolled in a community college, baccalaureate or advanced degree nursing program in Washington State
  • Encourage and provide for continuing diversity within the nursing profession
  • Aid and support clinics, seminars, workshops, and institute programs for professional nurses, other health workers, and members of the public
  • Encourage recruitment of qualified persons into the nursing profession
  • Aid and support development of continuing education programs for professional nurses
  • Disseminate informationon nursing and related subjects to the public
  • Provide a means for publication of books, pamphlets, brochures , monographs, articles, and other printed or audiovisual materials to assist nurses, clients, and others in rendering or obtaining better nursing care
  • Encourage participationof members in public and health profession seminars, workshops, andinstitutes

What have we accomplished?

Since 1999, the Foundation has given out more than $125,000 in scholarships to more than 115 students at schools of nursing located around the state.

In addition, here are just a few examples of other worthy causes the Foundation has provided grant funding for in recent years:

  • $1,000 to help fund scholarships to Nursing Camp for high school students
  • $5,000 to study Nurse Practitioners barriers to practice and barriers to prescribing
  • $500 to study attitudes of nursing staff toward safe lift equipment and policies
  • $500 to support toy safety and health promotion at the community clinic for uninsured in a culturally diverse area of King County
  • $500 to support staff education to improve patient safety initiatives and outreach at a critical access hospital serving rural eastern Washington
  • $1,376 for research on culturally competent health care for Latinos in the Yakima area
  • $500 to support bicycle safety awareness and helmet use
  • $1,000 from the Etta B. Cummings Fund to assist a nurse with extraordinary medical expenses
  • $2,500 to assist nurses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters

Why give? What are the benefits to the donor, the profession and the public?

You will make a difference in the life of a community by supporting outreach activities. You will make a difference in the life of a student who receives scholarship funds.

Join the many nurses and friends of nursing who are interested in supporting the Foundation’s activities. You will have a part in directly recruiting new or returning nurses, improving nursing care, and improving health in communities.

Who can apply for funds?

Any WSNA member can apply for a grant. Grant applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Currently, grants are awarded for up to $1,000.

Nursing Scholarships for currently enrolled nursing students who have completed 12-15 nursing credits leading to a nursing degree (undergraduate, RN-B, graduate) are awarded annually.

There are three types of financial support available through the Washington State Nurses Foundation:

  1. Support for ongoing academic nursing education:
  2. Financial support for community-based projects that can result in a positive change to a current health issue.
    • Application for Mini Grant for Community Based Health Projects (download form below)
  3. The May S. Loomis Fund to support advancement of educational and professional excellencewithin the nursing profession and improvement of public wellness.
    • May S. Loomis Fund Application (download form below)

The Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) established in 1982 as a separate entity from WSNA. Our mission is to acquire and develop funds for clinical, literary, scientific and educational advancement of the nursing profession. Funds are used to support projects and activities that promote nursing and its role in the health care community.

How can I donate?

Every person has different priorities and preferences. WSNF offers a number of options for giving to match your situation. Examples include:

  • Gifts of cash or stock
  • Annual pledges
  • Employer contribution match
  • Donations made from 401K retirement payouts which count toward your annual minimum distribution
  • Planned giving through endowments such as life insurance policies or bequests in a will, charitable gift annuity or trust

We advise you to consult an attorney, accountant, or financial planner regarding planned giving and the tax advantages of charitable gifts. Both you and the Foundation can benefit.

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