WSNA in OIympia #

We stay on top of issues and bills in that impact the nursing profes­sion, health care and collec­tive bargaining. Through regular updates and oppor­tu­ni­ties to partic­i­pate in the polit­ical process, WSNA helps nurses stay informed and have a say in the decisions that impact your practice. 

2020 legislative session #

This year we worked on…

Budget priorities
  • School Nurse Corps funding
    Improve the health and safety of K‑12 students across Washington by funding OSPI’s request for an additional $2.75 million for the School Nurse Corps which funds nurses in Class II (small, rural) school districts.
  • Nursing educa­tion funding
    Increase funding for four-year univer­sity nursing faculty salaries to recruit and retain well-quali­fied educa­tors. Provide schol­ar­ship and loan repay­ment funding that allows finan­cial stability while giving under­served commu­ni­ties additional providers. Increase training oppor­tu­ni­ties for sexual assault nurse examiners.
Policy priorities
  • Sexual assault nurse examiners
    Increase access to training, improve reimburse­ment and call payments, and create unifor­mity around the state to ensure victims receive the care they deserve.
  • ARNP reimburse­ment parity
    Require health plans to reimburse ARNPs at the same rate as physi­cians when the same service is provided, aligning with the practice of Washington State Medicaid and the Depart­ment of Labor & Industries.
  • Health system trans­parency
    Require increased trans­parency of health system finan­cial reporting, including disag­gre­ga­tion of data.

Downloads

Advocacy toolkit #

Legislator voting record
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The 2020 Legis­lator Voting Record was devel­oped based on priority bills that WSNA supported during the 2020 state legisla­tive session. Not all WSNA priority bills were voted on in both chambers, which is why the bills lists differ from Senate to House. As the voting records indicate, most nursing issues have bipar­tisan support in Olympia.

Find your voting district
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Look up bill information on the legislature’s website #

News #

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims May as Nurses Month in Washington state

Thank you, Governor Jay Inslee for recognizing May 2020 as Nurse Month."I encourage all people in our state to join me in honoring the nurses of Washington, especially recognizing the critical and live-saving role that registered nurses have filled around our state, country, and world through the current coronavirus pandemic.

ANA met with President Trump to discuss coronavirus prevention strategies

Today, ANA Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker met with President Donald J. Trump to urge the administration to provide a sufficient supply of appropriate personal protective equipment for nurses and to share the need for creative staffing strategies to sustain the nursing workforce so they can continue to provide care during this…

2020 Legislative Session: week 6

It was a busy week of floor action at the State Capitol. Wednesday night was the House of Origin cutoff which means that all bills not necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) must be voted out of their original legislative chamber or they would no longer be viable. Bills that were voted out prior to cutoff will have hearings in the…