ANA president Dr. Ernest Grant will be a keynote at the 2019 Convention

November 29, 2018

Just added! Dr. Ernest Grant, the president of the American Nurses Association will be a keynote at the 2019 Washington State Nurses Convention. Dr. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN is internationally recognized as a burn care and fire safety expert. He currently oversees the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

Dr. Grant is currently the ANA vice president and was elected as the next president by the ANA Membership Assembly this past June. He will be serving his new role as president coming January.

Run for WSNA office

October 25, 2018

Did you ever wish you had a greater say in WSNA’s priorities and programs?

The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) offers myriad opportunities for members to get involved in considering issues, making decisions and representing the work of the association. As a member, you are WSNA, and your volunteer elected leaders are essential to keeping members’ voices at the forefront.

At this time, the WSNA and Economic & General Welfare search committees are seeking nominations for elected offices. You can nominate yourself by filling out a “Consent to Serve” form, available online at Also send us a short candidate statement and photo for publication in the winter issue of The Washington Nurse, where we will introduce the candidates.

Completed Consent to Serve forms can be submitted electronically at or on paper. Paper forms should be mailed to: Washington State Nurses Association, 575 Andover Park West, Suite 101, Seattle, WA. 98188.

Please note that the Consent to Serve also includes the opportunity to express interest in appointed positions.

Except as noted, terms for all offices are two years.

The deadline for receipt of nominations for printing in the Washington Nurse is Friday, Nov. 9

All members in good standing are eligible for office; however, only those members represented for collective bargaining by WSNA and who meet the WSNA Bylaws definition of Staff Nurse may be candidates for the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare, the Economic & General Welfare Nominating/Search Committee or Delegates and Alternates to the 2020 AFT convention.

Nominations after Nov. 9

Members may declare their own candidacy by submitting a Consent to Serve form to the WSNA Secretary no later than sixty (60) days prior to the first meeting of the WSNA General Assembly (deadline is March 3, 2019) or by being nominated from the floor at the General Assembly (May 2, 2019). However, these nominations will not be printed in the winter 2019 issue of The Washington Nurse due to advance time required for printing.

The names of all candidates, regardless of time and method of nomination, will appear on the mailed election ballot, to be sent out following the May 2, 2019 General Assembly. Additionally, write-in candidates are allowed.

WSNA Board of Directors

Board members are elected to represent the membership of the WSNA. Board members have the legal, ethical and fiduciary responsibility for all Association activities and act as trustees of the organization on behalf of all Association members.

11 members:

  • President (1)
  • Vice President (1)
  • Secretary / Treasurer (1)
  • Directors At-Large (3)
  • Directors At-Large Staff Nurse (2) non-managerial, non-supervisory, direct patient care provider, represented by WSNA for collective bargaining
  • Chair of the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (1)*
  • Chair of the Legislative & Health Policy Council (1)*
  • Chair of the Professional Nursing & Health Care Council (1)*

Three to four one-day meetings per year; may also be appointed to other work groups such as the WSNF board of trustees, etc.

* Note: the chairs of the Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare, Legislative & Health Policy Council, and Professional Nursing & Health Care Council are elected separately and also serve as full members of the WSNA Board of Directors by virtue of their offices.

WSNA Nominations / Search Committee

Nominations / Search Committee members request nominations for office and review all completed Consent to Serve forms. They prepare the slate of qualified candidates and recommend chair and members for special committees.

Six members (four elected, two appointed):

  • Members (4)

Two to three one-day meetings per biennium (every other year).

Professional Nursing & Health Care Council

The PNHCC forecasts trends, promotes continuing education programs, addresses issue of nursing practice, collaborates with other nursing and specialty organizations, and develops resources on issues relating to nursing practice, education, human rights and access to health care.

11 members (seven elected, four appointed):

  • Chair (1) — also serves on WSNA Board of Directors
  • Members (6)

Three one-day meetings per year; some committee work outside of meetings is also typical.

Legislative & Health Policy Council

Council members serve in a politically nonpartisan capacity to recommend a state legislative agenda to the WSNA Board of Directors, review proposed legislation and recommend response, educate and assist the WSNA membership in understanding WSNA’s legislative priorities and assist in providing information to legislators and the public.

Seven members (four elected, three appointed):

  • Chair (1) — also serves on WSNA Board of Directors
  • Members (3)

Three one-day meetings per year, with the addition of Advocacy Camp and Nurse Legislative Day; weekly phone conference calls while the Washington State Legislature is in session (usually Jan. through March or April).

ANA Membership Assembly

(One is the President; others elected)

  • Delegates (13)

Offices for the following three bodies are restricted to members represented by WSNA for collective bargaining.

Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (E&GW)

The Cabinet sets priorities for WSNA labor relations functions and activities and is charged with developing and reviewing policies and procedures for the conduct of the E&GW program and collective bargaining. The Cabinet also establishes standards and rules for Local Units.

10 members:

  • Chair (1) — Also serves on WSNA Board of Directors
  • Vice Chair (1)
  • Secretary / Treasurer (1)
  • At-Large Members (7)

Four to six one-day meetings and six to eight conference calls per year; additional work outside of meetings.

Economic & General Welfare Nominating / Search Committee

Researches and requests names of candidates and prepares slate for election to Cabinet, Nominating/Search Committee, and delegates and alternates to the governing body of any national or international labor organization with which WSNA is affiliated.

Three members:

  • Members (3) — candidate receiving the highest number of votes serves as Chair

Two to three one-day meetings per biennium.

2020 AFT Convention

Must be a member in good standing of WSNA and AFT. Delegates attend and participate in AFT’s four-day convention. All expenses paid by WSNA.

  • Delegates (up to 20)

Propose a resolution

October 23, 2018

Any individual member or constituent group of WSNA may submit proposed resolutions to be considered at the WSNA General Assembly on May 2, 2019. The Guidelines and Resolutions Form, including a sample resolution, are posted at The resolutions form must be completed, including the cost impact.

The deadline for submitting resolutions for consideration by the Resolutions Committee is Nov. 9, 2018.

The WSNA Bylaws/Resolutions Committee will meet following the deadline to consider any proposed non-emergency resolutions that may go before the General Assembly.

At the 2017 General Assembly meeting, members passed the following resolutions (view them at

  • Supporting ANA’s Principles for Health System Transformation
  • Controlling Rising Costs and Assuring Affordability of Prescription Drugs
  • Ending Healthcare Billing Practices that Contribute to Medical Debt
  • Reaffirming Opposition to “Right to Work” Proposals & Legislation

Call for poster abstracts

October 19, 2018

WSNA is the leading voice and advocate for nurses in Washington, providing representation and training that allow nurses to reach their full professional potential and focus on caring for patients. As the state’s premier professional nursing organization, we seek to advance nursing knowledge by providing and promoting access to evidence-based research and practice developments.

If you have led a quality improvement project, influenced change in nursing practice through innovation, implemented a new care delivery model, promoted the field of nursing and/or nursing practice through your leadership performance or conducted original research, WSNA invites you to submit a poster abstract for presentation at the Biennial Nurses Convention to be held May 1-3, 2019, at the Tulalip Resort and Convention Center.

The conference will feature the theme “Transforming Health Through the Power of Nursing” by sharing the latest advances in research, practice, technology, health care delivery and leadership, and we invite nurses who have been transforming nursing practice to share their findings and experience!

General poster abstract information

WSNA welcomes poster abstract submissions from members and nonmembers using the fully automated online system at Accepted poster abstracts will be published online at

General poster abstract criteria

Poster abstract content must support WSNA priority agenda topics such as evidence-based practice, leadership, research, ethics, public policy and advanced practice. All research, evidence-based solutions and best practice poster abstracts must have been completed with documented outcomes prior to online submission.

Poster abstracts will not be edited for content. Abstracts are limited to 1,200 words, excluding the title and should contain all six of the following elements:

  1. Title – Title of project or research
  2. Purpose — What was the intent or goal of the project or study? What did you want to learn?
  3. Background/Significance — What was the problem and why was it important? What knowledge are you building on?
  4. Method — What was the design? What was the sample? What instruments were used? What was the intervention or practice change? How was data collected and analyzed?
  5. Results — What were the findings? What was the impact on nursing practice and/or clinical outcomes?
  6. Conclusions — What do the findings or your research or outcomes of your project mean? What are the implications for clinical practice and/or care delivery?

Poster submission:

Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

Acceptance Notification: February 28, 2019