In this week’s update:

  • Week 2 Recap
  • Sexual Assault Bills Move Forward 
  • Astria Regional (Yakima): Advocacy for Nurses and Community
  • AAPPN Lobby Day
  • Upcoming Events

Week 2 Recap
It was a busy week of hearings in Olympia, with WSNA weighing in on many bills. We continued meeting with legis­la­tors about our priority issues, including funding for the School Nurse Corps. This week we are highlighting movement on our policy priority related to the need for a more uniform, but also commu­nity-based, response system for sexual assaults and making sure that the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners we repre­sent are included in conver­sa­tions that affect their work.

We also had members in Olympia for AAPPN’s lobby day and WSNA Cabinet Chair Julia Barcott was in Olympia on Thursday talking to legis­la­tors and the Governor’s staff about the impact of the recent Astria Regional closure on nurses and the commu­nity. And we can’t wait for WSNA’s Advocacy Camp on Monday – when nearly 450 nurses and nursing students will be in Olympia learning out to expand their patient advocacy to the legisla­tive arena!

For more on WSNA’s 2020 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties click here.

Sexual Assault Bills Move Forward
On Monday, WSNA testi­fied in support of SB 6158, which would require the devel­op­ment of sexual assault proto­cols for hospi­tals and clinics. The bill estab­lishes the Sexual Assault Coordi­nated Commu­nity Response Task Force within the Office of the Attorney General. The purpose of the task force is to develop model proto­cols ensuring that adult or minor sexual assault victims receive a coordi­nated commu­nity response when presenting for care at any hospital or clinic following a sexual assault. The substi­tute bill was voted out of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on Thursday and is now in the Senate Rules Committee.

WSNA is also supportive of SB 6162, which requires the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to consult with speci­fied interest groups to develop best practices and strate­gies for forensic nurse examiner access and training. This bill also moved out of Committee this week. It includes WSNA as one of the named parties OCVA must consult with in devel­oping best practices/​training. This bill now goes to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

Astria Regional (Yakima): Advocacy for Nurses and Community

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WSNA Cabinet Chair Julia Barcott was in Olympia on Thursday and met with Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (R‑Yakima) who had reached out to WSNA to see how she can help the Astria Regional nurses that lost their jobs when the hospital closed on January 13. Julia also had the oppor­tu­nity to share stories from nurses and patients whose lives have been signif­i­cantly impacted by the closure with the Governor’s staff.

AAPPN Lobby Day

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A small but mighty group of Advance Practice Psychi­atric Nurse Practi­tioners were in Olympia for their Associ­a­tion lobby day on Wednesday. Behav­ioral health is again a primary focus for the legis­la­ture and AAPPN’s day on the hill was very timely.

AAPPN members met with their legis­la­tors and attended Health Care Committee hearings in the House and Senate. To learn more about the Associ­a­tion of Advanced Practice Psychi­atric Nurses, please visit its website.

Upcoming Events
Advocacy Camp is Monday! Look for photos and a recap in next week’s update.
And there’s still time to register for Lobby Day! Join us in Olympia on February 6 to meet with lawmakers and earn 2.75 CNE.

January 27 WSNA Advocacy Camp
More infor­ma­tion and regis­tra­tion links are here.

February 6 WSNA Nurse Lobby Day
We are happy to offer 2.75 CNE contact hours this year! More infor­ma­tion and regis­tra­tion links are here.

Please look for regular email updates on legisla­tive action as the legisla­tive session gets underway – we look forward to your partic­i­pa­tion in the process!