2020 legislative priorities

WSNA is the leading voice and advocate for the profes­sional inter­ests of regis­tered nurses who live and work in Washington state.

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 $5.5 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 Finan­cial Transparency

Require increased trans­parency of health system finan­cial reporting, including disag­gre­ga­tion of data.

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