Resources #

The 2017 Nurse Staffing Law (Patient Safety Act, HB 1714) includes new provi­sions to strengthen the role of nurses and hospital account­ability for staffing plans. WSNA is committed supporting nurses on staffing commit­tees and ensuring the new law is effec­tively imple­mented across Washington. 

As part of that work, WSNA joined with the Washington State Hospital Associ­a­tion, SEIU 1199NW and UFCW 21 to form the Nurse Staffing Coali­tion in early 2018, with the aim of supporting imple­men­ta­tion of the Nurse Staffing Law.

Toolkit #

The Nurse Staffing Coalition’s tool kit includes infor­ma­tion, recom­men­da­tions, draft forms and work samples to support the work of nurse staffing commit­tees in all hospi­tals in Washington.

Forming the Staffing Committee #

  • 2017 Nurse Staffing Law (pdf; 100.2 KB)
    Full text of the final bill as signed into law.
  • Sample Nurse Staffing Committee Charter (word; 1.3 MB)
    We recommend that all hospitals have a Nurse Staffing Committee charter describing the roles, responsibilities and processes by which nurse staffing plans are developed and used.
  • Nurse Staffing Committee Checklist (pdf; 125.1 KB)
    Key elements of nurse staffing committees under the 2017 law, including composition, primary responsibilities, staffing plan development and implementation of the plan.

Developing and submitting the nurse staffing plan #

  • Nurse Staffing Plan Minimum Criteria (word; 65.6 KB)
    Core elements of the nurse staffing plan (matrix by unit and shift) recommended for submission to the Department of Health beginning January 1, 2019.
  • Sample Attestation Form (word; 61.7 KB)
    To be signed by hospital CEO attesting that the staffing plan submitted to the Department of Health was developed in accordance with the law.

Submitting, evaluating and tracking complaints #

  • Staffing Complaint Form (word; 98.3 KB)
    The 2017 Staffing Law includes a process for staff nurses to raise staffing-related complaints. Our recommended complaint form will help track complaints and data coming to the nurse staffing committee.
  • Assessing and Evaluating Complaints (word; 86.0 KB)
    ool to help nurse staffing committees assess and evaluate complaints, including a decision tree outlining the process.
  • Complaint Tracking Tool (excel; 12.3 KB)
    Excel form to help the nurse staffing committee track complaints, the resolution and the time frame by which complaints were received and resolved.

WSNA Contact
Anne Tan Piazza, WSNA Senior Director of Strategic Initia­tives,

Education #

WSNA offers oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn about the law and implementation. 

This webinar is a joint presen­ta­tion by WSNA, Washington State Hospital Associ­a­tion, SEIU 1199NW, and UFCW 21.

The Coali­tion hosted a webinar on September 25, 2018. The webinar provided an overview of the Coalition’s work, the existing nurse staffing law, require­ments under the new nurse staffing law, the Coalition’s tool kit and the State Depart­ment of Health’s role under the new law. Slides from the webinar can be accessed here. A video recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

WSNA contact
Gloria Brigham, WSNA Educa­tion Director,