Nursing Commission

Laws and Rules

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

A statute or RCW is written by the Washington State Legislature. Once legislation is signed by the governor, it becomes law. You can perform an online search for RCWs on the Washington State Legislature website or go directly to the full list of RCWs.

Relevant RCWs for nurses
RCW Chapter or Section Title
RCW Chapter 18.79 Nursing Care
RCW Chapter 18.130 Regulation of Health Professions/Uniform Disciplinary Act
RCW Section 26.44.030 Abuse of Children and Adult Dependent Persons
RCW Chapter 34.05 Administrative Procedures Act
RCW Chapter 42.56 Public Disclosure
RCW Chapter 70.02 Medical Records – Health Care Information Access and Disclosure
RCW Chapter 74.34 Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)

A rule or WAC provides interpretive support for the individuals or entities to whom the rule or statute applies. Department of Health rules are written and adopted by a Board or Commission or the Secretary of the Department of Health. Rules or WACs carry the full force of the law. You can perform an online search for WACs on the Washington State Legislature website or go directly to the full list of WACs.

Relevant WACs for nurses
WAC Chapter Title
WAC Chapter 246-12 Administrative Procedures and Requirements for Credentialed Health Care Providers
WAC Chapter 246-15 Whistleblower Complaints in Health Care Settings
WAC Chapter 246-840 Practical, Registered Nursing, and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)