Nursing Commission News

Approximately 5,000 nursing assistants must complete their exams by October 5, 2022 or they will no longer be able to work. 

We have developed a proposal for a mass certification examination to address this crisis. The goal is to test all nursing assistants working in nursing homes by the end of September 2022.

15 academic institutions have volunteered as test sites and 70 faculty are participating as RN Evaluators. Overall, there are 1600 testing slots available.

The Department of Health (DOH) has started a weekly update related to the Monkeypox Virus (MPV). This update has current status and major response activities related to MVP outbreaks.

Learn about help for nurses with substance use disorder with Kristin Waite-Labott, RN and John Furman PhD, RN.

Starting December 1, 2022 nurse license application and renewal fees will increase.

Reminder about mandatory training requirements. Training may count toward nursing continuing education hours.

Suicide Prevention Training Requirement for Nurses

Per RCW 43.70.442 RNs, LPNs, ARNPs must take a 6-hour suicide prevention course.

NCQAC's latest BONcast episode is now available!

BONcast means Board of Nursing Podcast. 

Episode 2 focuses on the ins and outs of licensing nurses in Washington and how licensing protects the public. 

As a nurse, you have the power to influence health equity.

We spoke with nurse leaders from across Washington about incorporating health equity in their area of nursing expertise. This video takes a closer look at how nurses can use an equity lens every day at work.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release an opinion in June 2022 that could impact the current Roe v. Wade ruling. The professional health care regulators of the State of Washington recognize that if Roe v. Wade is impacted it could raise practice concerns for our licensees.

The Washington State Board of Health (Board) has adopted a seventh emergency rulemaking order to continue the requirements established in WAC 246-101-017 – Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Reporting. The emergency rule is effective April 20, 2022 and will be in effect for 120 days. The CR-103E announces the emergency rulemaking order, filed as WSR 22-09-082 (attached).

As trusted sources of medical information, you play a critical role in increasing COVID-19 vaccinations.

Join the more than 65,000 WA health care providers who have already committed to educating and empowering their patients to vaccinate, helping protect the health and wellbeing of all our communities.

SEEK: Seek your patients' COVID-19 vaccination status.