WSHA and partners release toolkit for nurse staffing

September 19, 2018

WSHA and partners have released a toolkit for nurse staffing committees to ensure compliance with HB 1714: the 2017 nurse staffing law. All hospitals are required to have a nurse staffing committee, and significant portions of the new law take effect January 1, 2018.

The toolkit includes:

  • Nurse Staffing Committee Checklist
  • Sample Nurse Staffing Committee Charter
  • Nurse Staffing Plan Minimum Criteria
  • Sample Attestation Form
  • Staffing Complaint Form
  • Assessing and Evaluating Complaints
  • Complaint Tracking Tool

HB 1714 incorporates some components into the development of staffing plans and adds a complaint and investigation process while ensuring a reasonable regulatory environment for hospitals.

The toolkit was developed in collaboration with the Washington State Nursing Association, SEIU 1199NW and UFCW 21. WSHA’s Nurse Staffing Advisory Group provided input throughout the development of this work. Many of the best practices and strategies in the toolkit come directly from nurse staffing committees across the state. Please reach out to Trish Anderson or Alicia Eyler for more information.


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