Another problem in terms of the effectiveness of the professional organization of nurses is the low percentage of nurses represented by the group at a given location. In the conversation with Ms. Parks, this seems to be the main reason why few nurses belong to the WSNA because it is misunderstood: the WSNA is indeed a professional organization, not to be confused with many stereotypes about unions in movies and the like. Timing is also a factor: it is impossible to get all the nurses together at the same time because some of them are still working. These members of the board of directors are elected in democratic elections by the constituency of the association for two years. It is this group, the paying members, who control the association and defend its values. Membership in the WSNA is defined by registered nurse status, provided you have paid your dues and have no outstanding restrictions. Upon payment of dues, a member is granted the right to vote in association elections, a copy of The Washington Nurse (the official publication of the WSNA) and the opportunity to vote in the elections of the WSNA and the ANA. There are currently more than 12,000 members in the WSNA. The association recently organized two new facilities that added more than 700 new members.
They continue to organize in their current facilities to recruit new members.  In 1983, the local SEIU 1199NW separated from the WSNA. Since then, it has been the main competitor for nurses` representation in the Northwest. During a struggle for representation when treaties failed, SEIU 1199NW President Diane Sosne said the WSNA wore completely too many hats to be an effective bargaining unit. In response, Steve Zuback, a labor specialist for the WSNA, responded that the WSNA meets the needs of its members: it is both a bargaining unit and a professional organization to support legislative action and provide educational opportunities.  THE SEATTLE TIMES: Governor Inslee orders sweeping restrictions on indoor gatherings, restaurants, bars, and gyms as COVID-19 cases rise in Washington state (11/15/20) The purpose of this article is to describe the history of the organization, which is the Washington State Nurses Association. I will study the history of the WSNA, starting with the incorporation of local groups and the development of a state organization. I will also talk briefly about the creation of the American Nurses Association, the international organization that represents all government nursing associations.
Next, I will describe the current association: its structure, function and basic working mechanisms. Finally, I will describe some of the goals and problems that this organization and its work in promoting the nursing profession face today. This includes examining its manifestation here on the campus of the University of Washington. Nurses will continue to strengthen and care for patients during this pandemic. State health officials and hospitals must step in and ensure that nurses have what they need to stay safe and healthy The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) is a professional organization that serves to protect and support nurses. .