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Washington Center for Nursing celebrates its past, looks to future

Wednesday February 5, 2014
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Nursing leaders gathered in Seattle in October to honor founders of the Washington Center for Nursing, celebrate its 10th anniversary and look to future opportunities the Center will bring to nursing in the state, according to a news release.

The Center in Tukwila, Wash., is a resource, workforce and data center for nursing that works to ensure an adequate nursing workforce to meet the state’s current and future healthcare needs based on population, according to a news release. About 75 nursing leaders attended the event at Seattle University’s Father LeRoux Conference Center.

Since 2003, WCN has worked to bring important nursing issues to the public, according to the release. It has promoted strategies to enhance patient safety and quality patient care, including a safe and healthy workplace environment for nurses.

The WCN has raised nearly $1 million for nursing scholarships, faculty fellowships to teach nursing, and nursing school capacity expansion grants through the Johnson & Johnson “Promise of Nursing for Washington” galas, according to the release. The Center manages the Master Plan for Nursing Education, which provides a framework for comprehensive transformation of the nursing education system in Washington state.

Through its Diversity Initiative, the Center is developing a diversity mentoring program, which will pair minority/underrepresented nursing students and new grads with experienced nurses to ensure they have support as they begin their careers as students and graduates of color, according to the release. A one-year pilot program kicked off in western Washington in October and the statewide program will launch in fall 2014. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation congratulating WCN on a successful 10 years.

WCN also has released its first video, “Be a Nurse,” which is the first of a series of videos the Center is planning to produce to promote nursing. For more information, visit WACenterForNursing.org.


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