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Washington coalition leaders visit D.C. to meet with other state leaders


Co-leaders of the Washington Nursing Action Coalition traveled July 20-22 to Washington, D.C., to discuss their work in implementing the recommendations to ensure that nursing is prepared for healthcare reform and ongoing population changes, as identified by the Institute of Medicine.

Linda Tieman, RN, MN, FACHE, executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing, and Greg Vidgor, CEO of the Washington Health Foundation, met with 14 other teams that are forming, in response to last fall’s “Future of Nursing” report. The leaders completed special communications training to prepare for meetings with their state legislators to bring them into the process, Tieman said.

“[The meeting] strengthened existing relationships with our delegation, the members of which are very savvy about the nursing and healthcare workforce issues,” Tieman said. She added that the trip signified the dire need for nursing education capacity expansion in Washington, if nurses are to adequately care for its growing population.

The Washington Nursing Action Coalition held its first regional meeting for leaders from the Yakima Valley on July 28 and will hold a statewide meeting in October.

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