As part of our mission, WCN looks for and applies for grants that support nursing workforce development and leadership in Washington State. Here is what we’ve been working on:
Work: WCN is funded by nursing licensing surcharge fees as allowed under RCW 18.79.202 (https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=18.79.202) through the Washington State Department of Health, part of which states, “…grants may be awarded only to a not-for-profit central nursing resource center that is comprised of and led by nurses. The central nursing resource center will demonstrate coordination with relevant nursing constituents including professional nursing organizations, groups representing nursing educators, staff nurses, nurse managers or executives, and labor organizations representing nurses. The central nursing resource center shall have as its mission to contribute to the health and wellness of Washington state residents by ensuring that there is an adequate nursing workforce to meet the current and future health care needs of the citizens of the state of Washington…”
Years: 2019, 2020
Work: Increase interest in nursing education as a career, particularly among underrepresented students and practicing nurses, by expanding the three-day So You Want to be a Professor (SYWTBAP) workshops across Washington State. Learn more about SYWTBAP here.
Years: 2019, 2020, 2021
Work: Using data and known models, create and tailor action plans for facilities across the state to screen for and address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) at the point of care with nurses leading this work. Learn more about SDOH here.
Work: Conduct focus groups with nurses on how Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are being screened for and addressed in care settings across Washington. Collect and report on data to inform strategies for strengthening nursing leadership in this work moving forward. Learn more about SDOH here.
Years: 2012, 2014
Work: The Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative was designed to establish a national program that oversees the implementation of strategies to increase the educational progression of nurses to obtain baccalaureate and higher degrees. Learn more about APIN-WA here.