CNEWS is an organization comprised of administrative leadership from all nursing programs in the State of Washington. Its role is to promote communication among members and offer mentorship to new leaders, as well as to facilitate collaborative responses to the health needs of Washington State. The organization hosts two meetings each year in the fall (in Seattle) and the spring (in Spokane)
To lead the transformation of nursing education in Washington State to benefit the people of our state and beyond.
“It’s so rewarding watching my students grow and knowing that my career as a nurse is benefiting them.”
The State of Washington, like other states, is facing a severe nursing shortage which will only worsen in the coming decades. An aging population will increase demand for nursing services while an aging nursing workforce will be retiring in large numbers. Nursing programs in Washington State have expanded dramatically in the past 10 years, however, there are still many qualified applicants who are turned away, primarily due to shortages of nursing faculty and clinical sites.
In response to this shortage, the Master Plan for Nursing Education published in 2008, in Washington State was developed by WCN in collaboration with multiple partners and stakeholders and sponsored by a grant from the Department of Health. It provides a framework for the comprehensive transformation of the nursing education system in our state and offers a set of interconnected recommendations focused on four areas: competency, supply, diversity, and access.