In their 2010, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formally known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM)), recommended that each state build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of inter-professional workforce data to help nurse leaders make informed hiring decisions and to address shortages in the nursing workforce. The WCN is part of that data collection infrastructure in the state of Washington and uses data to provide an accurate picture of the nursing workforce to inform health workforce policy in our state.
Since 2016, WCN has regularly published LPN, RN, and ARNP Snapshots to capture trends in number of nurses licensed and residing in WA State.
The 2017 Survey of Nurse Educators in WA State increased public awareness of the role of nurse educators and data showing an imminent nursing education crisis.
In March 2020, the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies published a comprehensive survey on the WA State RN workforce.