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2019 Legislative Recap

2019 Legislative Recap Report

Good day fellow AAPPN members and friends!

It was another whirlwind session of the legislature, and I want to thank my fellow Legislative Committee members and volunteers on the Advocacy eGroup for their time and energy… Continue reading

Preceptor Rules Change

Amendments to clarify preceptor rules and reduce barriers for nursing student access to preceptors take effect on April 26, 2019.

Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission proposed amendments to the rule concerning preceptors. The amendments provided rule clarification and reduced… Continue reading

AAPPN Lobby Day Update

Many thanks to AAPPN President Dana Dean Doering, Snohomish Co-Chairs Nikki Behner and Danielle Waldron, and Legislative Committee Member Danielle DeOliveira for traveling to Olympia for AAPPN’s Lobby Day on February 6, 2019.

Dana summed up the day beautifully. “Although… Continue reading

Legislative Update: March 2018

The legislature passed its final 2018 supplemental operating budget and adjourned sine die on Thursday, March 8. Throughout the session, AAPPN and its lobbyists worked with several mental health care organizations, including:

Legislative Update: February 2018

Volk Decision

As you no doubt know, Senate Bill 5800, Duty to Warn, did not move out of the Judiciary Committee. Our lobbyists, Melissa Johnson and Jennifer Muhm, along with the lobbyists for the clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and… Continue reading

Legislative Update: January 2018

Volk Decision

Where the Volk bill is: The bill is in the House Judicial Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Jinkins. Rep. Jinkins—and the Democratic Party in general—opposes legislative action which would overrule court decisions. Thus, any bill to reverse… Continue reading

Legislative Update: June 2017

  • The Legislature is in its third special session to finalize the budget.
  • Bills still in committee will be reintroduced next year since 2018 is the second year of the two-year biennium.

AAPPN Priority Issues

The Volk v Demeerleer decision (HB… Continue reading

Legislative Update: SB 5800 Duty to Warn

Representative Jinkins on the Judiciary Committee of the House is not moving this bill forward. We urge you to contact her and your own House Representative and ask for a floor vote on SB 5800. Use this link to find your own representative.

Legislative Update: March 2017

Health Policy/Government Relations Committee March 2017 Update

AAPPN encourages its members to learn about the issues and share their opinions with their Congressional delegation on both the federal and state level. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses are also encouraged to join… Continue reading