Affiliations and partners


American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates, making ANA the strongest voice for the nursing profession.

Dedicated to ensuring that an adequate supply of highly-skilled and well-educated nurses is available, ANA is committed to meeting the needs of nurses as well as health care consumers. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the general public.


AFT Nurses and Health Professionals

AFT Nurses and Health Professionals was created in 1978 when the AFT’s constitution was amended to allow organizing and affiliation of health care workers.

In 2013, WSNA’s Board of Directors and Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare voted to affiliate with AFT, giving WSNA membership in the AFL-CIO and enhancing the power of nurses to advocate for quality patient care, professional standards and improved working conditions for nurses. Affiliation with AFT and the AFL-CIO also brings WSNA protection from raids and other predatory actions.

AFT Nurses and Health Professionals has engaged in several multi-union initiatives on issues of importance to members, including advocating for safe staffing and safe lifting, addressing the growing problem of workplace violence and ensuring that school children have enough nurses to adequately care for their needs.



The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the democratic, voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women.

The AFL-CIO works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people, including ensuring all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity and equal opportunities.

The AFL-CIO advances legislation to create good jobs and advocates for strengthening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, affordable health care available to all.

They help make safe, equitable workplaces and give working people a collective voice to address workplace injustices without the fear of retaliation. And, the AFL-CIO fights for social and economic justice and strives to vanquish oppression in all its forms.


Washington Center for Nursing

The Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) is the nonprofit statewide nursing organization whose goal is building a diverse, highly qualifi­ed nursing workforce to support a healthier Washington. WSNA Executive Director Sally Watkins, PhD, MS, RN sits on WCN’s Board of Directors.


Nursing Students of Washington State

NSWS is the only statewide student nursing association in Washington state, dedicated to the advancement of nursing education in order to promote the highest standards and best practices for nursing students in the state of Washington.

Nursing Students of Washington State is the state chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and an independent organization supported in part by the Washington State Nurses Association.

Organizational affiliates

The WSNA Board of Directors created the organizational affiliate program to bring together the expertise and voices of nursing. Together, we more effectively advocate for the varied needs of nurses and the future of the profession.

The WSNA Board grants organizational affiliate status to organizations of registered nurses that meet certain criteria, including having a formal organizational structure and established formal goals. Our organizational affiliates are represented in the WSNA General Assembly, have a voting seat on the Professional Nursing and Health Care Council, and are entitled to submit the names of qualified registered nurse representatives for appointment to ad hoc groups and task forces.

School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW)

SNOW supports school nurses in the delivery of health services designed to improve the health and academic success of students.