Region and District Nurses Associations #
Central Region (planned)
Currently includes Districts 6 and 18
Kittitas and Yakima counties
Inland Empire Nurses Association
Adams, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties
King County Nurses Association
North Central Region (planned)
Currently includes District 7
Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant and Okanogan counties
Northwest Region Nurses Association
Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties
Rainier Olympic Nurses Association
(formerly Pierce County Nurses Association or PCNA)
Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce and Thurston counties
Southeast Region (planned)
Currently includes Districts 5 and 15
Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Klickitat and Walla Walla counties
Southwest Region Nurses Association
Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
Transition from Districts to Regions #
In 2018, the WSNA Board of Directors approved a plan to create Regional Nurses Associations, combining multiple existing WSNA Districts to better meet the needs of members.
District Nurses Associations have been a part of WSNA from the beginning. Districts are unrelated to Local Units and are not involved in collective bargaining (union) activities. All members of WSNA are also members of their District or Regional Nurses Association. They are supported by a portion of membership dues and are intended to provide educational offerings, scholarship fundraising and networking on a local level.
While larger Districts have successfully fulfilled that mission, most of the county-based districts are too small to effectively manage a program of local offerings. The combined resources of Regional Nurses Associations will offer members more opportunities and, we trust, result in more vibrant organizations.
Why do Regions / Districts exist? #
District nurses associations in Washington state first formed as “county graduate nurses associations” as far back as the late 1890s, and they exist to this day. District and Regional Nurses Associations provide educational offerings, scholarship fundraising and networking on a local level.
Am I a member of a Region / District? #
Yes. All WSNA members are a member of the region or district for the county in which they live.
How are Regions / Districts different from local units? #
Local units are an important part of the collective bargaining program and are specific to the facility where an individual nurse works. Those WSNA members who are represented by WSNA for collective bargaining are also members of the local unit for the facility at which they work.
Regions / Districts are not involved in collective bargaining (union) activities and are determined by the county in which a member resides. Every WSNA member is a member of the Regional or District Nurses Association for the county in which they live.