Washington will soon join the Nurse Licensure Compact, as Senate Bill 5499 passed both chambers of the legislature on April 7th, and awaits the governor’s signature. SB 5499 aims to supplement the state’s nurse workforce, as it will enter Washington into the compact. The compact expedites licensure for registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses … Read more

Stakeholders debated a bill that aims to boost the role of the Washington State Health Care Authority’s (HCA) Health Care Cost Transparency Board on Friday.     Members of the Senate Committee on Health and Long Term Care discussed House Bill 1508 during a public hearing. The bill would direct the transparency board to conduct … Read more

Friday marked an important deadline in the Washington legislative session, as bills with fiscal impact had to be passed out of their original committee.     “Non-budget bills that haven’t cleared a fiscal [committee] by the end of Friday are left on the cutting room floor,” Gov. Jay Inslee stated in his Friday newsletter. “Exceptions … Read more

A new poll indicates that an alarming number of Washington’s healthcare workers are burned out and planning to leave the profession in the next few years.     The poll—which was conducted by the United Food and Commercial Workers 3000 union, Service Employees International Union Healthcare 1199NW, and the Washington State Nurses Association—found that 49% … Read more

Hawaii healthcare workforce professionals discussed initiatives designed to attract much-needed workers to the field during the 2023 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Janna Hoshide, senior director of healthcare workforce development at Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH), referenced the 2022 Healthcare Workforce Initiative Report HAH released a couple months ago. The report … Read more

Like most states, Oregon faces significant challenges in growing and supporting its healthcare workforce. Industry leaders discussed some useful tools for addressing those challenges during last month’s 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Jennifer Purcell, Director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Future Ready Oregon program, discussed the program, which was … Read more

Oregon lawmakers on both sides of the aisle highlighted healthcare areas they intend to focus on, including behavioral health and workforce shortages, during the 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Sen. Kate Lieber and Reps. Rachel Prusak and Maxine Dexter represented the Democratic Party at the conference, while Reps. Raquel Moore-Green … Read more

In a recently released podcast episode hosted by Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) CEO Brian Peters, University of Michigan Health – Michigan Medicine Senior Vice President and CEO T. Anthony Denton said that continuing to address state health care workforce shortages and long-term sustainability of the state health care ecosystem will be top priorities … Read more

On Monday, members of the Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) voted to ratify a tentative agreement with University of Michigan Health. MNA-UMPNC nurses have been working without a contract since July 1st.     Nurses represented by the MNA-UMPNC filed a lawsuit against the university in August over claims that the … Read more

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has tapped Gena Ahlawat to serve as its new Director of Safety and Quality Workforce. She will guide hospital leaders in addressing workforce capacity and safety initiatives. Her initial focus will be on implementing nurse staffing committees. Washington State hospitals are facing serious staffing and financial challenges, often relying … Read more