Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, US healthcare facilities have been experiencing high rates of nursing workforce shortages, and the Hawaiian islands are no different. Laura Reichhardt, director of the Hawaii Center for Nursing, which was established in 2003 to address nursing workforce issues, spoke with State of Reform about some of the nursing challenges in … Read more

Leaders from both the House and Senate released their respective chambers’ preliminary budgets for the 2024-2025 biennium on Wednesday. Both budgets propose nearly $289 billion from total funds and $130.1 billion in general revenue, some $50 billion short of the $188.2 billion that the state has available to appropriate over the next cycle, including a … Read more

A partnership of Michigan higher education and health care leaders is seeking $56 million from the FY 2023 state budget to increase access to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) education at community colleges.  The Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), Michigan Association of State Universities, Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA), Michigan Independent Colleges and … Read more

The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) recently honored six registered nurses who have changed the practice, research, educational opportunities, and governing policies of nursing in the state.     Nurses across the state nominate colleagues who have significantly impacted the lives of others in the profession every two years to be inducted into the WSNA … Read more

We are excited to announce that we recently opened up registration for the 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. The event is coming up on February 17 and will be fully virtual, allowing attendees from across the country to participate! This conference will feature conversations on federal health policy, innovations in the state-federal relationship, … Read more

Today, three Washington unions representing nurses announced a campaign to push state lawmakers to pass safe staffing level legislation during the 2022 session.  The campaign, called WA Safe + Healthy, was created by a coalition encompassing the Washington State Nurses Association, UFCW 21 and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, which collectively represent 71,000 health care workers in … Read more

It seems like the legislative session is a long ways away… Months, even! But if the most important object of the legislative session is the budget, that is a process that starts getting underway now as agencies begin pulling together their budget requests for Gov. Hogan’s consideration in FY 2023. Stay tuned for our reporting … Read more

The long-term care workforce crisis is a national issue, but an especially pressing one in Washington State. With a rapidly aging population across the state, as well as a diminishing number of workers entering long-term care, the labor shortage could be detrimental to meeting the demand of the populations in need.      Bea Rector, … Read more

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are now “somewhat” or “very worried” … Read more