Washington

  • RN Title Protection Law
  • DR Title Protection Law
  • Workplace Violence Laws
  • RN Procedural Sedation Rules
  • RN Safe Staffing Laws

  • RN Title Protection Law


    Statute/Regulation:

    Revised Code WA § 18.79.030

     

    Relevant Text:

    It is unlawful for a person to practice or to offer to practice as a registered nurse in this state unless that person has been licensed under this chapter. A person who holds a license to practice as a registered nurse in this state may use the titles "registered nurse" and "nurse" and the abbreviation "R.N." No other person may assume those titles or use the abbreviation or any other words, letters, signs, or figures to indicate that the person using them is a registered nurse.
     

    Status:

    Effective

     

     
     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    N/A

     

    Relevant Text: 


     

    Status:

     

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    Revised Code WA § 9A.36.031

     

    Relevant Text: 

    A person is guilty of assault in the third degree if he or she, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first or second degree:

    Assaults a nurse, physician, or health care provider who was performing his or her nursing or health care duties at the time of the assault. Assault in the third degree is a class C felony.

     

    Status:

    Effective

     
     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

     

    Relevant Text: 

    The Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission affirms that it is within the role and scope of practice for the registered nurse (RN) to administer procedural sedation and to manage patients who are receiving and recovering from procedural sedation.

     

    Agency

    Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws


     

    Statute/Rule:

    "Revised Code WA § 70.41.420"

    Relevant Text: 

    "By September 1, 2008, each hospital shall establish a nurse staffing committee, either by creating a new committee or assigning the functions of a nurse staffing committee to an existing committee. At least one-half of the members of the nurse staffing committee shall be registered nurses currently providing direct patient care and up to one-half of the members shall be determined by the hospital administration. The selection of the registered nurses providing direct patient care shall be according to the collective bargaining agreement if there is one in effect at the hospital. If there is no applicable collective bargaining agreement, the members of the nurse staffing committee who are registered nurses providing direct patient care shall be selected by their peers.
    Primary responsibilities of the nurse staffing committee shall include:
    (a) Development and oversight of an annual patient care unit and shift-based nurse staffing plan, based on the needs of patients, to be used as the primary component of the staffing budget."

     

    Status

     
    Enacted

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