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Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Hospital Staffing Standards

The 2023 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to study hospital staffing standards for direct-care registered nurses and direct-care nursing assistants. As part of the study, WSIPP must review current and historical staffing plans filed with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and describe the following:
  • Timeliness and completeness of filed forms;
  • Format of filed forms;
  • Patient care unit nursing staff assignments related to the maximum number of patients to which a direct care nursing or nursing assistant may be assigned;
  • Descriptive statistics on submissions by hospital unit type;
  • Trends over time, if any;
  • Legal minimum staffing standards for registered nurses and nursing assistants in other jurisdictions; and
  • Relevant professional association guidance, recommendations, or best practices.
The report is due to DOH and the legislature by June 30, 2024.
Cory Briar, (360) 664-9801 View Legislation