The 2017 Nurse Staffing Law (Patient Safety Act, HB 1714) includes new provisions to strengthen nurse staffing committees in hospitals and increase accountability for staffing plans. Significant portions of the new law took effect on January 1, 2020. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is committed to supporting the new law and ensuring it is effectively implemented across Washington.

As part of this work, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW joined with the Washington State Nurses Association, UFCW 21 and WSHA to form the Nurse Staffing Coalition in early 2018. The goal of the group is to support successful implementation of the Nurse Staffing Law. The Nurse Staffing Coalition developed a tool kit to educate nurse staffing committees about the new law and support compliance.

Law Overview

Tool Kit

The Nurse Staffing Coalition’s tool kit includes information, recommendations, draft forms and work samples to support the work of nurse staffing committees in Washington hospitals.

Forming the Staffing Committee

Find the full text of the final bill as signed into law, the Nursing Staffing Committee checklist (including composition, responsibilities and implementation guidelines) and a sample committee charter.

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Developing and submitting the staffing plan

Learn about our recommended staffing plan minimum criteria and core elements of the staffing plan, including a simple attestation form to be signed by the hospital CEO.

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Submitting, evaluating and tracking complaints

Access the Staffing Complaint Form, learn how to assess and evaluate complaints and find a complaint tracking tool you can use as a template.

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Quick Links

Staffing Complaint Form


DOH Complaint Form


Assessing & Evaluating



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