Currently, nursing is experiencing a shortage that is predicted to continue for
several years to come. Thus, we need to recruit quality students. Now, in these
turbulent times of health care, nursing has an opportunity to gain much for the
profession and for the health of the community. We need your support.
What is the goal of WSNF?
The primary goal of the Foundation is to advance the nursing profession and facilitate
nursing’s contribution to the health of the community.
- Distribute funds to increase public and professional knowledge and understanding
of professional nursing, its science and its art
- Provide an educational and charitable organization for individuals and groups dedicated
to the support of the profession of nursing
- Provide a means for soliciting, receiving, and making financial and other contributions
to the profession of nursing
- To support and assist the profession of nursing in maintaining and improving the
quality of its services to the public
What Have We Accomplished?
Since 1999, the Foundation has given out more than $125,000 in scholarships
to more than 115 studentsat schools of nursing
located around the state.
In addition, here are just a few examples of other worthy causes the Foundation
has provided grant funding for in recent years:
- $1,000 to help fund scholarships to Nursing Camp for high
- $5,000 to study Nurse Practitioners barriers to practice
and barriers to prescribing
- $500 to study attitudes of nursing staff toward safe lift equipment
- $500 to support toy safety and health
promotion at the community clinic for uninsured in a culturally diverse area
of King County
- $500 to support staff education to improve patient safety initiatives
and outreach at a critical access hospital serving rural eastern
- $1,376 for research on culturally competent health care for Latinos
in the Yakima area
- $500 to support bicycle safety awareness and helmet use
- $1,000 from the Etta B. Cummings Fund to assist a nurse with
extraordinary medical expenses
- $2,500 to assist nurses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
and other natural disasters
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How are funds used?
The Foundation provides grants and scholarships which:
- Provide financial assistance to qualified students currently
enrolled in a community college, baccalaureate or advanced degree nursing program
in Washington State
- Encourage and provide for continuing diversity within the
- Aid and support clinics, seminars, workshops, and institute programs
for professional nurses, other health workers, and members of the public
- Encourage recruitment of qualified persons into the nursing
- Aid and support development of continuing education programs
for professional nurses
- Disseminate informationon nursing and related subjects to the public
- Provide a means for publication of books,
pamphlets, brochures , monographs, articles, and
other printed or audiovisual materials to assist nurses, clients,
and others in rendering or obtaining better nursing care
- Encourage participationof members in
public and health profession seminars, workshops,
Why give? What are the benefits to the donor, the profession, and the public?
You will make a difference in the life of a community by supporting outreach activities.
You will make a difference in the life of a student who receives scholarship funds.
Join the many nurses and friends of nursing who are interested in supporting the
Foundation’s activities. You will have a part in directly recruiting new or returning
nurses, improving nursing care, and improving health in communities.
How can I donate?
Every person has different priorities and preferences. WSNF offers a number of options
for giving to match your situation. Examples include:
- Gifts of cash or stock
- Annual pledges
- Employer contribution match
- Donations made from 401K retirement payouts which count
toward your annual minimum distribution
- Planned givingthrough endowments such as life insurance
policies or bequests in a will, charitable gift annuity or trust
We advise you to consult an attorney, accountant, or financial planner regarding
planned giving and the tax advantages of charitable gifts. Both you
and the Foundation can benefit.
Please download and print our brochure
276 KB), which contains more information about the Foundation as well as a donation
Who can apply for funds?
Any WSNA member can apply for a grant. Grant applications
are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Currently, grants are awarded
for up to $1,000.
Nursing Scholarships for currently enrolled nursing students who have completed
12-15 nursing credits leading to a nursing degree (undergraduate, RN-B, graduate)
are awarded annually.
There are three types of financial support available through the Washington State
- Support for ongoing academic nursing education:
- Financial support for community-based projects that can result in a positive change
to a current health issue.
- The May S. Loomis Fund to support advancement of educational and professional excellence
within the nursing profession and improvement of public wellness.
The Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) established
in 1982 as a separate entity from WSNA. Our mission is to acquire and develop funds
for clinical, literary, scientific and educational advancement of the nursing profession.
Funds are used to support projects and activities that promote nursing and its role
in the health care community.