Debbie BrinkerThe Washington Center for Nursing, the statewide nonprofit nursing workforce data and resource center, is pleased to announce the election of Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CNS, as the new president of the Board of Directors. Her term will begin January 1.

Brinker is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Experiential Learning at the Washington State University College of Nursing. She joined the board in May 2014 as the university representative of the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS), the association of all deans and directors of approved Washington State nursing education programs.

Brinker earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Washington and her Master of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of California in San Francisco. Her teaching experience includes professional development, leadership education and pediatric clinical and didactic education. She is a member of the Leadership workgroup of the Washington Nursing Action Coalition’s, which is part of the national movement to ensure nurses contribute as key partners in transforming the health care system. Additionally, she serves as a faculty consultant for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses – Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, a nursing leadership and training program that empowers hospital nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives measurably improve patient outcomes and hospital bottom lines.

The Washington Center for Nursing supports a healthy Washington by engaging nurses’ expertise, influence, and perspective and by building a diverse, highly qualified nurse workforce to meet future demands.
Our vision: Transforming communities in Washington State through increased access to quality nursing care.

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