End of COVID-19 Emergency Orders and State of Emergency by October 31

On Sept. 8, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the upcoming rescission of all remaining COVID-19 emergency proclamations and state of emergency by Oct. 31.

Laws Overview

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

A statute or Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is written by the Washington State Legislature. Once legislation is signed by the governor, it becomes law. You can perform an online search for RCWs on the Washington State Legislature website or go directly to the full list of RCWs.

Relevant RCWs for nurses

RCW Chapter or Section Title
RCW Chapter 18.79 Nursing Care
RCW Chapter 18.130 Regulation of Health Professions/Uniform Disciplinary Act
RCW Section 26.44.030 Abuse of Children and Adult Dependent Persons
RCW Chapter 34.05 Administrative Procedures Act
RCW Chapter 42.56 Public Disclosure
RCW Chapter 70.02 Medical Records – Health Care Information Access and Disclosure
RCW Chapter 74.34 Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

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