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 On August 3, 2014, Dr. Klatt, a very well known and respected member of the Tacoma medical community and the founder of Relay for Life passed away at age 71. We are very grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Klatt for joining us at our May banquet as we celebrated Nurses Week.

Our thoughts are with Dr. Klatt’s family and friends. If anyone is interested, donations to Relay for Life can be made online at

2014 PCNA Nurse of the Year - Richard Tagulinao





Retired active credential endorsed by NCQAC

During their January meeting the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission endorsed rules establishing a new category for nurse licensure - “retired active” status.  According to these rules the practitioner can practice only intermittently or in emergencies.  Additionally, the nurse must:

(a) Be at least 40 years of age, or determined to be disabled by ADA standards.
(b) Meet the 45 hours of continuing education requirement in WAC246-840-203. (i) Education may include CPR and first aid
(c) Work a minimum of 96 hours and no more than 270 days under WAC 246-12-120, of retired active nursing practice within the continuing competency audit time period. Practice may be volunteer or paid but must require nursing knowledge or a nursing license.
(d) Be subject to the continuing competency audit process and compliance with WAC 246-840-206.
(e) Return to active status in order to practice in an acute care setting or full skilled nursing home facility and meet continuing competency reactivation requirements. (see the full rules.)

There are additional rules for changing a retired active credential to an active credential. Click here to download a pdf of the endorsed rules.

The rules will go into effect 31 days after their filing with the Code Revisor’s Office.  Implementation is expected to be sometime in late summer, early fall, 2013.


PCNA members - Continuing Education reimbursement: $50/person/year!

Mail the completed form with a self addressed stamped envelope. PCNA members are eligible for one reimbursement per fiscal year - July 1st to June 30th. Funds for reimbursement are limited, so get your request in early!

Continuing Education Reimbursement Form



PCNA Board Members present at the May 2013 Nurses Week Banquet

















PCNA is now a 501(c)3 accepting tax deductible donations for our scholarship fund.