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Washington Center for Nursing names new executive director

Sofia Aragon, BSN, JD, RN, joins the Washington Center for Nursing, the statewide nonprofit nursing workforce center, as its new executive director effective April 1.

“The WCN Board of Directors is excited and pleased to bring Sofia on board as our new executive director,” Victoria Fletcher, MSN, ARNP, FACNM, WCN board president, said in a news release. “Sofia’s background and experience will be a great asset in moving forward the work of WCN benefiting nurses in the state and WCN’s many partners.”

As the executive director, Aragon will lead the group in promoting nursing as a desirable career, developing and managing nursing workforce data, identifying and disseminating information on best practices in nursing recruitment and retention, and increasing access to all levels of nursing education. Aragon brings a background in healthcare policy and nursing education and practice.

“I’m thankful to the board for this opportunity,” Aragon said in the release. “With the tremendous changes in healthcare over the past few years, I’m excited to take on this role to further advance the nursing profession.”

Aragon earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of (Seattle) Washington a BSN from Seattle University and her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law. She holds a Washington RN license and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

She succeeds Linda Tieman, MN, RN, FACHE, who served as executive director for 11 years.

Aragon earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1994; a BSN from Seattle University in 1997 and her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law in 2002.

She holds a Washington RN license and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Before joining WCN, Aragon was a senior government affairs advisor at the Washington State Nurses Association. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Seattle University College of Nursing and as a legislative externship site supervisor at the Seattle University School of Law.

Other experience includes working at the Washington Department of Health Community and Family Health Division as the legislative and policy manager, as the contracts manager with DOH’s HIV Client Services; and direct-care nursing positions with Providence Medical Center and the Rainier Park Medical Clinic in Seattle.

Aragon also serves as the chairwoman of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, president of the Washington chapter of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and is a member of Filipino Lawyers of Washington.

“I’m thankful to the board for this opportunity,” Aragon said in the release. “With the tremendous changes in healthcare over the past few years, I’m excited to take on this role to further advance the nursing profession.”

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