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November 2019


During this season of gratitude we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for everyone who contributes to the mission of KCNA! Thank you to our members, donors, volunteers, nursing students, nursing school liaisons, board members, committee members and the broader nursing community. We are so grateful for your participation!

Speaking of gratitude, take a few minutes and watch the two short Ted Talks featured this month about practicing the art of gratitude. See for yourself how taking simple steps can have a big impact on your state of health and happiness.

Wishing you warm and happy Thanksgiving!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
The Practice of Being Grateful
David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful
In this 15-minute Ted Talk, David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar, explores the connection between happiness and being grateful. According to Steindl-Rast:

“it is not happiness that makes us grateful” but “gratefulness that makes us happy”.

He is intrigued by this concept that being grateful is easier for the mind to grasp than being happy. Click here to see his Ted Talk video or explore his website: .
Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude
In this 10-minute talk, photographer Louie Schwartzberg talks a bit about his life and then presents his photographs accompanied by the words of the above-mentioned Steindl-Rast. Schwartzbert is eager for people to discover how nature can expand feelings of gratitude and influence how we view life. Click here to see his video.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Fall Snapshots
Fall Nursing Summit Overview

We had a wonderful day filled with great information, interactions and positive energy. The information presented by our speakers and panelists was very well received and participants left with a lot to consider.

If you would like to follow up with Mary's Place about volunteering, please email Martha VanDeMark, RN (the nurse who attended the event from Mary's Place).

If you are interested in following up with Real Change about volunteering or other ways to support their cause, please click here for ideas of how to get involved.

To top off the event, participants came together and assembled 400 cold kits to help Real Change vendors be better prepared for the cold and flu season. It was a lot of fun and a great example of how working as a team makes such big difference. Also, we are happy to report that the huge box we had for the warm sock drive was filled to the brim - great job everyone!
S even Teams Matched through KCNA's MentorLink Program

Recently seven sets of mentee and mentor teams were matched through KCNA's MentorLink Program! We are thrilled to have four KCNA scholarship recipients, two new nurses and a nurse in a new position take advantage of this opportunity. Mentoring has been shown to have a positive impact on career satisfaction, build confidence and create community. Thank you to our mentors who stepped forward to make a big difference!

Go Mentor Teams!
Amera Dedic was matched with mentor Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN
Holiday Osborne Bash was matched with mentor Michelle Burton, RN
Karen Lowe was matched with mentor Pauline Lao, DNP, ARNP
Liane Lau was matched with mentor James Austin, RN
Maddy McCaslin was matched with Jax Hermer, DNP
Nazira Juneiyd was matched with Prabina Dahal, RN
Sarah Paur was matched with Janice Ellis, PhD, RN, ANEF
Focus on Money Matters

Salal Credit Union hosted a dinner at Ivar's and a talk about finances participants found that pairing Ivar's seafood platters with talking about money makes for a pleasing cobination
n enjoyable combination of knowledge and mental exercise. Many thanks to Salal Credit Union for making this event possible. Adrian Hedwig of Salal Investment Services did an excellent job of providing an overview of financial topics from the basics to making investments.
Join Us for Upcoming KCNA Events

The Moment of Lift Book Club

Monday , December 2, 2019
5:30-6:00 pm Dinner/6:00-7:30 pm Discussion

Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Room 202, Seattle

Gather for dinner and a discussion of Melinda Gates' recent book, The Moment of Lift, How Empowering Women Changes the World .

Our facilitator will be Chris Henshaw, EdE, RN, Professional Development Specialist, Virginia Mason

Last chance to Register! Deadline extended to November 20, 2019. Books will be mailed following registration. Capacity limited to 40.

$20 for KCNA members/$45 non-members. Fee includes book and dinner. Event costs underwritten by Salal Credit Union. Sign-up today!
Where Are KCNA Scholarship Recipients Now?
Are you a former KCNA scholarship recipient from years past? KCNA would like to know what you are up to now. We are gathering information to see the kind of an impact our scholarship program is having in the nursing community.

Reply to if you would like to share where your nursing journey has taken you since receiving a KCNA scholarship. If you know of someone who is a former recipient, especially those from several years ago, please pass this along. Thanks!
Community & Continuing Education
Upcoming Courses
Health in a Changing Climate
Understanding Impacts and Opportunities for Action

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia Mason, Volney Richmond Auditorium, Seattle

Overview: This educational event for health care professionals will provide an overview of climate change and health, focusing on the specific health impacts of climate change in Washington state. The event will also discuss opportunities for action in health care sustainability, advocacy and communications, and patient and clinician education.

Target Audience:  This event will bring together health professionals, administrators and policy makers from the Northwest region and beyond to collaborate and identify new opportunities for meeting the challenges of our changing climate. 

$30.00 General/$95.00 Accredited Program (earn  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  or Nursing Contact Hours)

Virginia Mason is a provider of nursing continuing education contact hours. Provider is approved for 4.0 Contact Hours (4.0 clock hours), December 7, 2019.

For more information, Click here .

Keys to Enhancing Your Effectiveness as a School Nurse
(Grades K-12)
January 7, 2020 from 8:30 am-3:15 pm
Sheraton Bellevue: 100 - 112TH Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Who Should Attend : School Nurses, District Nurses and School Health Services Coordinators Serving Grades K-12

Presented by  Vickie Beckwith, Outstanding School Nurse and National Presenter

Program: Including 21st Century School Nursing Practices – dozens of up-to-date best practices and evidence-based strategies to help you be more effective, efficient and confident .

E ach attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

Cost: $279

For more information, click here .
KCNA President Recognized
KCNA's President Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN, was recently presented with the Ethics and Human Rights Award by Washington State Nursing Association and the Professional Nursing and Health Care Council.

She was recognized in particular for her tireless work in health equity including her guidance of students, her commitment to the Washington Center for Nursing's Diversity Advisory Committee, and her direct work with community outreach to underserved populations. In addition to KCNA, she holds leadership roles with the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, the Alpha Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the Washington Center for Nursing. She also acts as the Council of Nurse Educators of Washington State representative to the WSNA Professional Nursing and Health Care council.

Congratulations Antwinett! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and feel very lucky to have you as KCNA's Board President!
Nursing Profession
Future of Nursing Study
In August, the UW School of Nursing hosted the National Academy of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Nursing 2030 for one of three regional town hall meetings held in the U.S.

The theme was High Tech and High Touch. Speakers and panelists explored nursing in the digital age. To learn more about the ongoing study, click here.

WSNA Deadlines: Scholarship Applications & Hall of Fame Nominations
WSNA Hall of Fame
Do you know someone who has changed your professional life as a nurse and has had an impact on the lives of others? WSNA is now accepting nominations for their 2020 Hall of Fame, their highest honor!
November 30, 2019 is the deadline for Hall of Fame nominations. Click here for the nomination form.

WSNA Nursing Scholarships
Washington State Nurses Foundation annually awards scholarships to qualified students preparing for a career as a registered nurse and to those seeking advanced nursing degrees. They are currently accepting applications. Materials must be postmarked by Feb. 7, 2020 . To learn more, click here for more information.

NOTE: KCNA's nursing student scholarship application will be available the first part of January. Our deadline will be March 2, 2020.

Community & Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer to Help Families
F amilyWorks is located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and offers a variety of support to families in need including a food bank and family resource center. One of the volunteer jobs they are currently hoping to fill is at their Supermarket Saturday Food Drives located at the QFC in Wallingford. This involves interacting and handing out flyers to shoppers and accepting donations. Food drives happen on the third Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm, in one hour shifts. The QFC is located at 1801 N 45th Street in Seattle. To learn more, click here.

In addition to volunteering, FamilyWorks could use help in collecting the following items for families. Items can be donated at 1501 N 45th Street. Hours vary, call first to verify 206-694-6727. Check their website for more donation needs.
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Diapers (size 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Gently used children’s toys
  • New adult socks, hats and gloves
  • New and gently used clothing for children (seasonally appropriate)

Renton Valley Food Bank
The Renton Valley Food Bank serves a very diverse group of people through on-site food pick-up, home delivery and to-go food bags (for those without a kitchen) and a backpack program for school children. They also provide assistance with trouble shooting life's circumstances . Each week, RVFB delivers groceries to more than 200 homebound individuals in southeast Seattle, with a focus on seniors, disabled, families with disabled children, or people living with chronic illness.

The food bank accepts direct donations of food and money and also encourages groups (organizations and businesses) to have drives to raise money for food. If you would like more information about raising funds for food as a group, please email them for specific information.

RVFB also offers a variety of volunteer tasks including food distribution, making food deliveries, administration and special project volunteers. To learn more, click here.
Grant a Wish for Homeless Youth this Season
YouthCare is gathering holiday gifts for homeless youth so that each young person has a gift with their name on it to open for the holidays. They are looking for the following items in particular:

  • Gift cards (Ross, Target, Fred Meyer, Safeway, etc.)
  • Prepaid cell phones & minutes
  • MP3 players & headphones
  • New art supplies & journals
  • Sports equipment & jerseys
  • New & unopened makeup & nail polish
  • Hair care products for textured/natural hair
  • Shoes & sneakers
  • Leggings & athletic wear
  • Bedding & pillows
  • Laundry baskets
  • Movie passes

If your place of work, group or family is hosting a holiday giving tree, YouthCare will supply gift tags. For more information, click here .