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March 2019

Spring is in the air!

March 20 is the Spring Equinox and brings us thoughts of gardening and sunshine and new beginnings. What are you looking forward to this spring? As you ponder what kinds of seeds you want to plant, be sure to include KCNA as part of what helps your garden grow!

Don't forget to take advantage of the early bird special for the Annual Meeting and Spring Banquet and join us for our educational seminar to learn about becoming a nurse educator.

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Continue Your Education
The Four R's of Becoming a Nurse Educator
Saturday, March 16, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
3-hour Certificate of Completion
Faculty shortages continue to impact nursing education programs, and this seminar is designed to inspire participants to consider a role as nurse educators. This seminar will include the roles, responsibilities, requirements and resources, as shared by experienced nurse educators from a variety of backgrounds. Presenters Lynn Von Schlieder, MSN, RN, professor emeritus, Shoreline Community College and Antwinett Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN, professor and associate dean at Seattle Pacific University, will share their expertise. A panel of nurse educators will discuss how they made their journeys, why they find teaching fulfilling and some of the challenges they have faced.
Register by March 11.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Scholarships Update
King County Nurses Association (KCNA) is proud to help ensure the future of nursing in our community by offering scholarships to qualified nursing students. We are currently reviewing applications and the scholarship committee will meet at the end of March to complete the selection process. Applicants will be officially notified about the committee's decision by the first week of April. Eighteen nursing students will be selected to receive $3,000 each. We would love to be able to award more scholarships. If you want to make an impact on the future of nursing, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Click here to donate!

Welcome New KCNA Staff Member
We are happy to introduce KCNA's new Member Services Director, Jennifer Bravo. Jennifer comes to us with over 15 years of experience in non-profit management including work with the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, five years in long-term care facilities as a Therapeutic Activities Director, and most recently, 13 years as the Visitor Services Manager for the non-profit Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. Jennifer lives in Seattle with her husband Daniel, Toni the cat and currently a foster dog named Sky. She enjoys practicing Spanish with her in-laws and family in Mexico, cooking, watching movies, going on walks and learning about healing modalities such as Reiki. "I am very excited to be here at KCNA and look forward to working for the benefit of nurses. I applaud the work of nurses and know from personal experience the amazing level of love and support within the nursing community. I cannot think of a better group of people." said Jennifer. She is located in the KCNA office in Seattle and can be reached at or by phone at 206-545-0603.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Additionally, May 8 is designated National Student Nurses Day and the Wednesday within the week is National School Nurse Day. The week celebrates the legacy of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who became famous for treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean war, and for her work in establishing nursing as a profession. In the year 2020, we will celebrate Florence’s 200th birthday! KCNA joins in the celebration of nurses by hosting the Spring Banquet and Annual Meeting on May 9, 2019. Plan on attending this festive gala to show your support of nurses!
Early Bird Registration for Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet
This year, the Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet – KCNA's most festive event of the year – will be held on Thursday, May 9 at the Ballard Bay Club in Seattle. This special evening includes presentation of nurse awards and student scholarships, as well as silent and live auctions to support the KCNA Scholarship Fund. The event takes place during National Nurses Week; nurses and nursing students are welcome! Early-bird registration saves $10; register by March 15.

Professional Development

WSNA Annual Conference
Don't miss out! Come join the fun at the 2019 WSNA Nurses Convention from May1-3 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. This year's theme is "Transforming health care through the power of nursing." Come to be inspired, to connect with fellow nurses, to fulfill continuing education, for professional development and to have fun! To find out more, click here .

Professional Challenges & Concerns

ANA Supports Time's Up Healthcare
The American Nurses Association has teamed up as a partner with Time's Up Healthcare with past ANA President Pam Cipriano serving on the Advisory Council. Together they are championing a safe, fair and dignified work environment for nurses. For more information click here .
Ending Abuse Against Nurses
The job of being a nurse is hard enough without having to deal with situations of abuse and violence. This continues to be a problem across Washington State and in the United States. According to the American Nurses Association, 1 in 4 nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are at greater risk to experience violence than prison guards or police officers. You can join the national campaign on workplace violence launched by the American Nurses Association in 2017. The campaign called #EndNurseAbuse Initiative asks health care professionals to sign a pledge supporting zero tolerance for violence against nurses and encourages nurses to speak up. For more information click here.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer for Food Lifeline
Food Lifeline is looking for volunteers interested in helping in their Mobile Food Program. They have various opportunities where volunteers help distribute nutritious food directly to community members. If you are interested in learning more, connect with them here .