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January 2020



We hope your 2020 is filled with many moments of connection, inspiration and kindness! As we run full steam into this new year, we thought this would be the perfect time to consider how our everyday habits impact our lives. For a bit of advise on this topic, we turned to Wendy Woods, an expert on habits and professor of psychology. Wendy asserts that in order to create the life we want, we must focus on creating habits that will take us there. See below for information about Wendy's work.

We hope you make KCNA one of your favorite habits in 2020. We get off to a great start with our District Meeting focused on trauma informed care and harm reduction. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Building Better Habits in the New Year
It's that time of year when many of us take stock of the good habits we want to add and the bad habits we want to break in the new year. But how do we actually make this happen?

Wendy Wood , a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, has some helpful ideas on the topic. She has spent that last 30 years trying to figure out habits really work by putting them to the test in habit labs. According to Wendy, habits are mental associations and willpower alone is woefully inadequate when it comes to building a life we truly want.

"When we repeat an action over and over again in a given context and then get a reward when you do that, we are learning very slowly and incrementally to associate that context with that behavior," she says. Eventually, that behavior becomes automatic, to the point where we aren't consciously thinking about the behavior anymore. Many of the things we do every day fall into this category. 

"About 43 percent of everyday actions are done repeatedly almost every day in the same context," Wendy says. "It's very much like driving. We have this general sense that we're doing things but it's not driven by an active decision-making process."

To learn more about creating the habits you want, visit Wendy's website . To delve deeper into the topic, consider her book: Good Habits, Bad Habits, The Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Events
KCNA District Meeting: Trauma Informed Care & Harm Reduction
Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:30 AM-1 PM 
Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
4-hour Certificate of Completion

Join us as we explore how to best care for those who have suffered trauma. Speakers will provide helpful tips and tools to assist nurses in their everyday work including organizational guidelines to remove barriers. Additionally, speakers will discuss trauma as a public health crisis with analysis of racial injustice, ACES, complex trauma and resiliency.

Heather Stephen-Selby, BSN, MSN, ARNP-BC, RN; Director of Clinical Support Services/ARNP at Health Point. Her background is in clinical practice, policy development, legislation and education.

Amy Curtis, BSN, RN, Healthcare Recruitment Specialist, Public Health Seattle-King County. Amy ensures that the recruitment processes are trauma-informed and support equity and social justice. 

Anneleen Severynen, RN, MN, Training & Development Supervisor for Community Health Services at Public Health Seattle-King County. Her focus is trauma-informed systems, trainings and staff resiliency.

Cost and registration
$15 for KCNA members and students, $40 all others. Cost includes coffee and box lunches.Registration deadline is February 24, 2020. Register online:
Florence Nightingale Musical
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Good Shepherd Center,  Seattle

Nightingale: A Musical Regarding the Life & Passion of Miss Florence Nightingale. 

Join us for this one-of-a-kind performance in honor of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Be inspired as Florence Nightingale’s story comes to life and reveals how she is forever relevant. Audiences are loving it:  “It was like watching ‘Hamilton’ about Florence Nightingale.” 

Cost and registration
$20 donation to support the KCNA scholarship fund
Registration deadline is April 1, 2020.  Register online at

Thanks to our Nursing Community Partners for coming together to celebrate and collaborate for this special event: 
  • Filipino Nurses/Healthcare Professionals Association
  • Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization
  • Pacific Northwest Chinese Nurses Association
  • Samoan Nurses Organization in Washington/Pacific Islander Health Alliance NorthWest
  • Seattle Pacific University School of Health Sciences
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Psi Chapter at Large
  • Western Washington National Association of Hispanic Nurses. 

A special thank you goes out to  Seattle Pacific University nursing students for volunteering to assist at the event!
Annual Gala 2020

Save the Date!
Thursday, May 7, 2020
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ballard Bay Club, 
6413 Seaview Ave NW,  Seattle

KCNA’s signature event includes a celebratory dinner, annual meeting and a fund-raising auction for our scholarship fund. To top off the evening, we present our prestigious Shining Star Nurse Awards and introduce our current scholarship recipients. This special event happens during National Nurses Week and honors members and all nurses for their tireless contributions. Come celebrate! Attendees will enjoy a quintessential Northwest location, locally inspired dinner buffet and a no-host bar.

Cost and registration
Early bird registration fees: $50 for members, $55 nonmembers and $30 for nursing students.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Register by March 15, 2020 to receive an early-bird discount! Thereafter, the cost will increase by $10 per registration. Register at
Nominating Committee to Meet in January
The Nominating Committee will be meeting on January 15, 2020 to create the new slate of candidates. If you are interested in serving, this is your last opportunity to let us know. Please email us before the committee meets.

KCNA's 2020 Ballot will be included in the next issue of The Advocate printed newsletter delivered by postal mail in March. Be sure to mark your ballot and mail it in by April 1, 2020.
KCNA Scholarship Applications Now Available
KCNA is proud to help ensure the future of nursing in our community by offering scholarships to qualified nursing students. Scholarships provide financial assistance to qualified students who have a permanent address, or are currently enrolled in a nursing program in King County and are preparing for a career as a registered nurse, or to RNs returning for an advanced degree in nursing or a related field.

Applications are now available with a deadline of March 2, 2020 .
Nominations Open for Shining Star Nurse Awards
KCNA presents Shining Star Awards to outstanding King County nurses each year at our Annual Gala in May. Do you know a nurse colleague who deserves special recognition for going above and beyond in the nursing profession or in the community? Be the one who makes sure he/she gets recognized by filling out a simple online form today!

Fill out a quick online Nomination Form by March 15, 2020 .
KCNA Member Seeks Nurses to Interview
KCNA member James Austin, RN, DNP student is currently working on a project supported by the EthnoMed program at UW. The project's goal is to develop culturally sensitive approaches including training to address pregnancy loss in refugee and immigrant patients in the region. According to James, "We are in the provider interview stage and we haven't interviewed any nurses- that has to change! In the case of stillbirth, nurses are the ones supporting the patient for the majority of the experience."  

Would you be willing to help James out and be interviewed? please click here to contact her. The interviews take about 25-45 minutes and they are offering a $10 gift card as a token of gratitude for people's time.
Self Care Retreats for Nurses
KCNA member Nicole Johnson, RN, BCN, CCRN and ICU nurse at the UWMC recently launched her own business called Unwound Retreats . Nicole is offering a mini self-care retreat for nurses on January 24, 2020 from 9:00 am-11:30 am in Seattle. Her program will include restorative yoga, breathwork, journaling and meditation. A journal and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please click here.
Community & Continuing Education
Upcoming Education & Conferences
National Nurse Educator Summit
April 5-8, 2020
Hyatt Regency, Seattle
9 CNE Credits
8 CNE Credits for pre-summit workshop

The summit is being organized by Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI Nursing Education)

Program: featuring nursing professionals from across the country who are passionate bout education and lifelong learning. You’ll have the opportunity to join discussions on the critical issues facing nursing and healthcare today, as well as share knowledge, and build relationships that promote a stronger nursing industry.

For information, click here .
Midwifery Update - Conference 2020

This conference is being organized by University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education

March 11, 2020
The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE 
Goodman Auditorium Seattle,  WA 98115
Contact Hours: 7

Description: This conference provides an annual update on clinical issues in midwifery care. Join us for a day of lectures, discussions and case study analysis, networking and dialoguing with speakers.

For more information, click here .
Seattle Nursing Research Conference
January 27-28, 2020
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street Southwest Lynnwood

1 5th Annual Seattle Nursing Research, Quality Improvement & EBP Conference will include Keynote Speaker  Dr. Linda Gipson  "The Moral Courage to Champion Change: Lessons from Winnie the Pooh and Aesop, Too" 

Click here for more information.

KCNA Scholarship Fund Donation
By donating to the KCNA Scholarship Fund You Make Dreams Happen for nursing students! Every year KCNA distributes scholarship funds to deserving nursing students, some are first time students while others are nurses advancing their education.

Since 1993, YOU have helped 269  nursing students with their education! Help us continue to ensure the future of nursing in the community by donating to the KCNA Scholarship Fund.
Donate today by clicking here.
Community & Volunteer Opportunities
Assist Homeless Women at Sophia Way
The Sophia Way organization, based in Bellevue, is focused on ending homelessness for women. They are always in need of donations and volunteers. Here are a few ideas of how you can help:

  • Lead a workshop in your area of expertise that could provide helpful and practical advise to their clients.
  • Gather your co-workers and organize a donation drive or come together to prepare a meal for women at their extended shelter.
  • Check out their website to see their amazon wish list for donation items.

For more information about donating and other volunteering ideas, please visit their website: .
Volunteers Still Needed for Seattle King County Clinic
The Seattle/King County Clinic is February13-16. If you are interested in volunteering they have created specific flyers for the jobs still remaining. Click on the category of your choice below to see the flyers:


For more information:  
Volunteer for Foster Youth
Treehouse mission is to create a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood. They also have a strong commitment to racial justice.

Did you know that you can volunteer to be a Job Shadow Host for Treehouse? When youth express an interest in a specific career, we can connect them with a volunteer in that field who is willing to host them for a job shadow experience. The student and their Treehouse Education Specialist will spend 2-3 hours at your workplace to learn more about what you do and what your career path looked like. For more information click here .