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October 2019


Fall Greetings!
We hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year, and we look forward to seeing you at the Fall Nursing Summit this month. We are sure you will have fun and take away some great practical knowledge!

We also encourage you to register for the Nurse Book Club early. What better time of year to sit with a cup of coffee or tea and read by a window and watch as fall puts on its colorful show for you.

"I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves." Ann Drake

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Childhood Trauma & Health
Th is month we recommend a Ted Talk by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician and the current Surgeon General of the State of California. She is well versed on the topic of how childhood trauma and toxic stress can have harmful effects on health later in life . Harris is the author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity . She also founded the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco California in order to focus on advocacy and spreading her message that early screening and intervention is vitally important. Click here to see her Ted Talk video. Harris was also recently interviewed on PBS. See that interview here.
Ways People Recover from ACEs
There are millions of adults who are impacted daily by trauma they experienced as children. The long term affects of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can be overwhelming and difficult to overcome. Donna Jackson Nakazawa, an award-winning journalist and speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion, has spoken and written about this topic. In her article, "8 Ways People Recover from Post Childhood Adversity Syndrome" which appeared in P sychology Today, she provides some practical tools that can help. Click here to explore her article.
KCNA Happenings
Join Us for Upcoming KCNA Events

KCNA Fall Nursing Summit
Learn about Resources for the Homeless & KCNA Community Grant Program

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8:30 am-1:00 pm

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

Come join us as we focus on the topic of homelessness and learn about the KCNA Community Grant program. Participating organizations and guest speakers include New Horizons: Rob Stewart, Executive Director; Mary's Place: Dr. Joe Sherman, Executive Director and Real Change: Tiffani McCoy, Vendor and Lead Organizer.

Panelists will discuss their experience with KCNA Community Grants. Panelists will include Emerin Hatfield, BSN, Public Health Nurse, Esther Tung , BSN, MS-CNE, RN and Antwinett O. Lee , EdD, MS-CNE, RN.

$15 for KCNA members and nursing students/$40 non-members. Includes coffee, box lunches and handouts. Free parking available on-site.

Registration Deadline is October 21, 2019.

Money Matters
A FREE financial literacy program hosted by Salal Credit Union

Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6:15-8:30 pm

Ivar's Salmon House, 401 Northlake Way, Seattle

This no-cost, no-obligation workshop is designed to give KCNA members an overview of financial planning and investing.

Our presenter will be Adrian Hedwig, CFS Financial Advisors at Salal Investment Services. He provides a full range of investment products and services at through CUSO Financial Services, L.P.
No charge for KCNA members. Space is limited- register early. Dinner is provided.
Registration Deadline is November 4, 2019. Sign-up today!

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

Registration Deadline is November 15, 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!
Community & Continuing Education
Upcoming Courses & Events
UW Nurse Shark Tank
Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Join Nursing Shark Tank where nurse researchers try to convince the audience -the Sharks – to give them the funding they need to turn their projects into reality. "Sharks" ensure that the UW continues its work to make the world a better place. 
Visit their  Facebook  page to see videos from the last Shark Tank. Go to their  website  to register. 

Suicide Assessment, Intervention & Treatment
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98005

Suicide Assessment, Intervention & Treatment (6 CEUs) is provided by Crisis Connections. How do you determine if someone is suicidal and what can you do to help? In this training, you’ll learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and assess the safety challenges of suicide and suicidal behavior. We’ll explore approaches to suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with individuals in crisis. Meets state requirements for nurse.
For registration and more information including additional training locations and dates, click here . Cost: $150.

TrachSafe Emergency Airway Management Course
November 20, 2019
3:45-9:00 pm
Seattle Children’s Administrative Building, 6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

This five-hour course (4.8 CNE hours) will educate healthcare professionals to prepare, practice and prevent airway emergencies in a child with a tracheostomy. Participants will be actively engaged in an immersive educational experience in a safe

Reccomended for nurses in acute care, home care and school care settings. To find out more details, click here .

Nursing Profession
Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Nurses
In a recent blog article in Jessica Ek, Social Media Engagement Manager for the American Nurses Association, shares her advice about best practices of how to use social media as a nurse. 

In her article she talks about social media and how nurses need to be extra careful because of their profession and concerns that come up regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and patient confidentiality. Ek goes on to discuss how social media can be helpful for nurses in their career if done thoughtfully and with full awareness. Read her article here.
Managing Difficult Staff
How to manage difficult staff is one of the most common questions asked in leadership workshops and can be especially difficult for nurses who are faced with challenging situations every day that can trigger difficult behavior. In her blog, Emerging RN Leader, Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN discusses the most common types of difficult personality styles and gives advice to nurse managers about how they can respond in order to create the best outcome possible. For instance, Sherman states that it is helpful to keep your conversations brief, clear and concise and to stay away from using the word "attitude." She suggests using the word "behavior" instead. To learn more about Sherman's perspective, click here.
Washington State Takes Action Against Vaping
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee recently issued an Executive Order  to in response to seven confirmed vaping-related illnesses in the state and 13 deaths nationwide. The Executive Order bans flavored vaping products that have been heavily targeted and consumed by youth. Vaping products are considered a serious public health risk by many in the healthcare industry. Governor Inslee is developing a multi-pronged approach that includes consumer warnings, youth education, and the ability to immediately ban the source or cause of vaping-related lung injuries as soon as it is identified. To learn more, click here .
Volunteer Opportunities
Acute Care Companions Brighten Days at Harborview
Acute Care Companion Volunteers at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) work directly with patients located in Acute Care at HMC who are medically stable but still too ill to go home or even to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility. Often hospitalized for weeks and even months, many become lonely, anxious and bored. Many don’t have family and are in need of companionship. Acute Care Companion volunteers will be specially trained and supervised. They will spend an hour or so with each patient and can either simply have a conversation or include other activities such as card games, taking patients for walks or any other number of options.

The special volunteer opportunity was developed by Mike Maye, retired BSN from HMC. To participate, please email Mike Maye at  He will arrange to meet with you for a tour of the unit and further describe the program.  People who wish to participate will also need to complete the process to become an HMC volunteer.
Volunteer to Give Hope & Help to the Elderly
Volunteer Services, a program of Catholic Community Services, offers opportunities that connect volunteers with low- income elderly or adults living with disabilities in need of help in their home with chores. Chores could include light housecleaning, transportation, grocery shopping, home repair and/or yard care. The also have a phone call buddy program where volunteers check in and provide friendly conversation to the elderly. Click  here  to learn more.