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December 2019



Here at KCNA we wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday season! We look forward to learning and celebrating with you in 2020! If you have a new year goal to become more involved in your nursing community, please consider taking on a leadership role with KCNA. Let us know by January 15 if you are interested. We are better together!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
The Surprising Science of Happiness
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," is a H arvard psychologist who conducts research on happiness. In his research, he has found that human beings often make assumptions about what will make us happy- and we are often wrong. In his talks, and in his writing, he is approachable and often uses humor to get his point across.

Gilbert was once a high school drop out with dreams of writing science fiction. When a creative writing class at his community college was full, he enrolled in the only available course: psych ology. He discovered his passion there and earned a doctorate in social psychology at Princeton. He has since won a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Phi Beta Kappa teaching prize for his work at Harvard.

In 2014,  Science  magazine named him one of the world's  50 most-followed scientists on social media , and in 2017 he was named one of the  50 Most Influential Living Psychologists in the World .  

Click here to see his Ted Talk video or explore his website:
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 at
Nurses Book Club Review
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

We had a very engaged group at our recent book club where we took a look the book by Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift.

Chris Henshaw, EdD, RN and Professional Development Specialist at Virginia Mason, facilitated the group discussion. Participants discussed how the book influenced them personally and how they could apply what they learned to their nursing practice. All participants said that they would recommend the book to a friend. Thank you Chris for all of your work in preparing for and facilitating this group. It was enjoyed by all!

Do you have an idea for a book for KCNA's next book club? Email your ideas to: .

Book Giveaway! We don't want you to miss out on this great book, so we are giving away three copies to the first three emails received at by the deadline of 9 am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019! Be sure to include your mailing address in your email. Good luck!
KCNA Grants Help the Community
Reading to Baby for multi-lingual parents
KCNA member Emerin Hatfield, RN, BSN, a Public Health Nurse with the Nursing Family Partnership (NFP) Program applied for an Elizabeth Thomas Memorial Community Grant after noting that many multi-cultural, multi-lingual families were not engaging in reading with their children. Her goals for the project included encouraging early literacy, enhancing parent-child interactions, supporting child language development and celebrating diversity. She collaborated with NFP supervisors to bring the project to fruition and enlisted the support of the Somali Family Safety Task Force and First Books as sources for books. They utilized the $1,250 grant to provide 117 high quality board books in English, Spanish and Somali to 240 low income families with children 0-2 years old. Books were distributed to families by NFP nurses who saw families during home visits. 
BrainPower Chronicles: storytelling as mental health advocacy 
A KCNA Community Grant helped the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington successfully host BrainPower Chronicles featuring Bill Bernat held at the Museum of Flight in November.  Bill  is a recovering addict living with bipolar condition who advocates for mental health
awareness through storytelling.  Bill served as a coach to  story tellers, helping them craft their stories into moving   pieces of auditory art. KCNA member Lauren Cranston Seaton, BSN applied for the $750 grant with the goal of increasing awareness of NAMI services and   fighting the stigma of mental illness. The BrainPower Chronicles brought to light honest, raw   stories of individuals suffering with mental illness and how it affected their lives and those   around them. Stories of seven individuals were presented to an audience of 205 with their message extending far beyond through the use of social media.
Consider Serving on KCNA Board
Have you considered getting more involved with your professional organization? If yes, now is the time to apply for a leadership position on the KCNA Board of Directors. Open positions include Vice President, Secretary, and Member at Large; all positions are for two-year terms beginning in May 2020. There are also three open positions (one-year terms) on the Nominating Committee.

This is a chance to develop your leadership skills and contribute in a positive way to the nursing profession. Please let us know your interest by January 15, 2020 by emailing: .
Alternate receives scholarship
Every year we chose an alternate from our scholarship pool so that funds never go unused. Recently, funds from one scholarship was returned by a student who did not use the funds. We have since presented that scholarship to our alternate, Nicole Bayard. Nicole is attending the University of Washington, pursuing a DNP degree. She has worked extensively with marginalized, at-risk populations and is passionate about reaching those who experience barriers to care. In addition to her DNP she is completing a global health certificate in HIV/STI disease.  Nicole envisions herself as a clinician providing primary care and working hard to influence systems-level changes.
KCNA member seeks nurses input
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 contact her at: . The interviews take about 25-45 minutes and they are offering a $10 gift card as a token of gratitude for people's time.
Community & Continuing Education
Upcoming Education & Conferences
American Organization for Nurses Leadership (AONL) Annual Conference
March 18-21, 2020 in Nashville
Inspiring Nurse Leaders

 Engage your nursing leadership skills through a dynamic mix of high-impact learning opportunities and intimate idea exchanges with peers from around the country. Conference will be held in Nashville.

For information, click here . Early bird prices end on January 15, 2020.
The Challenge of Pain Conference 2020

This conference is being organized by University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education
Jan 23 - 24, 2020
UW Tower in Seattle
Contact Hours: 14

Description: Pain causes extensive suffering, disability and expenditure of scarce healthcare resources. This conference focuses on the challenge of pain management for healthcare professionals across the healthcare continuum.

For more information, click here .
Town Hall Seattle- Catching Homelessness
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $5
The Forum
1119 8th Ave, Seattle

Town Hall Seattle and the League of Women Voters present Josephine Ensign, author and nurse. Ensign was a young, white, Southern, Christian wife, mother, and nurse running a medical clinic for the homeless in the heart of the South. Through her work and intense relationships with patients and co-workers, her worldview was shattered after losing her job, family, and house—and she became homeless herself. Ensign joins us decades later to tell her story through her book  Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net.  Join Ensign as she reflects on how her understanding of homelessness has changed her work, perspective, and life experiences—and changed her. 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

Donate to the KCNA Scholarship Fund by Clicking Here .

Wishing all of our donors a very Happy Holiday Season!

Thank you for making dreams come true!

Community & Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer with KCNA for MLK Event
The King County Nurses Association will join with Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization and the Western Washington Chapter of Hispanic Nurses in providing health checks at the annual Martin Luther King Day event, January 20, 2020 at Garfield High School in Seattle from 9:00 am–noon. Includes community booths, workshops, a rally and a march. This year’s theme,  Vision 2020____ (fill in the blank)  asks that you create your own vision to reclaim Dr. King’s legacy. Booth volunteers (8:30 AM arrival) are needed to check blood pressure and distribute basic health information. To volunteer, email .  For event information: .
Volunteers Still Needed for Seattle King County Clinic
The Seattle/King County Clinic has registered over 2,400 volunteers, but they still need more, especially those with specialized skills. They are looking to fill the following:
  • Chiropractors – Thursday
  • Dental Assistants – all days, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Dental Hygienists – all days, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Dental Lab – all days
  • Dentists (restorative care) – all days, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Dentists (oral surgeons) – all days, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Dentists (endodontists) – all days
  • Dermatologists – all days
  • General Support (various assignments) – especially Thursday and Sunday of the clinic, and Monday for load-out
  • Health Insurance Navigators (certified) – all days
  • Interpreters (medical certification not required) – all days, especially for Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Amharic, ASL
  • Mental/Behavioral Health Clinicians – Thursday and Friday
  • Ophthalmic and Optometric Assistants/Technicians – all days, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Ophthalmologists and Optometrists – all days
  • Opticians – all days
  • Podiatrists – Thursday and Sunday
  • Radiologists – Friday and Saturday
  • Social Workers – Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Sonographers – Friday and Sunday
For more information:  
Keeping Families safe at Mary's Place
Mary's Place mission is to provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. Their vision is a community where all families have safety, stability, and housing.

They are always looking for volunteers and donations. For more information about ways to get involved, click here .

Recently Dr. Joe Sherman (he participated in KCNA's Fall Summit) reached out to us to let us know that he is stepping down, and that they are currently looking for an MD or ARNP to become their new Clinical Director. The position is flexible and can be either part or full-time. If interested, please contact Stephanie, Administrative Director for Mary's Place Health Service, at: .
Time for Annual Point in Time Count
Mark your calendars: Count Us In 2020, King County’s Annual Point in Time Count (PIT), will be happening January 24, 2020! The core purpose of our annual PIT Count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. A successful and accurate PIT Count is an essential component to informing our system response to the need in our community and to ultimately making homelessness rare, brief and one-time.

They are looking for volunteers to assist in this count. To learn more, go to:
Volunteer as a Nurse for Camp Without Borders
The Needs Of The Community Society (NOC) in Seattle runs a program called Camp Without Borders which is a free travel program for young adults with medical illnesses and disabilities. They are looking for nurses to participate in their 2020 trips. For information:

NOC trip schedule:
  • Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA: April 17-20, 2020.
  • White Water Rafting- Index WA: June 26-28, 2020
  • Peak 2 Peak- Northern Cascades, WA: July 24-26, 2020. A 3-day adaptive hiking trip 
  • Exploration Of The Islands- San Juan Islands, WA: Sept 24-26, 2020