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May 2019


This month we encourage you to watch the TedTalk by Ingrid Fetell Lee, author of: Joyful, The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness (see below for link).

The author reminds us just how simple it can be to be find joy from moment to moment and build on that to create a happy life. She goes on to talk about how we can adjust our home and work environments to bring more joy to ourselves and others, specifically calling out how medical facilities can take advantage of her advice. As we all go about our everyday lives, let's apply her formula: create and recognize moments of joy-repeat-repeat-repeat. We got this!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Stay Healthy Nurses- Fruit & Veggie Challenge!
Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are nutritional power houses of goodness. Their benefits have been widely documented and include reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, digestive problems, and more. Unfortunately, nurses are still not getting enough of them in their diets. According to the ANA's 2016 Health Risk Appraisal, only 16 percent of nurses are getting the recommended five servings or more of produce per day. So, let's do this thing! Start today with the "5 for 10" challenge (5 servings a day for 10 days) for nurses. Click here for more information.
Bring More Joy Into the Everyday

Author Ingrid Fetell Lee wants us all to take notice of how little things bring us joy and to focus on incorporating those things in the environments where we work and live. She believes it can make a big difference in our overall happiness. In her book, Joyful, The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness , she speaks about the Joy of Aesthetics and how it can change a person's attitude and behavior. To learn more about her work visit her website here and watch her TedTalk here .
General Interest
Get Prepared for Wildfire Season

The Washington State Department of Health is urging everyone in our state to be prepared for smoky days with poor air quality as we approach the dry days of summer. While breathing smoky air is not good for anyone, it can be dangerous for those people with existing breathing problems and other health conditions. Here are a few things you can do to help minimize the impact of poor air quality during this season:

  • Be in the know - Check local air quality reports on a regular basis.
  • Limit exercise outside when the air quality is poor.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and open only when air quality is good.
  • If you have an air conditioner, set it to recirculate and close the fresh air intake. Make sure the filter is clean and changed frequently.
  • If your car has air conditioning use it on the setting that recycles the air.
  • If your house does not have air conditioning spend time away at cooler public areas such as malls, book stores, libraries and the like.
  • Keep indoor pollution down. Avoid using candles, air fresheners and incense. Avoid smoking and only vacuum if you have a HEPA filter.
  • Consider purchasing an air purifier.

To explore more about this topic, click here .

KCNA Happenings
KCNA Scholarships Recipients Celebrated
Certificates of recognition were awarded to the 2019 scholarship recipients at the KCNA Annual Meeting and Spring Banquet held on May 9, 2019. Twelve of the 18 recipients joined us for the festivities. It was a wonderful opportunity for donors to see firsthand how the funds they raise make an impact on the lives of future nurses. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $3,000 scholarship towards their nursing education.

Scholarships are awarded annually. The next application will be available on the KCNA website in early 2020. We encourage applicants who were not selected this year to reapply (as long as they still quality.)

Thank you for attending the KCNA Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet!

Thank you for attending this special annual event. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this event a success! From our board members, auction volunteers and auctioneer to event volunteers and the venue staff; we could not have done it without you!

We are also very thankful to all of our donors and auction participants as well and the many local businesses and individuals who contributed auction items. The auction raised $12,223! Add to that a $15,000 donation from Salal Credit Union and $7,721 in pre-event fund raising, and that brings our grand total to $34,954! All proceeds go directly to our scholarship fund.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2019 Shining Star Award winners. Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your amazing contributions!
2019 Shining Star Awards

Peggy Baldwin, RN
King County Correction-Public Health

Melissa Erdman, BSN, RN
King County Corrections-Public Health

Rose Williamson
Retired, KCNA Member Services Director

Salal Credit Union, accepted by Amy Ridley

Shining Star Awards 2020
Take a look around and think about who inspires you in the nursing profession. Would you like them to be recognized for their contribution?

It's not too early to start thinking about who you will nominate for next year's awards. Remember, we won't know about them unless you nominate them.
Nursing Profession

Join #BeyondtheCards
WSNA is encouraging nurses in Washington State to continue the fight to make the nursing profession safer for all. While it is a cause for celebration that the state recently passed the rest break and overtime protections bill, there are still so many issues that need to be addressed such as unsafe staffing.

In order to keep the momentum going, WSNA has launched a Facebook group called #BeyondtheCards or Washington Nurse Power. The really good news that came out of the passing of the rest breaks protections bill is that it demonstrates that when nurses speak, politicians listen. To find out more, click here.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer for Project Cool
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

Project Cool Volunteer Days
July 11-16, 2019

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness is holding their annual volunteering event f rom Thursday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 16. They expect over 150 volunteers to help assemble 1,000+ backpacks for students. Activities will include unpacking, sorting, and bundling school supplies, assembling dental kits, filling backpacks with supplies, and organizing backpacks into groups for agencies.

KCNA staff member Jennifer Bravo has signed up to volunteer on July 11 from 1:00pm-3:30pm and would love to have you join her. There are also other days and times available. The Coalition handles volunteer sign-ups on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to volunteer.