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February 2020


February Greetings!

F ebruary is not only the month for chocolates and roses, but it is also American Heart Month. It is a great time to take small steps to improve levels of exercise, healthy eating, quality sleep and stress management. Ok, we all know that, but what is not
always on the list is the importance of social support and connection. Researchers have shown that connecting with others and fostering a sense of belonging can serve as a buffer in prevention and helpful in reduction of the negative effects of heart disease. KCNA offers nurses a great way to build that social component. Be sure to join us for our upcoming events- it will be good for your heart!

Remember to register for the Annual Galla by March 15 to get early bird registration pricing!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Join us as we strive to do one good thing for our heart health every day. How about taking a 10 minute walk, breathing deeply or counting your blessings? In a Harvard Medical School blog article, these and other ideas are explored. Click here to read the blog.
Stress Reduction Tip
Decreasing stress can go a long way to keeping you healthy. One simple idea is to do small things to keep organized. For instance, dedicate one place in your home where you keep your car keys, glasses, wallet, etc. and place items in the same place every day when you arrive home. In that way, they will be ready for a quick pick up when you need to get out the door quickly.
Supportive Leadership- Key to Attracting Gen Z
Bruce Tulgan, a speaker and author focused on understanding how to manage especially when it comes to generational differences recently stated in a white paper that supportive leadership is ranked as the number one job factor that Generation Z will use in assessing employment options. This can make a real difference for organizations staying competitive in the tight job market.

Making this happen can be a challenge due to the intense demands on leaders today, Tulgan defines a supportive leader as one who is highly engaged with staff and has a servant leadership approach. Tulgan explains that the key to engaging and retaining the best talent today is to take it, one person, at a time, one day at a time—situational leadership based on who, why, what, where, and how an individual should be managed in order to do their best work. To read more about his work, click here.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Events
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
KCNA Members at MLK Jr Day Event
KCNA members helped provide education and complimentary health screening to over 75 community members during this annual event.

KCNA was joined by other professional nursing organizations including Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, Western Washington-National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Pacific NW Chinese Nurses Association. A special thanks goes out to Frankie Manning, KCNA Board member, for organizing the nursing community. “The joy of nurses partnering together to support the community was wonderful. I think Dr. King would be happy for all of us today,” Frankie said. 
KCNA Scholarships Available
Would $3,000 help you finish nursing school? The deadline for scholarships through KCNA is fast approaching!

Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2020 .

Please pass the word! Students must have a permanent address in King County, but can be studying at any accredited nursing school.
Nominate a Nurse Today
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!

Act soon! Fill out a quick online Nomination Form by March 20, 2020 .
KCNA Members at Seattle-King County Clinic
Thank you to all of the KCNA members who helped make the 2020 Seattle/King County Clinic a great success. This remarkable community event exceeded expectations, serving over 3,300 patients through partnerships and the power of volunteers. The event goes a long way in creating awareness, building connections and prompting further discussions and collaborations. The final report will be published in the spring. Julia Colson, Project Director of the Seattle/King County Clinic, was very pleased with the event and praised the community for coming together to not only provide needed services, but to do so with respect and compassion for all.
Self Care Event for Nurses
KCNA member Nicole Johnson, RN, BCN, CCRN and ICU nurse at the UWMC is offering an evening event on nurse burnout, resilience and self compassion on March 10th at the Good Shepherd Center from 6pm - 8:30pm. Cost is $30 and you can earn 1.5 contact hours. Event also includes a session of restorative yoga. 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

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 .
Motivational Interviewing Training
Conference 2020

April 3, 2020
8 am-4:30pm
Contact hours: 7.3

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street 
NHS Hall Seattle,  WA 98105

Description: Patient decisions about changing health-related behaviors are complicated. Research indicates that passively receiving medical information and advice alone does not result in lasting behavior change. Furthermore, health professionals become frustrated when patients respond with resistance or apathy and do not make healthy choices. What reduces patient resistance and increases the chance of positive outcomes? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based communication style that has been shown to have a dramatic effect on patient outcomes. MI creates a partnership between health professionals and their patients, enabling them to work together as “co-experts” towards shared goals.

For more information, click here .
Conference 2020 Diabetes Update

March 19, 2020

The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE 
Goodman Auditorium Seattle,  WA 98115

7.5 Contact hours

DESCRIPTION: Staying informed about the latest research and treatment strategies for glycemic control is essential to help patients achieve maximum health and manage complications.

TARGET AUDIENCE: For nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, health educators, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals across all settings.

Click here for more information.

Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society Symposium

PSONS Symposium is committed to the advancement of oncology nursing practice through education, communication and research. We serve the oncology nurses that live in the Puget Sound area

March 6-7, 2020
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA. 98036

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 hosts an auction at the Annual Gala to raise money for scholarships. This year we are also raising scholarship funds through the Florence Nightingale Musical event.

If you are unable to attend these events, please consider donating by going online or by sending KCNA a check. Donate online by clicking here. If mailing a check, KCNA's address is 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N., Suite 352, Seattle, WA. 98103.
Community & Volunteer Opportunities
Bridge Disability Ministries
Bridge Disability Ministries advocates for people with disabilities and ensures access to medical equipment at their Meyer Medical Equipment Center located at 1120 Industry Drive in Tukwila. They are a faith-based organization looking for volunteers to help at their medical equipment site, in their Bellevue office or as guardians visiting clients throughout King County. If you are interested in learning more, click here .