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March 2020


March 19 heralds the beginning of spring, a welcome world of blooming flowers, budding trees and milder weather.

At the same time, we are all very aware of the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 virus. KCNA extends our support and best wishes to the whole nursing community.

KCNA is closely monitoring the situation and acknowledges that cancelling and/or rescheduling of KCNA events is a possibility . If our events are cancelled or rescheduled, we will notify attendees via email, e-news, social media and our website. Please stay tuned for updates.

Now more than ever, with increased levels of stress and anxiety, it is very important to practice self-care. See below for some ideas on how to take simple steps to decrease stress and take good care of yourself.

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Simple Steps for Self-Care
Stress isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so what action steps can you take to keep it in check? Taylor Schroeder, a critical care nurse in Cincinnati, Ohio recommends that nurses incorporate simple meditation techniques into their daily lives. In an article she wrote for the American Holistic Nurses Association, she states:

"One form of meditation that I like to practice is sitting meditation, specifically parked in my car 15 minutes before work. Not knowing what I am going to walk into before work can be stressful in and of itself, not to mention the stressors of caring for two young children at home. While waiting to walk into work, we can take a moment to focus on our breathing, sit with eyes closed, and imagine the air moving in and out of the lungs. We can practice taking slow, deep breaths, and perhaps even try some guided imagery."

To read her entire article, Meditation for Emotional Well-Being:a Self-Care Strategy for Nurses, click here .

More Everyday Self-Care Tips

The American Holistic Nurse Association has additional tips about how to increase your self-care. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Eat meals without distractions whenever possible. Put away your cell phone and focus on the flavors, textures and colors of your food.

  • Pause hourly and take three to four deep breaths.

  • Prepare for bed 30 minutes before by turning off all electronics.

To find out more tips, click here.
COVID-19 Resources
As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, here are a few resources for keeping up-to-date about the latest developments:

Washington Call Center: 1-800-525-0127
A hotline set up to answer general questions from the public. Available seven days a week from 6 am- 10 pm.

KCNA Happenings
KCNA Events
NOTICE: KCNA is aware of the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 and we extend our support and best wishes to the whole community.

KCNA is closely monitoring the situation and acknowledges that cancelling and/or rescheduling of KCNA events is a possibility even though our events usually have fewer than 250 attendees.

If our events are cancelled or rescheduled, we will notify attendees via email, social media and our website. If we reschedule an event, those who have registered will automatically be registered for the new date. If attendees are unable to attend on the new date, we will provide them with a refund.

In the meantime, if you plan on attending an event, please take the following precautions:
  1. Stay home if you are sick.
  2. Always remember to wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
  3. Take a break from greetings such as handshakes and hugs at our gatherings.
  4. Cough and sneeze away from others, using a tissue or your elbow.

Contact us if you have questions about our 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 Scholarships Under Review
KCNA has received nearly 40 scholarship applications! The KCNA Scholarship Committee is currently undertaking a diligent review process of these applications. The committee will make their final selection by the first week of April and recipients will be announced at the Annual Gala. KCNA is proud to offer 18 scholarships this year thanks to the support of our donors and Salal Credit Union!
Nominate a Nurse Today
There is still time to nominate a nurse!

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 .
Continuing Education
Online Continuing Education
WSNA Offers Online Continuing Education for Nurses

WSNA offers a variety of FREE online continuing nurse education courses. Click here to learn more.

Topics vary and include the following:

-Introduction to the Discipline Process
-Transformational Leadership
-Implicit Bias Primer
-Service Animals in Healthcare Facilities

KCNA Scholarship Fund Donation
KCNA Scholarship Fund
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.
Volunteer Opportunities
Online Volunteer Opportunities
United Way of King County is helping to make sure that volunteers still have opportunities available to provide service during the COVID-19 outbreak. In their volunteer search box, select the virtual volunteer option to see a variety of options from organizations who are looking for help with such things as social media, graphic design, web design, public relations, translations and hotlines. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.