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December 19, 2018

We hope you are finding time for some joyful and meaningful holiday activities. Since our January edition of News2Use will be sent during the second week of 2019, we would like to wish all News2Use subscribers, KCNA members and nurses King County a SPECTACUALAR new year!

- Sue Vermeulen & Rose Williamson
KCNA Staff

P.S. We have four big events coming up in the new year –– three continuing education seminars and our festive Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet. We'd love to have you join us!
AND. . .
Continue Your Education
Interactive Program: Poverty Immersion
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
Poverty Immersion is an interactive experience of life on the edge, designed to help professionals better understand and serve those living in poverty. The workshop increases awareness of issues faced and helps build a foundation for personal, professional and organizational change. Although it uses play money and fictional scenarios, it is a facilitated role-play, NOT a game. KCNA offered this program last year, and the feedback from participants was extremely positive.
Register by Jan. 28.
District Meeting: Community Grants
Monday, Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion
King County Nurses Association is committed to improving the health of communities in King County and encourages members to participate in community-based projects. Members may apply for KCNA community grants of $500-$1,250 for projects that: address a current health need; collaborate with a nonprofit organization; and can be completed within a 6-month timeframe. This FREE event will include an overview of the grant program and tips for making application. A panel of past grant recipients will be on hand to describe their projects and answer questions.
 Register by Feb. 6.
The Four R's of Becoming a Nurse Educator
Saturday, March 16, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
3-hour Certificate of Completion
Faculty shortages continue to impact nursing education programs, and this seminar is designed to inspire participants to consider a role as nurse educators. This seminar will include the roles, responsibilities, requirements and resources, as shared by experienced nurse educators from a variety of backgrounds. Presenters Lynn Von Schlieder, MSN, RN, professor emeritus, Shoreline Community College and Antwinett Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN, professor and associate dean at Seattle Pacific University, will share their expertise. A panel of nurse educators will discuss how they made their journeys, why they find teaching fulfilling and some of the challenges they have faced.
Register by March 11.
Early Birds: Register for Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet
This year, the Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet – KCNA's most festive event of the year – will be held on Thursday, May 9 at the Ballard Bay Club in Seattle. This special evening includes presentation of nurse awards and student scholarships, as well as silent and live auctions to support the KCNA Scholarship Fund. The event takes place during National Nurses Week; nurses and nursing students are welcome! Early-bird registration saves $10; register by March 15.
Seattle STD Course to Update Participants
The Seattle Clinical Update on the Management of STDs and HIV Prevention is a 2 -day didactic course training participants in the most recent advancements in epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of viral and bacterial STDs. The course will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, February 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enroll by February 5. More information is available here .
UWCNE Offers Pain Management Conference
The UWCNE is sponsoring a conference on  The Challenge of Pain – Thursday, January 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will afford 7.0 CNE contact hours and bring together regional and national pain specialists to present evidence-based strategies for assessing and managing pain. 
Pain causes extensive suffering, disability and expenditure of scarce healthcare resources. The conference will focus on the challenge of pain management for health care professionals across delivery settings. Learn more and register here .

Health News & Clinical Issues
Recognizing those at risk for stroke and exploring strategies
Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and mortality in the U.S. Due to the aging population, prevalence of stroke is projected to rise significantly by 2030, and increasing survival rates will lead to increased hospitalizations. Stroke readmissions are complex, and the versatility of nursing professionals across diverse settings will position nurses to greatly impact transitional care of stroke patients. Understanding stroke and its etiologies and risk factors will be instrumental in helping nurses identify patients at risk for readmission, even before they leave the hospital. Read more .
UW nurse scientist works to combat disease in Africa
Smartphones are abundant in southern Africa, which got UW nursing scientist Sarah Gimbel wondering what would happen if frontline health workers (usually nurses) used them to collect and analyze data on patients living with HIV/AIDS. Testing her hypothesis, Gimbel found that apps have the potential to improve efforts to combat disease in the area, and around the world. Special software for mobile devices, she believes, will empower nurses by putting cutting-edge tools in their hands. Get the whole story here .
Will New Therapy Stop Par kinson's "in its Tracks"?
A new therapy that appears to stop the progression of Parkinson’s will begin phase-one clinical trials in humans next year. The therapy, developed by researchers at the University of Queensland – and partly under-written by the Michael J Fox Foundation, stops the death of brain cells in Parkinson’s sufferers rather than managing symptoms. If human trials repeat the results seen in animal testing, the inflammation of the brain that causes much of the progressive damage could be halted by taking a single pill each day. There is more to be learned here .
Issues in Public Health
Fourth U.S. Climate Report Frightening
The U.S. government has released the Fourth National Climate Assessment, describing the alarming, anticipated impacts of global climate change including on our natural environment, land and water resources, transportation biological diversity and human health. As the 2018 National Climate Assessment notes, future risks from climate change depend primarily on decisions made today – both personally and by society.  Public Health, Seattle & King County is taking this public health issue seriously, and all citizens can help. For more information, click here .
Homelessness and Housing Affordability Linked in New Study
A study sponsored by Zillow shows the causes and extent of the nation’s homelessness situation. Research shows that communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent also experience a more rapid increase in homelessness. The research also indicates that the number of people estimated to be homeless nationwide is undercounted by perhaps 20 percent (approximately 115,000 people). Read more here .
TB: A Challenge We Must Meet Together
In September, world leaders met at the United Nations with a single conviction: more must be done to conquer tuberculosis (TB). Currently, a quarter of the world's population (including 100,000 people in King County) is estimated to be infected. This preventable, curable disease still kills more people each year than any other infectious disease including HIV and malaria. In King County, two new cases of TB disease are diagnosed each week on average.
The King County TB Control Program focuses on these strategies:
  • isolate and treat those who are sick with the disease
  • test individuals who have been exposed
  • provide treatment to those with latent TB infection, to prevent progression to disease.
To learn more, read the Public Health Insider article here .
Healthy People 2030 Invites Public Comment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting public comment on proposed objectives for Healthy People 2010, as well as suggesting their own objectives.
In response to stakeholder input, Healthy People 2030 will be a set of national health objectives to guide efforts to improve health in the U.S. Objectives will continue to represent critical public health priorities by addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and driving action at the national, state, and local levels. If you have ideas to contribute, or would like to comment on proposed objectives, submit comments here by January 17, 2019.
Quick Stats: U.S. Adults Vaccinated Against Flu, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control has published a report on the percentage of U.S. adults who received flu vaccination in 2017. Overall, 46.7% of women and 39.9% of men over 18 had a flu vaccination. Although rates of immunization increase in all older adults, women aged 18-44 and 45-64 years were significantly more likely to have had a flu shot compared with men of the same age groups. Read more .

Professional Challenges & Concerns
Strategies for a Safer Workplace
Everyone wants to make workplaces safer, but what exactly are we including as workplace violence? Given the spectrum of violence, from language to homicide, violence against nurses is certainly NOT “all in a day’s work.” A recent article,  Strategies for reducing patient violence and creating a safe workplace , focuses on physical violence specifically and offers strategies to minimize the risk of being victimized. Takeaways from the article include: 1) nurses alleviate stress when they report incidents of violence, and 2) nurses need to be proactive and  expect  their workplaces to provide prevention education and support. Read the entire article here
2019 WSNA Convention: Call for Posters
Poster abstract submissions are open for the 2019 Washington State Nurses Convention. As the state’s premier professional nursing organization, WSNA seeks to advance nursing knowledge by providing and promoting access to evidence-based research and practice developments. Your posters are an important part of that! Read the  criteria and plan to submit your poster abstract here by January 31.

Volunteer your Time and Expertise
Volunteer to Help Count the Homeless
All Home is now seeking volunteers for Count Us In 2019, our annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The count will take place in the early hours of the morning of January 25, 2019 from 2am-6am. The core purpose of our annual Point in Time (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. Click here for more information and to volunteer.