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January 9, 2019
Come join us in 2019!
As the new year gets off to a hopefully smooth start, we wish the best to ALL nurses in King County, both members and nonmembers.
KCNA members receive many benefits, including:
  • continuing education courses (although our members are our first priority, continuing education courses are also available to nursing students and, at a higher fee, to non-members);
  • opportunity to apply for community grants of $500-1,250 to complete a community health project; and
  • Advocate newsletter, sent three times per year to keep all members up to date.
Members are invited to become more active with their association by:
• running for office and helping to guide the future of nursing in King County; and
• joining a committee or task force to review grant or scholarship applications, help ensure the financial health of KCNA, or plan continuing education programs.

However you choose to get involved, we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

-- Sue Vermeulen & Rose Williamson
KCNA Staff
Continue Your Education

Continuing education courses provided by KCNA afford Certificates of Completion that meet the continuing competency requirement for license renewal in Washington.
Interactive Program: Poverty Immersion
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
3-hour Certificate of Completion
Poverty Immersion is an interactive experience of life on the edge, designed to help professionals better understand and serve those living in poverty. This FREE workshop will increase awareness of issues faced and help 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 Rs 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 their professional 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
Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
The most recent edition of Online Journal of Issues in Nursing includes a summary of five articles on the subject of social determinants of health (socioeconomic factors, location, occupation, health risks, access to medical care) that contribute to health disparities. The summary includes articles on: adopting a health-in-all policy; child poverty, toxic stress and screening; delivery systems for underserved populations; food insecurity; and nursing education regarding social determinants. Click to read the entire article.
Flu Season is Escalating: Continue to Vaccinate
In its recent surveillance report, FluView , Centers for Disease Control stated that influenza activity is increasing in the U.S. Two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC, for a total of 13 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported for the 2018–2019 season. Currently, hospitalization rates in children under 5 are the highest among all age groups. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (172), so the advice is to continue to protect all patients for whom vaccination is recommended. Read more .
Professional Challenges & Concerns
2019 WSNA Convention: Call for Posters
Washington State Nurses Association –– a leading voice and advocate for nurses throughout the state –– seeks to advance nursing knowledge by providing and promoting access to evidence-based research and practice developments. Toward that end, WSNA welcomes poster abstract submissions for quality improvement projects that influenced change through innovation, implemented a new care delivery model, or promoted nursing through leadership performance or original research. Posters will be presented at the WSNA 2019 Biennial Nurses Convention, May 1-3 at Tulalip Resort and Convention Center. Read more here and submit an abstract by January 31 .

Volunteer Your Time & Expertise
Help Needed for Annual Homeless Count
All Home is seeking volunteers for Count Us In 2019, the annual Point in Time Count of those experiencing homelessness. The count will take place in the early hours of January 25 (2 a.m.-6.a.m.). The core purpose of the count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community, thereby providing an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to prompt action. The count is an essential component to inform a system response to community need and ultimately to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time. Click here for more information and to volunteer.