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September 2021


Fall Greetings-

As the leaves begin to change hue and the air turns crisp, we welcome fall and a harvest of great KCNA programs! See below for all the details. Some have limited capacity, so be sure to register today.

You may have noticed that we recently changed our theme from Self-Care/Healthcare to Compassionate Resiliency. This came from discussions with our program committee and their reflections on what nurses need most right now. They emphasized the desire to go beyond self-care and to bring in more self-compassion, self-nurturing and resiliency.

Speaking of self-compassion, this month we are watching TedTalks by Kristin Neff. Her advice is both timely and timeless: "With self compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness we'd give to a good friend."

We look forward to connecting with you this fall!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Topic of Interest
Fierce Self-Compassion
Kristin Neff, PhD, is a professor, researcher, author and speaker dedicated to uncovering what it means to be fiercely compassionate with ourselves. Not only does she look at the tender way of being compassionate with ourselves, but also the self-compassion that involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves. That could mean saying “no” to others who are hurting us, drawing our boundaries firmly; giving ourselves what we need to be fulfilled mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes.

Click here to learn more about Kristin's work and click here to watch a variety of her videos.
KCNA Happenings
All KCNA events continue to be offered online through Zoom.

To register for all KCNA continuing education programs and events, please click HERE.

Attendees receive a certificate of attendance following the completion of an online event survey.
KCNA MentorLink Meetup
MentorLink Meetup - New Nurses
Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:00-8:00pm via Zoom

Registration deadline: October 25, 2021
KCNA Members: No charge/$25 Nonmembers

A panel of two experienced nurses and one new nurse will discuss and answer questions about the transition from school to a nursing practice and what they wish they had known as new nurses.

New nurses faced additional challenges during COVID-19 including online clinicals and making the transition from school to nursing practice. This session will feature an online facilitated discussion of the challenges and practical tips from experienced nurses. This will be a safe place to discuss and share your experiences.

Chris Henshaw, EdD, RN, NPD-BC (left), is a nurse educator who has worked in both academia, teaching nursing students, and in the hospital setting

Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN (middle) is the Associate Dean of Nursing at Bellevue College. She mentors students at the college as well as through KCNA's MentorLink Program.

Maddy McCaslin, BSN, RN (right) is a new nurse who graduated with her BSN in 2018. Her began her work in diabetes management and recently made the switch to public health.
Prolonged Grief & Burnout: a Resiliency Approach
A Resiliency Approach to Prolonged Grief & Burnout During a Pandemic
Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:00-11:00am via Zoom

Registration deadline: November 8, 2021
Cost: $20 KCNA Members/$40 Nonmembers

Nurses always go through a lot, but those burdens exponentially increased during the pandemic. Come join us as two specialists/social workers in Palliative Care at Virginia Mason help us process what has happened and find ways to re-engage as nurses. This program will provide an opportunity for:
  • Acknowledgment of grief and loss as a healthcare worker
  • Discussion of shared experiences of fellow RN’s during the pandemic
  • Normalization of empathic strain.
  • Validation of limits to “self-care”

Danielle Bemis, MSW, LICSW (left), Clinical Social Worker, Inpatient Palliative Medicine, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Danielle has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and community systems since 2008. During her years of experience, she has incorporated multiple therapy modalities and intervention techniques.

Kari Hilwig, MSW, LICSW (right), Palliative Care Social Worker, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Kari has been a medical social work for ten years. She supports patients and family members living with life-limiting diagnoses as well as providing teams with psychoeducational programs.
Fall Nurses Book Club
Nurses Book Club: Being Mortal
Saturday, December 11, 2021
9-11:00am via Zoom

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2021

Cost: $20 KCNA Members/$40 Nonmembers. Upon registration, we will mail you the book. 

We will be reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The writer explores life, death and dying where the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end. KCNA Nurses Book Clubs are facilitated discussions, helping the reader have a deeper and more meaningful experience.  

Discussion Facilitator:  
Cheryl Cooke, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is the owner of a private practice, CookeTherapy PLLC, where she sees adults with anxiety, depression, and children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHA, as well as anxiety and depression. This year she is participating as a fellow in the Community-Based Integrated Care Fellowship with University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Save the Dates- 2022
Save the Dates for 2022 Events

Transgender Toolbox: Basic Tools to Provide Optimal Care: January 29, 2022.

WA Health Professional Services Program & District Meeting: dealing with substance use disorder. February 9, 2022.

Spring Nurses Book Club: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. April 9, 2022

Restore & Revive: Workshop to gain practical tools for self nurturing. March 19, 2022.
KCNA Professional Development Funds
Apply by: October 1, 2021

Did you know that if you are a member of King County Nurses Association, you can apply for professional development funds?

The opportunity is offered twice a year. The next deadline is October 1, 2021, so be sure to apply today!

Through this award KCNA helps member nurses attend continued nursing education events. We are especially interested in helping those who do not receive educational funding through their employer.

Recipients will be randomly selected. Awards are for $500 a piece with 10 awards provided annually. Courses must be provided by an approved accredited organization (ex. ANCC, AANP, CEU’s approved by the CA Board of Nursing, or CME certified) with contact hours awarded.

Click here to learn more.
Nightingale Musical Released
Nightingale: Regarding the Life & Passion of Miss Florence Nightingale  

Music, Book & Lyrics: Pamela Gerke  
Director: Lauren Goldman Marshall 
Produced by: HEARTS: Health & Arts in association with Theater of Possibility, Sound Sound and Kerns PhotoMedia.

Grab your favorite snacks and fluff up the pillows on the couch! We hope you enjoy this free presentation created in honor of nurses. KCNA was a proud sponsor of this not-to-be-missed musical. Click here to view the musical on YouTube. Enjoy!
Queen Silvia Nurse Award
University of Washington Queen Silvia Award is a nursing scholarship available to current students or grads of either the Seattle, Tacoma or Bothell UW Schools of Nursing.

Applications are now being accepted through November 1, 2021. The awardees are selected from those who can demonstrate their creative and innovative ideas for helping improve the lives of older adults and those living with dementia.
Advisory Board Opportunity
The King County Children and Youth Advisory Board (CYAB) is seeking individuals interested in serving on the CYAB for a three-year term beginning February 1, 2022.

The CYAB serves as the oversight and advisory body for the Best Starts for Kids Initiative, the King County Youth Action Plan, and the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA)

For more information, click here. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.
Substance Use Disorder Conference
Addressing Substance Use Disorder: The Path Forward
October 12, 2021, virtual conference

Registration is now open for Addressing Substance Use Disorder: The Path Forward, a virtual conference on substance use disorder, on October 12, 2021. This one-day informative and educational conference is hosted by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).
Thank you to all of our Hispanic/Latinx nurses who have advanced the profession of nursing in so many ways!

Be sure to connect with and support our local Western WA- National Association of Hispanic Nurses (WWNAHN).