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June 2021


June Greetings-

Can you believe that summer is nearly here - Officially, summer begins on June 20th!

Here at KCNA, summer is the time of year we switch our focus to planning and preparation. In July, the KCNA Program Committee will meet to pinpoint relevant topics for our upcoming continuing education offerings. And, we have already started talking with our fellow regional nurses associations about offering another regional event. Our first regional event was Transforming Trauma and we found that it was a great way to stretch our resources and bring nurses together from across the state.

Stay tuned as we plan our upcoming programs. In the meantime, we invite you this month to consider creating a gratitude practice, both for yourself and for your workplace. See below for a new guide created by ANA.


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Building a Gratitude Practice
Have you been thinking about creating a gratitude practice for yourself. How about incorporating it into your work environment? For many people, incorporating gratitude practices into their daily lives makes a difference in their outlook and overall happiness level.

ANA has teamed up with the Greater Good Science Center to help nurses get started. They have created a toolkit and more.

Click here for more information.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Program Planning
The KCNA Program Committee will be meeting in mid-July to start the process of planning our fall continuing education offerings.

The committee will be reviewing past event evaluations to gather ideas for improvement and program topics. If you have additional ideas you would like the committee to consider, please feel free to email us.
Scholarship Fund Raising Update
Making Dreams Happen

We love to make dreams happen for local nursing students, and we know you do too! 

Currently, we have raised about $33,000 out of our $54,000 goal. Thank You, Donors! 

For those of you who attended the Annual Gala, you know the amazing triumphs of our scholarship recipients. Help us share their stories with your friends, family and colleagues, and ask them to give- any amount is appreciated!

NEW! Click here to read short bio paragraphs about each of our current scholarship recipients.

Donating is super easy. Simply go to our website: Alternatively, checks can be mailed to KCNA: 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N., #352, Seattle, WA. 98103.

Donations to the KCNA Scholarship Fund are always tax deductible. 
WSNA Announces Awardees
Congratulations! KCNA sends out our sincere congratulations to all of the WSNA award winners with a special shout out to those who are KCNA members. Truly an amazing group whose contributions to the nursing community are so very appreciated.

Click here to see who the award winners are.

Whidbey Institute Appreciates Nurses
During National Nurses week, donors of the Whidbey Institute generously offered KCNA seven free spaces for local nurses to attend an upcoming Restoration and Renewal Retreat. Seven nurses were selected on a first come, first served basis within minutes of us posting the opportunity.

Whidbey Institute is a nonprofit focused on transformational learning, offering workshops, conferences, and retreats on their 106-acre conservation forest campus on South Whidbey Island. Note that they are open to the public and their property features integrated gardens and a four-mile trail network. To learn more about the Institute, click here.
WSNA Hires New Director
KCNA sends out a warm welcome to David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN. David will take on the role of execu­tive director at WSNA this fall, beginning orien­ta­tion on September 15, 2021. David has a background in nursing, public health, law, health policy and more. To learn more about David, click here. We look forward to working together!
Mary Salazar
Dr. Mary Salazar, UW Professor Emeritus, passed away on April 25, 2021.

Mary received her Doctor of Education degree from Seattle University in 1991, and began her academic career at UW School of Nursing in 1986 as a lecturer 1986, then progressing through the professorial ranks until her retirement as Professor Emeritus in June 2008. 

She was most prominently known for being Director of the ongoing federally-funded Occupational Health Nursing graduate training program from 1989-2004, and having a revered national and international reputation in the field. She was passionate about her work and made a real difference in her community, including important contributions to KCNA.
Mentoring Opportunity Available
Are you a nurse experienced and active in health policy? Northwest University is in search of nurses to serve as mentors to their MSN students this summer as they go through their health policy course. As part of their coursework, they work with a mentor to assess, evaluate, and propose a new policy or a policy change through the presentation of a health policy brief to government officials or nurse leaders.

To inquire about the opportunity, please contact Tiffany Zyniewicz, Associate Professor, via email by clicking here.
DSHS Seeks Community Instructors
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) is currently recruiting instructors who would teach the
75-Hour Core Basic Home Care Aide training
They are encouraging retired nurses to consider this opportunity (must have up-to-date licensure.) Retired nurses could supplement their retirement income and teach classes with a very flexible schedule-all while mentoring the up-coming class of caregivers. 
Click flyer for an overview. For additional information, click here.

Nursing Commission Issues Position Statement
Substance Use Disorder
The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission recently adopted a Position Statement on substance use disorder. The statement recognizes substance use disorder as a treatable illness and endorses a Just Culture approach.

Click on the flyer to the right to read the information provided. Their goal is to identify issues and treatment options to nurses early.

According to the commission, estimates are that 15% of nurses may be diagnosed along the substance use disorder continuum. It is considered a chronic, progressive disease that if left untreated, can be fatal. However, it is treatable and outcomes improve when it is identified early and individually tailored.