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December 2020


Happy Holidays! KCNA sends you wishes for a holiday season filled with warmth.

We hope you can take time this holiday season to reflect on all of the moments this year when you did your very best and celebrate them. We look forward to connecting with you in 2021!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
KCNA Continuing Education
Upcoming KCNA Programs
Register for KCNA's virtual events online at Once registered, you will be sent a link via email to join the zoom meeting or webinar. Certificates of completion will be provided upon completion of an event evaluation through Survey Monkey.


MentorLink Chat: Civil Conversations 
Thursday, January 28, 2021  
6:30 pm-8:00 pm via Zoom
1.5- hour Certificate of Completion

KCNA’s MentorLink Chats encourage mentoring conversations between new nurses and experienced nurses. In this chat we will be discussing the art of civil conversations focusing on the methods of Kate Bracy, retired Public Health Nurse and KCNA Shining Star awardee. As a nurse educator, Bracy developed communication strategies to help individuals and teams work more effectively together and make progress even when there is disagreement. We will view Bracy’s TedX Talk, “Learn How to Stay Civil Most of the Time”  and discuss putting her methods into practice. Gain practical tools to better deal with disagreements and difficult conversations and learn Bracy’s secret weapon for when conversations are especially hard.  

Cost and registration
No charge for KCNA members and current KCNA scholarship recipients. We are unable to accommodate nonmembers or nursing students. 
Registration Deadline:  January 25, 2021.  
District Meeting: Community COVID-19 Update
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 |  6:30-8:00 pm via Zoom
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion

A local perspective on what is happening with health disparities during the pandemic, how care is being delivered and available resources for the most vulnerable. Explore and share the important role that nurses play and how to engage as advocates. The presentation will include interactive polls, discussions and engagement as we find ways to improve access to care for all.
Heather Stephen-Selby, BSN, MSN, ARNP-BC, RN. Heather is currently the Director of Clinical Support at HealthPoint where she oversees their community health/homeless program, providing direct patient care and infectious disease management. She also manages employee health, professional development, operational management, and quality assurance for 15 clinics and urgent care sites. She is an active member of KCNA and WSNA and has served in various leadership roles. 

Cost and registration
$15 KCNA Members & Nursing Students/ $30 Nonmembers
Registration Deadline:  February 11, 2021 
Nurses Book Club- Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson
Saturday, March 13, 2021 |  9:00-10:30 am via Zoom
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion

Participate in a facilitated discussion about this important book that clarifies a lesser known aspect of the Black Panther Party’s broader struggle for social justice: health care. Explore how the organization’s understanding of health as a basic human right anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race as it relates to access and equity. 

Doris M. Boutain, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, John and Marguerite Walker Corbally Professor in Public Service, University of Washington and Associate Professor, Child, Family & Population Health, UW School of Nursing. Dr. Boutain is a leader in creating innovative strategies for community and population health. She is considered an international expert in the field of health equity using socially just care approaches.

Cost and registration
$20 KCNA Members/$40 Nonmembers
Capacity: 40. We are unable to accommodate students at this event. Books are mailed to participants following registration. Registration Deadline: February 22, 2021 or until full. 
Transforming Trauma: Sustainable Practices
2-hour Certificate of Completion

Registered Nurses from all WSNA regions are invited to participate in this event focused on raising awareness of how nurses can respond to the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering, hardship, crises and trauma. Come learn practical tools to help you as nurses sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of secondary trauma and overwhelm. Topics will include how vicarious trauma and overwhelm manifests as well as strategies for navigating what is unfolding. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, MSW, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure and has worked nationally and internationally for more than three decades to develop inclusive and practical ways to help people recognize, navigate, and ease the burden of overwhelm in their daily lives. Her talks are very popular and offer a compelling mix of personal insights and cutting-edge research. 

Cost and registration
$20 WSNA Member / $50 Nonmembers. We are not able to accommodate students.
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2021.
KCNA Happenings
Annual Gala
Virtual Annual Gala goes Virtual

Save the date: May 6, 2021

We just can’t go one more year without celebrating! We are excited about providing an online celebration this spring. More details will be coming soon.

Check our website, social media or watch for this monthly newsletter in your in-box to stay informed.  
Shining Star Nurse Awards
Shining Star Nurse Awards

Do you know a nurse colleague who deserves special recognition for going above and beyond in the nursing profession or in the community?

Nominations for 2021 honorees are due by March 15, 2021. 

Nomination forms are available at under the Members section. Nominations submitted in 2020 are considered active and will be included in the selection 2021 process. KCNA presents Shining Star Awards to outstanding King County nurses each year at our Annual Gala in May.
KCNA Scholarships
KCNA continues to offer nursing school scholarships 
KCNA has provided scholarships for nursing students since 1993, serving 269 students with a total of $551,750. This tradition will continue in the 2021-22 school year. Applications will be available January 1, 2021 on our website.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021.

We are so proud of the caliber of our applicants and we look forward to the 2021 round! We continue to raise funds to be able to provide 18 scholarships at $3,000 a piece in 2021. KCNA accepts donations to our scholarship fund at any time at Donations are tax deductible. 

Opportunities with KCNA
Gain Leadership Skills
Ramp up your leadership skills in 2021! Open positions on the KCNA Board of Directors include President, Treasurer, and Member at Large; all positions are for two-year terms beginning in May 2021. Also, there are three open positions (one-year terms) on the Nominating Committee. Interested? Notify us by January 15 by emailing:

WSNA Happenings
WSNA Events Calendar

Monday, Jan 25, 2021, 8:15am – 11:30am
Your strong nurse voices will continue to make an impact in Olympia. Join us for our 2021 Advocacy Camp to learn how to build relationships with your elected lawmakers. Your voice is more essential than ever.

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021, 8am – 4pm
Your voice is more essential than ever. WSNA members are invited to attend 2021 Lobby Day to learn more about WSNA priority bills and meet with your legislators during the Washington State Legislature’s 2021 Regular Session.

8.5 CNE contact hours
Apr 28, 2021 – Apr 29, 2021
WSNA's biennial convention for nurses in Washington state.

All events will be virtual. For more information and to register, visit: