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October 2021


Happy Halloween!

We hope you enjoy a spooktacular time this Halloween with plenty of candy (chocolate please!), fun costumes and trick or treating.

This fall, be sure to take advantage of our continuing education centered around self compassion and resiliency. If you are a new nurse, our MentorLink Meetup is perfect for you. For experienced nurses, be sure to join us for our popular Nurses Book Club. For all nurses, regardless of where you are in your career, you won't want to miss our dynamic workshop aimed at helping nurses navigate the intense grief and burnout brought on by the current pandemic.

As we warm up for our grief workshop, we are listening to a TedTalk by
Hui-wen Sato, a pediatric nurse. She transformed her approach to caregiving once she figured out ways to reappropriate her grief to better cultivate empathy and endurance.

See you soon!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Topics of Interest
Grief Transformed
Hui-wen is a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse. Prior to becoming a nurse, she conducted research amongst the frail elderly in nursing homes, which motivated her to become a bedside nurse, as she found herself drawn to both the science and the art of skillful, wholehearted nursing. Hui-wen is passionate about giving voice to the oft-hidden heart experience of nurses as they work in vulnerable closeness to the sick, suffering, and dying. She has found that the longer that someone provides care the more likely they are to experience negative mental and physical health themselves. In this moving talk she describes how her approach to caregiving was transformed once she figured out way to reappropriate her grief to better cultivate empathy and endurance.

Click here to view Hui-wen's TedTalk.
Thanx4Nurses Gratitude Challenge
As members of one of the largest and most trusted healthcare professions, nurses serve a critical role in supporting the health of our nation. Yet that very role often places them in highly stressful situations.

That is why The American Nurses Foundation and Greater Good Science Center created the Gratitude Practice for Nurses campaign. According to decades of research, practicing gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships—and is a valuable tool to respond to the stresses faced by nurses and other health professionals.

Explore the benefits of gratitude during the Thnx4Nurses Gratitude Challenge, part of the Gratitude Practice for Nurses initiative. Thnx4 helps you tune into the goodness in your life, say “Thnx,” and share gratitude with others.

Visit for more information 
Future of Nursing Podcast
The Future of Nursing Podcast Series
An is an 8-part series exploring practical strategies for the nursing field to advance health equity created by the National Academy of Medicine.

The NAM podcast series from the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 explores the stories of nurses and other experts who are confronting health disparities, led by Dr. Scharmaine Lawson.

The United States has some of the poorest health outcomes despite spending more than any other country on health care. Health disparities run deep, leaving many people without equal opportunity or access to care. As long-time advocates for health equity, nurses are in unique positions to address the root causes of poor health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the nation. Click here to listen.
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.
Welcome WSNA's New Director

We invite you to join KCNA in welcoming David Keepnews PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, as WSNA's new executive director!

Dr. Keepnews began his new role at WSNA in mid-September and has hit the ground running. He brings a background in nursing, public health, law and health policy, and has devoted the past three decades of his professional career to advancing the nursing profession. Click here to learn more about his background and his goals for WSNA.
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.
Nominate a Nurse for WSNA's Hall of Fame
The WSNA Hall of Fame celebrates WSNA member nurses who demonstrate the highest standards of their profession. Be sure to make your nomination soon as the deadline is November 30, 2021!

Criteria: Each nominee must have demonstrated excellence in the areas of patient care, leadership, education, public service, nurse advocacy, heroism, patient advocacy, or clinical practice and for achievements that have affected the health and/or social history of Washington State through sustained, lifelong contributions. The nominees must have been or currently hold membership in WSNA. The nominee may be living or deceased.

Click here to learn more and to fill out a nomination form.