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February 2021

February Greetings-

This month we send out heartfelt thanks to the scientists and those supporting them in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Even though we still face a plethora of issues, we know that this is a big victory in our journey out of this pandemic. Join us for our COVID-19 Update: Community & the Homeless to stay up-to-date about what is happening locally. Deadline is February 11 - register today!

Plan on joining us for all of our other continuing education offerings and don't miss out on the opportunity to nominate a fellow nurse for our Shining Star Nurse Awards and apply for professional development funds. Last but not least, save the date of May 6, 2021 for our 118th Annual Gala (virtual)!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Ted Talk
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.


COVID-19 Update: Focus on Community Health & Homeless
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 |  6:30-8:00 pm via Zoom
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion

Registration Deadline:  February 11

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

Only 3 spaces left -register today! Currently open to KCNA members only.

Participants will recieve the Zoom link via email one week before the event date.
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 (KCNA) Member/$50 Nonmembers. We are not able to accommodate students.
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2021.
SNEAK PEEK- watch our upcoming guest speaker's Ted Talk

Beyond the Cliff, Ted Talk by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Click here to listen to Laura's Ted Talk

In this talk, Laura offers us a window into the cumulative toll that can occur when we are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma of humans, other living beings, or the planet itself. Held within a larger context of systematic oppression and liberation theory, we’ll dive into what gets hard and how to work toward reconciling it both individually and collectively.
KCNA Happenings
Join us for our 118th KCNA Annual Gala

A Celebration of Nursing

May 6, 2021 via Zoom
Stephanie Staples of Your Life Unlimited will join us as our Gala Emcee. Stephanie is a re-wired nurse, coach, author and keynote speaker. She works with busy healthcare professionals from the Mayo Clinic to the Middle East. A multi-titled author with eclectic qualifications that combine learnings from her background in healthcare, journalism, fitness and communications.
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. Nominees must be KCNA members.

Nominations submitted in 2020 are considered active and will be included in the selection process. KCNA presents Shining Star Awards to outstanding King County nurses each year at our Annual Gala in May.
KCNA Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline for KCNA scholarships is March 1, 2021.

For more information and the application, click here.

Make Dreams Happen - Donate to the KCNA Scholarship Fund

KCNA has provided scholarships for King County nursing students since 1993, serving 269 students with a total of $551,750!

We are so proud of the caliber of our applicants, and we look forward to the 2021 round! But, we need your support to ensure we have enough funds to meet our goal of providing 18 scholarships at $3,000 a piece.

KCNA accepts donations to our scholarship fund at any time at Donations are always tax deductible. 

Another Way to Donate- Shop & Share the Love  
Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost? 
Simply start your shopping at 
to confirm King County Nurses Association as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.  
Professional Development Funds Available
KCNA Members - apply for professional development funds by March 1, 2021

KCNA members can apply for funds to attend continued nursing education events (for instance, consider applying for funds to attend the upcoming WSNA Convention.)

Courses must be provided by an approved accredited organization with contact hours awarded. Recipients will be randomly selected twice per year. Applications deadlines are October 1 and March 1. We will annually fund a total of 10 awards of $500 each.

Click here to apply.
WSNA Happenings
WSNA Biennial Survey Now Available
All WSNA members are invited to fill out this pre-convention survey. Click here to fill out your survey.
8.5 CNE contact hours

April 28, 2021 – April 29, 2021

All events will be virtual. Keynote- Creating a culture of anti-racism in health care by Ben Danielson, MD.

Click here for more information.

Vaccination Rollout Efforts Black History Month
Can I help with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?

As vaccines are being rolled out, nurses are asking about how they can help. In a recent article, WSNA reports that the best avenue for nurses to take is to register as an Emergency Volun­teer Health Practi­tioner in the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volun­teers (WAserv) at WAserv​.org.

Also, because Secre­tary of Health Dr. Umair Shah autho­rized the Public Readi­ness and Emergency Prepared­ness Act (PREP Act), retired and inactive health care providers may help admin­ister COVID-19 vaccines. However certain requirements must be met. Click here to learn more. To read the WSNA article, click here.

Black History Month

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month!

KCNA supports Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization by providing two scholarships at $3,000 each to nursing students of African Heritage.

Plan on attending MMPNO's 72nd scholarship celebration (online) on March 20, 2021 at 1:00pm. The topic this year will be “Nursing During a Pandemic: Unmasking the Barriers of Disparity and Inequity in Health Care.” There is no cost to attend, but donations are appreciated.