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August 2020


KCNA Goes Virtual!
As the pandemic continues to influence so many aspects of our lives, KCNA has successfully gone virtual! We welcome you to our new way of connecting, learning and growing!

The KCNA Program Committee met in July and developed a dynamic line-up of new programs that we hope you will enjoy! We will be using the zoom meeting and webinar platforms, from a book club discussion to a mini self-care retreat. Even our MentorLink Program has been adjusted to a virtual format. Be sure to check out the details below!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
ANA Adds Happy App to Wellness Initiative
Happy app has partnered with the American Nurse Foundation to provide emotional support to nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of the foundation's Wellness Initiative that provides free access to a variety of tools to care for the mental health of nurses. To learn more about ANA's Wellness Initiative, click here.

Happy is a smart phone downloadable application that allows users to access a help line for emotional support. Nurses have 24/7, on-demand access to this service and can speak one-on-one with a Happy App Support Giver team member through the privacy of your cell phone. A great tool if you find that you want to talk about a challenging day, your concerns and worrier or to help rebuild your resilience to face another day. To learn more, click here.
National Immunization Awareness Month
Communication Resources to Help Increase Awareness
During National Immunization Awareness Month, organizations are calling attention to the fact that many parents and patients are struggling with keeping up with their immunizations during this pandemic.

The CDC has developed communication resources for helping to reach healthcare workers as well as parents and patients. Click here for more information.
KCNA Happenings
Announcing KCNA's New Fall Programs
Save the dates! We are excited to share these new programs coming this fall. Please check our website as more details become available. We look forward to zooming with you!

Register for our 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 submission of an event evaluation through survey monkey.

Nicole Johnson
Self-Care Mini Retreat - Being Here Now
Saturday, October 24, 2020
9:00am – 11:30am via zoom

Gather together with fellow nurses in a sacred space to explore and practice mindfulness, meditation, gratitude and yoga as tools for cultivating resiliency and self-care.

Facilitated by Nicole Johnson, RN, BSN, CCRN, ICU nurse at UW Medical Center and owner of Unwound Retreats. Nicole is passionate about helping fellow nurses find balance and combat burnout through self-care. She has led several mini retreats for nurses in Seattle and has a nurses retreat to Morocco in the works. Nicole will be joined by Desiree Wood, DNP and licensed yoga instructor.

More details and registration coming soon on the events page at
DIY Tactics: Managing Distress in Response to Traumatic Situations at Work 
November 14, 2020
9:00am – 11:00am via zoom webinar

Join clinical psychologist Cheryl Hart, PSYD, as she discusses how nurses can manage trauma through DIY emotional first-aid tactics including neurologically-based strategies. Learn how to prevent internalization of occupational trauma and to discharge distress stemming from secondary exposure to traumatic situations.
VIDEO - DIY Tactics: Managing Distress in Response to Traumatic Situations at Work. Can't be at the event? You can view the recorded zoom webinar from November 16-27, 2020. 

More details and registration coming soon on the events page at
Nurses Book Club:
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Saturday, December 5, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am via zoom

Join us for a facilitated discussion about this timely and thought provoking book. The author weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Book club will be facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Cooke, PhD, DNP,PMHNP-BC. She is a faculty member at Seattle University and a psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice.

More details and registration coming soon on the events page at
Apply for Fall Professional Development Funds
KCNA recently launched a new Professional Development Fund!

The fund is available to KCNA members and is a way for KCNA to support of members' professional development through continuing education.

There will be two rounds of funds distributed annually with 5 awards granted during each round. Each award will be $500. Awards will be granted at random from those who submit an approved application.

The fall deadline for applications is October 1, 2020. Be sure to fill out the online form on our website by the deadline. The spring deadline will be March 1, 2020.

To go to the online application form and to learn about requirements, click here.
MentorLink Program Goes Virtual
KCNA announces a new virtual approach to the MentorLink Program in order facilitate opportunities for mentor and mentees to connect during the pandemic. This new approach is more flexible and is well suited to today's high-demand lifestyle.

Instead of a formal application and matching process, KCNA will be hosting a series of online mentoring group chats. Chats will include a presentation on a chosen educational topic and a chance for questions and answers. Mentees will benefit from hearing others questions and a variety of opinions from experienced nurse mentors.

The program continues to be an exclusive benefit for KCNA members and our current year scholarship recipients. Mentees will register for each MentorLink Chat just like a regular KCNA event. Each mentoring group chat will feature a variety of nurse mentors, varying depending on the topic. If you are an experienced nurse who would like to be included in our pool of mentors, please email us to let us know.
Brittany S
MentorLink Chat: Stress Management during COVID-19
Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm via zoom
  • Exclusively for KCNA members and KCNA 2020 scholarship recipients- no charge

Are you a new grad, new nurse or new to a position and looking for a mentoring experience? This group is for you!

Join experienced nurses to chat about how to manage stress, especially during the pandemic. Topic will be facilitated by Brittany Stoeckel, ACNP-BC, RYT 200, a Surgical Critical Care Nurse Practitioner based in Michigan. She will share her own experience in ICU nursing during COVID-19 and offer techniques for stress management. This will include info about yoga, philosophy, mindset challenges, and simple yoga practices to manage your own stress. Brittany is an experienced yoga teacher and runs a Facebook group called “Intro to Yoga for Nurses” with 1,300+ participants.

Click here to register. Registration deadline is October 19, 2020.
KCNA Reaches 600 Followers on Facebook
Here's the Scoop: KCNA now has over 600 followers on Facebook!
We appreciate your support and look forward to connecting with you! Remember that you can also join us on Instagram: @kcnurses
Donate to KCNA through Amazonsmile
Make a difference by using to shop online for all of your regular purchases.

When you designate KCNA, you donate 0.5% to the KCNA Scholarship Fund with your qualifying amazon purchases.
Continuing Education
UW Continuing Nursing Education

Webinar Conference- Hepatitis C Update
contact hours | $330

This educational offering aims to educate and train clinicians to diagnose and treat Hepatitis C. Conference will explore the nuances of providing care to this population through an intersectional lens.

Annual Nurse Educators Conference- Virtual
7.40 contact hours | $330

A forum for healthcare educators to share innovative and practical educational ideas for use in academic and clinical settings. 

Click here for more information about these educational offerings.
Virginia Mason
September 2, 2020
8:00 am - noon
Virginia Mason Lindeman Pavilion
Level 1 Conference Rooms CDFG, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle

This class is designed for inpatient and ambulatory nurses, monitor technicians, and cardiovascular lab technicians who use 12-lead ECGs in their clinical practice. To learn more and to register, click here.
WA Center for Nursing Workshop:
So You Want to be a Professor
September 1, 2020

So You Want to be a Professor is a FREE half-day Zoom workshop that introduces participants to nursing education as a career and the different and surprising paths nurse educators can take.

Click here to learn more. Register by August 24, 2020.
Mental Health of Nurses: Supporting You and Your Nursing Colleagues
August 19, 2020 | 10:00am PT
1.0 contact hour | free to ANA members

Dr. LaKeetra Josey will share her expertise as a practitioner and researcher during this session. She will focus on insight and strategies for mental health concerns in the nursing population (Note that if you are a WSNA member, you are a member of ANA.) Click here to learn more.
Community & Volunteering
Volunteer Opportunity - Sewing Cloth Masks
United Way
United Way is looking for volunteers to help with sewing cloth masks for local school districts and food banks who need them to continue the important work of distributing food to families in need.

United Way of King County is helping coordinate volunteers working on this project. They are asking that each volunteer be able to sew at least 10 masks.

Click here for more information.
Community Spotlight:
Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization
The Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization (MMPNO) was named in honor of the pioneering African American nurse Mary Eliza Mahoney who devoted her life to professional nursing and promoting organizational development for nurses.

The organization was first established in Seattle as the Mary Mahoney Registered Nurse Club in 1949 when Anne Foy Baker invited 12 other registered nurses to a meeting in her home to meet one another and discuss the idea of establishing a professional organization. Under her leadership, the organization was created with a two-fold mission: to provide information and support to one another, and to provide scholarship support to students pursuing education and careers in nursing.

A member-based organization, they state their mission as the following: The primary mission of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization (MMPNO) is to provide financial aid and scholarships to students of African heritage who pursue studies leading to careers in professional nursing.  

In addition to providing scholarships and support to nursing students, MMPNO members participate in a variety of service projects that enhance the physical, social, and emotional well-being of African heritage residents and other ethnic/racial groups in Washington State. To learn more, click here.