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July 2021


July Greetings-

We hope you are enjoying your summer!

Many thanks to the KCNA Program Committee for bringing together such great contemporary topics to be addressed in our upcoming fall programs as well as into next year. The Committee also came up with an overarching theme of Compassionate Resiliency. As a little teaser, see below for the book that has been selected for our upcoming Nurses Book Club in the fall.

Stay tuned as we work out the details and settle on specific dates and program content for all of our exciting offerings.


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Stop Calling it Burnout
Bet you have been hearing a lot about nurse and doctor burnout these days, whether in the news, from colleagues, or maybe you've even talked about it yourself.

ZDoggMD (Dr. Zubin Damania), known as healthcare's unfiltered voice, has a different take on what burnout in the medical field is all about. In his opinion, it isn't burnout at all.

Click here to watch his video.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Fall Programs Coming Soon
The KCNA Program Committee recently met and came up with a set of timely topics and selected a new overarching theme: Compassionate Resiliency. Here are the topics we are developing for our upcoming fall programs:

MentorLink Meetup - New Nurses: A panel of experienced nurses will discuss and answer questions about the transition from school to a nursing practice and what they wish they had known as new nurses. Plan on joining to hear their best practical tips.

Collective Grief: nurses have been through a lot, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges, changes, transitions, loss and grief being among the common themes. This program will focus on how to acknowledge, process and heal.  

Nurses Book Club: 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.  

Be sure to check back for program specifics and event dates on the KCNA events page. Go to under the Education tab.
Salal Credit Union Renews Support for KCNA
Making Dreams Happen

Salal Credit Union has renewed their pledge to support the efforts of KCNA. Salal provides financial support for the KCNA scholarship fund as well as certain programing. Thank you Salal Credit Union!

Click here to learn more about Salal Credit Union's support of the community.

NEW! Click here to read short bio paragraphs about each of our current scholarship recipients.
KUOW Podcast: Pandemic Tattoos
KCNA Board Member Featured in KUOW Podcast

Brittany Rios, KCNA Board Member and nurse at Virginia Mason in general surgery, shares her personal story of being a nurse on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and how she marked that experience with a tattoo.

Click here to listen to the podcast here. Brittany's story can be found around the 7-8 minute mark.

WCN Releases Impact Report on COVID-19
The Washington Center for Nursing (WCN), the state’s nursing workforce center, recently released their COVID-19 Impact on the Nursing Workforce Study conducted by Survey Information Analytics (SIA). They also completed

Click here for more information.
Local Festival Seeks Nurse Volunteers
Area teens have come together to serve families in need by organizing the Hope Festival, set for August 14, 2021 from 3pm-7pm at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

The teens are in search of nurse volunteers to offer general health screenings and blood pressure checks. If you are interested in helping, please email Miko Kato, a senior at Eastlake High School.

Click here to email Miko.

The Hope Festival is an annual single-day event that serves 1,100 in-need families and individuals from nine King County cities. The festival provides those in need with free groceries, clothes, toiletries, school supplies, toys, books, baby items, feminine products, and much more. In addition to these much-needed necessities, we partner with service providers to offer guests free services such as haircuts, massages, vaccinations, vision/hearing checkups, health screenings, and much more.

To view the 2019 video of the event, click here.