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May 2020


The year 2020 has been a year of contrasts. On one hand, there are so many reasons to celebrate: The Year of the Nurse and Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday, for instance. On the other hand, we are faced with the complexities and increased stress involved with dealing with a pandemic.

For resources and coping tools, be sure to check out KCNA's self care resource page. You will find a variety of options to consider, all in one convenient location.

Also, this month we suggest you take a look at the work of Susan David who challenges us to develop our emotional agility instead of clinging to rigid denial and forced positivity. Her hope is that she can help us find a sustainable way forward during these challenging times.

Take good care of yourselves!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Importance of Emotional Agility
"Life's beauty is inseparable from its fragility," says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners' questions from across the globe, she offers ways to cope. This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series and was recorded on March 23, 2020.

Susan David is a Harvard Medical School psychologist who studies emotional agility: the psychology of how we can use emotion to bring forward our best selves in all aspects of how we love, live, parent and lead. Her Ted Talk on Emotional Courage can be found here .
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Scholarship Recipients Selected
The KCNA Scholarship Committee recently met and completed the difficult task of selecting 18 scholarship recipients from over 40 applicants. As always, it was a very competitive process with the committee looking not only at academic performance, but also measuring commitment to social justice and service to the community. Each student will receive a $3,000 scholarship to go towards their nursing school studies.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 KCNA Scholarship Recipients!

Marilyn Acquah, UW
Christina Delgado, UW (KCNA member)
Belen Mesele, SU
Letitia Monk, UW
Emily Robson, UW
Zhuoying (Candice) Xia, SPU

Brandi Harris, Husson University (KCNA member)
Ivanka Vassileva, UW-Bothell
Angela Williams, UW (KCNA member)
Candis (Kat) Wright, UW-Bothell (KCNA member)

Boeun Kim, UW

Ariana Garin, UW
Maiah Hall, UW
Jennifer Jeng, Highline
Kameron Jones, Bellevue
Mackenzie Kilmer, SU
In Jung Kim, UW
Estephanie Mendoza, UW

Angela Kokinakos, UW
Talia Ferguson, SPU
Brianna Dolce, SPU
KCNA Fund Raising Efforts Continue
KCNA has felt a big impact of not being able to host our fund raising auction in May as we have done in years past. And, while we have rescheduled our Annual Gala for November, we are unsure what our auction will look like at that time.

In an effort to raise the needed funds, KCNA joined the GiveBIG fund raising campaign in May. Thanks to our donors, we raised nearly $5,000 during our campaign which was doubled by a matching donor!

We are also very happy to announce that the King County Council has generously donated $1,000 to the KCNA Scholarship Fund! Thank you for your support of local nursing students!

We still need your support! We have a $6,000 shortfall remaining to fund our nursing scholarships this year.

If you normally contribute to our auction during the Annual Gala, please don't wait until November. We need your donation today!

You Make Dreams Happen!
GiveBIG Campaign Review

For the first time ever, KCNA joined GiveBig Washington in an effort to raise funds for the KCNA Scholarship Fund.

During this statewide campaign on May 5-6, 2020 donors gave nearly $5,000 to the KCNA scholarship fund! That amount was doubled by a donor match.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who donated to our nursing student scholarship fund. It means a lot to nursing students to know that their community supports them during these challenging times!

Nurse of Influence - Frankie Manning
Congratulations to KCNA Board Member Frankie Manning, RN, MAN who is being honored by the University of Washington School of Nursing as a 2020 Nurse of Influence! Specifically, she is being presented with the Dr. C. June Strickland Distinguished Diversity & Transcultural Nursing Advocate Award.

Frankie is being recognized for her work in designing systems that improve the number of people of color in nursing. She is very active in improving the lives of underserved people and serves on numerous boards and community organizations. She was also honored in 2019 as one of the 100 Most Influential Nurses by the University of Washington!

"I am proud to be a nurse because of the gift of giving and serving. The ability to care for others and to develop the next generation of nurses,” says Manning.

We extend a very warm congratulations to Frankie and applaud her willingness to serve the nursing community and make a difference in so many lives. We are very proud to have Frankie as an integral part of our organization!
Expanded Self-Care Resources Page
KCNA continues to develop our self-care resources page so that you have access to a variety of tools to help you deal with stress, trauma recovery and building resilience.

The new tab can be found under the Education and Events drop-down menu on the home page.

Click here to explore the page. We will continue to update and add new resources as they become available.

Here are some of the resources we are currently featuring:

  • Free meditation app
  • Complimentary talk therapy, support groups & trauma recovery
  • Tips for self-care & building resilience
  • Free e-book: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Nurses House- Fund for Nurses
  • Frontline WikiWisdom Nurse Forum

KCNA Events
Annual Gala 2020

Tentative Reschedule Date Selected

Save the Date!
November 5, 2020
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ballard Bay Club, 
6413 Seaview Ave NW,  Seattle

KCNA’s signature event in May was cancelled in response to COVID-19 precautions. We have tentatively selected the date of November 5, 2020 for the rescheduled event. Please keep in mind that with so many uncertainties, we are unable to completely confirm the event date as of yet.

If you have already registered, your registration will automatically be applied to the new event date. As the date gets closer, we will let you know if it is confirmed. In the meantime, if you prefer a refund now, please notify us by email.
KCNA Member Finds New Ways to Volunteer
KCNA member Maureen Niland was actively volunteering before the COVID-19 crisis, focusing on helping the homeless population as well as serving in the King County Public Health Reserve Corps. Maureen also serves on the Finance Committee of KCNA. Even as COVID-19 began to take hold, Maureen volunteered to answer phone calls for public health. However, when one call center volunteer tested positive, she decided that, since she belongs to the age group that is most vulnerable to the virus, she should stay home. 
After that, she began looking for a way to volunteer from home. She was elated when she learned that two of her neighbors were reaching out to find volunteers to help provide sandwiches to families in need. One neighbor represents The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the other who works with Westside Interfaith Network.
Four people, including Maureen, started making sandwiches in mid-March. Each volunteer makes about 20 sandwiches weekly, with peanut butter and jelly being the favorite so far. Another volunteer helps by making between 20 and 50 hard-boiled eggs weekly. Volunteers have a no-contact system in place for delivery of supplies and pick up of sandwiches. Sandwiches are distributed by a church in White Center through their established food program.
Maureen is happy to help and encourages others to reach out to their local non-profits to see how they can do, even if they are staying home. 
Photo Note: Maureen is pictured here at the KCNA District Meeting in February 2020 with a life size version of Florence Nightingale. It makes Maureen smile because it reminds her of when she used to dress up like Florence Nightingale for her beginning nursing students at Seattle University and have them interview her as Florence.   
Join KCNA on Instagram

During Nurses Week, KCNA hosted a goodie box giveaway on Instagram. Winners were randomly selected and three nurses will soon receive a goodie box in the mail! It is just one way KCNA helped nurses celebrate Nurses Week this year.

Follow @kcnurses on Instagram to keep up to date about our giveaways and other fun stuff!

Click here to check out our Instagram.

Continuing Education
Seattle Children's Nursing Video Series for Continuing Education

Seattle Children's offers an online Nursing Video Library that may count as continuing education. Click here to learn more.

A variety of topics are offered. For example, there are videos on a nxiety disorders in youth, mental health, rashes, immunizations, oncology and more.
Webinar- Pediatric Drug Therapy
May 27, 2020. Type in NURSE2020 at check-out to receive a discount on offerings during the month of May in honor of Nurses Month.

Online Conference- Diabetes Update
June 9, 2020. The latest research and treatment strategies for glycemic control.

Webinar - Adult & Geriatric
June 3, 2020. Current recommendations and controversies regarding drug therapy for common adult and geriatric health issues. 

Online Conference - Motivational Interviewing
June 12-19, 2020. Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based communication style has been shown to have a dramatic effect on patient outcomes. MI creates a partnership between health professionals and their patients, enabling them to work together as “co-experts” towards shared goals.

Click here to go to UW's continuing education schedule for additional information on these and all of their webinars and conferences.

Mary's Place is looking for a passionate and experienced part-time Registered Nurse to provide healthcare services at Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade.

This position will provide healthcare coordination, medical case management and general medical assistance to families experiencing homeless, medically fragile children and infants among other responsibilities. To learn more, please go to their website.

Happy 200th Birthday!
Florence Nightingale