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July 2020


Summertime is here! It is a great time of year for backyard picnics with juicy fresh fruits and homemade ice cream. We hope you are able to enjoy some warm weather fun even while we continue to confront the pandemic and systemic inequality.

We are always excited about this time of year because this is when we get the chance to create new program offerings. The program committee is meeting soon, and we can't wait to hear their ideas!

We have lots of news to share with you this month including the unveiling of the new KCNA Professional Development Fund, a scholarship recipient running for state senate and a way to donate to our scholarship fund while shopping. Be sure to read all about it below!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Tips for the Night shift
Working the nightshift can be a drain on your energy and sleeping patterns. So what can you do to protect your health? In a recent article in Nurseline by American Nurse, Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, NC-BC, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN, discusses the challenges encountered by nurses working the nightshift and provides evidence-based strategies to help improve nutrition, health and sleep patterns. Click here to go to her article.
Thriving as a Nurse
During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have been asked to bring even more grit and resilience to their work. Even before this crisis, nurses were handling heavy stress loads and suffering from burnout.

Though we have yet to see the full impact of COVID-19 on nurses in the United States, a recent study published in JAMA Network Open indicates that healthcare professionals in China involved in direct care of COVID-19 patients experienced symptoms of depression and increased anxiety, insomnia, and distress. What are we waiting for? The time is now to address what nurses need to remain on the frontlines and maintain their passion for the nursing profession.

Click here to read a recent article by Heather M. Humphreys, DNP, RN, CNE, and Dana S. Woody, DNP, RN who share ideas about how to thrive as a nurse during this pandemic. Heather M. Humphreys is an associate professor and Dana S. Woody is an associate professor at the Liberty University School of Nursing in Lynchburg, Virginia. Their article appeared in Nurseline by American Nurse
Nurse Leader Visibility
Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, shares in her blog Emerging Nurse Leader , how frustrating it can be as a nurse leader when you are expected to be “all things to all staff.” Nurse managers often struggles with a large span of control and increasing responsibilities related to a variety of performance measures linked to value-based purchasing initiatives.

The dilemma is that we know from generational research, younger Millennial and Generation Z nurses want leaders who are accessible to them and will coach them. They often have little understanding of the broad scope of the manager’s responsibilities. No one wants to be led by someone who rarely, if ever, comes out of their office. Visibility in leadership matters. Wise leaders work to incorporate visibility into their daily routines. In this article, Rose offers some potential strategies. Click here to read more.
KCNA Happenings
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay engaged with KCNA and the nursing community. We post regularly and share lots of great resources, information, and even a few giveaways.

We only need four more Facebook followers to make it to 600!

 Can you help us reach our goal? We appreciate your support and look forward to connecting with you!
Scholarship Recipient Running for State Senate
Ingrid Anderson schol rec
Ingrid Anderson, a 2019 KCNA scholarship recipient, is running for the Washington State Senate in the 5th Legislative District (Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City).
Way to get involved, Ingrid! If you would like to learn more or get involved with Ingrid's campaign, click here .
Donate through Amazon Smile
Another way to donate to the KCNA's Scholarship Fund is now available!

Each time you shop on, consider using instead. When you sign into, you are signing into your regular account. You will see all your usual account settings, your lists and shopping cart as well as all the same products and prices.

If you shop through and designate KCNA, you can donate 0.5% to the KCNA Scholarship Fund with your qualifying amazon purchases.

You can access through a web browser or check your App Store to download an amazon smile application for your smart phone. To get started right now, click the button below to go to KCNA's amazon smile.

Due to the pandemic, we are still short about $5,000 in our fund raising efforts. Help us by shopping with!

Shop knowing that you are helping to make dreams happen for local nursing students!
Program Committee Update
KCNA's Program Committee will meet this week met via Zoom to discuss ideas for upcoming programs for this fall and into spring of 2021. The committee has some exciting ideas they are anxious to investigate.

They will also be discussing how best to use new formats to replace our in-person events as we continue to maneuver through this pandemic.

Stay tuned for more exciting details as they develop!
New Professional Development Fund Announced
KCNA is very excited to announce our new Professional Development Fund!

This new 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.

Applications deadlines are October 1 and March 1. To go to the online application form and to learn about requirements, click here .
Elizabeth Thomas Grant Amount Increased
KCNA has increased the amount available through our Elizabeth Thomas Community Grants. The grant range is now from $500-$2,000, an increase of $750.

KCNA members can apply for the grant for use in coordination with local non-profits to support infants, children and/or families from diverse communities.

This grant is in special recognition of Elizabeth Thomas, BSN, MN, ARNP, who worked as a Pediatric ARNP for more than 25 years serving disadvantaged children. She was the first African American to complete the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Liz worked as an ARNP for over 25 year at Odessa Brown Clinic in Seattle.

To learn more, click here . KCNA also provides additional general grants from $500 to $1,250 for community-based health projects.
Our 2020 Scholarship Recipients
We are pleased to let you know that KCNA has sent out scholarship checks to the following nursing schools:

Bellevue College
University of Washington-Seattle
University of Washington-Tacoma
University of Washington- Bothell
Highline College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Husson University (online)

Our scholarship recipients are all committed to making a difference in addressing inequality within the healthcare system. They have all faced individual challenges and their strength and resilience will surely shine as they complete their studies and become our future nurse leaders! Watch for summary biographies coming soon.

A note about our fund raising efforts:
We are so thankful to Salal Credit and all of our cash and GiveBIG donors for helping us raise nearly $30,000 towards our fund raising goals this year!

While we celebrate this achievement, we know that we are still short of our goal by approximately $5,000. We could use your support. Please donate now to support local nursing students. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you!
Continuing Education
UW Continuing Education
Annual Nurse Educators Conference- Virtual
9/17/2020 8am-4:50pm
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.

Clinical STD Update
Mini-Series via ZOOM
July 28 and 29
8:30 am Pacific – 12:30 pm Pacific
Fee: $75
6.5 CNE
The  Clinical STD Update  Mini-Series is a two 1/2-day didactic series which provides registered participants with training in the most recent advancements in epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of viral and bacterial STDs. Focused on STDs in Alaska, Montana and WA. CME/CNE is offered for this class. Click here to register or more information. Must pre-register by July 24.
HEAL-WA Tutorial
July 28, 2020 at noon

Free hour-long workshop will show you how to set up your access to HEALWA. We'll explore helpful databases, e-books, and full-text journals in the HEALWA collection, and we'll learn how to access free opportunities to earn continuing education credit. This webinar contains relevant information for all HEALWA-eligible fields and will be particularly useful for nurses. Click here for more information and to register.

HEAL-WA also offers tutorial videos that you can access at any time. Click here to go to the videos.
Community & Volunteering
Help At-risk Youth with Teen Feed

Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of young people at risk in Seattle and King County. They are always looking for volunteers, but right now they are also in search of a few paid outreach nurses. Nurses work very short shifts (2 hrs) in the U-District.

If you are interested, please contact Janine with Teen Feed's Community Engagement for additional information: email or phone: 206-409-1202.
Student Seeks Input from Nurses

Nicole York, a doctoral candidate at Walden University in the clinical Psychology Department, is conducting research on nurses’ interactions with individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

She is in search of nurses to participate in a survey. Participants should be nurses who are currently, or have in the past, worked in the state of Washington - at any licensure or degree level.

Participation in this research includes taking a survey about your general demographic information, understanding of the Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, attitudes towards your perception of safety, which will take approximately 10 minutes.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in the research, Nicole can be reached by email or phone: 253-820-0874.

To participate in her survey, click here .
Opportunities to Serve CoC
Seattle/King County Continuum of Care

CoC is soliciting new members to serve as the Continuum of Care Board or Advisory Committee. 

The King County Continuum of Care (CoC) is a broad coalition of stakeholders dedicated to the mission of the CoC. This includes people with experiences of homelessness, service providers representing various populations and interventions, representatives of culturally specific constituencies, funders, the faith community, researchers and universities, health care providers and others.
The Board will perform two main functions:
  1. It will apprise the Implementation Board on policy and technical issues on which it has made decisions, and forward for approval any committee recommendations that it identifies as sensitive or political in nature, or for which it does not have decision-making authority.
  2. It will function as the CoC Board for actions required under the HUD regulations at 24 CFR §578, including approval of committee recommendations that do not have appropriation/political components.

Interested applicants can find additional information here .

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, July 26, 2020
Spotlight on Mary's Place - Popsicle Place
Mary’s Place, a family homeless shelter, opened a facility inside a building on Amazon's Seattle campus in March. It is considered the first homeless shelter built inside a corporate building in the U.S. Called Popsicle Place, the shelter helps homeless children with life-threatening health conditions and supports other programs.

Families are housed in private 175-square-foot rooms with bunk beds. Two floors are reserved for families dealing with serious health issues. Another program at the shelter assists homeless mothers with newborns.

Nurse Tricia Nora was featured in a recent article by the Seattle PI about the program. Click here to read the article. Tricia has been a guest speaker at KCNA events where she has shared about her work at Mary's Place.

Tricia was also featured in a recent video from King 5 News where she talks about how Mary's Place and dealing with the pandemic. Click the King 5 logo below to see the video.