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September 2020


Welcome to fall!

On September 22, 2020, the day and night will be almost equal in most locations, heralding the beginning of the fall season.

Along with cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything, fall brings plenty of new continuing education offerings from KCNA. Be sure to register early so that you can join your fellow nurses to re-energize, reconnect and learn this fall.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon on Zoom!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Coaching Staff Who Are Negative
In a recent blog in Emerging Nurse Leader, Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN talks about the challenges of dealing with negativity at the workplace.

She suggests that one way to deal with negativity is to look at it through the eyes of a coach and to use the Situation – Behavior – Impact – Way Forward approach recommended by the Center for Creative Leadership. This approach focuses on the behavior and not the person. It is solutions and future-oriented. To read the article, click here.
Expressive Writing Tool
A COVID-19 Narrative Expressive Writing Program for nurses is available through the American Nurses Foundation’s Well-Being Initiative.

This free, evidence-based, and confidential online expressive writing program is for nurses experiencing distress from the COVID-19 pandemic response. Your participation involves 5 sessions (once a week for 5 weeks) in which you will write about your experience during the pandemic response, using a series of writing prompts. You will get feedback on your sessions from mental health professionals. Click here for more information.
Living with Radical Uncertainty
Join oncologist and cancer survivor Shekinah Elmore as she explores how to move forward when your future is uncertain.

In her moving Ted Talk, Living with Radical Uncertainty, she shares how she embraced life after a rare genetic diagnosis -- and explains why she believes doctors have a duty to help their patients learn to live with radical uncertainty and continue living despite a difficult diagnosis. Click here to view her video.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Fall Programs
All of KCNA events are currently virtual. 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.
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MentorLink Chat: – Stress Management during COVID-19
Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm via Zoom
1-hour certificate of completion
Open to KCNA members & KCNA 2020 scholarship recipients

New grads and those new to a position, join us for a chat about managing stress as a nurse during a pandemic. Following the presentation, there will be an informal discussion. It’s our intention to encourage conversation, connection and social interaction between nurses just beginning and those with years of knowledge to share.

Brittany Stoeckel, ACNP-BC, RYT 200, works as a Surgical Critical Care Nurse Practitioner at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She will discuss her experiences during COVID-19 and offer techniques for stress management, self-care philosophy and mindset challenges. Brittany is an experienced yoga teacher and runs a Facebook group called “Intro to Yoga for Nurses” with 1,300+ participants.

Register by October 19, 2020
No cost- Exclusively for KCNA members and 2020 KCNA scholarship recipients

Click here to register.

Self-Care Mini Retreat - Being Here Now
Saturday, October 24, 2020
9:00 am – 11:30 am via Zoom
2.5 hour certificate of completion

A self-care mini retreat especially crafted for nurses, by nurses. Gather together in a sacred space to cultivate resilience in nursing and practices of self-care. Explore and practice mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, self- compassion and participate in a restorative yoga session. 
Nicole Johnson
Nicole Johnson, RN, BSN, CCRN is an ICU nurse at UW Medical Center and owner of Unwound Retreats. As an experienced ICU nurse, Nicole became interested in finding ways to ease burnout and keep nurses engaged in their work. In her retreats, Nicole holds space for nurses where they can explore and practice self-care techniques and healing modalities. Nicole will be joined by Desiree Wood, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN and licensed yoga instructor.
Yoga Instructor
Desiree Wood, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN is a Nurse Practitioner working in the ICU. Currently she is a clinical preceptor for the Nurse Practitioner DNP program at the UW School of Nursing. Recently, Dr. Des was recognized by her peers as a Top Doc ARNP in Seattle Met Magazine. Dr. Des is also a certified yoga instructor and has taught classes at Spira Power Yoga in West Seattle. She incorporates a holistic approach to care and is heavily influenced by Dr. Kabat Zinn, a medical professor and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine.

Cost and registration
$20 KCNA members/$40 nonmembers
Register deadline: October 20, 2020
Capacity: 30
KCNA members get first chance to register through October 1, 2020. Thereafter, it is open to nonmembers as well.

Click here to register.
DIY Tactics: Managing Distress in Response to Traumatic Situations at Work 
November 14, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am via Zoom webinar
2-hour certificate of completion

Join clinical psychologist Cheryl Hart, PSYD, as she discusses how nurses can manage trauma through DIY emotional first-aid tactics including neurologically-based strategies. Nurses will learn how to prevent internalization of occupational trauma and to discharge distress stemming from secondary exposure. Emotional first-aid tactics will be discussed including neurologically-based strategies. Learn how to resolve/purge distress that still lingers from past upsetting experiences.

Cheryl Hart, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist is a trauma specialist with over a decade of experience treating anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, suicidality and PTSD. Dr. Hart primarily sees  first responders and L&I clients. She has extensive training and experience in psychological evaluation and treatment including the use of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).

Cost and registration
$20 KCNA members/$40 nonmembers
Registration deadline: November 10, 2020

Click here to register.

VIDEO - DIY Tactics Managing Distress in Response to Traumatic Situations at Work: 
Not able to attend the live webinar? Not to worry, you can still view the recorded webinar from November 16-27, 2020.

Deadilne: register by November 23 to receive the link. Link will be active through November 27, 2020.

Click here to register for the recorded video.
Nurses Book Club: How to Be an Antiracist
Saturday, December 5, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am via Zoom
1.5 hour certificate of completion

Following registration, you will be mailed a copy of this book. Then, join the facilitated virtual book club discussion to add depth to your reading experience.

How to Be an Antiracist is a 2019 non-fiction book by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. The author takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas that help reveal its many forms, its poisonous consequences and proposes actions. Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story - an essential work for anyone ready to go beyond awareness.
Cheryl Cooke, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; Associate Professor and Track Lead, Psychiatric Mental Health DNP Program, College of Nursing, Seattle University. Dr. Cooke’s academic research focuses on the intersections of race and health including the exploration of the effects of incarceration for African American men and their families in Seattle. She has also conducted research with multiethnic and biracial families on emotion regulation in children. Her current research is focused on leadership for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) academics in nursing.

Cost and registration
$20 KCNA members/$40 nonmembers
Capacity: 40
Registration deadline is November 15, 2020 or until full. 
Books will be mailed upon registration, beginning October 26. 2020

Click here to register.
Fall Professional Development Funds Available
KCNA Professional Development Fund applications are currently being accepted for our fall round.

Deadline: October 1, 2020 for fall applications. Open to KCNA members only. Selection will be by random drawing.

We have 5 professional development awards to grant during the fall application process. Each award will be $500. Fill out your online application today!

To fill out online application form and to learn about requirements, click here.
Continuing Education
UW Continuing Nursing Education

Virtual: Update Medical-Surgical Nursing
September 24-25, 2020
8:00 am-4:50pm

Virtual: Advanced Practice in Primary Care
October 29-30, 2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click here for more information about these and other educational offerings.

Sept. 29-30, 2020 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
via Zoom

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. Clinicians from any state are welcome to attend. CME/CNE is offered for this class. 

To learn more and to register, click here.
Nightingale Leadership Series
Frontiers in Dementia Care

September 30, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Hear from a variety of nursing dementia experts about the current challenges and barriers in providing effective dementia care and their vision to creating a path for the future.

Click here to learn more and to register.

On-Demand Webinars - Free COVID-19 Series

Topics include PPE, ventilator management, ethical challenges, moral distress, preserving your mental health and more. Webinar Series is free for ANA members and nonmembers alike.

Click here to learn more.
Community Spotlight: Western WA -NAHN

The WW-NAHN (The Western Washington- National Association of Hispanic Nurses) was founded as a local chapter of The National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

The association works towards eliminating health disparities affecting Latinx populations, by increasing numbers of multicultural nurses working in underserved areas of WA State, and through community-based health promotion and disease prevention projects and programs. They also focus on the needs of Latinx nursing students, providing scholarships, recruitment and retention efforts.

Click here to go to their website and check them out on Facebook.

Join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15-October 15, 2020!
KCNA Scholarship Fund & AmazonSmile
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