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January 2021

January Greetings-

As a new year begins, we thank nurses for continuing to battle this pandemic! From caring for patients and making virtual connections happen with families, to delivering the vaccine, and so much more - you get things done!

As we navigate not only this pandemic, but also systemic racism, health disparities, economic instability and more in 2021, we are reminded that nurses offer us the best template for moving forward: show up and do the good work!

KCNA has lots to offer in this new year, and we invite you to join us! Be sure to check out our upcoming continuing eduction and events and sign up today. Also, consider applying for our professional development funds, nominate a nurse for a Shining Star award or plan on attending our annual gala to support our scholarship fund. We look forward to sharing 2021 with our favorite group of people- nurses!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
KCNA Continuing Education
Upcoming KCNA Programs
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.


MentorLink Chat: Civil Conversations 
Thursday, January 28, 2021  
6:30 pm-8:00 pm via Zoom
1.5- hour Certificate of Completion

KCNA’s MentorLink Chats encourage mentoring conversations between new nurses and experienced nurses. In this chat we will be discussing the art of civil conversations focusing on the methods of Kate Bracy, retired Public Health Nurse and KCNA Shining Star awardee. As a nurse educator, Bracy developed communication strategies to help individuals and teams work more effectively together and make progress even when there is disagreement. We will view Bracy’s TedX Talk, “Learn How to Stay Civil Most of the Time”  and discuss putting her methods into practice. Gain practical tools to better deal with disagreements and difficult conversations and learn Bracy’s secret weapon for when conversations are especially hard.  

Cost and registration
No charge for KCNA members and current KCNA scholarship recipients. We are unable to accommodate nonmembers or nursing students. 
Registration Deadline:  January 25, 2021.  
District Meeting: Community COVID-19 Update
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 |  6:30-8:00 pm via Zoom
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion

A local perspective on what is happening with health disparities during the pandemic, how care is being delivered and available resources for the most vulnerable. Explore and share the important role that nurses play and how to engage as advocates. The presentation will include interactive polls, discussions and engagement as we find ways to improve access to care for all.
Heather Stephen-Selby, BSN, MSN, ARNP-BC, RN. Heather is currently the Director of Clinical Support at HealthPoint where she oversees their community health/homeless program, providing direct patient care and infectious disease management. She also manages employee health, professional development, operational management, and quality assurance for 15 clinics and urgent care sites. She is an active member of KCNA and WSNA and has served in various leadership roles. 

Cost and registration
$15 KCNA Members & Nursing Students/ $30 Nonmembers
Registration Deadline:  February 11, 2021 
Nurses Book Club- Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson
Saturday, March 13, 2021 |  9:00-10:30 am via Zoom
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion

KCNA MEMBERS: Register soon- just a few spots remain! Please note that this event is now closed to additional non-members and students.

Participate in a facilitated discussion about this important book that clarifies a lesser known aspect of the Black Panther Party’s broader struggle for social justice: health care. Explore how the organization’s understanding of health as a basic human right anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race as it relates to access and equity. 

Doris M. Boutain, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, John and Marguerite Walker Corbally Professor in Public Service, University of Washington and Associate Professor, Child, Family & Population Health, UW School of Nursing. Dr. Boutain is a leader in creating innovative strategies for community and population health. She is considered an international expert in the field of health equity using socially just care approaches.

Cost and registration
$20 KCNA Members/$40 Nonmembers
Capacity: 40. We are unable to accommodate students at this event. Books are mailed to participants following registration. Registration Deadline: February 22, 2021 or until full. 
Transforming Trauma: Sustainable Practices
2-hour Certificate of Completion

Registered Nurses from all WSNA regions are invited to participate in this event focused on raising awareness of how nurses can respond to the cumulative toll of being exposed to suffering, hardship, crises and trauma. Come learn practical tools to help you as nurses sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of secondary trauma and overwhelm. Topics will include how vicarious trauma and overwhelm manifests as well as strategies for navigating what is unfolding. 

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, MSW, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure and has worked nationally and internationally for more than three decades to develop inclusive and practical ways to help people recognize, navigate, and ease the burden of overwhelm in their daily lives. Her talks are very popular and offer a compelling mix of personal insights and cutting-edge research. 

Cost and registration
$20 WSNA (KCNA) Member/$50 Nonmembers. We are not able to accommodate students.
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2021.
KCNA Happenings
Annual Gala
Annual Gala via Zoom

Save the date: May 6, 2021

The Program Committee recently met to discuss bringing KCNA's annual gala to a virtual format and staff is busy working to bring it all together. The event will be hosted via the online Zoom platform and will be held in the evening. We will be honoring Shining Star Nurse awardees from 2020 and 2021 along with 2021 scholarship recipients. In addition, we will be raising funds for the KCNA scholarship fund. Watch for full details coming soon!
Shining Star Nurse Awards
Shining Star Nurse Awards

Do you know a nurse colleague who deserves special recognition for going above and beyond in the nursing profession or in the community?

Nominations for 2021 honorees are due by March 15, 2021. 

Nomination forms are available at under the Members section.

Nominations submitted in 2020 are considered active and will be included in the selection process. KCNA presents Shining Star Awards to outstanding King County nurses each year at our Annual Gala in May.
KCNA Nursing Student Scholarship Fund
KCNA continues to offer scholarships 
KCNA has provided scholarships for King County nursing students since 1993, serving 269 students with a total of $551,750! This tradition will continue in the 2021-22 school year.

Applications are now available!

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Donate to KCNA Scholarship Fund
We are so proud of the caliber of our applicants, and we look forward to the 2021 round! We continue to raise funds to be able to provide 18 scholarships at $3,000 a piece in 2021. KCNA accepts donations to our scholarship fund at any time at Donations are always tax deductible. 
Professional Development Funds Available
KCNA Members - apply for professional development funds by March 1, 2021

KCNA assists members (especially those who do not receive continuing educational funding through their employer) to attend continued nursing education.

Courses must be provided by an approved accredited organization with contact hours awarded. Recipients will be randomly selected twice per year. Applications deadlines are October 1 and March 1. We will annually fund a total of 10 awards of $500 each. Click here to apply.
WSNA Happenings
WSNA Seeks New Executive Director
Thank you, Sally for your leadership and best wishes for your retirement!

WSNA is seeking an execu­tive director to take over leader­ship of the organi­za­tion after Execu­tive Director Sally Watkins retires in the fall. Watkins announced her upcoming retire­ment in November 2020, with the inten­tion of supporting the transi­tion of the new execu­tive director and retiring by October 2021.

WSNA Events Calendar

Monday, Jan 25, 2021, 8:15am – 11:30am
Your strong nurse voices will continue to make an impact in Olympia. Join us for our 2021 Advocacy Camp to learn how to build relationships with your elected lawmakers. Your voice is more essential than ever.

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021, 8am – 4pm
Your voice is more essential than ever. WSNA members are invited to attend 2021 Lobby Day to learn more about WSNA priority bills and meet with your legislators during the Washington State Legislature’s 2021 Regular Session.

8.5 CNE contact hours
Apr 28, 2021 – Apr 29, 2021
WSNA's biennial convention for nurses in Washington state.

All events will be virtual. For more information and to register, visit:

WSNA Issues Statement of Support for Dr. Benjamin Danielson
Recently, WSNA issued a statement in support of Dr. Benjamin Danielson who resigned from Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Clinic over ongoing racist and discrim­i­na­tory practices at Seattle Children’s. In the statement, WSNA echos his frustration with WSNA-repre­sented nurses experi­encing on-the-ground instances of
microag­gres­sions, discrim­i­na­tion and racism. Click here to read their entire statement.

Vaccination Rollout Efforts
Can I help with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?

As more and more nurses receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we are hearing that they are looking for opportunities to help with the rollout of the vaccine in the community.

Some nurses have found opportunities to help with their employer's vaccination efforts. The other major vaccination effort is being undertaken by Seattle- King County Public Health. There are both volunteer and paid positions available. Please click the appropriate links below for more information:

If you wish to volunteer, click here to find out more about the Seattle-King County's Public Health Reserve Corps. Follow the instructions and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible. 

If you are interested in compensated work, click here to register for job notifications from Seattle-King County Public Health. Select nursing so that you only receive notifications about nursing positions.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!
January 18, 2021

Join us as we celebrate the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on the work yet to be done.

The Seattle MLK, Jr Organizing Committee is hosting several online workshops under the theme: Good Trouble. Necessary Trouble. These compelling workshops began on January 12 and will continue through January 16, 2021. Workshops are happening today, so be sure to click here to learn more.

King County is hosting its 2021 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration — honoring our nation's foremost human rights leader and King County's namesake at noon on Thursday, Jan. 14. The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Ben Danielson, Former Director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.
Click here to learn more.