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April 2020


As we adjust to the new realties of the COVID-19 crisis. KCNA is working in a flexible state, adjusting to the fluid nature of the situation.

We have extended deadlines, cancelled events and are working to provide members with encouragement and resources through social media. We have also added a self-care resource page on our website. Be sure to check it out!

During this time we have been fielding a variety of questions from the general community regarding appropriate donations and services during the COVID-19 response. Through all of this, we have kept in close contact with WSNA and have done our part to ensure that accurate information and advice is presented.

Being flexible and resilient is so important these days! We hope that you enjoy exploring the topic of resiliency as much as we did.

Take good care of yourselves!

Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
Health & Wellness
Boost Your Resiliency Today
Lucy Horn
During the COVID-19 crisis, we are all being asked to stretch ourselves in one way or another, and nurses in particular are being asked to handle a tremendous amount of additional stress and pressure. Now more than ever, nurses need to develop their resiliency muscles.

Dr. Lucy Hone talks about resiliency in her Ted Talk, not only as a researcher, but also as someone who has been there in a very personal way. Hone lost her 12-year-old daughter in a tragic pedestrian accident. Dr. Hone was devastated, but unlike others, she had studied resiliency and was faced with having to take her own advice. In

Click here to see Dr. Hone's Ted Talk video.

Dr. Hone studied applied positive psychology a the University of Pennsylvania. Today, she’s a researcher in resilience/well-being at the Auckland University of Technology and directs the New Zealand Institute of Well Being & Resilience.

Click here to go to the institute's website to learn about her response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Charles Hunt
What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience is a Ted Talk created by Charles Hunt. The video describes his very challenging childhood and how he developed resilience by using the powers of his own mind. Today h e helps students, young professionals and others build resilience, believe in bigger and greater things for themselves, and create the educational, financial, and professional plans to get there. He is the founder of The Audacity Firm, LLC in North Carolina where he focuses on delivering tools, tips, tools, and strategies to "LIVE, DO, and BE BETTER."

Click here to see his Ted Talk video.

Click here to explore his work with his business, The Audacity Firm.
COVID-19 Information
As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, here are a few reliable resources for keeping up-to-date about the latest developments:

Washington Call Center: 1-800-525-0127
A hotline set up to answer general questions from the public. Available seven days a week from 6 am- 10 pm.

Note for Nursing Students: those who have graduated but not yet taken their exam can apply for an emergency temporary permit to practice nursing during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for more information. Look under the emergency interim permits section.
KCNA Happenings
KCNA Adds Self-Care Resources to Website
In response to the tremendous increase in stress many nurses are experiencing right now, KCNA has added a page to our website dedicated to self-care. 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 be updating the page as new resources become available.

Here are some of the resources we are currently featuring:

  • Free meditation app
  • Complimentary talk therapy, tips for self-care
  • Free e-book: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Nurses House- Fund for Nurses

KCNA Events

Florence Nightingale Musical Cancelled
KCNA has been working closely with the performance group, HEARTS-Health & Arts, to see if the performance would be rescheduled. Unfortunately, the far-reaching ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that the performance will not happen in 2020. 

That being said, they are considering either a digital production or offering performances in 2021.

Many people who registered for the event have asked to have their ticket price applied to the KCNA scholarship fund. THANK YOU! We are currently processing those requests as well as making refunds available.

A special thank you goes out to our community partners (see below) and the nursing students from Seattle Pacific University who had signed up to volunteer at the event.
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.
Scholarship Applications Under Review
The KCNA Scholarship Committee is currently undertaking a diligent review process and will make their final selection in May with funds to be distributed in July.

KCNA has agreed to offer 18 scholarships this year at $3,000 each, and we intend to keep that commitment!

This is where we need your help. Because we were unable to hold our auction in May, we still need to raise money in order to meet our commitment. Join us as KCNA joins the GiveBig campaign on May 4-5 to help us raise money for our scholarship fund.
GiveBig to KCNA Scholarship Fund
KCNA Joins GiveBig Campaign
Join KCNA and GiveBig to the KCNA Scholarship Fund!

Without funding from our annual auction we had planned for May, KCNA needs your help to provide 18 nursing students with $3,000 each this year, a total of $54,000.

So far we have raised $21,000 through donors, but we still need $33,000 to meet our goal. Please consider donating to help nursing students complete their education. Now is the time that they need your support as many have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Your donation will Make Dreams Happen !

Remember that thanks to the CARES Act, you can deduct up to $300 for cash donations to charities (like KCNA) in 2020 to the extent permitted by law.

Your donation to the KCNA Scholarship Fund though GiveBig will be matched dollar for dollar up to the first $5,000 donated. Early giving begins on April 15. You can make your donation here .
Continuing Education
WSNA Offers Online Continuing Education for Nurses

WSNA offers a variety of FREE online continuing nurse education courses. Click here to learn more.

Topics vary and include the following:

-Introduction to the Discipline Process
-Transformational Leadership
-Implicit Bias Primer
-Service Animals in Healthcare Facilities
Online Conference-Ambulatory Care Nursing

Offered through the UW. Click here to learn more.
Take the 13 contact hour course remotely and study at your own pace. The course will open on April 22 and you will have six months to complete.

Webinar-Sexual & Reproductive Health Drug Therapy
Offered through the UW. Click here to learn more. Six contact hour webinar on May14, 2020.

Webinar-Pediatric Drug Therapy
Offered by UW. Click here to learn more. Six contact hour webinar on May 27, 2020.

Community Opportunities
Out-of-State Nurses Can Serve WA during COVD-19
Because of the COVID-19 emergency, the Washington Department of Health supports enrollment and activation of volunteer health practitioners (paid and unpaid) under the Uniform Volunteer Health Practitioner Act (chapter 70.15 RCW).

Providers who are licensed in other states in good standing may register. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will screen applicants and enter them into a database. DOH will activate approved health practitioners to work in identified host facilities where the emergent demands are greatest.

To learn more, please click here .