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March 2021

Spring Greetings-

Spring begins on March 20th, bringing much needed pops of color and rays of sunshine. We hope you can take a few moments this month to get outside to enjoy the show!

KCNA will be celebrating the first day of spring by helping host the Transforming Trauma event. Spaces are going fast, so register today! If you can't attend the day of the event, be sure to register for the recorded video. We can't think of a better time than spring to learn or re-remember tools to use when you reach that that state of overwhelm. We look forward to seeing you there!


Sue Vermeulen & Jennifer Bravo
KCNA Staff
KCNA Continuing Education
Vulnerability in the Workplace
In a recent Ted podcast WorkLife episode, Brené Brown and organizational psychologist Adam Grant talk about what vulnerability in the workplace really means.

In this discussion Brené talks about the challenges of keeping a balance and discusses how to be vulnerable at work without spilling everything. Boundaries are discussed as well as how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Click here to listen.

Two-Minutes for Self Care
Lisa C. Dunlap, a local Integrative Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Reflexology, Healing Touch & Clinical Aromatherapy, has created a short guided self-compassion video which she recommends for nurses and other healthcare workers who are looking for a quick break from feeling overwhelmed and stressed. To watch her video, click here.

To learn more about Lisa and her work with resilience and self compassion for nurses and other healthcare professionals, click here.
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.


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. Students please sign up to view the recorded video.

Registration Deadline:
Registrations will be taken through March 17, 2021 at 9:00am. 
RECORDED VIDEO- If you are unable to attend the live Transforming Trauma event, sign up to view the recorded version.

The recorded webinar will be available for flexible viewing from March 22 to April 3, 2021. You must register by March 29 to receive a link to view the video.

Cost: $20 WSNA Member or nursing student, Nonmembers $50.

KCNA Happenings
Join us for our 118th KCNA Annual Gala

A Celebration of Nursing

May 6, 2021 via Zoom

  • Register by April 1, 2021 to be included in the door prize drawings.
  • Final registration deadline: April 28, 2021.
Stephanie Staples of Your Life Unlimited will join us as our Gala Emcee. Stephanie is a re-wired nurse, coach, author and keynote speaker. She works with busy healthcare professionals from the Mayo Clinic to the Middle East. A multi-titled author with eclectic qualifications that combine learnings from her background in healthcare, journalism, fitness and communications.
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. Nominees must be KCNA members.

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 Scholarship Fund
All scholarship applications for the current round have been received!

The Scholarship Committee is currently undertaking the difficult review and selection process. Recipients will be announced at the Annual Gala.

Make Dreams Happen - Donate to the KCNA Scholarship Fund

As we get ready to make our next selection of 18 scholarship recipients ($3,000 a piece) we ask for your help in Making Dreams Happen. KCNA has provided scholarships for King County nursing students since 1993, serving 269 students with a total of $551,750!

We are so proud of the caliber of our applicants, and we look forward to the 2021 selection! But, we need your support to ensure we have enough funds to meet our goal.

KCNA accepts donations to our scholarship fund at any time at Donations are always tax deductible. 
Professional Development Funds Available


KCNA will pay the fee of $50 for members to attend the WSNA Convention. Just complete the form and return to by April 1, 2021.

Limited funds are available - first come, first served. Fees are paid as reimbursement. Click here to find out more.
WSNA Biennial Survey Now Available
All WSNA members are invited to fill out this pre-convention survey. Click here to fill out your survey.
8.25 CNE contact hours

April 28, 2021 – April 29, 2021

~Our strength Comes From Each Other~

- Creating a culture of anti-racism in health care by Ben Danielson, MD

-Cultivating kindness by Linda Cohen

-Team intelligence: navigating the pandemic and beyond by Suzanne Gordon

The WSNA Convention is the perfect time for nurses to come together and support each other after such a challenging year! It is a time to connect, be supported and leave inspired. Let's celebrate our achievements as we plan for the future.

Click here for more information.

ANA is currently collecting stories from nurses as a way to showcase authentic nursing experiences and share inspirational moments. Regardless of your role, specialty or practice setting, each day, nurses make a difference in people’s lives and have meaningful stories to tell. By sharing your stories, you will help communicate a contemporary view of who nurse are, what we do and how we contribute our expertise and caring to healing, wellness and health promotion, in every setting where health care is delivered and where people are who need care. To submit your story, click here.

ANA's COVID Resources

ANA maintains information, resources and educational offerings for nurses concerning COVID-19. Click here to explore.

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

As vaccines are being rolled out, nurses are asking about how they can help. In a recent article, WSNA reports that the best avenue for nurses to take is to register as an Emergency Volun­teer Health Practi­tioner in the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volun­teers (WAserv) at WAserv​.org.

Also, because Secre­tary of Health Dr. Umair Shah autho­rized the Public Readi­ness and Emergency Prepared­ness Act (PREP Act), retired and inactive health care providers may help admin­ister COVID-19 vaccines. However certain requirements must be met. Click here to learn more. To read the WSNA article, click here.

"With the coming of spring, I am calm again."
Gustav Mahler