Nursing Education & Events

A Resiliency Approach to Prolonged Grief & Burnout During a Pandemic
Saturday, November 13 2021, 9:00-11:00 am, Zoom,


Nurses have been on the frontlines providing care to patients during COVID-19. This event will allow time to discuss and process the impact of grief experiences faced by nurses.

This program provides an opportunity for the following:

•Acknowledgement of grief and loss as a healthcare worker

•Discussion of shared experiences of fellow RN’s during the pandemic

•Normalization of empathic strain

•Validation of limits to “self-care”


Danielle Bemis, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, Inpatient Palliative Medicine, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Danielle has worked in a variety of behavioral health, medical, nonprofit, community, and educational environments with children, adolescents, adults, families, and community systems since 2008. Advocating and providing support for vulnerable individuals while promoting culturally competent, trauma informed care is something she is passionate about. Her philosophy of care and education centers around genuine human connection and treating individuals with dignity and respect. During her twelve years of experience, she has learned and incorporated multiple therapy modalities and intervention techniques.

Kari Hilwig, MSW, LICSW, Palliative Care Social Worker, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Kari has worked in the field of medical social work for the last ten years and has had the privilege of emotionally supporting interdisciplinary teams through psychoeducational programs for over the last five years. She provides therapy to patients and family members living with life-limiting diagnoses and navigating the difficult waters of grief and loss.

Who Should Participate:   Registered Nurses

Registration Deadline:       November 8, 2021


•Participants will receive a Zoom link invitation to the event

•Upon evaluation submission, participants will receive a certificate of completion for 2.0 hours that meets the continuing competency requirement for license renewal in Washington State


KCNA Members: $20, Nonmembers: $40