Nursing Education & Events

COVID-19 Update: Focus on Community Health & Homeless
Tuesday, February 16 2021, 6:30-8:00 pm, Zoom Meeting,

Description:

Note: This meeting is also a KCNA District meeting and will include a brief business presentation.

What happens when health disparities happen in your local community during a pandemic? We will explore the important role that nurses play.

Nurses are on the front lines in our medical centers and our communities address social disparities in the determinants of health during one of the most challenging times in our history! The current COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the needs of our homeless, under-served or underrepresented, and communities of color who were already vulnerable long before the pandemic hit.

During this presentation we will explore, share and review what is currently happening with health disparities in our local communities during a pandemic.  We will do a current pulse check on what is available in our local community, how is care being delivered and where the resources are for COVID-19 for those who are most vulnerable who have slipped through the cracks.

The participants will examine equity, diversity and inclusion models while focusing on gaps and also opportunities. Attendees will be challenged to engage as nurse advocates’ in making a difference for access to care for whom they serve. The presentation will have interactive polls, discussions and engagement as we work together for opportunities to provide access to care for all members of our society.  

We will have a robust virtual discussion on the impact of race when it comes to medical care, decision making and access. Plan on coming prepared to discuss and engage in the conversation.

Goals:

•Beginning the conversation and thoughts around health disparities.

•Start to bring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into our daily work and thoughts when working with the under-served, underrepresented and those with social disparities.

•Begin to address our communities and patients needs around inclusion when caring for them as nurses . 

Presenter: 

Heather Stephen-Selby, BSN, MSN, ARNP-BC, RN:

Heather has been an active member in nursing associations at the local, state and/or national levels for most of her career. Being active in the King County Nurses Association is a wonderful opportunity to be engaged with our local community and serve the needs that are true to the mission of education, advocacy and community service. She believes in engagement and making a difference in addressing social disparities through the power of our profession and the work of KCNA.  Heather has had a unique professional background as an active ARNP, former Dean of Nursing/Allied Health, faculty and Assistant Executive Director of Nursing Practice, Education and Research with WSNA. Her engagement in practice, policy development, legislation, and education gives her unique perspectives to share and her passion for nursing provides the drive to be innovative, collaborative and make an impact.  She currently works with HealthPoint Community Health as the Director of Clinical Support which over sees the organizations community health/homeless program, providing direct patient care, infectious disease management, employee health, professional development, operational management, and quality assurance programming for 15 clinics, urgent care and oversite of all nurses, medical assistants and dental (320) staff.

Who Should Participate:

Registered Nurses and Nursing Students

Registration Deadline:  

February 11, 2021

Other:

•Participants will receive articles to read in advance and a Zoom link invitation prior to the event.

•Upon evaluation submission, participants will receive a certificate of completion for 1.5 hours that meets the continuing competency requirement for license renewal in Washington State

Cost:

KCNA Members & Nursing Students: $15, $30 Nonmembers.