Nurse Awards

King County Nurses Association presents annual Shining Star Awards to nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession or within the community.

2018 Award Winners

KCNA presented Shining Star Awards to these five exceptional nurses on May 10 at the Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet:

           Zerai is originally from Ethiopia and earned his BSN at Seattle Pacific University. He held several jobs to finance his education, and was also a KCNA scholarship recipient. He established his career working on the neurology floor at Swedish Medical Center and per diem at the King County Jail. Returning to school, Zerai earned his MPH (emphasis on Global Health) at the University of Washington; his capstone project was with an HIV education program in Ethiopia.

          Several years ago, Zerai became a nursing supervisor at the jail. According to colleagues, Zerai "is an incredibly intelligent, hard-working yet humble shining light in nursing."

           Karen recently retired from her position with the Nurse Family Partnership program at Public Health, Seattle & King County. The Partnership is an evidence-based home visit program that serves low-income women having their first babies. Karen was known for her attention to detail and gentle mentoring to attain the highest standards of nursing practice. She was an advocate for those who did not speak English as their first language, and wrote grants to help fill the gaps for Spanish-speaking families.

           KCNA has been fortunate to have Karen involved as an active member serving on the Board of Directors (including as treasurer) and on the Finance and Scholarship committees. 

            Xochitl and Lynn work together at NAVOS Mental Health Solutions in Burien, serving clients who are reclaiming their lives following mental illness, addiction, trauma or abuse. Lynn works as a Care Manager and Xochitl as a Clinic RN. Both are known for delivering quality health care and working as a team to forge relations that continue to bring together NAVOS and Public Health. 

           About Xochitl, colleagues say, "She is an impeccable nurse with a thoroughness and integrity that is beyond admirable." She is known for combining compassion with efficient organization to bring the clinic to a new level of proficiency and productiveness.

           About Lynn, colleagues say, "Due directly to her work, outcomes improved significantly -- a major  triumph for our program and our clients." She is known for her high quality nursing and individual attention, making measurable differences in work deliver and client wellbeing.

            Jennifer has been an asset to Public Health since joining the team in 2012. As Infection Preventionist, her position supports the clinical practices in ambulatory care, Jail Health Services, TB Prevention and STD Clinics. Having developed the role, Jennifer brings her laid-back style and unassuming professionalism to her position. She has been a resource for many recent diseases experienced here, including Ebola, Measles, and Zika. 

           As a MSN graduate of Seattle University, Jennifer brings her passion for social justice to her practice and is a leader in the Trauma Informed Systems Initiative. According to her colleagues, Jennifer also mentors the next generation, challenging them to develop leadership skills and hone clinical expertise.