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King County Nurses Association distributes The Buzz several times a year to nursing students throughout the county. Stay current with scholarship information, nursing news, upcoming continuing education events, opportunities to volunteer, and more!

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Nursing Students Welcome at KCNA Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet

One student from each nursing school in King County will attend FREE *
King County Nurses Association will host its Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet on Thursday, May 10, 5:30-9 p.m. at Ballard Bay Club. This is a fun, festive evening that is held during National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and this year's banquet celebrates KCNA's 115th year of advocacy for nurses. Festivities include:
·       presentation of Shining Star nurse awards; 
·       introduction of 2018 scholarship recipients; 
·       silent and live auctions to benefit the KCNA scholarship fund; and
·       a lovely buffet dinner in a quintessential Northwest setting on Shilshole Bay.
* Free student ticket: These are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, one per nursing school. Please go online here to check whether your nursing school still has a free ticket available. If so, click on the link to email and let her know your name and which nursing school you attend.
Even if you are not in time to get a free ticket, we hope you can join us! Regular student registrations for this event are discounted: just $30 per student. We’d love to have you come! Click here to register.



Still “Getting to Know” Nursing School? Advice Never Hurts. . .
The Denver College of Nursing has posted an article entitled Helpful Tips for First Time Nursing Students; some of the advice is common sense, but it’s still reassuring for those learning to navigate nursing school. The article recommends talking with experienced RNs for advice, and presents eight tips that may be of help, including number 8, “Remember Why You’re Doing This.” Check out the advice here.


Consider Joining: It's a Good Idea in Several Ways

Nursing Students of Washington State (NSWS) is a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and is supported in part by the Washington State Nurses Association. The mission of the organization is “to contribute collectively to the advancement of nursing education in order to promote the highest standards and best practices for nursing students in the state of Washington.” Joining the Association is also a good way to garner support during nursing school and make connections that may lead to nursing jobs down the line.
Nursing or pre-nursing students in any state-approved program preparing for registered nurse licensure, or registered nurses in a program leading to a baccalaureate in nursing, are eligible for membership. Nursing students in generic masters and doctoral programs can also join. 
A good place to begin might be at the 2018 NSWS Convention on Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. This year’s theme is “Healthy Student, Healthy Nurse” and the event will attract more than 150 students from across the state. Plans for the day include nationally-renowned speakers, a mini-NCLEX review, relaxation therapy, and much more. Learn more and register here.

Are you LOSING SLEEP during Nursing School? Check these out. . . 

Here are three articles that may help you get a good night's sleep and be ready for class or clinical:

The College Student’s Guide to Sleep
What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Body and Brain
Guide to Managing Anxiety and Sleep


Top 10 Blogs for Nursing Students

This is an interesting list of blogs that might provides information and support for nursing students and nurses throughout their schooling and careers. Number 1 is NursingPower! by Donna Cardillo. Check out the other nine here.


Documentary demonstrates varied skills, roles and influences of RNs

The American Nurse explores a number of issues facing the U.S. – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the work and lives of five nurses. It is a documentary that may change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with health care challenges. “Jason Short drives up a creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they're dying. Naomi Cross coaches patient Becky, an ovarian cancer survivor, through the Caesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing to a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitates wounded soldiers returning from war.”
Access the film here (for a fee). Let us know what you think!