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KING COUNTY NURSES ASSOCIATION 

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!

Would you like to submit an article for The Buzz? Contact Rose Williamson at rose@kcnurses.org.

 

STUDENTS WELCOME: KCNA CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENTS

See a topic below that particularly interests you? Students are invited to join RNs at these continuing nursing education programs (student rates are very reasonable). You will receive a Certificate of Completion and can add the program to your resume. For more information or to register, visit here.

*  KCNA Fall Nursing Summit:  Helping the Homeless
Saturday, October 27  *  8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
This event will include a presentation about the Seattle-King County Clinic, an annual event offering care for the underserved. A panel discussion will include practical tips for working with the homeless, with representatives from several local agencies who serve this population. There will be plenty of time for questions! Register by October 22.

*  Seminar:  Practical Self-Care Skills for Nurses
Tuesday, December 4  *  5:30 - 8 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
Learn and practice simple yet effective skills to reduce stress and boost resilience. Make space to appreciate the ordinary moments in life. The discussion will include compassion fatigue, burnout and practical tips for coping, with Phil Cohen, LAc, LMT and Jill Ghormley, ND. Register by November 28.

*  Poverty Immersion 
Saturday, February 2  *  9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
Poverty Immersion is a virtual experience of life on the edge, designed to help professionals better understand and serve those living in poverty. This unique interactive experience helps participants understand what life is like for those with a shortage of resources and an abundance of stress. This experience increases awareness and helps build a foundation for personal, professional and organizational change. Register by January 28.

BE THE ONE: LEARN MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
   
The National Council for Behavioral Health plans to train one million people across the country in Mental Health First Aid, an 8-hour interactive course. Given the large number of people with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, drug addiction and other conditions, the Council points out that an individual in the U.S. is more likely to witness an emotional crisis than a heart attack. For more information about Mental Health First Aid, click here

MEET THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS
   Each year, KCNA receives scholarship applications from a plethora of amazing nursing students; the Scholarship Committee has a very difficult time choosing those who will receive the awards. For the 2018-19 academic year, the awardees are: (Graduate awards) Mishele Bang (SU), Prabina Dahal (UW, Bothell), Cindy Dong (UW), Lindsey Foley (UW), Jane Kim (SU), Marit Knutson (SPU), Katelyn Powell (UW), Kathryn Stanley (SU); and (Basic Awards) Habibo Bario (UW), Joshua Carter (Shoreline CC), Bridgett Chandler (SU), Sophia Cima (SU), Danica Kleweno (Shoreline CC), Amanda Kovecs (SU), Brooklyn Leick (SU), Nina Mei (SU), Maria Salguero (SPU) and Carolyn Wortham (SU).
 
INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR?
   KCNA understands that every student can use a helping hand, whether it’s a kind word, support from a study group, or help paying tuition. We are proud to help ensure the future of nursing by offering 18 scholarships of $3,000 each for the 2019-20 academic year. Scholarships are available to students in basic programs (leading to initial licensure), accelerated programs, advanced degree programs and RN to Baccalaureate (RNB) programs. Awards are made on the basis of 1) commitment to social justice, 2) commitment to the King County community, and 3) community/school involvement.
For eligibility information and application, visit here. The application deadline is March 1. 
 
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS
Washington State Nurses Foundation

Washington Center for Nursing - list of scholarship options

Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization - students of African heritage

Western Washington National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Latinx students 

Nurse Blake Scholarship - NEW!

Johnson & Johnson - national scholarships

BSNEducation.com - list of scholarship options
 
BLOODWORKS NORTHWEST OFFERS HELP WITH TUITION

   Bloodworks NW, a blood bank and medical research institute headquartered in Seattle, has a program to help college students in accredited educational institutions with tuition. Currently, Bloodworks is seeking students to organize community blood drives between December 15, 2018 and January 13, 2019. Following the drive, Bloodworks will issue a check payable to the student’s school, to help pay for tuition. Checks are in the amount of $400-500; while this may not be a huge amount, every bit helps. And as important is that the student will have the satisfaction of assisting in the community-wide effort to keep blood donations “flowing.” Visit here for more information and to sign up. 
 

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PREPARING FOR CLINICALS

   Are you unsure how to prepare for your first (or even your 23rd) clinical experience? Do you feel excited, but also nervous, each time you approach your assigned hospital? Perhaps 10 Tips for Making the Most of Clinical Rotations can help. This article includes information on communicating with your preceptor and recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, among other tips. Find it here

PUBLIC HEALTH: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

   In general, nurses who choose public health want to be of service to the underserved in our communities. If you think you may(or know you will) be interested in a public health career, you may wonder about specific types of jobs in the field. In The Unique Niche (and Diverse Roles) for Public Health Nurses, Public Health/Seattle-King County offers “official insights from staff” that may assist you in determining your career goals. Click here.

GETTING STARTED:  IT'S IMPORTANT TO JOIN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

   Nursing Students of Washington State (NSWS) is a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and is supported in part by 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. Get more information here
 

UW MEDICINE PROVIDES GUIDE TO NURSING RESUME

   One of the astute KCNA scholarship recipients has made us aware of a resource available from UW Medicine. Resume Tips provides helpful information on how to write an effective resume, including how to apply at UW using UWHIRES. The guide is available here

NURSE BLAKE BLOG PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
 
   If you haven't yet experienced Nurse Blake’s Blog, you might like to take a look. For students, Nurse Blake includes resources such as "how to prepare for the NCLEX," "how to rock your clinicals" and "nursing resumes: top 10 tips." Check out the blog here.  

   A graduate of University of Central Florida, Nurse Blake bills himself as an "advocate for nurses and patients." His website includes some fun informational videos.