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

Would you like to submit an article for The Buzz? Contact Rose Williamson at


Nursing Students: Join KCNA to Celebrate

National Nurses Week

One student from each nursing school in King County attends FREE!

(See “Free student ticket” below.)

About the event:  King County Nurses Association will host its Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet on Thursday, May 11, 5:30-9 p.m. at Ballard Bay Club (on Shilshole Bay). This festive evening includes:

 Free student ticket: These are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, one per nursing school. If you are interested, email Be sure to include what nursing school you attend.

 Join us! Regular student registrations for this event are discounted: just $30 per student. We’d love to have you!

Click here for more information and to register.

Here’s One Way YOU Can Help the Homeless

Students are welcome to help the KCNA Neighborhood Health Special Interest Group (NHSIG), which works throughout the county on projects that have positive impact on the homeless. Attend the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 5:30-8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. This meeting will include a presentation about Teen Feed, a local organization working directly with homeless youth. A representative will give the group an overview of their work and how nurses and students might be involved as volunteers. The meeting will include discussion of other NHSIG projects as well. Participation is FREE. Register.

Have an OUTSTANDING Professor or Clinical Instructor?

Consider noinating him or her for a Shining Star Award from KCNA! First, email to make sure he/she is a KCNA member. Then download the nomination form here, complete it and submit by April 1. The form is quick and easy to complete. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet on May 11. 


This Year's Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

As a nurse, you are (or will be) especially concerned with patient safety. The ECRI Institute has released its "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2017." The annual report is based on data from ECRI Institute's Patient Safety Organization, concerns raised by provider organizations and expert judgment and is intended to help provider organizations prioritize issues and create corrective action plans.

ECRI Institute's 10 picks this year are:  

 1. Information management in EHRs

 2. Unrecognized patient deterioration

 3. Implementation and use of clinical decision support

 4. Test result reporting and follow-up

 5. Antimicrobial stewardship

 6. Patient identification

 7. Opioid administration and monitoring in acute care

 8. Behavioral health issues in non-behavioral-health settings

 9. Management of new oral anticoagulants

 10. Inadequate organization systems or processes to improve safety and quality

More information available at  

Need Inspiration? Find it Here!

It really wasn’t that long ago that Pauline Lao was pretty much right where many of you are now – working toward a nursing degree, struggling to gain as much clinical experience as possible, watching every dollar. Today she holds a DNP/ARNP and is midway through a fellowship in geriatrics and palliative care. A nurse profile of Pauline appeared in the last issue of Advocate, a newsletter for KCNA members. Read the profile here.

It’s Never Too Soon to Think about Interviews

If you are getting close to graduation (or even if you are not), your thoughts may be turning to getting that plum starting position. If so, you may be interested in this article, about “the one interview question you need to ask.” True, it’s more focused on those with experience in nursing, but may have important information for new graduates as well.

One Interview Question You Need to Ask to Land the Perfect Job

By Kristen Walker (with thanks to Nurse Innovator)

Land your next healthcare job today!

You know how to rock a healthcare job interview. You’ve read up on the most-asked questions, practiced your responses, picked out your most professional outfit and studied the company’s website.

And that will all serve you well — to a point. Because you’re not just trying to land any job; you want the right job for you. The position that’s going to excite, fulfill and energize you each day. You want to find a workplace where you belong and where you can make an impact using your natural talents and strengths.  Read more.