BUZZ enews


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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A special welcome from Antwinett Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN, president of KCNA

Hello nursing students, happy new year and welcome back to your new quarter of nursing school! With the fresh start of the new year in mind, let me offer some thoughts and tips I've come to value during my many years in nursing -- as a nursing student and working with nursing students. If I repeat any of the great tips offered in articles below, you can bet those are especially important! 

   *  Slow down and take time to breathe!

   * Ask for help early if you need it. Don't wait until you are feeling overwhelmed.

   *  Form friendships and study groups within our cohort.

   *  Practice your best study habits. Avoid last-minute completion of assignments. 

   *  Seek deeper understanding, rather than just good grades.

   *  Form partnerships with your professors and clinical instructors. Keep the lines of communication open.

   *  Trust the process and know that you will succeed if you apply yourself

   *  Try to have fun learning concepts as opposed to memorizing material.

   *  Enjoy the process!

I wish you all the very best during the term, and throughout your nursing school experience.


Students and RNs Attend Together: Educational Events from KCNA!

KCNA offers a number of continuing education events each year, and nursing students are WELCOME to attend. Registration fees are discounted for students, but KCNA also needs volunteers at these events. If you would like to volunteer (and attend a program free), email
Check deadlines below and register for all programs at


Dinner Seminar: Human Trafficking   
Thursday, January 25, 5:30-8 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
2-hour Certificate of Completion  
   This session will raise awareness regarding the prevalence, risk factors and health consequences of sex trafficking, with speaker Kelly Martin-Vegue, RN, MSW, Center for Children & Youth Justice. Register by January 22. 


Seminar: Ethics & Health Equity
Saturday, February 10, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
4-hour Certificate of Completion
   This workshop will feature three interactive sessions exploring ethics, upscaling social justice practice for health equity and value-based care, and mindfulness. Speakers include: Anne Poppe, PhD, MN, BSN, BA, RN; Doris M. Boutain, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC; and Christine Prenovitz, MSW, E-RYT. Register by February 5.



District Meeting:  Conversation with new WSNA Executive Director
Wednesday, February 28 
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
1.5-hour Certificate of Completion
   Sally Watkins, PhD, RN, executive director of Washington State Nurses Association, will speak about current WSNA activities and provide legislative updates for 2018. There will be time for Q&A as well. Register by February 22.

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Health Care Ethics: 
Henrietta Lacks and Beyond
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30-8 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
2.0-hour Certificate of Completion    
   Join Bridget Carney, PhD, RN, healthcare ethicist, to discuss the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in light of related issues of healthcare ethics. Register by March 1 and KCNA will mail you a free copy of the book! Final deadline to register: March 19.




KCNA has scholarships for 2018-19 academic year: Deadline is March 1

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. This spring, KCNA will grant 18 scholarships of $3,000 each for the 2018-19 academic year. Scholarships are available to students in basic programs (leading to initial licensure), accelerated programs, advanced degree programs or RN to Baccalaureate (RNB) programs.

You are eligible to apply for a KCNA scholarship if: 1) you are currently enrolled in a nursing program, 2) your permanent address is in King County OR you are enrolled in a nursing program in King County, and 3) you maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

     The application deadline is March 1; information and application here.    

Scholarships from Washington State Nurses Foundation: Deadline is February 9

Scholarships of $1,000 or more are available from the Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF). Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in approved programs leading to an associate or baccalaureate nursing degree, and must have completed at least 12 credits in the RN program. Graduate applicants must be admitted to an approved graduate nursing program. Each applicant must be either a resident of Washington or enrolled in an approved RN program in Washington.

Access an application by clicking here. Completed applications must be postmarked by February 9, 2018 and award announcements will be made by April 15, 201

National Student Nurses' Association Scholarships: Deadline is February 9

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association General Scholarships are awarded to qualified nursing students. Applicants for these scholarships must be students currently enrolled in a state-approved school of nursing or pre-RN in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma,  and generic advanced degrees. For more information, click here



Survival Guide from Nursing Students’ Association of New York State

You thought you were ready when you applied to nursing school and were thrilled when you were accepted--but now you may be wondering what you've gotten yourself into enrolling in nursing school. No need to worry. There are plenty of nursing student resources and advice available to help guide you through the challenging, but fun experience. Here are 10 nursing school tips to get you started.

[Ed. Note: To name a few tips: work on time management, be realistic, ask for help, and work with other students.]

Read more tips and details here


Nurses Health Study Looks to Next Generation

From the dangers of tobacco and trans-fats to the benefits of physical activity and whole grains, much of what we know about health today is thanks to the Nurses' Health Study. More than 250,000 nurses have participated since the 1970s. Now, researchers want to recruit 100,000 nurses and nursing students to join the study (nursing students between 19 and 46 years of age, in the U.S. or Canada, are eligible). Recruitment will be open until the goal of 100,000 participants is reached.

Interested in becoming a part of the "next generation" of this historic study? Join online and complete surveys through the secure website at The future of health care depends on you!



Nursing Shortage? Get the Facts

Here's a fact: there's a shortage of nurses -- and it's going to grow in the years ahead. Read the facts below:

Fact 1:  RNs account for 2.6 million jobs in US, expected to swell to 3.2 million

Fact 2:  Nursing is the fastest growing occupation in the US

Fact 3:  Doctor’s offices will need most nurses

Fact 4:  By 2020, US will face a shortage of 800,000 nurses.

Fact 5:  Older US population plus more nurses retiring equals not enough nurses

Fact 6:  More new nurses are getting advanced degrees

Wondering why there's a shortage, and what can be done about it? Read the details here



Bedside Manner: It’s more than holding a hand

As we all know, having a good bedside manner helps build a trusting relationship with patients. In class, our professors explain how we should behave at a patient’s bedside. They tell us to be kind, caring and respectful. Hearing this instruction at school is helpful, but being able to practice it face-to-face with patients is an invaluable lesson.

I am in my last clinical rotation at NewYork-Presbyterian, and what I have learned through nursing school and from my mentor is that patients want to know you respect them and genuinely care. They feel vulnerable while in the hospital and sometimes do not understand the terminology used by healthcare professionals. Often, patients’ family members feel a similar sense of vulnerability — and helplessness. Having a good bedside manner can help us ease their feelings of vulnerability and tackle their challenges.

Here are some tips to developing a good bedside manner. . . 

Read the rest of the article here. Thank you to and author Kristen Ponticelli for this content, originally titled "A Good Bedside Manner is an Invaluable Tool."


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Nursing Students Unite: Promote Best Practices 

Nursing Students of Washington State is the state chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and an independent organization supported in part by the Washington State Nurses Association. The purpose of the group 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.



Social Media and Your Nursing Career

Social media can be a powerful tool for boosting your nursing career. It can also hold you back if you don't know how to use it properly. Read on to learn what you need to know about using social media as part of your nursing career. Read the article here. With thanks to the American Nurses Association Career Center staff.