Central Washington Region Nurses Association (CWRNA):

CWRNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered with the state of Washington. CWRNA is also a region of Washington State Nurses Association, encompassing Yakima and Kittitas counties. CWRNA supports members through social and educational activities; Creating leadership opportunities for members; Creating opportunities to discuss practice and career issues; Supporting members in community service roles.

****Note: Please watch your email for notices from cwrna.org about an upcoming vote. In November, 2021, you will receive a ballot to A) approve or not approve our proposed Bylaws (see below), B) approve or not approve a $3.75 per month dues taken out with your local WSNA dues, and C) vote in a new Board of Directors****

Current CE Opportunities:

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On November 30th from 0800-1000: Nurses at the bedside know that staffing levels have reached crisis levels due to burnout, moral injury and hospi­tals’ failure to take action to retain nurses. But even before the pandemic, so many of us were stretched to the limit, forced to take too many patients and work long shifts without a break. 

We need more than a quick fix – we need action to ensure safe staffing now and in the future.

The Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare invites you to join your fellow union nurses across Washington state for WSNA Nurses Unite for Safe Staffing! This free event will be held virtu­ally on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8 – 10 a.m.

At this event you will:

  • Learn about WSNA’s efforts in coali­tion with other health care unions to create account­ability with enforce­able laws and staffing standards every hospital must meet.
  • Find out how you can take action to achieve safe staffing on every unit, in every hospital in Washington state and ensure that hospi­tals take every avail­able measure to ensure our commu­ni­ties receive the care they deserve.
  • Hear from state and national labor leaders about how they are standing behind Washington nurses in our fight for safe staffing.

Featured speakers

  • Randi Weingarten, American Feder­a­tion of Teachers (AFT) presi­dent, will discuss national labor support for safe staffing.
  • Larry Brown, Washington State Labor Council presi­dent, will share how unions in Washington are working together to win safe staffing.
  • April Sims, Washington State Labor Council secre­tary treasurer, will discuss safe staffing through an equity lens.
  • David Keepnews, execu­tive director of WSNA, will share research supporting safe staffing and how nurses can leverage it into meaningful action.
  • Julia Barcott, chair of WSNA’s Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare, will share WSNA efforts to protect and advocate for our nurses on the frontlines.

When and where

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8 — 10 a.m.

This is a virtual, online event.

Cost and registration

This is a free event for WSNA union members. Click on the link below to register:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSNAunite2021

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Transgender Toolbox: Basic Tools to Provide Optimal Care

Saturday, January 29, 2022 9:00am – 11:30am via Zoom

Description:

Research indicates that transgender people, especially people with disabilities and people of color, are at risk for lower mental and physical health outcomes when compared with the general population.

Healthcare professionals work as a team to support diverse patient populations.  It is essential to educate each member of the team in areas of treatment and cultural differences that impact care.  However, studies show that most healthcare providers receive little to no training on transgender health issues.

This presentation will lay a foundation of knowledge, enabling clinicians to leave the session with tools that can be implemented directly into care across the continuum. By achieving a greater competency in transgender health topics, participants will be empowered to advocate for the unique needs of transgender patients that may impact their health outcomes.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

· Explain basic terminology relating to transgender people.·      Identify medical and social issues that may impact healthcare for transgender patients.·      Identify and implement at least 3 strategies to create a safe and therapeutic space for transgender patients.

Who Should Participate: Registered Nurses

Cost:· WSNA Members: No charge. This event has been organized and sponsored by CWRNA and the other WSNA Regions.·      Nonmembers: $45

Registration Deadline: January 24, 2022

After Registration: Participants will receive a Zoom link invitation to the event.

https://kcnurses.org/index.php?mact=KcnEvents,cntnt01,default,0&cntnt01cmd=details&cntnt01eid=108&cntnt01returnid=27

·      Upon evaluation submission, participants will receive a certificate of completion for 2.5 hours that meets the continuing competency requirement for license renewal in Washington State

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Ongoing VIRTUAL: How nurses can use data to Improve Quality of Care

Click on the following link for more info: https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/webinars/how-nurses-can-use-data-to-improve-quality-of-care-631fc6c4/

“This pre-recorded webinar, presented by one of the leaders in the hospital informatics field, will walk nurses through the process so they can confidently understand how to utilize data in their day-to-day decisions.”

As a member of WSNA, you are automatically a member of ANA. The member price is $30, but if you show proof of completion, CWRNA will reimburse you $10. Please email the_team@cwrna.org or contact the office for tuition reimbursement.

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Ongoing VIRTUAL: ANA COVID-19 Webinar Series (FREE) https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/ana-covid-19-webinar-series-free/

“You need information on COVID-19 from PPE to ethical dilemmas. ANA’s Membership Team initiated this Webinar Series in March 2020 as an immediate response to the global pandemic. This product provides you access to the series in one location with the opportunity to earn CNE credit.” Free for ANA members.

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In 2022: We will focus on financial Assistance for future nurses and current members:

  • Scholarships
  • Certifications
  • Continuing Education
  • Member Projects

Our scholarship Fund

  • In 2022 we will set up a process to award tuition assistance to some deserving nursing student.

About CWRNA

  • Contact CWRNA email The_team@cwrna.org
  • Articles of Incorporation for CWRNA
  • Proposed Bylaws of CWRNA