IENA Newsletter December 2012

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Message from the President


My fellow colleagues and IENA members,

IENA President Vivian Hill

Officially, my term as President started in November but has been a work in progress with Louanne Hausmann as my predecessor and mentor. Louanne has been a great motivator and colleague to work with on the IENA Board of Directors (BOD). We hit it off at the first meeting I attended several years ago. I look forward to an exciting and inspirational year serving as your IENA President.


IENA supports several events throughout the year including Nurse Legislative Day in February, a CE event in March, the Annual Spring Gala in May, and the Legislative Reception in October. A charter bus is rented for Nurse Legislative Day so more nurses and nursing students can meet with their legislators and observe the legislative process in Olympia. A priority of the BOD is to provide appropriate continuing education for nurses in our community to earn CE hours. This is a complicated process, but it has been our goal to provide this opportunity at nominal cost. The Annual Spring Gala is a delightful event to honor the excellent work nurses do every day in our community. IENA is known to have one of the best Legislative Receptions in the area with excellent attendance and participation of candidates and incumbents. You will find more information about these events in this newsletter.


IENA is proud to donate $1,000 a year to charity. The board will soon decide which charities to support this year.


I hope you all had a great day to give thanks, and may your holidays be safe and happy.


Vivian Hill, RN, CNOR

IENA President



Newly elected officers took over in November, with Vivian Hill assuming the role of President following one year as President-elect. Bobbi Woodward is the new President-elect, and immediate Past President Louanne Hausmann is Vice President. The IENA Board welcomes Kathleen Brown and Libby Zadra, both serving as Director-at-Large. Former Education Director, Lynnette Vehrs is also serving as a Director-at-Large. Lisa Miklush took over the Education Director position in November. Peggy Slider was appointed to serve as the Director of Community/Public Health.


The positions below are currently open:

  • Board Secretary

  • Director-at-Large (1)

  • Independent Practice Rep (CRNA, ARNP, etc)

  • Nursing Management Rep (Administration)

  • Nominating Committee (1)

Your professional experience is invaluable in promoting the nursing profession and advocating for health and safety in our community. Please consider becoming involved with your local district. If interested, contact IENA's Administrative Secretary JoAnn Kaiser at




WSNA Nurse Legislative Day, Monday, February 11, 2013.

The Inland Empire Nurses Association invites you to participate in WSNA's Annual Nurse Legislative Day on Monday, February 11, 2013. This is a great opportunity to learn how to advocate for your profession and all patients in Washington State. You will also have the opportunity to voice your concerns regarding nursing issues to state legislators.


There are three steps to register:

  1. WSNA Registration Click here to download and complete the registration form.

  2. Hotel reservation for Sunday night, February 10, 2013 - Click here for hotel information.

  3. IENA charter bus - To reserve a seat on the bus (max 55 people), click here to complete online registration form and send a $10 check payable to IENA and mail to:


222 W Mission, Suite 231, Spokane, WA 99201

Questions? Call 509-328-8288

For additional information about bus departure and return times, click here for event flyer.


CE Event "Culture of Safety," March 13, 2013.

Plan to join us on March 13 for WSNA's "Culture of Safety" CE workshop presented by Sally Watkins. The workshop will include dinner and offer 3 CEs. Cost is $20/person. The event will be held at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park Skyline Ballroom. Watch for registration information on our web site in early January.


Annual Spring Gala, May 6, 2013.

Join us in honoring all nurses during National Nurses Week. We will again enjoy the spectacular springtime view from the Skyline Ballroom at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. This special FREE event includes dinner, along with scholarship and award presentations. Keynote speaker Maggie Meyers, CRNA, will give a 1 CE presentation on "Ethics." Ms. Meyers is the Program Director at the Sacred Heart Medical Center/Gonzaga University School of Nurse Anesthesia.


If you would like to apply for a scholarship, criteria are posted on the Scholarship page of IENA's web site. Likewise, to nominate a colleague for an award, check the Awards page on our web site.


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The annual Legislative Reception at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park Skyline Ballroom was well-attended on October 23rd. Over 100 nurses and nursing students heard nearly twenty candidates and incumbents speak on current healthcare issues affecting nurses and patients in our community and across the state.


Our animated outgoing President Louanne Hausmann opened the evening by expressing her deep gratitude for serving IENA this past year, and her intention is to continue her involvement in the future. President Hausmann read a letter from Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Inslee who was unable to attend the event. WSNA President Julia Weinberg was then introduced and was very complimentary about the excellent attendance and continued success of IENA's Annual Legislative Reception.


Sophia Aragon JD, RN, WSNA Senior Government Affairs Advisor, provided information on WSNA's support of certain candidates. She pointed out the process is bipartisan and based on candidates' views regarding nursing and healthcare issues. Ms. Aragon emphasized the importance of nurse constituents to keep in contact with their legislators regarding healthcare issues.


Since each candidate and incumbent was only given five minutes to speak, it was decided not to include their bio when introduced. Speakers were very gracious about staying within their five-minute time allotment and focused on healthcare issues. In the future, we will suggest to the IENA board that we post links to their bios on the IENA web site prior to the event.


2012 Legislative Reception

2012 Legislative Reception

Click here to view photo gallery from event.


The event was cosponsored by the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WANA) and the Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane (NPGS). WANA's Ellen Kraus-Schaffer, CRNA, (Past Board of Director, Current Public Relations & Wellness Committees) and NPGS President Katherina Choka, ARNP, FNP-C, both addressed the group as well.


City Council Member Amber Waldref was unable to attend, but sent word that same day that funding through the new federal affordable care act will help continue the best practice work of the nurse-family partnership at the health district, increasing home visits to at risk families in Spokane - great news!


The evening concluded with networking among attendees and politicians. We heard from one candidate that our event is one the most respected in Spokane because of our excellent attendance and, of course, that food is provided.


We hope to see you at the 2013 Legislative Reception next October!


Vivian Hill, RN, CNOR

IENA President


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Consistent with the goals of supporting nursing education in District 4, as well as supporting members of the Association, the Inland Empire Nurses Association will award $1,000 scholarship (s) annually to registered nurses who are ADN, BSN, MSN or PhD candidates or applying for RN specialty certification.


Criteria for RN Applicant

  1. Hold a current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license.

  2. Member of WSNA/IENA in good standing.

  3. Has successfully completed at least one year of an accredited online or campus-based AAS, BSN, MSN, PhD or Doctorate program.

  4. Currently carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 in current nursing program.

  5. If applying for specialty certification, items 3 and 4 above do not apply.

  6. Demonstrated commitment to nursing as a profession as evidenced in applicant’s Goal Statement and in letters of recommendation.


Criteria for Non-RN Nursing Student Applicant

  1. Has successfully completed at least one year in an accredited ADN or BSN program.

  2. Currently carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 in current nursing program.

  3. Demonstrated commitment to nursing as a profession as evidenced in applicant’s Goal Statement and in letters of recommendation.



  1. Submit a completed, typed Scholarship Application Form to be received no later than March 1, 2013 to the address below:


Scholarship Committee

Inland Empire Nurses Association

222 W Mission, Suite 231

Spokane, WA 99201


Alternatively, the application may be completed electronically by clicking here; e-mail application to the District office at

  1. Arrange for two typed letters of recommendation to be received by the Scholarship Committee no later than March 1, 2013. The letters of recommendation should address the student’s work ethic and commitment to nursing as a profession. A current faculty member from the student’s school of nursing should write at least one letter. A faculty member or another professional colleague should write the other letter.

  2. Submit a copy of the most current grade report including cumulative GPA.

  3. Scholarship will be awarded at the Annual Spring Gala in May.

  4. A Curriculum Vitae may be submitted in place of the academic education and professional experience sections of the Scholarship Application Form.


If you have questions, please contact our Scholarship Committee Chair Lisa Miklush at



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WSNA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA (as reported by Richard Burton, WSNA Political Action Coordinator, 11/27/12): "Our key agenda-setting body, The Legislative and Health Policy Council, met a few weeks ago and made some decisions on our 2013 legislative agenda. Though there are still some elements undetermined at this point, the main contours of our agenda are set:

  • We will continue to fight to defend the Health Safety Net.

  • We will continue to advocate for Public Health funding.

  • We will also run a bill to improve staffing conditions for nurses in hospitals by setting minimum staffing standards and empowering our currently-existing hospital staffing committees (this will be similar to the bill we ran last year, i.e., Senate Bill 6307).

Please keep in mind that we're still working on other legislative items, and that the language of these three elements is, like contract language, subject to revision."



Plan to attend this inspiring event and enjoy networking with nurses from across the state. The event will be held at the Pacific Northwest Tulalip Resort Casino, just 30 minutes from Downtown Seattle. For more information, click here.


Please note that you do not need to be a WSNA member to attend, but you DO need to be a member to vote in the various elections that will take place during the convention (including resolutions and election of officers). Click here for the registration form.


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In this Issue:

Message from the President

Dates of Interest

Cert/Recert Scholarships

2012 Legislative Reception

News from WSNA

IENA Award Nominations

IENA Scholarships

New IENA Members

IENA Information


2012-2013 Board of Directors:






January 2013: LUC Dinner on Us

February 11, 2013: Nurse Legislative Day

March 13, 2013: CE "Culture of Safety"

May 1-3, 2013: State Nurses Convention

May 6, 2013: Annual Spring Gala





Scholarship Opportunity for Certification Review Class, Exam, or Recertification Exam


The Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for members completing a certification review class, certification exam, or recertification exam. A maximum scholarship amount of $250.00 is available throughout the year while funding allows. It is available to all WSNA members with proof of completion of a certification review class, certification exam, or recertification exam, and a copy of your receipt for completing this certification.


NOTE: Funding is depleted for 2012. However, the IENA Board of Directors allocated funding to support these scholarships again in 2013.


If you wish to apply, please note that your certification must be earned in the year the application is submitted. Check the IENA web site in early January for the updated application form.


If you have any questions, please e-mail the IENA office at


Providing for the Continuing Professional Development of Nurses


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Outstanding nurses in our community are recognized with awards presented at the Annual Spring Gala on May 6, 2013. If you know of an exceptional nurse who deserves our recognition for one of the awards listed below, please nominate them for an award. For more information and the Nomination Form, click here.


Deadline for nominations is 03/01/13.


Lifetime Achievement Award

The purpose of this award is to honor an IENA member for a lifetime of exemplary dedication and service to nursing and/or outstanding contribution to nursing.


Excellent in Nursing Leadership Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for outstanding achievement and contributions to the:

  • Professional association

  • Profession

  • Health care system

  • Community

Excellence in Nursing Practice Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for his/her excellence in nursing practice. Any area of nursing practice may be submitted such as:

  • Hospital

  • Community

  • Consultants

  • Mental health

  • Home health care

  • School

  • Public health

  • Long-term care

  • Education

  • Other

  • Office

  • Midwife

  • Independent practice

  • Nurse anesthetist

  • Nurse lawyer

  • Military

Excellence in Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for outstanding achievement and contribution in furthering nursing research by having:

  • Communicated own research findings

  • Promoted and facilitated research in less experienced individuals

If you have questions about the awards nomination process, please contact our Awards Committee Chair Lisa Miklush at


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Welcome new members!


Click here for the new IENA Members list.


We hope that some of our newest members will join us in promoting IENA by becoming Committee and/or Board members in the future.


We encourage all members to visit our official website for more information on becoming involved in the association and for current events planned by IENA.


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The Inland Empire Nurses Association is District 4 of the Washington State Nurses Association. For information on membership Registered Nurses should call WSNA at 1-800-231-8482 or the IENA office at (509) 328-8288 or e-mail


The Inland Empire Nurses Association Office is located at 222 W. Mission Ste. 231 in the Garden Court Building. Please call 509-328-8288 before visiting to ensure a staff member is on hand to greet you.


Tax-free contribution or memorial remembrances in the name of a loved one may be mailed to: Inland Empire Nurses Association, 222 W. Mission, STE 231, Spokane, WA 99201.


The Association News is published quarterly by the Inland Empire Nurses Association, 222 W. Mission, Box 231, Spokane, WA 99201, a non-profit organization. Information on advertising rates may be obtained by calling 509-328-8288.


If you are interested in serving on a Association committee please call the office at 509-328-8288.


Committees: Scholarship, Awards, Legislative Reception, Yearly Nurse Celebration Event, Education, Finance, and Nominations. Most of the committees have a limited involvement of time.


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