IENA Newsletter March 2014
IENA Newsletter: March 2014

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In this Issue


Message from the President


IENA Elections


Award Nominations


Upcoming Events


Cert/Recert Scholarships


Spring Gala 2014


New IENA Members




Job Posting Policy


IENA Information



Board of Directors












Upcoming Events


Annual Spring Gala 2014


National Nurse Week Events

(May 6-12, 2014)


LUC "Dinner on Us" 2014


Slate of IENA Candidates to be Announced (June 2014)


For more, visit our EVENTS page.


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Scholarship Opportunity



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. Click here to complete the application.


Providing for the Continuing Professional Development of Nurses


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Your IENA Dollars at Work


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead


Along with providing professional development and influencing the legislative process, the IENA Board of Directors takes seriously the importance of financially supporting local and national philanthropic efforts. IENA member dollars contributed in 2013 include:

  • $250 Cleveland Visiting Scholar.

  • $250 United Services Organization.

  • $250 NAFCON (victims of typhoon in Philippines).

  • $250 Operation Dog Tag.

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IENA Job Posting Policy

Nursing job postings may be posted on the IENA website at no cost to the employer since this provides an important service to the IENA membership. A committee of 2-3 board members shall review all postings before uploaded to the web site. IENA may work with WSNA to include links for jobs with national companies. Job postings will not be solicited; jobs forwarded by board members and local nursing schools may be posted. The Administrative Secretary shall contact employers monthly to determine if jobs are still open. Disclaimer: This service is provided as a service to our members but IENA does not endorse or recommend any employer. View our current job postings >


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New IENA 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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Message from the President

My fellow colleagues and IENA members,

IENA President Bobbi WoodwardIt is a pleasure serving the greater Spokane community this year as President of IENA. It has been a busy and exciting year, with many activities and learning opportunities for our members.


Annual Legislative Reception

As the 4th District of the Washington State Nurses Association, the Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) was proud to host our annual Legislative Reception in October 2013 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. This event is always a huge success for area nurses, as many of our local and state representatives attend. It gives them a chance to share their legislative views, priorities, and overall agenda with local nurses, as well as giving our nurses and the nursing community a chance to dialogue with our legislators, asking questions and offering feedback to our representatives in a neutral setting. This event ensures our presence is felt at the local, state, and federal levels, helping achieve a voice for our nursing specific priorities in the political arena.


WSNA Nurse Legislative Day

IENA also took part in Nurse Legislative Day this year by chartering a bus to Olympia for local nurses and student nurses on February 24th. We prepared in the morning by attending a seminar that taught us about key legislative issues central to WSNA's platform. These included Safe Staffing/Real Rest breaks, Toxic Free Kids and Families, Public Health Nurses Dispensing Act, and increased support for School nurses (SNOW). Budget priorities include increased public health funding for maternity support services, maintenance of nursing education funding for scholarships and faculty retention and recruitment, as well as continued enhanced reimbursement for ARNPs to provide optimal primary care under the ACA health reform laws. This informational session led into the morning breakout sessions, covering such topics as Grassroots, Public Health Nursing, School Nursing Priorities, Running for Political Office, Environmental Health Priorities, and ARNP Reimbursement, Legislative and Regulatory Issues. We were then invited to visit "The Hill," where we met with legislators and their aides from our registered voting districts to discuss our position on the key legislative and budget priorities we had learned about earlier. This experience is always well received by both legislators and participants alike, and we look forward to continuing this tradition annually.


CE Workshop & Dinner

On March 17th, Lori Brown, RN-BC, PhD, CCRN, CNE and her colleagues facilitated a lively discussion centered on horizontal violence and incivility in the workplace. Attendees earned 2.0 contact hours. Many positive remarks were noted, and we thank Lori for her time and expertise in leading this continuing education opportunity for our area nurses.


Spring Gala, May 8, 2014

5:30 PM Award & Scholarship Deadline 4/1/14

Looking ahead to May, we offer our Spring Gala, an annual celebration of nurses, and all the work they do, during National Nurses Week. It begins at 5:30 PM on May 8, 2014 in the Skyline Ballroom at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. This special event is FREE to all members and includes dinner, scholarship and award presentations, along with keynote speaker Karen Bowman from WSNA. Ms. Bowman will give a presentation on Nurse Wellness and Stress Management, offering 1 contact hour. Non-members will be charged $20 to help cover the cost for providing dinner. We will also be awarding scholarships and recognizing area nurses with awards. To apply for a scholarship, click here. To nominate a colleague for an award, click here. Application deadline for scholarships and awards is 4/1/14.


We are always looking for fresh faces to serve on our board of directors. Please consider volunteering with us. For more information, please read the following Elections article.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through the IENA office at


Thank you and best wishes for a beautiful Spring!


Bobbi Woodward BSN, RN

IENA President


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IENA Elections 2014

IENA ballots will be mailed in early July 2014. We ask that all members take a few minutes to please CAST YOUR BALLOT! Return ballots must be postmarked by July 31, 2014 to be valid. Click here for the Election Flyer (PDF, 80 KB).


Board Vacancies

Positions open for this year's election are listed below. The time commitment is minimal, as the board meets the first Monday of the month for just one hour (excluding July and August).

  • IENA Elections 2014 (Flyer)President-elect (2 years, 1 as President-elect & 1 as President)

  • Vice President (2-year term)

  • Secretary (2-year term)

  • Treasurer (2-year term)

  • Director at Large (3 positions open; 2-year term)

  • Occupational Group Directors (5 positions open; 1-year term)

    • Community/Public Health

    • Education

    • Independent Practice

    • General Duty

    • Nursing Mgt

  • Nominating Committee (2)

We have great diversity on the board and continue to strive to bring a variety of educational opportunities to our members.


If you or a colleague is interested in serving in one of the positions listed above, please contact Administrative Secretary JoAnn Kaiser at the IENA office at 509-328-8288 or send an email to


For detailed information about the responsibilities of each position, click here to view our Bylaws regarding Board of Directors Responsibilities.


Please Note: Candidates must be a WSNA member or join WSNA when nominated.


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IENA Award Nominations

Outstanding nurses in our community are recognized with awards presented at the Annual Spring Gala on May 8, 2014. 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, visit our Awards page.


The deadline for nominations is extended to April 1, 2014.


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.


Excellence 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 nomination process, please contact our Awards Committee Chair Lisa Miklush at


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IENA Annual Spring Gala

Join us in honoring all nurses during National Nurses Week!


IENA Annual Spring GalaThursday, May 8, 2014


Red Lion Hotel Skyline Ballroom, Spokane.

FREE for WSNA members; $20 for non-members.

  • Includes dinner.

  • Scholarship & Award Presentations.

  • Keynote speaker: Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S will give a presentation on "Nurse Wellness & Stress Management." Ms. Brown is an Environment Health Specialist with WSNA. "Nurse Wellness & Stress Management" has been approved for 1 contact hour. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CEP 14441 for 1.0 contact hour. Karen R. Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S CEP Provider 14441 for this course.

Register for the Spring Gala >


Spring Gala Flyer (PDF, 30 KB).


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IENA Information

About IENAThe 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, Annual Nurse Celebration Event, Education, Finance, and Nominations. Most of the committees have a limited involvement of time.


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