IENA Newsletter: Summer 2017
IENA Newsletter: Summer 2017

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In this Issue


Message from the President

Cert/Recert Scholarships

Treasurer Report

2017 IENA Elections


Upcoming Events

New IENA Members


IENA Information


Board of Directors




Upcoming Events 

Annual Legislative Reception

The Spokane Club, October 18, 2017 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. More details will be provided as they become available.


For more, visit our EVENTS page.


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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 $300.00 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.


Scholarships were given recently to the following individuals:


Jill Zuetrong, RN

Inpatient Obstetric Nurse

$275 issued 3/2/17


Kylie Mumma, RN

Inpatient Obstetric Nurse

$275 issued 3/23/17


Jillene Beach, RN


$300 issued 3/31/17


Coza Gigler, RN

Inpatient Obstetric Nurse

$275 issued 4/17/17


Gail Anderson, RN


$300 issued 6/5/17


Providing for the Continuing Professional Development of Nurses


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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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Social Media


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Message from the President


The Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) has had a busy and exciting spring. Our two-hour CE brunch and workshop on March 18th featuring speaker Connie Davis was held at the Spokane Club and was well attended. This excellent presentation "Communication for Better Collaboration," gave us insight into motivational interviewing. We were given the opportunity to practice these techniques and understand how to apply them to clinical and family settings.


The annual Spring Gala was held at the Red Lion River Inn on May 9th. After a delicious dinner, we awarded five $1,000 scholarships to recipients who are furthering their nursing education:  Jamie Abrahamson, Teresa Bigand, Annalisa Brombach, Elena Butova and Cassandra Dubbels. A very special award went to Ruth Bryant, PhD, RN, CWOCN for "Excellence in Research." Ruth works on 7 South at Sacred Heart Medical Center and has been instrumental in the project to reduce compassion fatigue in oncology nurses. Following scholarship and award presentations, there was a short business meeting during which updated bylaws were passed.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation given by Eva Marquette from "Fresh Vue." Eva spoke on "Internal Clarity for External Clarity: Know What You Mean So You Mean What You Say," in which she shared some tools to enhance our ability to communicate authentically with mind sight and greater self-awareness.

To view pictures from the Spring Gala, click here. To read the Annual Business Meeting Minutes held during the gala, click here.


The board of directors invited the local unit chairs (LUC) and co-chairs for our Annual LUC Dinner at Anthony's. This gave us an opportunity to hear and understand various issues important to our local unit members. Working with and serving our membership is IENA's top priority.


Your IENA board of directors has developed a new program for our members. It is called "Mini-Grant for Community Based Health Projects." To learn more about the program, click here.


Mark your calendar NOW for the Annual IENA Legislative Reception. The reception will be held at the Spokane Club on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 between 5:30-8:00 PM. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your concerns and issues with local legislators and city leaders, as well as networking with your nursing colleagues.


Lastly, is voting. The ballot will be emailed to you by July 1, 2017. Please take a moment and vote for new IENA board members and the nominating committee. Your engagement in this process is paramount!

Enjoy your summer and be good to yourself!

Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RN

President, Inland Empire Nurses Association


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Treasurer Report by Sue Glass, RN, MS, BSN

Due to prudent management of our financial assets by prior Boards and Investment Committees, we are pleased to report that District 4 (IENA) is financially healthy. During 2016, our investment account realized an increase in value of nearly $10,000. Therefore, in the fall when the Board approved our 2017 budget, we all agreed that we should take that income and invest it in you, our membership. To do that we increased the amount of money budgeted for educational scholarships, and we agreed to invest up to $10,000 to help our membership attend the WSNA Convention that was held last month, May 3-5, by offering scholarships of $500-$750 per member. We are pleased to report that nine members applied for and were approved for these scholarships, which will be used to reimburse some of their expenses. Also, we just approved a plan to offer grants of up to $500 to help nurses provide community health projects. The Mini-Grant application is available on the IENA website (click here to open the application). We have agreed to fund at least three such grants per year, but if we get additional applications for these so-called "mini-grants," then the Board may agree to budget more money for these projects. Finally, we continue to provide scholarships to members to reimburse them for the cost of being certified in their area of nursing specialty (up to $300).

As of 4/30/2017, our accounts show these balances:

  • $45.31 petty cash

  • $17,254.78 checking

  • $12,013.33 savings

  • $117,273.24 investments

If you have any questions about IENA finances, please contact me at

By Sue Glass, RN, MS, BSN

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2017 IENA Elections

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).

  • President-elect (2 years, 1 as President-elect & 1 as President) - VACANT

  • Secretary (2-year term) - Normandie Enderton

  • Treasurer (2-year term) - Sue Glass

  • Director at Large (1 position open; 2-year term) - VACANT

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

    • Community/Public Health - Peggy Slider

    • Education - Teresa Bigand

    • Independent Practice - VACANT

    • General Duty - VACANT

    • Nursing Management - Andrea Schlesser-Dury

  • Nominating Committee (3 positions open; 2-year term)

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 before June 29, 2017. For detailed information about the responsibilities of each position, click here. Candidates must be a WSNA member or join WSNA when nominated.


IENA ballots will be sent in early July, and we ask that all members take a few minutes to please CAST YOUR BALLOT! Return ballots must be received by July 31, 2017 to be valid.

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

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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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