Message from the President

IENA President Michele SliderHappy Holidays!

I hope you are all enjoying the onset of winter in the Inland Empire. Snowflakes are flying, and the holidays are upon us. We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

IENA hosted our annual Legislative Reception on October 19th at Mukogawa Commons in Spokane with the support of our local partners, the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WANA) and Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane (NPGS). Approximately 100 nurses, students, and guests attended, listening to and engaging with 16 legislators and candidates as well as nursing leaders from WANA, NPGS, and Sofia Aragon (WSNA). What a great opportunity for us to hear from Representatives about issues affecting healthcare in our communities. It also provided those attending the chance to educate our current and future elected leaders about nursing issues and patient care concerns.

Excellent food and drink, stimulating conversations, and opportunities to learn! What a wonderful evening, especially during this historic election when we celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote in Washington State. We hope that those who attended enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed hosting it…and we hope to see you all there next year!

Click here for photos of the 2010 Legislative Reception.

New members joined the IENA Board of Directors in November. New Directors-at-Large are Kim Ward and Bobbi Woodward. Kimberly Parkey is our Community/Public Health Director, and Lynnette Vehrs is our Education Director. Laurie Vessey has moved off the Board and is now a member of the Nominating Committee. If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the IENA Board, please contact us. We welcome your support and assistance.

As plans are made for the New Year, we hope you will join us and participate in some of the events sponsored by your professional organization this Spring.

To learn more about upcoming events, click here. We have an event scheduled every month through April, so please join us.

If you would like to be notified about upcoming events, please visit our Upcoming Events Notification page to send your request.

Michele Slider, RN, MSN

IENA President


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 $200.00 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.

To apply, click here.

A $200 scholarship was awarded to Dana Copenhaver, BSN, who recently completed her CNOR Certification.

Providing for the Continuing Professional Development of Nurses


New IENA Members

IENA is sending new member letters to those who joined WSNA and IENA since September 16, 2010. 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.

Click here for the new IENA Members list.


IENA Information:

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.