IENA Newsletter: Spring 2018
IENA Newsletter: Spring 2018

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In this Issue


Message from the Vice-President

Nurse Legislative Day 2018

2018 IENA Elections

CE Event & IENA Social Media


Upcoming Events

Scholarship Opportunities

New IENA Members


IENA Information


Board of Directors




Upcoming Events 

IENA Spring Gala

May 8, 2018, 5:30-8:00pm at the Red Lion River Inn, Spokane, WA.

Local Unit Chair Dinner

June 4, 2018, 5:30-8:00pm. Anthony's Restaurant, Spokane, WA.

IENA Ballots Due

July 31, 2018.

Annual Legislative Reception

October 18, 2018, 5:30-8:00pm. Spokane Club, Spokane, WA.


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 $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.


Providing for the Continuing Professional Development of Nurses

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


IENA at Facebook





Message from the Vice-President

Welcome to the Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) newsletter. My name is Francesca Castillo and I am IENA Vice President. Since Lori Bailey recently resigned as President, I have taken over as the Acting President until November when new officers start their term. We will miss Lori’s presence, leadership, and knowledge she shared with IENA.

Spring is a busy and productive time for IENA.

CE Workshop and Brunch, March 10, 2018

Our Spring CE event, “Healthy Nursing 2020: Techniques for Improving Personal Sleep, Diet, and Exercise” was co-taught by Teresa Bigand, RN, MSN and Ashley English, RN, BSN and attended by nearly 60 participants. Teresa also serves on the IENA Board as Education Representative.

Constituent Representative Council, April 11, 2018

The Constituent Representative Council meeting was held in Seattle on April 11. There are many proposals and restructuring going on within WSNA. We also had a roundtable update with the presidents/co-chairs in our districts.

WSNA Leadership Summit, April 14, 2018

Spokane Leadership Summit was held at the Red Lion River Inn on April 14. This was a free event to WSNA members and 6 contact hours were given for completing the online evaluation. Topics included 2017 Safe Staffing Law, Violence in the Workplace, and Fighting the Attacks on Workers’ Rights. An update on the Janus Supreme Court Ruling was also presented.

It was wonderful to have WSNA President Jan Bussert, Executive Director Sally Watkins, and Director of Organizing Tara Goode attend the summit.

IENA Annual Spring Gala, May 8, 2018, Red Lion River Inn, 5:30-8:00 PM

Join your colleagues for a celebration to honor nurses! Includes dinner, Annual Business Meeting, and Scholarship and Award Presentations. Keynote speakers are Robin Knaff Baker, RN, BSN, CWON and Kathryn Spurgetis, BSN. Robin and Kathryn will give a one (1) contact hour presentation, "A Nurse's Experience as a Patient." FREE for WSNA members; $20 for non-members. Click here to register for this event. If you have questions, call the IENA office at 509-328-8288.

Annual Local Unit Chair Dinner, June 4, 2018, Anthony’s Restaurant, 6:00-8:00 PM

This is a great opportunity for local unit chairs and co-chairs to network with the IENA Board of Directors about nursing issues and concerns at their facilities. This is a FREE dinner event hosted by IENA. To register, call the IENA office at 509-328-8288.

Annual Legislative Reception, October 18, 2018, Spokane Club, 5:30-8:00 PM

Mark your calendars NOW and plan to attend this important event. Nurses will have the opportunity to network with local and state representatives, community leaders, and nursing colleagues about critical issues facing healthcare today.


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Nurse Legislative Day 2017

2018 WSNA Nurse Legislative Day

By Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RN; IENA Past President

WSNA has proudly represented registered nurses and the nursing profession in Washington State since 1908. For more than 100 years, WSNA has championed issues that support nurses, advance professional standards, and improve the health of individuals and families in Washington. WSNA is the voice for more than 75,000 licensed Registered Nurses including staff nurses, nurse educators, nurse practitioners, school nurses, public health nurses, long-term care nurses, nurse managers, and nurses in many other practice areas.

On January 22, WSNA sponsored the 2018 Nurse Legislative Day in Olympia. This was a successful event with 650 registered nurses and RN students collectively lobbying on behalf of the nursing profession. We advocated for better working conditions, safe staffing, and patient safety.

Our Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) funded a 55-passenger bus to transport nurses and nursing students from Spokane to Olympia the Sunday before the big day. The cost for a round-trip seat on the bus was only $10 and the bus was packed.

The day started with attendees from around the state gathering at the downtown Performing Arts Center. Governor Jay Inslee was the keynote speaker. He explained his strong support for nurses, health care, and the need to provide access to Washingtonians. Afterwards, the Legislative Health Policy Council instructed the nurses about the bills in the current session and the importance to patient safety including:

  • Meal and rest breaks for nurses

  • Surprise medical billing (being billed by a provider for treatment out-of-network)

  • Opioids/secure medicine return (secure way to dispose of unused medicine)

  • Access to mental health services

  • Nursing education funding (provide scholarships and loan repayment funding)

  • Public Health Services funding

Prior to visiting the Capitol, the nurses and students were divided into legislative groups to learn about how to lobby our legislators and the various stories we had to share with them. A hearty box lunch waited for us in the Capitol building and we set out to address our legislators. The time with the legislators was short, so leaving material ensured that the legislators received all the information.

Being a part of advocating for health policy and our clients is just another way to continue to help people and improve their health. The enthusiasm was palpable, and the excitement was felt by all of us. This is just another process where nurses continue to advocate for our patients!

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IENA Elections 2018

2018 Elections - Your Opportunity to Serve

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)

  • Vice-President (2-year term)

  • Director at Large (5 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 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 27TH. 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, 2018 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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What We Learned at the IENA March 10th Continuing Education Event & Update on Social Media Accounts

By Tiffany Gerbing, RN, IENA Board of Directors

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 10th CE event at the Red Lion River Inn in Spokane. Following a buffet brunch, a two-hour presentation titled "Healthy Nursing 2020: Techniques for Improving Personal Sleep, Diet, and Exercise" was co-taught by Teresa Bigand, RN, MSN and Ashley English, RN, BSN and attended by nearly 60 participants. During the presentation, the audience was asked to actively participate and provide real-time data about sleep, work hours, physical activity levels, and diet via personal cell phones.

There were several things we took away from the presentation and can apply to our nursing practice and personal lives.

  1. There is a new valid and reliable tool for patient nutrition education called "The Newest Vital Sign" (NVS). The handout design is based on an ice cream food label and is used interactively to assess knowledge and literacy. In connection to food, diet and exercise were discussed using online resources such as and as well as the My Fitness Pal app. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale was used to help each of us identify how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in certain situations. The scale is easy to self-score and will guide your personal interpretation of daytime sleepiness. We looked at Sleep Quality Assessment: "The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index" (PSQI) which is an affective instrument used to measure the quality and patterns of sleep in adults. The questions in this tool ask you about the last 30 days of your sleep routine and rate your sleep quality.

IENA Social Media

The Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) board of directors needs YOUR help as we push to increase our social media presence. Please let others know where to find out more about what is going on with IENA and post any pictures you may have taken at the March 10th event and other IENA-sponsored events. See our social media contact information below and feel free to reach out with suggestions for how we can improve your experience with the IENA!

Follow us on Instagram: @iena_district4

Like us on Facebook:  Inland Empire Nurses Association

Check out our website >

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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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