Nurses Education Series

WSNA Members: Free/Non-Members: $40/Nursing Students: $20

2 ANCC contact hours (pending) *

Who Should Participate: Registered Nurses and nursing students.

Recording available for flexible viewing following the event. Registration required. All those who register will receive a link to the recording. Available for one year.

Program Description:

The presentation will show nurses how to guide their patients towards better sleep, giving them the knowledge and tools to use sleep as a powerful agent for healing and maintenance for long-term conditions. Nurses will learn about the importance of sleep and how it relates to all chronic conditions (pain, discomfort, inflammation, fatigue, etc.) as well as insights into specific conditions. You’ll hear real-life examples of how sleep intertwines with symptoms and impacts health and quality of life.

Specifically, we will dive into sleep research as it relates to acute and chronic conditions in pediatric, adult, and aging populations, including:

  • Prevention of cognitive decline in older ICU survivors.
  • Symptom management in stroke survivors.
  • Digital self-management interventions for patients with gastro-intestinal conditions.
  • User-centered design approaches to improve sleep in pediatric patients.

Learn how to talk to your patients about sleep and set them up for success once they return home with practical tips and tools for themselves and their caregivers. Don’t miss this chance to learn the latest research, protocols, and use of technology from experts in the field of sleep innovation. 


SLEEP OVERVIEW: sleep across the lifespan, common sleep problem, and strategies to improve sleep in children, families, and caregivers.

Dr. Teresa Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Her areas of research include innovation interventions, symptom science, health equity and lifespan health. Dr. Ward conducts clinical trial studies that integrate behavior change and management strategies with technology for children and their caregivers with a focus on under-resourced populations. As a nurse scientist, Teresa’s research interests grew from her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner.

SLEEP IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS: Sleep in children with chronic conditions and their family caregivers

Weichao Yuwen, PhD, RN

Dr. Yuwen is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, UW Tacoma. Her early work focused on descriptive research to examine sleep and other symptoms in children with chronic conditions and their families. Currently, her work focuses on user-centered design approaches to develop and test technology-enabled interventions to improve sleep and other symptoms for people with chronic conditions and their family caregivers.

SLEEP IN ADULT PATIENTS WITH GASTROINTESTINAL CONDITIONS: principles of sleep in patients with gastrointestinal conditions, with a consideration for emerging adults.

Dr. Kendra J. Kamp, PhD, RN

Dr. Kamp is an Assistant Professor at UW. She is also the Director of the UW Gastrointestinal Health and Wellness Lab (GI-Well) which promotes optimal gut health through a holistic approach to addressing individual, environmental, and societal factors. Her nursing research looks at adapting a comprehensive self-management intervention into a digital format, understanding patient symptom experiences through qualitative and quantitative methods, and incorporating biological markers (biomarkers) such as fecal calprotectin, gut microbiome, cytokines, and bile acids into nursing research.

SLEEP HEALTH FOR OLDER ADULTS: promotion of sleep health for older adults throughout recovery from critical illness.

Dr. Maya Elias, PhD, MA, RN

Dr. Elias is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Dept. of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at the UW. Her research focus is on older adults recovering from critical illness and the impact of sleep disturbances on cognitive function. Her research applies sleep and circadian science to cognitive interventions to prevent cognitive decline in older ICU survivors.

MANAGEMENT OF SLEEP DISTURBANCES IN STROKE SURVIVORS: sleep disturbance and daytime sleepiness and underlying mechanisms of these symptoms in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) survivors during the first 6 months after SAH.

Dr. Eeeseung Byun, PhD, RN

Dr. Byun is an Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at the UW School of Nursing and is an Endowed Professor in Critical Care at the Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Byun studies sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness and underlying mechanisms of these symptoms in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) survivors during the first 6 months after SAH. Her research focuses on symptom management (sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression, and impaired cognition) for stroke patients and their family caregivers.

* This activity has been submitted to Oregon Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Oregon Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon approval, attendees may earn 2 contact hours. Participants must be present for all the educational activity to receive contact hours.

Event Sponsors: Inland Empire Nurses Association, King County Nurses Association, NW Region Nurses Association, Rainier Olympic Nurses Association. Central Washington Region Nurses Association.

2023 Nurses Education Series – Recording

Thanks to Northwest Region Nurses Association for handling the registration process. The link below will take you to their website to register for the event.