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Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals

Registration now open for the Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals 6-session online workshop provided by Mindfulness Northwest this coming October and November. Pending approval for 18.5 CEUs from AANA.  Sessions will be recorded so if you cannot make a live session you will have the opportunity to watch it on demand. 

What's involved?

Five, 2.5 hour workshops, Wednesdays (10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17), from 6:30-9pm.

One 6 hour retreat on Saturday, November 13th, from 9am-3pm.

Experiential introduction to mindfulness practice including meditation and awareness; promote becoming fully engaged, reduce burnout and stress patterns.

Meet Our Instructor

Beth Glosten, M.D.
Mindfulness Northwest (mindfulness, MBSR)

Attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and had an academic anesthesiology career until physical issues prompted her to step back from that hectic life. Studied pilates, and through this system embraced moving mindfully. She was drawn to meditation several years ago and found it meshed naturally with her approach to teaching movement: turn focus inward to listen to, and befriend, one’s self. From this place, growth and healing are possible.

About Mindfulness Northwest

​Mindfulness Northwest​ offers heartfelt, caring, evidence-based instruction to communities and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Mindfulness is the simple yet powerful ability to attend more fully to present moment experience. Cultivating mindfulness can improve mental and physical health, deepen kindness and compassion, and incline the mind toward joy.

We offer courses, workshops, and presentations for both individual community members and organizations. Visit our PROGRAMS page for a complete schedule, or check out FOR ORGANIZATIONS to bring mindfulness to your workplace or group.

Our mission is to make top-quality mindfulness and compassion training accessible to communities and organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Internally, we strive to be true to the mindfulness principles of cultivating truth, inclusion, and compassion.

Founded in 2011, Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit. All donations to Mindfulness Northwest are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Two-Tier Wages Explained

To view the two-tier explanation video, which features KPNAA Past President, Thomas Bachtler, MSN, CRNA, (at the 1:12 min mark) click on the play button or links below.

With rising #Delta cases and staffing shortages, now more than ever, KP needs to invest in its greatest asset: healthcare workers. But instead, KP is proposing lower wages and benefits for new hires. Two-tier wages will only drive skilled workers elsewhere and put a target on our backs. Learn more about why two-tier wages weakens our union solidarity, job security, and patient care.

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COVID-19 Updates

24/7 Hotline (Exposure/Symptoms): 1-833-574-2273

KP: Mental Health Advice 1-800-900-3277  or  (Click Here)

[ pdf ]  August 4, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Madhava Kantor, CRNA
Downey Medical Center
Photographer: Tuyen Lee, CRNA

Nurses Week
Shout Outs on KFI AM 640

Kerrie Klein
Panorama City Medical Center

Loretta Vejar
Panorama City Medical Center

Becky Ashlock
Panorama City Medical Center

Josh Carr
Riverside Medical Center

Liezle Arevalo
Panorama City Medical Center

[ pdf ]  April 30, 2020  PAPR and CAPR Guidance

Stories from the Frontline

Thank You Orange County Medical Center For Sharing PPE With the Downey Medical Center!

Dear Dr Newton,

The Anesthesiology Department at DMC would like to send you sincere gratitude. I hope you stay safe and take care. Thank you!

Anesthesiology Department
Anesthesiologists and CRNAs
Downey Medical Center (DMC)

Downey KPNAA Members Lead Through Covid-19 Crisis, Management Thanks CRNAs

DMC CRNAS enjoying lunch provided by KPNAA to the DMC Anesthesia Care Team 4-22-20

[ pdf ]  Downey Best Practice
       Anesthesia Process for Stat
       Intubations and Intubations
       in the OR

Panorama City KPNAA Members - CRNA leaders!

CRNAs at Panorama City played a vital role to ensure patients had the right care at the right time with the Pan City intubation teams throughout the facility.

Pictured left to right:
Ernest Buccat RN, Roni Tolentino RN, James Hegesy CST, Art David RN, Kelly Murray MD, Paul Anamos CRNA, Samia Levasseur CRNA.

Kerrie Klein, CRNA, Area Representative Panorama City

Being a CRNA during the COVID-19 pandemic is both an honor and overwhelming mission. It is an honor to have the knowledge and expertise to help a patient struggling to breathe by placing a breathing tube. It is an honor to stand next to some of the most brilliant, dedicated, and brave colleagues. It is an honor to know we make a difference and we just may save some lives.

In an already stressful job, our families and friends routinely provide relief from the stress. We work for them. We look forward to that respite. COVID-19 has taken that from us. We are under the most stress we have ever experienced, and we cannot see our families or friends for fear of making them sick. This is so trying. Some of my colleagues have moved out of their homes to protect their families, and come home to an empty place after a long and trying shift on the intubation team. The ones who have chosen to stay home or do not have the option of moving out push their children away until they can feel they are “safely clean.” But we never feel clean. We have to reuse masks and carry them in paper bags... this goes against our training of using things only once to prevent cross contamination.

The physical effects are difficult as well. It’s hard to eat, we have chest pains, stomach pains, headaches, and trouble sleeping. It truly is this crushing feeling when you walk into the hospital with varying degrees of despair. Everyone is terrified, some are trying to distract, some provide comic relief, some go to the locker room and cry, some go over the little PPE we have find creative ways to reuse. We know that at around 1% of us as healthcare workers will go down (get critically ill or die... more will be carriers). I think that’s the hardest part for us. At least for me, because I look around and wonder who it will be.

But we try to focus and we know we have a job to do. And we have each other. We know what to do. And that helps me take a deep breath.

Nurse in PPE
Kerrie Klein
Panorama City CRNA

Panorama City CRNAs at Christmas Party
Loretta Vejar, Kerrie Klein, Sue Ahn, Liezle Arevalo, Blair Mostofi

[ pdf ]  April 10, 2020 – Temporary Benefit Enhancement

[ pdf ]  April 10, 2020 – Union Overview of Temporary Pay Time Off & Benefit Enhancement

KP: Covid-19 Employee Information  (Click Here)

AANA: COVID-19 Resources (FAQs)  (Click Here)

[ pdf ]  OHSA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

CDC: Information for Healthcare Professionals  (Click Here)

Meditation App - Headspace Plus (Free):  (Click Here)

[ pdf ]  March 31, 2020 Child Care Resources & Referrals for Southern California

[ pdf ]  March 25, 2020 A Message from Ed Ellison and Julie Miller-Phipps RE: PPEs COVID-19 Masking Flyer

[ pdf ]  March 25, 2020 PPEs COVID-19 Masking Flyer

[ pdf ]  March 24, 2020 A Message from Greg Adams, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

[ pdf ]  March 23, 2020 California Hospital Association Response Letter

[ pdf ]  March 21, 2020 UNAC/UHCP PPE Letter to California Hospital Association

[ pdf ]  March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Update

[ pdf ]  March 19, 2020 Kaiser Permanente SCAL Masking Guidelines

[ pdf ]  March 19, 2020 Alliance Leadership Message

[ pdf ]  March 18, 2020 KPNAA Member Tele Town Hall Re-Cap

[ pdf ]  March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update

[ pdf ]  March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update

[ pdf ]  Message from Ed Ellison and Julie Miller-Phipps

[ pdf ]  Exposure to Novel Coronavirus Policy

[ pdf ]  School Closure Policy


The Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association (KPNAA) is a union of certified nurse anesthetists that work for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. We have 350 members of our union that work in facilities across the Southern California area. KPNAA members provide professional excellence through advocacy, unity, and vigilance.

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 6, 2020
KPNAA Annual Meeting & Benefits Presentation
Location TBA

KPNAA History

In 1978 Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) internal structure was strongly encouraging the organization of nurses into existing bargaining groups. At that time, the United Nurses Association of California (UNAC) was the premier nursing union for the Southern California region’s seven Kaiser Foundation Hospital (KFH) Medical Centers. Having been independent employees of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) for many years, the CRNAs were reluctant to become part of a large union structure despite the organizational pressure and purported benefits. There was some benefit to bargaining contracts as a group and no option to become partners of the physician-only SCPMG.

At the time, several CRNA’s from across the region had been meeting occasionally for Saturday brunch to update each other on activities across the region sharing items of professional and personal interest. Bette Greene, CRNA, had kept informal notes (legend has it on the proverbial cocktail napkin). The opportunities at the time were to organize in affiliation with an existing bargaining unit, appeal to SCPMG to remain independent employees or seek an independent organization status through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In an outstanding bit of strategy vs. luck, the notes compiled to date were enough to convince the NLRB of the independent status of the CRNAs. This was a time when independent unions were permitted outside of the AFL-CIO or other national affiliates. The NLRB’s 1979 decision allowed the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association of Southern California to be formed representing all CRNA’s employed by the SCPMG. Our Association was certified as a regional union, not hospital by hospital as most other nursing unions function.

[ pdf ]  Click here to read more about KPNAA’s History.

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Management Office  
25943 Via Pera  
Mission Viejo CA  

Heather Even  
KPNAA Manager  

Debbie Even  
MSM President  

Tel: 714.532.4034  
FAX: 714.908.9777