October 2016 SMNews is online

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The October 2016 edition of SMNews, the newsletter of Southern Minnesota Nurses, is now available for download on the Newsletters page. SMN members can also watch their mailboxes for the printed version to be delivered in the next few days.

Alzheimer’s presentation in Mankato on October 27

Southern Minnesota Nurses Presents

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Oaklawn Rehab Center, 201 Oaklawn Avenue, Mankato
Meal: 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

Debbie Richman, BS, ACC is the VP of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, MN-ND. Her professional career has been focused in senior services primarily in the area of program development and education/training for staff, family and community.

This class will explore the lifestyle habits that can be adopted to help maintain or potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

This training is sponsored by the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s initiative. While aimed at nursing, all disciplines or anyone interested is welcome to attend, with pre-registration required.

1.2 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements; 1.0 clock hour for other disciplines may be submitted to the various boards.

Flyer: ACT on Alzheimer’s flyer

Opioid Update: Understanding and Implementing CDC Guidelines – November 3

Southern Minnesota Nurses Presents

Opioid Update: Understanding
and Implementing CDC Guidelines

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Madison East Center, Mankato
Conference Room (south side behind Advanced Pain Management)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Meal begins at 5:30, presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.

Speaker: Nileshkumar Patel, M.D.; Medical Director, Advanced Pain Management

Nileshkumar Patel, MD, is board certified in pain management and anesthesiology. Dr. Patel is well versed in the practice of pain management. As a national and international lecturer, Dr. Patel has served as a teacher and mentor in academic settings. His résumé includes academic instruction, as well as cadaveric teaching, both nationally and internationally, including in Scotland, Korea and at Harvard Medical School, as well as at the Cleveland Clinic in 2011; in Hungary and England in 2009; and in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia in 2008. In addition, Dr. Patel is extensively published, with more than 25 original peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Patel completed his residency training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he also served as chief resident. In addition, he completed his fellowship in pain management at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he was also on staff.

Dr. Patel believes in providing patients with minimally invasive treatment options and working with each patient individually to identify and treat the source of their pain. He has a particular interest in treating whiplash and offering minimally invasive outpatient surgical options for patients with lumbar disc herniation and stenosis.

1.6 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements.

Flyer: Opioid Update 2016 Flyer (PDF)

Integrative Approach to Psychiatric Mental Health Care Conference – November 4

Integrative Approach to Psychiatric Mental Health Care

Friday, November 4, 2016
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


This conference is to acquaint professionals who provide mental health care with integrative therapies that can be incorporated into their clinical practice and mental health care settings.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for Physicians, Clinical Nurses, APRNs, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Counselors, Chaplains/Spiritual Directors, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Nutritionists/Dietitians, Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Recreational Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapists, Mental Health Associates and others interested in integrative approaches to mental health care.


Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

1. Describe integrative mental health and potential integrative strategies that can be shared with individuals who are at risk for or are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.
2. Identify strategies for incorporating integrative mental health care approaches into current mental health care and community mental health settings.
3. Express the value of integrative approaches for maintaining individual health and well-being.
4. Describe the use of integrative approaches for maintaining personal health and well-being.

Successful completion by participants: Learner must complete the checkin process at registration, actively engage in activity content, attend full sessions, complete and return the Verification of Participation Worksheet, and complete the activity evaluation (online).

6.5 Contact/Continuing Education Hours provided; see flyer for details.

Flyer: Psychiatric Mental Health Care Conference flyer

Addiction support available for nurses

The Nurses Peer Support Network (NPSNetwork) is a newly formed nonprofit organization in Minnesota for nurses who are living with the disease of addiction and seeking support in recovery and/or professional re-entry. If you are a nurse or know a nurse who is struggling with addiction or in recovery, please see the NPSNetwork website, visit their Facebook page, or download this brochure (PDF, 156KB) for more information.

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 720 South Second Street in Mankato (map).