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Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser scheduled for March 22

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, Southern Minnesota Nurses will hold its annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser to raise money for VINE Faith in Action and the Southern Minnesota Nurses Scholarship Fund. This year it will again be held at the Wow! Zone Family Entertainment Center at 2030 Adams Street on the Mankato hilltop, near Hy-Vee and Applebee’s.

Cost is $25 per individual (4-5 individuals per team), which includes two games of bowling with shoes, snacks and eligibility for door prizes. Friends and family members are welcome to participate. Teams that sign up by March 1 will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card.

For more information and to register, download the attached flyer (link below). A donation form is also available for download below.

Bowl-A-Thon 2015 Flyer (PDF)
Bowl-A-Thon 2015 Donation Form (PDF)

Mental Health Walk coming up on May 16

NAMI Mankato

Mental Health Walk

May 16, 2015
Start time: 1:00 PM

In support of NAMI Mankato (National Alliance on Mental Illness), we will walk from Grace Lutheran Church (320 East Main Street, Mankato) to Centenary United Methodist (501 South 2nd Street, Mankato). Support your community by joining us. Pizza, refreshments and stories follow the walk. Download the flyer below to help spread the word!

NAMI Walk Poster (PDF, 436KB)

Continuum of Care in the SCCBI Region

Southern Minnesota Nurses presents…

Psychiatric Series – Part 1:
Mental Health Continuum of Care in the SCCBI Region

Speaker: Sara Emich
SCCBI Program Manager/Human Service Supervisor,
Mental Health Center, Blue Earth County

 Thursday, April 9, 2015
Jake’s Stadium Pizza, 330 Stadium Road, Mankato
5–6 pm (pizza buffet and beverage), 6–7 pm (presentation)

Sara Emich is the Program Manager for the South Central Community Based Initiative (SCCBI), a 10-county adult mental health initiative. Sara has worked in the mental health field for the past 13 years in various capacities, both private and public. Currently, she is involved with and leads many regional efforts to improve and expand mental health services in south central Minnesota, including managing the operations of the SCCBI Psychiatric HUB, a specialty program of the Blue Earth County Mental Health Center. Sara will discuss the community-based mental health services available in the South Central MN region. She will focus on Adult Mental Health Case Management and HUB services and how to make a referral to each.

1.2 CEUs provided for nursing; other disciplines may submit information to their respective boards for approval of hours.

Continuum of Care registration form (PDF, 89KB)

Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo to be held April 23, 2015

The annual Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo will be held on April 23, 2015, at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 901 Raintree Road in Mankato. Participants will be able to choose four (4) presentations to attend during the conference (7.2 CEUs). Scheduled topics include cancer, sleep, conflict resolution, back care, community health, weight loss, heart disease and more. Topics can be mixed or matched depending on interests.

The 2015 Expo brochure and registration form is available by clicking here.

Conserving Dignity at the End of Life: ABCs of Palliative Care

The Mayo Clinic, Mankato, Hospice and The Chesley Center on Aging present…

Conserving Dignity at the End of Life:
ABCs of Palliative Care

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov

 Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
South Central College, North Mankato, MN

CEs Available for Multiple Disciplines

Dr. Harvey Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unity, CancerCare Manitoba.  Dr. Chochinov has been conducting palliative care research since 1990.  His work explores various dimensions of palliative medicine, such as depression, desire for death, will to live and dignity at the end of life.  Dr. Chochinov is highly regarded in his field and is a world-wide lecturer regarding dignity conserving therapy at the end of life.  He is the only psychiatrist in Canada to be designated as a Soros Faculty Scholar, Project on Death in America. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and his province’s highest honor, the Order of Manitoba, for his work in palliative care.  Dr. Chochinov will present his ABCs of Dignity Conserving Therapy, which include:  A = Attitude; B = Body; C= Compassion; and D = Dialogue.

We hope you will join us for this rare opportunity to learn from one of the key international voices on dignity-preserving palliative care. See the links below for a flyer and full brochure.

For information on becoming a sponsor for this event or registering for a vendor table, please contact ccoa@mnsu.edu.

Conserving Dignity flyer (PDF, 151KB)
Conserving Dignity brochure (PDF, 250KB)

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).