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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)

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.

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

Conserving Dignity brochure (PDF, 151KB)

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).

Minnesota LPN Association’s annual conference scheduled for April 21-23

The Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association has scheduled its 69th annual conference for April 21-23, 2015. This year’s conference will be held at the Mermaid Entertainment Center in Mounds View, MN. For more a full schedule of events and registration information, download the attached brochure or visit the MLPNA website at MLPNA.com.

2015 MLPNA Conference Brochure (PDF, 349KB)

November 2014 board election results

The annual Southern Minnesota Nurses board election was held in November 2014. Linda Rossow was re-elected to serve as president for an additional two-year term from 2015-2017. Margaret Brewer will continue as a director with her new term extending through 2018, and Shari Comnick joins the board as a new director, also serving until 2018.

Complete information about the SMN board of directors can be found here.