Resiliency: A Current Buzz Word and What It Really Means

Southern Minnesota Nurses presents speaker Rebecca Otterness, RNC, MS.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 5:00-7:30 PM at Old Country Buffet in Mankato, Rebecca will be speaking on the topic of resiliency, a current buzz word, and how it impacts the workplace and home environments. The meal begins at 5:00 and the main presentation begins at 6:00. A link to the registration form is below. Deadline to register is November 3.

Rebecca earned her BA at Gustavus Adolphus College and her MS at the University of Minnesota. She is currently an RN at Mayo Health System – Mankato where she works in the Family Birth Center. She has taught for Gustavus, St. Olaf, and Minnesota State University- Mankato, and has been a guest lecturer for many parish nurse educational events. Simultaneously, she was a spousal caregiver for several decades and currently helps her 90-year-old mother. Winnie the Pooh will help us find new ways to think about the bumps in life, and Rebecca will share practical examples of how resilience theory can foster improved coping in the workplace and at home.

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

Registration Form (PDF)

Sleep and Shift Work

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 5:00-7:30pm
WOW Zone, Mankato

Speaker: Umesh Vyas, MD, FAASM, Psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Specialist

Dr. Vyas is currently the Inpatient Psychiatrist of the Inpatient Behavioral Health unit, Mayo Clinic Health System and the Regional Medical Director of the Sleep Disorder Center of the Mayo Clinic Health System and a Sleep Disorders Specialist. Dr. Vyas will present an overview of sleep, sleep disorders and circadian rhythm. He will then focus on shift work disorder – complications, management and tips to improve sleep.

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

Registration form (PDF)

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars

JULY 8 – ANNUAL BOARD MEETING (members invited)

The annual meeting will be held at Jake’s Stadium Pizza (address) party room from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. We will review CEUs, events, etc. from September 2013 to May 2014, the treasurer’s report and potential plans for 2014–2015. This will be your opportunity to provide input for the direction that the organization takes in the upcoming year – topics for CEUs, community events to participate in, budget process….

You can come and go or stay for the entire time whatever your schedule allows. Pizza and pop will be provided. No cost for members, but we will need a count for Jake’s so RSVP by July 1 by emailing

SEPTEMBER 4 – The Chesley Center on Aging presents the 2014 Dementia Care Conference “Validation”

9 am – 5 pm
7.2 CEUs for nursing
Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato

As a supporter for this event, Southern Minnesota Nurses (SMN) is able to offer members a special rate to attend ($85 event cost – reduced cost for SMN members is $45). You will need a special code for registration. The event planners expect a large crowd and early registration is encouraged. To obtain the special code, contact

To register online or to get more information about the speaker go to

OCTOBER 14 – 2014 SCCBI Annual Psychiatric Conference

Put on by the area counties at the Courtyard by Marriott.  See the main post here for more information as well as a flyer you can download, print and distribute.


Presentation 6–7 pm
1.2 CEUs

Location to be determined

Other CEUs are being currently planned but not confirmed

Board Meeting Minutes, March 10, 2014

Click here for full minutes (PDF)

Date: March 10, 2014
Location: Panera (Mankato)
In Attendance: Coni Rodgers, Pat Shortall, Margaret Brewer, Mary Milbrath, Pam Wolters, Kathy Kachelmyer, Linda Rossow

  1. Flyers have been printed and distributed to those present requesting donations from individual work areas for Partners for Affordable Housing. Greatest need at this time is for new socks and underwear; household cleaning supplies; shampoo, body washes and baby wipes.
  2. SMN will honor the request from Blue Earth County to act as a payee for speakers for their annual Mental Health conference on October 14, 2014.
    • SMN will provide an informational table at the conference.
    • SMN members will receive a $20.00 discount on registration fees.
    • Save the date cards will be sent out some time in spring.
  3. A request for support was submitted via letter from a nurse currently in recovery from chemical addiction. The nurse would like to start a support group for nurses recovering from chemical addictions in our region. Such a group would require a place to meet, facilitators, and possibly a coordinator. Linda and Pam will explore various avenues/resources that may be available and willing to assist in getting such a group started.
  4. Linda provided an update on the plans for the April Expo and the May Banquet.
    • Currently eight (8) exhibitors have paid for the Expo. Some others have expressed interest but have not provided money to date.
    • Exhibitors will not be expected to remain past the second break.
    • Flyers for the Expo were distributed to those members present.
    • Requests have been made for providing articles, baskets, etc. for the Expo’s silent auction.
  5. Ideas were shared for possible future CEU offerings. Julie Hawker from Lloyd Management is willing to present and provide CEUs for a presentation of the local Tapestry Project. The Tapestry Project has been working in collaboration with various local agencies to assist Somali and Sudanese immigrants and refugees with their transition to living in a new community and culture. Contact information for Julie was given to Linda.
  6. No changes will be made in the way SMN scholarships are advertised. It will continue to be a “word of mouth” process.
  7. SMN will be a primary sponsor for the September 4 conference on dementia. Primary sponsors may have a free exhibit table and its employees would be able to attend the conference for half price. The question will be asked if SMN will be able to substitute “members” for “employees.” Participation in this conference is seen as an opportunity for SMN to recruit membership and encourage involvement from current members employed by long term care agencies.

Respectfully submitted by Kathy Kachelmyer