Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo – November 2017

Registration is now open for the November 2017 Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo, which will be held on November 2 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center in Mankato. The Expo brochure, which includes registration information, is below.

This year’s presentations include the following (subject to change):

  • Responding to Trafficking & Exploitation: What Healthcare Needs to Know to Create Hope & Impact
    Pamela DeWitt-Meza, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
  • Substitute & Supported Decision Making: The Alphabet Soup
    Marit Anne Peterson, J.D.
  • The Faces of Brain Injury
    Sharon Gieseke, MN Brain Injury Force, Inc.
  • Current Drug Trends
    Lt. Jeff Wersal, Commander, Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force
  • Coming Out of the Closet: Nursing & Substance Use Disorder
    Marie Manthey & Anita Carteaux, RN

A discounted rate for registration is available until October 26. If you pay by check ahead of time, please indicate somewhere on the form whether you want your check deposited right away or held until the event. (If nothing is noted to the contrary, we will deposit checks on receipt.)

The Healthcare Conundrum, presented by Senator Kathy Sheran

Southern Minnesota Nurses presents…

“The Healthcare Conundrum”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 5:00–7:00 PM
SMN member meeting at 5:00, presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.
Mankato Clinic Conference Room
Madison East Mall, Mankato

Speaker: Kathleen Sheran, MS, APRN, RN, retired

Senator Kathleen Sheran retired in 2016 from the Minnesota Senate. She is presently serving as Vice Chair of the Board of the Minnesota Insurance Exchange (MNSURE). Prior to serving in the Senate Senator Sheran, an Advance Practice Registered Nurse, taught nursing at MNSU Mankato, and worked in health care for over 35 years.

Although she is probably best known for her legislation “Freedom to Breath”, eliminating smoking from indoor spaces, Senator Sheran has championed the expansion of Medicaid in Minnesota under the affordable care act, co-authored the bill that implemented the Minnesota Insurance Exchange, authored bills that advanced the reforms to the Minnesota Child Protection System, authored the first bill that would institute a public option for all Minnesotans, and advanced reforms that would reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals. She has initiated many reforms that have impacted nursing practice including her legislation that eliminated barriers to independent practice for Advance Practice Nurses allowing them prescriptive authority without a provider agreement. Senator Sheran, now retired from the Senate, serves as the Vice Chair, on the Board of the Minnesota Insurance Exchange.

The presentation will describe the complexity of creating reforms that impact costs and discuss the nurse’s role in promoting health reform that is patient-centered.

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

Flyer: The Healthcare Conundrum flyer (PDF)

Undies for Everyone – Hurricane Harvey

Southern Minnesota Nurses is collecting new, unopened underwear to be sent to Texas for use by victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donations will be sent to an organization called Undies for Everyone for distribution. They anticipate that there will be a need and are planning for distribution through the end of the year. All sizes for men, women and children are needed.

Donations will be accepted at meetings and drop-off locations through November 2 at the SMN Nurses Expo. Drop-off locations are to be determined. For more information, contact Pat Shortall at 507-327-6907.

2018 Minnesota LPN Association conference announced


From the Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association:

Enclosed is a copy of the new 2018 LPN Conference flyer. Please share, copy, pass around, forward, post, Facebook, Twitter – pass it on! We are excited about all the great topics and fun activities planned. So mark your calendar, sign up for time off at work, and plan three days of networking, socializing and meeting other LPNs from throughout Minnesota. Remind the LPNs in your department, workplace, cousin, friend, co-worker, a brand-new LPN, or a seasoned nurse, retired or just tired. We invite you all to come and see who we are and what we have been doing to further the visibility of LPNs.

See the attached flyer for a list of topics or visit the MLPNA website for more details and registration information.

Flyer: 2018 LPN Conference

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).