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Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser scheduled for March 13

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, Southern Minnesota Nurses will hold its annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser to raise money for CADA (Mankato) and NUMAS Haus (New Ulm). This year it will be held at Victory Bowl at 203 S. Victory Drive on the Mankato hilltop.

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 February 15 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 2016 Flyer (PDF)
Bowl-A-Thon 2016 Donation Form (PDF)

Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Workshop

Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:30-8:30 PM
New Creation World Outreach Church
1124 N River Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 (map)

Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) can have learning and behavioral differences because of the damage that was done to their brains by alcohol use during pregnancy. Typical parenting techniques often cause frustration and can create more problems. This workshop will examine the unmet needs behind many of the challenging behaviors that children with FASD have in the home, classroom and community, and will focus on strategies that reduce frustration and increase success.

Kari Fletcher works from her home in southern Minnesota for the Minnesota Adoption Support Network providing phone, in-person and email consultation to adoptive parents. She previously served as a trainer and local resource for families for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Kari and her husband, Mike, have six children, four “homemade” and two adopted from the foster care system. Karu and Mike were licensed foster parents for 16 years in Blue Earth County and the two children they adopted both have FASD. Kari is passionate about educating others about this disability and has been training parents and professionals in Minnesota and nationally since June 2005. Kari and Mike were awarded the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in 2009 and the Linda Eisele Award from the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh) in 2015 for their commitment to adoption and children in care.

Training hours will be given upon request.

Save the Date for Nurses Week Banquet and Nurses Expo 2016

The 2016 Nurses Week Banquet and Nurses Expo will be held on May 5 at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter. More details will follow in the weeks to come. Keep an eye on the SMN website for more information. Don’t forget to follow SMN on Facebook to get news and updates in your news feed!

January 2016 SMNews is online

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The January 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.

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).