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Upcoming Events – Fall 2015

upcoming_eventsWatch the website and check the calendar of events for more details on the following upcoming events:

  • September 24 – Mankato Pediatric Respite Care
  • October 2 – Nursing Forum: “Pharmacogenomics: The Study of the Role of Genetics in Drug Responses” – 8 AM to 3 PM at MSU, Mankato
  • October 6 – Dementia Conference: “Optimizing Care and Support for Individuals with Dementia: An A-Z Guide” – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at South Central College, North Mankato
  • October 13 – 2015 South Central Community Based Initiative Psychiatric Conference – “Standing on the Edge of the Abyss: Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health” at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mankato
  • October 22 – Tina Kotulski will talk about her experiences with a parent’s schizophrenia – Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato rooms 0308-0310

Optimizing Care and Support for Individuals with Dementia: An A-Z Guide

The Chesley Center on Aging Presents

Optimizing Care and Support for Individuals with Dementia: An A-Z Guide

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
South Central College, North Mankato, MN
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Terry BarclayTerry R. Barclay, PhD is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who specializes in aging, memory loss, and dementia. Dr. Barclay received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Barclay is the Director of Neuropsychology, HealthPartners and Regions Hospital Center for Memory and Aging, Department of Neurology in St. Paul and maintains a private practice in Edina, MN. He specializes in neurodegenerative diseases and early detection of cognitive impairment in the geriatric population.

Heidi Haley-FranklinHeidi Haley-Franklin is the Vice President of Clinical Services at the MN ND chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Edina, MN. Heidi has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and familes in counseling, group homes, long-term and home health care settings. In her current position, she directs the Chapter’s Helpline and Care Consultation programs as well as provides clinical supervision and ongoing education to those who directly work with individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Additionally, Heidi is a clinical therapist in private practice specializing in working with those impacted by chronic health conditions. Heidi holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, a BA from the University of MN, Morris, and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.

Registration Information


  • Southern Minnesota Nurses members: $50 including CEUs (contact Linda Rossow for the registration code and to verify membership)
  • Early Registration: $85 for all registrants seeking CEs regardless of age or student status if registered by October 1, 2015 at midnight.
  • Senior and Student rate: $50
  • Walk-ins: $150 for all registrants and based on availability of seating

Registration Link:


2015 South Central Community Based Initiative Psychiatric Conference

Attached below is the brochure and registration for the 2015 South Central Community Based Initiative Psychiatric Conference, “Standing on the Edge of Abyss: Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health.” It will be held on Tuesday, October 13, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mankato. Registration is just $99. The sign-up deadline is September 30.

CEUs have been applied for Boards of Behavioral Health, Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work.

For more information, please contact Hanna Marzinske, SCCBI Program Coordinator, by telephone at (507) 304-4156 or via email at hanna.marzinske@blueearthcountymn.gov.

SCCBI Psych Conference Brochure 2015 (PDF)

Nursing Forum – Save the Date!

Pharmacogenomics: The Study of the Role of Genetics in Drug Responses

Julie Kittelsrud is a Nurse Practitioner at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics in Sioux Falls, SD, where she is a member of the personalized medicine team, and nurse researcher. Julie attended the 2014 Summer Genetics Institute at the NINR and is a PhD student at South Dakota State University. Her dissertation research is “The relationship of patient activation and medication adherence to pharmacogenetic testing in a severe mental health and chronic illness population.”

When: Friday, October 2, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Cost: $49 half day/$89 full day; 5 Contact Hours available for full day

For more information, abstract submission and registration, visit the Nursing Forum website.


About the Annual Nursing Forum
The annual Nursing Forum helps nurses improve their practice. It offers nurses an opportunity to present research, learn from prominent healthcare leaders about timely topics and gain continuing education credits.

Presented by Mu Lambda Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato and The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society.



July 2015 SMNews is online

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The July 2015 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.