2014 SCCBI Annual Psychiatric Conference

Save the Date!

Psychiatric Update 2014:
Psychopharmacological & Non-Psychopharmacological
Treatment Strategies for the Non-Psychiatrist

October 14, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott, Mankato, MN

Leading experts, including Michael Farnsworth, MD, DFAPA, will present on:

  • Treatment of psychotic illness from a psychiatrist’s point of view
  • Advances in pharmacological treatment in the past 5 years
  • DSM-5
  • Alternative treatments for psychotic illness
  • Mindfulness
  • EMDR
  • Nutrition and diet considerations when diagnosed with psychotic illness
  • … and more!

Who should attend: Case Managers, Clinicians, Practitioners, Professionals, Social Workers, Nurses, Rehabilitation Workers, Supervisors, Primary Care Physicians, and Community Support Workers.

CEUs are being applied for Boards of Behavior Health, Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work.

Conference brochure and registration form will be available in early July. For more information, contact Sara Emich at sara.emich@blueearthcountymn.gov or (507) 304-4156.

Click here for a PDF version of the “save the date” flyer for this event that you can print and distribute.

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 info@southernminnesotanurses.org.


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

September 4 – 9am to 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 info@southernminnesotanurses.org.

To register online or to get more information about the speaker go to http://www.mnsu.edu/continuinged/dementia2014.html


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.


OCTOBER 23 – SHIFT WORK & SLEEP – DR. VYAS

Presentation 6–7 pm
1.2 CEUs

Location to be determined


Other CEUs are being currently planned but not confirmed

Nurses Week Banquet May 8 at Gustavus Adolphus

SMN will celebrate Nurses Week with its annual banquet on Thursday, May 8, at Jackson Center – Gustavus Adolphus College. There will be exhibits with door prizes and Gustavus student nurse research poster presentations from 4:30–5:30 pm. A welcome begins at 5:30 pm with the awarding of door prizes and recognition of scholarships. More information is in the attached brochure. Click the link below to download or watch your mail if you’re a member.

Nurses Week Banquet 2014 (PDF)

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

Mankato Clinic Foundation awards grant to Southern Minnesota Nurses

Southern Minnesota Nurses (SMN)
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2014

Contact: Linda Rossow, Southern Minnesota Nurses President, info@southernminnesotanurses.org

Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Southern Minnesota Nurses is receiving a $2,500 grant to be used for its 2014 Nurses Expo on April 10.

Through sponsorships Southern Minnesota Nurses is able to offer quality educational opportunities for its members and the community in southern Minnesota at reasonable costs. SMN appreciates the opportunity to partner with The Mankato Clinic Foundation in this endeavor.

Southern Minnesota Nurses is a non-profit organization created for nurses by nurses to offer opportunities for education, networking, scholarship and becoming involved in their communities. Members include RNs, LPNs and nursing students from the region. Meetings, educational opportunities and community events are open to members and non-members who are interested in the topics or events.

The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides resources to organizations and endeavors that effectively promote and improve community health and wellness. Since the primary focus of the Foundation is to support the health and well-being of the community, projects and programs supported include education and scholarships initiatives focused on health care, health education and wellness.

The physicians at the Mankato Clinic provide the majority of the Foundation funding as a means to give back to the community by providing support to organizations which strive to improve health and wellness. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered only through the application process. Applications can be obtained at mankatoclinic.com.

About the Mankato Clinic Foundation
The mission of the Mankato Clinic Foundation is to encourage and support the health and well-being of our community through initiatives that promote and improve community wellness. Annual initiatives made possible by the Mankato Clinic Foundation include community grants, scholarships for students pursuing careers in health, Project Kindness and Partnership in Health in Greater Mankato schools.