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Connections Shelter fundraiser: “A Walk in Their Shoes”

Connections Ministry is hosting a fundraising walk next month for the Connections Shelter in Mankato. The walk will take place on November 7, 2020, from 10AM–noon in downtown Mankato.

Brave the chilly November weather like those experiencing homelessness, and learn about the places and programs they frequent in downtown Mankato. The walk begins at First Presbyterian Church, where Connections Shelter is housed, and includes stops at Centenary United Methodist Church where Holy Grounds breakfast ministry happens, the Blue Earth County Library, and the Salvation Army. Educational speakers will be at each location, and snacks and hot beverages will be provided.

— Connections Ministry

Learn more by visiting Connections’ website and/or Facebook event, or click here to register.

This post will be archived on November 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

2020 Rural Minnesota Equity Summit: “Building Equity by Becoming Anti-Racist”

Southern Minnesota Nurses is passing along this information for the benefit of its members but does not endorse and is not associated with the event or its presenters.

Dear friends and fellow changemakers,

In 2019 the Southern Minnesota Rural Equity Summit was held in partnership with the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, the Region Nine Development Commission, the St. Peter Community Education, and the University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Community Vitality. I was fortunate to be part of the team. The event was primarily funded through an event sponsorship with the Bush Foundation and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. We hoped that 80 people would attend. We had over 150 join us! The event was filled with inspiring stories of communities taking action to make their town more welcoming for all. Key stakeholders gave great feedback and saw the importance and need for bringing such a great resource to greater Minnesota that centered on equity instead of creating a token program.  There was also a long-term ripple effect. Participants went back to their rural communities and made changes. They realized they weren’t alone in this work, and across the state, many communities were also coming together to make a change in creative ways. Below are a few quotes on the impact of the day:

“I appreciated the breadth of disciplines represented at the event.”

“Gained more resources.”

“Great connections to current and local events.”

“Very well done for a first-year event.”

“Hold another one next year. I’ll be back!”

Back by Popular Demand! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning team was unsure if the event would be held in 2020. But, because of the racial tension taking place across our land, we have been determined to find a way to move forward with a virtual event. There is an urgency during these trying times. 

November 16 and 17, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This year’s theme is Building Equity by Becoming Anti-Racist. We expect the virtual event to grow as it reaches all corners of the state in areas like Moorhead, Worthington, Rochester, and Duluth. The virtual conference will also provide access to community members and stakeholders with limited budgets by eliminating hours of travel time and hotel expenses. We also are hoping to have scholarships available to ensure all can attend.  

Sneak Peek! We are working hard on scheduling relevant sessions that include opening keynote speakers Bukata Hayes and Stacy Wells, co-founders of Love and Struggle, a consulting company that works with organizations and communities on issues of race, inclusion, and equity. They will talk about WRITE on RACE, a two-year curriculum, and process designed to raise community awareness of racism. Other topics in the works are Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Education with Non-profit Boards; Robust Public Policy Work with the 2020 Census; and Racialized Trauma and Stress. We also have an engaging art teacher who will share stories of artists of color and their work at the end of the first day. Registrants will be invited to create their own collage on racial justice and have the opportunity to show and discuss their work with others in a breakout session on the second day. 

We plan to use an online app called SCHED ( The app allows the registrant to scroll through and read all the session topics, speaker bios, and simply click to register for that specific session. We plan to send a “swag bag/mailer” to the first 150 registrants, that will include the WRITE on RACE journal, materials for the interactive art project, and other materials.

Register Today! Attached you will find the event flyer with more information. Get in on the Early Bird Special by registering before October 16, for only $40. Feel free to forward this to others that might be interested in attending.

Let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at 507.469.4552 or at

I hope to see you there,
Julie Hawker

This post will be archived on November 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM.

74th Annual LPN Conference scheduled for April 21-23, 2020

From the Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association:

I am happy to share the 2020 LPN Conference brochure with you.  Please continue to encourage LPN’s within your organizations, circle through work or friends. We have a great lineup of speakers and fun activities, socializing, networking and meet a lot of wonderful LPNs from all over Minnesota.

Enclosed is a copy of the brochure. we will again be in St. Cloud at the Holiday Inn and Suites.  April 21, 22 and 23. Please pass the word, we look forward to many new attendees this year.

Molly Fields,  LPN
MLPNA Board Member
2020 Planning

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 75 South 37th Avenue, St. Cloud, MN 56301. See the attached brochure for more information.

This post will be archived on April 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Mark your 2020 calendars!

Southern Minnesota Nurses Events 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and concern re: COVID-19, the events below will be postponed until the fall. Please keep an eye on the website for updates as more information becomes available.

Tuesday, April 14 – 5:30-7:30 PM
New Ulm Medical Center, Auditorium 2
“What to do about Painful Flatfeet in Children and Adults”

Grace Ouyang, DPM is a podiatrist at New Ulm Medical Center. She is a Board Certified in American Board of Podiatric Medicine, Associate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and Member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics. Tonight’s presentation will focus on the treatment of flatfeet in children and adults.

1.25 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements.  Other disciplines may submit to their boards for (1.25) contact hours.

Tuesday, April 28 – 5:30-7:30 PM
Jake’s Stadium Pizza, 330 Stadium Road, Mankato, MN 56001
“A Newcomer’s Journey – How Care and Compassion can Positively Impact the Life of a Person with Refugee or Immigrant Status”

Join us for an evening with Julie Hawker and Habiba Rashid, where Julie will share how she has partnered with community champions to develop unique programs that are meeting the needs of the immigrant and refugee communities and Habiba will share about the work her organization is doing in the area. Learn about the statistics and the history of secondary resettlements in the greater Mankato area, along with the critical role of Community Health Workers and how they help the newcomers navigate the health system, in addition to housing, food access, and transportation. Julie will also share how cross-cultural friendships can greatly improve mental health for all involved by eliminating isolation in older adults.

1.25 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements.  Other disciplines may submit to their boards for (1.25) contact hours.

Tuesday, May 12
Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter
9th annual Nurses Week Banquet – “A night for celebrating nurses”

Save the Date: 2020 APNA Minnesota Chapter Conference

The following information is provided for your convenience. APNA Minnesota Chapter is not affiliated with nor endorsed by Southern Minnesota Nurses.

Mark your calendars for next year’s APNA Minnesota Chapter Conference!

APNA Minnesota Chapter Conference 2020
April 24-25, 2020
PrairieCare Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association is planning on offering the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention on April 24 and the Chapter Conference on April 25. More information is in the attached brochure (below). We hope to see you there!

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This post will be archived on April 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM.