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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

SCCBI Psych Conference Brochure 2015 (PDF)

Volunteers needed to help prepare New Ulm emergency shelter

volunteerSouthern Minnesota Nurses has been watching for an opportunity to help in the New Ulm community and became aware of the need for help below. Even if you are working or can’t physically help, please get the word out through your networking contacts. Let’s join Mu Lambda members in this project:

Mu Lambda is supporting NUMAS Haus (located in New Ulm), an emergency homeless shelter for single-mother families. Currently, Brown County does not have an emergency shelter for women and children. NUMAS Haus will be located in an older home that requires renovation. NUMAS Haus needs help removing ceiling tiles and carpet before a larger renovation can begin.

We are looking for volunteers to help on Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to noon and from 1-3 PM. If you can help for any amount of time, please e-mail Marilyn Swan. We are hoping for at least 6 volunteers for each two-hour time frame. Please bring a friend or spouse! Let’s make a difference for families facing significant challenges in Brown County!

See also this article in the New Ulm Journal for more information (registration required).

Volunteer Nurse needed for Royal Family KIDS Camp

Royal Family KIDS Mankato is in need of a nurse for their summer camp. Campers are either already involved directly or are at risk of being involved with the foster care system. About 40-50% of their campers are on very intense medications that need to be administered carefully. This is one way that they treat their campers “royally,” by making sure that their medical needs are a high priority.

The nurse is part of the camp’s onsite staff, meaning that they actually come to camp and stay overnight throughout the whole week. The cost of staying ($350 per staff member) is covered by fundraising, but they have asked the staff to donate something toward their room and board.

Everyone at camp wears a couple of hats, and it’s the same with the nurse. Throughout the week, there are many activities that require an extra set of eyes, or there may be a special event that requires extra hands. The nurse is someone who is very patient and kind, willing to help where needed and able to get somewhere quickly when a call comes out on the radio.

Camp is the week of July 12-17 and there is a required training on June 26 (4-9 pm) and June 27 (8-4). For more information, please feel email Angie Fogal, the director of Royal Family KIDS Mankato, at

Addressing Depression Conference and Community Resource Fair

Mayo Clinic Health System is hosting an all-day conference on Friday, May 29 from 7:30 AM–4:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato to help you learn about the assessment and treatment of depression, discover local resources at the community resource fair, and network with colleagues. Conference topics will include:

  • Increasing understanding of depression etiology
  • Screening for depression
  • Assisting clients in developing treatment goals
  • Helping clients take ownership of the change process

More information and registration form can be found in the brochure here.

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).