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2020 Pain Management Conference: Save the date!

UPDATE: The 2020 Pain Management Conference is being postponed until the fall due to lack of speaker availability. Please check back periodically for updates.

Mark your calendars! Advanced Pain Management invites you to the annual Pain Management Conference, which will be held on March 24, 2020, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mankato. Presenters will be Dr. Ifechi Anyadioha and Ruth Vortherms, CNP from Advanced Pain Management. For more info call Ashley Brown at 262-402-7886 or email ashley.brown@apmhealth.com.

Download the attached flyer (below) to share with others.

Fall 2018 Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo

Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo, which will be held on October 30 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center in Mankato. The Expo brochure, which includes registration information, is below.

This year’s presentations include the following (subject to change):

  • Parkinson’s: The Basics and Beyond
    Andrew Reeves, M.D.
  • Managing Chronic Pain in the Elderly
    Ruth Vortherms, RNP, FNP
  • Current Drug Trends Update
    Lt. Jeff Wersal, Commander, Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force
  • Trauma Informed Care
    Lindsay Anderson, PMHCNS-BC

A discounted rate for registration is available until October 16. If you pay by check ahead of time, please indicate somewhere on the form whether you want your check deposited right away or held until the event. (If nothing is noted to the contrary, we will deposit checks on receipt.) 7.2 CEUs (nursing) or 6 clock hours (other disciplines) are available.

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Management of Acute and Chronic Pain presentation

Southern Minnesota Nurses presents…

Updates on the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain:
Opioids, Interventions and More

Monday, September 24, 2018 – 5:30–7:30 PM
SMN member meeting and pizza at 5:30, presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.
Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato
1025 Marsh Street, lower level 0308/0310

Speaker: Jason Dauffenbach, MD

A native of Mankato, Dr. Dauffenbach completed his training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, followed by Pain Medicine fellowship training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He returned to southern Minnesota to establish a Pain Medicine practice with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato in 2015. The Pain Medicine practice is a multidisciplinary practice including consultation, medical management, and interventional procedures for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Tonight’s discussion will explore some of the basic physiology of patients experiencing pain, recent updates on the recommendations for use of opioids in clinical practice, new (and not so new) interventional procedures and surgery used for treatment of chronic pain, and address some of the unique biopsychosocial challenges and management strategies for patients living with chronic pain.

1.8 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements. Other disciplines may submit to their boards for one and a half (1.5) contact hours.

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“Acupuncture and You” workshop offered

Acupuncture and You: What It Is and How It Can Benefit You
October 30, 2013 – 6:00-8:00 pm
Country Inn & Suites, Mankato

The Mankato Acupuncture Clinic is offering a free workshop in October, including an acupuncture demonstration and discussion about its use in treating chronic pain. This is a followup to our Chronic Pain Management conference that took place earlier this year. For more details, see the flyer below. Continuing education credits are available for those attending; email Linda for more information.

Register online by clicking here and filling out the registration form on the Mankato Acupuncture Clinic website.

Southern Minnesota Nurses is offering CEs for this workshop but does not endorse the Mankato Acupuncture Clinic or its services.

Acupuncture and You flyer – October 2013

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Chronic pain management presentations set for October 24

Southern Minnesota Nurses presents:

Chronic Pain Management Part II:
What is Pain? Current Medications, Assessment and Attitudes

Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:00-4:00 pm
New Ulm Medical Center1324 Fifth North Street, New Ulm, MN

1:00-2:30 pm – Presentation
2:30-2:45 pm – Break
2:45-4:00 pm – Presentation/Evaluation
(see registration form below – may attend either or both presentations)


  • Ruth Vortherms, NP, RN – Advanced Pain Management
  • Linda Rossow, MS, RN – MSU Nursing Faculty & MCHS, Mankato staff

These presentations are a repeat of those at the Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo on Chronic Pain Management in April 2013. The presentations focus on what pain is, the types of pain, common medications to treat chronic pain and how to assess for pain in a variety of settings. It will also examine the effects of the providers’ attitudes on the management of chronic pain and the patient’s/client’s experience.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. The presentation will be appropriate for a variety of disciplines who work with individuals experiencing chronic pain – social workers, psychologists, assisted living/NH staff (licensed/unlicensed), clinics, home care, etc.

3.0 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements. Other disciplines can apply to their boards for approval.

Pain Management Part II registration form

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