Michigan NURSES Fight for Safe Staffing, Right to Organize

Welcome to the July edition of the Michigan Nurse! We look forward to sharing news, and highlighting stories and important events from MNA Nurses across the state.

If you have a tip or story you would like to share, send an email to minurses@minurses.org


VICTORY for Safe Staffing at Hackley

Nurses at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon demonstrated the power of union solidarity through their coordinated action to fight back against the outrageous actions taken by management against a union officer.

Justin Howe, the president of MNA at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, stood up for patients and staff when he was concerned about the safe staffing levels during a monitor outage in the ICU. In response, management tried to retaliate against Justin, an elected leader of our union, by suspending him. This was, needless to say, completely unacceptable.

Nurses immediately took action by filing a grievance and wearing “No Retaliation” stickers with nearly 100% participation across the hospital for a few days. The administration folded quickly thereafter. As a result of the courage of Hackley RNs, Justin has been reinstated and paid for the shifts he missed. When we fight, we win!


Oakland County Commissioners Stand With Beaumont NURSES! 

At a packed meeting, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners passed a bi-partisan declaration of support for the Registered Nurses of Beaumont – Royal Oak hospital to form their union with MNA in an atmosphere free from intimidation.

RNs first brought concerns to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners about Beaumont’s actions and their potential impact on patient care and the surrounding communities in late June, citing instances of nurses being pulled away from patients to attend meetings with outside labor consultants. 


TCMNA Nurses are Community Strong

In another example of nurses giving back to community, RNs at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City showed the true meaning of giving back while serving meals at Munson Manor last week. Several members of TCMNA volunteered to give out-of-town patients, family members, and caregivers a sense of home at a stressful time.

Munson nurses show all of us that union strong is community strong!


2019 Candidates for MNA State Office

Below are statements from candidates for MNA State Office for the positions of President and Treasurer, and a list of declared candidates for MNA Board of Directors. Votes will be taken by delegates from LBUs in October at the annual House of Delegates.  


President: Jamie Brown, RN, BSN, CNRN

For the past 11 months I have served as the President of the Michigan Nurses Association and I am hoping to continue in this role now. I want to continue empowering all nurses in Michigan. As a leader in the MNA, I have found the courage and leadership skills that allow me to fight for best possible care for our patients, for safe working conditions, and for other healthcare professionals.

I have been a bedside nurse for the last 16 years and for the last two years, in the neuro ICU at Borgess in Kalamazoo.

I've been active in the MNA for the last ten years and have watched it continue to grow. I am excited to be part of organizing more nurses in the Michigan so that they can have a voice about their practice and make it safer for every patient in Michigan. MNA has also continued to grow our CE programs, negotiate great contracts and has created a vibrant program for our retired members. We've been able to move our Safe Patient Care Act by getting bipartisan support from both House and Senate members. And we are now the most sought-after voice for nurses throughout Michigan!

Please consider voting for me, Jamie Brown, for president. I am passionate about continuing this work advocating for nurses and patients.

Thank you.


Treasurer: Kathleen Lehman, RN 

My name is Kathleen Lehman and I have been a registered nurse since 2000, and I currently work in the recovery unit at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

In the year 2016, I began to serve on the Board of Directors at Large with MNA. The following year, I was elected as Treasurer, and have served in that role with responsibilities of reporting the financial budget at the state level. I am also responsible for attending monthly finance committee meetings and reporting our findings to the Board of Directors.

My term is coming to a close after these two years and I am asking for you consideration to remain in this position. I will continue to uphold my responsibilities as your treasurer according to the MNA bylaws. I have enjoyed my role and continue my dedication to not only my own local but in my seat with MNA Board of Directors.

Candidates for Board of Directors

 Melissa Boals, RN

Jamie Brown, RN, BSN, CNRN

Ted McTaggart, RN-BC

James Walker, BSN, RN, CCRN


Support Pro-Nurse Leaders!

Nurses Janet Medina and Kristin Walcott meet with State Representative Sarah Anthony, a champion of the Safe Patient Care Act.

If you want to make a difference in getting more pro-nurse leaders in office, look no further than your MNA Political Action Committee (PAC).

The PAC uses donated funds – no dues money! – to support elected officials who fight for issues that matter to nurses, including safe staffing, workplace violence and collective bargaining.

You can easily donate online at www.minursespac.org.

Another way to support the PAC – and have a great time doing it – is by participating in the PAC Karaoke and Silent Auction on Oct. 10 in Boyne Falls. Sign up today by clicking here.

2019 CE Forum Registration Now Open

What can you find at the 2019 CE Forum? Current research on workplace violence and an actual proven way to help stop it. How to deal with large healthcare organizations when your workplace is part of the system. Hear from a nationally recognized leader on the difference people can make when they come together for effective change. All this plus 4.0 contact hours and lunch will be at the 2019 CE ForumThursday, October 10 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. Registration is open and is free to MNA members. Sign up today and reserve your seat.


Nominate a Nurse for the MNA Awards!

MNA Award submissions are due August 1st. Get more details and nominate a deserving co-worker for an MNA award here. 


Presented to MNA members whose professional practice and achievements exemplify excellence in nursing. A nominee must:

  • Have demonstrated excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities in nursing practice.
  • Promote effective interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Demonstrate patient advocacy.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based nursing practice.

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