NURSES Fight to put Patients over Profits Across Michigan

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

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OSF St. Fracis Nurses join supportive members of the Escanaba community!

OSF Hospital Nurses Rally Community, Reach Tentative Agreement

Nurses at OSF Escanaba have reached a tentative agreement for a three year contract with the administration that will help recruit and retain experienced nurses.

OSF Nurses rallied support from across the Escanaba community and beyond in their efforts to reach an agreement that put patient care first, which was to culminate in an informational picket. This outpouring of solidarity was vital in putting the pressure on management that helped lead to Wednesday’s victories at the bargaining table.


UMPNC Nurses Launch Campaign to Empower RNs in Parking Crisis  

Nurses at UMPNC/MNA have been hard at work to push back against recent attempts by UM Hospital management to exacerbate the parking crisis, and to ensure nurse voices are heard and respected throughout the process. UMPNC nurse leaders launched the "Got Parking?" campaign and survey, collecting feedback and stories on the parking issue from over a thousand nurses.

Nurse leadership will be using this vital information to formulate next steps as they meet with hospital management in July, and will ensure all RN voices are heard on this critical issue.   


Lansing Nurses Show Solidarity With McLaren Homecare RNs

Nurses across Lansing stood in solidarity with their fellow RNs at McLaren Homecare to demand the wages and benefits necessary to recruit and retain homecare workers. These nurses provide essential services to the entire Lansing community, caring for our friends, family, and neighbors when they are at their most vulnerable.

Nurses sent hundreds of emails to McLaren Executives letting them know Lansing RNs are on notice and demand a fair contract that protects nurses, patients, and the whole community. 

PECSH President Tina Ray joins McLaren Homecare bargaining team member Susie Benavidez in solidarity for a fair contract.


Introducing the MNA Legislative Action Center!

MNA’s new online Legislative Action Center enables nurses to communicate efficiently with your lawmakers. In just a few minutes, you can send them emails about the need for a safe staffing law, workplace violence legislation, and Medicare for All. Nurses’ voices matter – make sure yours is heard!


Major Continuing Education News

View your CE certificates in MemberLink 

Take CE courses available online

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 in 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.


It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that longtime MNA leader Carolyn Hietamaki has passed away. Those of us who had the honor of knowing Carolyn will remember her relentless determination, fiery passion and generosity as a nurse, mentor, labor leader, activist and friend. Carolyn was the beloved, long-time president of the RN Staff Council of Marquette General Hospital. Carolyn was a pillar at MNA and will be missed by all of us. 

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. 

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