In 92% Landslide Win, Marquette Techs Vote to Join MNA

U.P. Health System-Marquette is owned by a private equity firm that hired union busters to try to stop workers there from winning a collective voice. Rather than be scared by the anti-union tactics, techs at the hospital came together to UNITE and voted to win their union and become members of the Michigan Nurses Association. The more than 200 techs will be joining approximately 400 nurses at UPHS Marquette as MNA members.

You can congratulate them on Facebook by clicking here!


Legislative update: MNA fights for safe staffing law, hero pay

MNA members have been busy this month advocating with their U.S. Senators and Representatives for a federal nurse-to-patient ratio law. During Zoom visits with leaders in D.C., nurses shared their stories of unsafe staffing in hospitals and how it hurts patients and nurses. Both on the state and federal level, MNA will continue to fight for a law to limit the number of patients nurses are assigned.

MNA is also advocating strongly for nurses to receive some type of "hero pay" to acknowledge the sacrifices RNs have made during the pandemic. The American Recovery Plan allows for the use of federal money to compensate essential workers, and nurses deserve to be included.


Support elected officials who support us

Now more than ever, nurses and health professionals in Michigan must make our voices heard!

The Michigan Nurses Association Political Action Committee (MNA PAC) is a voluntary nonpartisan fund supporting elected officials and candidates who fight for our legislative priorities, including: 

  • Safe staffing ratios (the Safe Patient Care Act)
  • Reducing workplace violence 
  • Support for collective bargaining 

Elected leaders make the laws that affect our daily lives. Nurses deserve a seat at the table so we can protect our practice, our profession and our patients. Without your financial support, it’s difficult for lawmakers to stand up to the powerful and well-funded hospital industry. Your contributions make the voice of Michigan's RNs and health professionals heard by legislators.

The MNA PAC does not use union dues. All money in the PAC fund – every single dollar – comes from voluntary donations that are allocated carefully by fellow MNA members. You can easily and securely donate online

Together, we can put leaders in power who will advocate for nurses and health professionals. Please, donate today!


We are completing our MNA LGBTQIA+ Survey for all nurses.


Silent auction returns this fall

This year marks the return of the silent auction on September 30th and October 1st in conjunction with the MNA House of Delegates in Ann Arbor. Proceeds from the auction are vital to supporting the nonpartisan MNA Political Action Committee and/or Michigan Nurses Foundation. Local Bargaining Units are encouraged to donate items or gift baskets. Please register donations via this form. Questions may be directed to Daniel Myckowiak at or (517) 897-1115.


Fulfill Your CE Requirements with MNA

New Pain Management CE Modules Count for Michigan CE Pain Requirement!
Fulfills the Michigan requirement for license renewal.

The Relationship between Trauma and Pain
Presenter: Brenda Nordstrom, DNP, BS, RN, PMGT-BC, CHPN
Using a detailed breakdown of trauma and its effects on the brain, Dr. Nordstrom provides clinical information and outcomes designed for quality care and pain management for patients who have experienced trauma in various forms.
Learning outcomes:

  • Identify different types of traumas
  • Understand the physical and psycho-social effects of trauma
  • Examine how assessing for trauma can improve current symptom management practices
  • Analyze the importance of utilizing a trauma-informed approach to healthcare delivery

This module expires June 2023 and is FREE for MNA members.

Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System: What Every Nurse Should Know

Content expert: Dr. Hong Truong
This content was originally presented live at the CE Forum in October 2020. Attendees at that event have already interacted with this material.
Dr. Truong outlines the physiology of the human endocannabinoid system and how plant-based cannabinoids work in the body and ties together how nurses can advocate for safe usage of medical marijuana in clinical settings.
Learning outcomes:

  • Define the primary physiologic functions of the endocannabinoid system
  • Explain the differences between phytocannabinoids (plant based) & endocannabinoids (internal)
  • Apply the pharmacokinetic properties of endocannabinoids to patient education scenarios
  • Identify nursing interventions to promote patient safety with medical cannabis usage

This module expires in December 2021 and is FREE for MNA members.

Save the Date! MNA CE Forum: September 30th 1-5:30 pm (can choose virtual or in person)

Nurses and health care workers faced an unprecedented year of caring for COVID-19 patients, and the mental/physical scars remain. Attendees at the 2021 CE Forum will find “Help and Hope for Health Care Workers.” Held at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, the sessions will feature speakers who have had their own experiences with workplace trauma plus hands-on breakout sessions to learn coping mechanisms.

As the work continues, so must the healing. Registration opens in July . Up to 4.0 contact hours are available for attending the entire in-person session; virtual option available. This event is free for MNA members.

Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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