Speakers Announced for Spring Action Leadership Conference
Registration is open now for MNA’s Spring Leadership Action Conference, being held virtually on May 4 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and May 5 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). This event is free for members and students: sign up here.
Day 1 focuses on bias and inequity in health care and kicks off with keynote speaker Milagros Phillips who has been presenting programs for over 35 years on race literacy, racial conditioning, and healing from racism. We will also hear from Dr. Tonya Bailey, Lansing Community College’s Chief Diversity Officer, and social activist and trainer Belinda Thurston.
Day 2 focuses on legislative advocacy and the Safe Patient Care Act. State Sen. Sylvia Santana will talk about equity in health care through the legislative lens. Then, we’ll have an advocacy training and hear from a bipartisan legislative panel. In the afternoon, nurses will meet with legislators to share why we need an RN-to-patient ratio law.
3 continuing education contact hours will be awarded for each day to those who attend and complete the evaluation. Participants are encouraged to attend both days, as material will be complementary. This event is FREE for all MNA members and students.
Protecting Nurses’ Right to Blow the Whistle
MNA member Stephanie Anderson knew she needed to speak out about the actions of the for-profit corporation running UP Health System Marquette. She went to the media to describe nurses’ exhaustion after their concerns had gone ignored.
Management was not happy. One manager even tried to “counsel” Stephanie because of her interview. Yet, Stephanie knew her rights and remained union strong. MNA immediately filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. The “counseling” was quickly removed. What’s more, Stephanie received a letter from UPHS Marquette reaffirming that she has statutory right to speak publicly about her terms and conditions of employment (including to the press). Now management has agreed to effects bargaining about similar issues to what Stephanie described in her interview. While much work remains to be done, one thing is clear – when MNA nurses fight to protect our rights, we win!
Advocating for Racial Justice in Health Care
Michigan Nurses of Color! We want to help amplify your voices in health care. Below is the link to a survey where you can share your experience as a nurse of color in Michigan. The survey has now been extended through April 15.
MNA Council of Nursing Practice Nutrition Survey
What is your go-to snack at work? What do you eat when you’re stressed on the job? Take our Nutrition Survey from the MNA Council of Nursing Practice and let us know! You can upload or link your favorite recipe right into the survey!