2022 MNA Spring Education Day:
Implicit Bias (fulfills all state requirements!)

This live, in person continuing education & professional development session on May 5th at Lansing Community College’s West Campus **fulfills all required implicit bias training for state of Michigan RNs and all healthcare workers!** Find out more and register here! This live, interactive session provides 2 contact hours for nurses and will define implicit bias and discuss ways that RNs and health care workers can help reduce health disparities and barriers to healthcare in Michigan. Completion of the provided preassessment, session content and post session evaluation will ensure that RNs will have completed the necessary timeframe, content, requirements and accredited professional development standards as set by the State of Michigan for licenses renewing 2021 through 2023! Participants will also be able to enjoy refreshments, gift bags, giveaways and an optional Nursing Recommitment Ceremony following the CE, during which we kick off Nurses Week with a group candle lighting while all nurses present can re-pledge ourselves to the profession we love.

This session is sponsored by MNA’s Council of Nursing Practice and Committee for Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency. MNA is an accredited provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialling Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Sparrow Home Care workers delivering a petition.

Sparrow Homecare Workers Unanimously Win Their Union

By an amazing 31-0 vote, healthcare professionals at Sparrow Homecare voted in early March to join nurses at Sparrow Homecare and become MNA members. This shows the power of solidarity! You can congratulate these healthcare professionals on their amazing victory and welcome them to our union by clicking here.

Organizing For the Short Term to Win Big for the Long Term

MNA Nurses at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo have been uniting to fight for what they need – both now and in the long term. Over a dozen unit meetings have been held or are currently scheduled. The impact is already starting to be felt.

For instance, Labor and Delivery nurses united together as a department and began taking action. They posted a collective group photo demanding safe patient care on social media to make sure their manager saw it. They reinvigorated a workload review committee set up through their contract (called DBCC at Borgess) to raise concerns. Once the committee was back in action, they voted 8-1 (with the only no vote coming from the manager) to ban floating patient assignments. It still remains to be seen whether Ascension’s administration will honor their democratic voice, but nurses are united and ready to hold them accountable no matter what.

Click here to learn more about how MNA nurses at Ascension Borgess are fighting back, enforcing their contract, and preparing for negotiations!


Nurses and Healthcare Professionals:
Make Politicians Hear Your Voice

So, you were not able to make it to Capitol Action Day? Don’t worry, you can still advocate with your lawmakers for the Safe Patient Care Act (SPCA)! 

MNA offers many online resources to assist members with legislative advocacy. You can access these resources by clicking this link. Resources include: 

  • Find your Legislator. We have collected links to search for your lawmakers, whether they represent you in Congress, state Senate, or state House. 
  • Legislative Priorities. We are proudly pro-nurse, pro-patient, and pro-worker. Learn more about MNA’s legislative priorities. 
  • Tips on how to Advocate. Wondering how to make a difference with legislators? We created nurse-specific tips for effective legislative advocacy.
  • Take Action Now. Visit www.misaferhospitals.org to sign a petition in support of the SPCA, share your unsafe staffing story, and send an email to urge a hearing. 

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


Michigan Nurses Survey NOW OPEN
Please complete by April 22, 2022!

The 2022 Nursing Licensure Survey is now live! If you have already used the link in your personal email sent by MPHI staff to complete the survey please do not complete it again. If you have not yet completed the survey, you may do so by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MiNurses2022. The survey should take five to ten minutes to complete and will close on April 22, 2022.

This collaborative effort is intended to inform nursing workforce policy and planning as well as grant writers who utilize the survey results. Information collected in this survey includes the geographic, demographic, educational and employment characteristics of nurses in Michigan. The identity of individual respondents will be kept confidential and only aggregate data will be reported. This information is crucial to ensure that Michigan has an adequate supply of nurses

Questions about the survey may be directed to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Nursing Planning by emailing Bach-StanteD@michigan.gov. It is recommended to complete the survey from Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge browser using a desktop computer, if possible, to avoid any technological issues.

Thank you for your participation!

MNA Regional Membership Meetings Continue in April!

Register now to attend a regional membership meeting and CE session for your area!

April 11 - Southwest Michigan
May 9 - Upper Peninsula

During the event, you will learn about MNA’s future plans, share challenges facing nurses and healthcare professionals in your area, and engage in collaborative discussion to help shape MNA’s strategic direction for the years ahead and make a difference across the state. 

Michigan Nurses Foundation Student Scholarships

Reminder - the deadline for the Michigan Nurses Foundation student scholarships is May 1. The Foundation provides $1,000 scholarships to nursing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A $2,000 scholarship is granted annually to a pediatric nurse to continue their education. You can learn more by going to: https://www.michigannursesfoundation.org/scholarshipsawards

MNA Leadership Conference

Join leaders from local bargaining units across the state for MNA’s Leadership Conference! Back for the first time since the start of the pandemic, this event will allow nurses and healthcare professionals to share strategies and tactics to help build power all across the state. Learn how to build effective contract campaigns, organize for change in your workplace, and amplify the voice of the frontlines. The conference will be held at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord from noon on Wednesday, June 22nd to 3pm on Thursday, June 23rd.

Nurse Appreciation Nights with the Detroit Pistons

The Pistons are celebrating nurses during Nurse Appreciation Nights in the 2021-22 season! Each package includes a game ticket and an exclusive Nurse Appreciation Night shirt. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Michigan Nurses Foundation.

Get your tickets for Nurse Appreciation Nights during last two home games on April 6 and April 8 at 7:00PM by going to pistons.com/specialoffer and then entering in the promo code MNF.

Michigan Nurses Association
2310 Jolly Oak Road | Okemos, MI  48864
(517) 349-5640 | minurses@minurses.org

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