Michigan NURSES are Standing up and Fighting Back in Our Communities and at the Bargaining Table!

Welcome to the May 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


Beaumont Nurses Announce

Union Drive with MNA

Beaumont nurses are the latest groups of RNs in Michigan to launch a campaign to join the Michigan Nurses Association. They want to form a union to make sure that safe patient care always comes before the profits of corporate executives.

As is to be expected, the administration is pushing back hard. Somehow, it seems like they don’t want to have to listen to the collective voices of nurses and have been engaging in a 24/7 union-busting campaign – even taking RNs away from patient care on the floors to attend a captive-audience meeting with highly paid anti-union consultants.

Let Beaumont RNs know that MNA nurses from around the state have their backs.


Kari Zocsak, RN, BSN, an ER nurse at Munson-Manistee and outgoing union President.

 MNA Nurses Hold Munson-Manistee Accountable over OB Closure at Community Town Hall

In an emotionally charged town hall MNA nurses, community leaders and elected officials, joined by over 100 concerned Manistee residents, confronted executives from Munson-Manistee hospital over the healthcare system’s outrageous decision to close their OB department giving the community just 30 days notice. 

Rural areas across the country are facing the devastating impacts of the loss of OB departments, among other services, in their communities.


Michigan Nurses Take to Capitol for

Safe Patient Care

MNA Nurses recently headed to the State Capitol in Lansing to advocate for MNA’s Safe Patient Care Act. This bipartisan package of bills would require safe RN-to-patient ratios, limits on mandatory overtime, and hospital transparency. Members enjoyed training, a legislative panel, lunch on the Capitol lawn and visits with their legislators. The next step for the bills is to get a committee hearing.

Can you take a minute to email the Chair of the committee to urge him to hold a hearing?


MNA Presents New Workplace Violence Legislation

Working with our legislative partners, MNA recently introduced a new bipartisan plan to address the  epidemic of workplace violence against nurses and health professionals. The plan puts responsibility on employers to make workplaces safer by having prevention plans in place, providing training, and increasing reporting and transparency.

Check out MNA Nurse Karen Lenz discussing the legislation's importance on hospital floors


Important upcoming annual deadlines:

June 1st

  • LBU Certification of Election reports 

Contact Carol Feuss if you did not receive the report form for your LBU. An electronic version of the form is available in MemberLink on the Leadership tab

August 1st

MNA Award submissions are due. 

  • Diversity in Health Care Award

  • Excellence in Nursing Practice Award

  • Labor Leader of The Year Award

  • Cheryl L. Johnson, RN Labor Legacy Award

  • Nurse Hero Award

  • Outstanding Contribution to MNA Award

  • Political Nurse Activist Award

  • Michigan Nurses Hall of Fame

Get more details and nominate a deserving co-worker for an MNA award here

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(517) 349-5640 | minurses@minurses.org

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