Welcome to the October 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

Borgess RNs Fight for Safe Staffing 

Borgess RNs walked the informational picket line to call for a fair contract that puts safe staffing in writing. Braving wind and rain, they were joined by other union members and community supporters and were covered in the local news.

Click here to see an awesome speech by MNA Board Member Lori Batzloff calling on the CEO of Ascension to put patients before profits.

Borgess RNs are continuing to push for a fair contract and have pledged not to back down when it comes to doing what is right. Stay tuned for updates on how you can support them as they fight to put patients first.


UMPNC Nurses Say: Fix the Parking Crisis NOW! 

Nurses at the University of Michigan Health System protested the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $920 million hospital the administration plans on building. Management has yet to offer any adequate plans to fix the parking situation that has already reached crisis levels without the addition of this new facility. The RNs were supported by State Representative Yousef Rabhi who wore an MNA pin in solidarity.  

You can see video of the protest in this news article which covered the event.


Stop Workplace Violence

MNA is the only organization in the state advocating for a comprehensive plan that focuses on the approach of preventing violence against nurses and all health care workers. Our bipartisan bill (SB 303, HB 5089) would require hospitals and public health departments to create prevention plans with input from workers; provide training on de-escalation and workplace violence policies and procedures; and report assaults to police.

MNA also supports bills that increase criminal penalties against those who assault healthcare workers.

You can help by sharing your experiences with workplace violence here.


Join a Council or a Committee!

MNA is a member-driven organization! Consider serving on a committee or council with your union. State-level leaders are elected by the House of Delegates or appointed by the Board of Directors.

Applications are currently open for numerous committees including the Council on Clinical Nursing Practice, Advocacy and Education; the Bylaws Committee; and the Diversity Inclusion & Cultural Competency Committee. Click here to see a brief description of each

Submit a Biographical and Consent form by Friday, November 8 to apply for appointment this fall.


Statewide Election Results and Awards from This Year's House of Delegates

Election Results

President – Jamie Brown, RN
Treasurer – Kathy Lehman, RN
Board of Directors (at large): Melissa Boals, RN; Stephanie DePetro, RN; Jessica Lannon, RN; April VanHaecke, RN; James Walker, RN

Impartial Committee: RaeDeane Hawthorne, RN; Katie Pontifex, RN; Justin Howe, RN

Nominations Committee: Amy Delaney, RN

MNA Awards

Nurse Hero – Trisha Goodridge, RN (posthumous) 
Outstanding Contribution to MNA – Jessica Lannon, RN
Labor Leader of the Year – Stephanie DePetro, RN
Cheryl L. Johnson, RN, Labor Legacy – Katie Oppenheim, RN
Carolyn Hietamaki Political Nurse Activist (new award name) – Katie Scott, RN

Advocacy Academy Graduates

Savannah Andrews, RN
Nicole Barrios, RN
Michelle Brooks, RN
Jamie Brown, RN
Ray Collins, RN
Melissa Gibney, RN
Angela Goodson, RN
Montanna Hokenson, RN
Amber Irrer, RN
Kathy Kline, RN
Blair March, RN
Janet Medina, RN
Tina Ray, RN
Michael Riviera, RN
Aalona Robinson, RN
Nicole Vasher, RN
Justin Walukonis, RN
Nancy Weissman, RN
Martha Zettelmaier, RN

MNA Board of Directors Terms of Service 

Scott Balko, RN, two terms
Kathy Hillman, RN, one term
Suzette Hantz, RN, one term
Katie Scott, RN, one term

Bylaws Changes

Curious about what changes the 2019 House of Delegates voted to make to MNA's Bylaws? Login your MemberLink account and go to the "My MNA" tab. Don't yet have a MemberLink account? Click here to register now. 

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