Looking into 2010

I know, I know, it’s a little early to be talking about 2010. We haven’t even eaten the turkey yet! But at the MNA office, we have calendars spread out everywhere looking at the kinds of events we want to hold in 2010.

The Michigan Nurses MARCH! is shaping up to be exceptional this year. Well-known author Suzanne Gordon will be our keynote speaker and will be discussing her research that resulted in the book Safety in Numbers – Nurse-to-Patient Ratios and the Future of Health Care (Cornell University Press April 2008). One of the changes for 2010 – rather than going to the legislative offices, the legislators are being invited to join us for lunch. This will provide more time for discussion on nursing practice issues. The MARCH! will be held in Lansing on March 24 and on-line registration will be available starting December 1.

Some other things in the mix:

2010 is an election year so we’re planning different strategies to be more politically active in supporting the candidates who support nursing issues.

The MNA Convention will take on a different format by going to two days, September 24 and 25 in Lansing at the Lexington.

Planning for events that take MNA into all different parts of the state is underway.

The tough question for our MNALCs – what can we possibly do this year that will be as good as the murder mystery dinner last year? Wait and see!

There will be a calendar of events in the January/February Michigan Nurse to review so keep your calendar handy and make note of the events you’d like to attend.

In the meantime, use tomorrow as your personal day to take a deep breath and give thanks for what you have. It not always an easy life and yet there are good things to celebrate. Take a minute to be thankful for life and love and everything between.

We’re thankful for you. Have a safe, happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!



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