Barb Warren-Bloms left from the MSP International Airport today as the first MNA RN to be formally deployed to Haiti. After interviews with local TV stations Barb gave heartfelt hugs to her family and jumped on a plane to Florida. She will be spending the next two weeks on the Navy ship USNS Comfort, which is serving as a floating hospital for earthquake victims. Thanks Barb for being the first of so many Minnesota RNs and MNA Members ready to go to Haiti!
It was a fantastic event, and special thanks to Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Minnesota State Rep. Paul Thissen (MNA’s endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor) for being among those who celebrated the evening with us!
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Minnesota RN Barbara Warren-Bloms leaves Sunday (2-14-10) from MSP International Airport and becomes the first Minnesota nurse to be formally deployed to Haiti. Since the earthquake struck nearly one month ago, more than 300 Minnesota RNs have volunteered through the Minnesota Nurses Association to travel to Haiti.
“As nurses, it’s in our DNA to help,” says MNA President Linda Hamilton. “We don’t know any other way to operate. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Hastings or Haiti – our nurses want to be where they are needed.”
Warren-Bloms, one of 20,000 RNs who are members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, lives in Brooklyn Park and has been an RN for more than 15 years.
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In case you missed it, here’s a short video summarizing what was truly an amazing turnout from hundreds upon hundreds of Minnesotans from all over the state and all walks of life. We all came together to demand our legislators restore the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program, which provides health insurance for the poor and homeless in our state. Truly an incredible event!
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MARSHALL, Minn. – This isn’t exactly what you call putting patients first.
Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center is threatening to break a public promise by closing its popular Home Health Care program, which annually provides thousands of home nursing and wellness visits to many of Marshall’s 15,000 residents.
“We’re a small community. People here take care of one another,” says Val Buysse, a Registered Nurse who has spent more than 15 years working in Avera’s Home Care program. “Why would our town’s only hospital turn its back on the people who need its services most?
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(Posted Feb. 3 at 5:oo p.m. Central)
Dear Fellow MNA Member,
We wanted to share with you the very latest on a critical patient safety issue involving the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the scope of practice for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).
The MNA has serious concerns for the safety of patients and nurses regarding the Board of Nursing’s proposal to re-interpret and expand the current scope of practice of a Licensed Practical Nurse in the areas of assessment, delegation, and supervision with no additional education.
At today’s Board of Nursing Practice Committee Meeting, members of MNA, faculty members of Minnesota nursing schools and LPNs testified for more than 90 minutes about this issue.
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Actor James Gandolfini, best know for his role as Tony Soprano on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” recently taped this PSA for TV and radio stations all across the United States. If you’re able to support the more than 12,000 nurses (including more than 300 from Minnesota!) who have volunteered to serve in Haiti over the coming weeks and months, please visit the Send A Nurse Web site as soon as you can to make a pledge! Our nurses have to pay for all transportation, food, water and lodging while in Haiti. Please help if you can, and pass this YouTube link on to others!
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More than 11,000 RNs from all over the United States have already volunteered to go to Haiti, including close to 300 nurses from Minnesota. As nurses, it is in our DNA to help out when we see someone in need, and to use our training and experience to care for the sick and injured – no matter where they are. We’re proud of the MNA Nurses who are able to donate their time and talents to the Haiti relief effort, and if you can join them, go here. Also, our nurses need financial support to pay for their travel, lodging, food, water and medical supplies while they are in Haiti.
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