Council of Active Retired Nurses (CARn)

Are you thinking of retiring soon or are you already retired? You can keep active in MNA by joining the Council of Active Retired Nurses (CARn)!

What is the Council of Active Retired Nurses (CARn)?

CARn is the retiree Council of the Minnesota Nurses Association. Any retired MNA member can join. Its objective is to provide an avenue for retired MNA members to continue to promote and support MNA’s goals.

What does CARn do?

Some of the activities CARn is involved in:

  • Advocate for upholding the standards of the nursing profession
  • Participate in strike lines/informational picketing
  • Support organizing initiatives
  • Volunteer at CARn endorsed community events
  • Work for and support MNA endorsed political candidates
  • Educating the public on issues important to the health and well-being of all Minnesotans
  • Provide assistance with bargaining unit activities (votes, education sessions, rallies, etc.)
  • Assist the MNA Commissions in the mentorship of other nurses

The possibilities are endless!

Download the 2024 CARn Brochure

Complete the MNA Membership Application:  Non-Bargaining Unit

Complete CARn Interest Form

MNA Nightingale Tribute Program

The Council of Active Retired Nurses has implemented this program to honor nurses for their years of dedication to nursing to be presented during the nurse’s memorial service by a nurse colleague or friend. Inspired by the original Nightingale Tribute program through the Kansas State Nurses Association.

Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nursing is a service profession that cannot be lived in isolation. Nurses rely on each other for the synergistic effect of teamwork in or efforts of caregiving. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues not only during their careers but also at the end of life’s journey.

Learn more about the Nightingale Tribute Program

Retirees are welcome to attend CARN meetings, which are 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the MNA office in St. Paul.

  • January 10, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 13, 2024 – Leadership Committee
  • April 10, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
  • June 12, 2024
  • August 14, 2024
  • September 11, 2024 – Leadership Committee
  • October 9, 2024
  • November 13, 2024
  • December 11, 2024

All CARn members are invited to CARn Leadership Committee meetings.

For more information, please contact Julie Anderson (CARn email)