Minnesota nurses hold 97th annual convention in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. - For the 97th consecutive year, Registered Nurses around the state will gather in fellowship and purpose for the annual meeting of the Minnesota Nurses Association. The meeting will be held at the Kahler and Marriott Hotels in downtown Rochester from Oct. 20 - 23.

This year's convention features the introduction of the Nurses Learning Academy, which offers a wide variety of professional continuing education courses. "We're creating a unique opportunity in the state where Minnesota's nurses can gather, learn from experts and each other, and walk away with the tools needed to ensure nurses are a the forefront of shaping health care," said MNA President Monica Vollmuth.

The organization's main governing body will meet during the Business Meeting portion of the Convention to discuss and act upon resolutions and policies impacting the profession, patient health and the organization. The House of Delegates consists of 267 elected delegates representing MNA's 16,500 members.

A few of the resolutions being brought forth for consideration of the House of Delegates include a measure to improve standards for the assisted living aspect of caregiving; promotion of the Registered Nurse in the Emergency Medical System; and direction to expose and prevent the practice of recruiting nurses and other health care professionals from developing nations as a means to address the crisis in nurse staffing in the United States. MNA's legislative platform will also be determined during the course of the meeting.

The conference will also be highlighted by the appearance of several luminaries who are scheduled to address the membership. Health care expert and activist Lois Quam is the keynote speaker for the opening session of the House of Delegates on Monday at 9:15 a.m. Quam is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ovations, a division of United Health Care Group. Ovations is dedicated to improving the health and well being of people age 50 and over. Quam was instrumental in the development of MinnesotaCare, and in 1993, she took an extended leave of absence from United Health Care to act as an advisor to the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform, where she worked closely with then first-lady Hillary Rodham-Clinton.

Senator Paul Wellstone and Gubernatorial candidate Roger Moe will participate in a Political Rally on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4 - 4:30 p.m.

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