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November Newsletter

Hello MNNP Members,

We have several updates for you in this newsletter . . . read on!

MNNP Board
MNNP Annual Conference (November 30 - December 1)

The Minnesota Nurse Practitioner Organization Fall 2018 Conference, NP Practice: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is scheduled for Friday, November 30 and Saturday morning, December 1 at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. 

The Conference offers 10 continuing education units and will cover a wide range of topics including information on self-care, mental health, integrative therapies, genomics, opioid overuse resources, pulmonary function testing, and the management of complex health conditions.  

This year for the first time, we are also hosting two sessions of poster presentations. There is a Friday evening social from 5PM to 7PM following the conference. The MNNP annual meeting will be held before the conference on Saturday morning, December 1 at 8AM. We hope you will join us! 

Click here for the full schedule.

Register now! 

(You will be redirected to the U of M education site.)

Online registration for the conference closes November 23, 2018.

Registration is also available at the door. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eileen O’Grady

Dr. Eileen O’Grady is the keynote speaker for the MNNP Fall conference. Dr. O’Grady is a certified nurse practitioner and a Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach with people to reverse or entirely prevent disease. She believes deeply that more attention must be paid to getting us unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness. 

She is an expert on intentional change in adults, emphasizing the importance of extreme self-care and how to identify and remedy a life that is out of balance.  She is the founder of The School of Wellness,  devoted to cultivating wisdom and the practice of extreme self-care/self-leadership in McLean. Virginia.  

She is currently an adjunct faculty in the Graduate Schools of Nursing at Pace University, Georgetown University, Duke University, and The George Washington University, where she was given ‘Outstanding Teacher’ Award.

She has held a number of leadership positions with professional nursing associations, most notably as a founder and vice chair of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.    She was a 1999 Policy Fellow in the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship and in 2013 was given the American College of Nurse Practitioners ‘Legislative Advocacy Award’ for her leadership on nurse practitioner policy issues.  In 2014, she was the recipient of the “Loretta Ford Lifetime Achievement Award’ and the Virginal Council of Nurse Practitioners ‘Advocate of the Year Award’.  

Dr. O’Grady has practiced as a primary care provider for 15 years and has clinical expertise in sports medicine.  She has authored numerous articles and chapters on primary care, orthopedics, and health policy.  She is currently editor and author of two important textbooks (Elsevier), Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach (6th ed) [2018] and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (American Journal of Nursing, Book of the Year, 2015).  She has taught nurses and physicians around the United States as well as around the world with the U.S. Peace Corps.  

Dr. O’Grady holds three graduate degrees, a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing/Health Policy from George Mason University. She is an International Coaching Federation-Certified Life coach and holds a PCC.  She has dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States.
The MNNP Nominations Committee Announces 2018 MNNP Board Elections at the Annual Membership Meeting, 12/1/2018

Nominations for the 2018 election for the MNNP board closed on October 24th, 2018.

The following MNNP board positions will be voted on at the MNNP Annual Membership Meeting during the Annual Conference Saturday, December 1st 8:00-9:00 AM.
  • President Elect (3 year term)
  • Secretary (2 year term)
  • Communications Liaison (2 year term)
  • Membership Liaison (2 year term)
Any registered member with dues paid is eligible to vote.

Student Members and Associate Members are ineligible to nominate candidates, run for office, or vote in the election.

Member Spotlight on Sara Forrest, APRN, CNP

Interviewed by Dianne Willer-Sly, MNNP President
  • Lives and works in: Duluth
  • Works at: Essentia Health
  • Type of work: Medical Critical Care Team, inpatient critical care rounding service, doing admits, transfers and daily rounding.
Q: How long have you been a NP?   
A: Since 1998
Q: How long have you been a member of MNNP?  
A: 5 years

Q: What is a typical day like for you as a NP?
A: I start my day out with the medical critical care team, getting reports from the night shift and deciding on who is going to see the patients with the physicians staff and NP staff. I review the patients chart including VS, labs, medications, visit with the bedside nurse, examine the patient, consult with specialties, meet with families, teach nursing staff, and write manage. I manage the patient’s entire medical care.

Q: What activities engage you with being a member of MNNP?
A: I am part of the web-based  Northern NP Association and have found it very helpful to collaborate with NPs across the state, talk about their practices and hear what is happening at the legislative level. MNNP helps me feel like I know more of what is going on in the state with NPs.

Q: What is your practice pearl for other NPs?
A: Never to be afraid to ask questions. I find a lot of people are afraid to ask questions of physicians and specialists. Even after being a NP for 20 years, I learn a new thing every day.

About MNNP

Founded on October 15, 2008, the vision of MNNP is to promote the advancement of Minnesota nurse practitioners through professional development, networking, and health policy advocacy.

Learn more here: MNNP website | MNNP on Facebook

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