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February Newsletter

Hello MNNP Members,

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

MNNP Board
Meet the new MNNP Board Members and Chair of the Membership Committee!

The following NPs were elected to the MNNP board of directors at the 2019 annual membership meeting on December 1, 2019. The MNNP board positions have staggered terms so that about half the board is elected each year. The following new board members join the continuing board members. Get to know your leaders! 

President-Elect: Sandy Nichols Paddock
Sandy Paddock is an Associate Professor at Winona State University in the Graduate Nursing Program. Additionally, Sandy maintains clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Employee Health Department of the St. Cloud Hospital and at Riche Eye Clinic in Faribault, Mn. She is a Certified Medical Examiner and a Public Health Nurse. Sandy earned her BSN (1997), MSN in Nursing Education (2003) and post-Master Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (2009) from Winona State University (WSU). In 2014, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Mn. Sandy has practiced in a variety of settings, including long term care, acute care, and ambulatory care settings. Additionally, she has over a decade of teaching experience in nursing education. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Sandy strives to serve as an advocate for patients and a liaison for nurse practitioners across Minnesota.

Secretary: Sara McCumber
Sara McCumber, DNP, APRN, CNP, CNS. Sara is a board certified Adult NP, Adult Gero NP, Gero NP, Family NP and Adult Health CNS. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner program at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.  She has been an NP for 18 years and maintains a clinic practice at Essentia Health Neurology with memory disorder patients and their families.  Sara has clinical interests in dementia care management, care coordination, caregiver support, chronic illness management and advance care planning.  Sara has 30+ years of active involvement in professional nursing organizations including the Minnesota Nurses Association, MN Organization of Registered Nurses, American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Communications Liaison: Melanie Bourke
Melanie Bourke, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a 2017 graduate of the University of Minnesota Doctorate in Nursing program and is board certified to provide Psychiatric- Mental Health care across the lifespan. She maintains her clinical practice at Park Nicollet with a focus on adolescents and adults diagnosed with psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD). Melanie has been working in community mental health for more than 13 years and has a strong interest in working with underserved populations. 
Membership Liaison: Kelsey Lessard
Kelsey Lessard, DNP, APRN, CNP is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in Anoka county at a reproductive and sexual health clinic as a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Manager. She is also the Medical Director for a group of clinics in East Central Minnesota. Kelsey is a three-time graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, a Master in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology. For her doctoral project, she implemented a community-based program that increased sex trafficking awareness among healthcare providers. Kelsey is passionate about providing quality care to underserved populations.

The continuing board members are:
  • President: Dianne Willer-Sly
  • Treasurer: Mary Dierich
  • Legislative Liaison: Maria Ruud
  • Education Liaison: Mary Benbenek

Announcing--new chair of MNNP Membership Committee . . .

Membership Committee Chair: Kim Moore 
Dr. Moore is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Her expertise is in family practice, integrative health and wellness, and urgent care. She has specific interests in the areas of leadership/teamwork, lifestyle modification, health promotion, nutrition/ nutritional supplementation and aromatherapy.  

Legislative Update

We are fortunate to once again have Maureen O'Connell representing us at the Capitol this year. Maureen is monitoring legislation and will keep us apprised of issues that impact nurse practitioners. There are many new members, so this year would be a great year to introduce yourself to your elected official. Don't know who represents you? You can find that information here.

An issue that we are tracking is the sunset of the provider tax. If this tax goes away, it will leave a significant debt in the health care budget and impact services provided. For more information go here.

The legislative session is just getting started so stay tuned!

We would like to introduce our lobbyist, Maureen . . .

Maureen O’Connell is an attorney who started her own consulting firm O’Connell Consulting, LLC in October, 2012. She is a policy and government relations consultant on health care and economic justice issues.  She has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations including AARP, American Massage Therapy Association-Minnesota Chapter, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Minnesota APRN Coalition, Minnesota Nurse Practitioners and TakeAction Minnesota.  She is also the co-founder of Health Access MN, a MNsure partner and navigator agency, providing health care outreach and enrollment assistance to individuals accessing health insurance coverage though Minnesota's online marketplace.  She began her career as a staff attorney with Legal Aid and served in a variety of roles over her twenty year career in Legal Aid. When she left in 2010 she was the Director of the Legal Services Advocacy Project which works on policy issues impacting low-income Minnesotans.  From 2010-2012 she served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
Education Update

The MNNP Fall conference 2018 was held at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center Minnesota on November 30 and December 1, 2018. There were 100 participants in attendance and 20 vendors exhibited. The key note speaker was Dr. Eileen O'Grady who spoke on personal wellness and the need for life balance.  The successful day and one half conference highlighted nurse practitioner speakers as well as reviewed interprofessional practice topics by pharmacists, physicians and respiratory therapists which included integrative therapies, heart failure management, vector borne illnesses, the opioid epidemic, pulmonary function testing, trauma informed care, antipsychotic drug therapy, hyponatremia management, pharmacogenomics, and legislative updates. For the first time, competitive poster presentations were offered during the Friday evening social and the Saturday morning break time.  Two NP students were awarded prizes for best poster:  Vivian Ngongang from Metro State and Amy Skroch from Winona State. 

Save the date for the 2019 MNNP Fall Conference on November 15 and 16 at the DoubleTree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN. More to come!

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.

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