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Montana Nurses Association 103rd Annual Convention

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Table of Contents

2015 Annual Book of Reports

MNA Mission Statement 3

MNA Staff & Contacts 5

2015 Board of Directors 7

2015 Councils 9

2015 Committees 11

2015 Leadership 13

Executive Director Report 14

Council on Continuing Education Report 23

Labor Department Report 25

Membership Report 27

District 1 Report 27

Consent to Serve 29

Membership Application 31

Notes 30, 32

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Mission Statement

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The Montana Nurses Association promotes professional nursing

practice, standards and education; represents professional nurses; and

provides nursing leadership in promoting high quality health care.

Get Involved,

Promote your Profession,

Be Empowered to make a difference!

“Voice of Nurses in Montana


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Staff & Contacts

Executive Director Vicky Byrd 406-442-6710

Continuing Education Director Pam Dickerson 406-465-9126

Labor Program Director Robin Haux 406-431-5934

Continuing Education Specialist Kathy Schaefer 406-422-1050

RN Continuing Education Specialist Mary Thomas 406-422-1055

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2015 Board of Directors

President ~

Lucy Ednie C: 406-782-4458 Butte

Vice-President ~

Rayna Joshu C: 406-750-2070 Great Falls

Secretary ~

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Treasurer ~

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Director at Large ~

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Council on Continuing Education

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Council on Practice & Government Affairs

Representative to Board ~

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Council on Economic & General Welfare

Representative to Board ~

Daylyn Porter H: 406-227-5847 C: 406-459-4749 East Helena

Council on Advanced Practice (CAP)

Representative to Board ~

Arlys Williams H: 406-357-3419 C: 406-265-3554 Chinook


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Montana Nurses Association

2015 Councils

Council on Continuing Education

Debby Lee, Representative to Board ~ Denton

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Jennifer Taylor

Megan Hamilton

Margaret Johnson

Mickie Simonson

Teresa Menicucci

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Council on Practice & Government Affairs

John Honsky, Representative to Board ~ Missoula

Barb Moser Billings Megan Hamilton Missoula

Council on Economic & General Welfare

Daylyn Porter, Representative to Board ~ Helena

Deanna Evans

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Council on Advanced Practice

Arlys Williams, Representative to Board ~ Bozeman

Council on Advanced Practice Chair-Elect ~ John Honsky, Missoula

Secretary ~ Nanci Taylor, Anaconda

Member at Large ~ Keven Comer, Bozeman

National Federation of Nurses

Katie Haxby ~ Butte

Jennifer Taylor ~ Helena


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2015 Committees

Nominations Committee

Bonnie Hash…Bozeman

Paula Roman…Helena

Nanci Taylor…Anaconda

By-Laws Committee

Linda Henderson…Missoula

Brenda Donaldson…Lewistown

Editorial Board

Barbara Prescott…Bozeman

Mary Pappas…Havre

Kate Eby…Great Falls

Staffed by: Kim Kralicek

Elections Committee

Brenda Donaldson…Lewistown

Gwyn Palchak…Kalispell

Susan Porrovecchio…Bigfork

Finance Committee

Pauline Flotkoetter…Miles City

Gwyn Palchak…Kalispell

Arlys Williams…Chinook

History Committee

Chair, Mary Munger…Helena

Maxine Ferguson…Helena

Milly Gutkowski…Bozeman


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District Leadership

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• District 1 ~ Genie Weber/John Honsky ......................................Missoula

• District 2 ~ Lorri Bennett ...............................................Deer Lodge

• District 3 ~ Keven Comer ............................................... Bozeman

• District 4 ~ Mary Thomas .................................................Helena

• District 5 ~ Lynn Hilliard/Barbara Moser ......................................Billings

• District 6 ~ Arlys Williams/Debbie Lee ........................................Havre

• District 7 ~ Gwyn Palchak ............................................... Kalispell

• District 8 ~ Linda Ries/Karen Schledewitz ..................................... Sidney

Local Unit Leadership

• District 1-Local Unit 15 ~ Community Medical Center.. .....................Geri Unbehend

• District 1-Local Unit 17 ~ St. Patrick Hospital ................................Cindi Smith

• District 1-Local Unit 32 ~ Partners In Home Care ....................... Tammy Eggleston

• District 1-Local Unit 33 ~ Fresenius Medical Center ..........................Tasha Boggs

• District 1-Local Unit 35 ~ Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aleta Lewis

• District 1-Local Unit 43 ~ Missoula City-County Health Department .......... Jennifer Kirscher

• District 2-Local Unit 01 ~ Community Hospital of Anaconda ...................Lorri Bennett

• District 2-Local Unit 05 ~ St. James Healthcare ...........................Stacey Sheehan

• District 2-Local Unit 07 ~ Montana State Hospital ........................... Jack Preston

• District 2-Local Unit 37 ~ Butte/Silver Bow City-County ..................Karen Maloughney

• District 2-Local Unit 36 ~ Montana Chemical Dependency Center ...........Elisabeth Fandrich

• District 3-Local Unit 04 ~ Bozeman Deaconess .........................James Fredrickson

• District 3-Local Unit 26 ~ MSU Student Health ............................Bonnie White

• District 3-Local Unit 6 ~ Fresenius Medical Center .............................VACANT

• District 4-Local Unit 08 ~ Department of Public Health & Human Services ........Susan Reeser

• District 4-Local Unit 13 ~ St. Peter’s Community Hospital ............... Orpha Montgomery

• District 5-Local Unit 02 ~ Billings Clinic ..................................Delayne Gall

• District 5-Local Unit 38 ~ Rosebud Healthcare .............Troy Ruff/Debra Valdevez Bennett

• District 5-Local Unit 44 ~ Holy Rosary Hospital .........................Penny Haughian

• District 6-Local Unit 11 ~ Cascade City-County .......................... Davida Hryszko

• District6-Local Unit 12 ~ Northern Montana Hospital, Co-Chair ............. Kristin Donoven

• District 6-Local Unit 25 ~ Northern Rockies Medical .........................Tanya Lucchi

• District 6-Local Unit 24 ~ Sweet Medical Center .............................Tami Shoen

• District 6-Local Unit 9 ~ Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center .....Julie Capraro/Bethany Eide

• District 7-Local Unit 22 ~ Cabinet Peaks Medical Center .....................Dave Edwards

• District 7-Local Unit 27 ~ Veteran’s Home ..................................Ruth Oskey

• District 7-Local Unit 34 ~ Clark Fork Valley Hospital ........................ Matt Madden

• District 8-Local Unit 21 ~ Glendive Medical Center .........................Jennifer Miller

• District 8-Local Unit 39 ~ Sidney Health Center ..........................Christa Veltman


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Executive Director Annual Report

Vicky Byrd, BA, RN, OCN

MNA is the recognized leader and advocate for the professional nurse in

Montana. MNA promotes professional nursing practice, standards and education;

represents professional nurses; and provides nursing leadership in promoting

high quality health care.

Montana Nurses Association (MNA) has hit a critical mass this year!! We have

grown in service, staff, and membership.

With our growth and services increasing, we had to look at a significant dues increase to support this

need. Please see Bullet points and FAQ’s included in this book of reports and posted on our website at

MNA has also become more legislatively active, and as we address issues, we have begun a marketing

campaign to address our legislative issues. A priority from now until the 2017 legislative year is violence

in the workplace and the campaign is strategically called “Your Nurse Wears Combat Boots”! As we

address workplace violence, keep on the lookout for surveys posted on Facebook, Twitter and emails.

This is the first campaign for MNA of this kind, and our goal is to bring it across the state of Montana!

We plan to launch this campaign at convention.

A recent goal has been reaching out and having our MNA staff sponsor a district. We have 8 districts

across the state and many are not as active as others. The districts are inclusive of all the RN members

and make up the entire professional association of MNA. These members bring forth your voice and

vote at the annual convention. Each district has an account in which $1.00 per member per month

accumulates based on the number of members in that district. Each district should have officers,

especially a President and Treasurer. Districts can decide at their meetings what to use their funds for.

Typically, the districts support their members to attend the MNA convention as delegates and bring

their voice to the annual convention. Each district votes on their use of the funds, and as they grow,

they can approve them for whatever use they see fit in relation to their members. As we support our

members, we are empowering the district’s to become more active and establish their leadership. Each

district should have organized meetings throughout the year, but at least one to elect their MNA annual

convention delegates!


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Benefits for all Montana Nurses Association Members

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We represent all nurses in the state through numerous activities throughout the year and engagement in

state and national nursing and health initiatives.

Montana Nurses Association is accredited as an approver and provider of continuing nursing education

by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Education

Provider and Approver Accredited – You can enjoy member discounts for continuing nursing education

activities provided by MNA. Activities include everything from independent studies to webinars to

3-day conferences. MNA can help you get contact hours for an individual activity you would like

to offer at your facility or can help your facility become an approved provider to offer numerous

continuing education activities at your workplace. Members receive discounts on application fees.

Contact hours earned through the ANCC Accreditation System help you maintain licensure and attain/

maintain certification.

Council on Advanced Practice (CAP)

The MNA supports professional activities and education for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Other Councils and Committees

Members are encouraged to be actively involved in the work of the association and to influence the

advancement of nursing. These opportunities also afford RNs opportunities for their own personal and

professional development

Monitor Board of Nursing Activities

MNA participates in rule development, public policy, licensure, and legislative planning

National Involvement

ANA (American Nurses Association)

ANCC-COA (American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation)

Political Activity with Council on Practice and Government Affairs (CPGA)

MNA representatives monitor and act on legislation that impact nurses, healthcare, workforce issues,

child and elder issues.

Student Scholarships

Nursing students may apply for scholarships prior to our Annual MNA Convention.


Montana Nurses Association


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MNA annually recognizes nurses for outstanding achievement in their professional activities.


Additional Benefits for Collective Bargaining Members Only

We have over 30 local bargaining units for RNs in the state of Montana, all protected by individual

collective bargaining agreements, their contracts. Our annual Labor Retreat is at Chico Hot Springs in

April of each year and provides attendees with contact hours on education with a collective bargaining


Professional Conference Committees/Labor Management Committees:

Many of our local units use these committees to support RNs in addressing workplace concerns and

finding resolutions outside of contract negotiations.

Other National Involvement for Collective Bargaining Members

NFN (National Federation of Nurses, our national nursing union)

AFT (American Federation of Teachers, our national affiliate)

Economic and General Welfare Council (EGW)

MNA supports our collective bargaining nurses with education and workplace issues.

Growing our Membership

• Reaching out to APRN’s, engaging them in CAP (Council on Advanced Practice), relevant

legislation to continue to support independent practice and supporting achievement of continuing

education requirements related to pharmacology prescribing education.

• Encouraging people to become members and developing our plan to reach out to district leaders

and facilitate growth of activities at the district level (this includes all nurses, not just labor)

– so they could be actively involved in our councils and other work of the professional nurses


• We’ve responded to the call for help and organized 4 new local units in 2 years in Lewistown,

Bozeman, and Missoula. Those contracts are being negotiated and we are helping to build the

local unit structure and election of officers

• We’ve laid the foundation for more effective internal organizing so more nurses that are covered by a

union contract are choosing union membership and are full dues paying members than ever before

• We’re about to launch a new effort to increase the membership of our professional organization

and communicate with all new nurses within the first few months following their graduation


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Expanding our Services

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• We’ve added one additional Labor Representative to our staff and have increased the response

time and quality of our representation and organizing capacity.

• We added an additional Nurse Educator to our staff to assist in the robust growth of our

Continuing Education Department that is now serving over 32 states and 3 countries.

• CE department supports all members through webinars, independent studies, and opportunities

for nurses to engage in distance learning as well as “real time” interactions and our provider

updates that enhance the professional development of nurses in all of our approved provider

units in 6 states

• We’re empowering nurses with more quality education directly through our provider services

(APRN conf, annual Labor Retreat, annual convention, and Transition to practice) and through

our national affiliates which includes nursing education as well as workplace advocacy.

• We have assisted more professional nurses in facing workplace issues and challenges to their

license than ever before whether they are a member or not.

Leading the Healthcare Industry

• MNA is “leading the healthcare industry” by:

1. Staff and member engagement in national nursing and interprofessional associations.

2. Staff and members who facilitate the work of international accreditation through serving on

the Commission on Accreditation and as an Accreditation appraiser.

3. Facilitating publication of articles by members and nurses engaged with MNA activities.

• We’re keeping a high profile meeting regularly with the Governor and key cabinet members

so the nurses of MNA have a voice in policy and legislation that impacts healthcare and their

ability to meet the highest standards of care with the freedom to advocate for that care without

inappropriate repercussions.

• We meet regularly with the Board of Nursing to collaborate on projects that improve healthcare

and public safety as well as provide input to the fairest processes for nurses that find themselves

in the review process.

• Nationally we have direct input from MNA staff and our members with ANA, NFN and AFT

Nurses and Healthcare professionals!

• We are planning to launch a campaign to raise awareness of Violence against healthcare

workers focusing on nurse assaults that we hope will help pass in the 2017 Legislative Session.

Our goal is for the assault on a nurse while on duty to become a felony as is supported by

our membership. The campaign is called “Your Nurse Wears Combat Boots” and is the first

campaign of its kind to be spearheaded by MNA.


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This chart is a comparison of our yearly dues and broken down by cost per month. I compared them to our

MNA staff employed here at the association. It helps with perspective and if we want to continue to grow

and provide increasing services. Also, here are examples of our 2 sister states who also have similar nursing

wages as MT and with their resources are able to employ more staff and implement programs to support

their member’s needs. Oregon and Ohio are similar to Montana as they have blended memberships as well.

MNA 2015

• Collective Bargaining dues $513.50 yearly $42.80 monthly

• Non Collective Bargaining dues $471.50 yearly $39.29 monthly

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• Admin/Marketing Specialist $580.44 $48.37

• Finance/Membership Specialist $658.20 $54.85

• CE Specialist $787.44 $65.62

• Labor Specialist $867.84 $72.32

Oregon Nurses Association 2015 (ONA)

Collective Bargaining dues currently $658.00 yearly $54.83 monthly

Increasing due to AFT affiliation $975.00 yearly $81.2 monthly (to begin 2016)

Ohio Nurses Association 2015 (ONA)

Collective Bargaining dues range from $597.00-$790.00 yearly $49.16-$65.83 monthly

ONA—2015 new graduate rate $26.00/hour, annual salary $58,080

Washington Nurses Association 2014 (WSNA)

Collective Bargaining Dues range from $892.80-$923.28 yearly $74.40-$76.94 monthly

(This does not include district dues)

WSNA—2015 wage average for their contracts is $32.94/hour, annual salary of $68,548

Amazingly Montana is competitive on their wage scales compared to our sister union states and I

understand cost of living is different in different areas across all our states…MNA has heard from the

members and they want more support in Education, Labor and Legislation and this dues increase assists

us in that endeavor!!!

We will continue to update these bullet points as other information comes in……


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1. Why such a significant increase in dues?

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Now with our organization and services growing based on our members needs, we are asking to

increase dues to apply to our operating costs and these costs to be covered include: increased need

for staff and salaries, CE program and labor departments have exploded, programs and support for

local and district members, marketing campaigns related to MNA and legislation, and allow MNA to

strategically invest in our members engagement at local, state, and national events!!

We are asking for a $10.00 per month increase for operational costs from all MNA members for our

entire professional organization.

Fortunately, over last 8 years dues have remained the same and/or only increasing from 0.8% to 3.05%.

Here is the breakdown utilizing CB dues rates (NON CB are 42 dollars less). We have only experienced

an 8% total increase over 8 years!!

2. What do other nurses pay in membership dues across the labor states? What do

their nurses make per hour?

Washington, Oregon and Ohio are our comparative labor states. They have a blended professional

organization as we do. Here is a table of their CB dues rates.



ONA-Oregon Nurses Association $975.00 $81.25

WSNA-Washington Nurses Association $892.80-$923.28 $74.40-$76.94

ONA-Ohio Nurses Association $597-$790 $49.16-$65.83

ONA—Ohio 2015 new graduate rate $26.00/hour, annual salary of $58,080.

WSNA—2015 wage average for their contracts is $32.94/hour, annual salary of $68,548.

ONA—Oregon 2015 awaiting response


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I provided a table below of some critical access hospitals and our larger hospital facilities so you can

see the entry level, mid-level and max wages in our contracts and we are very competitive (with the

exception of critical access).

Local Unit Entry Mid Max Steps

1 Anaconda $27.20 $35.61 $41.53 25.00

4 Bozeman $25.00 $29.29 $33.68 15

15 Community MSLA $24.66 $31.99 $38.91 24

44 Holy Rosary $21.99 $27.55 $33.34 24

34 Clark Fork $23.25 $34.25 range

17 St. Pats MSLA $25.13 $30.09 $34.05 16

13 St. Pete’s $24.74 $31.38 $38.25 22

2 Billings Clinic $26.60 $35.09 $43.58 8

3. What will be my dues rate if the dues increase for operational costs pass the HOD?

Here is a chart showing the current dues for CB and NON-CB members along with the breakdown of


Here is what the “NEW” chart will look like with operational costs increasing $10.00 per member per




4. What will be my additional dues for CB members if the CBA passes AFT affiliation

dues increase? (this does not apply to NON-CB)

Here is the final chart if both the HOD and the CBA pass the dues increases as asked for in the bullet

points posted on the web. Mobilization funds, to exclusively support the AFT affiliation, would need to


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increase $10.00 per member per month and these would be specifically secured for AFT affiliation dues

only and is ONLY assessed on CB members.

FINAL Yearly Monthly

This second $10 dollar bill for CB members only again is exclusively to assist with our new AFT

affiliation. This additional amount will be assessed into the mobilization funds (currently at 30 dollars

per year) and only assessed to CB members to support the AFT affiliation of which the members

wanted (will increase mobilization amount to $150.00).

The amount for full dues to AFT are $225.36/year ($18.78 per member per month) at this time. This

is on top of our MNA CB amount of $513.50/year. They have allowed us to “gradually” increase by

percentages over 5 years until we have to pay full dues, this is due by February 2017. We are currently

paying 40% of the full due amount and have been using MNA operating funds to cover. We have also

been using mobilization funds and NFN fund rebates to cover these costs over the past 3 years and

didn’t have to pass it onto the members until this critical time. We needed to be sure they were a fit for

MNA and our CB members.

This has been a valuable affiliation for our CB members and all our members as they have supported

us legislatively(government and legislative staff), financially by sending speakers and a regional

representative at no cost, and assist our labor team with hospital financial evaluations and bargaining

training and support..ect..

This $10.00 increase for CB will only be taken up at the CBA as it is not HOD business. It is exclusively

CBA agenda and the labor staff and EGW are working hard to inform the locals to get their delegates to

the CBA to vote on this particular increase!

5. Who will be voting on what dues increases?

The House of Delegates (HOD), will vote on the operational cost dues increase of $10.00 per member

per month. This is for all nurses in the professional association.

The Collective Bargaining Assembly (CBA), will vote on the exclusive $10.00 that will be assessed to the

mobilization funds. (This is in addition to the operational costs)

To summarize if both increases pass, it will be a total of $10.00 per member per month increase for

Non-CB members and a total of $20.00 per member per month increase for CB members. (see final

chart in red number 4 above)

These increases are significant and will meet the needs of the professional organization!! We should

NOT see an increase of this magnitude for many years!!


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6. MNA Staff dues comparison!

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• Admin/Marketing Specialist $580.44 $48.37

• Finance/Membership Specialist $658.20 $54.85

• CE Specialist $787.44 $65.62

• Labor Specialist $867.84 $72.32

7. Other Communication

Amazingly Montana is competitive on their wage scales compared to our sister union states and

I understand cost of living varies in different areas across all our states…MNA has heard from the

members and they want more support in Education, Labor and Legislation and this dues increase assists

us in that endeavor!!! Please continue to view the bullet points posted on the web as well!!! Our goal is

to be sure everyone is well informed, please don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions.


Montana Nurses Association

Council on Continuing (CCE) Education

Annual Report

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Pamela S. Dickerson, PhD, RN-BC,

Continuing Education Director &

Sandy Sacry, MSN, RN

Chair, Council on Continuing Education

The overarching goals of the Council on Continuing Education are congruent with the mission of MNA

– to promote professional nursing practice, standards, and education and to provide nursing leadership

in promoting high-quality health care. Specifically, these goals are:

1. Provide quality continuing nursing education that supports the mission of MNA, following

guidelines as an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission

on Accreditation.

2. Approve educational activities and provider units that support nursing professional development

and improvement in patient care, following guidelines as an accredited approver by the American

Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

As required by accreditation criteria, there are outcome measures associated with both provider and

approver unit operations. Increasingly, there is emphasis on validating the importance of continuing

nursing education in improving the professional practice of nursing. Evidence of the excellence of our

work in this area includes receipt of the 2015 ANCC Premier Award for our accredited approver unit

and designation of Accreditation with Distinction of our accredited provider unit.

Council on Continuing Education:

The Council meets twice a year for face-to-face meetings in addition to conference calls for new

member orientation and other issues as required. Some members of the council focus on provider unit

operations and activities; other members serve as peer reviewers for the approver unit. Peer reviewers

undergo initial education and testing, as well as periodic validation of competence to ensure their

ability to assess applications congruently with peer reviewers across the United States. The Council

continues to recruit members interested in contributing to this important work of the Association.

Approver Unit:

The approver unit accepts applications from both individual activity applicants and organizations

wishing to be approved, or to continue their approval, as providers. Individual activities are approved

for up to two years once all accreditation program criteria have been met. Provider units are approved


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for up to three years, with authority to design, implement, and evaluate their own activities during that

period of time. The Approver Unit monitors quality and outcomes from both individual activity and

approved provider data in accordance with accreditation program criteria.

Provider Unit:

The provider unit is accountable for all aspects of providing continuing nursing education offered by

MNA. This includes annual events such as the Transition from New Graduate to Professional Nurse

workshop, the APRN Pharmacology Conference, Labor Retreat, Provider Update Conferences, and the

annual Convention. Additionally, the provider unit offers a number of live, webinar, and independent

study learning activities. While the main target audience of provider unit activities is MNA members,

learning activities are open to all nurses interested in our events. Growth of our provider unit has

resulting in hiring of an additional staff member to serve in the nurse planner role.

Continuing education continues to be a major benefit to membership and provides numerous

opportunities for nurses to enhance their professional development as learners, faculty, authors, peer

reviewers, and activity planners.


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Labor Department Annual Report

Robin Haux, Labor Program Director

Your MNA Labor Department has grown over the past year! We were thrilled to

add a third Labor Representative to assist with providing the best representation

we can. Our staff includes Amy Hauschild, Eastern Labor Representative, Caroline

Baughman, Western/Central Labor Representative, and Sandi Luckey, Western/

Central Labor Representative. Each staff member brings different experiences

to our team. Through a highly collaborative approach, we’ve achieved more

successes in addressing the nursing issues facing nurses every day.

Our goal continues to be increasing our success at the bargaining table, improving our representation of

members, providing local units with the tools to be self-sufficient, and encouraging advocacy through


We continue to be effective in bargaining our successor agreements. However, our contract negotiations

continue to be more difficult and take longer. Your MNA labor staff encourages all our members to

stay involved, to stay informed, and to advocate for your profession and your patients. The current

labor climate continues to fight for benefits, better staffing, and a voice in patient care. Advocacy and

collective action strengthens our local units and this through involvement, our members can and do

impact the results at the bargaining table.

MNA’s collective bargaining membership is growing! In 2015, we added two new locals! Fresenius in

Bozeman and the Montana Mental Health Care Center in Lewistown. We welcome all our new members

to the MNA family! We also have two additional organizing campaigns underway!

Our ability to effectively communicate is expanding! We have made significant strides in the number of

local units utilizing technology advancements to distribute information. Our local units are using more

social media, email, and text messaging as a way to inform and gain feedback from nurses. Conference

calls, webinars, and online meetings have also allowed us to reach more of our members more of the

time, facilitating an increase in participation and advocacy.

Our legislative involvement is opening new possibilities! For the first time, MNA is launching a campaign

to pass a bill in the next Legislative Session making workplace violence that involves assault with the

intent to do harm, a crime against healthcare workers. The goal of Your Nurse Wears Combat Boots is

to educate lawmakers and the public about the experiences of nurses in order to build awareness and

support. Nurses continue to be ranked the most trusted profession which makes the testimony of nurses a

powerful force in the policy and lawmaking process, not just for the protection of fellow nurses but also in

advocating for patients and families.

Your MNA Labor Team is excited to continue working hard for you! We look forward to building more

strength through unity in the coming year!


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2015 Annual Book of Reports

What a great learning experience I have had in my first year as your Membership

& Finance Specialist at Montana Nurses Association!

Our membership base continues to grow each month. Involvement and feedback

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District 1 Report

John Honsky, President & Genie Weber, Treasurer

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District 1 is pleased to announce the creation of two nursing scholarships to be

awarded annually from the Shirley Christianson Nursing Scholarship Endowment.

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Shirley Christianson, a registered nurse from Missoula, began the fund by

holding bake sales and quilt raffles. Shirley’s vision is now being realized by the

establishment of annual scholarships for two Missoula nursing students.

District Funds NSNA delegate

This year again, District 1 was please to provide a $500 grant to Rick Alton in order to attend the National

Student Nurses Annual Convention. Rick also serves as student member on MNA’s Board.

Big Sky Nurses Negotiating Contract

Registered nurses at Big Sky Surgery Center voted to join MNA last June and this year they have been

engaged in contract negotiations. District 1 wants to acknowledge the skill and compassion that our

newest members provide to their patients and colleagues at the center. We also appreciate and fully

support them in their work negotiating a fair contract.


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