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Executive director's report.



Happy New Year on behalf of the Montana Nurses Association! This is the beginning of our 100th year as a professional nursing association and we have so much to celebrate. This is a time of reflection on the rich history of our organization. It is also a time for contemplation concerning our relevance as we move into the future.

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The staff of MNA continues to work hard to serve the membership through innovation and commitment. I am proud to announce that we have a new Labor Director: Amy Hauschild. Amy not only brings an abundance of experience within the Association, but also embodies compassion for both the nursing profession and for representing nurses within the workplace. Her past experience includes many years as a nurse member, local unit leader, and most recently in the MNA staff position of Labor Specialist. MNA was fortunate to have many qualified candidates from across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , but Amy's knowledge in both nursing practice and nursing labor issues made her the top candidate for this important position.

Bill Smith continues to represent nurses in the workplace on the western side of the state as a Labor Specialist. We are proud to have him as part of the MNA staff. Hard work and a commitment to nursing have been evident in his work since 2007. Bill has many contracts to negotiate and conference committees to attend. Bill has been a stable presence for those nurses he represents and we are thankful for his fortitude Fortitude
See also Bravery.

Fratricide (See MURDER.)

Asia

despite torture, refuses to deny Moses. [Islam: Walsh Classical, 35]

Calantha

fulfills wifely and queenly duties despite losses. [Br. Lit.
.

We are actively recruiting for a Continuing Education continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).
 Director. Our search for a qualified nurse candidate will be methodically me·thod·i·cal   also me·thod·ic
adj.
1. Arranged or proceeding in regular, systematic order.

2. Characterized by ordered and systematic habits or behavior. See Synonyms at orderly.
 conducted in order to continue offering a strong continuing nursing education program. Kathy Schaefer, Administrative Assistant I, is currently the contact person for continuing nursing education. She is eager to assist with any questions regarding our continuing education programs. We are currently seeking APRN APRN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse  presenters for our Spring Pharmacology pharmacology, study of the changes produced in living animals by chemical substances, especially the actions of drugs, substances used to treat disease. Systematic investigation of the effects of drugs based on animal experimentation and the use of isolated and  Conference as well as speakers for the Labor Retreat. Kathy can be contacted at Kathy@mtnurses.org.

Membership reconciliation continues to be a priority of the executive staff and board. Juanita Kazmierowski, Administrative Assistant II, and I are committed to making sure the member-tracking is concise and serves those who have committed to the mission of the Association. Juanita is our full-time membership staff person and welcomes all inquiries regarding district and local statistics or any questions regarding dues and membership.

This report is being written on a plane en-route to Executive Officer Training in Austin, TX. This trip follows on the heels of travel to Washington, DC to represent Montana Registered Nurses. It is an honor and somewhat surreal sur·re·al  
adj.
1. Having qualities attributed to or associated with surrealism: "Even with most facilities shut down ...
 to be networking in these venues on behalf of our state association. I believe that Montana can become a national leader in all areas of our profession and I am proud to be an active part of that leadership. Nurses have a powerful voice that needs to be heard. I invite you to contact me personally with any ideas or concerns so that I may be an informed voice on your behalf.

Members of Montana Nurses Association or not, we represent all! We value all registered nurses especially those who, in these difficult economic times, commit to contributing to the profession through MNA/ANA membership. This publication goes out to approximately 18,000 nurses licensed in the State of Montana. For those not currently a member, please consider joining your nurse colleagues and sign on as a member. MNA members: please consider becoming an active member (I promise it will be fun!), or please, just feel free to call the MNA office to share your unique perspectives regarding our profession. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve Montana nurses.

Lori Chovanak, MN, RN
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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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