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Candidate profiles.

Montana Nurses' Association members will receive a ballot in the mail. Please exercise your member rights by voting.

CANDIDATES LISTED IN THE ORDER, AS THEY WILL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS--PRESIDENT ELECT

Tina Hedin, Billings--I believe in the voice of nurses. Nurses are a strong formidable power that can accomplish anything as a group. I believe in and promote the use of that voice.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS--MEMBER AT LARGE

Brenda Donaldson, Helena--Nursing is not a stagnant profession. As a professional organization of nurses we must constantly evaluate and change to meet the needs of those we serve. I would be honored to represent the membership of the Montana Nurses' Association as a member of the Board of Directors.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS--MEMBER AT LARGE

Rebecca Schneider, Kalispell--In my role as an occupational health nurse I have special interest in the health and safety of nurses. Nurses are at high risk for musculoskeletal injuries and other injuries. Patient lifting and positioning are especially dangerous. Nurses are exposed to hazardous drugs, radiation, infectious organisms, and violence. There are equipment, tools, and training which protect nurses from harm. I hope to promote safer work environments for nurses. My range of experience in acute care, home care, correctional care, and occupational health allows me to represent a broad spectrum of nurses in Montana.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS--MEMBER AT LARGE

Mae Rittal, Sidney--As a staff nurse working in a rural 25-bed hospital in Eastern Montana that has recently gained Critical Access status; I believe that I can contribute a differing point of view for our state. Staff nurses are at the bedside providing hands on care for patients, improving safety and outcomes. ANA and MNA need to continue advocating for each patient the right to skilled educated licensed professional health care givers.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS--COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION POSITION

Maxine Ferguson, Helena--My long history with MNA and continuing education for nurses will help to ensure that CE is available at the district, local unit, and state levels. If MNA is not providing the CE you want or need, we'll try to remedy that! The number of approved providers of continuing nursing education in Montana continues to grow, thanks to the demand for quality continuing education.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS--COUNCIL ON ADVANCED PRACTICE

Mary Clair McGuire, Havre-I am interested in increasing the visibility and understanding of nurse practitioners. This should begin with the promotion and education of nurses.

COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION--APPROVER UNIT

Bonnie Hash, Bozeman--Continuing education in my field of work has varied over the years because of the different parts of nursing I've worked in, and continue to change. Some could be specialties but to me I've chosen to cover many areas so anyone's need can be met by helping them get to the right doctor or health agency. CEs keep your brain active and you healthier! I hope they do the same for me. Please let me help you get quality continuing education programs here in Montana.

COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION--APPROVER UNIT

Mary Clair McGuire, Havre--I am interested in increasing the visibility and understanding of nurse practitioners. This should begin with the promotion and education of nurses.

COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION--APPROVER UNIT

Susan Porrovechio, Bigfork--As an active member of my professional nursing organization, since a student at STSU, I am so grateful for the mentoring I have received for these pas 34 years as a nurse. It would be a wonderful opportunity to give back and also to grow in my profession through service to MNA. Nursing continues to be one of my life's blessings--I have had no regrets.

COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION--PROVIDER UNIT

Gwyn Palchak, Kalispell-Education is essential to improve patient care for all nurses. I believe that MNA must continue to be a strong provider of education, at both the state and local levels, and with my experience as a reviewer I can provide critical process improvement.

COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION--PROVIDER UNIT

Lynn O'Malley, Great Falls--If elected to serve on the Continuing Education Provider Unit, I will work with other committee members to bring current and pertinent activities, programs and offerings for all nurses in multiple settings throughout Montana. As an advocate of rural health nursing, distance learning and quality learning, I believe that learning should be pertinent to all Montana nurses.

COUNCIL ON CONTINUING EDUCATION--PROVIDER UNIT

Jenifer Sheehy, Helena--No statement received

COUNCIL ON PRACTICE & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Milly Gutkoski, Bozeman--As a retired nurse I have the time to participate and attend meetings as needed. Since retiring I have continued to be active in MNA and several state level health committees. Have served on this council and would like to continue.

COUNCIL ON PRACTICE & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Glenda Nielsen, Missoula--No statement received

COUNCIL ON PRACTICE & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Kim Powell, Missoula--Participation in both state and national nursing practice regulation is vital in order to fully represent the needs of nurses and patients. My experience on the Board of Nursing and with the legislative process has impressed upon me the need to be present and active in discussions that affect quality nursing care.

ECONOMIC & GENERAL WELFARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Michelle Chavez, Billings--I recently have become more involved in my local unit and have truly come to realize the power of a unified voice. I also believe in the mission of MNA and feel I would represent the E&GW Committee in a positive and committed image towards excellence in practice.

ECONOMIC & GENERAL WELFARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Tina Hedin, Billings--I believe in the voice of nurses. Nurses are a strong formidable power that can accomplish anything as a group. I believe in and promote the use of that voice.

ECONOMIC & GENERAL WELFARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Rebecca Schneider, Kalispell--In my role as an occupational health nurse I have special interest in the health and safety of nurses. Nurses are at high risk for musculoskeletal injuries and other injuries. Patient lifting and positioning are especially dangerous. Nurses are exposed to hazardous drugs, radiation, infectious organisms, and violence. There are equipment, tools, and training which protect nurses from harm. I hope to promote safer work environments for nurses. My range of experience in acute care, home care, correctional care, and occupational health allows me to represent a broad spectrum of nurses in Montana.

ECONOMIC & GENERAL WELFARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Paul Wann, Butte--I look forward to serving the members of MNA and continuing to be an active participant in the profession of nursing. I was President of the Montana Tech Student Nurses Association in 2003. I was a Montana delegate at the National Student Nurses Association convention in Phoenix, Arizona also in 2003. In 2004-2005 I served as the Montana Student Nurses Association Secretary. This year I served as a District 2 delegate at MNA convention in Helena. I believe that it is of great importance to be active in protecting and sculpting the profession of nursing. I am honored and proud to serve the MNA members of the great state of Montana.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Becky Dickman, Kalispell--I have been in nursing for 30 years. I received my BSN from Montana State University where I have also taken graduate education and my Masters in Nursing Education from University of Wyoming. I have a wide range of nursing experience including Obstetrics, NICU, Long term Care, and Industrial Nursing. Currently I am teaching for Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Teresa Henry, Missoula--I am committed to MNA and I know nurses across the state as a result of teaching and policy work. I will seek out and encourage RNs to consider elected leadership in MNA.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Sue Honsky, Missoula--It is important for the Association to have a choice. As a member of the Nominations Committee I will be committed to fill the ballot with qualified candidates. I will work to provide a ballot that is representative of geography, employment, and philosophies of nursing.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Paul Wann, Butte--I look forward to serving the members of MNA and continuing to be an active participant in the profession of nursing. I was President of the Montana Tech Student Nurses Association in 2003. I was a Montana delegate at the National Student Nurses Association convention in Phoenix, Arizona also in 2003. In 2004-2005 I served as the Montana Student Nurses Association Secretary. This year I served as a District 2 delegate at MNA convention in Helena. I believe that it is of great importance to be active in protecting and sculpting the profession of nursing. I am honored and proud to serve the MNA members of the great state of Montana.

ANA DELEGATE

Lori Chovanak, Helena--I would be honored if elected to an ANA delegate seat. My involvement in MNA has been educational and fulfilling to my career as a nurse. I remain committed to learning and actively participating in my responsibilities in MNA. Please consider voting for my involvement at the National level as a delegate to ANA.

ANA DELEGATE

Brenda Donaldson, Helena--Nursing is not a stagnant profession. As a professional organization of nurses we must constantly evaluate and change to meet the needs of those we serve. I would be honored to represent the membership of the Montana Nurses' Association as an ANA Delegate.

ANA DELEGATE

Amy Hauschild, Missoula--I have served as an ANA and UAN delegate for the last several years. I promise to continue to bring forth the thoughts and feelings of the Montana delegation to the National level. I will not hesitate to publicly make a stand or make the wishes of my constituency known, even if doing so is uncomfortable. It will be an honor and privilege to represent the nurses of Montana at the United American Nurses National Labor Assembly and The American Nurses Association House of Delegates.

ANA DELEGATE

Linda Henderson, Missoula--As the incoming President of MNA, I would welcome the opportunity to serve our membership at the national level as an ANA delegate. I believe that my past experience with the association and legislative activities would allow me to actively represent MNA in a positive manner at Constituent Assembly.

ANA DELEGATE

Teresa Henry, Missoula--I am committed to MNA and I know nurses across the state as a result of teaching and policy work. I am also committed to continuing to serve as an ANA delegate.

ANA DELEGATE

Gwyn Palchak, Bigfork--As an ANA delegate the last two years I was able to promote the concerns of Montana nurses through networking, critical analysis and synthesis of current professional issues. Being a member of the Finance and Continuing Education Provider Unit I continue to be aware of the issues and needs of Montana nurses and would like to use this knowledge to promote our needs at the national level.

ANA DELEGATE

Susan Porrovechio, Bigfork--As an active member of my professional nursing organization, since a student at STSU, I am so grateful for the mentoring I have received for these pas 34 years as a nurse. It would be a wonderful opportunity to give back and also to grow in my profession through service to MNA. Nursing continues to be one of my life's blessings--I have had no regrets.

ANA DELEGATE

Barb Prescott, Bozeman--Montana nurses need to support a strong practice act as well as maintain a watchful eye on legislation and policies that affect the delivery of healthcare in Montana and nationally. I currently sit as the MNA Board of Directors representative to the Council on Government & Practice Affairs and work to promote this pilosophy working for Montana nurses and citizens. It would be an honor to also represent MNA on a national level as an ANA Delegate.

ANA DELEGATE

Mae Rittal, Sidney--As a staff nurse working in a rural 25 bed hospital in Eastern Montana that has recently gained Critical Access status; I believe that I can contribute a differing point of view for our state. Staff nurses are at the bedside providing hands on care for patients, improving safety and outcomes. ANA and MNA need to continue advocating for each patient the right to skilled educated licensed professional health care givers.

ANA DELEGATE

Kate Steenberg, Missoula--I have served as a national delegate for the last 6 years. The relationships I have developed at that level have been very helpful to Montana's nurses, and I will continue to build on them.

ANA DELEGATE

Paul Wann, Butte--I look forward to serving the members of MNA and continuing to be an active participant in the profession of nursing. I was President of the Montana Tech Student Nurses Association in 2003. I was a Montana delegate at the National Student Nurses Association convention in Phoenix, Arizona also in 2003. In 2004-2005 I served as the Montana Student Nurses Association Secretary. This year I served as a District 2 delegate at MNA convention in Helena. I believe that it is of great importance to be active in protecting and sculpting the profession of nursing. I am honored and proud to serve the MNA members of the great state of Montana.

UAN DELEGATE

Vicky Rae Byrd, East Helena--It would be a privilege to represent our local unit and state of Montana at the national level regarding collective bargaining. Being a UAN delegate would be a great opportunity to bring back valuable information for local unit use.

UAN DELEGATE

Maria Gurreri, Missoula--I believe we are in a critical time in our profession. There is a nursing shortage throughout the U.S. and Montana is not excluded in this shortage. We need to have strong advocates for nursing who can represent Montana in its highest capacity. The critical decisions made on the national level affect all RNs here in Montana. If elected as a UAN delegate I will advocate for Montana nurses with full commitment and passion.

UAN DELEGATE

Sue Noem, Helena--I would find this appointment a privilege to serve as a UAN delegate. I believe in the collective bargaining system and would like to further my involvement and education in how UAN supports nurses in the work place. Thank you.
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