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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.


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, 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.

We are actively recruiting for a Continuing Education Director. Our search for a qualified nurse candidate will be methodically 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 presenters for our Spring Pharmacology Conference as well as speakers for the Labor Retreat. Kathy can be contacted at

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 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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Author:Chovanak, Lori
Publication:The Pulse
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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