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

Educational Opportunity

Topic: Management of motor and non-motor symptoms in advanced Parkinson’s disease
Time: June 19, at 5:30 PM

Free CE opportunity offered in partnership with Alina Health.

Dr. Jane Achenbach, neurologist at the Cambridge Medical Center, presents on the topic of management of motor and non-motor symptoms in advanced Parkinson’s disease; specifically cognitive changes and dementia, psychiatric issues, and sleep disorders. The target audience is nurses and all health care professionals who work with the Parkinson’s population.

The event is taking place on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30 PM, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. There is no cost to attend this program, and a light meal will be served. The program offers 1.5 hours of CE credits.

Click here for more information.
Educational Opportunity

Topic: Overview of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)
Time: Jun 28, 2019 6:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Moumita Chaki will provide a webinar on Overview of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) on June 28 6:30-7:30PM. This will be a 50 minute presentation with 10 minutes of Q and A. This will be a free educational opportunity.

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Moumita Chaki, PhD is the Nephrology Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization (OPDC), Inc.

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MNNPBoard Member Highlight:
Sandy Paddock, DNP, APRN, CNP
Board position: President-elect

What is your experience and practice as a NP?
I did the “ladder approach” to education and I’ve been a student much of my life. I started as a LPN, and later earned my associate degree at Inver Hills Community College. I then pursued my BSN, followed by MSN in nursing education, and Post-Masters certification for FNP, all at Winona State University. I completed my DNP at St. Catherine University. I have been a NP for 10 years with experience in primary care followed by employee health at St. Cloud Hospital. I now do H&Ps for an eye clinic in Faribault and I teach full time at Winona State University in the graduate nursing program located in Rochester.

Why did you decide to run for the president-elect position?
One of my colleagues from my DNP cohort had recently joined theMNNPboard and encouraged me to become involved inMNNP.MNNP, as our state professional organization, is our forum to advocate for NPs. Being on the board has expanded my opportunities to meet and engage with NPs from across the state. I am now more informed about the legislative process and how theMNNPlobbyist represents NPs so that our voice is heard.

What ideas do you have forMNNPas you look forward to ascending to the presidency role in November 2019?
I want to add more events for NPs across the state to increase membership and networking opportunities for Minnesota NPs. I’d like to create a mentorship program for new NPs.MNNPis still a young organization, compared to other states and we are still building our infrastructure across the state. We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year!

What do you enjoy when you are not working?
I live in Faribault and I enjoy walking and cross-country skiing at the nature center there. I also enjoy our cabin near Palisade in northern Minnesota where my family and I fish and relax!

Sandy will ascend to the Presidency position in November 2019 at theMNNPAnnual Conference membership meeting. Her president term will run November 2019-November 2021. She welcomes your questions and ideas forMNNP. You can reach her
TheMNNPBoard will have several open positions to fill in November 2019:
  • Treasurer
  • Legislative liaison
  • Education liaison
Nominations close 45 days before the annual meeting on 11/16/19 so please submit nominations on or before 10/4/19. If you have a prospective nominee, please send name and email of the NP toMyndeeorDianne.

You don't even have to ask the nominee, we will do the asking!
Legislative Update

The Minnesota Legislature is set to adjourn on May 20th. At the time of this writing, a budget agreement has not been reached which means the final outcome of the session is uncertain.

Below are the bills that we were following this session. As a reminder, HF stands for House File and SF stands for Senate File. The website for the Minnesota Legislature is a wonderful resource for all that is happening at the capitol:

This link will take you to the latest updates from the Minnesota Legislature:

For more information about the MinnesotaCare Provider Tax click on this link:

“Minnesota imposes a series of gross revenue taxes on various types of providers of health care goods and services. Revenues from these taxes are used to pay for the MinnesotaCare program, which provides state-subsidized health care coverage for low-income individuals.” (Michael, 2015, “House Research: MinnesotaCare Provider Taxes,” p. 1) For further information about the Provider Taxclick on this link.

MNNPsigned on as a supporter of HF 479/SF 608: The bill directs the commissioner of health to distribute grants for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention activities, and appropriate money for this program.

The bill received a hearing in the Health and Human Services Finance Division but not in the senate. Further action on this proposal could take place next year during the legislative session.For more information click on this link.

HF 1914/SF 1966: A bill that adds advanced practice registered nurses to certain statutes. The bill was heard in Health and Human Services Policy Committee and referred to the finance division. It did not have a hearing in the senate this year. Further action on this proposal could take place next year during the legislative session. For more informationclick on this link.

Our Turning Point Event

On Friday, May 3, 2019MNNPsponsored a viewing of the film,"Turning Point," at the Health Partner's Neuroscience Center in St. Paul. The film provided an overview of Alzheimer's Disease, explored the effects of the disease on patients and families and highlighted the saga of drug development by a team of scientists aimed at slowing the disease. A discussion followed. Resource material was available from the Alzheimer's Association.
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  • Networking and leadership opportunities
  • Free and discounted continuing education (CE) opportunities
  • Discounted American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) membership
  • Legislative advocacy and representation
  • Access to exclusive nurse practitioner job listings
  • Access to useful practice and educational resources
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