Events Calendar

2009 MNA Convention

09.30.2009 - 10.02.2009

2009-09-30 2009-10-02 America/New_York 2009 MNA Convention MNA MNA

Come Make History

Cast Your Vote for Our New National Nurses Union

United We Have the Power


2009 Speakers

Bill Fletcher Jr. B.A. is a longtime labor and international activist and the former President and chief executive officer of Trans-Africa Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFLCIO. Fletcher is a graduate of Harvard University.

Michael Botticelli, M.Ed. has been the Director of Substance Abuse Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2003. Prior to that he was the Chief of Staff for the Department of Public Health in the Commissioner's Office. He has published articles and is an accomplished speaker that is able to convey how policy, advocacy and clinical work are the crucial components to promoting recovery for the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Terry Sue Johnson, ANP, NNP-BC, MN is a neonatal nurse practitioner and a national speaker in the areas of neonatal nursing and the workplace issues that nurses face. Back by popular demand Terry Sue is presenting two programs addressing workplace issues of disruptive behavior and the image of nursing. Terry Sue is the founder of Lodestar Enterprises, Inc.

Gerard Tobin Ph.D RN is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health and Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Tobin moved to the US in 2006 having worked in Nurse Education within the UK and Ireland. His area of clinical experience spans from intensive care nursing to mental health nursing and end of life care. He is very interested in how patients and medical personnel communicate and his research explored the giving and receiving of a cancer diagnosis.

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Wednesday, September 30


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.


Registration, Continental Breakfast


9:30 – 11:00 a.m.


Bill Fletcher "Labor at the Crossroads"


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


“Building a National Nurses Union - Lessons from the Canadian and Irish National Nurses Unions”


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.




1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


“American National Nurses Union-
The Future is Now”

  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  

Awards Dinner (optional event)
registration and Cash Bar


7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Awards Dinner Ocean Edge Ballroom


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Thursday, October 1


7:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Registration, Continental Breakfast, Silent Auction, Exhibits


8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


Keynote: Terry Sue Johnson,
APN,NNP-BC, MN “American Idol
Meet Dirty Jobs: Confronting
Disruptive Behavior in Health Care Settings”


10:00 - 10:45 a.m.


Break, Silent Auction, Exhibits


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


Plenary: Michael Botticelli, M.Ed
“Overview of Addictive Disorders and Treatment Initiatives in the


11:45 AM - 2:00 p.m.


Lunch, Exhibits, Silent Auction


12:00 PM - 2:00 p.m.


Unit 7 Business Meeting Lunch


2:00 p.m.


Exhibits and Auction close


2:00 p.m.


MNA Business Meeting featuring a
vote on the new national nurses union


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


President’s Reception


7:30 - 11:30 p.m.


Fun Event: Music, Food, Cash Bar,
Free Massages, and more



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Friday, October 2


7:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Registration, Silent Auction closes, MNA PAC Breakfast/Meeting


9:30 – 11:00 a.m.


Opening Plenary: Gerard Tobin Ph.D, RN “Talking with Patients about Difficult Diagnoses”


11:00-11:15 a.m.




11:15-12:30 p.m.


Closing Plenary: Terry Sue Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, MN: “Abracadabra Hocus Pocus: How did Nursing Go Invisible?”


1:00 p.m.


Optional Event Lobster Roll Cruise, Sesuit Harbour, Dennis, MA. (See registration form)


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Ocean Edge Resort and Club on Cape Cod
Room rates are $160.00 per night plus a $12.00 resort fee. The above rates are also subject to state and local taxes. The room choices are as follows; guest room king, guest room double and Britterige Deluxe Villas. Selection is based on early reservation. The reservation cut off date is August 30, 2009. Reservations can be made by calling 508.896.9000, toll free at 800.343.6074 or e-mail at You must identify yourself as part of the MNA Convention group and request the accommodations listed above. The resort has parking at the hotel and at the villas. If staying in a villa (golf course side) transportation will be provided by the resort.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds will be accepted in writing until September 15, 2009. A $25.00 administration fee will be deducted from each registration refund. No refunds will be granted after September 15, 2009. On-site registration is contingent upon space.

Chemical Sensitivity: Attendees are requested to avoid wearing scented personal products when attending the 2009 MNA Convention. Scents may trigger responses in those with chemical sensitivity.

Contact Hours: Continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded by the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To successfully complete a program and receive contact hours, you must: 1) sign in, 2) be present for the entire time period of the sessions, and 3) complete and submit the evaluation.

Questions: call the MNA's Division of Nursing at: 800.882.2056 x727.

Note: Region 5 reimburses its members for convention registration and housing. Download a form here. Save your receipts!

National Nurses United main page


From the North
Take the Southeast expressway Route 93 South to Route 3 South. Follow to the Sagamore bridge. Cross the Sagamore bridge to Route 6 East to Exit 10. Take exit 10 (Brewster/Harwich) and turn left off the ramp onto Route 124 North. Follow 124 North to the intersection of route 6A. Turn right onto 6A. Once on 6A Guest registration is at the mansion 1.8 miles on the left.

From the West
Follow route 90 to Exit 11 A 495 South. Route 495 South becomes Route 25 south. Go over the Bourne bridge and bear left three quarters of the way around the rotary passing route 28. Then bear right at the next road following the south side of the canal. Follow this road until you see the signs for Route 6. Bear right onto route 6. Follow directions above for route 6.